Training Industry (6)

Cash back on your back fat!

One of the issues with exercise research I’ve had trouble resolving is that while I find the work investigating the science of adaptations to exercise fascinating, there always seems to be an issue with the human ‘factors’ that we can’t solve. With the staggering rate of obesity, ways to motivate people to get moving are […]

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Train to learn, learn to train

Personal training fosters dependence I know there are many great trainers out there and I suspect that most of what is written here doesn’t apply to them, but looking at the traditional big-box fitness model, these are definitely the minority. In the traditional personal training model, the trainer is the ‘expert’ while the client seeks […]

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An apple a day…

A recent post by Lou Schuler on the future of the fitness industry and my recent purchase of an iPad2 got me thinking about parallels between the technology and fitness industries. The release of the iPad brought the tablet computer from an obscure segment of the PC market to the front of the pack, selling […]

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Bastardization of the 10000 hour rule

If you haven’t heard of Malcolm Gladwell, hit amazon, buy his books, read them then come back. Don’t worry, I can wait. ¬†Gladwell, best known for his ability to weave what could be normally construed as mundane or boring topics with top notch storytelling, brought forward the idea that it takes approximately 10000 hours of […]

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No-show fees, guilt & exercise adherence

If you’ve read the book ‘Predicatably Irrational’ by Dan Ariely (if you haven’t I strongly recommend it) (1), you’ll remember a chapter where he discusses monetization of social relationships. Besides mentioning incredibly awkward examples, like offering your mother-in-law cash for cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, he describes a study involving Israeli daycare centres that were frustrated […]

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Time for a new gym!

I’ve been stuck training out of standard commercial gyms for most of my life. While the training environment is obviously less than ideal and full of distractions, I think it’s also beneficial as it trains you to refine your focus and create intensity purely by yourself. So take a look below to see a comparison […]

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Dan Ogborn