Bullet Points and a Brew 8/29/16

It was a good and busy weekend. Everyone who came out to my Saturday class at SCSF killed it! Fun times were had with kettlebells and bodyweight movements, EMOM style. Sunday, friend and Senior SFG Delaine Ross came up from Atlanta to teach a kettlebell user course at the facility. It was a great time, lots of knowledge bombs were dropped, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to help instruct others as they learned and fine tuned their kettlebell movements. Delaine is a fantastic instructor and even though we only covered four fundamental movements (Swing, Get Up, Press, and Squat), everyone (including myself) walked away a little more educated in regards to kettlebell training. If you have a StrongFirst user course in your area, it’s well worth it.

It’s always a good time to fine tune the swing. Photo: Delaine Ross

Let’s get into the bullet points.

The Bullet Points

In case you missed it. 


I posted this article last friday. As sport-specificity becomes a larger buzzword, people sometimes abandon the fundamentals in favor of flashy programs that are touted as specific to whatever sport someone may be participating. Don’t abandon the fundamentals. It’s a bad idea. I talk about why and give you some examples of how to remain “literate” in fundamental human movement.

I met Chris at PlanStrong this year. He’s a great coach and writer based out of California. This was a great article detailing the need for patience and the importance of sustainability in your undertakings. Check it out.

I’m a big fan of the FMS. I use it with everyone I work with, as it gives me a quick snapshot into someones fundamental movement quality. It works. It must have some validity, as it is used within the highest levels of sport. This is a great article detailing the thought process behind the screen and how it was implemented with the dominant US Gymnastics teams.

Resistance training is critical for sporting performance. Traditionally, runners have shied away from lifting weights for fear of putting on mass (ahem..climbers? this applies to you too.) Chris Cooper details how strength training won’t hurt one’s running performance, but will actually greatly enhance it. A good quick read.

The Brew


Beret, Bruery Terreux

The Bruery is based out of California. Relatively recently, they moved all their Sour/Wild Beer to a barrel house named Bruery Terreux. It’s all good with me. It means more sours for us.  The beer pours foamy and carbonated. It’s gold and cloudy when held up to the light, with bubbles racing up the glass. It has a funky aroma, brett is definitely present. Slight fruitiness as well. Brett funk hits first, followed by a sharp tartness that is slightly softened by the raspberries. Not a huge fruit bomb, but just enough to know its there. A good homage to Prince (raspberry beret…get it?)

That’s it for this week.

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 30th, 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 1st, 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.