New Direction

Sometimes I really drop the ball. This summer has been a case in point. I got so consumed with one aspect of my goal set that I lost perspective and began to deviate from the overall master plan. When I started training, at the ripe age of 35, I had one goal in mind — longevity. I wanted to be the old man in the gym. I wanted to still be vital and active well past the point where most of us will have forsaken such strenuous activities as say — walking or better yet, going to the bathroom solo.… Read More »

James Smith

This week’s interview is James Smith. James, formerly of Virginia, lives and works in Hawaii, with his wife and two boys. A work from home dad, James homeschools both the boys and maintains an active schedule of training and online activism about training. He maintains his own group on Facebook, Animal Ability, and is active in many other groups including Mental Meat Heads. James’ takes a very natural, holisitc approach to training combining, gymnastics, Olympic lifting, flow movements and martial arts. Listen in as we discuss his training, fitness past 50, Paleo eating, martial arts and raising a family in the natural paradise… Read More »

Devin Gage

Meet Devin Gage. Simply put, Devin is one of my heroes. He’s young, just two years out of college, but he’s a single dad, with shared custody of his daughter, AND an entrepreneur. Devin owns his own gym and online coaching service Gage Strength Training. Devin is a man of spirit, passion and commitment. Last January during Mental Meat Heads 1 Devin’s flight from Philly was cancelled due to a snowstorm. Undaunted Devin caught a flight to Atlanta early the next morning, rented a car and drove the remainder of the way from Atlanta, arriving just in time to make the… Read More »

Mental Meat Heads 2: Why?

Over the past few years I have traveled extensively. In fact I’ve seen more of the country in the last two years than I have in the preceding 39. Aside from a break out trip my junior year in high school when I traveled all the way to the then Soviet Union, I really didn’t get out much. I’d go to Middle Tennessee to visit family, Atlanta to party and the Gulf to vacation. Rarely did I venture more than 200 miles beyond the border of my state. It’s not that I’m excessively reclusive, I just happened to be content… Read More »

Rob Hudson

  Hello Everybody! We’re back. I apologize for the break in postings. I had not anticipated the house we were renting at the beach for our family vacation had no Internet. That proved both a blessing and a curse, but now rested, tanned and ready I’m back on course and bringing you this week’s interview. Meet Rob Hudson. Rob owns Fitness by Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, the home of this year’s Mental Meat Heads 2 Symposium. Rob is a thirty year veteran of the fitness industry having started his personal training business back in the early 80’s. He now owns his… Read More »

Influence, Both Early and Late

When I began my career as a trainer and a coach I quickly became enamored with the kettlebell. It was a simple tool that lent itself to a tremendous amount of versatility and creativity. In the end it was this basic need to break out of the confines of machine based training that led me to create my own space, which then became my own gym and ultimately led to the Mental Meat Heads movement. One of my earliest influences was Jason C. Brown. Jason was an early adopter of the power of YouTube and used this medium to great… Read More »

Summer Strength Fest

This past weekend I had the esteemed honor of attending the Summer Strength Fest in Sarasota, Florida at Crossfit Gulf Coast (AKA “The Cave”) as a guest of its owner, Frank Dimeo. Frank and I met a year or so back at Elliott Hulse’s Strengthology IV workshop, and I like to think that we hit it off right away. If I’m waxing poetic I might refer to Frank as the elder statesman of our rather ragtag confederacy of passionate warehouse gyms dedicated to all things related to strength and badassery, but I like to think of Frank as Ol’ Gunney.… Read More »

Flashback! Jason C. Brown

To celebrate the launch of ticket sales for Mental Meat Heads 2 we’ve dug back into the archives and brought out our original interview with Mental Meat Head Jason C. Brown. Jason, alongside Chip Conrad, will be presenting for two days at Fitness by Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 21st and 22nd, 2013. Jason was a favored speaker at Mental Meat Heads 1 here in Birmingham last January and we’re very excited to have him presenting again. Attendees can expect a deeper exploration of the concept of Blissipline and all sorts of ways to incorporate both bodyweight and the kettlebell into this… Read More »

Sally Moss

Welcome all the way from the UK, the gubernatrix, herself, Sally Moss. Sally is, as Chip Conrad once named her, a strength ambassador and not just because she comes from the land of hobbits and elves…oh, wait is that New Zealand? No, Sally is a strength ambassador because she sees the value in developing strength and has made it her mission to help others bridge the gap between ability and inability, between meekness and self confidence. Strength training is a vital tool in making that happen. Sally is the driving force behind her popular blog http://Gubernatrix.co.uk and the Facebook group Women’s Strength Training… Read More »

Michael De La Pava: The Interview

Meet Michael De La Pava, former Muay Thai kick boxer, current strongman and rugby player. Located in Miami, Florida, he’s the owner of The Battle Axe gym and, as a social worker for the elderly, a champion for our nation’s Nanas and Poppies. Few people I know embody the warrior’s spirit like Michael does. He’s decisive, a man of action, with huge appetites and a lust for life. At the tender age of 28 Michael’s life choices have taken their toll. Finding himself riddled with injury and a body that wouldn’t keep up with his mind’s desires, Michael began a… Read More »

Of Ass and Holistic Weightlifters

I need more ass. That’s an odd thing to say, I know, especially after the above photograph, but it doesn’t quite mean what it meant when I was 17, 25, 35, 40… Despite having a posterior end that defies most clothiers concepts of what is possible on an American male, my ass is a weak spot in my lifting, especially in the snatch and the clean and jerk. And it’s not as if my ass is totally weak, either. My squat is decent and since I started working with the Weightlifting Academy Mastermind my numbers have increased dramatically. No, my… Read More »

Kat Ricker

Welcome to the platform the Mighty Kat, Kat Ricker. Not only is she a weightlifter, she’s a former competitive bodybuilder, a boxer, a published author (no, really, she’s got REAL books for sale on Amazon), a photographer, a film maker, and a promoter of park lands for the great state of Oregon. Listen in as we discuss all these things from ill spent youth to the joy of movement and doing battle with gravity. To listen CLICK HERE! To watch GO HERE! And don’t forget, the Creating the Holistic Weightlifter workshop is THIS weekend. Reserve your spot NOW! To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »