Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
I'm a huge fan of skateboard riding. When my dog was still a puppy I trained him to get comfortable out front and encouraged him to pull. Now, he's a pulling machine and our favorite mode of getting around town together is by long board.
I love the idea of the skateboard as an aesthetic element in my home. I only have one board (my go to) but can imagine a few different boards of style and color hanging neatly on a wall and ready for use. The picture above is borrowed from Boosted Boards, a cool new development electric assist vehicles. I can't wait to get mine. I'll be sure to include an outlet for recharging on my 'board display wall.'
Monday, November 19, 2012
We've started a series of Sunday morning workouts in my neighborhood. With 2 down and 3 to go, we're picking up momentum. I expect to have a dozen athletes for our next workout on Dec 3rd.
The premise behind Terrain Fitness is to site each workout in a unique location and to design each workout for that specific location. In this way, the local topography or Terrain will dictate the work to be done. Each workout focuses on a warmup, base strength, strength building and agility. I'm also slowly starting to introduce mindfulness and meditation (for holistic fitness). So far, these workouts have been great fun! I remember the days of being a kid again and going outside to play with the neighborhood kids...
For more visit Terrain Fitness
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Jim started off with a brief summary of human physiology and how it relates to movement. The title of his talk was 'Primal Conditioning.' He gave some great examples of groups that have embraced this concept as a conditioning methodology. Groups like the Monkey Bar Gym, Primal Fitness, The Strength Box, MovNat, Wild Fitness, Parquour. Check out this link and try not to be inspired:
Jim asked me to provide the next talk in the YESS series with focus on FitSpace. The talk will be in December at the Salem YMCA.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Seems like I've been forgetting a lot of stuff lately. Last week you may have found me rummaging through the YMCA lost and found for a dry TShirt. I've packed these bags a thousand times and how I continue to miss stuff is beyond me...really.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Robin and I recently added a new member to our family, Tucker, an Australian Shepard puppy. And let me tell you, he's pretty cool.
My concept of FitSpace embodies more than a physical place, rather it's a mentality that can be applied to many aspects of living. Anything that gets you up and moving, outside and into sunlight:) as a solution to a problem that normally would keep you in is a good example of the FitSpace mentality. In this way, Tucker embodies FitSpace completely.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The plan of the FitSpace cabin is efficient. Rooms are organized along an interior runway or 'FitSpace performance deck.' The house uses a series of outdoor or semi-outdoor rooms which includes a deck with outdoor fireplace (multipurpose space), outdoor performance deck to mimic indoor hall and an outside tub as an extension of the bath.
FitSpace 'circuits' are used to organize spatial sequences and points of entry. For example, returning from a run, one enters through the 'mudroom' bath. Used clothing is recycled before a shower. The bath also is a lounge with a small wetbar for recovery. And, of course, the soaking tub completes the axis.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I love this picture that five-year-old Wyatt Murphy (nephew) drew of me from memory and unsolicited. I don't have kids, so for those of you that do, this little gem is probably nothing extraordinary. I simply find this sketch fascinating. One morning, while we were visiting CA, little Wyatt watched me and friend, Daniel, gear up to head out on a long ride. I was wearing a red jersey with a gray cycling vest (therefore gray with red sleeves). Wyatt captured the image in his mind's eye perfectly and then drew this sketch a few days later as a gift before we left to come home.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
My birthplace, Longbeach CA, gets the concept of cycling. For one thing, imagine going from .1% efficiency (in your car) to +15% efficiency (on your bike). Cyclists of all shapes and sizes are saving the world!
Check out Longbeach's bike initiative: http://www.bikelongbeach.org/Default.aspx
Here is the completed design for a new community plan focused on providing safe passage for the bicycle. The bicycle and car are not mutually exclusive. In this scheme, residents drive into the front of their homes and exit on their bikes from the rear (onto a greenway). The road for cars terminates in retail, while the road for bikes terminates in a park...its a simple statement really.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Last year Patrick McCrann gave me a call to talk about FitSpace. Patrick is a triathlon coach and author. His excellent blog 'Fuel Your Endurance Lifestyle' is always a good read. In addition to the interview, I've added a few images but really, you're going to want to hit the play button, sit back and relax. Enjoy!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
This kitchen, entry, sunroom and bath renovation was just finished for my friend David Halligan. I've included some before and after pictures. The design challenge here was to improve the flow and utility of adjoining rooms that were relatively disjointed. Whereas in the original layout, the kitchen, mudroom entry and sunroom were functionally very separate spaces. I redesigned these rooms to become one larger space. The sunroom is an essential connector to the rear yard and terrace so it needed to remain barrier free to the kitchen.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm introducing a new term; 'Terrain Workout.' A terrain workout is a unique workout specific to your local resources. It's a workout that I might do that you can't because your backyard is different than mine. I might ski (in NE) while someone one else might surf (in CA). Each outside workout is dependent on conditions specific to where you live.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Guerrilla workouts may change your life! Ok, that might be a little extreme but seriously these workouts will rock your world. Join our small group for some experimental new training workouts that are designed to kick your butt AND be fun. Utilizing the resources and terrain around us we'll focus on unique opportunities for challenging our fitness. You'll laugh, you'll cry...you'll be back!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
“Riding my bike is very often the best part of my day, any day of the week. That was certainly the case yesterday, even though a cold, wet and windy afternoon. The experience was sweetened by the subtle sound of laughter coming from the woods behind the corner store. Children's laughter; a kind of anonymous chorus, undecipherable and non-distinct.
I don't have children, maybe if I did I'd feel differently about this, but I've long since determined that Children's laughter is one of those precious wonderful sounds like the sound of birds returning in the spring, or the sound of ocean surf. When I hear these sounds I try to stop and listen, if only for a minute, because it makes me feel good.
So, by circumstance I was on my bike yesterday in the rain, working my way home, and off in the distance, from the woods behind the corner store, I heard the fantastic, yet faint sound of children's laughter. I tried to find the source and thought that I was able to make out one of the kids but I couldn’t be sure. I did, however, feel lucky to be there to capture it.”
The Valley Development Council, in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, invites you to participate in the 2009 Smart Growth Design & Reuse Competition.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
FitSpace is a new concept in fitness! We’re thinking outside of the box to keep you active and fit. We will start with your goals and an overall physical assessment to design a custom plan for you to improve strength, flexibility and range of motion. Utilizing your available time and resources we will find creative ways to integrate your plan into your daily routine. We use FitSpace strategies including circuits and triggers to integrate a challenging plan into your home, office and in between. FitSpace concepts are proven to improve your fitness and make you active.
The class will meet three times and will include:
· Fitspace eBook
· Design of plan
· Understanding of goals of plan established from testing, questionnaire, and athlete goals
· Establishing the means; review of spatial resources, time availability, equipment requirements
· Circuits + Triggers: Creating and utilizing circuits and triggers to execute plan
· Review of Case Studies; how this works
· Developing our external network beyond the gym; context à campus and connecting to others
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
NASA: Colbert name on treadmill, not roomWrite-in effort pushed for Comedy Central comedian to be honored
Comedian Stephen Colbert will get a treadmill, not a room, named for him on the space station. "We don't typically name U.S. space station hardware after living people and this is no exception," a NASA spokesman said.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ultimately, as an architect, I'd like to be designing spaces that challenge the way we think about our living environment. FitSpaces engage our imagination and our bodies in ways that our current homes may not.