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Happy Before(s), Happy After(s)

I nearly tripped over the two women sitting on the stoop of the nondescript building I’d just exited onto Reed St. One of the women promptly asked me if I had a light; all in all, a very South Philly experience. It was my second visit to Matt Godfrey‘s photography studio in as many days. I was only supposed to go once, […]

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Improv Your Fitness (Not a Typo)

My friend Fel…OK, I hope you’ll forgive me, because I’m gonna name-drop for a second ’cuz it’s a new friendship and I’m a little star-struck by her. The woman I’m casually calling Fel is Felicia Ricci, voice coach and former LEAD IN THE BROADWAY TOUR OF WICKED (she played Elphaba). This is her: In a […]

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The League of the Unapologetically Strong

The following blog post was adapted from an email I sent to my newsletter subscribers. If you, too, would like to become a member of the league of the unapologetically strong, enter your email address in the box to the right of this blog post.  ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ “I’ll bet you could kick my ass!” he said. She said. […]

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Three Ways to Play

I’m the person in the group who says yes to whatever zany new idea someone is suggesting long before they’ve finished explaining what it is. While that habit has gotten me into a few situations I wouldn’t rush to repeat — biking at 50 miles per hour down a mountainside, clinging to the railing as I teeter […]

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The Importance of Eccentrics in Strength Training and Sports

The concentric portion of movements get all the hype, says Tim Moyer, MS, CPT, head volleyball and strength and conditioning coach for Philadelphia University’s team. Concentrics create movement through the application of force, so in general, think about the lifting up portion of various exercises — the concentric phase is the ascent of the squat, […]

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Lightning & Thunder: The Blooper Reel

When I watch the outtakes video from the filming of Lightning & Thunder, I feel like I’m watching the inside of a friendship, neatly recorded for posterity. If a videographer followed us around on any given day, this is what they would get. If a videographer didn’t follow us around, this is still what we would get. […]

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