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Ultimate Workout Room/Playroom for Crossfit, Parkour, and Gymnastics

  What is the best way to create maximum workout options in a New York apartment? I spent a fair amount of time researching the best system for the workout room/playroom in our new apartment, which we designed around fitness.  (“Playroom” really means “room for adults to work out in [...continue reading]

Recent Books: Paleo, Angel Investing, Mediation, and Career Acceleration

I read a few books over the last year that I thought were worth highlighting/recommending: The book that has had the most practical impact on my life was The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, by John Durant.  This is a thoughtful analysis and explication of the “paleo” or [...continue reading]

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

Both founders and researchers in healthcare are spending far too much of their energy in areas where they’re not going to make maximum impact. Most health problems are self-inflicted, but the innovation economy doesn’t reflect the power of preventive healthcare.  Dr. An Nguyen and I just completed [...continue reading]

Ultimate Pushup Videos / ffMASSIVE Conference at SXSW

We’re now gearing up for the 2015 version of ffMASSIVE, ffVC’s annual conference as part of SXSW.  If you’d like to participate as a sponsor or in some other capacity, definitely please contact my colleague Katie Frankel, katie(at) !  Last year at ffMASSIVE, we held an on-stage pushup [...continue reading]

Lose Weight and Get Strong Without Leaving Your House

My family and I are in the process of moving to another apartment, and we are thinking through how to design it to promote active living for us and our children.  Both at work and at home, we’re trying to make it as easy and natural as possible for people to raise their fitness level while going [...continue reading]

SXSW Charity Push-up Competition, Sunday 1-2pm, Austin TX

Michael Gold challenged Jeff Pulver and me to a pushup contest for charity on stage at SXSW.  This rapidly escalated to a full-fledged Indiegogo campaign. So: Come challenge Ryan Armbrust, me, and some other team members Sunday 1-2pm at the ff MASSIVE pavilion,  Empire Control Room & Garage [...continue reading]

Meet People At SXSW … While Working Out And Losing Weight

Can you go to SXSW and stay in shape? South by Southwest (SXSW) is famous for a jam-packed schedule, infinite free food & drink, minimal sleep, and radical overstimulation.  It's not well known as a place to stay in shape. So before attending for my first time (finally!), I had to find a [...continue reading]

Bicycle Parkour

I get a lot of personal training ideas from videos, but Danny MacAskill's Imaginate (below) is useless for that purpose.  Just training to do some of the tricks in this video will almost certainly kill you. Danny takes BMX biking to the next level and does what I would call bike parkour.  This [...continue reading]

How to Keep the People Attending Your Conference Alive

Do you organize events?  Do you like your attendees alive? Conference organizers like their attendees to be energetic, enthusiastic, and preferably, alive.  However, I see a lot of conference organizers who are doing the opposite: degrading the health of their attendees. Joe Reilly organized 50 [...continue reading]

Wheelchair Gymnastics (Really)

I now primarily do calisthenics and body weight exercises for my workout, but I have the great advantage of having four working limbs.  This video shows a wheelchair user, Joshua Rucker, doing calisthenics most able-bodied people couldn’t do.  Really, really impressive, and [...continue reading]

Never Leave the Playground, part 2

I blogged some time ago a PBS video featuring Stephen Jepson, who is more agile than you are…and at age 72, he’s probably older than you too. I love (and share) his philosophy of active living and “never leave the playground”.  One of the influences of training in parkour is that I've gotten in [...continue reading]

Parkour and Entrepreneurs

Parkour is to entrepreneurs as golf is to (some) corporate executives. (Previously posted at Forbes.) In the past few years, I’ve taught myself some of the basics of parkour, which is effectively skateboarding without the skateboard.  The goal is to navigate your environment as quickly and [...continue reading]

ff Venture Capital Holiday Video 2012, with in-office workout

We would like to wish you Happy Holidays from ff Venture Capital! This video gives you a sense of our "fitness office" during the holidays. If you are not familiar with photography memes like "ff-ing", you might want to look at some related memes: planking, batmanning, and owling. There's [...continue reading]

Never Leave the Playground

If you're interested in being both physically and mentally fit -- regardless of your age -- you have to watch this 71-year-old. I definitely share his philosophy that you should "Never Leave the Playground." I can comfortably guarantee that he can do some tricks that you (and definitely I) cannot [...continue reading]