Desired Feats of Manliness: The Roots of Performative Masculinity

A few weeks ago I was invited by my good friend and colleague, Justice Williams, a trans body positive activist (and one hell of a coach and human being), to participate in a conversation on masculinity & the fitness industry with his Fitness4AllBodies community. I was very interested in just listening, because as a straight,… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 5/7/21

STUFF TO CHECK OUT FIRST 1. I’m Coming to England! It’s been 15 months since I’ve put on an in-person workshop. ** Cue the trumpets ** I have confirmed that I will be coming to England this September to do not one, but TWO separate workshops. I’ll be doing my 1-day Coaching Competency Workshop at… Read more

6 Figure Strength Coach: Building a Brand Within a Brand

I wanted to share my latest podcast appearance on the 6-Figure Strength Coach Show hosted by Gavin McHale. Building a Brand Within a Brand In this episode we cover a few topics: How I was able to build my own brand underneath the umbrella of Cressey Sports Performance. Why getting outside of your comfort zone… Read more

The Unsexy, No BS Guide to Actually Getting Results

No bullshit. What follows is what most people, most of the time, probably outta concentrate on in order to see results with their health & fitness goals. (NOTE: This is a repost of a blog post I wrote back in 2017. It still holds).   1. Stop Chasing Optimal. What’s the optimal number of days… Read more

2 Side Plank Drills to Perform That Don’t Have the Words Side Plank In Them

I’m not here to hate on the side plank. Truth be told: It’s a rare occurrence that I start working with someone and (s)he can perform it well. It’s a staple exercise with myriad benefits in both rehab and traditional strength training to target the core musculature – particularly the obliques. Too, it’s also no… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/29/21

STUFF TO CHECK OUT FIRST 1. I Miss Doing In-Person Workshops It’s been more than a year since I’ve done any in-person workshops, and now that vaccinations have started to improve things I’m thinking about venturing out again soon. I’ve already begun talks with possibly doing TWO workshops in England this Fall, but I am… Read more

Deadlifts, Dogs and Dad Jokes

I’ve had what can only be described as a tsunami of requests to appear on various podcasts in recents weeks. I don’t mind it though: 1️⃣ It’s a welcome stroke to my ego to be in demand. KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!! 2️⃣ How could I possibly say no to a show titled Deadlifts, Dogs, & Dad… Read more

8 Career Traps For Personal Trainers to Avoid

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Virginia based personal trainer, Detric Smith. In case the title doesn’t give it away, there’a a bevy of sage advice below geared toward fitness professionals on common things that can (not always) derail career advancement. HINT: Not listed: Male pattern baldness and big biceps…;o)  This is a great read… Read more