Movement Digest – April 3, 2021

Exciting news: Monica Reinagel and I are putting on a FREE workshop on Tuesday, April 6 at  4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET. IN the workshop we will be teaching our 3 step approach to creating sustainable behavior change and weight loss. The workshop is free but reservations are required. You can register at

And now, with that out of the way, on with this week’s digest!

If any of the following topics happen to tickle your fancy, click the underlined text to read or listen.


Change Academy – What’s Your Default?
Behavioralist Schlomo Benartzi defines a default as “what happens if you do nothing.“  If we’re too busy, distracted, or fatigued to make a choice or decision, the default wins the day. And because we’re often busy, distracted, or fatigued we want to be careful and intentional about which defaults are operating on our lives.

Get-Fit Guy – Range of Motion: Why You Need to Use It or Lose It
Good range of motion is the key to living a mobile, active, and fit life. But range of motion can decrease after an injury or as we age. Expert Shane Dowd joins me to talk about the three exercise pillars that will help you get and stay fit and flexible.

Get-Fit Guy – The Best Jump Rope Workouts for Beginners and Experts
Aside from being a great exercise on its own, the skills developed by jumping rope benefit almost any athletic endeavor. – 7 Little Ways to Improve Your Child’s Coordination
Kids need to move and they need to do it often. Here are simple ways to get your kids moving and build their coordination at the same time.


Pull-Up Progression – Workout of the Week

We, modern-day humans, have lost the need and ability to adeptly manipulate our body weight on the vertical plane. Regularly doing some pull-ups (or chin-ups) is a very effective way to regain that ability, not to mention that it will sculpt some great lats. 

Don’t worry if you haven’t done a pull-up in years (or ever). I understand that starting this activity as an adult takes more than just simply buying a bar and doing it. That is why I suggest starting with some simple hanging “shrugs” before moving on to an eccentric (or lowering) movement before trying to do a full pull-up. I demonstrate all of those in this video!

Read more about pull-ups.

Social Media:

In this Instagram post, I am using our brand new binoculars to sight some ocean wildlife. Spending more time being active in the great outdoors gets more fun and alluring when you have a clear reason to get out there (aside from knowing that you “should” do it). Buying some decent binoculars, and subscribing to some local online whale sighting groups. has given me an even greater desire to get out there – even if the weather isn’t perfect. 

What do you think you could add to your world that would make being active more enticing?

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