Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 1/9/15

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Sorry kiddos, I have to keep this short and sweet today.

But a quick heads up in case you missed the news:

– I’ll be in Cortland, NY this March for the 2nd Annual SUNY Cortland Strength and Conditioning Symposium. Other than myself, speakers include Nick Tumminello, Joy Victoria, Mark Fisher, and John Gaglione. Special appearances by Taylor Swift and Professor X.

I’ll also be heading to Australia this March for two workshops – one to be held in Ballina (2-days), and one to be held in Sydney (1-day). Details to come very soon.

– My biceps looks amazing today.

What Happens in Your Body During a “Cleanse” or “Detox” – Thorin Klosowski

You shit rainbows!!

I had a few professional baseball players ask me my opinion on these so-called “cleanse” diets within the last week, so I did two things:

1. I looked them dead straight in the eyes and said, “you’re dead to me.”

2. I then handed each of them this article.

For further reading on this topic, I highly recommend Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre. Total pwnage on his part.

Thanks For Including Me On Your Stupid List – John Romaniello

John and I are bros. I actually attended his wedding. He had Star Wars themed table seating charts. Did you read what I just said?


Nevertheless, it goes without saying that along with being a good friend, he’s someone I respect a lot in this industry; not only for his training and nutrition knowledge, but also as a writer. He’s one of my favs.

This article was a nice commentary on the industry and helped shed some light on a topic that I feel far too many fitness professionals (and non-fitness peeps) place too much precedent on.

Like John, I agree that’s it’s flattering to be included on said lists. But I try not to make more of it than what it actually is.

7 Secrets to Pulling 700 – John Gaglione

It’s like a fat kid and cake, or a moth being drawn to a flame…I can’t resist a good deadlifting article.

And relax, even if you’re no where close to pulling 700 lbs1, there’s a gulf of great information in this article which can (and will) undoubtedly help improve your deadlift technique and performance.

Did what you just read make your day? Ruin it? Either way, you should share it with your friends and/or comment below.

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Plus, get a copy of Tony’s Pick Things Up, a quick-tip guide to everything deadlift-related. See his butt? Yeah. It’s good. You should probably listen to him if you have any hope of getting a butt that good.

I don’t share email information. Ever. Because I’m not a jerk.
  1. Yes, John’s an asshole for being that strong, and I hate him because I’m not him.

Comments for This Entry

  • Guzzy

    Tony I've never enjoyed and laughed reading fitness stuff more than since discovering your work. I'm curious what's the longest amount of time you had the same non-athlete client and I'd love to see more articles on what makes a good lifting trainee/student!

    January 10, 2015 at 2:00 am | Reply to this comment

  • Patrick Massey

    I totally enjoyed this article. Why? Because I have been pretending to work for nearly 2 days now. Just returned from a short 3 week paternity leave and am finding the grind to be, well, just a grind again. I am sure I will get back in to the swing of things in a couple of days, but what's with pulling 700lbs? I get excited when i do 230lb dead lifts. Great topics!

    January 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm | Reply to this comment

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