2 Minute Lesson: How to do Double-Unders on the Jump Rope

2 Minute Lesson: How to do Double-Unders on the Jump Rope
Double-unders are a super popular fitness skill since Cross Fit exploded about 5 years ago in the United States.  Even the past couple Cross Fit Games included the double-under in their competition line-up.  I have even heard that this staple exercise might evolve into a triple-under! I have been jumping rope since 3rd grade.  Like... Read more »

5 Reasons to Visit the West Loop Art Fest this Weekend

West Loop Art Fest Music Schedule
I have lived and owned a business in the West Loop for almost 15 years.  My path to work would be east on Washington and then dodge and maneuver the lines of Oprah fans. Today, it is filled with hipsters walking to work, food trucks leaving for the day and strollers everywhere. The West Loop... Read more »

3 Affordable Ideas for an Active Birthday Party in Chicago

3 Affordable Ideas for an Active Birthday Party in Chicago
Hosting a kid’s birthday party is expensive these days.  If you have several children, or if their birthdays are close together it can be financially challenging for a parent.  I own a business that puts on active theme-driven birthday parties.   Although we are not the most expensive place to have your party, indoor kids... Read more »
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2 Exercises to Increase Your Kid's Speed

There is something cool about being fast.  Regardless of the sport your child plays, speed is an absolute skill that will enhance their performance.  I only have a few years of watching my kids play sports because they are so young, but it so clear that speed is a skill.  Running mechanics do not come... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »