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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...

Essentials

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...

Do Less, Just do it Well

Do Less, Just do it Well

I’ve been training for 16 years.  I’ve tried many different programs, set/rep schemes, you name it I’ve tried it!  My training philosophy has changed a ton over that time. For awhile, I followed trends and did workouts from the magazines when I first started.  It...

Keep training simple

Keep training simple

It’s very easy for new gym-goers to be overwhelmed by all of the equipment, unsure of what’s going to help them reach their goals.  It’s very easy to get confused when it comes to what’s worth spending your time on in the gym. This can lead to many people...

Working out vs. Training

Working out vs. Training

Everyone in the gym is doing one of two things:  Working out or training. Most people will read this and think “aren’t those the same thing?”  The difference between the two is intent and programming. Before I go any further, let me admit something....

2 Hard Lessons Learned in Business and Life

2 Hard Lessons Learned in Business and Life

Failure is one of the worst feelings in the world.  In the moment, you’re defeated and humiliated. What’s worse, in this day and age with social media it’s more public than ever!  I’m going to level with you guys and admit something: I’ve failed way more...

Forget Workouts

Forget Workouts

    Being a personal trainer, I hear this question all the time:  “What’s the best workout to achieve goal X?” The first thing people focus on in the gym is exercise selection and programming (if they do this at all).  They want to know which machines do they need to...

Be a Giver

Be a Giver

In a world of takers, be a giver.      Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly careful with whom I spend my time.  This is a huge generalization, but most people fall into two categories: Givers and takers.  While both give and...

Just Give me Five Minutes

Just Give me Five Minutes

    I’m cutting straight to it in this one.  You’re not as busy as you say you are. Be honest with yourself.  How often are you checking your phone either texting or scrolling the social media feed?  How about television or video...

Earn the Barbell

Earn the Barbell

One of the most common mistakes I see in the gym is everyone starting their training with the barbell.  When performed properly, Barbell training is a tremendously effective method to reshape your body and get that lean, toned look you’re after.  However, if done...

Box Jumps:  You’re Doing them Wrong

Box Jumps: You’re Doing them Wrong

Box jumps are one of my favorite plyometric exercises.  In addition to being great at training explosive power, they are also lots of fun.  My clients love pushing themselves and seeing how high they can jump (safety being the number one priority of course).  However,...

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Craving Chocolate? Try this healthier take on chocolate cupcakes next time you’re home! 🙂   (Serves 9) 1 serving = 160 calories; 10 grams fat; 18 grams carbs; 4 grams fiber; 4 grams protein Ingredients: 1/2 cup nut butter of choice; 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup...

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