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Live Laser Hair Removal Radio

By Pete Williams

Laser hair removal is increasingly popular, especially among athletes.

CLEARWATER – The popularity of laser hair removal has soared in the last decade and people have turned to an easy, effective, and increasingly affordable method of hair removal.

Endurance athletes are especially fond of laser hair removal since it gives them a competitive edge on the bike, in the water and in pretty much any other endurance activity.

Terri LaBrecque, owner of The LaBrecque Center for Aesthetics, is one of the foremost practitioners of laser hair removal. Operating out of a spa-like setting with two of the most modern lasers on the market, LaBrecque has provided laser hair removal to hundreds of Tampa Bay area residents.

We’re in the process of a series of treatments with Terri and this week we broadcast The Fitness Buff Show live from her office as I underwent laser hair removal. Looking for the perfect gift for this holiday season for yourself or a loved one? Why not laser hair removal?

Listen to show HERE.

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Matt Fitzgerald’s “Iron War”

By Pete Williams

Matt Fitzgerald is perhaps the most prolific endurance sports writer in the business. Usually he’s providing terrific instructional advice on training and nutrition, but in his new book IRON WAR he tackles the narrative form, providing a richly-detailed account of the 1989 Ironman championship.

That year, Mark Allen finally overcame longtime rival Dave Scott to win triathlon’s coveted title in an epic showdown in Kona. Fitzgerald examines what drove the two most decorated triathletes in the sport to greatness. The result is a gripping page-turner, even though the reader knows who will win.

Fitzgerald recently joined us to talk about IRON WAR on The Fitness Buff Show. You can listen to that broadcast HERE.

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Talking Endurance Sports with Jerry Napp

By Pete Williams

Our guest on the video version of The Fitness Buff Show this week was Jerry Napp, whose background in the endurance sports world spans more than two decades. Jerry’s vast experience includes clinical exercise, corporate fitness, equipment sales and marketing across multiple channels, personal training and coaching. He’s also an accomplished age-group triathlete and runner

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Mixing it Up with Mix 1

By Pete Williams

For more than a decade companies have tried to come up with the right mix for post-workout recovery. There have been some decent protein powders, but by the time you get to the blender the window for fueling your muscles often has closed. As for RTDs (ready to drinks) they’re often little more than chocolate milk.

The folks at Mix1, launched from Boulder, Colorado in 2006, have found the happy, well, mix. The all-natural protein shake has a 2-to-1 carb to protein ratio that’s ideal for both pre-workout and post-workout recovery – or as a meal replacement. Unlike other drinks in the category that are kidney-crushing protein bombs, Mix1 has only 15 grams of protein – 10 for its lighter version. As someone who has dealt with a kidney stone from overdosing on protein powders, I’ll never drink anything with a higher protein content again.

We chatted with Mix1 founder Dr. James Rouse during this week’s show, along with Mix1-sponsored athletes Megan Wallin (volleyball) and Marco Hintz (triathlon).

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What SUP? Talking Stand-Up Paddleboarding

By Pete Williams

Stand-up paddle boarding continues to blow up nationally, especially here in Florida. Today we spoke with Brody Welte of Stand-up Fitness, who in the five months since we last had him on The Fitness Buff Show has become one of the nation’s top experts on the sport.

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An Alternative to Pain

By Pete Williams

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Endurance athletes deal with all sorts of pain, from acute to chronic, and often times the solutions are neither simple nor permanent.

That’s why the injection-based prolotherapy process has become a popular alternative for many athletes. It involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active solution into the body around the tendons and ligaments to strengthen weakened connective tissue and alleviate musculoskeletal pain.

Albert Franchi, a New England area orthopedist who is the team physician for Bentley University and a leader in the field of prolotherapy, joined us to discuss the procedure on today’s episode of The Fitness Buff Show.

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A Positive Addiction

ESF’s ENDURING ATHLETE OF THE MONTH — JANUARY

By Pete Williams

Whitney Lasseter is a picture of health: an avid runner, fitness model, and healthy lifestyle coach. It’s hard to believe just five years ago her life was spiraling out of control.

She was a party girl, addicted to drugs, a veteran of rehabilitation centers, gaining weight and a smoker before a near-death experience provided a wake-up call.

Running proved to be her salvation. These days, the Palm Harbor resident and single mother of two enters most every race she can find in Central Florida, usually finishing at or near the top of her age group. Lasseter, 31, traveled overseas for the first time in October to compete in the Amsterdam Half Marathon and hopes to continue to pursue her love of travel and running while showing others how to turn their lives around through healthy living and running.

Lasseter, whose Web site is whitfit.org is our inaugural selection for the Endurance Sports Florida Enduring Athlete of the Month.

Q: Why are you so open about your troubled past?

A: I like to show people that you can overcome things. I know a lot people in the Tampa Bay area and they think I’m just happy-go-lucky athlete with no issues whatsoever. I think it’s important for me to share my story to help others.

Q: Where did things go wrong?

A: I was young and pretty and liked to party and I’ve always been sort of an all-or-nothing kind of person, which now is obvious with my training.  Back then I didn’t know how to channel it; I made bad decisions that got me into more trouble. I’ve matured and found a way to use my addictive personality in a positive way.

Q: How did running help?

A: I discovered running while I was still smoking cigarettes and my dad, who has been a runner, said I’d either quit running or quit cigarettes. I quit the cigarettes and at first I’d run a quarter a mile, then a half mile and it just grew until I did a 7-mile loop. Myrna Haag, an elite triathlete mentor of mine, said I needed to compete and I did a 23:20 in my first 5K. Since then I’ve dropped three minutes in two years. My ultimate goal is to beat dad’s 10K time of 38:38 when he was 38.

Q: So you’ve replaced one addiction with a positive one?

A: Exactly. I used to seek that high from outside sources: drugs, alcohol and partying and now I get it from life. And I want other people to realize that’s possible. People are searching for this joy and I’ve learned that it’s all within you.

Q: So your running career is just getting started.

A: It really is. I was talking to a guy I run with, a 54-year-old who starting running when he was 44. Now he’s doing

three-hour marathons and all of his PRs have come after the age of 50. It doesn’t matter when you start. We have unlimited potential and it’s all in your head. That’s why I’ve gotten into healthy lifestyle coaching because I know what it’s like to be in a bad place and to be overweight. Anything is possible and people can reach that full potential if they have someone to point them in the right direction. If I can do it anyone can.

Q: You recently completed the Amsterdam Half Marathon (in a PR time of 1:34:51). What made you choose that event?

A: I had been thinking, “Where in the world would I like to go?” I met a new friend, a non-runner, and suggested the race in Amsterdam. I trained him and he did a 5K, 10k, and half marathon. We just went for the weekend and it was such a great experience. I was the first U.S. woman to finish and I was the 43rd woman overall. I have not done a marathon at this point but the sky is the limit. The Ironman definitely sparks an interest as well.

Q: You were the first female finisher at the clothing-optional Caliente Bare Dare 5K in October. What was that like?

A: It was my first nude running experience and I kind of eased my way into it in the hour leading up to the race. I’m not a nudist, so it was kind of nerve racking to disrobe in front of all my running friends but it was fine after I got over the initial discomfort of it.

Q: What makes you an enduring athlete?

A: Whenever I see people in pain pushing themselves, that inspires me to do better. If they can do that 18-minute 5K, then why can’t I? We all have the same potential.

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