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?


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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 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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Football, Liverpool FC, Miscellanous

The Culture of “Supporting Your Team” is Fading Away

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By Jonathan Carroll

Growing up I had no choice as to what teams I would follow when it came to Gaelic football and football. My father was and still is an avid Meath man when it comes to gaelic. I remember fondly the days standing on the Canal End in Croke Park watching Sean Boylan’s men rake in Leinster titles and Sam Maguires. I remember my father being passionate. Cursing of course but passionate. I like to use Tommy Tiernan’s analogy of how the Irish are so loose with the rougher side of the English language. Being Irish we are not supposed to speak English, but seeing as we were colonized we have no option. In order for our bodies to process this unnatural mix, we litter our conversations with curses as a protest to English occupation of our vocabulary. This of course is a light hearted joke from Tiernan but one that holds true. Continue reading