Month: March 2016


Would you rather use a treadmill… or get results?

My personal training studio is also listed under gyms in the Morris County area.  And even though it’s tucked away in the back of the building I sometimes still get walk in traffic. Most of my business has either come from word of mouth, someone seeing me during one of my strongman performances/public speaking, google searches or from a deal of the day site etc. but when I get walk ins it’s a nice surprise….but it almost always results in the same question.

“Where are the treadmills?”

Now I’m not going to turn this into an anti treadmill rant but I’ll just say, I’m not into them.  I’ve had opportunities to buy commercial grade ones for cheap, but opted not to because they are simply a waste of space in my studio.  My response to this question is simply;

“I don’t have any. I’ve found them to not be useful in getting people to achieve the results they hire me for. I’ve filled my personal training studio with more useful things.”

I’ll try to do a run down of the different things I have, but I may forget some because I’m not at the studio to itemize it at the moment.  Some of them don’t sound like exercise equipment but trust me, they work when you know how to use them correctly.

  • Full range of kettlebells varying from 5lbs to 106lbs
  • Barbell with plates
  • Squat rack
  • adjustable lock out stands
  • pull up bars
  • dip station
  • junglegym2 suspension trainer
  • jump stretch bands
  • adjustable dumbbells
  • sandbags
  • sotsky exerciser
  • hammer
  • dowels
  • steel bars
  • nails
  • cards
  • phonebooks
  • chairs
  • FMS assessment kit
  • lateral resistance bands
  • Gray Cook band
  • lacrosse ball
  • fugly rubber
  • grippers
  • eagle claws
  • chains
  • ab ball
  • power ball
  • decline sit up bench

Out of those, the possible combinations are endless and pack far more punch than walking on a human hamster wheel.  And there may be more that I’m not remembering at the moment but beyond the equipment is how to use it for best results.  Even if I had nothing more than an empty room I’d still get you great results.

I’ve gotten knowledge from over a decade of experience training various types of people with a great track record. From cutting edge training theories backed by science, to the nearly lost subculture of steel bending super-humans to simply observing what’s working and what’s not with real people.  Yes I have a veritable alphabet soup of letters after my name of various certifications I’ve attained but my real credentials are my success stories.

And that’s the thing really.  Are you actually looking for a treadmill, or are you looking to make the change? Sometimes it really is a choice between the two and the decision you make will determine your future.

If you want to take my system for a test drive, I’m offering a trial at no cost. This way you can see if I’m the thing you’re looking for to help you achieve what you want.

Click here to try my trial at no cost and find out how to register.

12 reasons Turkish Getups will make you awesome

This past Saturday (3/26/16) the personal record cowbell was rung twice.  One by Tom Daly who achieved his first get up of 80lbs. and one by Maria who in just her second session with me did a get up with 40lbs.

Now if you are unfamiliar with some of the benefits that comes with a getup here I’ll list them really quick but I’ll warn you…it’s REALLY geeky.

(via Strongfirst™)

  1. Promotes cross lateralization (getting right brain to work with left side)
  2. Promotes upper body stability
  3. Promotes lower body stability
  4. Promotes reflexive stability of the trunk and extremities
  5. Ties the right arm to the left leg, and left arm to the rightleg
  6. Gets the upper extremities working reciprocally (legs too)
  7. Stimulates the vestibular system (1 of the 3 senses that contribute to balance)
  8. Stimulates the visual system (2nd of 3 senses that contribute to balance)
  9. Stimulates the proprioception system (3rd of the 3 systems that contribute to balance)
  10. Promotes spatial awareness
  11. Develops a front/back weight shift
  12. Develops upper body strength, trunks strength, and hip strength
 Now if you find that confusing I don’t blame you.  It’s not your job to understand this stuff it’s mine.  I’ll sum it up for you here…
Turkish Get Ups Will Make You Awesome….plain and simple.
The problem with Turkish Get Ups is that the devil is in the details and it takes a skilled coach who knows how to both demonstrate and teach it, and that’s assuming you are able to perform it without issue (ie, medical limitations)
In my personal training studio I’ll check for this when I assess you.  I check to see if this is something relevant to your goal, and something that you can safely perform.
And currently I offer a 1 week free trial that includes:
1) fitness evaluation and program customization session (I see what exercises you should do, and teach you how to do them)
2) 3 group personal training sessions (I train you with your custom program along side my regular clients during my normal group personal training hours)
3) A one on one goal assessment session. (we dig deep into your goals and see what needs to be done in order for you to get there)
To sign up for this is simple…just send a text to 973 476 5328 and tell me your name and what you want to accomplish.  Yes it’s that easy.