Finish of a one day Rim-2-Rim run across the Grand Canyon

One day run crossing of the South to North Rim of the Grand Canyon with Shane Corbin. Those shoes were trashed!

Craig Cooper

How to eliminate the “Dad Bod”

“Dad bods” are the new fitness standard for a growing bunch of men across the United States. What’s a dad bod? Well, think Seth Rogan, Jason Segel or Leonardo DiCaprio on summer vacation and between movie roles: overweight, out of shape, and happy and content with his pasta, rosé and Victoria’s Secret models. Basically, pudgy, cuddly, doughy, don’t really care about how you look any more: That’s the dad bod. And some women are supporting the new trend, if you believe the studies – apparently because having a man who has a dad bod as a partner takes the pressure off them to stay in shape. Another rationale is that if the man is not as focused on his own body, he’ll spend more time with and take better care of his partner and family – or so the theory goes. Read More

Xtreme Pool Training Session (Laird Hamilton XPT)

Laird Hamilton developed this underwater training system (Laird Hamilton XPT) and has been refining it for years to adapt to his personal survival and fitness training sessions. A few of us have the privilege of getting schooled by Laird on the techniques and systems he is continually developing.

135lb Ball Carry

“Ammo Box” Swims with No Breath + 40lb Weights

My book is out! “Your New Prime – 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick-Ass Life After 40” – HarperCollins Publishers.

My latest HarperCollins published book is due for release on September 15, 2015 at all the leading stores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, HarperCollins, and IndieBound. Here’s a video where I talk about it below. Pre-orders before September 15 qualify for a discount at Amazon.

Editorial Reviews for my latest book available now for pre-order at Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, HarperCollins, iBooks, and IndieBound.

“If you want to live a life of passion and excellence as you age, this is your blueprint.”—Tony Robbins, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Entrepreneur, and Peak Performance Strategist

“Easy to follow and highly informative. Your New Prime is a groundbreaking program for better health for all men as they age.”—Alejandro Junger, M.D., New York Times Bestselling Author of Clean and Clean Eats Read More

Mussels are the best protein on the planet

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For those of you who have followed my blog, you know that I love sardines and I still think they’re one of the best foods for men. That said, I think mussels are equal to if not better than sardines as part of your diet because they check all three boxes for positive lifestyle eating: moral, nutritional, and environmental.

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Want to lose weight? Don’t run a marathon….

 

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Reluctantly, I recently signed up to run the New York Marathon again this year. I am doing it with a close friend, Chris Klug, who is raising money for his Chris Klug Foundation — a great cause that I am excited to be supporting.

I say reluctantly because I had long ago ticked marathons off my bucket list. I’ve continued doing a whole bunch of other trail races and adventures but had personally sworn off doing any more marathons.

Why?

For me it came down to two things: the type of training, and the associated nutritional requirements to support that training load (and running the actual race) — basically, all the highly-refined carbs and fructose-based sugars you need to ingest to maintain the level of training required over all the months. Read More

11 reasons all men should take magnesium supplements

I had some blood work last year that showed I was deficient in magnesium. I had never thought much about this mineral as I assumed I was getting enough from my diet. It prompted me to not only make sure I was getting enough of it going forward, but to also share what I’ve found out about this mineral with other guys – and why we need it. Read More

Chronic inflammation is the silent killer of men

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Spend the weekend mountain biking and you might experience some acute inflammation of the tendons in your legs and wrists. A little rest, ice, and some ibuprofen may take care of it quickly. Systemic chronic inflammation, however, is a different story. That’s the kind of inflammation we are increasingly discovering to be intimately involved in or even at the root of many of our most challenging and serious diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, depression, heart disease, obesity, and stroke.

How can something so seemingly simple as inflammation be behind these life-altering, even deadly illnesses? After all, inflammation is the body’s natural response to the attack. It defends the body against invaders such as viruses and bacteria, helps get rid of debris, and assists in repairing damaged tissue. All of these are positive characteristics.

Part of the answer lies in the differences between what we commonly think of as inflammation – a swollen ankle caused by a hard landing on a trail run that can be treated with buymellow products. However, that is different from chronic inflammation. The latter is a condition that can run rampant throughout your body. Here’s the story and, more important, what you can do about it – to stay healthy and charging forward in life. Read More

11 ways to have a better life starting today

Craig Cooper

One thing I try to remember daily is that life is about progress, not perfection. It’s hard to make massive changes all at once and this is why most of the fad diets, exercise trends, and weight loss plans fail – because they are not sustainable in the long term.

Taking small steps daily can be life-changing if you are ready to take the first step toward better physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Here are a few to get you going that I personally encourage: Read More

Feel stronger and think clearer by eating less

I started incorporating fasting about a year ago into my weekly health and fitness program. I had done a number of extended fasts over the years but the logic and practicality always escaped me. You fast in order to cleanse and detoxify but then what happens? Invariably most people go back to the same habits until the next New Years resolution or some other new fasting fad comes along.

I wanted to incorporate fasting in a manner that would provide consistent health benefits in a practical manner that was also sustainable; so that is how I started practicing what is called Intermittent Fasting (IF).

IF is nothing revolutionary. It basically involves a day fast once a week – on a consistent basis where you don’t eat anything for a defined period.

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