Jon Finkel

I’m No Michael Phelps, But This is What Swimming a 200 Meter Butterfly Feels Like

Michael Phelps

When I was a writer for Muscle & Fitness magazine I wrote a first-person feature in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics where I had the swimming coach at Pierce College in California put me through an entire in-season Michael Phelps butterfly workout. I believe it was two separate 2,500 meter sessions with an emphasis on butterfly, butterfly drills, pulling and speed work. It was …

Phil Knight’s Nike Memoir Shoe Dog is Beyond Phenomenal and Here Are My Notes

Shoe Dog

Phil Knight’s memoir of his life and of Nike (both one and the same) is a must-read for so many different types of people it’s almost hard to keep track. Sneaker heads…. Track fans… Hoops fans… Pretty much anyone who follows sports would have some interest on some level… But this book is so much more than that. It’s a must-read for entrepreneurs and managers, …

The Unexplainable Awesomeness of Jumping High to Touch Stuff

Jon Finkel jumping

Kid 1: “You think you can touch that?” Kid 2: “Let me see.” And with that, one of the oldest and most enjoyable games in the history of mankind continues. I imagine little 5-year-old cave boys walking out of their caves, tens of thousands of years ago, spotting a tree branch seven-feet off the ground and grunting to each other a version of the above …

I Can’t Recommend Giving Back Through Competing Enough

Swim Across America

I love swimming so participating in a Swim Across America event to raise money for cancer research was a natural fit. If you love running, triathlons, marathons, golf, biking, CrossFit or whatever, there is no doubt an event that your sport/organization/training facility runs that is affiliated with a charity. Do it. Sign up today. Don’t screw around and talk about signing up or think that …