Living Great

Posts dedicated to the living a great lifestyle.


The strength and fitness game is full of all kinds of arguments and controversy. Olympic lifting versus Powerlifting. Running versus Strength Training. High-carbs versus Atkins. Vegans versus Everyone Else.

So much controversy.

There is, however, one thing that pretty much everyone can agree on:

If you want to reach your physique goals, you’d better be eating like it’s your job.

Since I love to cook (that’s right, ladies… all of my amazing qualities and I cook) and try out new meals I was on the prowl for something that would be manly and yet would satisfy my weekend hunger.

The problem?
Read more on Cooking for Men – The Meatza!…


A little while back the owner of the Crossfit facility I run my business out of received an interesting and angry email. The woman who wrote it aggressively expressed no desire to join the facility, had never participated in Crossfit, didn’t know the owner personally, and yet was writing an email to say that she was never going to join a facility like that.

Just in case you missed it, I’ll boil it down a bit: This woman spent a fair amount of time writing a lengthy email stating why she would never join this gym.

Thanks for your opinion, but if you’re not coming here, then… Who cares?
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Get Some Swagger…


One of my buddies from South Carolina had a pretty cool project a while back called LifeWOD. He doesn’t update it as much anymore, but it’s a pretty awesome idea.

*****For those who don’t know, the CrossFit culture uses the term “WOD” as an acronym for “Workout Of the Day“. Various specific training iterations like mobility or strength are likewise termed “mobilityWOD”, “strengthWOD”, etc. See where I’m going with that?*****

Anyway, as you can see if you click on the link, he built this blog up as an exercise where you did one thing every day to improve your life. Pretty awesome stuff.

For Make It Happen Monday I’m going to hold you to a higher standard than that, though. Instead of just one thing, I’m going to give you three things to do today that will improve your life this week. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, if you do these things then you will be living better.

Ready for some black magic, deep down, mysterious, super life-enhancing, ninja shit?

Ok, here you go:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – 3 Actions To Improve Life…


Hey all! My boy Andreas, owner of The Blog For Stronger Men, shot me a line a little while back and wanted to talk a bit about my stance on living the Strength Lifestyle. Since I jump at the chance to get up on my soapbox, I figured this was a go.

Needless to say, we had a great time on the phone, and decided to record it!

Here’s the link to the interview. We get into success, mental focus, and goal setting, plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Give it a listen and then check out The Blog For Stronger Men.

Listen Here!

To download the interview for your Ipod or whatever, Right Click Here and Hit “Save As”!

Post your thoughts up below so we can get some discussion going about this!


Hey all, just a short post today with a great video that rolled across my desk.

It’s only a minute and a half, so watch it. Ray Lewis, one of the greatest inside linebackers in history, talks about what’s made him successful and set him apart: Effort.

Read more on The Number One Factor In Success, and You Control It…


One of the things I do to set myself apart as a strength coach is that I’m always learning and seeking out new information. I usually try to get about an hour of study in every day, and when I’ve got extra time I often go over that. For example, over the Thanksgiving long weekend I read three popular training articles, two journal articles, two books that totally opened me up to some new ideas in nutrition, and watched a couple of videos.

Now, there’s a couple of things to be observed from this.

First, I hope that it shows that I want the absolute highest of successes for my clients, so I’m always looking for ways to give them an edge. Once the basics are covered, life becomes a game of inches, as the saying goes (somebody please post in the comments what that’s a reference to. I’ll hook you up with something just for being cool.), and when it comes to my clients… They get their inches.

Second, I obviously live like a hermit and have no social life. *sigh*

We’re going to go ahead and focus on the first point today and gloss over point number two…
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – What Are Your Indicators?…


First of all, I’d like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving if you’re from the ‘States. If you’re not, then you’re missing out and I recommend that you celebrate it anyway. Here’s the down-low: In America we get together on the last Thursday in November to celebrate family, friends, and the other things we’re thankful for. This is punctuated by a harvest feast involving turkey, vegetables, and pie. We also layer on an outstanding helping of football on because we’re Americans and nothing says “thankful” like watching one one of the world’s greatest sports. Like I said, you’re missing out and I’d jump on the bandwagon if I were you.

So in honor of that, I’m thankful for the blessings I’ve received in my life. I’ve been given opportunity, great friends and family, good health, an outstanding sense of humor, and a desire to help others… in my own special way. Honestly, that makes me rich beyond belief already.

In the spirit of what all trainers do on Thanksgiving, I’m going to clue you in to one of my best Turkey Day Survival Tips.
Read more on Build Muscle, Get Lean, WHILE Crushing Thanksgiving…


If you ask most people why they aren’t as successful as they’d like to be whether it’s business, fitness, relationships, or what-have-you, chances are you’ll get a variety of responses. The usual suspects something like:

-Not enough time/money/help
-Bad luck
-No opportunity
-I’m too short/tall/skinny/fat

Those are BS. Those are all superficial things that either don’t actually matter or can be overcome.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Hidden Scripts…


Late last week I was bouncing some business ideas back and forth with my boy and Mastermind Brother Chris Reed.

*****A side note: If you’re anywhere near Toronto, Canada I have a couple of key pieces of advice:

1. Get a parka.

2. You NEED to check my boy Chris and his facility out. It’s pretty rare you find a trainer that can bring the holistic (mental, physical, and spiritual) element of true fitness and combine it with legit, tough-as-nails training. He can.


Anyway, so I was kicking some ideas around with Chris and he hit me with probably the biggest shot of wisdom I’d received that day:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Establish Your Priorities…


I was thinking the other day about the positive and negative attributes of my friends… Yes, I’m that guy.

My sociopathic behavior aside, it jumped out at me that one of my buddies possesses a great quality: He commits to action when he needs to and flows immediately from situation to decision.

He, like all of us, has his share of flaws and, like any good friend should, I inform him of them as frequently as possible. However, when the chips are down you can always count on him to do something.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Flow From Thought To Decision…