‘Workout’

The Psychology of Burpees

The Psychology of Burpees

I’ve been racking my brain trying to find the words to describe how operant conditioning works in fitness. I’ve even had dreams about it.

May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th Be With You

May the 4th be with you. Today is a fun day for movie fans, geeky fandom enthusiasts, and appreciators of puns. In the fandom world of nerdy movie lovers, today is Star Wars Day. Because, you know, May the 4th is a pun sounding like “May the Force (be with…

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 6- Conservation Hero WODs

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 6- Conservation Hero WODs

Ah, Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, at last. Well, for the moment. April on Whidbey Island is like a crapshoot. Today was absolutely gorgeous.  This weekend is supposed to be raining and dreary again. Spring, to me, is where ZooFit thrives. ZooFit is very much about exploring and appreciating…

Conservation Hero WODs

I will have to admit a little factoid about myself. My fitness program is heavily influenced by CrossFit. I have a strange love-hate relationship with CrossFit, but for the most part, and I do mean a majority of my feelings are quite positive. CrossFit offers camaraderie that I have never…

Event Training with ZooFit

I am a part of an amazing team competing in the Whidbey Island Triathlon this Saturday.  In my continuous effort to practice ZooFit in all my affairs, I figured training for this event utilizing the principles of operant conditioning, enrichment, and even conservation would be a great experiment. While we…

Boredom is a Four Letter Word

Boredom is a Four Letter Word

I’m working on the Enrichment section for my book Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. Enrichment was one of my favorite aspects of being a zookeeper. Keeping the animals mentally and physically active, increasing naturalistic behaviors, and engaging them in more dynamic ways was the epitome of zookeeping, personally. 

30 Days of Wild- June 4: A Hot Day

I do not thrive in hot weather.  It’s one of the reasons Washington is so appealing to me.  But this weekend is a scorcher- 78 today (felt like 100) and low 80s tomorrow. At least we aren’t in Beaverton, which is going to hit 100 this weekend!  WHAT the WHAT?!?!…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 92: Star Wars Day

It’s a little known fact that I love nerdy or fandom holidays.  Maybe you picked up on the idea that I love these holidays when I celebrated Pi Day over, say, Easter.  And this week is a big holiday for me.  No, I’m not talking about Cinco de Mayo.  Bigger….