Workout Blog Nov 16th


I am shifting gears and have decided to go into through my Easy Strength Program  it is very simple takes little time. I also will add in Cardio later in the day mostly running and cycling in the early afternoons. I am still pretty beat up from the Alumni basketball game this weekend so I decided to take it easy today.
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Back Squats 2 x 5 @ 225
Incline Bench Press 2 x 5 @175
Snatch Grip Deadlift 2 x 5 @ 205
Pull-ups 2 x 5
Farmers walk 100m@ 70lbs each hand

Plan to run this afternoon

Thursday Nov 12th 2015 Workout log


Workout log

Getting prep for the Alumni game this weekend  So staying away from the weight and lots of cardio today.

Jump on the treadmill
Run @ 7.5 mph for 3 mins, walk @ 3 mph for 2 mins
repeat for 45 mins

Just trying to get a good sweat going open up the lunges for this Saturday.

My Favorite Medball exercises to develop power


There are many different variation of  Medball tosses I will give a couple that I love to use to help my clients develop rotation power.

Shot Put toss with Reverse Step

Kneeling chest press with fall

Medicine woodchopper with step

Workout Log November 11,2015


Decided to Jump into the group Training session Shout out to 7am group

The Gameplan 
25 min AMRAP(As many rounds possible)
400m run
10 total Trx assisted Pistol Squats
20 Renegade rows (used 35lbs)
30 Kb High Pulls

I was able to 5 complete rounds then start the run for the 6th round
rested for 3 – 5 mins
Jumped on the C2 Rower
250m intervals sprints with a 1:15 rest x 5
Try to finish each sprint under 50 secs

Books that I highly recommend for your bookshelf.


This is a list of books that I have had the time to seat down and read and reread because there is so much useful information. Tons of gold nuggets of information in these books. These books will stay on my bookshelf and stay within arms reach. If you haven’t read any of these books I highly recommend them because they have helped improve my life.

CEO Strength Coach by Ron Mckeefery

CEO Strength Coach written by world renowned strength coach  Ron Mckeefery. Ron talks about his path in the strength and conditioning world. He also talks about the behind the scenes aspect on how to truly be a successful coach. This book doesn’t talk about training or training models he instead layout the administration process and what skills are needed to get a job, keep a job, and develop a network in the field. It’s a fantastic book a must read.

Easy Strength

Easy Strength is written by the famous Dan John & Pavel Tsatsouline.  Pavel, & Dan are pioneers in the world of training. In this book they talk about how to train athletes to improve all aspect of performance. The information is backed by research, but can be hard to read at first. Take your time to read this book. Great information, formatting needs some work.

Super training 

Warning Super training is worst than most college text books. If you read this book cover to cover you are a god among men. Now I consider Super Training the bible of strength and conditioning. It covers everything…..everything. Now the way I use this book is a reference book or if you have a question about a particular subject or just want to look up the facts. It compiles a vast amount of knowledge. Super Training is probably referenced more than any other book by far. It is a great book to have in your library.

Advances in Functional Training

The expert in functional fitness training Michael Boyle. This was the first book I read out of college. Boyle give you reason why he doesn’t back squat and why single leg training is superior than bilateral training. He also has the results to prove why his methods work. Great book on how you should view and train the body to get results and decrease your chances of injury while training.

Leaders eat Last  

Simon Sinek  teaches you about the role and responsibility of a leader. If you want to successfully manage and lead a group of people. Simon lays out the what, why, and how you need to go about becoming the best leader you can to help bring your team together. Great book on improving your leadership skills. Well written with lots of examples.

Anyways: The Paradoxical Commandments finding personal meaning in a crazy world

Written by Kent M. Keith back in the 1960s these commandments teach you how to deal with craziness that is life. Whenever I am feeling down. I like to read through the ten commandments and it helps pick my spirits back up.  Each commandment get there own chapter. Not a long read but just enough to help get you going again.

I hope that you take a chance and look at on or two of these books.

5 Things you need to do have a healthy back


5 Things you need to do have a healthy back 

  1. Avoid seating in the same position for long periods of time 

Staying in the same position for long period of time can cause ligaments and tendons to slow stretch over time. The laxity that it creates will cause more instability. with the vertebrae. So if you do have to sit fidget like there is no tomorrow.

2.Avoid stretching as soon as you get out of bed 

Getting out of bed and immediately going into a hamstring stretch could be the final nail in the coffin for your back instead stand up reach your arms overhead and take 2-3 deep breaths. This will allow the vertebrae disk in your spine to normalize to the weight of your upper body. Remember you were sideways for 8 hours give your body time to adjust.

3.Exercise or move with improper movement patterns 

Exercising or moving improperly is a no brainier for back pain. If you are unsure if you move improperly go find a good coach or trainer to evaluate your movement and make sure you moving more from your hips and not your back. Pay attention to how you pick up objects daily as well because that can cause a back blow out like not tomorrow.

