Sunday, December 20, 2015

Under Armour Gore Windstopper Winter Training Tights Video Reviews

Reviewed right after purchase: Gore Windstopper Winter Training Tights

Reviewed after winter running in Gore Windstopper tights by Under Armour


Saturday, November 7, 2015

PR's today - 10 mile, 15 k, 10 k

It was interesting to say the least. I was in relatively new shoes. I've been a part time cycle commuter, riding about 9 miles to the train station and back 3 times a week. I've begun running on the road again, after my training for the Vertical K and the Frary Peak runs. I need to get in a half marathon with a time of 2:15 or less to qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent. I need to do that before the first week of March, since the actual date that registration opens has a tendency to be somewhat random and vague up to a point.

Running in the dark before work
I got in a couple of short runs this week, about 2.5 miles. Last week I only ran a 10 mile on Saturday. This Saturday I was looking to get in a faster 10 mile. The last one, last week, I really started dragging at mile 8. The one before that, back in the Spring, I started dragging about 6.6 miles. Today I was hoping to beat that, and I did.

Riding to the train station in the dark in the morning and evening.
I didn't really start dragging until mile 9.3. That's my 15k. After that I slowed quite a bit, but I'd already made my goal. On the way I felt like I was pretty close to my 10k previous best, and sure enough, I did beat it by about a minute I think it was.

Running in the cold, last Saturday, October 31
My goal is of course to run a 13.1 mile half marathon before the cutoff in March. Maybe St. George? Below are some Strava screen shots. I did pretty good at maintaining a smooth set of splits, all the way up to that last one. Even so, I averaged about 10:40, which is what I'll need to do to get that 2:15. My heart rate wasn't out of line with an effort of this nature, so good there too.

All in all it looks like I'm on track for that 2:15 half come January or February in St. George or thereabouts.

Friday, October 23, 2015

First Week of New Job

It's been an interesting week, for sure. I'm working uptown SLC now and riding the train (Frontrunner0 in the early morning and evening. I've been working up to riding to the station in Lehi, but have a few logistical hurdles to bypass. I'll need to be ready to ride in the dark and cold early morning hours.
Crack of dawn at Lehi Frontrunner Station
I got my poor bike set up. As you might be aware, my 14 year old son has been racing Cyclocross this year, and he'd cannibalized my bikes for parts etc. to get his rig set up. I got my street bike (not my racing bike) back together and took a 5 mile ride, doing a few sprints, last week. I also got my workout routine adjusted a bit.

Utah Cyclocross Racing Series
I'll be trading riding miles to replace my running miles. It's going to be about 10 miles each way to the station, plus a mile in uptown SLC. 22 ish miles a day. This past week I've been doing about 4+ miles on the treadmill at a good speed, plus some weights, about two days worth. I plan on getting up at 5ish, doing about 40 minutes of weights, then riding to the station.

I'll be doing a test ride tomorrow I think to get my timing and turns worked out. Wish me luck. As far as running, I guess starting next week I'll run on Saturday, and maybe if I do a rest day mid-week as I adjust to the riding. Some cross training is good, right?


Friday, September 25, 2015

Core Training for Runners:Roman Chair Situps on Glute Ham Raise Bench

Roman Chair Situps, a classic Ab Training exercise requires that you support your upper legs or hips and secure your feet while facing up. Your upper body is completely unsupported. The situp motion itself is typical, with nothing unusual, except there is no position at the bottom where your back is resting on a bench. It is hanging out in the air and you are able to lower below parallel to the ground. This increases the range of motion and increases the tension on the lower abs. Your hip flexors are also worked more in this exercise.

Much has been said about situps and how the hip flexors do a disproportionate amount of the work. This might be true if you were to consider the abs totally in isolation. This is not realistic though, since from a functional perspective it would be hard to find a real-life situation in which the hip flexors were not supporting the abs. This is especially true in running. With every foot step the hip flexors and abs work together to propel you forward and support you.

You can increase your running fitness a great deal by keeping your hip flexors in the loop and training them along with your abs.

Core Training for Running Video from Facebook:

Core Training for Running - Roman Chair
Roman Chair Situps on a Glute Ham Raise Bench for greater range of motion and functional training of the hip flexors. Article here:
Posted by Seven Summits Body on Friday, September 25, 2015

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Glute Ham Raise for Runners

Glute Ham Raise - assisted with poles - extended

Glute Ham Raise - assisted with poles - retracted
If you run your hips probably need some strength training. There have been a lot of articles in the big magazines about hip training. This one is about the Glute Ham Raise for Runners. I'm doing this as an endurance exercise so I'm doing sets of 25 in this training session. That means I need a bit of a boost, which means I'm using ski poles. I'm trying to use as little pole as possible as close to the full extension as possible. I'll make a video later about setting up the glute ham raise bench, but my knees are resting about 10:30 as seen from my right on the half circle pad. Does anyone remember how to tell time on analog clocks?

