General

Being Yourself – Chyna Bardarson [Guest Post]

I’ll never forget the moment a hitting coach suggested that I “do it like Manny.” I was never Manny Ramirez, nor would I ever have that level of hitting talent. Trying to emulate him was not an efficient use of my time. I was much better served finding the best version of my own stroke. Additionally, comparing my offensive prowess to the best right-handed hitter of a generation was an act destined to make me feel inadequate. Chyna Bardarson is building her brand as an on air personality with a focus on sports, fitness, wellness and nutrition. As such, she...
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Fitness

Solving the “Skinny Fat” Issue

Sometimes, adding a few calories to build muscle is a solid strategy, even if you want to become leaner and harder. Kaplifestyle readers are a passionate group. They reflect the energy of the blog beautifully with their comments and questions. This one came in on Facebook and sparked a mind-fire for me. Kap, what advice can you give to us “skinny fat” guys? Up until 6 months ago I spent most of my adult life at 6’0” and 155 lbs. No muscle tone and a bit of a pot belly. Then 6 months ago I wanted to change that...
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General

Long-Term Success: What You Can Learn from Corey Kluber – Eric Cressey [Guest Post]

I may be attempting to predict the future, but Eric has one-upped me. The @Indians & @CKluber over King Felix tomorrow? @gabekapler predicts the future in The Kapler Courier! #WhipAround pic.twitter.com/Rv9xiVdgbY — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 30, 2014 He knows I’ve consistently sung the praises of the right arm of Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. I’m fascinated hearing about the mental toughness of the man going toe to toe with King Felix tonight in Cleveland. The timing of this post is impeccable. Well played, Cressey. Well played indeed. I’m fortunate to have a unique perspective on the current state of...
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Fitness

Neck Stretches and Finding Time

Neck stretches under running water are relaxing, particularly to the nervous system.  From yogajournal.com: Many studies, including biofeedback and other disciplines, have shown that relaxation of the muscles in the neck, jaws, and face can have powerful calming effects on the entire nervous system. Fine, it doesn’t have to be in the shower, but that’s where I perform them, dammit. The shower is a sacred place. No, not because you keep your coconut oil there, but because your phone and computer aren’t waterproof. Think about it, where else do you visit where you are unable to comfortably bring your...
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Fitness

Making Progress or Overtraining

I’m four days into my master plan to acquire behemoth calves. Because I’m doing this workout in addition to my usual schedule, I’m training twice a day. Even though the daily calf routine requires only ten minutes, it’s still technically a workout and is by no means easy. Y’all know I encourage appropriate rest between workouts. Remember, you’re repairing tissue and building muscle while resting, not while working. Striking a balance between training hard and overtraining is a perpetually challenging task. During my offseasons with the Texas Rangers, I found myself consistently fatigued after long weight training sessions followed...
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General

Research and Rigor

Yesterday’s post was on the topic of white versus brown rice. In an attempt to present a broad overview and represent both sides of the issue, I sourced butterbeliever.com, a site that posted this: Many people eat way, way too much fiber, which can lead to serious digestive disorders, and even colon cancer…So, everyone choking down their Fiber-One cereals and psyllium husks really aren’t doing themselves any favors at all…Healthy people don’t need tons of fiber, and they generally don’t need to go out of their way looking for it. This claim, in part, stems from the declarations of...
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Nutrition and Meals

Brown versus White Rice

I approached the Chipotle counter to grab a burrito for my son. His order is simple, carnitas and rice. My young man is certainly consistent with his tastes. Here comes the query – brown or white rice? I’m guessing you think you know my answer. Brown rice is the easy choice, right? Everyone knows it’s the healthier selection. Not so fast. Y’all know the theme of this blog. We challenge conventional wisdom at every turn. We won’t be right all the time, and we will change course as frequently as we need to. “If you do not change direction,...
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