Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 10/23/15

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Some big things happening in the next 48 hours.

For starters I’ll officially be open for business and taking on new clients at my new spot in Boston. I’ve spent the past few weeks getting my ducks in a row purchasing equipment and getting some semblance of “systems” set in place to help organize things.

But mostly it’s been all about taking this:

Special delivery from @roguefitness. Now the question is how long will it take me to put everything together?

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To  this:


Time to get to work. Wish me luck. A photo posted by Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore) on

And turning it into this:




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It’s like my very own Transformer!

I’ll be updating the website soon to better highlight what services I’ll be offering in Boston, but for now if you’re reading this and wondering to yourself, “huh, I wonder what it would be like to have Tony train me1” you can shoot me an email at: (or use the Contact function on the homepage).

UPDATE: actually, you can go HERE for more information.

Also, I’ll be making a cameo appearance at Legacy Strength in Floral Park, NY on Sunday (10/25) to do a 1-day workshop on shoulder shenanigans for a group of personal trainers and coaches. It’ll actually be my first time driving to NYC (and not taking public transportation), so FML.

I am, however, really looking forward to Sunday.

And lastly, speaking of speaking engagements, I’d like to run something past all of you.

Lisa, my wife, is an accomplished psychologist (with a doctorate in Sports Psychology) and she and I have been toying with the idea of offering a 1-day workshop tentatively titled “Kick It Up a Notch.”

[NOTE (slight brag fest): she actually jumped in when I was down in Australia this past March and spoke to the group of trainers/coaches on mindset and how to better communicate with clients. They ate it up. She’s also speaking alongside Artemis Scantalides in a few weeks at the I Am Not Afraid To Lift (Boston) Workshop. There are a handful of spots still available. Hint, hint].

Helping athletes/clients on the physical component is one thing – most trainers and coaches are well prepared for that. However, it’s a whole different ball of wax when mindset and the mental component is thrown into the mix.

What the two of us have been thinking is combining a workshop where I speak to how to progress our clients in the weight room (discussing exercise progressions/regressions, performance on key lifts) and Lisa speaks to how to help our clients with mindset, inner dialogue, and the mental component.

Do you feel there would be ANY interest in something like this?

I do. But I’d like to see if I’m right or if it’s just wishful thinking on my part.

Without further ado, lets get to this week’s list.

Head & Shin Position In the Deadlift – Tim Henriques

Tim’s an excellent coach and wrote one of the best books on powerlifting I’ve ever read titled, coincidentally enough, All About Powerlifting.

This was a fantastic article breaking down two often debated cues on the deadlift concerning ideal chin and shin position. Really, really good stuff.

The only way this article could have been more good is if it won an arm wrestling match vs. Zeus.

5 Critical Coaching Cues, Confused – Greg Robins

Keeping with the “lifting heavy stuff” theme, in this article Greg discusses five common coaching cues with the Big 3 that are often misunderstood or confused.

I particularly liked #1.

Why Strength Training Is Crucial For Me – Lindsay Somerset

Somerset? That name sounds familiar.

Lindsay is Dean’s wife, and an accomplished endurance athlete. In this very important post she describes why strength training has been a crucial component to her success as a competitive athlete.

Some Bonus Stuff

1. I’m really excited about the upcoming release of Strength Expert Secrets.featuring the likes of Dan John, Tim Henriques, Matt Kroc, Jordan Syatt, Dean Somerset, Josh Bryant, Bud Jefferies, and me.

As part of the pre-launch you can sign up to receive 8 FREE preview videos of the product. All you need to do is provide your name and email address HERE.

To serve as a teaser, here’s my video:


I really hate watching/hearing myself speak.

2. For anyone looking to improve their writing skills, I picked up a really good book yesterday: Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide To Creating Ridiculously Good Content.

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. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “holy shit balls I’d rather swallow a live grenade” and 10 being “pretty much the highlight of my life,” I’d like to think it’s a 7 and up.

Comments for This Entry

  • Donald Voigt

    Hey Tony; there is a term for people who enjoy hearing themselves speak, and it is not a compliment. Your video was great. As was the link to Lindsay's piece; it's time to get off the bike and back into the weight room and that inspired me to get after it. Thanks!

    October 23, 2015 at 10:41 am | Reply to this comment

  • Pat

    Super stoked for you to be opening your own place! Best to you!

    October 23, 2015 at 11:59 am | Reply to this comment

  • Rachel

    Definitely interested in a joint workshop with you and Lisa! That's a great combo. Just make sure to plan a date back in upstate NY please so that I could reasonably come. :) Also for Lisa: I'd be really interested in hearing her thoughts on the mental aspect of endurance events and facing "the wall." My boyfriend runs marathons but he consistently performs much better in training runs than he does in races. I think he must be getting anxious over the pressure of race day but I don't have much expertise in the psychology of it to advise him.

    October 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Jake

    What type of bar did you get? and how do you like it for deads/bench/squats, Thanks and best of luck

    October 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Nathane L Jackson

    I have commented when you shared Lisa's work before and I hope people eat up any joint seminars you guys do. Understanding behaviour change was a game changer for my business. Understanding, and becoming more aware along with strengthening the mind and it's patterns is crucial for long term success. EAT IT UP PEOPLE!!! haha! Thanks for the book recommendation too. I am currently writing a book for RHP/Penguin but man am I struggling. Been reading "On Writing Well" as I go.

    October 25, 2015 at 8:52 am | Reply to this comment

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