Keep a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. That means clenching your buttocks muscles and squeezing your navel forward. Keep that position all the way out to full extension with your upper body close to parallel to the ground. Pull with your hamstring muscles until you are upright and feel no tension on them.

Glute Ham Raise for Runners Video:

Glute Ham Raise for Runners
Strengthen your hips for running. Glute Ham Raise for Runners. Pole assist makes it a strength endurance exercise. Read the details here:
Posted by Seven Summits Body on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Be careful, of course, not to pull your hamstrings, which is quite easy to do when first trying the Glute Ham Raise for Runners. This is a bit different from the Power Lifter style of training. Remember, you're strengthening your support and assist muscles for running, not shooting for an 800 lb deadlift. The training is obviously going to be a bit different.

For strength I do sets of 5 without the poles and focus on the glutes squeezing and holding that flat back. It's been great for helping my running, with several PB's that I attribute to my leg training routine. I'll share more with you later. Until then, register for the updates HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Food Portions For Next Week

Do you use your time wisely? Are you hanging out on Sunday with nothing much to do? How about putting together some meals for the week ahead. Today I packaged up my breakfasts. I normally get up at 5, work out, then have a meal replacement post workout nutrition shake.

Sometimes I'll mix it up a bit and toss in a half banana.

Gallery in order of ingredients.

If you want more info on time management: 

Finding Time to Train: Time Management For Athletes

If you want more info on food portion control: 

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan: Portion Control Using 5th Grade Math

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hanging around for super six-pack abs?

I love gravity inversion training, do you?

I have an inversion table I purchased at Costco a few years ago, and my chiropractor blames it for my lack of visits. I do inverted abs training on it regularly, and I love the way your stomach feels after a heavy core session because you can stretch them out in ways you can't do on other equipment.

Inversion Training for Six Pack Abs - available on video

Check one similar to mine on Amazon HERE and look for similar products if you don't mind a lower quality unit at a lower price.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Don't miss my latest Podcasts on iTunes

I'm Live on iTunes!

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I'm on iTunes now, so please add my Podcast to your feed on your phone, tablet, player, and computer.

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If you want to listen to them on the website instead, here are the last three I have uploaded

Highly Effective Ab Crunches:
Weighted Situps Introduction:
Dieting Mindset for Results:

I'll be talking about ab training, dieting, weight training programming, and how to adjust your attitude to get it done.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ab Crunches Done Right? Article and Video

An Ab Crunch Article

and at the end, I'll let you have a video that says the same thing more plainly

ab crunches done "right"

To do effective sit ups you will first need to put out of your mind everything that you have heard about sit ups, and get with the new program instead. Although in days gone by it was thought that the most effective sit ups were those which you did by lifting your upper body and bringing it in towards your knees, today the outlook is a different one.

Instead of lifting and bring in your upper body towards your bent knees, you instead lift only partway off the floor without really trying to come in towards your knees.

To do these very effective sit ups, you will need to get into the normal sit up posture, that is, you will need to lie down on the floor and bend your legs, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Bring in your bent legs as close as possible to your body without straining; place your hands behind your head with your fingers laced together, or keep them lightly on your torso. ... [READ MORE]

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Steel Core Boot Camp - Ab Training with Fat Penetrating Impact

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That’s right. Every single day for 28 days I’ll send you a little over 2 minutes of video instruction. Learn a new core and ab exercise each and every day for 4 weeks. Here’s a short sample video. Full videos have multiple angles and more detail like how to set up for the exercise, common mistakes, and how to fit it into your program.

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Rotation Plank Demo Video from the Steel Core Boot Camp Program. Fat-Penetrating Impact Ab Training. 4 weeks, 28...
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Webinar Replay: The 6 Myths About Six Pack Abs

Webinar: The 6 Myths About Six Pack Abs

Webinar Replay - it was a private webinar for my Inner Circle friends and I edited out the "private" bits so you could share this reading of the FREE REPORT I posted on my website

A brief teaser: 

Myth #1 Abdominal muscle is different from regular muscle. 

Your abdominal muscles are just like every other muscle in your body. The abdominal is different only in location and unlike biceps or quads they don’t rest on a bony surface. So you should train them the same way you would train, say, your biceps or your chest. The basic laws of physiology apply to all your muscles, including your abs. This means that you have to do exercises in the correct plane, or direction of movement to effectively work the muscle.

