You don’t need to love your body, you need to own it

Once upon when I was 21, I sublaxed (partial dislocation) both knees right after the other. That day, the right one was already bandaged, and I was hobbling around on the left, watching a soccer game with friends. There were a lot of people around me, and I was standing still and very unsteadily, unable to move with any sort of ease. I was all wobbly, constantly in danger of … [Read more...]

The Mistake You’re Not Learning From

We hear these kinds of phrases all the time: "Learn from your mistakes" "It was a learning experience" "I am ok, because I learned something from it". Totally true. In fact it will be true for the rest of your life. But part of progress is making different mistakes. New ones. Not repeating the same ones. Progress is fighting new battles. I was sitting around … [Read more...]

Lessons in Principles From a Sprint Coach

Bret Contreras posted a guest-post by UK sprint coach Greg Potter, that was really great. Seeing as how a lot of people won’t sit through long posts, I hope he doesn’t mind me regurgitating the points that I feel resonate on a general level whether you are a coach or not. This post was chock full of “principles” and great tidbits. So I figured a condensed version of some of … [Read more...]

12 Tips From My 2012

Come on, I gotta do some kind of New Year post to keep up with every other trainer blogger. :D But seriously, here's 12 tips ranging from potentially life-changing to trivial, depending on how brilliant you feel I am. Feel free to let me know if I've totally saved your sanity somehow and/or improved your quality of life through my insightfulness. Or you can buy me … [Read more...]

What You SHOULD Know About Plateaus

I have had this post bouncing around in my head since last week, and if I don't get it out I'm gonna go crazy. Occasionally at work (the prison), I am assigned to construction watch. This is great for me  because it means babysitting two non-inmate maintenance guys = I can catch up on reading!!! I print out some Alan Aragon Research Reviews, grab a highlighter and get paid to … [Read more...]

Food-for-Thought Before Starting a Diet or Weight Loss Plan

I sincerely sympathize with people who struggle with their diet. Having known the confusion of bouncing from one fad to another, getting your hopes up when you hear of a new "method", feeling the rush of losing 5 lbs (water weight dear) and then having the hunger and frustration set in. The thoughts that you should be stronger than this. That willpower is all it takes. The … [Read more...]

Getting Strong Without a Gym- for Teenage Athletes

So I changed the title of this a couple times trying to see what would sound catchy and accurate. Heh. A bit awkward, but otherwise I will get emails about how someone cannot find the post. Gotta make it clear. I currently have several teenage boys who are now lost without me since our school year came to a end, and hence their training. A couple without access to a gym either … [Read more...]

Mindvirus

THE THOUGHT If you think you are beaten you are If you think you dare not you don't If you like to win, but think you can't It is most certain you won't If you think you'll lose you're lost For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellows will - Its all in the state of mind If you think you are outclassed you are You've got to think high to rise You've … [Read more...]

Principles: A Bit of Psych

We discussed this in class last week, and the whole time I was relating it to training, so I thought I'd get it off my mind by sharing it with you. Any Psych student will recognize what I am talking about instantly, and actually, I would say anyone with common sense. But sometimes having to read it makes things click more. I know it does for me. But I am a little slow … [Read more...]