The Hierarchy of Health, part 1

So, you didn’t exactly ask, but that’s never stopped me from sharing my opinion before.Here is the hierarchy of good physical health. These four things, in order of importance, will keep you on the road to good living.1. Sleep2. Hydration3. Nutrition4. ExerciseWhat’s that? Not the order you expected? I’m not surprised. We live in a culture that’s all about the doing. Work harder? Work smarter? It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re working. So when we approach our health and fitness we approach it from the reverse order. Over the next few weeks I’ll take some time to address each level… Read More »

Of Big Rocks, Little Rocks and Exercise

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but in case you haven’t I’ll sum it up quickly. A professor walks into his senior level philosophy class the last day of school spring semester. He carries with him a giant, empty pickle jar and puts it on his desk. From under the desk he produces a box of large rocks and begins putting them into the jar. He manages three or four of them before he gets to the top of the jar, then he turns to the class. “Is this jar full?” Most of the class replies in the affirmative.… Read More »

Heart Rate Monitors

Hey there, One of the many new ideas I brought home from the last Mental Meat Heads workshop was the value of using a heart rate monitor in my workouts. Normally I eschew any type of measurements that lend themselves towards distraction, at best, or obsession, worst. The main focus of your training should be the training itself — what you’re doing right here, right now. But the heart rate monitor adds a level of feedback that can actually enhance that experience rather than detract from it. Why? You’ve probably heard me talk before about the sympathetic (SNS) and parasympathetic… Read More »

The Brazilian Get Up Test

Hey there, Back while I was in Sacramento for Mental Meat Heads 7 we discussed the importance of getting down onto the ground and then getting back up again. Dan even built a fun little warm up that involved nothing more than getting down and then getting back up again. Only he found ways to increase the challenge each time. Ask me about it in the gym, I’ll be more than happy to share it with you. The inspiration for this came from a recent Brazilian study. The gist of which is that in populations between 51 and 80 predictions… Read More »

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Hey there, I ran across this article today and thought it might be of interest to you. It came to me by way of Dan John (wow, did I just name drop there?!) and therefore, in my mind carries, just a touch more credence. It also gives me an opportunity to let you guys know I’m working on another Mental Meat Heads workshop with both Dan and Chip. This time we’ll be in Austin, Texas and it’s scheduled for early April. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop and let you know when the registration page is up.… Read More »

​How I Spent My Summer Vacation

​I’m sitting here somewhere around 30,000 feet over the Midwestern United States trying to make myself as small as possible and resisting the urge to play harmless, yet embarrassing, pranks on my sleeping seat mates. (I’m pretty sure I could stack at least three or four cups on the tattooed dude next to me before he fidgets again and sends them flying.) I’m on the last leg of my journey home, Las Vegas to Birmingham, and about an hour into the flight. Oh good, drink service, time for another club soda. Not too much, though. It’s a total pain in… Read More »

What’s this for?

So, it happened again the other day. A new client casually hanging on the suspension trainer asked, innocently enough, “What’s this for?” Her sister who has trained with me off and on for a number of years laughed and said, “Careful. That’s a dangerous question.” For my part I just looked at her with what I hoped was a bemused expression as I tried, yet again, to come up with the best response to this question. I get this sort of thing all the time, usually from people new to me or my gym. The second most common question is,… Read More »

Cameron Conaway: Part 2

We’re back! Cameron and I sit down for Part 2 of our interview and boy, do we get at it. No subject is taboo. We discuss human trafficking, father issues, writing, and solving the world’s problems. To listen CLICK HERE! To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53187540AC84E”] For more on Cameron check out the Good Men Project http://goodmenproject.com. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Guest Post: Julie Carlisle

Julie Carlisle is the latest addition to Agoge Fitness Systems. She teaches the evening Strength Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm. Julie has an extensive fitness and training background and serves as a professor of anatomy at Jefferson State. ​I’m staring at the floor, 15 inches from my nose, accounting for every speck of dirt, pebble, dog hair, and other unrecognizable bits. As I breathe fully, I struggle to keep my core active and my hips in line with my spine. Squeezing my shoulder blades together and sliding them towards my spine results in more stability, but also… Read More »

Neil Hill

  Meet Neil Hill. Neil is the other half of Earth Strength which he runs in Tarifa, Spain with Rannoch Donald. Earth Strength is a movement based program designed to help modern, metropolitan humans (Read: Most of us) rediscover nature and the inherent joy that comes with being actively involved in the world around us. Neil teaches bushcraft, or the original skills passed down from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Think primitive fire making technigues, animal tracking and foraging. He offers classes for both children and adults throughout the year. For more information and schedule of events, check out the Earth Strength page.… Read More »

Andy McCloy

  Meet Andy McCloy. Andy runs Body Creations, Inc. in Madison, Alabama. He specializes in athletic performance and functional fitness. Listen in as we discuss the nuts and bolts of his training, how he balances single fatherhood and running a business that competes in a highly competitive market, and what it’s like to be a transplant to the Deep South. CLICK HERE to access the interview. To download, right click and “Save As.” To learn more about Andy and his gym, check out the Facebook page HERE. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy New Year! This year I’m kicking off Mental Meat Heads 2014 with a revisit with a man who is easily one of my favorite people on Planet Earth. Charles Abouzied has the soul of a Buddha and the heart of lion. As the leader of an eager group of fitness enthusiasts Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain in central New Jersey. Listen in as we discuss Crossfit, the Biggest Loser, body image and overcoming limitations, both internally and externally imposed. To listen CLICK HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. For more on… Read More »