Mental Meat Heads

I’ve got that after Christmas feeling. Not the one where you’re all bloated from too much turkey and sweets and disappointed that you didn’t get that pony again this year, but the one that’s the natural denouement that comes from getting all ramped up for something awesome, and it was awesome, but now it’s over and you’ve got to start thinking about going back to school, maybe even finish that book report you were putting off. This past weekend was nothing short of amazing – the culmination of several months effort and planning, but also the high point of my… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Personal Value

  I must confess, the above line is my favorite quote from The Muppet Movie, and I always did kind of identify with Sweetums. This line stays with me I think because what’s most important is it’s opposite which is: We are more than what we do. I agree that what we do represents best who we are, but our value lies not in what we do, but who we are. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Jason C. Brown

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. Today’s interview, over at War Stories, is Jason C. Brown.  Jason is THE reason I’m on the path I’m on right now.  Six years ago I started following his kettlebell tutorials on YouTube, by the way they remain to be some of the best material on kettlebells out there. Through Jason I was introduced to Zach Even-Esh and later Elliott Hulse. Jason is a poet of movement and I’m thrilled to include him as one of the speakers I’m bringing to the gym in January for the Mental Meat Heads Workshop. You can download or listen to his interview HERE. If… Read More »

Zach Marcy

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. As a further expression of my own personal thanks I am happy to offer not only this week’s interview with Zach Marcy, but access to his Holiday Thrival Guide, as well.  With Zach’s guide you can do more than just survive the holidays, trying your best to atthe  least “do no harm” to your weight loss or fitness goals.  This year you can THRIVE, and still enjoy the holidays.  You can get your copy of his FRE-E guide HERE. Zach runs Synergize Transformation Center in Miami, Florida.… Read More »

Thank You!

Many of us are going to be taking time with our families next week and so I wanted to get this in early. Without getting overly cheesy, let’s remember November in general and Thanksgiving in particular have become a time for giving thanks and expressing gratitude. I want to take this moment to express my thanks. First to you, my readers. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my ideas. That you take time from your day to read and respond to these missives is greatly encouraging. I admit that there is much I have to learn in this… Read More »