Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 10/27/17

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Lets dive right into things.


But First

1) Mid-Atlantic Regional NSCA Conference – Philadelphia

I’m excited to be presenting alongside some other prominent coaches at this year’s Mid-Atlantic NSCA Conference in Philadelphia, PA this coming December.

Hope to see you there.

2) Strength House Podcast – The One Where They Dissect My 600 lb Deadlift

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about my 600 lb deadlift that I hit a few weeks ago: How did I  prepare? What did my programming look like? Did I destroy the back of my pants? You know, all the important stuff.

My coach, Greg Robins, and his partner in crime, Tony Bonvechio, go into great detail on my technique and programming in their latest episode of The Strength House.


3) How To Build a Strong Online Training Business 

There are few things I’m steadfast on:
1. No one has to back squat.
2. Bacon is delicious.
3. Attack of the Clones is the worst of the Star Wars movies. It just is.

Oh, and there’s one more thing: I think any trainer who is serious about pursuing online training should FIRST spend 2+ years training people in person.

There are so many variables and nuances one learns from coaching people in person that it’s pretty much impossible to appreciate them if you end up bull-charging into online coaching out of the gate.

That being said, in this day and age, online coaching is kinda-sorta a thing. Actually, it’s more than that. For many it’s a viable and extraordinary way to add an additional revenue stream to compliment your income, or in some cases to make into your livelihood.

My good friend, Jon Goodman, author of the world’s only textbook on online training, has a free 4-day course on building a successful online business. I checked it out and it’s awesome, but free registration ends on October 29. Grab it while you can, and you’ll learn…

* Lesson 1: How to properly offer support to online clientele (and why most online trainers do this really, REALLY badly).

* Lesson 2: How online trainers should approach assessments (and the key mindset shift you MUST make).

* Lesson 3: How to sell online training over the phone in 11 steps (without being SLEAZY).

* BONUS: You’ll also get a free copy of Jon’s ebook, “The 16 Lasting Laws of Online Training”

The LAST day to download this FREE 4-day course is October 29th. Don’t miss out.

Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work

The Ultimate Pull-Up Program – Meghan Callaway

This is one of the best resources I’ve ever come across on the topic of how to make pull-ups/chin-ups your bitch.

Meghan is a fantastic coach and I know of zero people who are more passionate about the topic than her.

She looooooooves pull-ups. And, honestly, there aren’t many people who can do what she can do. It’s pretty impressive.

If you’re looking to conquer your first pull-up (and then some), look no further. Last day to save $50 off the regular price is today (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

Should You Squat Tall Athletes? – Mike Robertson

Mike’s written many phenomenal articles throughout the years. This one may be in his Top 5. Really, really good.

So You Want To Be a Writer? – Tim Henriques

There are many coaches and trainers out there wondering whether or not that have the chops (maybe “prose” would be a better word here?) to write.

Strength coach Tim Henriques provides some excellent insights in this post.

Social Media Shenanigans



Overhead Press Tip: if you’re someone who tends to crank through their lower back on each repetition, try to use a staggered stance. This will likely reduce the amount of lumbar extension involved. Some other cues to consider: 1) big air and brace abs HARD. Creating a flexion moment there will reduce likelihood of excessive arch in lower back. 2) That’s it for now. Baby woke up. #dadlife.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Matt

    Attack of the Clones has some cringe-worthy moments, particularly the creepy Anakin-Padme scenes; but as a movie it is head and shoulders above Phantom Menace, whose only saving grace is the Maul-Jinn-Kenobi fight. I'd rather round my back on a deadlift than watch Episode 1.

    October 27, 2017 at 11:38 am | Reply to this comment

    • The Fissure King

      I'm inclined to agree. AotC definitely has some major issues, but PM introduced Jar-Jar and had him at level 10 throughout, had some other egregious ethnic caricatures, pointlessly and illogically shrank the galaxy *again* by revealing that C3PO was built by Anakin, and presented the concept of midi-chlorians as a misguided attempt to shoehorn some pseudo- hard science basis for force sensitivity which effectively kills the spiritual aspect. Overall, I'm still a fan and I have high hopes for The Last Jedi, but in a way PM irrevocably broke the series for me.

      October 27, 2017 at 10:24 pm | Reply to this comment

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