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What I Believe

What I Believe

     As corny as they all are, I absolutely love to know what a company’s core values are.  Being an Army brat, I appreciate the foundational beliefs that a business or unit hold that unites them.  For instance, one of the tenets of...

Life Lessons from an Army NCO

Life Lessons from an Army NCO

My mom served for 20 years in the United States Army.  She retired as a Sergeant First Class. She deployed four times during her career (Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Sarajevo).  She was also awarded the Combat Action Badge, awarded to service-support troops...

Respect the Bell

Respect the Bell

A little over a week ago, I attended the StrongFirst Kettlebell Level 1 course. It was a phenomenal weekend filled with plenty of learning and laughter. What amazed me was the attention to detail and the high standards that were set from the moment we entered the...

5 ways to improve your mental health

5 ways to improve your mental health

     Being a personal trainer, most of my focus is on my clients’ physical health and performance.  I want my clients to move well and feel great in order to enhance their lives. However, what often gets swept under the rug is mental...

Focus then refocus

Focus then refocus

    Life can be very challenging at times, I totally understand that.  Family, bills, career, social life, responsibilities, the list goes on.  I’ll be totally honest with you and admit that I feel overwhelmed from time to time just like...

The hard truth

The hard truth

    In my 6 years as a personal trainer, there’s one lesson that summarizes my journey up to this point.  Like Jon Snow, I know nothing. Anyone that tells you they have everything figured out is full of shit.  Unfortunately, they’re...

Stop planning and execute

Stop planning and execute

I’m going to let you in on a very well known “secret.”  Every professional you’ve ever seen has failed more times they’ve ever succeeded.  In fact, Michael Jordan often points out that he’s missed over 9,000 shots in his career.  Do we ever talk about...

Let’s Get Serious

Let’s Get Serious

Today is a bit of a rant so bear with me.  I can’t tell you how many times people have complained about not being able to reach their health and fitness goals.  My next question after establishing their goals and motivation is “what have you been doing?” The...

Strength:  The Deeper Meaning

Strength: The Deeper Meaning

It’s very easy to get caught up in the constant pursuit of PR’s and goals.  Trust me, I get it. I love pushing it to the limit in the gym and seeing what my body is capable of.  My trainer Sean and I are always eager to hit it hard, knowing that the time was...

It’s Almost Halftime…

It’s Almost Halftime…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about going back to the basics both in the gym and life.  Ironically, I realized that I could take my own advice a little better! After auditing my goals, efforts and results I’ve made a huge change to 2019.  I went from 25 goals for...

Take ownership

Take ownership

    Last year, I read “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  It should be required reading for everyone because of the simple yet powerful message it conveys.  In the book, Jocko said it best: “You must own everything in...

Community

Community

Two weeks ago, I participated in my second Tactical Strength Challenge, hosted worldwide by StrongFirst.  I witnessed PR’s fall like dominoes and every day people overcome adversity to succeed. More important than weights and reps, I saw the most important aspect...

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