GenX Fit

GenX Fit

Gen-X-Fit with Cliff Saunders looks at fitness for everyone that's a Generation X'er. The fitness industry focuses on people in their 20's and 30's. It focuses on the Instagram influencers that aren't real. This podcast is about what's real, because you live a real life.

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March 25, 2021 14 min
Former Marine George Hood is 63, and already holds multiple physical fitness world records, including the one for the longest plank. He's going for another one this weekend - most push-ups in an hour. He talks about how he prepared for this, how he decided to go for all of these records, and how he hopes to inspire you.
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We have started to see some live events, local races, return after a year of being impacted by COVID-19. But while some races are back, some local politicians are making last second decisions that aren't fair if you have signed up and spent money on a race.
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If you think Matt Kinztele of Texas was going to let a diagnosis of Parkinson's stop him, you are very, very wrong. Doctors told him one of the best things he could do for himself was to work out. Matt took their advice, in a big, big way.
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The fitness industry has been ravaged by COVID-19. While the national gym chains will survive, and maybe even thrive, smaller gyms are having difficulty keeping their doors open. That is, if they are allowed to be open at all. Ohio gym owner Dale King says the Health and Fitness Recovery Act deserves consideration from Congress.
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Galveston Marathon Race Director Jana Landry says there are a lot of new runners created by COVID. We could be in a second running boom. Landry also tells us how a smaller race like hers has survived through the pandemic to make it to the start line later this month.
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Justin Fitch was going down the wrong road in life. But it's never too late. He turned his life around when he was 31 by embracing personal fitness and faith. Now, at 37, he's helping others do the same thing. And he's doing it even though he has cystic fibrosis, and we are in the middle of a global pandemic thanks to a respiratory virus.
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Gerald Schattle has been on a fitness journey for years. The Houston area principal has lost 150 pounds, and did a lot of it through running. Not just small races either. Gerald just completed the Chevron Houston Marathon, and has his eyes set on a 50 mile race in April! He's using his journey to help students that have made some bad choices get back on track.
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Most races are still 'virtual' but there are live events that have returned. One of those is The Woodlands Marathon in the Houston area on March 6th. Race Director Willie Fowlkes has already done a live race as part of the Texas 10 Series, and talks about how this event will run and keep runners safe at the same time.
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The Chevron Houston Marathon normally gets anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 runners every year. COVID-19 has forced the race to cut down their field, and go virtual. But a funny thing happened. Every single spot was filled. Thirty different countries are represented!! Muffy King from the Chevron Houston Marathon tells us why, and the challenge she has taken on for herself.
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This was by far, my favorite episode of the year to put together. Michael Murphy, the Honor Flag Runner, lost 80 pounds and runs to honor those that lost their lives in service of our country. He's been continuing his mission during COVID. In case you missed it when I dropped the episode in January, here it is again, as we wrap up the year in Fitness
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I've been a big gym rat for about ten years now. But a funny thing has happened because of COVID-19. I've discovered that I don't miss it. I've found alternative ways to do strength workouts, and they are easier than you might realize.
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If you run, you know many races donate a lot of money to charity. Those have all taken a hit during COVID. They are starting to make a comeback. Robby Sabban with the La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon near Houston talks about how COVID has affected his charitable efforts, and how he is staging this year's race (in person) with social distancing in mind.
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The Chevron Houston Marathon usually attracts about 30-thousand runners every January. Covid-19. While small races have figured out how to return to live racing, it's a different ballgame for the bigger runs. How are they handling the shift to virtual? How are runners responding? Muffy King with the Chevron Houston Marathon tells us.
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We're all sick of being stuck at home. The weather is getting colder. You don't feel like getting out there and running or going to the gym. It's just easier to sit at home and relax. It's easier to get lost in that mindset and make the wrong decisions for your health. But getting out there might just help you feel better.
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The pandemic shut down a lot of races that runners love to take part in. There haven't been many 5k's, 10k's, half marathons, or full marathons. But a funny thing has been happening lately. The races, especially the smaller ones that survived COVID, are starting to return. Willie Fowlkes, the race director for The Woodlands Marathon outside of Houston, tells us how it's happening.
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Rosa Hale is a Houston area mom and grandmother who has been on her fitness journey since 2014. When we told you her story in January, she was getting ready to run a half marathon. Now she's back, and she's made the transition to bodybuilding, in the middle of COVID, and the results speak for themselves. She just got done with her first show of the year, and wouldn't you know it, she beat women her age, and those younge...
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Apple rolled out its new Apple Watch last week, but there are other new fitness wearables coming out just in time for the holiday season. The High Tech Texan, Michael Garfield talks to Cliff about the new smart watch from Fitbit. Garf and Cliff also talk about some of the fitness apps that are out there, and how connected running shoes actually work.
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Peter Shankman has a lot on his plate. He is a single father. He's a best selling author. He's an entrepreneur. He has launched three startups. On top of all that he finds time to rain for the two triathlons he has run. And he does it all while dealing with ADHD. In this week's episode, Cliff finds out how he does it all, and how fitness helps him deal with his ADHD.
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In 2013, Black Men Run was founded by Jason Russell and Edward Walton to promote heart health in the African American community. It started in Atlanta, but now there are chapters all over the world. Terry Love is the captain of the Houston chapter of Black Men Run, and talks about how this all started, how COVID-19 has impacted it, and how the club has integrated social justice into what they do as well.
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Hank Lewis is just like you. He's the father of two teenagers. He has a demanding job as a college professor. He also is a food critic and craft beer aficionado. Listen to how he lost 90 pounds and managed to maintain it even as the world is going through COVID-19.
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