Fixing What’s Wrong with the Fitness Industry

Hey there, If you’re a part of my gym or have been on this list for any length of time, you know I’m a huge promoter of my good friend and fellow movement enthusiast, Chip Conrad. Chip really is my brother from another mother. Over the past few years we’ve gone from hosting him and his workshops here at Agoge Fitness Systems to hosting workshops together all across the country. Chip and I combined are the force that spearheads Mental Meat Heads. One of the many things that we try to promote thorugh Mental Meat Heads is something that we … 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 »

Mo’ Better Lifting

Don’t look to set PRs in the gym, set them on the platform. That’s very much a competitor’s outlook on training but it holds merit for all trainees. A big mistake I see happening in the gym is seeking out big numbers – now. I get it. We all want progress. We all want to get stronger. Moving more weight evinces that progress, so why not lift the heaviest weights we can handle? The case is made here in an exploration of what we mean by “handle.” Most often “handle” is interpreted to mean complete the lift, i.e. move the … 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 »

Rafe Kelley

Meet Rafe Kelley. Rafe is already a known entity in the parkour community. If you haven’t seen them already check out his videos on his channel Rafe Kelley. Also search “TreeRunner” it’s one of the most beautiful things you’ll see all day. In this interview we talk play, parkour, dogs, parenting and anything else that happened to pop into our heads. Enjoy. To learn more about Rafe and his work check out his website: http://evolvemoveplay.com/ To listen to the interview GO HERE. To watch, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”53691078CF421″]To our perfect imperfection, Dave

Waldorf Pentathlon, 2014

I took a few days last week to participate, once again, in the Southeastern Waldorf Pentathlon. I served as a chaperone last year and this year as a judge. Last year was the last one for the Hall girls. I had attended both Madeline and Bronwyn’s events, but it wasn’t until Thalia’s pentathlon, when I was present for both days, that I came to understand the entirety of this event and how powerful it is for those in attendance. I wrote about my experience last year and you can read the blog, HERE. Given how thoroughly I was taken by … Read More »

Charles Levine

Meet Mental Meat Head Charles Levine. Charlie lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professionally he’s a group fitness instructor specializing in boot camp style fitness. Additionally he’s an aikido-ka with over 14 years of experience under his belt. Listen in as we discuss training, martial arts and how the two crossover and support each other. For audio, CLICK HERE. To watch the video, click below. [leadplayer_vid id=”5332E51E1B395″] Mental Meat Heads Interviews are talks with the cutting edge thinkers and doers of the health and fitness industry. For more about Charlie check him out at 513fit.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/513fit/157…037559?ref=br_tf. To our perfect … 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

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 »

Cameron Conaway: Part 1

  Meet Cameron Conaway. Cameron is the Executive Editor for the Good Men Project. He’s a former pro MMA fighter, a poet, a world traveler and a writer. Listen in as we discuss martial arts, the Good Men Project, and the purpose of existence, you know “Why Are We Here?” type stuff. Hey, we’re big boys, we don’t play around. Unfortunately, our conversation was cut short due to technical difficulties. But fear not dear viewer as we pick up the conversation in Part 2. To listen in click HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch the video, click … 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