Joe Brandow , NASM Elite Trainer

Joe Brandow , NASM Elite Trainer's Blog

  • Ragnar - What I learned while running 200 miles...

    OK, I didn't run all 200 miles myself. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, my best friend asked me to run the Ragnar relay on a team with him. The Ragnar is a 12-person relay. We ran from Cumberland, MD to just outside Washington, DC. For the race details check

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  • Inertia

    Inertia is the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. I think we can get stuck in thought patterns that allow ourselves to do what we have always done because it’s easier. Well, easier doesn’t always mean better! Sometimes you need a fresh perspective

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  • Weight loss stalled? Are you eating ENOUGH?

    Despite how backwards this sounds, if you are not eating enough calories per day, your body might be working against you. Let me explain...

    If you drastically reduce the amount of calories you consume in a day, your body will shift into starvation mode. This

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  • Goodbye Pyramid...hello Plate

    The USDA and the First Lady revealed the new model for daily nutrition this morning. MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid model which was the 2005 revamped model of the Food Guide Pyramid. More history on the pyramids can be found here.

    Personally, I like the MyPlate

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  • Are You Challenging Yourself?

    I recently posted a quote from Michelangelo - “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

    The motivation behind my post was my recent comittment to running

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  • Warmer weather?...Cool down with a nice salad

    This is a quick great tasting salad that is easy to make (just cutting up veggies):

    ISRAELI SALAD

    3 Kirby cucumbers, unpeeled, seeded, ¼” dice
    1 or 2 red bell peppers, ¼” dice
    4 Tomatoes, ¼” dice
    ½ - ¾ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
    4 Scallions, cut on the bias,

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  • Spring Forward

    After a brief intermission dues to illness and a mini-vacation, I'm back (not that I actually left).

    The recent clock change has made me think - if losing 1 hour of sleep is causing a lot of the people around me this much grief...are they getting enough sleep

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  • Get up and Move!!

    Need motivation to move? A new study suggests that taking activity breaks from sitting to stand up or walk around are helpful for weight control and better cardiovascular health. The negative impacts of sitting even effect those that routinely workout at the...Full Post
  • New Year....New You!!

    Take advantage of this time of year to make positive changes in your life or re-commit to your healthy lifestyle. It takes courage and determination to be willing to make a change. However, if you think ahead to a happier, healthier life then the pains of change

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  • Pills aren't enough...

    While advances in medicine have enabled us to treat conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Pills are not a complete long-term solution. Changes to lifestyle including exercise and healthy food choices are important in a strategy to prevent

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