Jump Rope Workout Part 3, three easy jump rope tricks

This is part 3 of a Jump Rope Workout series.  This first part taught how to get started jumping rope. I mentioned in part 2  that there is tremendous value in learning three basic footwork patterns. By learning to change your footwork patterns you are also changing up the direction of impact on your lower... Read more »

Jump Rope Part 2, 3 Best Footwork Patterns

One of the greatest exercise skills you can have is the ability to jump rope.  On Tuesday, I had a great conversation with my daughter’s figure skating coach Irma Sveiteryte, who owns Figure Skate Chicago and she was telling me the importance of off-ice conditioning for figure skaters. She specifically brought up jumping rope. She... Read more »

How to Jump Rope, 3 tips to get you started

I am a life-long jump roper.  Everyone at my gym learns to jump rope. Even if they only get a few minutes in on their visit, the forced practice is building a valuable movement skill.  I have had several requests lately for a How to Jump Rope video so they could practice at home.  Instead,... Read more »
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Chicago's Coolest Workouts

It is hard to remember all the amazing things you can do in Chicago when you are suffocated by the winter blues.  Now that summer seems to be officially here – I want to share some of Chicago’s coolest workouts.  Most of these workouts have a specific skill associated with them.  Since I preach fitness... Read more »

Should baseball return to the Olympics?

Should baseball return to the Olympics?
Olympic chatter is starting up again with a little over a year left until the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  It is also time for new sports to be considered for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.  The IOC allows the host city to add one sport to the games.  The final decision will... Read more »

The Perfect Boxing Workout

The Perfect Boxing Workout
I could argue that boxing is perfect just as it is – punching, jumping rope, footwork drills and abs etc..  But if you want to improve your punching power and build integrated strength and explosivity this is the perfect boxing workout.  This program assumes you already know how to hit the bag.  I run this... Read more »
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Chicago Summer Programs for Teenagers

Chicago Summer Programs for Teenagers
Teenagers are a funny breed of human.  They do not appreciate sarcasm, they roll their eyes constantly, they have little sense of urgency and emojis / acronyms are their primary form of communication.  The summer time is hard for parents who have teens and tweens.  Unless you are able to find them a job that... Read more »

Strength Training for Teenagers

Strength Training for Teenagers
Strength Training for your Tween and Teenager is Important Is it safe for my 14 year old to strength train? This is a common question for a parent to ask. My answer is YES! Strength training is a vital part of a balanced fitness program. Strength training is not only for child athletes. Aside from... Read more »

You're not as fit as the Irish! Try an Irish Workout.

If you are looking for a way to upgrade your Irish spirit since last year’s festivities give the Irish Workout a try.  This interval training workout inspired by aspects of Irish culture will make a Guinness, shot of whiskey and corn beef sandwich well earned- or as I say -  create the caloric justification. The... Read more »
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What does it mean, hit your 'micros vs. macros nutrients?'

What does it mean, hit your 'micros vs. macros nutrients?'
Have you read any headlines that say, “hit the macros?” It is a popular expression in the fitness industry.  But what exactly does it mean?   “Macros” is an industry term that refers to macronutrients such as fats, proteins and carbohydrates.  Although finding a good balance between the three is important, I am here to... Read more »