Essential Law 1: Better is Better

After 20 years in the Strength, Fitness & Performance Training field, there is still something that irks me beyond description. You’ve seen it. We all have. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It happens in big box, “McFitness” health clubs. It happens in “boxes.” It happens in boot camps and “transformation centers.” It even happens in… Continue reading Essential Law 1: Better is Better

Kill Your Treadmill!

Thinking about 30 minutes on the treadmill to get in some “cardio?” Think again. Why engage in 30 wasted minutes of a hip-flexion-heavy, boring activity that won’t actually make you stronger or better? Screw that… Pick up some heavy stuff and carry it around! Loaded Carries, my friend. Do some cardio your body will thank… Continue reading Kill Your Treadmill!

Zen…and science?

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been asked to present at the premier fitness event designed specifically for fitness business owners and coaches who aspire to grow their practices! At this year’s Elite Fitness & Performance Summit, I’ll be presenting on the topic “Zen and the Science of Beach-ready Bodies, Bigger Benches and Faster 40’s”… Continue reading Zen…and science?

Limits, Challenges & Real-Life Superheroes

This is Nate. Nate is a Superhero. Yeah, I know, no cape & no cool suit. But he has a superpower. Several, actually, along with an amazing origin story. You see, Nate suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the age of 2. He was diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury. So his first… Continue reading Limits, Challenges & Real-Life Superheroes

Badass or Buffoonish?

When confronted with a fitness, strength or performance challenge, your first instinct might be to say “I CAN do this!” Self-confidence and motivation are important. Critical to both short- and long-term success, really. So getting fired up to conquer a physical challenge can be a great thing. Maybe even heroic! Unless it’s not. Sometimes, that… Continue reading Badass or Buffoonish?

Your Biases and the Truth

Bias is a problem in nearly every research study. Some studies suffer from bias of intent, a hidden intent to prove a specific outcome or result. These are counterproductive, and set research in the associated field back, rather than moving it ahead. There are numerous other forms of bias that can harm research. Design bias… Continue reading Your Biases and the Truth

Stress, Exercise Fatigue & Your Suffering Brain

Chronic stress can lead to increased inflammation in a variety of tissues in the body. Chronic stress includes relationship stress, money stress and work- or school-related stress. Working out too much, too long or without adequate rest or regeneration is also chronic stress. In the modern era of “more is better,” we often substitute a… Continue reading Stress, Exercise Fatigue & Your Suffering Brain