“THIS GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING I’VE BEEN TAUGHT”

It's what I've heard countless times from people who come in to my facility
and ask how to make faster progress. Then they get results far beyond their
wildest imagination by doing exactly these unexpected things. If you're wondering
what that's all about I'll send you my free ebook of the 4 sacred-cow shattering
statements most people can't believe - until they see the results for themselves.

Time to Stand Up For Something

(Note: I wrote this on January 1, 2017. The events may have changed slightly, but it’s never been more relevant.) The past few weeks have brought about a couple social protests that have been interesting enough to really get me thinking about this topic. A couple weeks ago I got involved in a little social

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Why Doesn’t Matter.

I have an uncle who frankly does not have the best social mannerisms. He’s brusque if not outright rude and sort of aggressively avoids all of the niceties and pleasantries of normal conversation. But, you know, other than that he’s great. At some point when I was growing up, he started saying “I don’t do

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How to Pass the RKC Snatch Test

Early on in my strength training days I came across kettlebells, the DragonDoor forum, and several RKCs which was formative in how I approach strength training. At the time the RKC was arguably the premier kettlebell training and certification organization and while I didn’t agree with all of their dogma (and still don’t, but much

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Be Anxious, Then Go Do It

I’m nearly a mile up in the air sitting in the open door of an airplane. It’s nighttime. I’ve got fireworks strapped to my leg. On my back there are a couple hundred square feet of nylon that are supposed to save my life. Nylon and fire don’t usually mix well. Down below, I’ve got a square

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Occlusion Training: Blow Up Your Arms

Here’s a funny thing about fitness: We don’t know how muscle grows. Sure, we have some good ideas as to what conditions create muscle growth, or hypertrophy, and bodybuilders have been using these method for centuries at a minimum to build bigger muscles. But no one actually understands the full depth and breadth of the

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Stress is Not Stress

I love analogies. I think they’re super useful in helping us understand the world. Jen sometimes makes fun of me because I’ll try to build an analogy and it will fall flat, but in general I think I’m pretty good at creating analogies to explain concepts. For example, a car’s check engine light is a

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Today is a New Year

Maybe that sounds like a bit of a malapropism, but really it’s true. Mondays always hold that special power of feeling like a fresh start and when Monday happens to fall on the second day of the year, or the first day you aren’t nursing a hangover (truth is I wasn’t, I had a wonderful

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Who is your guru?

Guru in the fitness world has become synonymous with snake oil salesman. My buddy the glute guy, Bret Contreras, has a regular series of “Grill the Guru” posts and videos where he takes down pseudo-science and questionable justifications by well known fitness personalities. Being called a guru, to most people, would be taken as an insult.

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Make Like a Squirrel and Save Some Nuts

(Disclaimer: This article is going to assume that you have a level of income sufficient to meet your needs with some wiggle room to spare. In other words, you have discretionary income and you could possibly spend more wisely or differently than you do today. If you are living at the poverty line while working

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The I Hate The Gym Program

It may be hard to believe that I don’t love the gym. As someone who’s spent a not-insignificant portion of my life in gyms trying to get as strong as possible you would think that I’m enamored with the process and it’s something I couldn’t live without–a sentiment that many regular gym-goers do share. But

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