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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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Ask Rocco: 02/17

Your personal trainer is an idiot By Rocco Castellano I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 35 years. Yep, I’m that old. In 1991, I was one of 300 certified personal trainers in the world. Since then the industry hasn’t moved forward one bit. It seems like it’s still stuck in 1991 – almost nothing […]

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Chew on this: 02/17

Lab-tested protein powders: what to buy By Jayne Powers For all the bad things about the American diet (whatever that really is), one fact is certain: We don’t suffer from a lack of protein in our diets. Depending on your age, and level and frequency of exercise, you may need more or less. For men, the ballpark […]

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Ask Rocco: 02/10

Day two – a Lunk Alarm … again? By Rocco Castellano You ever hear the saying, “You ain’t doing something right if someone’s not hating on you”? Well, the confirmation is coming in everyday, especially when it comes to Planet Fitness. Several weeks back, there were a couple of people who wrote in, thinking they could […]

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Chew on this: 02/10

Why you shouldn’t judge a chocolate bar by its label By Jayne Powers With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re in high sweet mode. My all-around champion favorite knocks me back to my childhood – chocolate. If you follow nutrition headlines, you no doubt have read that chocolate is one of those star superfoods that will […]

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Chew on this: 02/03

Grounds for that morning cup of coffee By Jayne Powers I’m always quite taken by the number of people I meet who have prejudices against certain foods, often for no good reason other than they’ve read or heard about it somewhere. I call these prejudices food-isms. Much like the “isms” that compartmentalize people into ethnicity, […]

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Ask Rocco: 02/03

I hate nightclubs disguised as gyms By Rocco Castellano As you’ve read my column for a bit now, you don’t have to be Sherlock “friggin” Holmes to realize I don’t like many things in an industry I call home. Why do I stay? It’s a question I ask myself a million times a day. It’s because […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/27

Sugar daddy drama By Rocco Castellano If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s so-called fitness gurus spewing falsehoods without even doing the research. I hear it all the time from some of the top fitness pros around the world: “Sugar’s bad for you … watch your sugar intake, blah, blah, blah.” I’m going to […]

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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 […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]