Andrea Smith

Andrea is the co-owner of Trident CrossFit and Misha’s Coffeehouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  A super savvy businesswoman she exemplifies that rare, but essential quality of any truly successful effort — she truly cares.  Her commitment to her craft and her clientele is palpable in everything she says and does, whether it’s roasting coffee, managing employees, navigating a partnership or running her gym. Check out our conversation HERE.  To download, right click and ‘Save As.’ For more information about her gym, check out the Trident CrossFit website  http://TridentCrossFitVa.com or look them up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TridentCrossFit?fref=ts. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Chip Conrad

If the fitness industry was William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Chip Conrad would undoubtedly be the mischievous Puck. Chip is a bundle of walking paradoxes, only one of which is that he’s both a vegetarian and a competitive weightlifter, and he likes it that way.  An apostle of physical culture, his passion for true fitness is so strong even he can’t take it seriously. I am proud to consider Chip my mentor and friend and honored that a man who, in this day and age of modern technology, still can’t be reached by telephone managed an hour long conversation with me via… Read More »

Why?

I’m listening to a book right now entitled Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. It’s written by Simon Sinek The premise of the book is that all great leaders, both leaders of people and industry, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Apple, Inc, start with their own fundamental “Why.” This is the big “Why.” The one that explains everything they do and guides the “How” and “What” they do. Take me, for instance. The “What” of what I do is that I run a gym and offer personal training services. My “How” is the way… Read More »

Making Gains

A long time client of the personal training side of the gym approached me late in the afternoon one day earlier this week. Our gym is on his walking route and he always stops by for water. I was pacing the open space of my gym on the phone with my wife (to his credit I was using headphones and the speaker option so it wasn’t readily apparent that I was on the phone.) He looked at me and pointedly asked, “Are you putting on weight?” “Yep,” I said. “On purpose?” “Yep.” With a look of absolute incredulity he asked,… Read More »

Diana Salinas

It’s Wednesday, my friends, and I, for one, am happy to be back into the swing of things after the holidays.  This week’s interview is Diana Salinas, the mastermind of Bootcamp Divas, which is run out of CrossFit Seguin in Seguin, Texas. Diana is an Underground Strength Coach, a powerful advocate for women’s strength and fitness and the personal development these help ensure.  Diana is a role model not only for her physical prowess, but for her business acumen as well.  At present, Bootcamp Divas has a very low turn over rate, if you’re in the area and interested in… Read More »

Luis Carrillo

Happy New Year! To kick off 2013 I’ve included an interview I did with Strengthology student, Luis Carrillo.  Luis lives and trains in San Diego, California. Luis traveled to St. Petersburg in June of 2012 for a Strengthology I workshop with Elliott Hulse.  There he discovered several imbalances, or what Elliott calls “muscle viruses.”  Empowered with a new knowledge for correcting those imbalances and a rekindled passion for change.  Luis set to work. In three short months he gained five pounds of muscle and made great strides in his mobility and athleticism — all with just bodyweight training. To learn… Read More »

Charles Abouzied

Happy Holidays, ya’ll. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  Today I’m bringing you an interview with Charles Abouzied.  Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain up in New Jersey.  I met him last summer at the Underground Conference 2012. In a room full of fitness pros Charles certainly stands out.  As you can see from his picture, Charles is a big man and at first glance not what you would expect in a fitness professional.  But don’t be too quick to judge, because Charles will quickly show you his abilities far out strip what his appearance might imply.… Read More »

Encouragement

  A truly great man is not challenged by your greatness, but emboldened by it.  He knows that when you shine you brightest, everyone around you is illuminated. I’m honored to know Elliott Hulse, to consider him a guide, mentor and friend.  If you missed it there’s a short interview we did a few weeks ago.  You can listen or download it HERE. If you’d like to meet Elliott, he’ll be here, at Agoge Fitness Systems, January 26 and 27 for the Mental Meat Heads workshop.  Get your spot while they’re still left. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Elliott Hulse

Happy Wendesday, ya’ll. Today’s interview is with Elliott ‘The Incredible’ Hulse.  If you’re not familiar with Elliott by now, you clearly haven’t been paying attention.  Not only does he frequently get a nod of acknowledgement here, he is one of the most prolific authorities on YouTube. Husband, father, pro-Strongman, gym owner, Mental Meat Head, Non-Jobs guru and purveyor of knowledge both profane and profound, Elliott has been a huge influence in both my business and my life. In today’s interview we wander off the beaten path, digging deep into the philosophical side of fitness and becoming truly the strongest version… Read More »

Alex Villegas

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. Today’s interview is Alex Villegas.  Alex is the second half of Synergy Transformation Center and the brains behind their DIME PEACE project.  Having been raised by strong, positive females it is Alex’s professional goal to give back by doing his part to help empower and encourage a new host of strong, positive women. Check out his interview HERE.  As always, you can download by right clicking and selecting ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Friendship

Few things are more valuable in this life than the realization that we are not alone.  The truth is our experiences have more in common than we give credit and the isolation we sometimes feel is largely self imposed. In order to fully understand the commonality of our experience we must open ourselves up, be willing to share our experiences.  By doing so we allow others the opportunity to realize that actually they’re not the only one. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »