Easy Slow Cooker Spare Ribs

spare ribs

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs Long day coming at you? Instead of grabbing something on your drive home (when your willpower is in the red) take a few minutes in the morning to throw this recipe together. Ingredients: 2-3 lbs spare ribs 1/2 onion chopped 3 cloves garlic chopped 12 oz Tomato sauce 1/4 C water … 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

Toned By Turkey Day

It’s easy to get lazy under our blankets as the weather cools and comfort foods are abundant. Let’s enjoy the festivities while getting stronger and better every day! Each week of November we’ll focus on actions to improve our strength, conditioning, and nutrition. Let’s see how much we can accomplish as a team! Use the … Continue reading



Everyone knows that consistency in training is important but here are 5 specific ways it may apply your situation. #1 Your Ability to Move: You know the saying, if you don’t use it, well, eventually you won’t haven’t it anymore. Something like that.  I believe the key to longevity is to maintain the ability to … Continue reading

Stuff You Should Read

Mom Deadlift

Embrace Your Bigness – Jen Sinkler Jen is a great writer and coach.  Her gym, Movement Minneapolis, much like Ambition Athletics has many female members. In this article Jen talks about focusing on physical capabilities rather what you look like.  As she says, “Let me get something out of the way: If you lift weights, you … Continue reading

3 Squats to Squat Better


Squatting is a basic human movement.  It’s a capability we should all strive to maintain as we age and something you you’ll often see butchered at your local fitness center or on the interwebz.  For various reasons squatting isn’t always the easiest thing for people to do with great form as compared to say a … Continue reading

You’ll Figure It Out

Split Squat

“You’ll figure it out”.  This isn’t exactly the best coaching that you can do to help someone out but in some situations it is actually appropriate.  Let us not forget that some movements and strength work are just skills.  They will take practice.  Mastery on Day 1 is not always the case.  Sometimes people just … Continue reading