My Journey Through Breast Reduction Surgery and Recovery by

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

“If you’re going to continue doing CrossFit, you’ll need to have a breast reduction,” my very direct gynecologist told me one year as she performed my breast exam. It wasn’t that I hadn’t thought about it before, but the struggle was amplified by my newly active lifestyle. Surgery, though? Too scary. Too expensive. Too much […]

Harmonizing the Relationship Between Heart Rate and Breathing Rate (Videos) by

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

You’re driving home, and a car brandishing exactly the kind of bumper sticker that makes you seethe cuts right in front of you, almost causing an accident. You can feel your blood pressure rise and heart rate skyrocket as a burst of angry adrenaline hits your system. Then, the moment is over, and although a […]

What is Heart Health? Cardiac Pre-hab and Rehab Techniques with PT Monica Jain (Videos) by

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

I’ll never forget the first time I was trying to teach my dad about tuning in to his body and asked him to “sense his heartbeat.” His eyes popped wide open and he said, “uh, there’s a problem there… whenever I feel my heartbeat I’m afraid it’s going to stop!” This type of trepidation, when […]

Good Strength Building Exercises to Wake Up the 3 Power Centers by

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

There are myriad ways that you can pursue overall physical strength and power, and just as many reasons that you might want to. For high performance athletes, building greater power might be about wanting to win a game, crush a match or challenge a world record. For the new mom, greater power might help her […]

5 Steps to Make Self-Care Exercise a Habit by

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

So you want better habits? As you well should. Your habits are the defining factor in the life that you create and perpetuate. They determine what you eat, where you go, how you move and how you feel. They shape your reality. Oftentimes people get so caught up in negative behaviors that they overthink how […]

Healthy Aging Through Sustainable Fitness: A 4-Pronged Approach by

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. – Socrates Throughout this month on the Tune Up Fitness blog we’ve been exploring topics around Peak […]

Mobilize Small Movers and Get Big Gains: Finger and Toe Exercises to Enhance Strength and Coordination by

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A central tenet of the Tune Up Fitness approach to reaching peak physical condition is finding and illuminating “body blind spots”. These are areas of the body that have been “overused, underused, misused, abused, or totally confused.” When your body is riddled with blind spots, you shortchange your ability to access and engage all the […]

How to Get in Amazing Shape While Doing Exactly What You Love: The Inspiring Life of Jon “Big Red” Christenson by

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Five years ago Jon “Big Red” Christenson (aka The Bearded Bell) awoke from a medically-induced coma to hear two words that would transform his health, and his life, forever: morbidly obese. Although Christenson was a skilled athlete his whole life (baseball, hockey, football, etc.), poor eating and drinking habits had ballooned his weight up to […]

Power Exercises for Inner Peace: A Conversation with Olympic Weightlifter Elizabeth Wipff and CrossFitter R.E. Lewis by

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

For many, the idea of “peaceful practices” does not include burpees, handstands and Olympic-style weightlifting. But for Olympic Weightlifter Elizabeth Wipff and CrossFitter RE Lewis, these are exercises that lead directly to inner peace and wellbeing. I recently hosted a jubilant conversation between Wipff and Lewis about the top ways power-generating exercises lead directly to […]