Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 6/16/17

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I know, I know: I’ve been slacking on the writing front the past few weeks. I do hope you’ve been enjoying the influx of informative guest posts of late. It’s important to me that this site remains a repository of good information and ass-kickery (and cute kitty pictures), even in my absence.

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of international travel and crime fighting.1 I promise I’ll be back on task starting Monday.

Lets get to this week’s list of stuff to check out.



1. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston

I’m really excited to announce the Strong Body-Strong Mind Workshop, coming to Boston (finally!) later this summer.


The idea is simple: there’s a corner in the industry that’s underserved….mental skills.

There are a lot of people out there who write about “mindset” and describe themselves as mindset coaches (whatever the heck that means) who, by and large, have zero academic background in that department.

Lisa, SPOILER ALERT: she’s my wife, went to school for this shit.

I went to school to help turn people into badasses.

Lisa can speak to building competency and discussing how to build the skills to develop rapport with clients. I can speak to getting people bigger, stronger, and faster.

Strong Body-Strong Mind = see you there?

To purchase you can go HERE.

2) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – Orlando

Our Vancouver shindig in April sold out, but Dean and I have recently announced a stop in Orlando, FL later this year, October 21-22nd at Spark Fitness.

I’ve never been to Orlando. There’s no way in hell I’m visiting Disney World.

You can go HERE for more details and to sign up.

3. Elite Fitness & Performance Summit – Chicago, IL


And speaking of being pumped, I am really – and I mean really – pumped for this event.

First off: Take a look at the roster of speakers (HERE).

Second: Holy shit, I am one of them.

Third: Cue trying not to destroy the back of my pants.

This is one of the premier events of the year for fitness professionals and entrepreneurs alike. And it’s taking place in an awesome city. What’s not to be excited about?2

The early bird special only lasts through June (and it’s an amazing price).

However, if you go HERE you’ll get an additional $100 OFF the early-price. BOM CHICKA BOM BOM.

Stuff to Read

6 Hip Mobility Drills Everyone Should Perform – Mike Reinold

The internet likes to dazzle us with advanced mobility drills that would make a Cirque du Soleil performer be like “what tha……?”

Loved this post by Mike outlining some of his favorite, simple, hip mobility drills that don’t require being a superhero.

Today’s Lifters Are Snowflakes – Charles Staley

The title alone should entice you enough to click and read.

As always, Charles nails it.

When to Work Harder, How to Work Smarter, and When to do Both – Nia Shanks

In light of a blog post a wrote last week with a similar vibe – Easy Training is Good Training – I felt this literary masterpiece by Nia was a nice compliment.

Social Media Shenanigans

**Admittedly, I was lame last week and wasn’t on social media much. I mean, I was in London for fuck’s sake.



Landmine Jump Squat. This is a variation I think I first saw @benbrunotraining talking about a few months ago. The “fixed” plane of the barbell makes it a bit more user friendly – especially for beginner & intermediate lifters – so as to jump and land on the same spot each time. An additional advantage is the rotary stability component of the drill. Because the barbell is on one side, the individual has to fight to stay upright more and engage the core musculature. All the same coaching cues apply here as with any other jump exercise: 1) End how you start. Notice how Dan (one of my collegiate baseball players) starts and ends with a degree of hip flexion; or “soft” knees. The idea is to ABSORB force (land quietly) and not with a thud. 2) he also sticks the landing and resets with each rep, which can then be progressed to more of a reactive exercise. I.e., limited ground contact time. Nice way to add a little jump/power development into your training.

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  1. Without any crime fighting.

  2. The only way I’d be more excited is if early 90’s Mariah Carey was performing.

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