A Better Way to Swing and Deadlift

Swing neck extension

About a year ago I first heard coach and physical therapist Charlie Weingroff explain what he coined a “packed neck” position and it’s importance.  This is essentially a neutral spine position when you break it down.  However, with the kettlebell swing and in some cases the deadlift, that neutral spine position is often lost.  Meaning … Continue reading

Is It Sustainable?


Sustainable: Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance Of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods Capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage sustainable development. We use … Continue reading



I often stress the importance of progressions in training.  Basically an, if this, then this, type of approach.  As far as learning, fundamentals and safety I believe this to be of utmost importance when working with a new client/athlete.  Recently I saw it from a new angle after hearing something coach Josh Hillis said.  And … Continue reading

Are You Recovering?


The world of fitness is growing in popularity fast and it’s awesome.  In this information age that we live in there is much to be learned from each other in regard to human performance, resiliency, etc.  One component of that is recovery.  People use foam rollers and sticks, ice baths and cryotherapy, eat the right … Continue reading

Better Every Day


I try to read various non-fiction books regularly to be a better human being but probably even more so to be the best coach I can be.  One thing about coaching that I learned early on was to steal – perhaps borrow is the more friendly term – from others.  Give credit when due, but … Continue reading

What’s Best? Pt. 2


In Part 1 last week I came to the conclusion that using various tools and taking the most effective parts from several training systems is best way to train for the vast majority of gym-goers, meaning those mainly concerned with feeling good and looking sexy.  No one tool or system is the ultimate.  This 2nd part … Continue reading

What’s Best? Pt. 1


For the past 3 weeks I’ve been watching the show Sweat Inc. on SpikeTV featuring Jillian Michaels.  Go ahead and giggle.  I have a hard time just writing these sentences without smiling to myself.  Let me first premise this semi-rant with the fact that I understand it’s just tv.  Ratings and money are far more … Continue reading

Building Athletic Capital

Tom Glavine

I recently finished reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport.  I heard Eric Cressey recommend it on a podcast and thought I’d check it out.  The main premise is that skills trump passion when it comes to building a career that you love.  Newport’s first rule is that simply following your passion is bad advice.  There … Continue reading