Category: Fitness

In praise of being dead last in a race

As I told you last week, last Saturday I ran the Four Courts Four Miler.  I finished!

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312 pound Chris Abraham after a 2.26 mile run

Three-hundred-and-twelve-pounds! When did that happen?

As I have begun to share over in shop healthy, cook healthy, eat healthy, be healthy, I really let myself go. I might have been wearing my fancy new Fitbit Surge but I haven’t been rising to any of all the occasions that have been offered to me as a result of being up to my […]

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Giving 9Round Columbia Pike my money

A brand new 9Round gym opened up in the Penrose Square neighborhood of South Arlington, and I popped on January 7 after eating tacos and drinking margaritas at my favorite local, Taqueria el Poblano, just to see who took over the vacated commercial space.  It was a gym called 9Round. 9Round 1st Impression There was […]

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Chris Abraham on two laps of Roosevelt Island offroad trail run

Gear and tech that’ll make me strong and skinny

OK, I am not so naïve as to assume that all the fitness apps we have have strapped to our wrists, clipped to our shirts, and filling up our iPhones and Androids — but it’s not far from the truth. Over the last three months I have been so busy with actual work that I have put […]

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Action films make for a grand row

While I appreciate UCanRow2’s recent article, 10 Indoor Rowing Workouts to Kill 10K, I must admit that my secret is watching streaming movies off of Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. Tonight, it was 100% Hulu Plus streaming over Roku onto my Sony Trinitron: Robocop and A View to a Kill. I have some news: after two months […]

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Keep rowing between the challenges!

The best thing for me to do is to row at least 10,000 meters every day for the rest of my life; and, the hardest thing to do is to continue rowing between Concept2 Online Challenges — which is stupid because each challenge is only long enough to really get you back into rowing shape so […]

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Entering the cult of CrossFit in 2016

As of Monday, January 4, it looks like I will serve my first week in the cult of CrossFit. I have been thinking about joining CrossFit for a while because I am already interested in kettlebells and Concept2 Indoor Rowers and some of my best friends have transformed their lives through a commitment to CrossFit. […]

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Chris Abraham after a lovely saturday morning walk

Starting the day with a spirited walk

I would love to suggest that this morning’s walk was mine but it wasn’t — though I benefited.   It was warm enough to wear shorts and a zippered hoodie, and I could have gone with just a t-shirt, too, but I wanted to carry my wallet, keys, and phone.  Activity: Walking Distance: 2.76 mi […]

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Working on myofascial release with my massage stick

Fighting sciatica and fascial adhesion with a massage stick

When I am not on Kathe Ana’s table at Heavenly Body’s Clinic here in Arlington, I am using a Big Stick from The Stick to try to work out the almost debilitating tightness in both my right lumbar and the resulting tightness I have in the muscles in my shin. I have been calling the first one sciatica: “lower […]

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Become fit with Reddit’s help

After all the brouhaha surrounding #GamerGate and the controversy surrounding the decision that SXSW made in removing some #GamerGate panels, I wanted to remind my gentle reader — yes, you — that there are warm hugs online and not just slaps, punches, yells, screams, and assaults online. First, here’s a #GamerGate primer. Second, online abuse, […]

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