Fitness Articles of the Week #51 – TRX Basics, Coffee Can Bread and Running From Zombies

Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.

TRX Suspension Training Basics for Beginners – YouTube

If you built your own TRX suspension straps instead of buying the official straps, you don’t get the training documents and DVD that come with them, so instead check out some videos on YouTube like this one.

Easiest (cleanest) way to open an Orange

I hate peeling oranges. Once I get this method down, maybe I won’t hate it as much.

Quinoa Kale Apple Salad

This salad looks really good. I already had all of my meals prepared for this week, so I haven’t had the chance to make it, but I plan on making it next week. I can’t wait to try it.

50 Renegade Nutrition Rules

There are a lot of good quick tips here, all of them very helpful. Some are pretty funny too πŸ˜€

Vegan Protein Powders – The 5 Best

I wish this article was around when I first became vegan. I went through a lot of terrible protein powders and at one point I even used soy protein isolate, which is one of the worst proteins you can consume. I’m much more knowledgeable these days and now I use Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp protein powder. Super healthy stuff!

Whiskey Marinated Tofu Steak {Recipe} – Better With Veggies

It’s getting closer and closer to summer and with summer comes barbecues. BBQ’ing with friends is one of my most favorite things to do and I can’t find a good vegan BBQ cookbook, so I need to start collecting recipes like this one so that I’m not stuck eating plain Boca burgers all the time. I do like Boca burgers quite a bit though πŸ˜€

Ethan Brown’s Vegan Chicken

This is awesome! The chicken looks kinda funny coming out of the machine, but the texture actually looks a lot like real chicken. Mark Bittman tasted the chicken the first time and said that it tasted a little bland, but when he tried it again later in cooked meals, not knowing which dishes used real or fake chicken, he was actually fooled both times he ate the fake chicken. This is great!

7 Remarkably Simple Ways to Become a Stronger Runner (and Maybe Even Enjoy It)

Everyone’s gearing up for the 5k season, myself included, so this is a great article on how to get in excellent running shape. There are some good tips and reminders for runners of most levels here. Advanced runners probably already know this stuff, but I learned some things. πŸ˜‰

How to Grow Sprouts with Water or in Soil Any Time of the Year at Got Sprouts – YouTube

I’ve grown a few different types of sprouts in a couple of jars that I have, but I’d really like to grow in trays. I’d love to buy a rack and grow one tray every single day. How cool would it be to grown your own, and eat, 1lb of sprouts every day?! This is an excellent video from my favorite raw foods guy, John Kohler.

Bake Bread in a Coffee Can for Perfectly Round, Evenly Baked Loaves with Little Crust

With all the hoopla lately about the dangers of wheat, I was hesitant to post this, but I’m still not sold on the whole “wheat belly” idea going around the fitness industry right now. So if you’re looking for a cool and easy way to bake more bread, learn how to do it in a coffee can!

“Power Soak” Your Beans Before Cooking by Giving them a Two Minute Boiling Water Bath

Oooh, I really like this tip. I eat a lot of beans and there have been many occasions where I’ve gone to the store to buy canned beans because I didn’t want to wait until the next day to cook them while they soak in water.

The Biggest Posture Correction Mistake I See (and the correction that works immediately!)

I was actually making the mistake he mentioned in the video as I was watching, lol. I been straightening my back wrong this whole time. πŸ™

Zombies, Run! Turns Your Exercise Routine into a Game of Survival

This is one of the coolest iPhone app ideas I’ve ever seen. The game actually tracks your speed and distance via GPS to determine how far away you can get from the zombies. Go too slow, and you’re zombie food. The price is a little high, but it sounds like a lot of fun and the reviews look good.

5 Must Have Appliances for the Bodybuilder

I can’t disagree with any of these. I own them all and love them all. I don’t use the Foreman grill or the slow cooker much anymore, now that I’m vegan, but there are still some recipes I come across where I still some use out of them.

Highly Effective Chest Building Superset

This really makes me want to buy some nice bands. I have a few of the common resistance bands you can find at any typical sporting goods store, but I’d really like to get some tough bands like the pros use. Watch the video here and tell me you can’t imagine the pain happening in that chest!

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

Now this is an office I would love to work in. With all of these fun, experimental and healthy ideas, I would fit right in! I already sit on an exercise ball while working and I wear those wacky Vibram Five Fingers. πŸ˜€

What Is Ketosis And Ketogenic Diet

This is definitely something I need to learn more about. This article isn’t scientific, but it’s a great basic explanation of ketosis.

Shamrock Breakfast Sandwich. Kale. Pepitas. Jalapeno Sauce

Wow, this looks delicious. When I first visited the page, I just about closed it because I thought it wasn’t vegan. I wish I could make this sandwich this weekend, but I don’t have the ingredients and I’m too busy to go shopping for them. Maybe next weekend though πŸ˜€


These are the “Dan the Man” LifeRegenerator videos I love. He’s been doing a lot of coaching lately, which I find extremely boring, so it’s great to see him doing more raw foods recipes. I’m really craving one of those lettuce wraps right now.

You Want A Big Chest? Read This And Make It Happen!

This is a really simple and basic article but with good tips. It reminded me that I need to buy some bigger dumbbells for my home gym so that I can start doing some dumbbell presses again. You gotta love Play it Again Sports and Craigslist for stuff like that!

How To Go Gluten Free In 7 Days

The author of this article talks about how everyone talks about how we should go gluten free, but nobody ever tells you how. I’ve found the same problem with the articles I read. There are some good basic tips here if you’re looking to go gluten free. I’m interested in the gluten free pizza recipe mentioned here too πŸ˜‰

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

Meditation is one of those things that seems sort of silly to me, but I think it’s just because I’ve never done it. I’m sure if I gave it a shot, I’d actually like it. I’m going to look for some guides online to see what I can find to get started. I need to do it for my brain!

The Inclined Benchpress Without A Bench

I thought this was kinda funny, but not a bad tip. Depending on your weight and the amount of weight you’re lifting, you’ll need to make sure you have a board that can support you. If you’re small and just looking to stay fit, it’s probably fine, but if you’re taking your fitness serious and want to get stronger, invest in a bench. You can get one from Craigslist for cheap.

Best Tools for Soft Tissue Work

I like to think that I give a lot of fitness-related methods a try, but I’ve never invested in anything for soft-tissue work, and I really think I should. You know what, I’m gonna add a foam roller to my shopping list finally. I’m really interested in other tools this post mentions too. I don’t know anything about the Tiger Tail or the There Cane.

5 Ways to Improve or Maintain Your Athleticism

I like to think I’m athletic, but when I compete against other athletes, I realize that I’ve been spending too much time lifting weights and not enough time doing athletic and explosive training. I really want to change that. There are also two things mentioned in this article that I really want to look into – knee stability work and deloading.

Ten Ways Your Local Grocery Store Hijacks Your Brain

Articles like this are always interesting. I’ve read several other similar articles over the years, but most of these tactics are new to me. I think I really love hearing about psychological tricks like the ones in this article because I work in marketing.

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