Rua Gilna is a strength coach based in New York City. Originally from Ireland, Rua grew up using training as a way to excel in sports and tries to empower this same feeling to others through his coaching. Rua is now the head of personal training at the Wright Fit gym in New York as well as operating his own training in person and online called Bua Fitness. On the show, Jon and Rua chat about what animals they would like to cross breed and why Cadburys is so much better than Hershey’s. Other topics include:
How Rua originally got into strength training & coaching
Rua’s training philosophy
Explaining why people need to breathe before and after their training
Why stretching is a waste of time
Why coaches need to constantly strive to be better for their clientele
Chris Mullins is a Boston based strength and conditioning coach. Chris joins Jon on the podcast to discuss the knees and everything that goes with this awesome joint. The guys go over the following talking points:
Dan McGinley is a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Massachusetts. Dan recently spent eighteen months living and working in China with some top level Chinese athletes. Dan immersed himself in the culture and the language in order to improve his transition from life in the USA to life in China. Some of the topics covered in episode thirty four include:
Dan’s preferred training shoe for the gym
Arriving in China and initial thoughts
Adapting to life in a foreign country
How life differs in China compared to the US
Communicating effectively in a foreign country
The major social differences
The athlete experience and how it differs in China to the USA
Tina Morin is a Strongfirst level II coach and also the owner of Morin Strength and Conditioning located in Norwell and Weymouth in Massachusetts. Jon discusses Tina’s change from corporate America into the fitness industry and how she went about making such a drastic career change. Other topics discussed include:
Tina’s biggest lessons so far on her fitness journey
Why it is never too late to work towards your dream
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:
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 →
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!
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!
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!