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The Next Step
Friday, August 14, 2020      2 comments

I have completed 180 workouts based on the 1913 book by Professor Attila “5 Pound Dumbbell Exercises. Here is my review of the results. Progressing through with dumbbells of increasing weight ( 2 pound, 3 pound to 5 pound) I reduced my workou... Read more
Phase Three
Monday, June 01, 2020      2 comments

I have completed both Phase One and Phase Two if my exploratory of the 1013 nintage Professor Attila workout using light dumbells and high repetitions. In phase One (60 workouts, 6 per week) I used 3 pound bumbells and did the first 18 of the e... Read more
Progress report
Thursday, March 19, 2020      2 comments

This is a report on my adventure using a 1913 vintage resistance programme using stupidly light dumbbells and high repetitions written by Professor Attila. This report covers my first 60 workouts. The workout sequence is 6 days a week with a day... Read more
A Revelation
Monday, December 30, 2019      1 comments

I just finished reading a book on physical training ( actually in its day it was called Physical Culture) and it had a significant impact on my over 60 years of working on my fitness. The book is “The Lost Secret to a Great Body” subtitled “Buil... Read more
Creating a nation of hypochondriacs?
Thursday, May 09, 2019      2 comments

When I make the dumb decision to watch television I am overwhelmed by the panoply and plethora of adverts for drugs often for conditions I have never heard of or knew existed. As an aside we are one of only two countries in the world which... Read more
Mindfulness, Zen and Workouts
Tuesday, April 24, 2018      0 comments

Definition: What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. GREATER GOOD MAGAZINE Good Science... Read more
Tuesday, October 03, 2017      3 comments

My apologies for the perhaps faulty Latin but I think it is appropriate for this blog.The world in which we live now seems to be like the title of the Beatle's song "Helter Skelter". We are constantly simulated by conflicting inputs throughout o... Read more
May Be not maybe
Tuesday, May 02, 2017      2 comments

"APRIL is the cruelest month" is a quote from T.S. Elliot's poem The Wasteland however it seems at times that May carries that over into the early part of the month of May. The days alternate with the promise of Spring alternating with car... Read more
The Streak did not end
Tuesday, November 15, 2016      2 comments

Thanks to the universality of the World Wide Web and my Kindle I was able to access Spark every day of my trip. Having now been home for 10 days I want to share some observations which we need to consider and some general observations. 1.... Read more
The streak ends
Monday, October 17, 2016      4 comments

I am off on a trip to Europe begining tonight 18 October at 1930 so my unbroken skein of successive days will come to an end. I will return on 4 November to start a new run. That will also start a new traiing programme and I will try to refr... Read more
Musings and commentary
Saturday, September 17, 2016      2 comments

Having spent more time out of my day than I should have watching the recent Summer Olympics and now being confronted with the so called "America's Game" i.e. NFL football I have some thoughts as to conditioning and fitness. First a reality che... Read more
Not Your Grandmothers Oatmeal
Sunday, February 28, 2016      3 comments

Not being a fan of high carbohydrate high sugar breakfasts but being a fan of oatmeal I came up with this savory version. Not Your Grandmother's Oatmeal 1/3 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats 95 calories 2 Tbsp precoo... Read more
Burn Baby Burn
Monday, January 04, 2016      0 comments

BURN BABY BURN! Watching the current iteration of "fitness" commercials on television and in other media I notice an emphasis on how many calories each piece of equipment or technique "burns". Burn is a handy but inaccurate term to use, ... Read more
Things that make me go hmmmmmm?
Thursday, April 23, 2015      10 comments

As I monitor the research and articles on exercise and fitness I post to the forums hyperlinks to those which I find most relevant. In the recent past I have posted two which I found very relevant to the people here on Spark, One cited a study ... Read more
Let's Talk
Friday, March 21, 2014      4 comments

As we rocket around the world wide web checking out fitness sites and information we run into TMI (too much information) almost instantly. As a trainer I am perhaps more guilty than many since I feel a need to be current so that I can answer que... Read more

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