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March 21, 2014

Safe, Fun, Effective–The Keys To Long Term Success

  Success in training isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It can be monotonous to deadlift and squat all the time (yes, even for me) and difficult to stay consistent. One major component of success is to keep things fun and interesting… I am often asked what the best program out there for training is–and […]
February 26, 2014
1-arm backbend performance

Fitness, Health, and Performance

What is the primary goal of exercise? What is the primary objective to training at all? The answer is that it depends entirely on the individual. However, most of us will fall into the health category. This would include anyone who is not a professional athlete getting paid for their level of performance. Fitness and health […]
February 7, 2014

Load-Bearing Strength

You don’t need a complicated program to get strong and powerful. You don’t even need a lot of time. Give me an hour a few days a week and I can give you the formula for a rock solid foundation… provided you bring some work ethic, of course. I love gymnastics movements for building upper body […]
February 3, 2014

A Shift in the Exercise Paradigm

The goal of exercise is, of course, to get better. So why is it that many coaches and exercisers are still attempting to destroy themselves in the gym? Is it for some strange form of penance? A change is long overdue. Old style Pain=Progress Discomfort=progress tired, sweating, vomiting=fat loss, more progress The pump. The burn. Soreness. […]
January 9, 2014

5 Tips to feel better Fast

Hi all, I’ve gotten lots of emails asking for quick tips to feel better so I wanted to put together a short list of some of my favorite and easiest movements to get you moving better, Fast!     The last two videos aren’t so much of a tip as they are a demonstration to help […]
December 8, 2013

Quick Fix for Neck and Shoulder Stiffness (The computer posture cure)

Our bodies were not designed to sit at a desk, or worse yet, in front of a computer for many, many hours per day. However, we all have to earn a living in this world and for most of us, the reality is, we’ll be using a computer to do that. It’s fine and dandy for […]
October 24, 2013

Arm Bars and Hammer Throws

As you all know by now, I love athletically driven activities. From wakeboarding to ping pong and highland games to jiu jitsu, I love to do it all. Not only that but I am a highly competitive person. One problem is that there are only a fixed number of hours in the day, and only so […]
September 24, 2013

Top 5 Articles of 2013

It’s been a hell of a great year for me so far. Traveled to Sweden, Italy, and Germany to teach. Secured a spot writing for T-Nation. Launched the new website, and got invited to the Light Weight World Championships in Highland Games (headed there in November!)  Enjoy my Top 5 most popular articles as indicated by […]
September 21, 2013

Build Muscle and Get Ripped…at the Grocery Store

Strength, as I often say, is quite simple. Move well first, then lift heavy things and move fast. Muscle building and body composition are a different story. Your diet is going to play a pivotal role in your muscle growth and leanness. Where most people go wrong is they try to make a plan (which is […]
September 20, 2013

The 80% Rule

I feel fortunate to have gone through many different phases of training. Bodybuilding, Crossfit, HIT, running, kettlebells, etc. Each phase has taught me different lessons about training, good and bad… Currently, I have many students taking group classes at my facility and it is important to give them simple instructions to achieve their goals in the […]