Coaching, Self Improvement, The Coaches Series

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.

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Breathing, Self Improvement

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

Personal Training, Self Improvement

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

Hormones, Self Improvement

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

Books, Self Improvement

Training Room Seminar

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On Saturday July 25th the Training Room staff will host a symposium at TR2 in Somerville. The topics to be discussed are as follows.

  • “Building a Stronger Runner” – Chris
  • The TGU: Benefits & Breakdown – Derek
  • Train Like an Athlete – Jonathan
  • Defeat & Dominate your Deadlift – Alex

Sign-up is open through the “One Day Workshops & Events” tab on thetrainingroomboston.com

Books, Character Building, Self Improvement

What Happened to Strong & Tough?

You’re strong but are you tough? What do the words, strong and tough mean to you? Feats of strength are posted all over social media, but the toughness aspect has slowly faded away from modern culture. A pet peeve of mine is how “soft” we have become as a society.  Some of the following can be held responsible for the slow deterioration of the definition of “tough and strong” in relation to men. Continue reading

Diet, Fat Loss, Nutrition, Self Improvement

5 Food Rules to Follow

 

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In order to stay on top of your goals, whatever they may be, nutrition plays a key role. When it comes to food, we all need guidelines and here are 5 practical rules to embrace right now. Continue reading