Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 6/9/17

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I’m abroad in London this weekend not hanging out with the Queen.

I’d be lying if I said I was a bit reticent about coming given the current climate. But every time I am here I’m reminded about how much I love this place – the people, the culture, the zippy public transportation.1

As this post goes live I’m either geeking out at the WWII Museum, walking along the South Bank, or reenacting scenes from the movie Notting Hill. You know, because that’s what cool people do.

“Oopsie Daisies”

Nonetheless I’m in London, and lets get to this week’s stuff.



1. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston


I’m really excited to announce this workshop in Boston 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 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 Athletic Development Sale Palooza

Mike Robertson and Joe Kenn’s flagship resource, Elite Athletic Development 1.0, 2,0, and 3.0, is on SALE this right not, through this weekend only, for $100 off each.

EAD 1.0 – dives into both Mike and Joe’s training/coaching philosophy

EAD 2.0 – goes rabbit hole deep into program design.

EAD 3.0 – goes into superb detail on specific topics like breathing, core training, youth athletics, and a host of other things.

Also, as a bonus, you can choose between either the DVD set or digital format.

Nothing, and I mean nothing compares to this series with regards to the art of coaching, program design, and making your athletes into badass mofos. If you’re a coach and are remotely interested in getting better, take advantage of this sale.

Stuff to Read

The Most Dangerous Exercise – T-Nation

I had the opportunity to chime in on this doozy of an article alongside the likes of Lee Boyce, John Rusin, Paul Carter, TC Luoma, Bret Contreras, Mark Dugdale, Dan John, Christian Thibaudeau, and a few other guys who make me look like a skinny Steve Rogers.

Some Tenets – Bas Barbell Club

A simple article with a simple premise: if you’re new to training and having a hard time differentiating between sound advice and eye-wash, this will point you towards the former.

How Should Runners Lift Weights – Jason Fitzgerald

Wait, runners (and endurance athletes in general) should lift weights?


Social Media Shenanigans



Here’s a great example of sucking it up. I felt AWFUL warming up today for deadlifts. I like to use “indicator sets” as I’m building up to my work weight. And indicator set is a weight I know I can crush and perform with good bar speed. On deads this tends to hover in the 405-455 range. If I make it my bitch I know I can probably proceed. If not, and it feels like a bag of dicks on the way up, I know I likely need to adjust the plan that day. Today’s indicator set (455) didn’t feel great. Not bag of dicks level, but not too far off either. My top set today was supposed to be 525×2. I contemplated adjusting, but then said screw it, decided to pony up, and go for it. Not my prettiest set, but does go to show that sometimes you just need tell your inner dialogue to shut up and lift the damn weight. Happy I hit this today.

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  1. I mean, come on: anything compared to the T in Boston is zippy. A blind Uber driver in a tank (which doesn’t even make any sense) is faster than the T.

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