Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 6/15/18

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Last week was the first week in many weeks I hadn’t posted a Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work.

I hope you weren’t too sad.

Not first time watching Titantic sad, but, you know, maybe my cousin didn’t wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook sad.1.

Anyway, be sad no more. Lets get to this week’s list.


1. 2-Day London Workshop

I’ll be in London in three weeks for this 2-day assessment, program design, PRI, deadlift till our faces melt off bonanza.

My buddy Luke Worthington (London’s handsomest man alive) and I are really excited for this workshop. We’re going to do a deep dive into the systems we both use to help our client/athletes get better.

What’s more, this event will be held at the brand spanking new Third Space location in the heart of London.

All details HERE.

2. Strong Body-Strong Mind – Boston, MA

We had such a great response when Lisa and I hosted a SBSM Workshop in Boston last year that we decided to do it again this summer.

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.

The umbrella theme of this workshop is to enhance the SOFT skills of coaching, how to garner a connection, and build rapport with your athletes/clients.

  • Spots are limited
  • Early Bird rates apply for both students ($99) and professionals ($129)
  • CEUs will be available (NSCA)

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

3. 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.

Go HERE to register in the announced cities.

4. Recent Podcast Appearances

Easy Wins Podcast w/ Mitch Harb – HERE.

Primal Academy Podcast w/ Steve Cuthbert – HERE


3 Exercises to Improve Your Sumo Deadlift Without Deadlifting – Lana Sova

You don’t always have to deadlift to improve your deadlift. Lana shares some insights and exercises she likes to help with performance on the sumo deadlift – especially for women.

How Hip Anatomy Affects Squat Mechanics – Dr. Aaron Horschig

This is a bit of an older article from 2017, but it’s still sharable as fuck.

I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again 18,943 more times:

“Not everyone is going to squat with the same stance or depth. Stop pigeonholing clients into ONE way.”

Read this article.

Dan Sanzo on Mindset, Coaching, and Becoming a Mentor – Mike Robertson

Dan’s a coach I feel more people need be more aware of.

I’ve known him for several years, first meeting him when he was an assistant strength coach at Boston University, and now as the head S&C coach at Northeastern University here in Boston.

He’s one of the most forward thinking coaches I know.

He recently made a cameo on Mike Robertson’s podcast and, well, you should listen to it.

Social Media Shenanigans



New client started last week and noted that some of her previous trainers pointed out her “scapular winging” and that she’s never been able to fix it. I took a picture of it (top pic). Fast forward roughly 1 minute and 13 seconds later I took the bottom pic. Better. I’m Gandalf. Unless you have a defunct long thoracic nerve (likely not) TRUE scapular winging isn’t really a “thing.” What is a thing is people not engaging their Serratus enough and/or not appreciating tension and working on motor control. Adding LOAD can be a game changer here. Wall Presses, push-ups, and anything that nudges the scapulae to adhere to the ribcage is going to be money. Stop telling people they’re broken and start getting them to train. Read more in the article linked in my bio.

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  1. Not the end of the world, but still kind of a dick move.

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