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 007: 5 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey


In episode seven Alex Tanskey and Jonathan discuss five ways you can get more from your conditioning. In part one we discuss: Continue reading


Episode 001: Stress Management featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins


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!

Intro and outro music provided by DJ TLM.

Breathing, Miscellanous

Are you Stressed Out?

stress therapy and management helps in relaxation reduce tension

A Tribe Called Quest put it best in their song “Stressed Out” with the lyrics, “I really know how it feels to be stressed out, stressed out”. We all know that feeling. Traffic is crazy or someone does something to set you off and before you know it your heart is racing, your breathing becomes short and rapid and your mind is racing. This is not a something we want to repeat over a lengthy time period. Unfortunately a lot of the population walk around everyday in a state of “fight or flight”. Their stress response has become a conditioned state of everyday normality. Short term is fine, a conditioned chronic use of your stress response is where you may be in deep trouble. Continue reading

Hormones, Self Improvement

Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”

Why Zebras Book Cover.jpg


While I was away on vacation in St. Maarten I re-read one of the most encompassing books on stress there is out there. Reading about stress on vacation……..there’s a joke in there somewhere. Robert Sapolsky’s “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers” is a must read and having done so originally around three years ago I decided I wanted to go a little more in depth this time. In between pina colada’s and laying out on a sun soaked beach I took a bunch of notes. I have narrowed it down to a top 10. Continue reading

Week in Review

Tweets in Review


Breathing has made huge waves in strength and conditioning in a relatively short space of time. Trying to trace it back to the pioneers of breathing correctly, I came across an unlikely hero. One Robbie Fowler. Those things on his nose actually had a function. Do they work to make breathing more efficient through the nostrils? I think everyone has an opinion on that but he was making an attempt to breathe right back in the nineties. (Yes I did but those breathing strips and pretend I was Fowler playing football in my back yard). This weeks top tweets include a look at……. Continue reading