Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 7/13/18

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We made it back to Boston this past Wednesday night from our two-week European trip, and I’m juuuust getting over the jet-lag hangover.

Germany (Bonn, Cologne) —-> Netherlands (Eindhoven, Utrecht, Amsterdam) —-> London.

It was a lovely trip and I’m always sad to leave Europe, but we were ready to come back if for nothing else so Julian (our 1.5 year old) could back on a normal schedule.

I’ve been slacking in the writing department on my end of late, but I promise I’ve got some doozies lined up that will melt all of your faces off.

I love you.


 1. 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.

2. 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, Minas Tirith – 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.

3. Article I Wrote For the PTDC

I wrote an article for the Personal Trainer Development Center on program design discussing some of the mistakes I’ve made throughout my career, as well as highlighting strategies that will undoubtedly help expedite the process for any fitness professionals out there who feel overwhelmed.

Check it out HERE.


Tuning Tension: Letting It Go – Noah Harrison

A few months ago I listened to Noah speak on the topic of muscular tension and how most trainees have zero comprehension as to just how integral it is for performance in the weight room.

Moreover, the strategies one can incorporate to increase muscular tension are fairly simple.

It was a very interesting presentation and I asked if he’d be up to writing a little sumthin, sumthin for the site.

He was. And HERE’s what he wrote.

The article linked to above is more or less a “part II,” the other side of the equation (what to do to decrease muscular tension), and something that helps bring the entire conversation full-circle.

Dear Personal Trainers: Stop Lying About Your Career – Lee Boyce

I sometimes have a hard time differentiating the nefarious politicians from the shady personal trainers.

Both camps, it seems, will say or do anything to appear more important than they really are and to get a leg up on their competition.

I remember when I used to work in a swanky commercial gym here in Boston The Rock once asked me where a certain piece of equipment was located.

I answered (and immediately started hyperventilating into a brown paper bag).

I then moved on with my life. What I didn’t do was then proceed to brag about I used to train The Rock, when all I really did was point him towards the lat pulldown machine.

Fit pros need to stop being braggarts.

Bridging the Gap From Rehab to Performance – Sue Falsone

OTP Publications sent me a copy of this book a few weeks ago, and I ended up stuffing it into my suitcase for my European trip hoping to snake a few peeks here and there between Julian naps.

I’ve always been a fan of Sue’s work and this is no exception.

Definitely worth the price.

NOTE: Link above is not an affiliate link.




Took a family stroll around London today and ended up in More London Square so Julian could frolic amongst the fountains. He was skeptical.

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