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October 28, 2014

Time Blocks and Short Lists

Normal to-do lists fail because there is no timeframe. The deadline is “sometime” and there’s no definitive amount of time to dedicate to the task. Change that. When you come up with a list, also indicate how much time you are willing to spend on each task. I like to use two very powerful, simple tools for […]
May 16, 2014

Work or Play? Pain or Pleasure? Can you even feel the difference?

When it comes to training, there is a lot to be said about moderation, sustainability and general caution. However there is a time and a place to get after it, and a time to take it easy. I find the same to be true when it comes to getting things done and actually enjoying your life. […]
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 […]
September 19, 2013

3 sets of 10…Strike that, reverse it

The most common workout plan involves 3 sets of 10 reps of each exercise. This comes from various bodybuilding resources from many years ago. According to this plan, 3 sets of 10 reps is the “sweet spot” for muscle growth and fitness. Huh? I always find it comical how the design of our bodies can be […]
April 13, 2013

Slaying the Beast

The 48kg Kettlebell, referred to as “The Beast,” is massive iron ball that few athletes in the world have truly mastered. To press the Beast overhead with one arm is considered a high level of upper body strength for an average to large sized man. My goal was a bit loftier: To press a pair of […]