Lessons in ‘Chocolat’: Keeping food a pleasure, for better fat loss and better health

Why this matters Diets normally need structure, but that structure should never include guilt about what you eat or avoidance of the inherent pleasure of food. [Read time: 10-15 minutes]   I came across this research paper the other day and found this statement to be quite powerful. "Attitudes to Food and the Role of Food in Life in the USA, Japan, Flemish … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [Read more...]

A Habit’s Tale

  Why am I showing you my nails? Cause I'm running my own lifelong experiment with the hardest and most ingrained bad habit I have: biting my nails. I started biting them when I was 3, right after a time period of family-related stressful shock. As a child, you don't control your environment, you just respond to it, adapt to it. Somehow my little brain decided … [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  to … [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...]

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...]

Welcome to World Athletics

This week has meant so much to me that it is really hard to sit down and just "write about what I learned".  There was so much complexity, simplicity, epiphanies, comfort, excitement, wonder, understanding stuffed in it, that I have to just kind of let it flow out if I can hope to share what a week of being around some of the best coaches and olympic level athletes in the world … [Read more...]