Brand New To Resistance Training? Follow These 8 Simple Rules For Beginners

Resistance training may just be the most potent, anti-aging mechanism that we have available to us.

It helps lower risk factors for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even boosts cognitive performance. The known benefits are remarkable, yet plenty of the population is left in the dark unequipped with the tools to start a resistance training program.

This article is for the skeptics. Or better–the uninformed beginner who has no clue where to start. I’ll share some basic information with you that I certainly wish I found earlier in my career. read more

It Took Me Years To Get My First Bodyweight Pull-Up; Use These 3 Drills To Finally Get Yours

Once upon a time I was a skinny gym rat with the aspirations of a competitive bodybuilder.

Fast forward a a few years and I still struggled to master my pull-up technique. I tried every routine possible for back training and spent more time on the assisted pull-up machine than I care to admit.

It was a lot. I felt like I was spinning my wheels. Especially when I was in full comparison mode trying to explain why my friends could do them seemingly with little to no effort.

Practicing pull-ups was certainly a good start. And as I say for most of my beginner clients…practice, practice, and practice some more. Quality technique takes YEARS to master. read more

Tired of Gymtimidation? Follow These 4 Guidelines To Eliminate Your Fears of Going To The Gym

The first time going to a public gym can be a tall order.

I remember my first time…

It was a World Gym in Milford, Massachusetts. Real rugged kind of place. There was a whole lot of muscle packed into that small building next door to a K-Mart.

Anyways, starting my fitness journey was an emotional experience. As I’m sure it will be for you. It takes persistence and the acceptance that you will suck at it before it gets any better.

Such is life. You can never be good at anything without being a novice first. The sooner you realize that, the faster you can start moving in a positive direction. read more

My 10 Commandments Of Training

1. Train your legs. Upper body is cool but legs are cooler.  2. Pull twice as much as you push. 3. Don’t train through pain. Don’t be a hero. All workouts can be modified according to your needs.  4. No whining or complaining unless it’s during Bulgarian Split Squats, those do SUCK. 5. Be humble. Proper technique is far more important than the weight you think you can lift.  6. Keep an open-mind. This goes both ways. There’s just as much learning from the trainer that the trainer learns from the client.  7. There is no substitute for hard work. I can show you the way but only you can take action. 8. There’s a reason the exercises that are hard are the ones we consistently do. Buckle up. 9. Don’t neglect the small things; they matter.  10. Fitness is not a quick fix or short-term solution. It’s a lifestyle. read more