1. Sticking to Your Fitness Routine During the Winter

    Rain. Cold. Bulk. Vacation. Chilly. Soup. Holidays. Break. Comfort. Wind. These are all words that come to mind when I look out the windows of the gym and see the grey skies indicative of a  coming storm. Halloween through New Year’s Day is what we have the pleasure of calling the “holiday seas…Read More

  2. REST DAY. WHERE ARE MY REST MUSCLES AND HOW TO I WORK THEM OUT?

    I’m sure you know this by now, but I talk about sleep… a lot. Maybe because it’s something I desperately lack but haven’t yet found the discipline to quite get a grasp on it or maybe because it’s one of the most important things you can do for your body. One way or the other, it’s import…Read More

  3. THE HEALTHIEST KIND OF ROLLING

    You know the foam roller that’s just collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom? Originally you bought it for a reason. It might have been to help loosen tight hips, it might have been some butt stuff or maybe you just got it because someone told you it’s gonna help. Whatever the reason you g…Read More

  4. GLUTEN-LIGHT. COULD IT BE RIGHT?

    So I’m sitting here at Poke Chop on a rainy Friday afternoon thinking about how much my life has changed over the past 3 months. I’ve come to 3 conclusions: 1) 2018 is going to be the best year of my life 2) Going gluten free has made a tremendous impact on my life 3) I’m on the right path. Th…Read More

  5. A CRUDE AWAKENING

    My grandfather, Kozo Hamanaka has been through alot in his 96 years on this Earth. I think about all that I’ve lived through my 30 years… and I can’t even begin to imagine the things he’s heard or the stuff he’s seen. From legit having an icebox for a refrigerator or having to escape the c…Read More

  6. TODAY IS THE DAY!

    Mike here. I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting a weekly blog and this is my first shot at it. It’s going to be a little rough around the edges but as with anything, you get better with time and practice. Shoot, I could barely bench press 95 pounds when I started the journey into fi…Read More