Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 3/16/18

Oh, hello. I’m in NYC! I flew down here yesterday from Boston courtesy of Equinox. I’ll be doing two separate workshops for a bunch of their trainers talking about shoulder assessment and how to turn their clients into a bunch of bench pressing and chin-upping T-1000’s. I still wanted to make sure I got this… Read more

What You Didn’t Expect When You Opened Your Gym: 6 Lessons On Building a Team

It must be “gym ownership week” on TG.com this week. Yesterday’s post on the effect social media has on the perception of gym ownership – everything is seen through rose colored glasses – was a huge hit. Today I have guest post by another gym owner, Doug Spurling of Spurling Fitness located in Kennebunk, ME,… Read more

What Social Media Isn’t Telling You About Owning a Gym

Long before I owned CORE, and even now, as a current gym owner, I’ve championed the message that gym ownership is not for everyone, and more to the point that it should not be perceived as the holy grail of the fitness industry. There’s a running theme – which is nauseatingly prevalent on social media… Read more

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 3/9/18

Can someone please make a legitimate rationale why we don’t just make “Daylight Savings Time” standard time year round? Granted this is rooted from a selfish place and is all about me being a cantankerous, sleep-deprived parent of a one-year old. Seriously, why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? SIDE NOTE: Lisa and I are finally heading out to go… Read more

3 Choices All Coaches Must Make

All I have to say is that this article would have helped me tremendously if I had access to it the week I started my first personal training gig out of college. Looking back I was such a mess. Excellent guest post today by NY-based (Capital district) strength coach Mike Sirani. 3 Choices All Coaches… Read more

Programming Considerations: Training Volume

We live in a world of dichotomous abundance. In literature we see it all the time in the form of heroes (Beowulf) vs. villains (Grendel), good (Gryffindor) vs. bad (Slytherin), or real (Milwaukee) vs. imaginary (Minas Tirith). We see it all the time in real life too: Democrats vs. Republicans Science vs. People Who Make… Read more

The Problems With Over Coaching (And Some Solutions)

A few weeks ago I Tweeted something to the effect of “Don’t be afraid to let your clients figure things out for themselves. Not every rep has to be a pristine vision that makes the Virgin Mary weep tears of joy.” I gave the example of the knees caving in during a squat. Many coaches… Read more

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 3/2/18

It’s Friday. You know how we do. BUT FIRST…(SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, STUFF I’VE WRITTEN, & OTHER TIDBITS CURATED TO SHOWCASE HOW IMPORTANT I AM) 1) Coaching Competency – Sterling, VA Excited to head back to the DC area and present at Beyond Strength Performance NOVA in Sterling, VA. Assessment, program design, exercise technique, how to make… Read more