‘zookeeper guide to fitness’

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…

Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block

What do you do when you have a daily goal of writing five hundred words a day, and you don’t have a thing to write about? Okay, I have plenty to write about. I have two book projects that need desperate attention. I have several other books I could start…

Interpretive Nature Run

Interpretive Nature Run

Being an avid non-runner, I look for opportunities to avoid the exercise at all costs. However, with the Sloth Army Running Club in full swing and meeting twice a week for runs, I can’t escape it. Coming up with running workouts on Thursdays is pretty easy, I have a slew…

Positive Reinforcement for Punishing Situations

I’m reading an interesting book called Triggers: Creating Behaviors That Last, Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith, and I just had the most interesting insight from reading the book.  When discussing our most powerful triggers, they tend to be one of four specific types- Encouraging triggers (associated…

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. 

The Game is Afoot!

The Game is Afoot!

The past few weeks I have been engrossed in books with similar theme as A Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. I finished Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb last week, and I’ve started on a new fitness/diet book called The Game On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson. Vernoff…

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth the ZooFit Way

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth the ZooFit Way

I’ve been on the fence about how to present this seemingly delicate subject matter, and the most comfortable platform is obviously writing on my blog where only a small limited number of people will actually see it to dispute or argue with me. For some reason, the topic of sugar…

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

When I first came home from the Clicker Expo last month, I complained that I didn’t get out of it as much as I would have liked.  Looking back on my notes, however, I think I may have spoke too soon.  There were quite a few presentations and speakers that,…

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

I have been struggling with how to convey my most important fitness message to my audience for some time.  My main motivation and inspiration for getting fit was conservation.  Doing my part to stay healthy and help the planet.  But it has also been to create a healthy, positive attitude…

Consistency and Patience- Watoto’s Rumble

One of the most incredible experiences of my career was the chance to work with elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  To build a unique and special relationship with such an enormous creature that could easily have crushed me as much as look at me, was, in a word,…