The Words We Use Matter

A few weeks ago, while in LA presenting, I was asked a simple question by one of the attendees: “What’s the one thing you’ve adopted or changed the most as a coach in the past 2-3 years?“ A simple inquiry to be sure. However, it required a bit of heft to answer. I mean it’s… Read more

Deadbugs Are Gucci. However, Pump the Brakes a Little and Try These Regressions First

First off: Yeah, that’s right I just put the slang version of “Gucci” into the title of a blog post about deadbugs. Second: I promise I won’t ever do that again Third: I’ve been swamped with travel the past few weeks (and the subsequent catching up on emails, programs, projects, and life shit-show) and I… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 11/16/18

BUT FIRST…CHECK THIS STUFF OUT 1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – 2019 Dates 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… Read more

What Being An Army Ranger Taught Me About Getting Strong Using Only Bodyweight Exercises

SPOILER ALERT: I didn’t write this article. The closest I’ve ever been to calling myself a “ranger” was when I used to watch Walker, Texas Ranger growing up and pretend to roundhouse kick unsuspecting (and imaginary) bad guys in the face. Oh, and there was that one time I dressed up as the Green Power Ranger for… Read more

Limit Your Mistakes

Learning from our mistakes is what we do as humans. Like that one time I was a teenager taking my driver’s exam and I forgot to put the car back into “drive” after the “reverse” part of my 3-point turn attempt. Oops. Or that other time I wanted to warm up my previous night’s dinner… Read more

Squat Down, Not Back

What follows is what works for ME and MY clients. This shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack against YOU, your favorite coach, or any methodology that’s seemingly at odds with my point of view. By all accounts you’re still a decent human being, even if you happen to disagree with what I’m about to… Read more

30 Days of Deadlifts: Days 21-30

The Trilogy Ends 30 Days 30 tips, insights, and suggestions on the deadlift. 3 articles. I want to thank T-Nation.com (in particular Chris Shugart) for taking the time to edit this series and for making me look and sound competent. Dare I say, this series deserves a PULLitzer?…;o) Here’s Part III. Enjoy. —> No Diggidy,… Read more

The Inundation of Corrective Exercise In Strength and Conditioning Makes Me Want to Throw My Face Into a Brick Wall

Just to help calm the waters: I am not anti “corrective exercise.” And I am not really going to throw my face into a brick wall. I respect and can appreciate that, sometimes, our jobs as fitness professionals require us to pump the brakes and to venture down the corrective exercise rabbit hole. Some people… Read more