Monthly Archives: September 2015

Find Your Flow With Metacognition

My wife, Lisa, is taking the reigns today. She’s teaming with Artemis Scantalides for the I Am Not Afraid To Lift workshop at Iron Body Studios this November, and will speak to more of the psychological barriers that exist which often stagnate people’s progress in the gym. We’re often our own worst enemy, and our inner… Read more

The Law of Repeated Exposures and How It Can Help You Master Any Topic

As most who read this site know I spent this past weekend in St. Louis with Dean Somerset teaching our Complete Shoulder & Hip Workshop to a group of 25 personal trainers, coaches, and PTs at Blue Ocean Fitness located just outside of the city itself, in Chesterfield (if you’re in the area, give John Farkas a… Read more

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 9/25/15

I’m on my way to St. Louis this weekend to spend a few days coaching up a small group of fitness professionals for mine and Dean Somerset’s Complete Shoulder & Hip Workshop we’re holding at Blue Ocean Fitness. While there I’m hoping to head to a Cards game, not get beat up for wearing a… Read more

A Quick and Dirty Way To Add Muscle

I’ve spent the first part of this week writing about action heroes and poking a little fun at CrossFit, so I felt it was only fair to write something actually useful to those of you heading to the gym today. Most everyone reading this blog is interested in getting stronger and/or adding muscle (usually both)…. Read more

Gym Etiquette 201

A friend of mine and amazing writer, James Fell, wrote a clever piece recently titled Gym Etiquette 101 highligting some of the not-so-etiquette-like shenanigans many gym goers are violators of. Give it a read. It’s hilarious. After reading it myself I was inspired to shell out my own list of Gym Etiquette rules. Admittedly I sort of… Read more

Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation wastes little time jumping straight into the action. Well, there’s also jumping, and running, and a sniper roll tossed in for good measure. All of which culminates with Tom Cruise’s character, IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, grabbing onto the side of an airplane as it takes off with a payload of nerve gas… Read more

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 9/18/15

Before we jump into this week’s list, as a reminder: Dean Somerset and I kicked off our Complete Shoulder & Hip Training Workshop a few weekends ago up in Edmonton, Alberta and have several stops across North America lined up over the next several weeks. It’s like a traveling Cirque du Soleil show, except with no… Read more

A Common Dumbbell Row Mistake: Let the Shoulder Blade Move!

I love training the back. To me nothing sends the message of “I lift weights” more so than someone who has an impressive looking backside. And one of my favorite exercises to train the back is the 1-arm DB Row.   That said, most people don’t perform it correctly. In fact, I’d bunch both the… Read more