Watch the video, then go download the PDF, and if you want to take it to the next level, register for your FREE EBOOK - The 6 Keys To Six Pack Abs

Webinar: The 6 Myths About Six Pack Abs
Posted by Lose Weight Gain Muscle Newsletter on Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Recent PR's and What That Means for YOU!

I recently have done a slew of great PR's on Quandary and the Manitou Incline.

1:44 on Quandary Winter Route - 2nd place on Strava
I am still toying with the idea of doing Elbrus Race 2015 but the most important thing for you is that I really want to be your training group leader. I don't have the details worked out yet, but for right now, there's this short 2 minute facebook video, and in it I mention that I have a new book coming out, and I'll share a link to where you can get it FREE ON AMAZON. I'll also send you a PDF of my own personal treadmill vertical goals chart, the one I use myself when I plan my weekly workout sessions. And in a couple weeks I'll send you a link to get a FREE copy of the Treadmill Training Goal Charts from

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging

It's a great opportunity to take part in the amazing success I've been experiencing in my own training, and I want to share that with you, so register now and let's get started.

Feeling awesome from the PR's. Announcing some cool stuff coming up. Stay in the loop at and I'll send you some free training goals, from the video.
Posted by Seven Summits Body on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

End of the line for Summit Success Training for Hiking?

What's going on with Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging?

A few weeks ago I posted a video on Facebook mentioning that I was experimenting with a training protocol for the second volume, tentatively titled "The Kilimanjaro Workout" and was beginning compiling an outline for the book.

Since then I've run a Kindle Countdown Deal, begged for Reviews, and asked for shares, likes, and tweets to give it a boost from my loyal fans on my Seven Summits Quest Facebook Page. I know that several hundred of you have purchased the book, I know that much. I know that one of you has reviewed it on Amazon, and three on Goodreads have "starred" it, but Goodreads doesn't mention if you've actually read or purchased a copy or not, where Amazon does. It's easy to just start adding stars right and left on books on Goodreads without even reading the description.

Putting it all to the test - Everything in my books I have actually done to verify that it works

I learned the hard way with this book that a 16 week training program by a non-celebrity is not going to get reviews, since the majority of people will actually insist on reviewing themselves:

Since you established the criterion that you would only give me a review after you successfully achieved the plan involved, you are part of that review, like it or not. It makes a 1-Star review look like this:
"I loved the engaging and motivational and inspiring writing, but I'm giving it a single star because I like to go out drinking a lot and having to actually train 90 minutes a day with a hangover put a cramp in my style." -- Reviewing the Reviewer on LinkedIn Pulse ARTICLE HERE

Since it's impossible to get an accurate review, Amazon sticks it way in the back of search results, behind those with a hundred mind-bending impossible circus trick exercises, or with a hundred re-purposed blog articles from various buddies to pad the text.

That being said, I have decided to pursue an online Mastermind Training Group on a monthly subscription basis. The survey RESULTS HERE pointed out that $10/mo was the viable price for subscriptions, but alas, almost nothing I asked about in the description can be done at that price so I'm up in the air about it. I'd love to offer something, but I do have rent to pay. What do you think?

Here's the video from Facebook with some information about all of this

Check out this short video about the Summit Success: Training for Hiking... book, now on Amazon, possibly for only a limited time. Talking about training groups and what happened to Book 2 in the series?
Posted by Seven Summits Quest on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The 100 Calorie Diet Plan - 5 Stars - Get it while you still can

I have been selling this book for two years now. I've enjoyed living it and publishing it. It was the plan I used to go from 245 to 185 pounds when I began training for Elbrus Race 2010. I use the maintenance plan now, from the book. When I need to cut fat, like for a race, I go back into hardcore fat loss mode. It's all spelled out in the book.

Set some PR's on the Manitou Incline on March 30 - great time in the heat

It's 5 stars on Amazon, and I know you'll love the simplicity. It's so easy a 5th grader can do it. Give it a try and you'll see.

Here's a short video from my Lose Weight Gain Muscle Newsletter Facebook Page:

Food Portioning a 5th Grader Can Do

Don't miss this one. Get it while it's still available on Amazon - The 100 Calorie Diet Plan - 5 Stars!

Posted by Lose Weight Gain Muscle Newsletter on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Training the Vertical K on Incline Treadmill

This morning I got on the incline treadmill to test out training for the Vertical K (ARTICLE HERE) and it went quite well overall. I set a target of 24% and aimed to do 2.6 miles in 60:00 minutes. I wore my New Balance MT10 minimalist shoes to strengthen my feet. I set up my Kindle with X-Files on it, to amuse myself as I walked up the steep slope. I think my heart rate never got above 120 BPM, which is quite low for me. I also had to keep my hands lightly on the handles, with some minor balance issues. I haven't been training steeply on the incline treadmill in quite some time, so I'll have to readjust to it.

