Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 2/22/19

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1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – 2019 Locations & Dates

Philadelphia, PA: April 27-28th (<– EARLY BIRD rate ending soon).

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: May 25-26th

Sydney, Australia: July 13-14th

Singapore, Republic of Singapore: July 20-21st

This workshop will piggyback on the material Dean Somerset and I covered in the original Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint.

With this iteration, though, we’ll be going a bit deeper into the coaching and programming side of things:

  • How to program around common injuries.
  • How to “connect” the appropriate exercises to the client/athlete.
  • How to squat and deadlift like a boss.

Find out more details HERE.

NOTE: For the Singapore event you’ll need to use THIS link.

2. Coaching Competency Workshop – Raleigh, NC

I’ll be making my first appearance – ever (<— how’s that possible?) – in the wonderful state of North Carolina this coming March to put on my popular Coaching Competency Workshop.

This is a great opportunity for other fitness professionals to gain better insight into my assessment and program design process.

And cat memes.

Can’t forget the cat memes.

Full details (date, location, itinerary, how to register) can be found HERE.





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One factor that always seems to prevent many people from getting healthy is the “Boom or Bust” mentality, which is a theme I learned from @fitnesspainfree recently. . Put simply, this is where someone overloads their “system,” surpasses their pain threshold (by a lot), does this over and over and over again, and never seems to make any progress in terms of improving. . This whole approach keeps the alarm system sensitive as well as pain levels up. They train hard on Monday, are in pain, feel a little better, train hard again on Wednesday, are in pain, and the cycle repeats itself like an episode of Russian Doll. . This, of course, is absurd. Blowing through pain in the gym every chance you get does not earn you a badge of honor. . The key, though, is to TINKER with your pain threshold, make out with it a little bit. . You don’t want to fall into the trap of UNDERLOADING someone and doing too little to challenge them. . With the shoulder for example, exercises like the bench press and kipping pull-ups may be too extreme. They may be the end goal, but at this time they exceed the pain threshold and take far too long to recover from. . However, exercises like push-ups, rows, and landmine presses elicit a smidge of pain (no higher than a 3 out of a scale of 10) and are challenging enough to elicit a training effect. . The person stays under a “3” immediately after their session AND the following day. . THAT’S the sweet spot. . The goal is to increase/improve their pain threshold over time. . Training, when matched with someone’s current ability level, and when it’s not excessive, can be corrective.

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The Top 19 Nutrition  Myths of 2019 – Michael Hull (for

This was/is a spectacular article.

I might have to print it out and keep a copy on hand at all times whenever I need to debunk some cra cra nonsense.

How to Tell Your Clients  to Cut the Crap – Lana Sova

A bit of tough love with as smidge of Jedi mind trick fuckery = excellent article from Lana.

Foam Rolling Gone Wrong – Jonathan Watters

This is NOT an anti-foam rolling article.


It’s more anti-using spiked lacrosse balls and live grenades to release your piriformis.

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