What I Work for

It’s 10am on a Sunday morning. The sun is shining, the temps are already climbing above 80 degrees outside where the dogs sit on the porch sunning themselves. I’ve got a belly full of eggs, hashbrowns, and coffee and I’ve had pork butt and ribs on the smoker since just before 7.  The smell of…

Always be Flexible, Because Plans Change

It’s been a little while since I posted anything and there’s a good reason for that, I’ve been busy. After leaving an automotive restoration shop the day after Christmas last year, I set out to make my way as a writer and author. I vowed I’d never work for someone else again. I half way…

Scare Tactics and Coffee

I’ve been reading Dave Asprey’s books Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet this week. I told my wife that Dave should change the titles of these books to Scare Tactics. If you’re not scared after reading about the 3 dozen ways your environment and diet are slowly killing you by hijacking and disrupting your body’s mitochondria, then there’s…

Part-time Training, Full-time Losing

If you’re an affiliate or gym owner that only employs part-time trainers and coaches, I have some advice for you, Go fuck yourself! Yeah, you heard me right, these owners that refuse to employ coaches full-time (more than 1 or 2 hours a day) are killing the industry and making it all but impossible for…

Plan Your Meals

Do you know the best way to insure your New Year’s nutrition goals stay on track? Remove the luxury of choice. If you plan and prepare your meals a head of time, you won’t find yourself trying to decide what to eat during the week and settling on the lesser of many evils in the…

Eat Some Fat

I’ve written about a lot of popular fitness advice over the years. As a coach and trainer I’ve tried more exercise styles than I can count and more diets and nutrition plans then I thought possible. Times change, trends fade, and some people just keep on doing their thing, getting results, and looking shredded while…

Beer is Yellow and So is Pee

My attitude towards beer is a lot like my thoughts on coffee, simple is best. The craft beer world has gone from cool, to pretentious, to a downright silly mockery of itself. What started as an attempt to introduce Americans to a higher quality of beverage has descended into absurdity. Look I’m all for variety…

The Patterns We Live

I get up, I make my bed. I walk out into the kitchen, grind some coffee beans, drop them in the coffeemaker and hit start. I give my dogs their morning “daddy treat,” then stumble into the bathroom to do my normal thing. I do this everyday. It’s a pattern. Our lives are patterns. There’s…

Fitness Advice for Real People

I love barbecue and good beer, I’d kill for coffee, and coaching has been my calling for over a decade. Sometimes these things don’t always go well together and finding a balance between good health and a life well-lived isn’t the easiest thing to do. My mission has always been to show people how exercise…

BBQ in my veins

Barbecue is in my blood. I seek it out wherever I go. Cooking meat over flames and coals has been a family tradition for generations. Hell, for the longest time I though roasting a pig in the ground was the only way to cook pork. Ovens were for cakes. Maybe Hank Williams Jr. is a…