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The Runner

2013-07-04 5 min read Gym and Fitness marco
Something is happening that I never thought possible: my workout routine is changing so much towards running, I have to call myself a runner nowadays. If you had asked me 5 years ago, when I still lived in San Francisco, if I’d ever consider running, I’d tell you there was no way. I was too big-framed, I would say, and besides my knees were hosed from multiple cycling injuries. Running was heavy on the … everything. Continue reading

Working out with a Heart Rate Monitor

2012-12-16 7 min read Gym and Fitness marco
A while back, I read an article about the dangers of using heart rate displays on exercise equipment. The gist was that the machine told you to reach a certain heart rate, and if that was too much for you, you could injure yourself. Of course, the advice was sound, but the alarmist title, Are Heart Rate Monitors Dangerous? was not helpful. I found using a HRM one of the biggest improvements to my workouts, so much so that I don’t even like to go to the gym at all if my HRM doesn’t work. Continue reading