Runner With Disability Breaks Utah State Record


Champions never let obstacles get in the way of greatness. They find a way to overcome them and continue to flourish. Hunter Woodhall of Syracuse (Utah) was born with a congenital birth defect called fibular hemimelia, a condition where all or part of the fibula is missing. Doctors didn’t believe he’d ever learn to walk. Now he’s the state record holder in the 400 meter dash.

On April 29, Woodhall defied the odds, like he’s done his entire life, and set the Utah state record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.56 seconds, the 10th fastest time in the country this season, according to athletic.net.

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Body Goals and Changing Routine

This week I set out to make a difference in the way I look. I’ve been health conscious most of my life but I’ve had years that I’ve let myself go. The most stressful years were when I’ve either changed jobs or had a child on the way. Some people are stress eaters, but I don’t think that I am. In fact, when I get stressed, I work out or try to relieve stress in a physical manner.

When I look at my progress, the correlation of me gaining and losing weight is usually connected to my personal life. More specifically my sex life. When your sex life is good, the late night snacking and over eating don’t happen because you want to be able to perform at a high level. You don’t eat a big meal before you go out and run a few miles or play hoops so if you’re going to perform at a high level you need to be light on your feet. Continue reading

Running vs. Cross Training

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If you follow me on any social media you would swear I was a runner. For many months I used the hashtag #butimnotarunnertho and folks would tell me that I was. Ironically I do run about every day. The difference is, I’m not a runner by choice or by force, its just a part of my everyday routine to keep weight off.

I was a big man a few years ago. I was hitting the scale at 305 pounds. I started a cardio regimen of one and a half hours a day to help get the weight off. Whether it be biking, running, walking, elliptical, or several sessions of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) the objective was to get to at least an hour and a half of cardio per day. Continue reading

Chest Day In The Lab

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Everyone loves a strong chest. It’s the centerpiece of everyone’s workout when they first start working out but honestly most of us don’t maximize the plethora of chest exercises that will give you the best look and results.

Most people run directly to the bench press. Bench will give you a strong chest, but it won’t give you maximum results for the chest and chest development. In order to get the best benefit, a full range of motion is necessary. Dumbbells offer the best range of motion because you can take them below the body and you can isolate each side of the pectoral region for maximum results. Continue reading

Hump Day Workout – Back and Biceps

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Today the workout was brutal. I started it off with a run and ended it with a brutal back and biceps workout. Back is my favorite workout. People neglect the back, but it’s the cornerstone for the body and getting yourself the perfect V Cut. A strong back helps when you’re trying to build a strong core and a strong chest.

1. Lat Pull-downs

One of my favorite moves. Don’t swing when you are doing them. Keep your posture good. On each set mix it up. On the first set take it behind the neck. The second set take it to the chest. The third set squeeze it at the bottom behind the neck. The fourth set double pump Continue reading

Training vs. Exercising

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Today I started a training program to change the way my body looks. I’ve always been able to add bulk but I’ve very rarely been able to sustain a lean muscular look for more than a few months. When I get to that point, I usually either get too skinny and lose muscle or get too caught up and start lifting heavily and eating poorly and bulking up.

This program is supposed to help me achieve a happy medium. It’s similar to what I’ve always done, but the diet restrictions mixed with lower weight and higher reps are going to be something that I’ll have to get used too. I am currently weighing in at 226 lbs. Continue reading

Getting Your MOJO Back

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I’ll admit that I’ve been stuck in a rut for the past few weeks. I’m very goal oriented and when I’m just a little off, I get caught in a whirlwind and lose focus on what it is that I want to get out of my daily routine.

Obstacles come in various forms and for me all it takes is a little nudge in the wrong direction and I end up all over the place. It can be something as simple as an accusation or as complex as a problem at work but anything out of the norm will set me back a little. Continue reading