Laying the Foundation: What to Expect As a First-Year Personal Trainer

Being a personal trainer can be a very rewarding career. The first step to “success” in this industry, however, is understanding that there’s a difference between it being a hobby and you taking the necessary steps to make it a career. The second step to success is expectation management: You will not work with professional… Read more

What Would I Say to Someone Starting Out?

Being human means being enamored by a litany of things in the health/wellness/physical preparation realm. Some people are easily swooned by fancy watches and elaborate looking exercises Others by cryochambers and Paleo recipes that taste like sawdust. I am not here to play judgement police. For the most part, everything has a time and place… Read more

I Jacked My Low Back, Now What? Workout

Back tweaks are an inevitability. They happen to people who lifts weights regularly, and those who just look at weights. They happen when doing something as inane as bending over to tie your shoes, as well as when you’re doing some less inane, like, fighting crime at night. They happen on a Wednesday. There’s no… Read more

Quitters Are Winners: When Is It Okay to Give Up?

Hello, hello! I know. It’s not lost on me that I’ve been an abject failure on the “writing new content” side of things. If it’s any consolation I’ve also been lackluster on a few fronts: Calling my mom. Avoiding pizza. Not (not) being jacked. Hugs. My free time has been monopolized by what can only… Read more

The 4 Steps to Never Ending Growth

My good friend and colleague, Gavin McHale, is back with another excellent guest post today. He’s been on a tear of late writing some stellar content for this site. We’re all our own worst enemy, and for many, stepping outside our comfort zones and taking risks (calculated or not) in an attempt to grow our… Read more

Textbook Technique and Why it Doesn’t Exist

It’s not lost on me that the title of this post will raise some eyebrows. The title shouldn’t be taken too literally, because I do feel there are ideal approaches, methodologies, and “rules” to consider when coaching any lift in the weight room. That said, when it comes to exercise technique (or human movement in… Read more

The Importance of Feedback

I am currently galavanting around in my favorite place in the world… …London. I spent the weekend with my good friend Luke Worthington putting on our Strategic Strength Workshop and now I am in Day one of a three day introvert extravaganza. My plan is to do nothing but walk around the city, talk to… Read more

Appearance on the 50 Percent Facts Podcast

I had the lovely opportunity to be invited onto the 50% Facts Podcasts recently hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. I “met” Jim back in the early 200o’s via the T-Nation.com and RuggedMag.com forums. We eventually met in-person during a group get-together in NYC. This was circa 2004 when meeting people online was becoming… Read more