REAL MAN Calisthenics

If you can’t tell, I’m a fvcking masochist. Back in the day, it was pretty plain to see… I ran almost every part of my rapidly growing business, performed the duties of being a father of four children, took the time to show love and affection towards my wife… And I attacked the weights with an unmatched tenacity. You can …

Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Has Got Ya Trapped

Stinkin’ thinkin’ is a disease. Are you surrounded by negativity? Negative people? Negative circumstances? Negative thoughts? Well, I’m going to tell you more than just to “keep your chin up”. Everything in life contains its opposite. You can’t have positive withouth negative, just like you can’t have day without night or summer without winter. There will ALWAYS be the simultaneous …

Building Traps The WRONG Way

Gyms are hotbeds for fvcked up posture and muscle imbalances. Everywhere you turn there’s somebody with rounded shoulders, a twisted torso, or a pelvic tilt. I’m used to it… But there’s one thing that irks me EVERY time… When people BUTCHER their bodies while doing shrugs. Don’t get me wrong, shrugs are a great exercise for building big traps… But …

3 Ideals That Blew My Mind (+my favorite new boy band)

Around the age of 24 I discovered three things that would change my life forever: 1. Paul Chek and his Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology method. To this day I attribute much of my success as a trainer to what I learned studying the books, VHS programs, and live certifications offered by the CHEK Institute.  When young trainers ask me what …

The Holistic Approach To Training & Business: The Strength Camp Way

Every Friday the staff at Strength Camp holds a meeting. The first half of the meeting is dedicated to “In-reach”. The second half of the meeting is dedicated to “Out-reach”. Most businesses and organizations are very good at outreach.  Much of their time and energy is invested in reaching out. Reaching out to customers. Reaching out to clients. Reaching out to …

Four Audible Books I’m Listening To Now (April 2017)

Earlier this week in my birthday blog post I mentioned how important it is to take notice of what’s going on in your life (people, dreams, coincidences, omens, tendencies, attraction etc)  during the days surrounding your birthday. I first learned how powerful, accurate and resourceful this practice is from Stephanie Azaria. I’ve been receiving coaching from Stephanie for about a …

12 Birthday Rituals (today)

Today is my 38th birthday. My first birthday text came at 5:13 from our newest shining star coach at Strength Camp, Nick. Then from my buddy, and fellow Aires, Yahya Bakkar at 5:45. And at 7:25 my dad sent me a happy birthday text along with this picture from my 6 year old birthday party. Unlike previous years, this year I …

What strength training does to your brain?

Strength training is the most direct and powerful means for self discovery, physical transformation and mental mastery. Of course, that’s my personal opinion based on the experience of strength training myself for over 20 years, training dozens of clients, serving hundreds of gym members and supporting thousands of customers with my training products over the course of my career. But …

Advanced “White Belt” Gym Training

After a long break from lifting due to travel, injures and plain old restlessness… I’m back in the gym. What I love most about hitting the gym these days is my “white belt” mentality to everything I’m doing. I approach everything in the gym like it’s my first time ever. I’ve dropped all pre-conceived ideas, all previous knowledge and assumptions about training …

When the barbell calls you… GO!

My first encounter with strength, muscle, power, fitness and physical prowess came around the  age of four. My uncle Elroy was a black belt in Kung Fu.  He was also incredibly lean, muscular and powerful. Every day I would observe him in the basement of our home kicking a heavy bag, sprinting on a treadmill, strengthening his arms with one of those …