Goodbye 2014: A story of what I am learning as a coach

*Disclaimer: This is just a personal read outlining where a lot of my focus went this year. Basically learning how to coach. It's not gonna have a bunch of practical stuff in it, more philosophical and principled. If I may say so myself though, it has some valuable stuff in it that I am just passing on from the higher ups ;) Big personal thanks goes to Oliver Vadnais, … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 3; Resources for the coach and parent

As promised, here is a comprehensive (as I could make it) list of resources for parents and coaches. These are programs you purchase, free downloads or websites. For any youth coaches out there, I highly recommend investing. For parents, your needs are a bit less well-defined, it's really up to you. Most of what you need to know can be found in Parts 1 and 2 of this … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 2: Principles for developing fitness in children for sport and life

In part 1 I covered the scientific support for children participating in strength exercise. I also defined terms used to describe different categories of strength exercise such as weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, strength training, and movement categories. If you didn't read part 1, hop on over. … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 1: The science says yes

After writing several thousand words, and compiling an impressive list of resources from other coaches, I decided to make this a series. Rather than plow through everything to get to a section more relevant to you, this will break it down a bit easier. I geared this a tad more towards parents looking for help, rather than coaches, because someone who is not familiar with … [Read more...]

Recommended Resources: In Evidence We Trust – by Jamie Hale (are you really an evidence-based professional, and how do you know?)

Do you? Trust evidence? Are you outcome or results driven? Do you know what being "evidence-based" means as a fitness professional? Do you know how to think scientifically? Can you balance information and action? I ask myself those questions, and they are tough ones. Because it's work. It's work to stay on top of "evidence". Jamie Hale sent me his new book ┬áto … [Read more...]

The real reason Tracy, Jillian, Oz, Oprah, Selter, Mercola, and Food Babe are winning the information game

Why This Matters Want to influence someone to see the light? First, understand how they obtain and process information. Reading this could be a game-changer. [Read Time: 11 minutes] As a trainer, I choke upon hearing some of the stuff people spew about fitness and nutrition. Yeah, I can get indignant like it's nobody's business. The people I named in the title of … [Read more...]

How I Trained in 2013: Lessons From an Intermediate Lifter

This is a summary of my training for the year of 2013. I thought it would be insightful/useful to others. Please remember that the pros and cons I list for each program are my personal ones. These are programs filtered through my experience using them and my particular strengths/weaknesses. It might be completely different for you. But as an intermediate lifter/trainee, I … [Read more...]

Does the menstrual cycle impair training performance?

In the course of my research for my presentation at the Structured Training Seminar in NYC next week (check it out here), I came across a surprising thing. Surprising because it is one of those soundbites you hear repeated frequently enough, yet I had never really sat down and researched the answer. You often hear: "Women can't perform as well during their menstrual cycle. … [Read more...]

My Squat Everyday Training Log: Average Lifter Gone Wild

Just over a year ago, I was stepping into brand-spanking-new learning territory about fitness, lifting, biology, neurochemistry, stress physiology, and training philosophy. Around that time, you might have heard me say things about "squatting every day." I had started delving into certain threads online regarding strength and conditioning, and I was exploring the … [Read more...]

Success Leaves Clues: Lessons in Programming and Practical Application from Olympic Coaches

"You have to have an objective, a goal, some thought process, some strategy in your mind for whatever you do. Otherwise it's a waste of time." - Stuart McMillan "Know the rules before you break them. Know your rules physiologically, because you have to know how to adjust further down the road. If you don't know you're breaking any rules, that's when you run into trouble. … [Read more...]