Stuff To Read While You’re Pretending To Work: 4/20/18

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I have to apologize my dear readers, I feel like an abject failure of late.

Not for anything serious like failing to remember my wedding anniversary or for misusing the Oxford comma.1

No, I’m a failure for failing to keep up with writing content for this site of late. I know I shouldn’t beat myself over it – don’t worry, I’m not quite at Da Vinci Code monk flagellation levels yet or anything – but I do feel bad for my recent lack of prose and pithiness.

I’m sure your life will go on.

Nonetheless, I’ve got some blog ideas marinating in my head, and I hope to get them out ASAP.

Lets get to this week’s stuff.


1. Even More Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – Dates/Locations Announced

Dean Somerset and I are currently in the throes of drumming up new content for our staple workshop series.

We’ve presented this workshop all over the world – London, Vancouver, Oslo, Prague, Boston, LA, Hoth – and even turned it into a popular digital product HERE so everyone can enjoy it.

We’ve already nailed down dates in Slovenia, Houston, and LA this fall (2018) and are also in talks to bring it to Detroit, Philadelphia, Edmonton, Australia, and Singapore in 2019.

If you’re someone who’d like to host this event/participate in a tickle fight please reach out to either Dean or myself.

Also, go HERE if you want to see if we’re coming to your neck of the woods.

2. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Bonn, Germany

My wife and I will be in Bonn, Germany on Saturday, June 30 to put on our 1-day Strong Body-Strong Mind workshop.

I’ll be speaking to assessment, coaching up common strength exercises (squats, deadlifts), and how to better “match” your programs to your client’s abilities and goals.

Lisa will be discussing how to better manage client expectations, motivation, and how to adopt better mindset strategies for success.

And then we’ll have a beer….;o)

Spots are limited and the Early Bird rate is still in effect (but not for long).

For more details (including itinerary and registration) go HERE.

3. 2-Day London Workshop w/ Luke Worthington

^^^ It’s so good we didn’t even feel the need to come up with a witty title for it.

After my workshop in Germany I head over to London to take part in a 2-day event (the weekend of July 7th) with my friend and colleague (and handsomest man alive) Luke Worthington.

This one is filling up fast…..go HERE for more info.


What Are Plyometrics? And How to Use Them – Joe Dowdell

I thoroughly enjoyed Joe’s article I shared last week on power training, and felt this was a nice compliment.

How to Avoid Injury and Maximize Strength By Correcting Rib Flare – Noah Harrison

I had the opportunity to listen to Noah present last weekend up in Kennebunk, ME during the Spurling Spring Seminar.

He was excellent and it prompted me to go seek out more of his stuff.

What Makes a Good Personal Trainer? – Shara Vigeant

Can’t think of anything to add to this list.

Social Media Shenanigans



I’m a firm believer that most people can’t get enough upper back work in throughout the week. With most of my clients I have them perform some kind of moderate to heavy row variation 2-4x per week. On top of that I’ll also pepper in some additional isometric or scapular stability work just because. Here’s a superb drill I picked up from @smittydiesel I’ll call a Band Reverse Flye Walkout. As you walk back you need to resist the pull of the band, which torches the rhomboids, muscles of posterior cuff, and scap stabilizers. Be careful you don’t “shrug” throughout, you want to keep shoulder blades depressed and together. 118% more effective if you yell “this….is….Sparta” as you perform your set.

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