Episode 023: Training the Armed Forces, UFC Fighters and Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kyle Holland

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?
  • Intermittent fasting
  • How Kyle manages
    • Stress
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Nutrition
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Creating buy in with tactical athletes

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Episode 022: A Day in the Life of a Strength Coach Couple with Eirinn Carroll

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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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 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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Coaching, Self Improvement, The Coaches Series

Interview with Strength Coach Alex Tanskey

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.

Personal Training, Self Improvement

The Coach Code


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