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One of the great things about being a part of the strength and conditioning community is the ability to connect with other coaches and athletes to bounce ideas off of. There’s some awesome people to be found who really share my mindset: Throwing down and making their athletes better. I was able to catch up with one of the young guys I really like in the business and got him to answer some questions for you, my readers.

As you know, I have a pretty solid bullshit detector and I can’t stand the “Internet Coaches” who don’t train anyone but spout ideas. Being an academic is great, but be honest about that. I’ve had the opportunity to both train with Joe and to (more importantly) watch him train athletes several times during my visits to the Underground and there’s no question that he knows and does what he talks about.

All right, without wasting any more time, let’s here what “Coach Megz” has to say!
Read more on Strength Coach Interview – Joe Meglio – Part I…

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So I’ve been pretty quiet on this site for a while. As I’ve mentioned, I opened up my own training facility and needless to say, that’s kept me pretty busy! Overall, I’m excited for the new opportunity and things are going really, really well. That’s in no small part due to the support I’ve received from a lot of you readers, people I’ve met through the business, and my amazing clients, friends, and family. I’m pretty blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Ok, now that the nicey-nice stuff is out of the way, I can go back to being my usual acerbic self.

So yeah, I finally did it. After much prodding from my friends, clients, and mentors I saw an opportunity, and realized I’d been not following my own advice by trying to straddle two worlds. I reached down, grabbed my testosterone parts with both hands, and put my shingle out there. Relentless Strength Training officially has a home now. And to the three people I can think of who told me for years that I should “just be a writer because you’ll never own your own facility”: Suck it.

So everything is rosy, right?

Read more on Make It Happen Monday – The Plunge…

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In addition to training athletes, I have a strong and rock star clientele of hard-charging, aggressive, focused adults. You, as a reader of this blog and a fitness enthusiast (unless you’re totally lost and ended up here looking for pictures of a baby chick in a sandwich bun, in which case: Welcome!) probably fall into that category.

I love working with people like you, because you get it. No matter where you start, you know that progress comes through focus and determination. You also don’t whine, cry, or back down from challenges. My in-gym adults are the same way. Like I said, I have an awesome group of both online and in-gym clients. There’s no room for whiny bitches here.

With this type of person comes some challenges, though. If you’re focused and aggressive in the gym while also seeking expert guidance and training, chances are you’re focused and aggressive OUTSIDE of the gym, too. As such, I train a lot of lawyers, doctors, CEO’s, law enforcement, etc. These people don’t work generic 9-5’s where they punch a time clock, work out, then go home. Most of these people would be chewing on the door frames if they had to do that. Nope, they grab life, and life gets in the way CONSTANTLY.
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I’m shamelessly stealing this idea from my fellow strength coach Matt Lawrence of Ironman Fitness (Check him out):

As of this Tuesday, October 2nd there will be 90 days left in this calendar year.

90 days is plenty of time to make some real, honest changes in your life. By taking it one day at a time you use small steps to add up to big results.

Here are some ideas:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Announcing the Relentless 90-Day Challenge!…

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When it comes to program design, lots of people break down not so much on the sets and reps but on the exercise choices themselves. With all of the information and marketing out there it seems like there are simply too many to choose from! For example, I just sat here and thought of push-up variations. In under two minutes I wrote down 37. I’m pretty sure I could get that number to 100 in 5-10 minutes.

Now granted, I probably spend much more time thinking about push-ups than the average person, but anyone that’s been in a gym for any length of time could probably come up with about a dozen pretty quickly. And that’s just for the simple push-up! Do you really need 100 different types of push-ups?

You can see where people can become caught in the weeds.
Read more on Selecting Muscle-building Exercises for “Double Duty”…

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Long time no post!

There’s been a lot going on in my life… like opening my own training facility! That’s right, Relentless Strength Training has its own home now and the freaks are coming out!

So with that in mind, you’ll be seeing a lot more posts about stuff I’ve got going on (big one next Monday). I’m pretty excited.

Today, though, I want to talk about one of the biggest issues I see with my clients and I KNOW you’re suffering from: Meal planning.
Read more on Cooking for Men – A Easy-Planning Resource…

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One of the cool things about being in the business group I’m in is that I get to meet some of the best trainers in the country, pick their brains, and then share that info with you guys. Today I’ve got a guest post from one of these superstar trainers – Joe Carabase. When it comes to getting lean, building an awesome physique, AND being able to do some impressive stuff, Joe’s got it down.

So here’s how Joe sees exercising for a USEFUL set of six-pack abs.
Read more on The Best Exercise For Six Pack Abs…

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This weekend I took part in the Tough Mountain Challenge at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, ME. That’s right, I ran UP a ski mountain in July! Seriously, this is one of those obstacle course races that have become pretty popular lately, and for good reason: It was awesome!

Let me tell you what, though:
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Alone We Fall…

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how to get strongerA couple of weeks ago I dropped five tips on how to get stronger on you. As promised, I’m back with five more. Without more preamble, here’s five ways you can start crushing more weight, building more muscle, losing more fat, and taking the next step to monster!
Read more on 10 Insider Tips To Gain Strength – Part II…

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One of the most common stumbling blocks for people is that they get caught up in the process of everything, rather than the actual achievement of a goal. I’m watching it happen right now to one of my friends. He has a very concrete goal. In this case it’s weight loss and there’s not much easier to measure success on that weight loss. You have a scale, time, and an end number. As time goes on, is the scale getting closer to the end number, or not?

In this case… not. I believe that for the most part he wants to achieve his goal. He has the knowledge to do it. He has extraordinary social support AND social obligation. And yet he’s not really been making much progress, despite “doing the right things”.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Achievement’s Starting Block…