Interview with Strength Coach Alex Tanskey

When Alex Tanskey isn’t wearing quality Christmas sweaters or deadlifting over 500lbs he occasionally likes to do an interview. I sat down with Alex to listen to what he had to say about saying goodbye to long time clients before his move from Boston to North Carolina, the keys to training for life, the difference between a workout and training as well as why you need to laugh at yourself.

Warning! This interview contains knowledge bombs and a few good laughs! You should probably go ahead and listen. See audio player below.

 

Episode 003 Nutrition: Part 1 with Eirinn Dougherty

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In episode three of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan talks with Eirinn Dougherty about nutrition. There is some really great take aways in this podcast from Eirinn including how to set manageable nutrition goals, what is healthy eating and what exactly is “healthy” food? In relation to taking ownership of your own nutritional habits we discuss meal planning and how to go about it, eating for health and eating for fat loss as well as discussing nutrient dense foods. Other topics that popped up were discussing whether macros are a viable option regards tracking your food intake, food sensitivities, different diets doing the rounds in the media and last of all how to achieve sustainability with your nutrition based goals. You may also find out what my favorite guilty pleasure movie is?!

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Episode 002: Exercise and Setting Goals

In episode 002 of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan sits down with Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss how correct management of exercise can lead to a routine of sustainability, consistency and what Alex likes to call “training for life”. Setting goals can be a daunting task when it comes to exercise, the guys discuss the best ways to set goals and the steps you can take to get yourself closer to the summit of your goals.  Find us on Patreon, Instagram, Stitcher and Google Play under “The Pillars of Health”. The official music of the podcast is supplied by DJ Rugged One, the track is called “Rock Central 2.0 Beat”. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Podcast: The Pillars of Health: Episode 001 “Stress Management”

In the first episode of “The Four Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by his colleagues from the Training Room, Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss stress. Over the course of the podcast the guys go into what factors cause stress in our lives, how to combat stress through different modalities of training and also how to measure stress. Intro and outro music provided by DJ TLM. Hope you guys enjoy!

Free Summer Conditioning Plan for the Collegiate Soccer Athlete

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Here is the updated version of “Primed & Ready. An all in one conditioning guide for the collegiate field sport athlete. Initially designed for soccer players this can be adapted to any sport similar to soccer that needs a solid aerobic system, repeat sprint ability and explosiveness.

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Postural Respiration & Ron Bombs

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“Empower Two Diaphragms”

This was the simple but highly effective message from Ron Hruska at the Postural Restoration course at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City on the weekend of May sixth and seventh.

This was my first PRI course of the year as I begin the journey to take in all the primary courses in five weeks and try to gain a deeper understanding of the patterns we see on a daily basis.

During the two day course I took enough notes to write a short novel as well as some #ronbombs – direct quotes from Ron, which I posted on twitter and I will also detail here. The following is a stream of note taking with direct quotes in parenthesis. Here is the official course in review as posted on the PRI website by Louise Kelley.

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5 Thoughts on the Crossfit Movie “Fittest on Earth”

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I recently watched the Crossfit movie “Fittest on Earth – A Decade of Fitness”. This movie/documentary tracks the annual crossfire games as the top crossfire athletes meet up to compete. It was very impressive seeing elite athletes perform very tough and punishing workouts but a lot of perspective is needed for the vast majority of people (the general population) who are not professional crossfire athletes. Many will watch and come to the conclusion that they just need to work to failure everytime they work out. This is the wrong conclusion and a dangerous one when it comes to your health and well being. Continue reading “5 Thoughts on the Crossfit Movie “Fittest on Earth””

The 4 Pillars of Health: Live Your Best Life

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When I’m asked, “Whats the best thing to do for ________ “. The last word of that question usually falls into one of four categories. These four categories are what I like to call the “Pillars of Health”. People come to the Training Room in order to improve themselves and that doesn’t stop at learning how to correctly go about strength training. As coaches it is our responsibility to educate everyone we come in contact with on the 4 Pillars of Health and how working to improve each one can lead to living your best life. Here’s to feeling good all the time! (obligatory Seinfeld reference)

