Coaching: The Fine Line Between Building Toughness and Being Destructive

Jordan McNair, a (former) University of Maryland football player, died a few weeks ago during practice as the team was completing conditioning drills. All signs pointed towards him being in distress. Yet, the cloud of “being tough” and persevering through a grueling workout seemed to have overcast common-sense. We can learn from this tragic event… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 8/10/18

 1. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston, MA (<– THIS WEEKEND) Last chance. Dr. Lisa Lewis and I will be holding another Strong Body-Strong Mind Workshop in Boston, MA on Sunday, August 12th. 1. We offer both a Professional and Student rate. 2. CEUs will be available via the NSCA. 3. Predator Handshakes are free. For more details… Read more

The Underrated Value of Mediocrity

Remember that iconic and hilarious scene from the movie Billy Madison when Billy (Adam Sandler), upon realizing one of his classmates embarrassingly peed his pants, attempts to “normalize” the situation by pretending to also pee his pants, thus reframing the unfortunate situation into something that’s not only desirable to do, but something everyone thinks is… Read more

Appearance on the Untamed Podcast

I had the pleasure of being invited onto the Untamed Podcast recently hosted by strength coach Ryan Costanza. Meow. Untamed It’s a doozy of an interview, coming in at close to two hours. But Ryan and I cover a plethora of topics ranging from coaching philosophy to differences between training athletes vs. general population clients… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 8/3/18

BUT FIRST…CHECK THIS STUFF OUT  1. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston, MA Dr. Lisa Lewis and I have designed a 1-day workshop for health/fitness professionals that touches on a topic rarely discussed: the SOFT SKILLS of coaching. How to improve exercise consistency. How to increase motivation and competency to train. How to assess clients/athletes and write more… Read more

Solving the Shin Splint Shit Show

Few things are more annoying than a nagging (sports) injury. Okay, I can think of some: A piece of popcorn lodged between your teeth during a three hour long movie and no floss in sight. Flat Earthers. Poodles. Talking about feelings. Outside of those things, having (and trying to train around) a nagging injury is… Read more

The Lost Art of Time Under Tension

I think many of us get caught up in the sets x reps trap. Meaning, we’re so focused on the number of sets and reps we perform in any given set or workout, that we often forget there are many other components to garnering progress in the gym. In today’s guest post by Upstate NY… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 7/27/18

Lets get right to this week’s stuff. BUT FIRST…CHECK THIS STUFF OUT  1. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston, MA Dr. Lisa Lewis and I have designed a 1-day workshop for health/fitness professionals that touches on a topic rarely discussed: the SOFT SKILLS of coaching. How to improve exercise consistency. How to increase motivation and competency to train…. Read more