I was fortunate to interview strength coach royalty Dan John, on the weekend. (iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube)
He’s kinda a big deal, for those that might not have heard of him.
Dan is a pioneer in strength training (inventor of the goblet squat) and athletic development.
With over 5 decades of experience at an elite level and a dry sense of humour second to none (his books and articles are hilarious).
Continue reading “Lessons from Dan John – Little and often over the long haul”
With emerging science, nutrition, information and progress over the last 100 years, we all know much more than we used to. Additionally, the average age that people live to has significantly increased.
And that’s great! Power to the people!
However, the smart phone, refined carbs and the time spent sitting on a chair has drastically regressed the ability for people to move properly, be pain-free and have only one chin.
Continue reading “Setting new standards for movement and strength”
The more I read and learn from the leaders in the health and performance space, I find the answers become more simple and effective.
Over complication of training and nutrition is for idiots, internet trolls and marketers.
Complicated gets in the way of doing the things that count.
Continue reading “Simple training and nutrition is all you need”
Do you have any rituals or routines when it comes to exercises, sports or work?
If the answer is NO, then you should think twice.
Continue reading “How to use rituals for better performance”
All too often I catch clients and people focusing on the things that don’t matter for training and improvement. Gyms and trainers market themselves (and there is nothing wrong with marketing), on features and the latest trends.
Continue reading “Focusing on what matters – Picking the right gym or coach”
In fitness and life we naturally navigate away from pain and move towards pleasure. It’s normal, natural and part of our DNA. However, there a two different forms of pain and they need to be understood first, before we make the leap to trying to eliminate or avoid. Continue reading “Eliminate pain and accelerate results in the gym”
Back pain and strength training can go hand in hand if you don’t know what to avoid or assess prior to starting a program. It’s important to know that with the right approach and knowledge, chances of back pain can be avoided all together.
Have you ever gone to tie up your shoes or pick up a pen and felt your back “go out”? This is all too common these days with people not moving well, sitting for a living and not learning correct techniques in the gym. Continue reading “Back pain and strength training”
Let’s be honest, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, at some point in your life I’m sure you’ve wanted or admired the toned arms of a friend, colleague or celebrity. You know the ones I’m talking about, the set of arms that will both stop traffic AND open tight jars! Women appreciate the well-toned and svelte arms of Frist Lady, Michelle Obama and men aspire to a be like Hugh Jackman in Wolverine.
See free training program at the bottom of this article Continue reading “Free Arm Training Guide”
You don’t have to look far these days to see or hear about people experiencing the negative effects of too much sitting down for extended periods of time – especially in the corporate world. Obesity, short tight weak muscles, limited range of movement and Netflix, can be all symptoms of too much sitting. Continue reading “How to offset all your sitting”
Late last year, a good friend of mine asked me to write him a program to help him get in shape for his upcoming wedding. I was chuffed at the opportunity to help him and to showcase my skills in this area, as I was very confident that I had all the tools to get him in the best shape possible. As a friend, I relaxed my approach and skipped some of the early steps to get straight into the nitty gritty of assessment and program design, as time was of the essence – we only had 8 weeks to prepare. Mistake ONE. After completing a movement screen, body fat analysis and a short dietary recall, I created the program and showed him how to perform all the required tasks. Continue reading “A maximum bang-for-buck program for the time-poor!”