On the schoolyard field of battle known as gym class, I made the geeks look good. I was such a spaz that I always got picked last when teams were being selected, and the gym teacher seemed to hold me personally responsible for it taking him eight years to finish a phys ed degree.

I always came out of dodge ball with head trauma.

In university I got the "freshman 15" factored by three, and after seeing a vacation beach photo decided it was time to get in shape for the first time in my life. That was 1993, and I've never looked back.

Nowadays, I’m pretty ripped. Fitness isn't just a means to an end for me. I've never been tempted to buy some body-bow-blade-ellipto-flex-ab-cruncher because such things are crap and it's not a healthy attitude. I see exercise as not only about achieving goals, but a righteously ass-kicking attitude that needs to be embraced with vigor until the day I dirt-nap. Here are my 10 personal fitness commandments for living exercise that have kept me going strong for almost two decades.

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