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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 [...]

14Aug/12Off

Sheepdog in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I am a warrior. And, I have warrior's blood flowing in my veins. My father fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star for acts of bravery. That said, the joke is on me … I was born in the body of a hemophiliac. And, on top of that, I contracted HIV back in the 80’s from a bad blood transfusion. That is why I call myself a sheepdog in sheep’s clothing. You see, I am constantly on the lookout for the wolf, but if I find him, we may both [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

21Sep/10Off

Discovering a Lifelong Goal!

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Dearest friends, family, and anonymous blog lurkers,

I had an epiphany last night … As I’ve mentioned before, I love Ahnold’s response (in Conan the Barbarian) to the question, “What is best in life?”

Without missing a beat, Conan bellows, “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.”

Don’t get me wrong [...]

5Mar/09Off

Fitness

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

There is a fad that is sweeping across America (and the world for that matter). It is categorized as healthier living. With more than 30% of Americans being classified as obese, it is time for this fad to kick into action!

Gratuitous Disclaimer: I am afraid that before I talk about this fantastic subject, I must first warn you of the inherent danger associated with it… Working out and exercise can be dangerous. You can be seriously injured, crippled or killed. The opinions, stories and ideas presented here are my own and do not constitute a recommendation of or endorsement for any particular or general use. You should seek a professional medical evaluation before starting an exercise program. If you choose to workout, you do so at your own risk.

With that painful dissertation out of the way...

Exercise is an essential part of life. Without it, our [...]