Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Growing Weight Problem

The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, shows that 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese in 2009. That was a small but measurable increase from 62.2% the previous year. The survey finds that 36.6% of Americans are overweight and 26.5% obese. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index findings are based on telephone interviews with 673,000 adults in January 2008 to December 2009. About 90,000 surveys were done each quarter, and the margin of error for the quarterly results is +/- 0.3 percentage points.

Reversing this trend will take the involvment of many. With the country focused on health care costs, hopefully we can develop innovative solutions, especially for children.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ultimate MMA Magazine Review of My New Grappling Conditioning DVD

The May 2010 issue of Ultimate MMA Magazine features a review of my new Grappling Specific Conditioning DVD:

"If you haven't seen Kevin Kearns perform you're in for a big treat. He's comfortable and humorous on camera, so his personality pulls you in and keeps you hanging onto every word as he takes you through every exercise."

"Speaking of which, these exercises are amazing. He had us on the ground, in our office, working along with him.  Working out may be the only thing in this world better than writing, so we decided to forego all work for a bit while we Burned with Kearns. Eventually, we got back to pounding the keyboard, but this DVD is going home with us. Guaranteed."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Winter Workout with Nature

I am a huge fan of getting back to nature (working out outside)! On a recent day in Boston, a snow had fallen a few days before, it was about 35 degrees and the sun was shining.

Although my time was limited, I wanted to workout outside. (I was getting my kids off the bus in about 30 minutes). Strength training was on my agenda with an interval component.

I grabed a Kettlebell and my 4lb sledge hammers and went to workout in the snow. Our yard has many pine trees, a kid's swing set, plus a nice 20 yard hill for sprints.

Here was the circuit:
  • 3 sets on all Hammer time: 20 reps each
  • Kettlebell swings: 30 reps
  • Kettlebell horn squats: 30 reps
  • Alternating snatches: 30 reps
  • Pull ups: 20 reps
  • 20 yard sprints uphill: 3 sets
  • Hammer matrix
  • I concluded with 10 minutes of yoga
There is something special about being outside - like a kid and just playing.