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10 Things I Learned in 2016

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It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was heading to Indianapolis with  Joe Young to attend the Joel Jamieson Certified Conditioning Course. Personally, it was a fantastic year. I married an amazing woman, I made strides to better myself by doing more continuing ed than ever and I was able to work with some amazing clients, groups and colleagues at the Training Room. Here are my top 10 lessons from 2016. Continue reading “10 Things I Learned in 2016”

The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan”

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When my collegiate soccer career began I was around 195lbs and getting pushed off the ball by American players that were stronger and built like brick houses. After my freshman year in college I decided the weight room needed to get to know me and vice versa. Nowadays I stay around the 225lb mark. Whenever I see lighter guys repping out pull ups like its nothing I think of Chad Johnson and channel my inner Ochocinco with a “child please”. Continue reading “The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan””

The Coach Code

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If you’re a strength coach, physical preparation coach or trainer in the “fitness” industry then you will want to make sure that you are coming across as being a professional in everything you do. This post was spurred by a comment from a new client of mine who mentioned how his previous coach at a big name chain gym “would routinely text and browse social media during a session”. After being around so many good coaches and with ten years under my belt I have seen a lot in the weight room ranging from a commercial gym setting to collegiate and team training facilities as well as a more private training experience. I do not claim to know all the do’s and don’ts but I do follow a few simple and effective rules that help keep the professional barometer in the right area. Continue reading “The Coach Code”

Are you Stressed Out?

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A Tribe Called Quest put it best in their song “Stressed Out” with the lyrics, “I really know how it feels to be stressed out, stressed out”. We all know that feeling. Traffic is crazy or someone does something to set you off and before you know it your heart is racing, your breathing becomes short and rapid and your mind is racing. This is not a something we want to repeat over a lengthy time period. Unfortunately a lot of the population walk around everyday in a state of “fight or flight”. Their stress response has become a conditioned state of everyday normality. Short term is fine, a conditioned chronic use of your stress response is where you may be in deep trouble. Continue reading “Are you Stressed Out?”

Selfcare: Walk the Talk

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In today’s world we are able to call upon the google machine to help us research any and everything. The answer to almost every question is out there. If well sourced, you can find all the information you crave. Well, almost every question has been answered. There is one that still evades us…..”What is Colin Farrell’s best movie?”.  Continue reading “Selfcare: Walk the Talk”

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

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The hip hinge is a skill everyone needs to learn and master. From deadlifts to kettle bell swings, the hinge is a go to movement in the gym and our everyday lives. Down through the years while working with general population and athletes sprinkled in for good measure, I have seen people struggle to find their start position for a hip hinge movement, most notably the deadlift. Here is a set up protocol that will instantaneously tap into your optimal hip hinge position. Continue reading “Improve Your Deadlift Set Up”

The A, B, C, D’S of Nutrition

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Depending on what article you read or who you listen to, nutrition can get complicated, quick! We face nutrition dilemmas with every food choice we make. There can be a lot of ups and downs on the journey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “The A, B, C, D’S of Nutrition”

Free Off-Season Conditioning Plan

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I wanted to share a complete conditioning plan, its free to download. It’s about that time of year where collegiate athletes start to get ready for next season. I know as a former collegiate soccer player, the hard work was done in June and July. If I prepared appropriately then my conditioning would be at a level where I could go straight into pre-season training without missing a beat. Continue reading “Free Off-Season Conditioning Plan”

Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”

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While I was away on vacation in St. Maarten I re-read one of the most encompassing books on stress there is out there. Reading about stress on vacation……..there’s a joke in there somewhere. Robert Sapolsky’s “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers” is a must read and having done so originally around three years ago I decided I wanted to go a little more in depth this time. In between pina colada’s and laying out on a sun soaked beach I took a bunch of notes. I have narrowed it down to a top 10. Continue reading “Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers””

Coaches Series – Part 8 – Brendon Rearick

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This weeks episode is really awesome.  Strength coach Brendon Rearick from Movement as Medicine took the time to tell me how his life philosophy has changed since being diagnosed with  Aplastic Anemia a year ago. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 8 – Brendon Rearick”

Coaches Series – Part 7 – Ramez Antoun

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Ramez Antoun is a guy I am lucky enough to work close to and be able to absorb knowledge from whenever he visits the Training Room in Somerville. I recently had the chance to put some questions to Ramez and get his feedback on physical therapy, his training philosophy and the biggest influences on his career thus far. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 7 – Ramez Antoun”