4.Living a sedentary life 

Weakness in the musculature in your core and back is the number one reason injury occurs. Go get some exercise lifts some weights and be happy. If you don’t know how( please don’t assume) go get some professional help.Even if it’s for 1-2 sessions just to get the basics down.

5.Not performing proper core training 

Dr. Stuart McGill is the leading expert in lower back disorders. He states that person with proper core training can hold a 2 min plank with ease. If you can’t hold a 2 min Front plank your core training is wrong…  So you better get to planking
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The Daily life of Strength Coach

The daily life of a Personal Trainer


If interested in going into personal training or Strength and Conditioning at College or Sports Performance facility. I will lay out one of my busiest days. So that you can have an idea of what you may be doing on a daily basis. I do love my job and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

3 am

  • Wake up turn off alarm
  • Eat Breakfast Oatmeal and scrambled egg whites, breakfast of champions( I prefer bacon and pancakes)
  • Grab uniform, lunch, and other important items
  • Leave for work 3:50-3:55 am

4 am

  • Arrive in the dark stumble around until I can reach the lights
  • Stumble through the dark turn lights on tv’s and collect laundry
  • Stand in middle room with superman poise try to build up confidence and get ready for the day( don’t feel any different)
  • Get ready for first personal training client

5 am

  • First training session sets tone for the rest of the morning
  • First session goes smoothly( feel good highly motivated decide to write a training program

6:00 am

  • 6:05 am return to desk start layout of training program.
  • 6:08 am remember Laundry needs to be changed and folded
  • 6:25 am get back to computer decide on color of template
  • 6:30 am get distracted by email
  • 6:50 am Get ready for next client

7:00 am

  • Client show ups 10 mins late.( they apologize for being late.)
  • 7:59 finish training client

8:00 am

  • 8:05 am check laundry again( I swear we are getting low on towels)
  • 8:12 am Get back to desk start work again on training program
  • 8:15 am reach desk stomach start growling decide to eat lunch( yes lunch at 8:00am)
  • 8:40 am finish lunch time to get ready for next client

9:00 am

  • 9:00 am client arrives for training
  • 9:55 am finished training client

10:00 am

  • 10:00 am put away equipment and check on laundry
  • 10:05 am make way back to computer to get working on training program
  • 10:25 am Co-worker ask me to review document.
  • 10:35 am review document, then back to work on training program

11:00 am

  • 11:00 am get tired of sitting down go walk around facility and check laundry
  • 11:10 am back at desk working of training program
  • 11:40 am tired of sitting again walk around facility again.
  • 11:45 am time to set up for my next client

12:00 pm

  • 12:00 pm client arrives decide to experiment with some new exercises
  • 12:55 pm finish training client( client has hard time walking after training session)

1:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm  Staff meeting( confidential information)
  • 1:50 pm meeting over

2:00 pm

  • Get a quick workout 30-40 min workout
  • 2:45 pm get showered and cleaned up

3:00 pm

  • 3:00 pm run out to QT to get a “Healthy Snack”
  • 3:20 pm  Start putting the finishing touches on training program
  • 3: 50 pm perform cleaning duties

4:00 pm

  • 4:25 pm get ready to co-coach the group training session
  • 4:30 pm help co-coach training session

5:00 pm

  • 5:25 pm finished co-coaching session
  • 5:30 pm start cleaning the rest of facility and putting equipment away

6:00 pm

  • 6:15 pm finish with cleaning duties transfer laundry
  • 6:30 pm grab stuff time to head home

That is the life of a personal training/ strength coach. Everyone schedule  does change around constantly and you will have to be very flexible just in case something does come up. If you want to get into this professional feel free to ask me I will be more than happy to help you out.

30 Books That Will Make You a Better Coach


Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

Terry Condon was nice enough to post this list of 30 Books That Will Make You a Better Coach. How many have you read. I’m only at 10.

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Don’t Stress The Could Haves


The Better Man Project ™

don't stress the could haves

Be here. Don’t be “there”…be here. Train your mind to waste no time in the land of “what if.” If you live there, you will spend your entire life not being here with the people who are here, the things you have, and the gifts you’ve been given. You will spend your entire life chasing an island you can never get to. Don’t live in “what if”…live in “what is.”


Discover what life coaching could do for you – aykme.com

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20 Things I Know


Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog

I wrote 20 Things I Know in 2007, scary that was almost nine years ago. I made a few very small edits and it is now stored in the Free Articles section of our StrengthCoach.com site.

Like Dan John, I’ve been in the game for coming up on three decades. I’ve actually been lifting weights or teaching others to lift weights (in case you’ve seen me lately) for over thirty years. In fact, I’ve worked at Boston University in one capacity or another for as long as Eric Cressey has been alive.

to read more, click here…

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