Exercise is learning. The most basic kind.

A couple years ago when visiting World Athletics (now Altis) in Arizona, I asked Dan Pfaff how long it would take someone to develop physically at a basic level (in the context of the sport he coaches at an Olympic level, track and field). In other words, generally speaking, if you took someone with no consistent physical training, and trained them to be physically … [Read more...]

Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #2: “The ultimate reward for trust, is loyalty.”

Title: Business and Personal Development: Keys to Longevity as a Coach By: Sheldon Persad, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario Interim Director, (of) Sport Science & Sport Medicine Sheldon's presentation was on business development, so highly practical for any personal trainer, but also for those looking to build their abilities to get into SnC coaching, which is … [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...]

The Cardio Default: A Rant

This is a rant. I wrote this awhile ago before I moved to Toronto. Finding and rereading it, I found I felt the same way, especially now that I work mainly with general population clients – businessmen/women, busy moms, older clients, etc. Read it carefully before you get pissed off or tell me that "something is better than nothing"or accuse me of saying cardio is bad. The … [Read more...]

Your Problem With Sugar is THE Problem With Sugar

Why this matters: Nothing is easier than blaming sugar when it comes to unsuccessful dieting, but that blame is often very misplaced. Learn what sugar is and why it's not as devilish as you've been made to believe.  [Read time: 25 minutes (stick with it; it'll be worth it!)]   "When you start from an incorrect assumption, you reach an incorrect conclusion." - … [Read more...]

The Curse of the Name; When Commitment and Loyalty Might be Screwing You Over

Everywhere you go, names are thrown at you. Names of people or names of brands. They are all promising you the easy, healthy, quick, fast, and magical methods to get you what you want. And we do want! Anyone who is reading this wants something. What? A better body? A snippet of information that will help you get that body? An insight? A brain tickle? A way to look, feel, or be … [Read more...]

Knowing the Rules to Understand the Exceptions

A friend posted this quote below over the weekend. He is a mixed martial artist, so he related it to that, but it is a sound principle that applies to anything related to education, improving yourself or learning about a topic. It's a theme I hear repeated often by smarter and more experienced names than me; yet people have such a hard time grasping it when they are looking for … [Read more...]

Give Yourself Less Choice

I have recently been reading alot of Martin Berkhan's blog leangains.com. I must say his wealth of information, experience and deeply researched posts make me realize how much I don't know yet. One post that hit home was about why fitness coaches/trainers often don't follow their own advice or why they are sometimes not as organized and accomplished in their personal physical … [Read more...]