07/31/2013 | FITNESS
The Protein Bible: Part 3 - Protein Requirements for Goals
So in Part 2, we talked about the various protein powders. In Part 3, we tackle how much protein you really need. Read more
07/30/2013 | FITNESS
The Protein Bible: Part 2 - Protein Powders
Protein supplements are a simple and tasty way to fulfill protein requirements. They are also pretty cheap on a cost-per-serving basis. So... what protein powder should you buy? Read more
07/29/2013 | FITNESS
There is No Maybe
Arnold’s successes in life – bodybuilding, movies, and politics – were all driven by the power of his mind. He believed in himself when no one else did. Ultimately, Arnold had a blueprint for his life that was fueled by his early struggles and early successes. Read more
07/26/2013 | FITNESS
The Protein Bible: Part 1 - Introduction
If you’re not paying attention to protein, you’re doing it wrong. Ask a room full of people trying to look good if they follow a low-protein diet, and no one will raise their hand. Protein is important. Read more
07/15/2013 | FITNESS
The Truth About Fattening Foods: They Don’t Exist!
It doesn’t matter what you eat regardless of whether it’s high in protein, carbohydrates, or fat; high glycemic, extremely processed, or conventionally labeled as an “unclean” food. Don’t believe me? The evidence is clear: No foods are inherently fattening! Read more
07/12/2013 | FITNESS
Don’t Forget the Dumbbell Pullover
It will never be as popular as the bench press or as glamorous as any curl movement, but the dumbbell pullover remains one of my favorite exercises and I’m determined to make sure it doesn't fall by the wayside. Read more
07/07/2013 | FITNESS
Best Damn Cardio Humanly Possible in 15 Minutes
Cardio sucks. There I said it. Anyone who tells you they enjoy cardio either is lying or needs to have their head examined. Cardio is a means to an end. So what is optimal cardio? This was the question on my mind. Read more
07/03/2013 | FITNESS
Awesome Workout Tips – Part 1
Over the years, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the gym. And the lessons I’ve learned have always been the hard way. I am going to show you not only how to train the right way, but how to do it and be your very best. Read more
06/03/2013 | FITNESS
A Badass’s Guide to Nutritional Domination
It’s no longer easy to know how to eat. Exotic fruits? Juice cleanse? Wild meats? Local vegetables? Food is medicine. It can kill. It can cure. It’s THAT powerful. Read more
05/28/2013 | FITNESS
8 Common Exercises That Aren’t Worth Your Time
With an abundance of misleading information saturating the fitness industry, I’ve outlined 8 common exercises that aren’t worth your time and included an appropriate alternative for each exercise. Read more
05/22/2013 | FITNESS
Half-Kneeling - One of Core Training’s Best Kept Secrets
The half-kneeling posture and the exercise progressions that come out of it can be some of the most beneficial when it comes to addressing workout posture. Read more
05/15/2013 | FITNESS
Fitocracy Arnold’s 1% Challenge Month 1 Winner
Andrey Chevozerov wants to be a powerlifter one day. But between a family that includes a beautiful wife and a young boy and a busy job as a team leader at an IT company in Russia, he simply doesn’t have enough time to train. Read more
05/15/2013 | FITNESS
The Rotator Cuff: Unlocking the Shoulder
A buff muscle isn't always a useful muscle. This is the kind of insight that set Arnold Schwarzenegger above his competition. He spent time working on fine motor skills and mobility training that allowed him to move like an athlete instead of waddling around like a brick with legs. Read more
05/09/2013 | FITNESS
Getting More out of Foam Rolling: Breaking down the 3 S’s
Training your body to recognize where it's been storing tension, especially in places that you might not have been aware of, is one of the first steps to productive, intelligent change. Read more
05/07/2013 | FITNESS
Intro to Foam Rolling, Lower Back Pain, & the Quads
Every athlete knows sore muscles and sometimes the bitter pain of injury. Before the workout that you love leaves you feeling more like cripple, it's time to prehab yourself from injury. Read more
04/26/2013 | FITNESS
The MetCon Workouts
Badass MetCon workouts from Mr. Badass himself, Bandana Training. You're going to want to check this out to help get you shredded for summer. Read more
04/15/2013 | FITNESS
The New Age of Fitness
When I began my career, if you asked someone where the nearest gym was, they would most likely look at you like you were a serial killer. We’ve come a long way. Read more
04/09/2013 | FITNESS
MetCon: The Greatest Weight-loss Exercise in the History of Gravity
Smart MetCon is- injury-free kick-ass training with a hell-bent emphasis on technique AND intensity and a progressive emphasis on volume. Now that’s a recipe for badassdome. Read more
03/26/2013 | FITNESS
If you’re like most people, you’re probably waiting for it. You’ve probably joined a gym sometime in the past 5 years. You’ve bought the fitness magazines. You threw out all the junk food last January. But you’re stuck. You can’t get moving. Read more
03/13/2013 | FITNESS
Hacking the Deep Squat
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03/12/2013 | FITNESS
Sparing the Shoulders
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03/11/2013 | FITNESS
In early 2010, while I was serving as a Platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne my platoon was ambushed by the Taliban and I lost my leg in combat. I endured 47 surgeries and needed 52 blood transfusions. I fought then, and I continue to fight every day of my life. Read more
03/08/2013 | FITNESS
Arnold Sports Festival 2013: 25 Years Later
The 2013 Arnold Sports Festival was held in Columbus, Ohio last weekend, and this year was special. 2013 celebrated the 25th anniversary of this mecca of fitness. Read more
03/07/2013 | FITNESS
A Classic to Remember
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03/06/2013 | FITNESS
Creatine: How Much Should You Be Taking?
