Training For Performance

Carry Stuff

Performance training.  These days is seems like everyone is doing it.  Many gyms and coaches claim to be performance enhancement specialists.  I train a few days a week and recently competed in the Scottish Highland Games.  That’s super cute and all but 99.99% of normal people aren’t doing that, so, what about everyone else?  Should … Continue reading

Not Hard, Just Good

Workout Crushed

“It doesn’t have to be hard.  It just has to be good.”  I recently heard Mike Boyle say this on a training podcast and it got the hamster wheel really turning inside my head.  Now this certainly this isn’t a new concept within the walls of Ambition Athletics.  After all, right by the door phrases … Continue reading

Always Be Training

lift with cast

When it comes to fitness, strength and health it’s not always easy to keep things going. It’s pretty simple, but rarely has anyone said that it’s easy.  There are always excuses that you can make.  However, the truth is, short of a few extreme examples, you should always keep “training”.  Let me specify that “training” … Continue reading

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