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 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 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 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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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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Episode 004: Q&A from Bermuda featuring Eirinn Dougherty


In episode four of “The Pillars of Health” we take a timeout from covering the pillars of health to let you get to know your host a little better. Eirinn Dougherty assumes hosting duties for this specially recorded episode from Bermuda in which Jonathan discusses growing up in Ireland, transitioning to life in the USA, life lessons learned through collegiate soccer as well as whom he looks up to the most. On a lighter note, favorite chick flicks and Netflix series are also discussed. Hope you guys enjoy!

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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