Exercise Machines Power Green Gyms

Green exercise equipment to save the planet?

green exercise equipment

Green electricity from exercise? It's true!

Growing up, a friend had a light on the front of his bike. As the front wheel rotated, it created enough electricity to power that little light.

Think about it–when we exercise, we are expending energy. Why not harness some of that to power the lights, radio, heating and air conditioning with some green exercise equipment? Will it be enough to provide enough power all the time? Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt.

The Seattle Times recently reported on a small fitness center in a senior living community that is doing just that with these green exercise machines.

Eventual Launch of Jawbone’s ‘Up’ Fitness Bracelet

‘Up’ fitness bracelet to be released… eventually

Jawbone Up

Up fitness braclet by Jawbone

Cnet.com is reporting that Jawbone’s founder, Hosain Rahman, announced at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday the upcoming release of it’s new fitness bracelet, “Up”.

Jawbone specializes in Bluetooth products, such as wireless speakers, and some very cool looking headsets. The applications that Jawbone created to run the headsets are pretty sweet too. For example, with an app for your smarphone, the Jawbone Era headset can work as a pedometer or accelerometer. That’s just flat out cool.

According to Rahman, Jawbones Up bracelet and smartphone app can detect when the user is exercising, sleeping, eating, etc.

There is no launch date announce at the time of this writing, but stay tuned for more info. I might have to see about acquiring a Jawbone Up for reviewing purposes. LOL

What is Motivation?

Get motivated!

Raised hands is motivational

Is this motivation--what do you think?

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Lawrence J. Peter

I was recently kicking around one of my fave blogs, Project Swole, which is run by my bud Steve. I found a post that I thought would be fun to revisit. It’s titled Make Your Own Motivation.

We all struggle in our day to day lives. Maybe not with the exact same things, as some are blessed differently than others. You may be surprised to learn that what you struggle with isn’t all that different than the next guy.

Seems that I’m always wrestling with having money to pay the bills, work, time with my family, etc. (not in that order).

10 of the Hottest Fitness Bloggers on Facebook

Ten lady fitness bloggers on Facebook that you have got to check out

hot fire

"That is so hot"

We’ve been on Facebook (Go ‘Like’ our Fan page now) and Twitter for a few years. During that time, we’ve met some of the coolest (and hottest) fitness bloggers on the interwebs.

Some write about their experiences with P90X. Others are personal trainers who write about. One is even a kick ass powerlifter.

Bottom line, they’re all all bloggers. They’re all in fitness. And, they’re all hot.

Old-Man Bodyweight Warm-up and Off-Day Workout

Bodyweight workouts keep things fresh!

Lounging at the beach

What do you do on your day off?

Guest post by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS, CTT
Turbulence Training

This article is long overdue.

Today I want to talk about the best off-day workouts you can do between hard sessions of Turbulence Training.

In most cases, simply walking, biking, hiking, stretching/easy yoga, and easy bodyweight exercises are all good enough off-day activities.

Changes, and an Apology

Change is good

Life is always changing.

Hello friends. You’ve probably noticed a lack of articles posted lately. I have to apologize for this.

My laptop was all but destroyed by a virus, and I’m still recovering from this. On top of that we just moved, and internet access is spotty at best.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I don’t think it’s the 3:10 to Yuma. I give you my word that shortly we will return to the posts that you love.

Thanks for your thoughts and patience.


Photo: Craig Goodwin

Stay Strong by Mixing it Up

Paint your workouts with a colorful palette

A wide array of colors to use

You wouldn't paint with just one color, so don't train that way.

A guest post by Cooper Elling.

I hardly ever go to the gym, but I manage to stay strong and in great shape.

I actually really enjoy heading to the health club, but I move back and forth across the country a lot and don’t want to pay for a membership in any one location.

I use to have a much more consistent workout routine where I would do this on certain days and that on the other, but ever since my schedule became much more random I’ve realized that I’ve stayed just as strong and I’m in great shape for any activity you through my way.

Are You a Standout in a Crowded Gym?

The Perfect Workout For Busy Gyms

Guest post by: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

Stand out in the gym crowd

Do you stand out in a crowd at the gym?

Imagine you’re about to workout and suddenly notice it requires two different dumbbell weights or two different machines, used back to back without rest (a superset).

Now this sometimes isn’t a problem, but usually the gym is busy, making it virtually impossible to quickly get through the workout as it was intended. UGHH!

So what are you supposed to do?

Well, you could…

I’ve Found a Lazy, Crazy Way to Exercise!

In as little as two hours per week!

Add power to your workout

Are you adding power to your training?

Last year at this time I was doing a powerlifting routine for my training. It’s called a 5X5. This is largely due to the fact that, while using very heavy weight, you do five sets of five reps.

I had so much fun with that workout that I’m doing it again–well, sort of.

Because of my blood pressure, my doc wants me to drop a couple of pounds. I’m cool with that.

What the Dietician’s Should Be Telling You

Prepare food in advance

Peanut Butter and Jelly is a great snack

I love PBJ for snacks

Lisa at A Dietician’s View did a post about after school snacks for children.

One of the points that she makes is that older kids won’t take the time to make healthy snacks, and therefor we should prepare them ahead of time.

Honestly, that’s awesome advice for all of us.