Author Archives: John Marshall

How to work out when you totally don’t want to

Category : Fitness Tips

Sometimes it's hard to find motivation to hit the gym...we've all been there!  Read this article to find your way out of your funk and back into fitness.  Your body and mind will thank you for it!   click here

 

 


Keep your metabolism revved

Category : Diet Tips , Fitness Tips

Think your metabolism is lagging?  Check these tips to make sure you're running optimally.

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What’s a “Burpee”?

Category : Fitness Tips , Workouts

If you've worked out at PUMP you have surely done a burpee (or at least a modification of one) at least once...and you LOVED it (as much as you love sarcasm)!  A burpee is an exercise combining a squat with a plank (or push-up) and a jump.  Put that  together, and you have an overall strength builder guaranteed to leave you out of breath in seconds.  When I was a kid in gym class we did this torturous exercise, but they were called squat thrusts.   So why, in the world of training, are they called burpees?

History of the burpee

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term originated in the 1930s: “Named after Royal H. Burpee, American psychologist. The original usage was Burpee test, in which a series of burpees are executed in rapid succession, designed to measure agility and coordination.” But there’s a bit more to the story than that.

Burpee (1898-1987) was a physical education advocate who worked for the Greater New York YMCA for more than 50 years. It was in that context that he developed his test, which was used by the Navy and Army, according to a New York Times article from 1959.

“He was a physical fitness nut. Not only did he do them, my father also did them as part of an exercise routine daily,” says Royal H. Burpee III, a 57-year-old plastics salesman in Easton, Pa., who does not do them. But he had to in high school gym class. When his teacher wouldn’t believe that Burpee’s grandfather was responsible for the exercise, young Roy brought in a copy of his book “Seven Quickly Administered Tests of Physical Activity.”burpeedemo


The Cleanest (and dirtiest) Veggies You are Eating

Category : Diet Tips

The Environmental Working Group has released its "Dirty Dozen and Clean 15" lists of the most and least pesticide-contaminated foods at your market.

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Exercise is the Best Medicine

Category : Fitness Tips

Are you tired, achy, stress ridden, or finding yourself under the weather often?  You need to read these exercise tips I came across to help cure what ails you!

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Take Aways from Fad Diets

A Little of This, A Little of That

Category : Diet Tips

I  just saw this link today from Good Housekeeping on msn.com about healthy tips you can take from fad diets.  See?  You don't have to be "all or nothing", you can pick and choose what works for you!  These are all great tips and you should try to apply them as often as possible.  Enjoy the read!  Click here.