Kaitlyn Pimentel is a PGA member and former collegiate golfer at Methodist University. She is now a strength coach who incorporates an all around approach in order to help the people she trains. Kaitlyn’s phrase, “It’s not just about sets and reps” is a refreshing approach which we fully support here at The Pillars of Health. Jon and Kaitlyn also discuss the following:
Kaitlyn’s philosophy when it comes to coaching women
Why women need to track their period
Tips to optimize a woman’s training program
The impact of caffeine on the menstrual cycle
Dealing with negative self talk and body image issues
Kyle Holland is a Performance Specialist with EXOS and is currently embedded within a special operations unit. As a strength coach to the entire unit Kyle oversees the readiness of many within the armed forces. Kyle talks to Jon about interning at the University of Iowa, training UFC fighters like Joel Lauzon as well as tactical athletes like those in the armed forces. Other topics include:
Why the basics are important when it comes to strength training
Why more isn’t always the answer
Programming regeneration days for UFC fighters
Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor – was conditioning the reason McGregor lost?
Eirinn and Jon go into their current daily schedule as strength coaches and also working alongside each other as husband and wife. They also go into why getting the balance between work and home life is important. Most strength coaches work a split shift, mornings and evenings so this leaves a gap in the middle of the day. This is when coaches get their own training in, run errands and everything in between. Some of the topics discussed in todays episode include:
What is a split shift?
What time do we get up at?
The evolution of Jon’s alarm clock
What a normal daily work schedule consists of
Working together as husband and wife
Creating balance between work and home life
When do we eat breakfast and lunch?
When do coaches train?
Our schedule starting out as coaches
What is our ideal schedule?
The pro’s and con’s of our profession
What would we change if we had the chance?
Biggest lessons learned over the years?
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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 →
In episode ten Jonathan is joined by Dr. Lindsay Tanskey from North Carolina State and Boston based Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll. Seeing as nutrition is such a complex topic it has taken three episodes to get through all the talking points as well as listener questions. If you haven’t already done so please listen to parts one and two before you take in part three. As an added bonus listeners get to hear my two dogs provide a highly entertaining soundtrack at times. Some of the topics discussed in today’s episode include: Continue reading →
In episode nine of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined on the phone by Dr. Lindsay Tanksey from North Carolina State University, clinical social worker Bonnie Chang and strength coach Eirinn Carroll to discuss nutrition from many different angles. Thanks to my two dogs Mickey and Remington for providing an entertaining soundtrack to this episode. Some of the topics discussed under the banner of nutrition include: Continue reading →
As much as marketing campaigns and the media want us to believe that fat loss is achievable with their latest supplement, a hew hype fitness food or some random exercise technique (all my shake weight crew say heyyyyyy). Fat loss is not a simple phenomenon, there are many levels as to what goes into allowing someone to lose not just weight but body fat. We’ve all heard the “you should eat more protein, use high intensity interval training until you puke” advice. On the other hand we can simply embark on a journey of self discovery. This is the least popular answer as it takes time and doesn’t give instant results. Spoiler Alert – Nothing gives instant results. Continue reading →
In episode three of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan talks with Eirinn Dougherty about nutrition. There is some really great take aways in this podcast from Eirinn including how to set manageable nutrition goals, what is healthy eating and what exactly is “healthy” food? In relation to taking ownership of your own nutritional habits we discuss meal planning and how to go about it, eating for health and eating for fat loss as well as discussing nutrient dense foods. Other topics that popped up were discussing whether macros are a viable option regards tracking your food intake, food sensitivities, different diets doing the rounds in the media and last of all how to achieve sustainability with your nutrition based goals. You may also find out what my favorite guilty pleasure movie is?!
In the first episode of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by his colleagues from the Training Room, Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss stress and how to go about managing it. Over the course of the podcast the guys go into what factors cause stress in our lives, how to combat stress through different modalities of training and also how to measure stress. Hope you guys enjoy!
I recently watched the Crossfit movie “Fittest on Earth – A Decade of Fitness”. This movie/documentary tracks the annual crossfire games as the top crossfire athletes meet up to compete. It was very impressive seeing elite athletes perform very tough and punishing workouts but a lot of perspective is needed for the vast majority of people (the general population) who are not professional crossfire athletes. Many will watch and come to the conclusion that they just need to work to failure everytime they work out. This is the wrong conclusion and a dangerous one when it comes to your health and well being. Continue reading →
When I’m asked, “Whats the best thing to do for ________ “. The last word of that question usually falls into one of four categories. These four categories are what I like to call the “Pillars of Health”. People come to the Training Room in order to improve themselves and that doesn’t stop at learning how to correctly go about strength training. As coaches it is our responsibility to educate everyone we come in contact with on the 4 Pillars of Health and how working to improve each one can lead to living your best life. Here’s to feeling good all the time! (obligatory Seinfeld reference)
Depending on what article you read or who you listen to, nutrition can get complicated, quick! We face nutrition dilemmas with every food choice we make. There can be a lot of ups and downs on the journey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading →
In order to stay on top of your goals, whatever they may be, nutrition plays a key role. When it comes to food, we all need guidelines and here are 5 practical rules to embrace right now. Continue reading →
With SuperBowl Sunday in full effect it’s a good time to discuss nutritional options. Being a Giants fan, it’s not easy seeing the Patriots being successful while living in Boston. At least we’ll always have David Tyree. This article is the first in a 2 part series. The second article, “The Personal Paleo Code – A How To” will be published on Wednesday, February 4th. I came across this Tom Brady article on how well he looks after himself. It is a fascinating insight into Brady and the “lengths” he goes to make sure he stays in peak condition. The reality is you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to take this approach. You do however need to make some honest decisions with yourself.
This week’s review includes a book giveaway, an article on common sense in training Gaelic football players, an all-inclusive nutrition guide, how to remedy tight hamstrings and the magic of the FA Cup!