What are you training for???

I know you like to lift. So do I. But what exactly are you training for? Are you trying to hit a specific load with your dead lift? Are you trying to get in shape for an endurance event? Or maybe a martial arts competition. Maybe, like me, you want to tame the...

Always be smarter than the kettlebell.

I wrote “The Martial Arts / Kettlebell Connection” back in 2010 for Black Belt Magazine. When I signed copies for people I always wrote something I had been telling my students for a while, “Always be smarter than the kettlebell!” I found this...

To Paleo or not to Paleo?

In my opinion, diet is the single most powerful element of training to affect body composition. You won’t get “fit” from eating a specific diet and yes you need to move and lift in order to build strength and cardiovascular conditioning but diet is...

Attitude is everything

I’ve been lucky enough in my time training and coaching to have been around some spectacularly talented athletes and martial artists. Some were professional fighters but not all by any means. One quality that I found in each of these people was the right...

Some things are timeless

Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) said, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” The act of teaching requires us to gain a depth of understanding prior to teaching and also implies that we must maintain our thirst for knowledge even after we have...

My current goal: tame the beast

Having recently completed the StrongFirst Lifter (SFL) certification and achieved “StrongFirst Elite” status I have set my sights on a new goal: Beast Tamer. I would say that it’s a goal for 2019 but it might take me til 2020 to actually achieve it!...

Beards without calluses…

I admit to being a dinosaur. I was born in 1968, have never cared about pop culture or the “cool” thing to do, and drove used diesel cars that ran on vegetable oil for over a decade. Let me tell you, nothing screams “hip” as much as a used...

Don’t train heavy too often

There is a fascination with going heavy in the weight room. It seems logical. If I lift heavy weight I will get stronger in less time than if I lift lighter weight, right? Wrong. While you will likely make some initial progress lifting heavy and often, you will...

Stay active!

We are a creature that is made to move. I am not the first to say this nor am I the first to lament the sedentary nature of most of the country’s population but have you ever noticed how great it feels to just go take a walk? This is not simply your body...

Have a focus when you train.

I am the kind of person who enjoys a lot of interests. I train and teach martial arts. I train and teach strength and conditioning. I love to cook. I am into traditional archery and hit the woods during hunting season with a longbow. (As if hunting with a compound bow...

What’s your goal this year?

January is as full of New Year’s resolutions as February is with folks who’ve already broken them, but please don’t let that stop you from making one! The new year is the perfect time to assess what you accomplished last year and plan your goals for...

Hand written notes or laptop files?

The pen is mighty indeed. Speaking for myself, writing notes by hand when I am studying for various certifications is much more helpful than typing on a keyboard. The convenience of the computer is hard to beat, but when it comes to recall, I definitely have had...

Sifu Francis Fong, Wing Chun today

Sifu Francis has been a pivotal part of my martial arts life for almost 20 years. His approach to Wing Chun is “traditional but not old fashioned.” It is not what you expect. Yes, he has fast hands. But he understands boxing, kicking, locking and weaponry....

Official Grand Opening – Saturday, Jan 27!

Please join us for our official grand opening! ‘ The date is Saturday, Jan 27 from 10AM – 4PM…or later! We will have a hydrostatic body fat test truck on hand! Book your appointment through bodyfattest.com. In addition to free hourly seminars on...

Start 2018 with a goal in mind!

New Year’s resolutions seem to have gone the way of the Do Do, but I strongly feel they are a terrific way to focus yourself on goals and make reaching them more of a reality. So what do you want to accomplish this year? Is it something in your career? Marriage?...

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