Posts in "psychology"

The Subtle Art of Shutting Up and Listening

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TG.com regular, and my 1-day-per-week training partner, Justin Kompf. Listening, I mean really listening, is a learned skill and takes a lot of (purposeful) practice to master. Those who are able to so, however, are often the ones who separate themselves from the masses in the fitness industry. This… Read more

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

Sex In the Industry: Why Men Need to Lean In and Listen

Today’s post is a teachable moment. At least I hope it will be. It covers an uncomfortable albeit important topic and something that, up until this past weekend, I thought I’d never get called out for. And that is…. The sexualization of women in the fitness industry.   Last weekend I presented at the NSCA… Read more

Why Is It So Hard To Be Healthy?

Being or not being healthy, by and large, is rarely an information problem. Most people know regular physical activity is good for their health, as is not crushing an entire bag of Doritos right before bed. Why, then, are so many of us struggling with attaining a “healthy” lifestyle? Simple (but not really): Lack of… Read more

Feelings vs. Facts: In Fitness It’s Important to Know the Difference

Feelings get in the way. Feelings make things weird. Especially when they hinder or cast a shadow over fact(s), making them less relevant or murky.   I’ll just come right out and say it: Feelings are a motherfucker. NOTE: “motherfucker” in this sense can be used interchangeably here: good or bad. “Did you just see… Read more

The Opportunity Costs of Healthy Living

Today’s guest post from regular contributor, Justin Kompf, discusses a phenomenon everyone deals with on a daily basis: opportunity costs. For example, the opportunity cost of me posting pictures of my cat in different outfits everyday is that I don’t get invited to public gatherings all too often. In the health & fitness realm we… Read more

The Planet Fitness Myth

We’re stuck in an emotionally devoid rut. And Planet Fitness isn’t helping. I am all for showering my fellow humans with compassion and empathy. Treat others as you’d like to be treated isn’t a bad way to go about doing things. However, taking politics out of the conversation, it’s a safe observation to note we… Read more

Healthy Living Is Hard: Accept It

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of SUNY Cortland head strength coach and lecturer, Justin Kompf. And speaking of SUNY Cortland, the annual Health and Wellness Conference is this April 8th featuring myself, Dr. Lisa Lewis, Brian St. Pierre, Mark Fisher, and Dr. David Just. For more information go HERE. It is the easiest thing in… Read more