Episode 027: 4 Ways to Vet Your Trainer featuring Alex Tanskey

What characteristics or standards do you look for in a potential coach or trainer?  This episode originated from a listener question and allows Alex and Jon to discuss four stand out areas that you should look for in a good coach. These standards include:

  • The importance of assessments
  • Why continuing education is crucial
  • The role of exercise selection
  • Do they practice what they preach?


Show Notes

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Episode 016: 10 Tips to Navigate the Holidays featuring Eirinn Carroll


In episode sixteen Jonathan teams up with Eirinn to put together a list of ways to manage the holiday season as best as possible. During times of increased travel, stress and eating we can sometimes get down on ourselves, abandon goals or lose motivation all together. Eirinn and Jonathan detail five tips each on how they recommend approaching the holiday season when it comes to your goals within the pillars of health. Continue reading


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


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


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.

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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.


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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