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  • Absolutely everything you need to know to start lifting

    Posted on Apr 21, 2017

    My goal here is to give you everything you need to know to make informed, intelligent decisions in the gym for any fitness goal -- whether you want to lose those last 10 lbs, run your first 5k, or climb Macchu Picchu when you’re 80.

    I want give you everything you need to start your strength training journey with confidence, and assurance that you know what you’re doing. And I want to give you enough knowledge (knowledge it’s taken me years of working with clients to attain) to continue to reap great results from strength training for years to come.

    I want you to be able to reach your goals c...

  • How I accidentally turned into a jock

    Posted on Apr 13, 2017

    I was scrawny growing up. I also had some of the shittiest social skills known to man. I felt terribly anxious and uncomfortable if there were people around, pretty much always.

    I was a stick figure-esque skateboarder who wanted a girlfriend really bad. I thought I would literally never get one -- I honestly thought I’d be a virgin for my entire life. Because I thought I was ugly and had no idea how to talk to anyone. I didn't know how to not completely withdraw into myself around new people.

    It was a really rough time for me -- things seemed pretty hopeless, and by “things” I mean being ha...

  • A surefire way to pick the right weights for your workout

    Posted on Apr 06, 2017

    For about the past 6 months I’ve been posting workouts every Wednesday on my Facebook page because I want people to be confident in the gym and have access to intelligent, effective, and safe workouts.

    This last week someone bravely asked if it would be OK to do the same workout with tiny weights. To which I replied, “Of course!”.

    Every body is different, and adjusting your workouts to best serve you is what defines an amazing workout! Plus, I was really stoked to hear they wanted to try the workout!

    This exchange got me thinking. What does “heavy” really mean. I’ve written tons of pieces tr...

  • 3 signs your workouts are working

    Posted on Mar 31, 2017

    Because it's hard to stay motivated when you don't see progress, I wanted to show you a few ways my online clients know they're making progress to stay motivated and committed to burning fat, building muscle, and feeling better in their bodies.

    And here we go!

    1. You’re showing up

    Even if you stay at the gym for 5 minutes you’re doing awesome. Seriously.

    Sometimes you just have to be patient with yourself and accept where you’re at right now. Sometimes that means testing the waters by tip-toeing into the pool.

    Building the habit of going to the gym entails so much more than just working out.

    ...

  • Epic exercises: ab wheel rollouts

    Posted on Mar 29, 2017

    I wanted to write about this exercise because it’s truly one of the best exercises you can do for building a strong, hard set of abs.

    Ab rollouts also are done incorrectly all the time so I wanted to show you how to them nice and proper.

    So if you feel these heavily in your lower back, it's time to reinvent the wheel :P

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    Why It’s Awesome

    It trains proper core alignment and stiffness during hip and shoulder movement. It's a total-body core exercise, which gives the ab wheel tons of carry over to other exercises.

    Simply put, this is one the best exercise for a crazy strong core. This means you ...

  • Epic exercises: mobility yoga-plex thingy

    Posted on Mar 22, 2017

    In this new weekly series I share with you my favorite exercises for getting my online clients to move better, lift heavy shit safely, and get strong and fit AF.

    Today's is the aptly named, "Mobility Yoga-Plex Thingy", which is the latin name for whatever the hell the actual name of this exercise is.

    Why it’s awesome:

    The hips and shoulders get pretty beat up from sitting hella hours per day.

    Tight hips + Tight shoulders + Lack of core strength and control => Tight, achy lower back.

    This drill stretches and mobilizes both the shoulders and hips, with the added bonus of building core control a...

  • Stop making fat loss harder than it has to be with 1 simple diet trick

    Posted on Mar 15, 2017

    Fat Loss is hard. Objectively. But, lots of people make it unnecessarily hard.

    You don’t get extra points for making things more difficult than they have to be.


    There’s a fine line between lazy and efficient.

    And for fat loss, we want to skirt the fuck out of that line.

    Because the easier it is, the more successful you are -- the more fat you lose, the leaner you get, and the more confident you feel in your favorite dress.

    Fitness follows something called the Law of Diminishing Returns. A quick Google search defines this as:

    “The principle that a continual increase in effort or investment d...

  • Is there a connection between fitness and happiness? If so, what is It?

    Posted on Mar 10, 2017

    “Dude, you are like, the most positive guy I’ve ever met. It’s kinda gross.” My client jokingly prodded in between gasping for breath.

    Confused, I chuckled in shock, having never thought of myself as an overtly positive person. I said something to the effect of, “Good! It’s 7 fucking AM! How excited do you think you’d be to squat that shit 20 times if I sauntered in here like Eeyore?”.

    When my clients walk in the door, it’s their time. It doesn’t matter if I got dumped the night prior, it’s all about them. Not always successfully of course, but that’s the goal. I think a big part of being a g...

  • The real reason(s) you're stuck

    Posted on Mar 03, 2017

    This post may come across as a bit harsher than my normal writing voice, but that's only because I'm trying to be straightfoward because you can't move past something until you acknowledge it exists.

    I just want you to know there's no judgement anywhere in this piece. These are just perspectives I've noticed have held people back and lead to tons of frustration.

    I don't want you to struggle with this anymore. I want you to reach your goals. So in this post, I talk about perspective shifts you need to make if you want to stop feeling like you're spinning your wheels.

    You aren’t taking owners...

  • Body image, strength, and old age: A better way to look at your level of fitness

    Posted on Feb 24, 2017

    I’ve pretty much always been skinny.

    This meant I felt ridiculous being unhappy with my body. After all, I had what everyone seemed to want. How ungrateful could I be to feel unhappy with how looked?

    Regardless of whether I should or shouldn’t have felt that way (hint: your feelings are your own. No one can tell you otherwise), that’s how I felt.

    Growing up with zero confidence i.e. ability to talk to girls, I thought maybe if I was more fit, they would talk to me. Because I’d rather shove my hand in a wood chipper than initiate a conversation with someone I find attractive.

    I didn’t want an...

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