The Secret to Motivation is ____________

A few weeks ago I sent a question out to my email list (HINT – if you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe on the right!) asking what topics they had questions about and wanted to see more blog posts on.  Several great questions and suggestions came back.  One that was repeated often was the question…

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Imperfect Training for Injury Prevention

“All-round sports training must include the capability of coping with unexpected and sub-optimal conditions” – Mel Siff, PHD author of Supertraining   In a recent post, Are You Practicing Wrong, I covered why I think the idea of “perfect practice” is utter nonsense when it comes to training yourself how to improve at pretty much any…

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Can You Ever Be Strong Enough?

Whenever I meet with a potential new client at the gym, I always ask them 3 basic questions: Why are you here?  What are your goals?  What is it about yourself that you want to change/improve?  Invariably, they all say some semblance of the same thing… “I want to lose x number of pounds”, “I…

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9 Steps to Creating Harmony in Your Life

1.  You Cannot Control What Happens This first one is an essential principle.  If you can wrap your head around this one, the rest is easy (well, easier, anyway).  The basic premise is simple: you cannot control what happens to you.  The only thing you can ever control is YOUR reaction to it.  See my…

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7 Ways to Jump Start Your Fitness Routine

You need to get back to the gym.  You know it.  I know it.  The question is, why aren’t you doing it? You know you should workout.  You know you should upgrade your nutrition.  You know you should do more to support an active healthy lifestyle.  You know you should hire a trainer.  You know…

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Paleo Oatmeal Recipe

My daughter, Caitlin originally turned me on to the idea of Paleo Oatmeal.  She made it for me one day last week and I was hooked!  It’s high in protein, good fats, slightly sweet, and tastes amazing.  As you will see, it’s not really oatmeal since Paleo doesn’t do grains, but the consistency has the…

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Weakest Direction Theory is BS – Part 2

Make sure you read the highly controversial Part 1,Weakest Direction Theory is BS, before moving on to part 2 below… Preface I love martial arts.  I love everything about it.  I love training martial arts, practicing martial arts, teaching martial arts.  I love reading martial arts history, philosophy, even martial arts fiction.  I love talking…

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Weakest Direction Theory is BS

Warning: The following post is going to conflict with the most basic, fundamental principle you “know” to be true in martial arts.  Chances are you learned this principle on your first day of martial arts class.  Since that day you have repeated it almost every class.  You have taught it as truth to every new…

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My Morning Routine

For the past several weeks there has been a running theme interwoven throughout my blog posts.  That theme has been practice, Daily Personal Practice (DPP), to be precise. I’ve gotten several questions about the details of my own DPP since I refer to it several times in my writing.  So I figured I would pull…

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Best Way to Program Your Training

One of the most oft asked questions I get from people, from both the online and offline worlds, is about their weekly workout schedule: “How should I program my workouts?” “How many days per week should I train?” “Is it wrong or bad to train 2 days in a row?” “How much rest should I…

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