Thoughts on fitness, health, good nutrition ... and running.

Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.

In March, 2013 I was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. Through this amazing program, I learned about good nutrition, sound exercise and accountability. By October, I would lose over 88 pounds (almost 37% of my original weight)! One of the many things I acquired through FWSW was a love for running. You can retrace my weight loss journey and discover how I became a runner by reading those entries labeled "fwsw" ...

Note: Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to launching BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro").

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I tried a new workout called "gravity training." There's a board hooked up to a set of rails on an incline and it slides back and forth. You lay down on it and depending on the specific exercise, you push/pull with your leg(s)/arm(s).

There are no weights ... or to put it more accurately you are the weights. All of the pushing and pulling slides your board up/down and you're on the board. Think about this for a minute ... it's a form of exercise where your fat is your incentive. I could almost feel that I was slowly working with less weight as the workout progressed (not really).

It actually approached being ... gasp, I can't believe I'm about to say this ... fun!

What's cool about fitness is that you don't have to jump right into doing P90X or some other fear-inducing workout regimen. Trainers and group classes are available to help you find something that works for you. You can workout on various machines with all sorts of settings (and the trainers can help you understand them too). You can do various exercises that avoid aggravating preexisting injuries. I promise you ... wherever you're at right now is the right place to be to choose to get in shape. And if you stick at it long enough, you might even start to enjoy it.

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