Do You Need More?

“The circuit-based approach can be likened to squeezing the toothpaste only from the middle of the tube and is a useful strategy for only a given period of time.” – Paul Laursen and Martin Buchheit High-intensity group fitness programs such as CrossFit, Orange Theory, and F45 are designed to train and develop General Physical Preparedness... Continue Reading →

Communication is King

“Communication is the fuel that keeps the fire of your relationship burning, without it, your relationship goes cold.” – Unknown Effective communication requires: PatienceEmpathyCompassionHonestyTrustTransparencyRespectVulnerabilityHumilitySincerityCompromiseForgivenessResponseActive Listening Poor communication is characterized by: Lack of patienceLack of understandingLack of listeningDishonestyDeceitReactionsRecords of right and wrongGrudgesSilence Communication is the foundation of relationships. Communication is the means by which we develop... Continue Reading →

Just Trying to Be Heard in All This Noise

Celebrities, Influencers, Fitspos, Fitchicks, and Shredded Gym Bros, are making so much f#ck!ng NOISE! Let's kick this conversation off with an interactive exercise: Take a moment, open Instagram, and go to the Search PageSelect "Tags" and search the following hashtags:#fitness#workout#exercise#personaltrainer#coach How many half-naked ass shots, six packs, breasts, selfies, and core routines did you see?... Continue Reading →

CrossFit Programming: The Method to the Madness

"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips,... Continue Reading →

Top Five Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results

In the world of coach or instructor-led fitness classes, there are a multitude of brands and program offerings, including CrossFit, Orange Theory, Barry's Bootcamp, F45, CycleBar, and Barre. Each program offers unique experiences and benefits, yet, the over-aching theme of all these programs is getting people to move in a high-energy, motivating environment. Obviously, I... Continue Reading →

Less is More: Fitness for the Ninety-Nine

“Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.” – Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO In 2002, Greg Glassman told us, “Be impressed by intensity, not volume.” Translation: be impressed by how quickly the work is completed, not the amount of work that is performed. However, in recent years,... Continue Reading →

Progressions Enable Progress

Regardless the population (children, general, tactical, athletes, or adaptive), every human should have capacity to safely, effectively, and efficiently perform basic, functional (i.e., compound, multi-joint) exercises. Proficiency and mastery of the basics (e.g., running, jumping, squatting, deadlifting, pressing, etc.) enables greater and more applicable expressions of functionality, fitness, and athleticism. Therefore, it is essential that... Continue Reading →

The Art of Coaching: A Process That Requires Patience

There is an epidemic crippling the fitness industry. Graduates from Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health and Fitness, and Sport Performance programs are entering assistantships, internships, and full-time positions with practically zero hands-on coaching experience. These individuals can walk you through the Sliding Filament Theory, Excitation Contraction Coupling, and Kreb’s Cycle, recite the ACSM’s risk factors for... Continue Reading →

Building Better Humans (Part II)

MOVEMENT What exercises need to be incorporated into the training regimen for the general public? As stated in what I’m going to call the “Prescription for Functionality and Longevity,” individuals should do the following: Cultivate and maintain a foundation of cardiorespiratory endurance (i.e., regularly run, bike, swim, row, etc.) Develop competency and consistently train functional... Continue Reading →

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