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Do the work

Do the work

     I’ve been playing around with this concept in my head for the last several weeks.  I’ll be totally honest, I took inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new book “Be Useful.”  It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from French physical educator Georges...

It’s not just about reps

It’s not just about reps

     When I first picked-up weight training, I was a scrawny 13 year-old.  I had been bullied for years, and decided to do something about it.  I was the shy, timid kid in the classroom and had less than zero confidence in myself, in...

Stop waiting for the “perfect” day

Stop waiting for the “perfect” day

     “As soon as things settle down, I’ll make it back to the gym.”  “Once I get through these next two weeks, I’ll get back in the game.”  You and I have both heard this weak excuse.  I’ve said it many times, fooling myself...

Vivi’s superhero training update

Vivi’s superhero training update

     For far too long, the gym has not been a welcoming place for women.  In my almost 10 years as a coach, I’ve noticed that despite many great changes, this remains the same.  I’ve spoken with so many women that simply don’t feel...

3 Steps to strong, safe lifting

3 Steps to strong, safe lifting

While seemingly simple on the surface, there’s quite a lot that goes into lifting weights effectively and strongly.  It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by the mountains of information out there (not all of it good, unfortunately).  Unfortunately, a lot of...

Life Stacking:  The Ultimate Tool for Busy AF Parents

Life Stacking:  The Ultimate Tool for Busy AF Parents

     Let me tell you something you already know but don’t want to hear.  If you have children, you’re always going to be behind.  Despite your best efforts, the chaos that comes with raising a child will constantly work against...

Build the shelf and stack the wins

Build the shelf and stack the wins

     It’s easy to get overwhelmed by our goals, dreams and aspirations.  Maybe you want to get in shape for an upcoming trip, be a better parent, improve your financial situation, or build a business.  Or, hell, you’re swinging for...

10 Commandments of training

10 Commandments of training

The 10 Commandments of Training:Over my 8 years as a coach and 17 years as a lifter, I’ve tried a lot of different methods.  I’ve experimented with dozens of training protocols, programs and movement varieties.  The following are my non-negotiables when it...

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...

Process goals:  The secret sauce

Process goals: The secret sauce

     Goal-setting is critical to the success of any endeavor.  Goals motivate us in the beginning, guide us when times get tough and are ultimately celebrated when reached.  Anytime I had something I wanted to achieve, it came down...

Training with back pain

Training with back pain

     There’s no way around it, life sucks when your back is hurting.  I’ve experienced back pain and tightness off and on over the last 10 years.  I am not a doctor or a physical therapist, it’s outside of my scope of practice to...

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