Posts in "rant"

5 Traits of a Successful Coach

Ask ten different people their opinion on what traits or characteristics make for a great or “successful” coach – in this case strength coach, personal trainer – and you’re bound to get ten different answers and iterations. 5 Traits of a “Successful” Coach Some people will use adjectives like strong, looks the part, experienced, knowledgable,… Read more

Fitness Industry Hyperbole is Exhausting

We all know hyperbole when we see it. In general, it’s purposeful use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It’s often used in writing (and communication as a whole) to evoke strong feelings and reaction from the audience. These reactions can range from a chuckle and an “aww shucks” eye roll… Read more

How to Prevent Burning Out as a Fitness Professional

I wanted to use a blog title that fit my personality more. Like: “Life as a Fitness Professional: See Brick Wall. Throw Face Into It. Repeat.” But, you know, SEO and all. Being a Personal Trainer/Coach Isn’t All Kitten Kisses and Rainbows Forgive the nebulous tone out of the gate. Let me be clear: I… 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

The One Question I Hate Answering

Hate is a strong word. I generally reserve that word for things like: Mushrooms Kipping pull-ups Attack of the Clones Talking about my feelings White supremacists However, a few weeks ago I received an email asking me a question I really do hate answering. No, it wasn’t asking me to send money to a Nigerian… Read more

Confessions of a Strength Coach: Come At Me, Bro 2021 Edition

Full Disclosure: Friend and colleague, Mike Perry, serves as inspiration for today’s post. He posted something very similar on his various social media feeds last week and I was inspired to toss in my two cents on the matter after reading his list. Send any hate mail to: If for some reason the email… Read more

The Overlooked Stuff That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked That Almost Always Helps People Get Results

People want the quick fix. They want to be told that 7-Minute Abs (or maybe we’re down to 5-Minute Abs now?) is all it takes to be beach ready, or that drinking an Acai berry detox tea mined from the belly button of a Centaur is the key to fat-loss. And then there’s the high-school… Read more

Porcelain Post: Trying to Answer a Question That Has No Right Answer.

NOTE: The term “Porcelain Post” was invented by Brian Patrick Murphy and Pete Dupuis. Without getting into the specifics, it describes a post that can be read in the same time it takes you to go #2. Huh, I guess that was more specific than I thought. Enjoy. Trying to Answer a Question That Has No Right Answer… Read more