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30Jun/13Off

Surefire Way to Beat Your Best Time

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Today's article was inspired by a close friend, Paul. During a casual conversation he mentioned that he'd had an epiphany about something I'd said to him a few months back. Paul has always been fit and healthy, but over the last two years or so, he's ramped it up a good bit. One of the exercises that he really likes and has done good at are pull-ups. Pull-ups are a great exercise and they can also be very hard to do when you're just starting out. Several months ago, Paul asked me a simple question... How can I do more pull-ups?

That is an excellent question! I started with my standard personal trainer response [...]

6Jun/13Off

What is the Magic with Magic

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. (born August 14, 1959) announced that he was HIV+ back in November of 1991. That is nearly twenty-two years ago!! So I ask again, What's the magic with Magic?

There is much speculation surrounding the question of why Magic Johnson (and many like him) have successfully stayed alive despite this death sentence. And, I believe that you can find a direct connection in [...]

6Mar/13Off

Is Exercise a Waste of Time?

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I have heard people from time-to-time say things like, "Workout, eat healthy, and die anyway." Or they might ask, "Don't you think that working out is a waste of time you could better utilize?" I have thought long and hard about these kind of naysayers. I've drawn my own conclusion that I decided to share.

Last year I exercised for 155.5 hours. This year I anticipate beating that number. So ... Was that time that I could have used for something else? The answer isn't a simple yes or no. You see, by working out (properly) you do things to your [...]

4Mar/13Off

How I Stay Fit

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I will be 46 years old next month. And, I manage to stay in the best shape of my life. If you're wondering how I do that, read on...

V in tip top shape

I often get told how fortunate I am for my good genetics. That my [...]

19Jan/13Off

The Cowboy-up Workout

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Today I am back in motivational mode. We are going to learn what Cowboy-up means to me.


No, I do not wear cowboy boots and a six-shooter during my workouts. These are merely props to demonstrate my euphemism. Besides, they look cool next to the iron.

I must start this blog article with a [...]

1Jan/13Off

Resolutions for 2013

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Every year most of us come up with a list of resolutions to accomplish during the new year. I did some research and found several surveys that list the top ten resolutions that folks choose. I took the liberty of compiling my own list based on several lists I found. These appear to be the most important [...]

31Dec/12Off

Another New Year

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

In circa 1973, Frank Zappa released a song about television. This song, I Am the Slime (Oozing Out of Your TV Set), tells a tale of how bad TV can be ... Well, I often think of this song with a futuristic slant on it. I think in the 90's you could have replaced TV with video games. Nowadays you might be able to say the same thing about the Facebook. To me, it is a necessary evil ... Yet I also think its the slime oozing out of our computers.

You're probably wondering what Facebook has to do with [...]

21Nov/12Off

Observations of a Commercial Gym

Posted by Guest Blogger

For the past three years or so I’ve been training at a small private facility that caters mainly to powerlifters and Olympic weightlifters. It was a phenomenal place to train – packed with very strong, smart people who had forgotten more about building strength and increasing performance than most “personal trainers” will ever know. Recently, due to life circumstances, I had to transition to [...]

24Aug/12Off

Chiseled Abs

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

It seems that the whole world argues about whether big muscular men are attractive. Some believe that a sinuous (almost skinny) body of a runner looks best. While others look at the swimmer's build and wish to replicate it for themselves. And, yet another group looks at the massive bodybuilder physique and find that appealing. Regardless of which body type you dig on, there is one thing we can all agree [...]

27Jun/12Off

P90X Redux

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Many moons ago (actually two years ago) I bought and started the P90X® training routine. It was crazy tough and time consuming ... I only made it [...]

28May/12Off

Mountains of Misery 2012

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I have a mighty tale of intrigue, adventure, and excruciating pain. A few months ago my good buddy, Keith, sent me an email calmly asking if I'd like to join him on a century. For the uninitiated, a "century" is a 100-mile long bicycle ride. As you can imagine, 100-mile on a bike is a long and painful trek. This particular ride (aptly named: the Mountains of Misery) was beyond [...]

6May/12Off

Epic Training Day

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

It has been a little while since I shared one of my ride stories with you fine folks ... So, I thought I would tackle today's training trek, because it was a bit epic ... At least I like to think so, as I sit here with my back aching, thighs singing, feet pounding, calves tight, triceps burning, tingling hands, and neck hurting. Did I mention that [...]

30Apr/12Off

Why I Powerlift

Posted by Guest Blogger

With my third powerlifting competition coming up, I’ve been mulling a question that seems to recur before each competition: Why do I powerlift? I mean, it’s not like I don’t have enough to do, so why do I devote so much of my spare time and energy to getting stronger at the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

What is Powerlifting? First, for those of you who don’t know, [...]

10Apr/12Off

Jump Start Your Day

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

What if I told you that if you give me 13 minutes, I PROMISE your day will be more enjoyable and go smoother!!! What have you got to lose?

Lately I find that I am slower getting out of bed. Perhaps this is because [...]

7Apr/12Off

Fit4LifeTraining

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

You've probably seen me touting Fit4LifeTraining lately (especially if you follow me on twitter @vripley). The hashtag #Fit4LifeTraining says it all. It encompasses so much in a compact package of words. As most of you know, I will be in an upcoming issue of Competitor magazine (I think May). There is a reason for that. Besides the fact that I've befriended professional athlete and one of my triathlete mentor/inspirations, Pip Taylor (she authored my article). And, [...]

3Apr/12Off

Secret to Getting Fit

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

That's right folks ... You've always known that there was a secret to getting and staying fit and healthy. Today I am going to reveal this coveted secret and leak to you the hidden key to fitness success with health that no one else will share with you. Ready? Get your pen and paper handy ... Here it comes ... Eat fewer calories and workout.

What the bleep?? you might be screaming right now. But the funny thing is, that is honestly all there is to it! Sure you can [...]

3Jan/12Off

Ring in the New Year!

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Well it's 2012 ... Woo-Whoo!!! I have officially lived with HIV for more than 25 years! And, I have lived with hemophilia for nearly 45 years!

But ... more importantly ... [...]

3Sep/11Off

Bicycle Ride on a Little Ole Hill

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I have wanted to do the 54-mile Mount Weather loop ever since I heard it existed. It is dubbed as one of the toughest hill climbs in my area. It’s also one of the most [...]

22May/11Off

Century Ride Around the Potomac River

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

This was a fantastic adventure (as usual) ... It actually starts a few weeks ago. You see, Pete normally maps out our rides. And he sent me the desired route a few weeks ago. One part of the route stood out as odd to me. I thought it might be a gravel road. So I drove out to the spot and checked. It turns out the road is dirt and [...]

9May/11Off

My First 5K!

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

As usual in my life, I did this backward ... What do I mean by that? Well, I've already run a marathon, done a triathlon, ridden a century on my bicycle and done other obscure endurance events ... Even making three attempts at [...]

15Apr/11Off

Struggling with Fitness

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

We’ve all been there … Each and every one of us über fitness nuts have brief stints where we fight internally and struggle to get a simple workout in. I’m fighting that battle on a regular basis. So I thought I would put some of my thoughts down to share with some of you.

It seems tougher and tougher to get a [...]

22Dec/10Off

HIT is My Secret Weapon

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I am three years into High Intensity Training (H.I.T.) weight lifting. I have had a couple of two week stretches of sickness and missing workouts for some reason or another ... I've also done some "other" types of weight training (e.g. powerlifting, bigger arms, etc) for a two month or so duration. All-in-all, I have probably done [...]