Home Gyms…too expensive?

My wife and I have been building our home gym for the past 6 years. All told it’s cost us just over $4000.00 over those 6 years. Little by little we’ve added things we always wanted as money became available. When we first began though it was pretty simple; an old banged up barbell, two…

Day 2, The WHY?

My niece and nephews are germ carrying disease bunkers. Today I planned to rip the roof off our home gym and move closer towards my world conquering goals. Now I just want to snuggle up to the coffee maker and binge watch “Black Sails” the rest of the day. Raw throat, ear ache, pounding headache,…

Day 1

I’ve gained 15 pounds since leaving my coaching position on November 23rd. That’s a lot of cheesecake, cookies, pizza, bread, beer, and a bunch of other crap I shouldn’t be eating…and neither should you. But shit happens. I’m going to admit that I’ve been a little depressed the past few weeks, and a little angry,…

Change Directions, Often

November 22nd was my last day as Head Coach of a CrossFit affiliate here in Illinois. I haven’t coached since. I don’t know if I ever will again, and I don’t think I want to. Things change. Six months ago I wrote down some goals, targets I wanted to hit before the end of the…

We’ve got it Backwards!

I was talking with my wife today about how upside down the fitness mindset is. We spend so much time as an industry focusing on workouts and exercises in our facilities and gyms while only giving lip-service to nutrition. I’ve never been part of a CrossFit affiliate where sound nutrition was anything more than an…

This Job is Not for You

Do you know what the hardest part of my job is…seriously? It’s biting my tongue and not telling grown adults to grow-up, nutt-up, or get the hell out of my gym on a daily basis. I don’t say that to be cruel but it is an honest representation of my chief complaint with being a…

Squats; it’s all in the details

I’ve probably done 10,000 squats in my life, maybe even hundreds of thousands; there’s just no way to know. I squat everyday. I squat to demonstrate movements for my clients. I squat in my own workouts. When I’m around the house doing chores I squat. Squatting for me is the most basic foundation of everything…

Change requires actually changing things

A career in personal training and coaching has its ups and downs, it’s highs and lows. I have always enjoyed helping people get fit and find their inner strength. For every client that infuriates and frustrates me there is one that inspires me and reminds me of why I got into this industry to begin…

90 Days of Flab

An interesting thing happened about 3 months ago; I stopped giving a crap about my diet. This is not to say I’ve been eating junk day in and day out. I’ve still stayed away from grains, most dairy , and added sugar (5 days a week). But my Saturday cheats turned into all weekend feasts…

Fitness; How serious are you?

This past week has been like Christmas for the CrossFit faithful. I will admit despite my on again off again love-hate relationship with CrossFit I’ve been tuning in all day everyday to watch the 2014 CrossFit Games. If I say nothing else about them; they do motivate me to go workout hard. Something else I’ve…

Self-Sufficient Beer Lover

So besides running my own training facility, growing a thick full beard in days (you’d be amazed how often that pisses people off), and generally doing all I can to piss off the society of North-central Illinois I also brew my own beer. I love brewing beer almost as much as I love drinking it….

Maximize Your Time with a Trainer

As a strength and conditioning coach for over 12 years now I’ve seen my fair share of successes and failures. I can tell you that all success stories have a few common traits. The individual takes personal ownership and accountability over their health and fitness. In other words they blame only themselves when things don’t…