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I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2011. I currently work for UTC Aerospace Systems in Massachusetts. My full CV is available on StackOverflow Careers and LinkedIn.

My professional interests include software project management, software engineering process, software measurements and metrics, leadership, and professionalism in software engineering. I'm also a casual student of psychology and sociology, especially as they apply to a business context. Personally, I have taken up photography as a hobby. I'm also a casual gamer.


Jul
21
comment If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?
If you log the activity, you don't need to count steps manually. If you use the mobile app or website to record the start time, the duration, and the distance walked, the steps will populate accordingly based on your stride length (assuming you entered at least your height on the settings, if not a custom stride length). See the technique presented in the accepted answer.
Jul
16
comment What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?
@BackInShapeBuddy Could you add that as an answer?
Jul
15
comment What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?
Thanks for the clarification. I'm going to give it a little longer before I accept, but this answer pretty much covers everything. Could you just incorporate parts of that comment into the answer just so it's more readily visible? Thanks, again.
Jul
15
comment What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?
Given that I tend to run longer distances, would you still suggest extensors, flexors, adductors, and abductors in that order? Given the middle paragraph, it seems like extensors and abductors are more prevalent in longer distance runs (my normal runs are more than 5k, and I am planning on getting up to half marathon distances), followed by flexors and adductors.
Jul
15
comment What types of hip exercises are best suited for a runner?
I read an article earlier about lower reps at higher weights (3-4 reps at 85-90% of max) and how they say more significant gains than higher reps at lower weights (3 sets of 10 reps, 70% of max). However, my goal is general fitness and not necessarily amazing running times (although I am planning on a distance medley next year - a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon over 5 months), so I'm leaning toward keeping my current routine, but with more appropriate hip exercises.
Feb
11
comment Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?
If you could edit that 10-15 minute runs the week leading into the race into the answer, I think it would make it stronger. I did +1, though. Thanks for your suggestions.
Feb
11
comment Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?
I'm curious as to the downvote on this. I didn't, but I'm not sure what in this post is wrong or not helpful. If someone could point out why this may not be helpful to me, that would help me learn. Thanks.
Feb
11
comment Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?
Also, you suggest adding additional days of running, which I suppose I could do. I could replace the elliptical time with ~15 minutes of a fast jog or running (perhaps on an incline if I'm on a treadmill?). Do you suggest reducing the running frequency, distance, and/or time closer to the race, though? Or maintaining a greater run frequency throughout?
Feb
11
comment Should I change my workout as I get closer to a 5k (or any other short-term goal) when I have a routine that's helping me meet my long-term goals?
I'm actually completing at least a 5k during my running times, in terms of distance, usually about 3.3-3.5 miles though. My runs are ~30 minutes, with a ~5 minute cooldown of light jogging transitioning into walking. I'll edit that into my question for clarity, as well. I don't know if that changes your answer at all or not.
Dec
1
comment If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?
@IvoFlipse There is an altimeter in the FitBit One that equates one flight of stairs to an elevation increase of about 10 feet. I think that's the only thing it's used for, though.
Dec
1
comment If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?
@IvoFlipse I mentioned in my title that I have a FitBit One. Based on Kate's answer, it appears that the One and the Ultra behave the same, so I'm not entirely sure the model is relevant to how the website deals with data being entered through it (or an app) and from a device sync.
Dec
1
comment If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?
Do you think that a treadmill would be tracked properly? Or if you use a treadmill, do you use recording mode? It seems pretty close to running.
Nov
21
comment Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?
I'll poke around these when I get home. I've heard of Fitocracy as well, but can't find an invite code.
Nov
21
comment Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?
@Ivo Is the edit better?
Nov
21
comment Are there any Android apps similar to RunKeeper, but for things other than running or cardio workouts?
@Ivo No, but I don't see how that matters for things that aren't cardio. That's what I'm already doing for RunKeeper - after a treadmill/elliptical run, I enter the time, distance, and other data provided by the machine. Now, I'm looking to have an app where I enter wight + sets/reps + exercise type to track progress, such as lifting more weight, or tracking variations in sets/reps performed.
Aug
29
comment What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?
I would prefer a routine to something like FitDeck. I like consistency and repeatability in my exercises. I'd like a simple routine that I can do in my apartment with no equipment that focuses on non-cardio activities. Tabata looks like it involves a lot of cardio or needs equipment like a bag. I want more than just pushups and situps that can complement my 3-4 days/week running.
Aug
29
comment What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?
@Ivo I'm looking for not cardio exercises (as well). That is a good starting point, though.
Aug
28
comment What kind of exercises can I do at home with no equipment?
Is this appropriate for a beginner? It seems awfully...intense. It says in the description that it's appropriate for all fitness levels, but I'm a little hesitant. Also, is there anything online that I can start to follow here and now, if I do decide to order this book?