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Episode 014: Training Aging Adults, Managing the Rehab Process and Heart Rate Training featuring Kevin Carr

In episode fourteen Jonathan is joined by Kevin Carr from Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning as well as Movement as Medicine. After the guys finish chatting about the recent Camron and Mase diss tracks they go into the following topics: Continue reading

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Episode 012: Cultivating Self Respect, Stress Management Strategies and Sports Psychology featuring Dr. Jonathan Jenkins

In episode twelve Jonathan is joined by Dr. Jonathan Jenkins. Jonathan is a psychologist who owns and operates “Mental Fitness Psych” , his private practice which is located in Brookline. He also works with professional, collegiate and high school athletes and sports teams in the general Boston area. Jonathan discusses many topics including: Continue reading

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Episode 005: The Top 5 Take Aways from the 2017 Physical Preparation Summit featuring Chris Mullins

In episode five of “The Pillars of Health” strength coaches Jon Carroll and Chris Mullins discuss their top five take aways from a recent continuing education trip to the 2017 Physical Preparation Summit in Indianapolis. Some of the topics discussed in this episode include why accessory exercises are beneficial and which ones you should be using in your training, how breathing has a knock on effect to controlling your hips, why you should “embrace the mundane” and why connecting with people is so important. There are a bunch of other great knowledge bombs that the guys dropped in this episode that you can apply to your own training experience. Hope you guys enjoy!

This episode of “The Pillars of Health” sponsored by The Druid Pub in Cambridge, Boston.

Intro/Outro beat produced and created by DJ Rugged One

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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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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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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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Self Improvement

Ferguson’s Formula

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By Jonathan Carroll

Alex Ferguson recently addressed a Harvard business class here in Boston. The former Manchester United manager was loved by United supporters as he found a way to win with each team he managed. Club allegiance aside there are great aspects one can transfer from his philosophy into your own life in order to be successful. Here is a breakdown of some of the questions Ferguson answered while in the company of Harvard Business Professor Anita Elberse. A full transcript of the interview is linked at the bottom of this article.

 

Lesson 1. Start with the Foundation

“When you give young people a chance, you not only create a longer life span for the team, you also create loyalty. They will always remember that you were the manager who gave them their first opportunity.”

Lesson 2. Dare to Rebuild Your Team

“The hardest thing is to let go of a player who has been a great guy — but all the evidence is on the field. If you see the change, the deterioration, you have to ask yourself what things are going to be like two years ahead.”

Lesson 3. Set High Standards — and Hold Everyone To Them

“I constantly told my squad that working hard all your life is a talent. But I expected even more from the star players. I expected them to work even harder.”

Lesson 4. Never, Ever Cede Control

“There are occasions when you have to ask yourself whether certain players are affecting the dressing-room atmosphere, the performance of the team, and your control of the players and the staff. If they are, you have to cut the cord.”

Lesson 5. Match the Message to the Moment

“For a player — for any human being — there is nothing better than hearing ‘Well done.’ Those are the two best words ever invented.”

Lesson 6. Prepare to Win

“I am a gambler—a risk taker—and you can see that in how we played in the late stages of matches. … If we were still down—say, 1–2—with 15 minutes to go, I was ready to take more risks. I was perfectly happy to lose 1–3 if it meant we’d given ourselves a good chance to draw or to win. So in those last 15 minutes, we’d go for it.”

Lesson 7. Rely on the Power of Observation

“I came to see observation as a critical part of my management skills. The ability to see things is key — or, more specifically, the ability to see things you don’t expect to see.”

Lesson 8. Never Stop Adapting

“Most people with my kind of track record don’t look to change. But I always felt I couldn’t afford not to change.”

 

A full transcript of the interview can be found here.