Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 12/16/16

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Okay, which one of you nerds went to go see Rogue One last night? Without giving away any spoilers, on a scale of 1-10 (1 = being forced to give Jabba the Hut a sponge bath and 10 = owning your own X-Wing), how good was it?

Lisa and I are set to see it Christmas Eve and I can’t wait. And since I haven’t see it (yet) there’s no point in dilli-dalli’ing around: lets get to this week’s stuff to read.

Stuff to Check Out Before You Read Stuff

Some of you may recall me mentioning a 6-week program I was going to run out of my studio, CORE, this past fall. Long story short: I mentioned it and then asked people to contact me via email if they were interested.

Little did I know that my Contact Me function on my website was being an asshole at the time and it never relayed any of the messages people had sent. I figured no one liked me and that I should just pack up and move to Milwaukee. Because, you know, why not?

Fast forward a few weeks and I suddenly had an epiphany and realized there must have been a glitch. I went into my dashboard on WordPress and low & behold I had 150 or so unanswered emails that had been sent my way that I never responded to. 10-15 of them were from people asking about the 6-week program. FML

Oh, before I forget, I need to answer a few here:

  1. Yes, Matt Damon, we can hang out.
  2. I’d love to have you sponsor the website Audi. You can send the car over next week.
  3. Infraspinatus.
  4. Preheat oven at 425 degrees. Let settle for 20 minutes. Enjoy.

Okay, thanks for waiting. So, back to this 6-week program.


I’m going to be starting a new 6-week “beginner course” at CORE starting in mid-January of 2017.

The idea is to champion FOUR things:

1. Building Autonomy
2. Building Accountability
3. Building Competency
4. Building Community
5. BONUS: to build you into one sexy motherfucker.

Okay, that’s five things…but hopefully you get the idea. The program is going to target beginner level lifters who may either be lost in their training – just kind of haphazardly piecing together workouts with no rhyme or reason – or who may be intimidated altogether. The goal is to build all of the above in addition to focus and purpose with training.

The Deets

START DATE: Mid-January, 2017. Likely Monday, January 16th.

1. Groups will meet 2x per week at CORE (250 Cypress St, Brookline, MA) in predetermined AM and PM time slots.

2. Sessions will be 60-75 minutes in length and each one will be supervised by strength coach Jarrod Dyke (I’ll being making cameo appearances as well and will be involved with the programming). The course will stress the basics – teaching participants various bodyweight, kettlebell, and (sometimes) barbell based movements designed to set the stage for continued success and growth (you know, that autonomy thing mentioned above).

3. There will also be a nutrition/mindset component as well. Shannon Wheel, a Boston-based Registered Dietitian, will be holding a few sessions throughout the course of 6-weeks covering nutrition as well as helping participants develop behavioral-based habits to compliment the training.

Too, my wife, Dr. Lisa Lewis, a behavioral and exercise psychologist, will be offering a mindset component designed to augment the process. She’ll tackle what goes on in our heads, and how to best curtail the roadblocks and negative self-talk that often hampers progress.

4. Weekly “homework/reading” assignments will be part of the process, along with email correspondence from the coaches to help keep participants on task.

5. There will also be a lot of EDM and 90’s hip-hop played (if I’m coaching anyways), and the likelihood of spontaneous dance or rap battles breaking out will be very high.

If you’d like more information for you or someone who may know in Boston who may be a good candidate for this program please use the “Contact” function HERE. <— It works this time.

And now this week’s list:

What the Top Fitness and Rehab Experts Are Doing Differently This Year – Mike Reinold

Was cool to be asked by Mike to contribute to this piece. Lots of very smart coaches detailing how they’re always still learning and trying to get better.

Egos in the Strength and Conditioning Industry: Written by Not a Male – Erica Sutter

Ever wonder what not to do in the industry to make a name for yourself? Erica provides some feedback.

Super Simple Guide to Writing Kick-Ass Training Programs – Chris Merritt & Todd Bumgardner

Been making my way through this product this week and it’s not surprising that I love it. Chris and Todd are two coaches I respect a ton and whom you should be listening to (if you aren’t already). There’s a reason why many coaches turn to THEM to make them better coaches.

Learn what it takes to become more efficient with writing effective training programs. Sale price ends this weekend. Go!

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