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The StrongFast Planet Newsletter (StrongFast Fitness)
The official newsletter of StrongFast Fitness and Earthlings everywhere.
July 17, 2012
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In this issue...

  • What's New at StrongFast?
  • Feature Article: Welcome!
  • Fitness Found Online
  • Recipe: Curried Ground Pork with Carrots and Celery

What's New at StrongFast?

OK, it's kind of a trick question. The StrongFast Planet, of course! It's a weekly dose of news, ruminations, and instruction on fitness in general and StrongFast Fitness in particular.

To celebrate this inaugural issue, we'e running a one-week only special:

Set up an initial appointment (via phone or email) between now and July 24th and mention "The Planet" and you'll get a free two-week trial PLUS a free StrongFast Fitness cap! Details can be found at strongfastfitness.com/planetdeal. Don't miss out!

Now, it's up, up and away!
"I'm on a strict running program. I started yesterday. I've only missed one day so far."

-Kevin Nealon

Feature Article

Welcome! (And what is "fitness" anyway?)

Welcome to The StrongFast Planet, the official newsletter of StrongFast Fitness! It's sure to be a collector's item someday, so save it in one of those plastic sleeves along with your issue #181 of The Incredible Hulk.

So what is "fitness" anyway? The Free Dictionary defines it as:

Good health or physical condition, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition.

But there's also the concept of being "fit for duty." I kind of like that: fitness as being "fit for life" as in ready to live life competently. Simply being able to live is comparatively easy in our society: eating, sleeping, breathing...muddling through each day like it's a tedious task. Being fit to live demands more than mediocrity. And that takes some effort. Is it really worth it?

image Imagine you could take a pill (with no side-effects) and instantly double your strength. How would that feel? What might you do differently (other than crush your enemies, of course)? Suddenly, you could run faster, jump higher, climb, lift, throw...do all kinds of activities that were previously very difficult or even impossible. But even the simple things are affected: standing up from a chair, climbing stairs, carrying the groceries, mowing the lawn...almost everything is easier. How much would you pay for a pill like that?

You know where this is going, right? Of course. There's already a way to get those results. It doesn't happen instantly, but it also doesn't cost a fortune. It takes more time and effort than pill-popping, but if you're doing it right, that time and effort can be fun!

But wait! There's more!

How about shedding excess body fat? Fitting into a pair of Jordache Jeans? (Do they still make them? Does anyone even know what I'm talking about?)
How about sleeping better at night and having more energy during the day?
And throw in improved memory and cognitive abilities as demonstrated in recent studies. Plus slowing down the aging process and helping prevent strokes, diabetes, and other diseases.

I don't even bother throwing in the one about living longer. Oh sure, fit people are statistically more likely to enjoy a longer life, but for me it's not about living longer, it's about living better. (For the spiteful, it was George Herbert who said, "Living well is the best revenge." But according to Tony Curtis, "Looking good is the best revenge." And totally unrelated, when Spock asked, "Revenge, Captain?" Kirk replied, "Why not?")

So that's what StrongFast Fitness is about. Not just being stronger and faster, but being fit for life, and having a good time getting there. And maybe, just maybe, a little bit of revenge. (Take that, high school reunion!)

So stick with us and The StrongFast Planet will cover all kinds of fitness-related topics to help make you fit for life. The only side effects? A hankering for protein, the urge to slam every medicine ball you see into the ground, and the occasional random bout of jazz hands.

Be seeing you.


Fitness Found Online

The folks over at Whole9 have a book out called It Starts With Food. There are some cool free downloads there as well, including shopping lists, travel tips, and meal-planning templates. They're hard-core Paleo nutrition fanatics so their plan is not for everyone, but hey...free stuff! Science Daily reports on a study (with real people!) comparing low-fat, low-glycemic index, and low-carb diets. The big loser? Low fat. Not a surprise to StrongFast members, of course. But it's always nice to see studies that aren't just epidemiological.

Recipe: Curried Ground Pork with Carrots and Celery

This was tasty, and like any recipe, if I can make it, anyone can! It's also a sneaky way to get vegetables into a meal for the veggie-resistant. Enjoy!

pork dish Curried Ground Pork with Carrots and Celery
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