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

Article: “4 Ways to Vet Your Personal Trainer” by Alex Tanskey

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Episode 008: Part 2 of “5 Ways to Get More from Your Conditioning featuring Alex Tanskey


In episode eight continues where we left off in episode seven. Alex and Jonathan go into a number of different 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!

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The Coaches Series

Coaches Series – Part 5 – Kyle Holland



This week the “Coaches Series” welcomes strength coach Kyle Holland of EXOS. Kyle is a wealth of information and experience in the strength and conditioning field. I was lucky enough to work alongside him at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where I learned a lot from him and I still continue to learn from him to this day. Knowledge bombs are dropped daily on his twitter account and if you don’t follow him already, you need to. Enjoy this weeks interview and I hope you gain some new knowledge from it to take forward into your coaching.

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Diet, Personal Training, Prehab, Self Improvement, Strength, Technique

Articles of the Week


Over the course of the week there is a lot of reading  to catch up on. The inter web provides some great new ideas and also opens the way for discussion on many different hot topics. One that caught my eye was the discussion over knees out in the squat. Both Tony Gentilcore and Bret Contreras weighed in this week on the topic. Theres also a host of other great articles listed below.


My Take on The “Knees Out” Debate – Tony Gentilcore 

A Better Way to Cue “Knees Out” – Bret Contreras

How to Build Mass as a Tall Lifter – Lee Boyce 

The ReActive Warm Up – Eric Johnson and Ryan Johnson

The 10 Best Unilateral Exercises – Bret Contreras 

The Benefits of the Trap bar Deadlift – Mike Boyle (Video)

Wheat Threatens All Humans – David Perlmutter

Dementia Should be Fought With Diet – Nick Collins


Coaching, Conditioning, Liverpool FC

Liverpool: 1st Half v 2nd Half

Rodgers rejects fitness issue

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool’s second half performances have come under much scrutiny lately. Even though the reds sit in second spot in the Premier League on goal difference behind Arsenal, the second forty-five minutes of each game have been anything but impressive. Brendan Rodgers’ men have played nine games so far this season.  Seven in the league and two in the Carling Cup. With the manager recently rejecting that a lack of fitness has caused the second half slump, a deeper look is needed. As a follow-up to my previous article. “Is Fitness an Issue for Liverpool FC?” I will attempt to breakdown the season so far. Seven games have been played in the league and two in the Carling Cup. The results so far this season are as follows: Continue reading

Coaching, Personal Training

5 Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Trainer and Coach

An excellent insight into some of the most common mistakes committed by trainers early on in their careers. Recently published by Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1 ) on his own website, the article (5 Mistakes I made as a Trainer and Coach that You Should Avoid) outlines some pitfalls we have all fallen into and if you say you haven’t then you’re a liar.