Episode 025: Understanding the Deadlift featuring Alex Tanskey

Deadlifts, what are they good for? We address that question as well as many others on this episode of the pillars of health. Alex Tanskey joins Jon to discuss deadlifts, what they are exactly, why you should learn proper technique and the benefits of including them in your training program. Other talking points include:


  • What exactly is a hip hinge?
  • What is the point of a deadlift?
  • Why should I include deadlifts in my training?
  • Why the deadlift needs a time investment
  • Perfecting your deadlift before the kettlebell swing
  • 2 tips to improve your deadlift

Show Notes

Article: “Two Quick Ways to Transform Your Deadlift” by Alex Tanskey

Video Link: “How to Hip Hinge”


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Episode 018: Fitness Myths Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

Fitness myths are the topic up for discussion in episode eighteen. Jonathan welcomes Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins back on the show to discuss some common fitness myths that they have come across in their coaching experience. The topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Does lifting weights make you bulky?
  • Is running the best fat loss option?
  • The Thin Complex
  • Does overweight mean unhealthy?

Show Notes:

Study # 1 – Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Adaptation to Physical Activity in Adult Humans

Study # 2 – Increases in Physical Activity Result in Diminishing Increments in Daily Energy Expenditure in Mice

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Episode 007: 5 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey


In episode seven Alex Tanskey and Jonathan discuss five ways you can get more from your conditioning. In part one we discuss: Continue reading


Episode 006: Optimizing Your Strength and Exercise Goals featuring Alex Tanskey


In episode six of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by strength coach Alex Tanskey to discuss the best ways to optimize your strength and exercise goals. The guys discuss how training age can play a role in your progress in the gym, the difference between a novice and an advanced lifter and why you should know the difference. The discussion also delves into what type of training program works best for different people based on their training age, the benefits of sub maximal training, the dangers of continuously maxing out as well as how often do you really need to switch exercises in your training program? Best of all, the guys go over their all time favorite T-Pain song, a conversation you do not want to miss!

Article: “Novice or Advanced? The Answer Might Surprise You” by Alex Tanskey

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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 002: Exercise and Setting Goals featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

In episode two 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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Articles of the Week:

Chris: “How to Recover when Stress Builds Up” by James Clear

Alex: “The Surprising Truth about Sugar” by Brian St. Pierre & Krista Scott-Dixon

Jonathan: “Half of Americans are Spending their Entire Pay Checks” by Anna Bahney

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Episode 001: Stress Management featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins


In the first episode of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by his colleagues from the Training Room, Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss stress and how to go about managing it. 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. Hope you guys enjoy!

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