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With the SHIFT SHOP, Chris Downing has created a breakthrough rapid-rebuild program that can help anyone—at any age or fitness level—get leaner, faster and stronger in only 3 weeks. What is the SHIFT SHOP? • The SHIFT SHOP is a program developed by Beachbody® Super Trainer Chris Downing, a functional elite fitness […]

Shift Shop With Chris Downing


A Beginner's Guide to Weightlifting
We all have to start somewhere in whatever we endeavor to do. I started weight lifting in my 30’s and I learned a lot from some TV show back then. Then I kept learning and eventually became a personal trainer and turned health and fitness into a career. Here’s some […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Weightlifting


Cooking for One Can Be Challenging
Let’s be frank: Cooking for one can be challenging. And it’s not just single folks who face this issue. If you’re trying to eat healthy and the family wants to stick with their old standbys, you’ve probably tried to figure out how to eat healthy, feed your family, and stay […]

Cooking for One Can Be Challenging



We used to say that our tired legs were because of lactic acid build up.  For runners, we’d say that there was a 48 hour rule meaning that we were more tired 48 hours after a hard workout than we are the next day. Now we know that we are […]

Tired Legs From DOMS


After 4 days of record rainfall from Wednesday to Saturday this week, why I chose the Embudito Trail for my run this morning, I don’t know.  It is steep, rocky, the footing is poor – and that’s under normal conditions. But one reason that I chose it is because it […]

Embudito Trail Run


NPR has a list of some of the ways to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief.  For more ways to help, click here. “FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated Monday that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance. As Harvey continues to dump rain […]

Hurricane Harvey Relief – How to Donate



Rich Roll Before and After Photos
A number of years ago, I read “Finding Ultra” by Rich Roll.  I had just finished reading “Eat and Run” by Scott Jurek and wanted another book about an ultra athlete who competes and thrives on a plant based diet.  The books and the authors were both instrumental in me […]

Finding Your Ultra


Beachbody On Demand is a blessing to health and fitness addicts the way that steaming movies is a blessing to movie addicts.  But you don’t have to be a fitness addict to reap the benefits.  Beachbody On Demand not only streams the workouts, but you also get the fitness program […]

Beachbody On Demand Features and Benefits


Today was not a good day for me to work out.  Each morning, before anything else, I do a Polar orthostatic test with my Polar V800 and then I do a heart rate variability test with the Elite HRV app.  Today I was a “5” with abnormally elevated parasympathetic activity. […]

Parasympathetic Nervous System – What It Means To You



As a time saver after my workouts, I add three ingredients to the blender when I make my Beachbody Performance Recover.  The first two work together.  One is about half a cup or so of orange juice and the other is Trader Joe’s Power Greens which has spinach.  The acidic […]

Beachbody Performance Recover – How I Make It


For years, I used P90X Energy and Endurance and loved it.  But as sports performance science improved, so did Beachbody products.  We now have a complete line of Beachbody performance products and I am currently using Beachbody Performance Energize and Recover almost every day. How I use Energize is my […]

Beachbody Performance Energize – How I Use It


After looking through a bunch of Shakeology energy balls recipes, I finally found one that I had most of the ingredients for.  Instead of leaving a carbon footprint and going to the store, I decided to wing it and make up my own recipe.  It has four ingredients and you may […]

Simple Shakeology Energy Balls