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 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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The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan”


When my collegiate soccer career began I was around 195lbs and getting pushed off the ball by American players that were stronger and built like brick houses. After my freshman year in college I decided the weight room needed to get to know me and vice versa. Nowadays I stay around the 225lb mark. Whenever I see lighter guys repping out pull ups like its nothing I think of Chad Johnson and channel my inner Ochocinco with a “child please”. Continue reading