Bullet Points and a Brew 1/24/17

It’s another week of getting after it! I’m a week or so deep into a finger strength and strength training program, playing with ways to optimize how a session flows. I’m really happy with how things are going.



I head down to Atlanta on Thursday. I have the opportunity to be an assistant instructor at a StrongFirst kettlebell certification. I’m excited to see some old friends, make some new ones, and welcome newly-minted SFG instructors. Selfishly, I will get to witness some amazing coaches instruct and I can’t wait to learn from them. It’s gonna be a great weekend.

Let’s get into the bullet points

The Bullet Points

Foam rolling can be a waste of time. It can also be a huge help with improving mobility and movement quality. Which effect will it have on you? That depends on whether you do shit correctly. Dr. Rusin breaks down some of his favorite foam rolling drills. I stumbled across some new variations that I have implemented and immediately felt a benefit. There’s a lot of useful information in this article, so you should read it.

I was lucky to meet Chris at a PlanStrong event this past summer. He just posted the first article of a TEN part series exploring the Turkish Get Up. It’s something you should definitely follow. The Turkish Get Up can be a complex, intimidating movement. When someone owns a Get Up of 100+ pounds, you should probably hear what they have to say. Check it out, and follow along for what I’m sure will be a fantastic package of information.

I thought this was an interesting discussion. People have done some weird things to get better at a sport they love. Enjoy a thread filled with humorous answers, shenanigans, and an interesting idea here or there.

The Brew


So Happens It’s Tuesday, The Bruery

The Bruery has a famous “Day of the week” lineup of big, boozy stouts that include Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday, Peanut Butter and Thursday, etc. So Happens It’s Tuesday is a rarely seen part of that line-up. Why? Rumor has it that this variant was victim of a large scale infection during the brewing process, probably with lactobacillus, a bacteria used to sour beers. Hence the name. SHappens I‘ts Tuesday. S.H.I.T. Get it? Anyways, I stumbled across a bottle a while ago and decided to crack it this past week. Yep. Mine was infected. However, it was still pretty damn good! The beer had plenty of the roasted malt character you’d expect from a stout, with a nice sour bite from the lactobacillus. The tartness didn’t overwhelm the stout characteristics, but blended with them quite nicely. Also, there was no hint of booziness from a beer with a reported 13+% alcohol content, another nice cover-up due to the tartness. I wouldn’t drink it everyday, but it goes to show that “infected” beers might still be tasty.

What’s Happening

Nutrition, Performance, and Strength Coaching

It’s the new year, and a lot of people are building out their strategy for training in 2017. I can help. If you’re interested in nutrition coaching, strength training, Functional Movement Screen consulting, performance training, or some combination of these programs, you can find more information here.

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I’m teaching two kettlebell classes at Scenic City Strength and Fitness.

An entry-level class that emphasizes the foundations of safe and effective kettlebell training is held Tuesdays at 6:15 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you are in the Chattanooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I also teach a class for folks who are more familiar with kettlebells on Thursdays at the same time. We will dive into some more advanced kettlebell movements and concepts, and push the intensity up a bit more than Tuesday. There will be no class this Thursday, the 26th, because I will be out of town.

You can check out the calendar and register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.