Alex Tanskey is an Integrative Strength and Performance coach and a StrongFirst level II instructor. Jon and Alex discuss four common mistakes when it comes to training and your health. The guys also discuss better options when it comes to each of the following.
Decreasing calories and increasing activity
Not prioritizing recovery
Looking for a workout instead of a training program
Not seeking the advice of a qualified coach/trainer
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 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!
When Alex Tanskey isn’t wearing quality Christmas sweaters or deadlifting over 500lbs he occasionally likes to do an interview. I sat down with Alex to listen to what he had to say about saying goodbye to long time clients before his move from Boston to North Carolina, the keys to training for life, the difference between a workout and training as well as why you need to laugh at yourself.
Warning! This interview contains knowledge bombs and a few good laughs! You should probably go ahead and listen. See audio player below.
If you’re a strength coach, physical preparation coach or trainer in the “fitness” industry then you will want to make sure that you are coming across as being a professional in everything you do. This post was spurred by a comment from a new client of mine who mentioned how his previous coach at a big name chain gym “would routinely text and browse social media during a session”. After being around so many good coaches and with ten years under my belt I have seen a lot in the weight room ranging from a commercial gym setting to collegiate and team training facilities as well as a more private training experience. I do not claim to know all the do’s and don’ts but I do follow a few simple and effective rules that help keep the professional barometer in the right area. Continue reading →
This week the “Coaches Series” welcomes strength coach Kyle Holland of EXOS. Kyle is a wealth of information and experience in the strength and conditioning field. I was lucky enough to work alongside him at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where I learned a lot from him and I still continue to learn from him to this day. Knowledge bombs are dropped daily on his twitter account and if you don’t follow him already, you need to. Enjoy this weeks interview and I hope you gain some new knowledge from it to take forward into your coaching.
In this weeks installment of the coaches series we talk to Physical Therapist & Strength Coach Joe Young of “Young Performance”. I met Joe while at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning and we have developed our bromance ever since then. Joe is super intelligent, a great coach and also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across. We are both Uber connoisseurs thanks to a recent trip to Indianaplois for a conditioning seminar. Here’s what he had to say on who has had the biggest influence on his coaching career, business ownership, internships, continuing education as well as his funniest coaching memory to date. 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.