It’s a little early for Thanksgiving, but one thing for which I am thankful is how circumstance led me all the way from Texas to Virginia Beach, VA last April to complete my SFG Recertification with Master SFG Karen Smith at her former gym Kettlebell-Elite. The opportunity to work with one of the best instructors on the planet has been priceless for development as an instructor and in ...Read more
Recently I read the much acclaimed book Build Your Running Body, authored collectively by masters running legend Pete Magill, coach Tom "Tinman" Schwartz of The Run Zone, and nutritionist Melissa Breyer. In full disclosure, I have known Tinman for over a decade as one of his athletes, a friend, and coaching colleague. That said, I would not take the time to compose this revie...Read more
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of assisting Master SFG Karen Smith at one of her StrongFirst kettlebell one-day user courses in Dallas, hosted by Wade Padgett, SFG at his gym Kettlebell Centric. One of the highlights of this year has been getting to work with Karen on multiple occasions on both coasts! You can read prior course recaps from the SFG Level I Recertification and the S...Read more
A couple weeks ago I was fortunate to lend a hand at the StrongFirst Bodyweight Course, taught by Master SFG Karen Smith and hosted by SFG Team Leader Yoana Teran. The setting for this day could not be any better at Fitwall La Jolla!
As I have written before, the bodyweight curriculum is a hidden gem within the StrongFirst system, though hopefully it will continue to grow in popularity.&...Read more
I recently had the privilege to receive Dr. Craig Liebenson’s new text, Functional Training Handbook. Dr. Liebenson was generous to offer me a complimentary copy to review. He has been a mentor of mine for several years, and for him to ask my opinion on his work is a true honor.
To start, this book not about a single individual. Though Dr. Liebenson's name gra...Read more
A few weeks ago, our school had the privilege of hosting Dr. Phil Sizer of Texas Tech University. The main tenor of Dr. Sizer’s talk was focused on pain science. Along with his duties as head of the physical therapy school and biomechanics lab, he is a highly versatile clinician and educator who maintains a patient load in addition to his teaching and research activities. (...Read more
Last weekend I made the trip to Virginia Beach, VA for the (first!) StrongFirst Level I kettelbell instruction RE-certification. Every two years, instructors must recertify, either by completing the Level I requirements at a certification, advancing to Level II, or assisting at the certification (for which demonstration of Level I skills is required). Though my certification was still ...Read more