The Burn

The inside scoop on tried-and-true methods of fitness training from those in the know.

Run into 2008

Run into 2008

Andrew Ballard has sound advice on running for fellow Tokyo Gaijin Rugby Football Club members. But his insights on why, where and how to get started - from finding the right shoes to nutrition tips - ring true for rugby and non-rugby players alike.  Read Article

Free fight club

Free fight club

Free fight may be the new kid on the block when it comes to fighting sports, but televised PRIDE bouts ensure it holds its own in the ring of public opinion. In fact, many are taking to learning - not just watching  Read Article

Getting the most from your swim stroke

Getting the most from your swim stroke

Gearing up for that next - or fist - triathlon? Like most, you've no doubt turned your attention toward more aquatic adventures. Avid swimmers abound but what're competitive runners or cyclists to do with a kilometer or two of water before them?  Read Article

When teens take to the gym

When teens take to the gym

Nicolas Amp of Gold's Gym hit the gym at age 13, launching a passion for baseball, swimming, judo, basketball, rugby and bodybuilding. He shares thoughts on how sports training at a gym can help other teens.  Read Article

Beyond skin-deep beauty and health

Beyond skin-deep beauty and health

Nutritionist Erica Angyal tells how the skin is a benchmark for how fit everything else is underneath and offers dietary advice for health as well as that radiant glow.  Read Article

Getting back into the fitness swing for spring

Getting back into the fitness swing for spring

Whether finally owning up to a New Years resolution, pining to strut your stuff for spring or yearning to be healthier, getting active after many months or years of inertia calls for taking a few precautions. Michael Lancaster offers expert insights.  Read Article

Pilates: Focused fitness for the body and mind

Pilates: Focused fitness for the body and mind

Why plod along with a run-of-the-treadmill workout? Pilates trainers explain how this unique method challenges both mind and body for better concentration, strength, flexibility and a therapeutic potential to heal injuries.  Read Article

Getting the most from the slopes

Getting the most from the slopes

While marveling at the mirror over how well that snowsuit still fits, consider what's underneath. Evergreen Outdoor Center's Dave Enright and other experts explain why fitness is the real key to getting a lift out of the downhill experience.  Read Article

Feeling weary? Exercise to relieve stress

Feeling weary? Exercise to relieve stress

The majority of adult workers in Japan suffer from stress. With a healthy diet and exercise, you can take charge of your working life. Are you ready?  Read Article

Sizing up a personal trainer

Sizing up a personal trainer

Are you thinking about enlisting the aid of a personal trainer? After unveiling the new state-of-the-art EastWest Fitness center, Jeff Libengood takes a moment to talk shop about what a good personal trainer is and isn't  Read Article