Could the Deadlift save your life?

The deadlift is hard. And you might not be particularly fond of bending over and picking up a large weight off the ground. But it might just save your life.  You see, the deadlift uses lots of big, healthy, beautiful muscles in a long range of motion. And since so much muscle contributes to the…

Hire a trainer by asking one question.

                                           Every week on Facebook someone posts seeking recommendations for a good local trainer. The responses are predictable. “Stacy Smith is da best! I absolutely LOVE her!”  Or, “Go to Sizzle Boot Camp, they will kick your…

Push Back. Hard.

6 months. That’s about how long it takes to get strong, and it’s well worth it. You won’t regret getting strong because you’ll exist more optimally inside a strong body. Clothes fit better, you’ll have more confidence, and even though you don’t care now, wait till your Squat goes up. You’ll love it. You already…

Women’s workouts should make you smile.

I have a wonderful client that is a well-known Raleigh TV news personality. Out of respect for her, we will keep her name confidential but I’m sure you’ve seen her. She is progressing quickly with our body transformation program. She told me about a recent Boot Camp she attended. They beat the life out of…

How Your Tush Affects Weight Loss

Let’s get right to it. Your butt matters. So much so that I can predict much of your physical fitness potential by how much you can engage, squeeze, and contract your precious tush.   It’s ostensibly bad for business for me to go around squeezing my client’s rear ends to see if their glutes are…

Why women should consider Kettlebells

Kettlebells have their critics. But believe me, I am done fighting the fight to defend them. I let the results my folks get speak for themselves. In almost 20 years of training hundreds of different bodies, I have never seen a negative result. Swing, Snatch, and Clean the bells several times a week and you…

Women’s Fitness- What does it really take?

I think people know the truth when they hear it, so here goes. The landscape is littered with well-intentioned people looking to trim, tone, sculpt, lose weight and do all the things they are supposed to be doing. They embark on their fitness journey, “I am finally going to lose 50 lbs, and I mean…

A Lesson from Louis Vuitton…

I am the last guy you’d expect to own a Louis Vuitton product. In my line of work I am in hoodies, lifting shoes, and Rehband sleeves that keep my knees warm. I have a big, obnoxious beard, a slick bald head and a face that frightens children. One year my wife Rana bought me…

Compliance Matters

A huge challenge faced by strength and conditioning coaches is the question of compliance. What will someone do, will they follow the program, and will they eat properly? Part of my job is to design programs that get results; the other part is to make sure that they actually get done. Whether you are training…