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 »

Nick and Tamara

I know what you’re thinking. “Dave, didn’t we just hear from these guys?” And the answer is, “Yes, you did.” But there’s so much more! Today, I’ve got Nick Horton and Tamara Reynolds giving us the skinny on the upcoming Creating the Holistic Weightlifter workshop, June 22nd and 23rd in Asheville, North Carolina. Last week I spoke with Chip Conrad, the co-presenter at this event, and today I bring you the hometown hosts. This is going to be a “can’t miss” event. Chip, Nick and Tamara are three of the best coaches in weightlifting today. Beyond coaching competitive lifters to the national… Read More »

Chip Conrad: Part Deux

Yep, it’s our good buddy Chip Conrad again. This time we’re talking something specific, the Creating the Holistic Weightlifter workshop that he and Nick Horton and Tamara Reynolds are hosting at Asheville Strength and Conditioning in lovely Asheville, North Carolina, June 22nd and 23rd. This is going to be a powerhouse of a weekend. If you have the least desire to improve your weightlifting skills (we’re talking snatch and clean and jerk here) then you NEED to be at this workshop. Chip, Nick and Tamara are uniquely gifted not only for their weightlifting ability but for their coaching skills AND their passion… Read More »

WIlliam Lafleur

Happy Wednesday, ever’body! Today I’m bringing you an interview with William “Bad Mofo” Lafleur. William is one of the many top notch coaches to come out of Zach Even-Esh’s Underground Strength Coach certifications. We met last year at Zach’s Underground Strength Conference in New Jersey. At an age when most of us (well, me anyway) were busy “chasing tail” or the next big thrill, William is changing lives and making a real, positive impact on his community. At 21, William is the proud owner of his own gym, Primal Athletic Development, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Listen in as we discuss training,… Read More »

Nick Horton

Happy Wednesday. Today’s interview is Nick Horton, formally of Portland, Oregon now residing in Asheville, North Carolina and forming half of the dynamic duo that runs Asheville Strength and Conditioning (the conditioning is silent). FULL CONFESSION: I didn’t know who Nick was. Chip Conrad suggested I contact him for an interview. You guys know how highly I regard Chip, so if he thought Nick was good people that was enough for me. Turns out Nick runs a prolific blog The Iron Samurai and is a successful Internet entrepreneur. Needless to say, I was highly impressed. So much so that within a… Read More »

Eric Hulse Revisited

I have a confession. I’m not as healthy as I thought I was. A month or so ago I had some blood work done. Nothing’s outright bad, but neither is it as good as it should be for a man of my profession and knowledge. My blood pressure is borderline high. So’s my cholesterol. Testosterone is borderline low. WTF? I mean, I thought I was doing all the right things. My diet is good. I exercise regularly. I average seven to eight hours of sleep a night. What gives? After the interview I did with Elliott’s younger brother, Eric Hulse,… Read More »

Allyson Goble

I love Wednesdays. Today, I’m bringing you another trainer from from our fair cousins at Bodytribe up in Sacramento, California. Meet Allyson Goble. Allyson is an artist. No, really. She’s even got art school cred and a number of shows under her belt. In addition to being a REAL artist her skills in the gym qualify her for this adjective as well. Allyson is a movement specialist, she’s a technician and her visual skills offer her the unique ability to see movement clearly and to understand movement and especially the issues her clients might be struggling with. If that isn’t cool enough,… Read More »

Waldorf Pentathlon, 2013

I don’t often write about my kids — not from a lack of pride but more of a sense of humility and, I’ll admit, a desire to remain credible. Every parent when he starts talking about his children comes under a haze of skepticism. It’s not that we expect her to lie, we just know that every parent is skewed, with a biological imperative, to view hers as the strongest, bravest, wisest and most beautiful. My three daughters either have or currently do attend the Alabama Waldorf School here in Birmingham. Waldorf education was founded early in the twentieth century… Read More »

Andrea Walker

Meet Andrea Walker, local Birminghamian, marketing executive, Crossfit enthusiast, yoga instructor and the brains and passion behind a new fitness software package targeting people’s motivation through a more thorough assessment of where they are based on who they are, aptly named Fit-ability. Listen in as we discuss fitness, motivation, inspiration and Little House on the Prairie. To listen to the interview, CLICK HERE! To download, right click and ‘Save As.’ To watch the video GO HERE! To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Christopher Lopez

Christopher Lopez, AKA “The Jersey Beast,” is passionate about his work. One of the many Underground Strength coaches inspired and motivated by Zach Even-Esh, he sees his mission as more than just producing better athletes or helping adults meet fitness goals. Chris’s mission is to have an impact and show each of the kids who walks through his door just how capable they really are and to arm them with the confidence to make something out of that capability. Listen in as we wax poetic about strength, training, young athletes, potential and the true hazards of the Smith machine. To… Read More »