Brian Lederman

By all rights Brian Lederman shouldn’t be here.  And by here I mean HERE, as in among the living.  Raised in a highly dysfunctional household under a single mother crippled by addiction and her own abusive past, Brian, at the tender age of nine, discovered, after a prolonged and undetected infection and an unplanned stay in the hospital, that he was now a Type I diabetic. Fast Forward another 6 or so equally dysfunctional years full of drug and sexual abuse, parental neglect and the not infrequent hospital stay.  At 15 Brian found his salvation.  It came from the mall,… Read More »

Mace Clinkenbeard

As a writer I pay attention to names.  You might say I’m a bit of a collector.  Cool names catch my attention and I hold on to them, sometimes just to trot out and say, “Hey, have you heard this cool name?”  Mace Clinkenbeard made the short list.  Which I’m very happy about because not only does Mace have one of the coolest names I’ve ever heard, he’s also one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Mace started his strength journey as a female athlete.  He started with basketball and moved on to shot put and hammer in high… Read More »

I Don’t Know Squat(s)

As much as we, as Mental Meat Heads, like to say we work outside of ego, we are not immune to it and from time to time  fall prey to it’s lesser qualities.  So it is with humility and no small touch of embarrassment I offer this post. I thought I was a good squatter.  Despite the fact the squat is not my strongest lift, I actually thought it was one of my better lifts.  I can get pretty deep into a squat, or I should say, I can get my butt very close to the ground with my feet flat… Read More »

Jennifer Conlin

Meet Mental Meat Head Jennifer Conlin.  Jennifer is the head Coach at CrossFit Legitimus in Canton, Connecticut.  Self described as “Sporty” Jennifer has a history of athletic involvement in nearly every shade of the spectrum from endurance sports, like cycling, to her current passion, Olympic Lifting. Listen in as we discuss the fitness industry, training and the ups and downs of running a gym in the “new” economy.  To listen click HERE.  To download, Right Click and ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Lift With Your Head

Lift With Your Head At present there exists no one text I can point to that is a manifesto for Mental Meat Heads.  In part that is intentional.  As Mental Meat Heads we all need to come to our own conclusions.  The purpose of Mental Meat Heads is not to tell you what to think about health and fitness but to encourage you to think about it. Don’t just swallow what the mainstream media finds profitable at the moment, put your own brain to work, explore, experiment and come to your own conclusions. But, if I was asked for a… Read More »

Big Man Strong

Now, if you’ve followed me for a while you know I’m all about supporting my friends.  In fact, for me, that’s one of the main reasons I work to be strong and capable.  I want to be of service in this world and I take care of myself so that I’m in a position to help others.  It’s pretty basic, if you got nothin’, you got nothin’ to give. Anyway, my good friend and fellow giant, Teiko Reindorf has a new product on the market, it’s called Big Man Strong.  That’s Teiko, sitting on the right next to Chris Barnard… Read More »

Chris Dwelle

Today it is my extreme pleasure to introduce my good friend, Chris Dwelle.  Chris and I met at Elliott Hulse’s first in-house seminar in St. Petersburg, Florida in the fall of 2011.  We quickly found common ground and before the weekend was over had become fast friends. Chris lives in Augusta, Maine and runs his own facility, Impact Strength and Fitness.  His passion for strength and it’s ability to change lives is evident in everything he does.  Check out his YouTube channel where he chronicles not only his own journey, but shares the growth of his gym and clients as well.… Read More »

Krista Scott-Dixon

Krista Scott-Dixon has a mission.  She’s in the business of changing lives.  Through fitness and nutrition, providing both example and support, her mission is to help people, both the lay public and professional members of the industry, take control of their own personal power to make positive change in their lives. Practically, Krista does this through her work with Prograde Nutrition and her website, Stumptuous.com.  So, sit back grab a tasty beverage and listen in on our conversation.  You’ll be better for it, I’m sure. To listen go HERE.  To download, Right Click and ‘Save As.’ To our perfect imperfection,… Read More »

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 »