RS&C T-Shirt Logo 6Oh boy have been away for way to long. Wasn't want I intended or wanted. In fact during the summers I always try to make a committed effort to blog regularly because my class load is so much lighter, but I have had a big thing happening in the last two months that I felt required my full attention both from my analytic brain as well as my creative brain.

If you don't mind I'd like to take some of your time filling you in on this big happening before getting into my reading recommendations for this week.

I have been working with people on how to improve their health through exercise and nutrition for three years now. I began training at the local YMCA then soon moved over to a larger commercial gym where there was an opportunity to train full time and make enough money to live off of while pursuing my bachelor's degree. Through the past three years and my experiences at these two gyms I have come to the conclusion that the old model of fitness sucks. It doesn't do shit to improve the lives or health of the majority of the people whom the gym signs up. It provides none of the important pieces for someone to truly experience a transformative change and have the chance to see life in a whole new light.

Because of this I decided I had to take action on my beliefs that fitness could be done differently and it could be done much more effectively. So this month I am happy to announce that this belief has finally become a reality with the opening of my own gym, Revolution Strength & Conditioning. It is a 1,000 square foot facility located on Main Street in Joplin, MO. We don't have any machines, cardio or strength. We have barbells, dumbbells, plate weights, kettle bells, battling ropes, lots of open floor space, and unbelievable coaching. We don't offer 24/7 access. We don't offer "rent-the-equipment" memberships.

We only offer semi-private and private training. I believe for people to be successful in making a change to the state of their health for the long term they need to be coached, educated, and supported. Revolution Strength & Conditioning is a place where this can and does happen. It is the new model of fitness. It is coach led and community driven. I have lots of high hopes for my gym and I truly believe we are doing something different, better, and worthwhile.

This venture has been the thing that has been demanding the most of me for the past month and has drawn me away from my blog here at Freeborn Training Systems, but now that the gym is officially up and running I will be able to get back to regular blogging and writing.

If you'd like to read more about Revolution Strength & Conditioning you can check it out here. I think I will do a more through post about it later on that will give you much more depth on it, but for now what I have told you will do.

Time for that reading list.

1. Confessions of an Introverted Strength Coach - Part I by Tony Gentilcore

I can't tell you enough how much I appreciated Mr. Gentilcore writing this. It is like a window into my own mind. I even can relate to the experience he had going out with his extroverted girlfriend. I highly recommend taking the time to read if you are an introvert or if you'd like to get a bit more insight on me as a coach and person.

2. Butt Wink Is Not About the Hamstrings by Dean Somerset

This was shared over 49,000 times. It addressed a really hot topic in the fitness industry and one that is worth understanding.

3. Why "Comply or Die" Doesn't Work for Fat Loss by Jill Coleman

If you are one of those people who constantly find themselves starting over time and time again to try and lose weight than this is a must read.

I am keeping things short today since I am trying to get back in the habit of regular blogging. Remember one thing at a time. That is how long lasting habits are created.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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