Creatine is the most scientifically significant supplement of the past thirty years. It’s obviously known for making athletes bigger and stronger, but that’s not all it has to offer. Read more
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hen Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., published his first bestseller, Aerobics, in 1968, he introduced a new word and a new concept to America. March 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary book that launched a worldwide fitness revolution. Today Dr. Cooper is recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement and credited with motivating more people to exercise in pursuit of good health than any other person. In 1968, only 100,000 people were jogging in America. That number is now more than 30 million strong, thanks to the work and influence of Dr. Cooper.
Born March 4, 1931, in Oklahoma City, Dr. Cooper’s father, a periodontist, instilled in him the idea and desire to practice preventive medicine. With a natural ability in sports and a strong academic mind, Dr. Cooper completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Dr. Cooper joined the military in 1957. During his 13 years of service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, Dr. Cooper served as a flight surgeon and director of the Aerospace Medical Laboratory in San Antonio. He dreamed of becoming an astronaut and worked with the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) to help create the conditioning program preparing America’s astronauts for space and in-flight anti-deconditioning program used on board spacecraft. He also developed the 12-minute and 1.5-mile fitness tests and the Aerobics Point System, all used today by military organizations, amateur and professional athletic teams, law enforcement agencies, and many public schools and universities all over the world.
Dr. Cooper’s work with the Air Force and NASA launched his aerobics life work, but it was his own health crisis that made it personal. While water skiing at age 29, Dr. Cooper thought he was having a heart attack. At the hospital, his doctor told him he was simply out of shape, having gained 40 pounds and becoming inactive due to the stress of medical school. That first-hand experience catapulted the young doctor to lose weight and run his first marathon, the Boston Marathon, a year later.
After the publication of Aerobics, Dr. Cooper resigned from the Air Force to pursue full-time exploration of the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and health and longevity. In 1970 Dr. Cooper’s dream became a reality with the opening of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Nearly four decades later Dr. Cooper serves as chairman of 10 health companies, a nonprofit research and education institute, and has expanded his vision by adding a second Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. There, CooperLife, a health and wellness residential community is under construction.
Dr. Cooper’s vision is shared by his son, Tyler Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., who is the CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc., a preventive medicine physician at Cooper Clinic, and president of CooperLife. A 650-person staff supports the Coopers’ mission to encourage optimum health.
Stretching his international reach, Dr. Cooper has lectured in more than 50 countries. He is most famous in Brazil having trained the 1970 Brazilian soccer team to a World Cup victory. In Brazil, running is called “coopering” or “doing the cooper.” In Hungary, the “cooperteszt” is the name of the national fitness test.
Dr. Cooper has authored 19 books, which have been translated into 41 languages and Braille and total more than 30 million copies sold. The Drs. Cooper released their first-ever book as a father/son team, Start Strong, Finish Strong (Avery) on Sept. 6, 2007, available at bookstores nationwide.
From the time of his first book, Dr. Cooper has advocated revolutionizing the field of medicine away from disease treatment to disease prevention through aerobic exercise. The Cooper philosophy, “It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, diet, and emotional balance than to regain it once it is lost,” has been proven valid in scientific research.
Dr. Cooper’s mark has also been felt on the American diet. His collaboration with PepsiCo and eliminating trans fats from its Frito-Lay snack line started an international wave that other companies are now following. On the back of Baked Lay’s packages, you’ll find this quote from Dr. Cooper, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life.”
His recent work focuses on the health and fitness of the next generation—America’s youth—and fighting the childhood obesity problem. In Texas, Dr. Cooper was instrumental in getting physical education back in schools through the passage of a new law that requires enhanced PE activity levels and annual physical fitness testing. He created the Our Kids’ Health initiative to reverse the growing obesity epidemic in his home state and across the country.
Dr. Cooper is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and he has received more than 70 awards and honors including most recently the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Southwest area, Health and Sciences; Angiolino Quarenghi Award from Panathlon International, Italy; Dallas Historical Society’s Excellence in Community Service Award; and The Dallas 25.
At age 77 and having logged more than 38-thousand miles running, Dr. Cooper sets an example for maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising at Cooper Aerobics Center on a regular basis, along with his wife Millie and their daughter, Berkley, and son, Tyler, and their families—all “coopering” for health.