Posts in "Program Design"

3 Mistakes Intermediate Lifters Make When Continuing a Fitness Program. And How to Fix Them

Last week personal trainer, Shane McLean, wrote a guest post for this site titled “4 Mistakes Beginners Make When Starting a Fitness Program (and How to Fix Them).” In case you missed it you can check it out HERE. When I read it I was like, “goddammit, this is good.” How dare you Shane, HOW… Read more

Top 4 Mistakes Beginners Make When Starting a Fitness Program. And How to Fix Them

I’m stuck in the midst of an avalanche of entrepreneurial shenanigans this week, so apologies for the lack of content on my end. I do, however, have a first-class guest post from TG.com regular contributor, Shane McLean today discussing some common mistakes many beginners make in pursuing their health/fitness goals. But unlike a lot of… Read more

How to Tell If You’re Getting Stronger in the Gym

Granted I’m biased, but I truly feel making a concerted effort to get strong(er) in the gym is the way to go for most people. Strength is the base for pretty much everything; it’s the “thing” that most all other attributes we strive to improve upon is tethered to Speed, power, endurance, Laser Tag world… Read more

How to Write Effective Training Programs: Foul Shots and Whiteboards

I’ve had a rash of fitness professionals reaching out of late asking the same question in varying iterations; a question, mind you, that I think every fitness professional ponders at some point: When the hell is someone going to green-light a sequel to Over the Top? Okay, in all seriousness: I’ve had several young/aspiring coaches… Read more

Conditioning That Won’t Make You Hate Life *That Much*

Lets get right to the point. Conditioning – how much to do?, how “hard” should it be?, what modalities are best? – can be a conundrum for many. As with any question the appropriate answer is “it depends.” That said, the questions above are no different but are predicated on a number of things: one’s… Read more

4 Non Pull-Up Exercises to Help Build Your Pull-Up

All this week my good friend (and pull-up GodMistress), Meghan Callaway, has placed her renowned Ultimate Pull-Up Program on sale at 40% off the regular price. It only makes sense that I use a few posts this week to highlight some of my thoughts and programming suggestions on the topic. I mean, you’re not here… Read more

Subtle Tricks to Increase Motivation With Personal Training Clients

Being married to a psychologist has it’s disadvantages: I have to talk about my feelings. All the Time There are far more perks, however. Most of what “drains” me as a coach isn’t so much the x’s and o’s of writing programs or the ability to ascertain what may be the root cause of someone’s… Read more

6 Week MASS Building Routine: Your Quest for a Bigger, Stronger Physique Begins Here

I’m traveling back to Boston from London today. I’ve been away for two weeks presenting at three different workshops. I’ve had a lovely stay, but am looking forward to heading home and my wife handing Julian over to me as soon as I walk through the door. Thanks to Boston based personal trainer, George Kalantzis,… Read more