5.) Just because something is HARD, doesn’t mean it’s GOOD This is one that I picked up from reading Dan John’s work. If you’re a up-and-coming coach or trainer, read Dan John. In fact, go over to Amazon right now and order his books. It’s ok, I’ll wait.. The books will change your life. Mostly…

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Important Lessons Learned in Coaching: Mentors

4.) Mentors, internships, and volunteer hours are worth WAY more than books and blogs. If you want to get better at coaching (or anything you do), seek out a mentor. Mine was Coach Sutton, and more recently I tried to volunteer with another strength coach in town, but my schedule has become a conflict. I…

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Important Lessons Learned in Coaching: Personal Training ≠ S&C

2.) Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning are NOT the same In this context, S&C refers to athletes in a collegiate or professional setting. I used to think they weren’t so different. While they may look the same on the surface: both client and athlete squat, do push-ups, chin-ups, deadlift and hip hinge, etc. the…

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Important Lessons Learned in Coaching: It’s not what you Want to do..

I’ve been coaching and personal training for nearly five years now, but only full time for the last two years. Over that span I’ve learned quite a bit about coaching and training. I offer this list as an insight to a personal trainer/coach/entrepreneur’s world. I hope that it is helpful for any other aspiring coaches…

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I’m Published!

So a little over a year ago, Men’s Health put out a blast looking for America’s Next Top Trainer. So I thought, “why not me?” I could be America’s Next Top Trainer! I’m good at what I do, and I think everyone should know it! To become a contestant, you had to shoot a “challenge”…

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Heads up! This post is less than 900 words, so about 5 minutes of reading time. How much? How many? How far? How long? When it comes to exercise, these are questions I answer daily. How many times per week should I lift? How many exercises? How many sets and reps? How far and how…

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Exercise of the Week: Pallof Press

When it comes to stabilizing your “core,” everyone jumps into plank position. Pop down, “bows and toes” and hold, for an excruciating amount of time, especially if you have a bad coach or trainer. But we can talk about planks later. Planks are a great exercise when executed properly, but it’s only part of the…

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Cluster Sets for greater gains in Strength and Mass

There are a myriad of ways of getting stronger and building some lean muscle mass.  You have powerlifters, bodybuilders, crossfitters, and even Zumba…Ok maybe a slight exaggeration with Zumba. Not knocking it, just not one of the methods I would use to build some serious strength.Everybody has their tools and their methods. All have something…

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