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FUNCTIONAL AT 40: WHY BORING WORKOUTS PRODUCE EXCITING RESULTS

This time of year, you've got the sights, sounds and smells of fall. Pumpkin EVERYTHING is everywhere and I love it. Although a recent trip to the pumpkin patch put me behind the "but mommy can do it" 8-ball with my kids. See, St. Mommy can do everything from turning the mere task cutting of a sandwich in to squares or triangles (and you BETTER NOT mix up each child's preference or ALL hell breaks loose!) into apparently something worthy of the Louvre to pouring water perfectly into a glass. Which, apparently she can walk on too if I've read my little audience correctly. So we got some pumpkins from the patch to decorate at some point, and all the way home my son was telling me "when we get

FUNCTIONAL AT 40: TRAIN WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS, NOT WHAT YOUR EGO WANTS

At some point, I turned 40. Well some point six year ago, but it happened. When I was a kid I thought 40 was one foot in the grave and life was game, set and match. You traded in baseball pants for really comfortably polyester pants with a "forgiving" comfortable waist band with an elastic belt. The cool multicolored ones with the gold buckle, none of this solid color silver buckle nonsense. If it had a little stretch to it all the better. Your best days athletically were behind you and the band was warming up to play you off stage for the last time. See, I stopped aging at 29 as far as I was concerned. Although my wife would say that's a pretty generous estimation. Hey, my kids toot, daddy

GAIN FITNESS INDEPENDENCE WITH MATT SCHIFFERLE PART II

When Matt and I talked in Part 1 of "Gain Your Fitness Independence with Matt Schifferle," he told me about a movie called "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." It details the way a master sushi chef from Japan approaches his craft. It is truly a story of a lifelong dedication to not only hone his skills, but embark on a never ending journey to achieve fundamental mastery. It goes way beyond the experience of someone merely paying the bill after a 3-star Michelin rated meal. It is the step by step process of everything that goes on before that: a daily trip to the fish market to pick out the perfect denizens of the deep, the way they are prepared in the kitchen, the presentation on the plate and eventuall