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Stuff To Read 2/8/16

Happy Post-Superbowl Monday! Did you watch Peyton Manning claim that second ring? I'd love to know what you thought of the game. In my opinion it was all about the match-up between the Denver Broncos' defense and Cam Newton. More specifically the Denver Broncos' front four and Cam Newton and it was blatantly obvious last night who won that contest.

Stuff To Read 2/1/16

I don't know about you, but I'm so pumped for Super Bowl Sunday! It sucked not really having any games to watch this weekend. It's actually been a really long time since I've actually had an interested in following any kind of football all that closely. Don't get me wrong I've always maintained my love for that sport, but for most of the last four years I've kind of been on a football detox of sorts.

Stuff To Read 1/25/16

Being sick sucks! I spent the better part of Friday and Saturday last week feeling pretty under the weather. It's amazing how much I think we take our health for granted or at least the feeling of being healthy. In my opinion it's something to be grateful for ever single freaking day because when an illness does come along and knock you on your butt you sure do miss it a ton.

Stuff To Read 1/18/16

Did you watch any of that Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers playoff game this weekend? Talk about history in the making it.

It has to go down as one of the greatest playoff games ever. Don't get me wrong there was some serious sloppy play from both teams, but it led to some extremely exciting finishes.

If you missed it I must correct that so watch the highlights.

Other than watching football this weekend I also had the chance to demonstrate my support for my friend Hunter Cook by having an impromptu photoshoot in my garage. The theme being the same as the quote on the back of the shirt "Civilize the mind, but make savage the body."


Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what molecule is modeled in the bottom left of the photo.

If you don't know anything about Hunter Cook I'd highly recommend you follow along on his social media accounts as he makes movement fun, accessible, and has the most handsome bull dog ever.

Oh I almost forgot to tell you too that I've got several open online personal training spots that I'd like to fill this month.

If you are interested please contact me at to get started. It's a fantastic service and you can find out more about the specifics here, but I think the best part of this style of training is you get all the benefits of working with me in-person without any of the limitations on your schedule and training location.

I know I'm a bit biased, but there is a 100% money back guarantee so there isn't a risk at all.

All right enough of that let's talk about what you should read today to get your week started right.

1. How To Weight Train Without Getting Hurt Bryan Krahn

I think injury reduction is something we all need to be interested in no matter how much we think it will never happen to us.

I thought I'd never hurt my back and I was wrong.

Chances are you need to be considering how to train with the greatest chance of not getting hurt and most of the times the best place to find advice on this is from jacked, ripped older bros who have been there and done that.

And I know exactly what older bro to listen too - Bryan Krahn.

2. Are Compound Movements Actually Making You Strong by Tony Gentilcore

Before you start losing your mind and questioning every decision you've ever made in life just click through and here Tony out.

He brings up a really interesting point about compound movements. I think it's kind of the whole idea of trainer smarter not harder, but Tony discusses it with much greater insight.

3. No One Gives A Shit About Your Macros by Sohee Lee

I've come to really, really admire and respect Sohee Lee's work and what she is doing for both the everyday female looking to be in better shape and the female looking to take her physique to another level.

The information she presents is science driven yet accessible and wrapped in powerful and authentic narratives that people can relate too.

This may be of all the things I've read of hers my favorite.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

Practical, Purposeful, Effective Training

Stuff To Read 1/11/16

Sorry! : C You know because you didn't win that 900 million dollar power ball.

Don't try to act like you don't know what I'm talking about.

You know you bought a ticket! We bought two and sadly no luck.

Aside from that though the rest of the weekend was great.

We spent it in Kansas City with my wife's family watching playoff football (How about that Bengals-Steelers game?), playing video games, reading, and catching up on each other lives.

I did get a chance to watch a movie I've been wanting to see since it premiered in theaters. It's called Sicario and was directed by Denis Villeneuve with Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, and Emily Blount as co-stars.

The storyline centers around an FBI agent who volunteers to be part of an inter-departmental task force pursuing high ranking members of Sonora Cartel and in the process learns about the dark strategy being used by the U.S. government for reigning in the out of control drug trade.

I give it two thumbs up and couldn't highly recommend it enough. It's got great characters, a good plot, and an incredible twist.

I'd love to hear about everything you did this weekend feel free to email me and fill me in.

Otherwise let's discuss things for you to read this week.

1. Is Following A Meal Plan Right For You? by Jen Comas

I don't follow a meal plan and I don't write them anymore for clients.

I get asked too a lot and the answer continues to be no.

The major reason being I don't think they actually work or do the client any good because the limitations they impose on the client often means there is a low amount of adherence to the plan. In essence people rebel against the meal plan.

Not to mention the inordinate amount of time that it takes to create even a one or three day meal plan is absolutely ridiculous considering the return on time invested for both myself and the client.

However Jen Comas does a really great job of discussing when and who a meal plan maybe the right choice for.

2. Layering the Kettlebell Swing by Tony Gentilcore

The kettlebell swing can be a difficult exercise to coach, but it also can be an even more infuriating exercise to learn however the effort invested is well worth it.

It's great for developing a killer looking ass and powerful hips.

The question then becomes how do we coach and learn the exercise in an efficient manner?

No worries though because Tony answers this for us in this great post full of tutorial videos.

3. 10 Ways To Be A Better Human In 2016 by Bryan Krahn

Bryan Krahn is awesome!

I love this post because I think at the end of the day that is what it is all about, being a better human being.

We talk a lot about eating better, training smarter, and managing stress more effectively, but ultimately it's all about trying to master ourselves and become better people.

I think he gives us 10 great ways to get that done.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

Practical, Purposeful, Effective Training