Cool Stuff

Posts about cool stuff.


In the sports world (and thus the performance training world) speed is king. If all other qualities are equal, speed is going to win out, and to be honest, speed can make up for a lot of other deficiencies on the playing field. I’ve seen athletes and teams that were far less technically sound beat better teams just through out-quicking them. Becoming faster will make you a better athlete, period.

And what if you’re not a competitive athlete? Who cares how fast you are if you’re riding a desk and the only competitive thing you’ve got going on is your Fantasy Baseball draft? If you’re smart, you do! Being fast will make you more athletic in your own workouts or rec league, help improve your physique, establish that confidence that comes from knowing you’re the burner in the room, and plus it’s damn cool. How many times have you heard someone say: “Yeah, he’d be that much more awesome if only he was a bit slower“? Right.
Read more on Why You’re Slow… and How To Fix It…


One of the things that I’ve preached a lot and we’ve done in the HTKA group is creating a target to hit. Whether that target is financial, physical, tangible, or an “ideal lifestyle”, if makes it much easier to visualize, focus on, and reach when you’ve got a concrete idea of what it is. Makes sense, right?
Read more on The Power of Moving Targets…


While every guy seems to care only about building a big chest and arms when he hits the gym there’s very few achievements more visually impressive than a big back. Have a wide, thick back will add depth to your physique, widen you out, and give you more of a presence when you walk into the room. Not only does having a well-developed back look bad-ass as hell, but it also increases your stability on all of your lifts, improves your posture (which makes you look taller and more dominant), and keeps your shoulders healthy. All of these add up to mean that you need to be putting some serious effort into building up your back!

All of my clients develop a bad-ass back very early in their training with me because I feel that it is one of the biggest keys to success in lifting. If they’ve got a big, strong back then they can learn and develop all of the other stuff much faster because they’re starting from a secure launch pad.
Read more on Build a Barn-door Back: My Number One Go-to Exercise…


The other night I found myself sitting at the back table of a surprisingly-good-for-a-small-city Irish pub sharing a couple of Murphy’s and some good conversation with one of my old friends from grad school.

As a bit of background, “Big N” and I met while working a summer job where we both played the black sheep and bonded over the obvious fact that we were the two guys who were known for taking action and getting things done rather than simply “playing the game”. We see eye to eye on a lot of life philosophies and he’s one my favorite people to bounce ideas off of as, while he can be somewhat unorthodox in his approach, he has an uncanny ability to see through problems and reach a solution.
Read more on Strike Out on Your Own and Prove Yourself…


Every so often I’m going to take the opportunity to talk about some of the stuff I’m doing with my clients that is providing ass-kicking results. I’m going to call it “Notes From the Field” as that’s truly what these articles are. They’re not designed to be some great scientific or theoretical discussion about the degrees of elbow flexion or the exact second to dose peri-workout nutrition.

All that stuff is well and good, but it rarely translates to the field.

The things I’m going to talk about are working. Sometimes they’re going to fly in the face of “conventional wisdom” or the latest, newest theory that all of the “experts” are doing. That’s fine. I know my clients are getting stronger, faster, setting records, and looking better than ever.

Here’s a sneak peak into what we’re doing.
Read more on Notes From the Field – Three Tricks That Have Transformed My Clients…


I don’t know how many of you have seen the new Onion News Network stuff, but it’s a freaking riot. They’re doing a great job with it.

This little gem came across my path yesterday and I have to share it because it’s totally true. Comedy has long been a great vehicle for talking about serious topics and I can think of no more serious topic than how you lead your life and what you do with your opportunities.
Read more on Success for Men – It’s Better to Laugh than Cry…


Red is actually the man, but his image will work for this post.

After our workout last night I had a great conversation with my rock star client (seriously, she really is a rock star, with a grad degree in Chemistry… talk about awesome) about life, growing up, doing things, and moving on. It really brought some stuff to the forefront of my mind that I’ve been chewing on for a while and so here we go:
Read more on Success for Men – Being an Adult Is for Pussies…


Picking up chicks with your nutrition plan?

I’m a little pissed off, so let’s talk nutrition and all this bullshit that comes along with it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been dieting lately to lean down. I talked a little bit about how I’ve been doing it in my interview with Chris Beardsley. Anyway, this weekend in Jersey I officially (and intentionally) went off the wagon. I used my weekend as a mental break from all things dieting and what was going on back home. I didn’t train, I ate a bunch of crap, and I just focused on learning, building my business, and having fun.
Read more on Nutrition for Men: Stop Eating Like Crap…


This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Sea Girt, NJ, smack-dab in the middle of the Jersey Shore to take part in a closed-door, intensive business mastermind with some of the best upcoming fitness professionals. This was a mastermind built out of the HTKA Seminar I attended last October.

In addition to learning more from my mentors and networking with other fitness pros, the true draw of a mastermind is the hour we each had in the “hot seat”. The hot seat time is where the entire group was focused on a single member’s business. We focused on the successes that were working, what wasn’t working, where the business was headed, and developing an action plan for that person.

Since this was a closed-door event, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the individuals’ cases, but let’s just say that it was no-holds-barred, honest (brutally at times), and focused on advancing each individual’s success. It was definitely NOT focused on keeping their feelings warm and fuzzy.
Read more on Lessons From The Jersey Shore Part II – Successful Men and Taking the Gloves Off…



I was just interviewed by Chris Beardsley at the very cool blog! Want to learn a bit more about me and how I do things? Check it out!