The Overlooked Importance of Communicating Your Goals

The Overlooked Importance of Communicating Your Goals

The first big question is what do you want to accomplish? This goal has to be SMART -- specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, and time sensitive. This takes a little more thought than you think. It's not as simple as “I want to get fit.” That is not really SMART at all. Think of something more like “I want to look good by the end of the summer, and to me that means losing 15lbs by August 25th.” This goal is way more real and its reasonable!

The 5 different Types of Gyms and How to Decide Which One is Right for You.

The 5 different Types of Gyms and How to Decide Which One is Right for You.

There are many different types of gyms and training out there and it is very easy to get lost in all the options. I want to help people find the right gym for them.  I have to first say that I am a little bias in that I run a small group personal training gym (also called semi private but we will get into that later), so I tend to push people that way but it is not the best option for everyone. So let's dive into it; we will go over the type of membership and the type of training that goes on in each of these gyms.

The 7 "speed drills" Your Youth Athlete Should Already Be Doing

The 7 "speed drills" Your Youth Athlete Should Already Be Doing

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to helping a youth athlete  perform at maximum ability. How they should be eating?  What teams should they play for? What technique coach do they need to work with? Should they play select, premier, AAU, for a school team or all of the above? Should they specialize or just play one spor

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to helping a youth athlete  perform at maximum ability. How they should be eating?  What teams should they play for? What technique coach do they need to work with? Should they play select, premier, AAU, for a school team or all of the above? Should they specialize or just play one sport? How do I give them more agility? Speed? Explosiveness? Quickness?

t? How do I give them more agility? Speed? Explosiveness? Quickness?

Keto Diets Part II: The Importance of Carbohydrates for the Athlete

Keto Diets Part II: The Importance of Carbohydrates for the Athlete

I hear too many parents, sports coaches and even other strength coaches express that they don’t know what to recommend when it comes to athlete nutrition. According to what we know from the scientific literature, this article outlines the best way to make sure your athlete has the best chance to perform their best on the field, court, or mat.  There is too much misinformation out there and I want to make sure that you have the best information regarding nutrition and sports performance.

The 7 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Get The Body You Want

The 7 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Get The Body You Want

There are a lot of reasons why people struggle to reach their strength and fitness goals. These are just a few of the common reasons I see with my clients. These are easy to fix in theory, but need some revisiting over time. Refer back to this list regularly to help make sure you are on track. A lot of time it comes down to your willingness to put the work in, and if you are ready to do what it takes this list if for you.   

How Fast Can You Lose Weight Without Losing Muscle?

How Fast Can You Lose Weight Without Losing Muscle?

So you want to lose weight for summer, but you’ve spent all winter putting on hard earned muscle. Or maybe you just started a diet because you have decided that this is the summer when you WILL look good at the lake house boat party and get looks and compliments from everyone.  This is good because you should be paying attention to your diet.  Diet modification is where all good changes in body composition start and end. How much or how little you eat has a lot to do with your body composition.  The big issue I see is that people go at it too aggressively at first, only to see their efforts wasted half way through their diet. Eating only salad and one and a half protein shakes a day might do more damage than good. It's hard to stick to and you will end up losing too much muscle. Here are the facts...

Ketogenic Diets: Good for Some Bad for Many.

Ketogenic Diets: Good for Some Bad for Many.

There is a big movement in the industry right now toward ketogenic diets and diets that claim to be ketogenic when, in reality, they are just low carb. Keto diets are very popular, so we will talk about it all -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this article we will discuss why I believe that ketogenic diets or low carb diets are not the answer, where ketones and ketogenic diets can be useful, and why you still need to be eating carbs.

My Favorite Exercise of All Time!

My Favorite Exercise of All Time!

What is the best exercise of all time? How do you make a claim like that and what does that exercise have to do for the body to fit that mold? For some strength coaches it's the squat, for some the bench press or the clean. I think all of those exercises have their place and there is a spot in my heart for the squat for sure, but that is not it. You need an exercise that works wonders for a wide population of clients and athletes. An exercise that provides a ton of value for those that learn it and do it on a consistent basis.