FROM THE BLOG

How to Smash Someone’s Exercise Mojo

I felt like the trash man. Every new fitness trend I tossed in the garbage. Nowadays, there are SO MANY options when it comes to being involved in a fitness program. I see a new fitness trend popping up every month. And being in the fitness industry, my first reaction...

1st Annual Gateway Responder Competition Event

Below are listed the events for the Gateway Responders Competition! There are five events that we will be using to accumulate each person’s scores. In some of the events, there are differences between the competitive and recreation divisions, such as the amount of...

Live in the Gym if you Want to…but Know you Don’t Have to

It’s way, way past due. The conversation must be had. Here goes. You don’t have to train yourself into the ground to make gains in the gym. You don’t have to load your system with the latest supplement stack to ensure results. You don’t have to make your fitness...

Your Squat Form Sucks…or Does it?

What is good exercise “form.” Having an arbitrary movement pattern performed exactly as the book described? Is it ONE movement prescription designed for every single human being, despite obvious anatomical differences and physical limitations? An exercise as defined...

The World Doesn’t Care About Your Strengths

I’ve had countless conversations with hundreds of fitness professionals over the last 20 years. Most of these conversations, predictably, are on the topic of fitness and the fitness industry. Working along with, and managing fitness pros has allowed me time to speak...

Every Crappy Trainer I’ve Ever Known was a Repairable Leaky Bucket

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” -Jay Danzie The personal training industry has changed a bit in the last 20 years. Once upon that long ago time,...

Back Pain Sucks. My Fitness Empathy.

Many trainers and coaches have an empathy story. This story is one that connects the coach to the athlete or client through a shared experience. Oftentimes, the story is of weight loss. The trainer has been through the trials and tribulations of losing weight, and has...

The Fitness “Info” Paralysis Effect

Once upon a time on January 1st…. It’s that time of year. The magical, almost mythical time when resolutions are made with conviction. Conviction that, “this time, I’m gonna see it through.” And that’s the end of the story. You all know the typical end. Fitness and...

You’re Right Sometimes, but You’re Always Wrong

I’m not Mr. Right. I’m Mr. Right Now. You’ve heard that phrase before. You’ve heard that phrase when it comes to finding the perfect relationship, job, house and so on. It’s not perfect, but it will do for now. It will do for this moment in time… but not in the...

How much time should you spend prepping for your workout?

“I’ll see ya in a half hour, I have to prep myself for our workout!” How much time should you spend prepping for your workout? Once upon a time, like 5 years ago, you couldn’t get ANYONE to do any targeted warm up for their workouts. Outside of a little treadmill...