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By Craig Cox
Mr. Parkour (AKA my son) has been on a bit of a fitness jag this week and, because I’m the kind of guy who wants to support healthy habits, my poor, aging body has been pretty sore. Tuesday night, for…
By Craig Cox
We’re getting our annual January thaw in February this year. The weekend brought balmy temps in the 30s, and I took advantage of the nice weather to take the dog for a walk on Saturday and Sunday. The dog in question is our 13-year-old…
By Craig Cox
I had a curious urge this past weekend to pull on my sneakers and go jogging down West River Road. This is not something I typically think about doing on a gray Saturday afternoon with the temps in the 20s and the sidewalks…
By Craig Cox
For a brief period in my teen years, I had a friend who owned a set of barbells. It must have been a Christmas present, because I don’t recall him ever being interested in lifting weights prior to that time. He was more…
By Craig Cox
True to form, I overdid it a little yesterday at the gym (gotta scale back my reps on those 350-pound bench presses), and today I’m paying for it. I think I strained a bicep or something on my left arm…
By Craig Cox
I've been avoiding the gym these past couple of weeks so that I could make a resolution to get back to the gym in 2011. And guess what?
By Craig Cox
Wednesday’s workout left me with some nasty DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), so I decided to take it easy Friday night – avoiding The Pit in favor of some serious cardio work. I found a vacant Elliptical Death Machine facing…
By Craig Cox
Winter has arrived in the form of wet snow and icy sidewalks, so I've retired my bicycle for the duration and have been making the 1-mile trek across the river to my office on foot. I do this each morning with some trepidation, but my knee seems to be improving.
By Craig Cox
When you get to be my age, it's natural to want to gain a little edge here and there against the inevitable forces of physical and mental decline.
By Craig Cox
I’ve been battling a bit of a cold for the past few weeks, somehow managing to keep it at bay with a regular regimen of sleep, vitamins, and the occasional intervention of Echinacea and homeopathic aconite. All in the service of…
By Craig Cox
There’s a scene in Shane, one of my favorite westerns, in which the gunslinger Shane (played by Alan Ladd) and the homesteader Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) do battle with a gnarly old stump in Starrett’s dusty front yard. They go after…
By Craig Cox
A week ago, this knee thing had me a little worried, but it’s been improving pretty steadily in the past few days, to the point that Saturday’s annual taking-in-the-dock ritual didn’t even do it in. I think I’ve written before…
By Craig Cox
The problem with optimism is that it gets you all optimistic. And then you do something you have no business doing. Last week, my knee (yeah, that knee) seemed to be gradually improving, so on Friday I figured it would be OK to…
By Craig Cox
My knee has been killing me lately — a result, I'm guessing, of packing and schlepping a houseful of stuff from our former abode to our current home, a project that has occupied me and my family since my last dispatch more than two months ago.
By Craig Cox
I’m not a guy who visits the doctor very often (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but I do enjoy reading about the Big Medical Breakthroughs that seem to surface in the newspaper every week or so. It’s comforting…
By Craig Cox
OK, so after last Monday’s meandering rant about my tendency to meander around the gym with no particular workout program or plan, I’m happy to note that on my next trip to the gym I came equipped with not just an idea of…
By Craig Cox
A while back, I read a quote from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was asked something about what one needs to live a satisfying life. His response: “Routine.” I was thinking about that last night as I was bouncing from one station…
By Craig Cox
I’ve been having a little trouble getting to the gym lately, so a recent article in Science Daily that delved into the mysteries of motivation caught my attention. The piece describes some interesting new research at the University of Illinois that suggests we…
By Craig Cox
Mr. Parkour and I paid a visit last night to Gleason’s Gym, a sprawling gymnastics center artfully hidden in a suburban industrial park just south of the city. This was not my idea, but I tagged along with my housemate/former child out of…
By Craig Cox
The other night, I was standing in the kitchen minding my own business when my son, whom I now refer to as Mr. Parkour, walked in to inquire about something or other, and while awaiting my response grabbed the molding above the…
By Craig Cox
My son and I traveled to the fancy gym in the suburbs last night for a workout.
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