My Favorite Blog So Far in 2009

by Henrik Edberg

My Favorite Blog So Far in 2009
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So far this year I have been quite focused on fitness and getting into even better shape.

I don’t really write much about other blogs or give linktips here on the blog (that is handled on Twitter) but I’d like to make an exception today.

One blog that has really helped me out and changed how I view fitness quite a bit is Fitness Black Book. Instead of getting really huge a la Arnie Fitness Black Book is all about getting lean and toned.

What I like about this blog is that it’s relaxed but also uses a no-nonsense approach. The guy who owns the blog, Rusty Moore, seems to be a pretty normal guy with a well-balanced life. He writes about the upsides of having a few beers and traveling instead of living in the gym. Plus, he’s pretty funny at times.

Besides having had an impact on how I view training through many of his articles he has also introduced me to two things that I love about exercising about right now:

  • Turbulence Training. Through Rusty I discover this exercise program by Craig Ballantyne that focuses on quick and intense workouts. I have been using it for a while now and my energy has really gone up. The best thing for me about this program is the bodyweight circuits. Instead of going out running intervals or getting bored on an exercise bik, I can get really quick and intense cardio workouts right here at home while using little to no equipment. Awesome!

Pretty much all the articles on Fitness Black Book are interesting, simple and helpful in a practical way. And reading one or a few of them is a good way to get motivated on a tough or uninspired day.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Check them out, I’m sure you’ll find something helpful there.





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Yes, But Still... March 18, 2009 at 12:43 am

Thanks for sharing this! It comes at the right time, as I’m just about to start a new fitness plan.

Rusty - Fitness Black Book March 18, 2009 at 1:01 am

Henrik,

Thanks for the great remark about my blog! I started it a little less than 2 years ago, because I didn’t like the “vibe” of most of the fitness sites. They just seemed to have too much flexing and spandex for my liking. Kind of like a bad 80′s film.

I was hoping to let people know that you don’t have to be a cheesy meat-head to get is shape…and you should have tons of other interests outside of working out.

I’m pretty much pushing the look of the guys and girls you see in “Bond” movies…slim and toned with a “hip” style. A body that looks great in and out of clothes. Creating a “nice body” not a “gym body”…BIG difference in my opinion.

The bodybuilding guys and girls aren’t a big fan of my site, but now that I’m getting 5,000 visitors-per-day to my site I’m not too worried.

You have a great thing going here as well!

Rusty

craig ballantyne March 18, 2009 at 4:19 am

Yep, Rusty’s blog is great!

And I hope I can keep cranking out content you enjoy.

Craig

Saidely March 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Thank you for the site

I more concentrated to achieve my fitness goal starting from next month yep , I can also say it come on time ;)

Best Regards,
Saidely M. / Iraq

tannage March 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Nice information! It’ll be very useful in my quest for fitness this year!

I’ve been finding that thinking up some sort of wacky goal that’s unrelated to your actual goal and training for that also works pretty well. For instance, after Christmas I was somewhat out of shape, but rather than think “Get in shape, lose weight” I just thought I’d see if I could, in the loosest sense see if I could scrape the minimum standard for the Navy Seal PST.

I’m almost there, but whether or not I actually hit that goal, I’ve had a lot of fun and it’s got me really fit in the process, and the best thing is I didn’t have to fret about whether or not I’m actually losing weight.

Henrik Edberg March 19, 2009 at 12:27 am

@ Yes, But Still…: Glad to to hear that it was good timing for you, always fun when that happens.

@ Rusty: Thanks for the kind words and for the bit of an explanation about your site. I’m not surprised you get that many visitors, I think a lot of people are interested in that look and your mindset.

@ craig: Thanks for the comment and keep up the great work, it’s been really helpful for me.

@ Saidely: Awesome!

@ tannage: That sounds like a great way to get in shape and have a lot of fun doing it, thanks for sharing.

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