Bullet Points and a Brew 8/22/16

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I got some Jiu-Jitsu training in, a round of golf in (had my best 9 holes ever…and then my worst 9 holes ever), and had a fun Sunday of nothing particularly physically demanding, except for a quick snatch workout with some new kettlebell additions to the household gym (which now consists solely of three kettlebells).

Before we get to the Bullet Points, I want to remind everyone that the StrongFirst Kettlebell User course, an 8 hour plunge into kettlebell training, is a week away! Taught by Senior SFG Delaine Ross, this is an incredible opportunity to walk away with confidence that you can use kettlebells effectively to train for any goal. We’re hosting it at Scenic City Strength on and Fitness on the 28th. You will NOT find a more valuable single day of kettlebell instruction anywhere. Click here for more information and here to sign up!

The Bullet Points

Another fantastic core/trunk movement that emphasizes the ability to resist movement through the midsection while the extremities move. I think this is a fundamental principle to core training, so it’s nice to see exercises like these become more and more prominent. Give it a try.

This is an interesting squat variation. It doesn’t require a whole lot of equipment, helps promote a proper squatting pattern, and is an immense core and upper body challenge as well. It checks off a lot of  boxes, and is well worth a try.

Portion control is a critical aspect of proper nutrition. It’s relatively easy to get the right foods on the plate, yet it’s also relatively easy to eat way too much of it. This article dives into some physiology, some chemistry, some psychology, and a lot of other fields to examine the “why” behind the amount of food we eat in a meal. If you’re interested in understanding nutrition just a bit better, this is a must read.

Social Media Gold


Every now and then, I see a short status update from someone that is clear, concise, and wise. This is one of those. We’ve all seen the insane training regimens elite-level athletes undergo. A lot of times, elite athletes aren’t successful because of their training, but in spite of their training . A lot of other times, however, it is because of smart training. It’s definitely a two way street. So it’s up to you to decide whether to smash yourself with the same soul-crushing workout you saw your hero performing on youtube, or to get your “minimal effective dose” of smart, balanced training.

The Brew


Montmaretto, Wicked Weed Brewing

Another offering from Wicked Weed, this is a sour ale brewed with cherries and almonds. It pours a reddish orange with a thin head that fades to a faint ring around the glass. Aromas of lactobacillus, cherries, and smoothness from the almonds. Beautiful subtle cherry flavor in the taste with again, the smooth nuttiness which I can only assume comes from the almonds. Another good one from Wicked Weed. Very  reminiscent of Amaretto, which is what they were going for.

What’s Happening This Week

Nutrition, Performance, and Strength Coaching

If you’re interested in nutrition coaching or strength and performance training, I’ve got room for a couple more clients. Reach out to me via email or apply here. If you’re curious about what I do, check out my program offerings.

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 will be held Tuesday, August 22nd, at 6 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you’re in the Chattanoooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I’m also teaching a class on Thursday, the 24th for folks on who are more familiar with kettlebells. A good crew of our students at SCSF will be there and are training for the TSC in October. What does that mean? A lot of work to refine the Snatch and lots and lots of snatches. It’ll be a good time.

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

That’s it for this week. I’m going to try to put out a content piece sometime this week, so stay tuned.