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Ask Rocco: 03/31

Negatives: If you want big numbers on the bench By Rocco Castellano When I was a kid (I say “kid” because I’m old enough to have kids in their 20s), I used to bench press an insane amount of weight. Everyone asked, “How the f**k can you do that?” The first thought was always, “he’s […]

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Chew on this: 03/31

Defensive eating for nutrition survival By Jayne Powers Back in the day – think the years following World War I – U.S. society witnessed a sea change in fashion and body image. The curvaceous figure of the Gibson Girl, the female ideal of beauty, was out, replaced by the rail-thin, waistless figure of the flapper. […]

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Chew on this: 03/24

Cooking techniques and skills for healthier lives By Jayne Powers Nutrition is more than being able to pick out healthful ingredients or read a nutrition facts label. You also need to know how to take ingredients and make something tasty out of them, because if it doesn’t taste good, chances are it won’t get eaten, […]

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Ask Rocco: 03/24

Need to burn fat? Find a hill By Rocco Castellano I’ve always been someone who hates wasting time, and it seems like that’s what the average person training today does. Maybe it’s the whole “rat race” thing that makes the perpetual idiots want to do cardio by walking or running on treadmills that literally allow […]

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Ask Rocco: 03/17

Want big arms? Train your triceps, wussy boy! By Rocco Castellano Your triceps are what give your arms the appearance of being huge, not your biceps. If you want huge arms, you need to train triceps and train them hard. Thickness comes from breaking down muscle fibers so they can adapt to being worked hard […]

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Chew on this: 03/17

Eating well to stay well By Jayne Powers We are a nation of burgers, sandwiches and tacos, not to mention desserts and sweet snacks. They rank No. 2 out of 32 food categories reviewed by the advisory committee of the 2015 dietary guidelines in a report recently released to the public for comment. It also […]

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Chew on this: 03/10

The unhealthy side of gluten-free food By Jayne Powers If the gluten-free label makes you feel like it’s better for you, you’re in for a reality check. The common misconception that gluten-free foods are healthier than foods that contain gluten is untrue; just like the common misconception that organic foods are healthier for you. Gluten-free […]

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Ask Rocco: 03/10

7 Tips for choosing a ‘real’ personal trainer By Rocco Castellano Anyone who thinks they look good in shorts and a tank top is getting a certification for personal training – and it makes me sick. It’s becoming an overwhelming trend; I see more and more that clients are getting hurt from less-than-qualified idiots taking […]

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Ask Rocco: 03/03

I’m too busy to exercise. F**k you, take 15 minutes By Rocco Castellano It’s amazing how many times I hear that most people don’t have time to exercise. Deadlines, kids, pets, meetings, reports – everything for everyone else. Without work we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the good things in life, right? You’re probably thinking, […]

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Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and over time is a journey of taste, much like fashion is a journey for the eyes. I also think fashion reminds us of what looks good and bad on us, and, for the most part, […]

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Morgan’s motorcycles and murals

Jason Morgan displays still life and portraits at Springfield Museum of Art By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jason Morgan, Indian Four, […]

Be Well, Marsha 12/1/15

And not a drop you drink By Marsha Bonhart I was in third grade when I started snooping in my […]

Ask Rocco 12/1/15

My personal orthorexia By Rocco Castellano Last week, I reminisced about the past year of writing my column for Dayton […]

Abstract vision

Painter Katherine Kadish in her Clifton studio By Bill Franz Photo: Kadish showing one of her earlier works Just over […]

Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]