On the Incline Treadmill in my The Mountain Goat t-shirt - shop there in Breck
I did manage to hit my goal and it wasn't all that difficult, really. For treadmill training I will probably shoot for once a week and maybe a time of 50:00 hands-free once I get into the swing of things. I might do a Vertical-K this summer, possibly Big Sky (Run The Rut) since it's reasonably close.

Console Display from NordicTrack Incline Treadmill - Vertical is Off (see articles)
As stated previously several times, the vertical calculation is off on the NordicTrack display, possibly due to cheap sensor/floating point math interactivity. I ran my own calculations from my Incline Treadmill Calculator and here are the results:

Time: 65:26
Distance: 3.000
Incline: 24%
Elevation Gain: 3801.60'
Average MPH: 2.751
Average Pace: 21:49
Vertical/Hour: 3486'
Vertical/Minute: 58.1'
VAM: 1062.5

As you can see, 1062.5 VAM is a bit above that needed to achieve a Vertical-K in less than an hour. I'm going to add this into my training and see how it fits into the mix, and if it gives me improved results on Quandary, which is also essentially a Vertical-K, being 3,400' of gain over 5k of trail. Check back with me later, or subscribe to the newsletter, to the right, and stay in the loop.

Quandary Summit, after setting a handful of PR's in the past few weeks

Oh, and while you're here, please check out my favorite outdoor clothing store in Breck at their Facebook Page - I'm wearing one of their T-Shirts in that top pic.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More on Inner Circle Access - Survey Results

Last week I ran a survey among my Facebook, Twitter, G+, Email, and Blog followers. I asked at what price level they would be willing to join a Mastermind Inner Circle for Fitness, Training, etc. including custom programs, accountability coaching, video conferencing and a few other services.

$10/month was the overwhelming choice.

Assuming I were a Walmart Cashier that would be worth about an hour of my life on your services. And to be totally honest with you, everything I gave you would be worth about what that level of productivity would result in. Ask a Walmart Cashier to give you a custom program with 4 weeks of training and they have only one hour to crank it out.

  1. Bench Press
  2. Biceps Curls

Did you expect anything else? Go to the $9/month gym and watch the Walmart Cashiers. There's your "custom program" ready to go, and it was free. And worth every penny of it.

Summit of 14,265' Quandary after climbing Cristo Couloir

Real Personal Trainers and Custom Programs

The Strip Mall and Office Park Personal Trainers where I used to live in Utah County offered Custom Programs on their signs out front at only $40/month. Sadly, being a personal trainer myself, and having access to the software that they use to create these custom programs, I know that you enter a gender, height, weight, activity level from 5 choices, and a goal from 5 choices and the software spits out a "custom program" in about 37 seconds. Total time? Less than a minute and it's $40 a month. Great profit there. Yeah, I could do that too, but to buy the software and pay the licensing fees, I'd have to have a couple hundred at the $10/month level. I'd also probably be violating some pricing restrictions too.

Check out the Kindle Countdown Deal - Link Below - for best price on this book, possible last week of publishing

Famous Personal Trainers and Custom Programs

I once belonged to an Inner Circle with a famous author and personal trainer. At an Inner Circle workshop, live, in a major resort town in the USA I got to talking about the custom training program with another participant, and discovered that my program was identical to his. I quit the inner circle that week. Over time I discovered that a great deal of the custom exercises and programs were what I call "circus tricks" and meant to make the trainer look cool.

Let's explain using Pilates. You go to a Pilates class as a never-ever and every single thing you do feels like agonizing torture, yet the instructor and regulars aren't breaking a sweat. Why? They have adapted to the skills needed to achieve the exercise, and for them it's just like crossing your legs watching TV. No effort required.

The newbie then buys into the program with the thought that if they pay $60/mo for classes they'll be just as cool in a year or two.

What all this means for you?

Basically it means that there will be no Inner Circle at this time. If someone comes forward willing to pay a reasonable rate for superb services, I might re-open the invitation, but until then, you might be able to glean bits and pieces from my articles and put together a plan that works for you.

Kindle Countdown Deal on all my fitness books:

I’m doing a Kindle Countdown Deal on all of my books starting late this week and going into next week. In a Countdown Deal, your book starts at $.99 and works its way back to the original price over a few days time. It’s in your best interest to get it early.
Starting in just a couple of days, you need to go get your copies, and then please leave an honest review. I need it, and it's good Karma.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mastermind Group Forming - You Want Inner Circle Access?

