Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Response to Anyone Who Feels Deadlifts Are Destroying Everyone’s Spine

A HUGE thank-you to Bret Contreras for his contribution to this post. You’re my boy blue! A little backstory.  A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away A few years ago – back in 2010 – I wrote a blog post in response to someone claiming that deadlifts were “one of the worst… Read more

3 Reasons Your Female Clients Aren’t Seeing Results

Note from TG:  Today’s post comes courtesy of Molly Galbraith. She and the rest of the Girls Gone Strong pack released their new resource, The Modern Women’s Guide to Strength Training, today. Molly was kind enough to write a little sumthin, sumthin to serve as an adjunct to its release. Enjoy – it’s a doozy! If… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/25/14

I became the regular “Friday Bootcamp Guy” at CP a few weeks ago.  I had been filling in sporadically the past year to 1) give Greg a bit of a break from having to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and 2) for a slight change of pace on my end. Coaching bootcamps allows… Read more

An Open Letter to (New) Fitness Professionals

I know for some this may come across as nothing more than me playing the role of some ornery old man yelling at you to get off his damn lawn. And it some ways, you’re correct. I like to think, though, that after 12 years of doing what I do, logging thousands of coaching hours,… Read more

Male vs. Female (Fitness) Double Standards

I just got done watching last night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the opening bit, as always, was hilarious……but there was also an important commentary on societal stereotypes concerning women in politics. In a nutshell, Chelsea Clinton (Hillary’s daughter) let if be known to the world that she’s expecting her first… Read more

The Concentric-Only Deload

Today’s guest post comes from Dallas based personal trainer, and frequent regular/commenter on this site, Shane “The Balance Guy” McLean. He covers a topic that I feel many people recognize, but don’t necessarily understand: the deload. There are a million and one different ways to approach the deload – reduced volume, reduced axial loading, nixing… Read more

Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

If I had to make a list of things I hate (and hate is a very strong word, so I don’t use it lightly), it may look something like this (in no particular order): 1.  Poodles. 2. Anything Tracy Anderson says. 3. Talking about “feelings.” 4. People who complain when it’s cold outside, and then… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/18/14

I’ve been up since 3:30 this morning, so I don’t really have much to say at this point.  I’m thiiiis close to injecting some caffeine directly into my left ventricle. For those who celebrate it, I hope you have a great Easter weekend.  Try not to overdo the peanut-butter eggs….;o) And for those who don’t,… Read more