Posts made in July, 2013


Factors Of Intensity

Factors Of Intensity


Posted By on Jul 16, 2013

A new infographic I made to answer the question “What was the limiting factor in this workout?” This is part of my development of a new workout program builder and exercise tracking app. I’m working on advancing the Quantified Self movement in the area of functional fitness.┬áThis should also help in understanding and teaching training...

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Inequalities of Knowledge

Inequalities of Knowledge


Posted By on Jul 7, 2013

I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the years researching the inequalities (and inequity) of wealth distribution. A new idea for me today is that, in the same way that we have wealth inequalities, there are also skills & knowledge inequalities. Part of the reason is financial, as professions have material incentive to keep their knowledge silo’d and exclusive. Another part of the reason, probably the larger, is that the barriers to entry for the layperson are just too high, based on tools, resources, and accessibility of the expertise. These barriers can be lowered by intelligently and generously designing curricula and making available tools which start at the beginning and build intuitively and efficiently towards full comprehension, teaching all the correct principles along the way. This is exactly my intention with Get The Fitness; to make accessible – to spread far and wide – the skills and knowledge of how to use fitness and nutrition effectively to improve our lives. It’s been a heck of a challenge teaching myself web design and development; I didn’t even know where to start at the beginning of May. The idea of “skills & knowledge inequalities” occurred to me in the context of someday being able to lower that barrier to entry by delivering a truly accessible and comprehensive “web entrepreneurship” curriculum and toolkit. What can I say, I love to systematize things and teach...

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Just a quick one here, to highlight the noteworthy milestone I hit this weekend. It took 30 out of 36 hours this weekend – with a Saturday evening break for my 33rd birthday dinner – but after an intense all-night/all-day sprint, I got the site structure live on Sunday evening 10pm. It is a novice effort from a design point of view, but then that’s appropriate, as I’m a novice web designer. The point is that I learned a lot, got the site live by my planned launch date, and worked my butt off to get a design I was at least satisfied with before I did. So that’s that. I’m already making site design & layout improvements, and work will continue in parallel on content and mechanics – the web apps side of things. I’m seeing amazing potential for this “fitness toolkit”. I’m seeing it facilitating exercise and nutrition improvements for millions of people; I’m seeing partnership with respected industry leaders, and I’m seeing eventual integration with physical sensors and an open data/open science initiative. But these are long-term visions; in the next 1-3 months I have concrete awesomeness to deliver via interactive curriculum, fitness assessments, workout routines and exercise database, interval timer, exercise and nutrition tracking. So many good things coming… Stay...

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