Take the Quick Survey Here

You know what a Mastermind Group is?

Napoleon Hill wrote about the mastermind group principle as: "The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind]."

Would belonging to an elite circle of hard-core fitness buffs give you the boost you need to succeed?

What a Mastermind Group is not:

It's not a class. While your group can vote to bring in guest speakers and teachers occasionally, the main focus of a mastermind group is the brainstorming and accountability support among the group members.
It's not group coaching. Mastermind groups are about the MEMBERS sharing with each other, not about the Facilitator coaching individuals in a group setting. You get everyone's feedback, advice and support. Yes, if the Facilitator is an expert on the topic, by all means chime in. But keep the conversation balanced between all members.

A partnership can create synergy. 5th & 3rd place finishers, Elbrus Race 2013

Here's the basic question:

Would you join a private Mastermind Training Group for instant access to all training program updates, private custom training programs, and weekly Google Hangouts or Skype for support and accountability? -- From the Survey Description

Go take the survey now and let's get going.

Join the Inner Circle, take the reigns on your future success in all your athletic and fitness goals.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Second PR on Quandary in 8 Days

I use Strava to record my runs, connected to my Suunto Ambit2S through Movescount. Whew! that was a lot to say up front. Anyway, Strava has a feature where you can set start and end points for an objective, run, ride, whatever, and then everyone who follows the same "path" will be in a virtual competition to see who the "King of the Mountain" is. KOM is how they designate it. You can even set your "segment" as they call it to private so that you are competing only with yourself.

The photo above shows my PR from Monday, March 9, when I got 1:53:03 on the winter ascent route on the East Ridge of Quandary, a Colorado 14'er at 14,265'. I've been faster on the summer route, but this includes bad snow and bad weather usually.

I went back for another shot at it this morning (March 17, St. Patrick's Day) and of course took my green Black Diamond AT Ski Z-Poles. DOH! See the curious little bird there? This is at about 11,800' near where the summer and winter routes part ways.

There was a good whiteout going on, and I ended up being lost a few times in the cloud, with poor light, and the trail splitting a few dozen ways to avoid where the later/slower crowds postholed like huge plots of Swiss Cheese.

I did some on-the-fly pace math and determined that I would not be able to hit my 2nd-place goal of 1:45 but I could get a PR, so I kept the motivation determination up and made a solid effort, and sure enough, hit the summit at 1:50:53. Yeah, two minutes faster in 8 days. While being lost in a whiteout for at least 5 minutes of that.

Here's the screenshot from Strava for that. How do you like that little balloon there with the 185 BPM HR? That's extreme. Yeah. Me too.

Here is the summit, showing my running clothing and shoes.

If you want to know more about how to train and outfit yourself for extreme endurance events like this one, get in touch, or at least subscribe to my newsletter, okay?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dressing for Below Zero Running

Went out early this morning, 7:00 AM, for a cold winter run. I stayed on the roads this time simply because with all the new snow and frozen snow and ice, it was essentially fairly flat trail running in up to 6" of crusted snow, even on the roads here in Keystone CO.

I layered up after getting the current conditions and forecast from Accuweather on my phone app. -3 F with -12 F real feel. Running below zero Fahrenheit - not Celsius. That's significant in and of itself.

I wore my old standby Salomon hybrid tights and jacket. They are mixed powerstretch fleece layers and panels with wind and water resistant panels. Below the bottom I wore just my polyester briefs. Under the jacket I wore a First Ascent micro fleece (50 weight polarfleece) and under that a TNF running base layer.

On my head I wore a buff pulled up over the crown of my head on the rear to cover my ears and chin, and an Icebreaker wool helmet liner over that. On my hands I wore my Hestra lobster-claw alpine skiing gloves, very warm since my hands can get very cold in these conditions. On my feet were Bridgeport trail (hiking thickness) wool socks under my Pearl Izumi Trail N2 shoes and Kahtoola microspikes.

And that was all. I was toasty warm except for the walk back from the bus stop afterward. Keystone has free shuttles at the resort which can be interconnected with the Summit Stage, free transportation in Summit County.

Oh, the cool glasses? Bolle goggle glasses, light enhancing yellow, from about 1986 I think. Yeah, retro all the way. Found them in a thrift store almost 20 years ago and fell in love with them for cold windy overcast flat light days.

Got in 5 miles, my goal, with a bit of zig-zagging around between the bus stops, Mountain House Base, River Run Base, the Keystone Stables and a few spurs here and there. Keeping the fitness going all winter long. Loving a brief reprieve from the treadmill here.