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How A Scary Decision Paid Off For Me (And Why You Should Be Next)

Why Trainers Should Make Scary Business Decisions This the story of the scariest scariest decision I ever made — and why you should make it, too, if you’re a personal trainer. It’s about going “all in” when my back was against the wall. But it changed my life forever, in the best possible way. First, the backstory. With kinesiology degree in… Keep Reading

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How To Improve Your Vertical Jump

Regular readers know how much importance I attach to vertical jumping for both power development and overall athleticism. It can be one of the keys to upping your game for athletes of all ages and abilities. Yet this important topic is much neglected. That’s why I’m so pleased to present this extended guest post by Jakub Kalus of the Fitness… Keep Reading

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How to do your First Pistol Squat

The pistol squat is the ultimate blend of single leg strength, stability, and athleticism. Here’s how to do for first one in as little as six weeks. This is why you need to do pistol squats — even if the idea seems crazy at first. When most lifters see pistol squats, they cross their arms across their chest and cringe.… Keep Reading

Core Training for Lifters

The day is near. Batman versus Superman. To be honest, despite Christian Bale being irreplaceable as Batman (sorry, Ben), I’m stoked for the New Batman Versus Superman Movie. On one hand, you have a human superhero. Albeit, he has more gadgets than McGeyver, wicked fighting skills, and an other-worldly pain tolerance, he’s still human. His foe is a god. Superman… Keep Reading

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Fitness Guide to Parkinson’s Law: How to Lose Fat Faster

Flashback to 2014. My days all started the same: Up at 4:00 a.m., a cup of black coffee, and heading to the gym. Then, in a caffeine infused blitzkrieg, the day was on. Clients from 5 am to 6 or 7 pm, with a few one-hour breaks. These one-hour breaks were a godsend. Besides getting off my feet, they were… Keep Reading

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Is Training To Failure Worth It?

  First, a brief story about a recent gym encounter. Then, a few lessons I urge you to take to heart. The story I’m about to tell is important if you want long term gains in ways that minimize your risk of injury or joint stress. So here we go. Listen up. It was 6:00 pm on a Monday night. I glanced at my… Keep Reading

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Power Versus Strength and General Population Clients

As a coach, I’m in a very unique position. On one hand, I’m blessed to work with a number of awesome athletes.  They’re able to use advanced training methods while running, jumping, and lifting loads that make most of us overrun with jealousy. They’re both genetically elite and for the most part, advanced trainees. At the same time, I have a… Keep Reading

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4 Explosive Exercises to Make You a Beast

I think you’ll agree with me when I say: Lifting more weight and adding some high-performance muscle is a pretty common goal. But what happens when you don’t have Olympic bars, bumper plates, and all the necessary equipment? Unfortunately, some people throw in the towel and digress to subpar training methods that aren’t nearly as effective. But not you. You’re… Keep Reading

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3 Recovery Strategies for Overhead Training

Today, I have something special for you: an epic guest post by Matthew Ibrahim to optimize mobility and recovery in overhead athletes. But wait. What if you’re not an overhead athlete? Don’t fear. If you don’t play an overhead sport, thoracic mobility and the ability to move the shoulders overhead is still a huge problem with most lifters and athletes.… Keep Reading

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Morning Rituals to Become Unstoppable

  Eliminate decisions, accelerate self-improvement and maximize each day. Hit snooze and follow the morning up with Lucky Charms and SportsCenter? Get up, caffeinate, and hit the gym? Normally, I stick to my morning ritual because to me, the first few hours are indicative of how successful my day will be. But…Every now and then, I fail miserably, hit snooze,… Keep Reading

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