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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 for...

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

     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 health.  In a society that places...

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 everyone else.  Luckily for...

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 either willfully lying to you or so...

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 that? Or do we...

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 answer is...

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 spent...

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 the year...

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 your world. No one else is to...

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 to...

Essentials

I had an epiphany a couple of weeks ago that made me laugh.  I’ve spent the last year cleaning up my programs for clients by focusing on the basics.  One of the best things I’ve learned is from my colleague Mike: “Do less.” This spawned my number 1 rule regarding all...

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