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September 30, 2016

Better Every Day Book Club: Extreme Ownership

I’ve owned a gym for 7 years. And I’ve been a bad leader for a lot of that time. Sometimes you read a book and the words are like little daggers that cut right down to the core. For me, that’s what Extreme Ownership did. I give it my strongest recommendation. We will all have the […]
September 23, 2016

The Real “Body Love”

Body Love is the latest hot topic to hit the fitness industry. I like the idea, really I do. However, I have seen this idea portrayed in two ways.The first, which I like, is about not striving for the myth of perfection. The second, which I don’t, is about excusing people who completely disrespect their bodies […]
September 15, 2016

Hip and Core Trifecta

One of the most common sources of problems is the lower back. For years coaches have been using hip flexor mobilizations and various active hip extension work combined with core activation as the holy trinity of improving the chance of a solid training session, and lowering the chance of sore backs afterward. Now Lets Up the […]
September 9, 2016
take care of the little guys

Take Care of the Little Guys

Let’s talk about two areas of your body that: Are often neglected Can cause havoc throughout your body Can supercharge your strength, flexibility, and health if trained properly These two areas are your hands and feet. And unfortunately, they are getting weaker and weaker across the board. Our hands are pathetically weak compared to the hardware […]
August 27, 2016

5 Isometrics You Should Be Able To Do

Isometrics are a commonly misunderstood aspect of Strength and Conditioning. If applied appropriately, they can be very beneficial. The exercises I’ve chosen today address building strength, muscle activation, and conditioning the tissue to stress. Plus, they cover 5 key patterns that I think you’re getting familiar with by now: Core, Upper Push, Upper Pull, Lower Pull/Hinge, Lower Push (delivered in that order below) […]
August 11, 2016

The Missing Link in Fitness Programs

When I first got into coaching over 10 years ago, a personal training session looked like this: Warm Up: 5 minutes on treadmill 3 sets: Bench Press Row Leg Press Treadmill 2 min (for cardio, of course) 3 sets: Curls Triceps Leg Extension Treadmill 2 min The first thing I see is, damn that’s a lot of […]
August 11, 2016

Kettlebells and your Butt

In 2007 I took a 2-hour course on how to use kettlebells. At this course they took a video of the participants. This video shows, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I had absolutely no access to my glutes whatsoever–let alone a proper hip hinge. Having now taught thousands of people how to do a kettlebell […]
August 11, 2016

Why I Keep Coming Back to Kettlebells

One thing I pride myself on as a coach is that I have firsthand experience with most types of training equipment, and “styles” of training. Because I’ve achieved a certain level of competence in different modalities and understand how to blend them together, I am sometimes overwhelmed with choices. Imagine choosing the right dish from a […]
August 11, 2016

Should YOU follow a Program?

I’ve written thousands of programs and workouts in the past decade between online coaching, and in-person with groups and individuals at Ambition Athletics. During that time I’ve seen people achieve amazing results by sticking with a very specific plan. I’ve also seen people achieve success by following loose guidelines, or even by following no plan. Yes, you […]
August 11, 2016

The Latest Weight Loss Secret is Literally a Vacuum

I haven’t been on this earth that long, but I have the cynicism of an 80 year old war veteran am a realist. What I saw the other day both shocked me and made me wonder, once again; where will we draw the line? How does it work? No, you don’t vacuum half of the food […]