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 (strength) coach and you’re bound to get ten different answers and iterations. Some will use adjectives like strong, experienced, knowledgable, professional, motivating, or destroy the back of my pants scary. Others will use less germane markers such as… Read more

Evidence Based vs. Anecdotal Experience vs. Transformers: Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong?

In one corner we have the evidence based coach who won’t let his or her client/athlete perform anything without a PubMed reference in hand. And at the other corner we have the coach who relies on anecdotal experience and feels just because it worked for his or her’s clients/athletes that it must apply to everyone else…. Read more

Fitness Consumer Choice: Why Pizza Hut Trumps Food Prep

I’m a nerd when it comes to the topic of behavioral economics. For those unaware of what it is (via Wikipedia): “Behavioral economics and the related field, behavioral finance, study the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and the consequences for market prices, returns, and… Read more

Hey Vogue Magazine, Thanks For Setting Women’s Fitness Back A Few Decades

My wife is angry at you Vogue. And so am I. Photo Credit: Derrick Harvin The other night as I plopped down on the couch after a long day at the gym to say hello to Lisa and to catch up on her day, she chuckled and said, “oh boy, do I have something to… Read more

The 5 Worst Types of Trainers

I’ve been on a bit of a “ranty” mission lately with some of my blog posts and it seems it’s spilled over to my article writing as well. With my latest article on T-Nation.com I discuss some of the attributes and characteristics I feel make for the worst type of trainer(s). Granted, anyone could write… Read more

Shut Up. And Do the Work.

My Junior College baseball coach, Joe Antonio, was a hard ass. I played for him at Onondaga Community College (located in Syracuse, NY) from 1995-1997, and can honestly say it was two of the best years of my life. Coach Antonio is #11 pictured above. Can you spot me?, taken during my first spring trip… Read more

Twitter Math

People on the internet crack me up. Trolls in particular. Everyone is a tough guy (or girl) on the internet. The total lack of social filter or any semblance of decency seems to be non-existent when a select few sit behind their computer screens. It can best be exemplified in this example. Random guy to… Read more