Mental Meat Heads – Cincinnati

Over the weekend of October 7th and 8th I was in Cincinnati, Ohio hosting yet another of our Mental Meat Heads workshops. I’ve been home almost two weeks now and I’m just beginning to process all that happened over this roller coaster of a weekend. We got off to a rough start. My partner in Mental Meat Heads, Chip Conrad, flew in to Birmingham Thursday night. Chip’s my boy. In the very short five or so years we have know each other Chip has become an industrial ally, a mentor, a co-conspirator, and a close friend. Our plan was to get … Read More »

Looks Like Tarzan, Plays Like Jane

“Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.” I first heard this line from Dan John a few years ago.  It’s the ultimate turn of a phrase that lauds performance over appearance based trainingI should point out that the line is pretty sexist. Its intent is not to minimize the contributions of women but to highlight the inherent physical differences between most men and most women. Specifically, it refers to an athlete who looks great, has a model physique, but can’t perform on the playing field. I saw this first hand during the photo shoot we hosted here at the gym this … Read More »

This is Not the Greatest Workout in the World…

This is a tribute…To say that the last four weeks have been busy is a bit of an understatement. Mental Meat Heads in NYC, moving the Alabama Waldorf School, and then the Fund Sharing Meeting in Milwaukee, all in three subsequent weekends. I managed to get in my main workouts every week, but I was definitely off my schedule. For at least two of those four weeks I only got in two lifting days and a hike or two. Not the six movement days I’ve been used to. This week was my first week back to original form.I changed a … Read More »

The 10,000 Swing Challenge

Last weekend I was in New York for another Mental Meat Heads workshop. I came home inspired to start my own 10,000 Swing Challenge.Enter your text here…I’m somewhat of an evangelical and I care deeply about what I do. I think my industry has a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the welfare of our entire society. I also think we squander that opportunity.Mental Meat Heads is an attempt to change that. I host an on-line forum on Facebook for the exchange of ideas and bi-annual workshops across the country to showcase in practical ways how we can … 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 »

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 »