Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I don't have much to write about, but I feel guilty that I haven't posted in awhile. I'm watching Redneck Island on TV and watching my son play on an iPad. He is six and he is amazing on that thing. How do kids catch on so fast to those damn games? I couldn't even follow it.

Anthony Bourdain's shows are my favorite. He is a little small, but I can overlook that fact because his shows are so damn good.

Labradors love to swim but don't like baths.

Is Dog the Bounty Hunter a scary, Camel smoking wrinkled up, too tan, weird mullet looking dude? He is like 4,000 years old and what is that gun he carries? A squirt gun? And um, Beth?

I think a lot about what makes a good coach. I had some lousy ones over the years, so I know what makes a bad one. I was saying to my staff the other day that experience is everything when it comes to coaching. Strength coaches at a university or high school train hundreds of athletes a week. They figure out what works and what doesn't pretty fast because they have to figure it out. Compare that with a "coach" or "guru" who sees a few athletes a week. They are not getting the experience, and the athlete is handing them a check for results right away, which sorta compromises the whole experience doesn't it? I had some coaches who yell and scream, and generally make asses of themselves when coaching. Not sure what that accomplishes. I tell my staff to be teachers. Pull an athlete aside during a run and explain what they are doing wrong. If they arent squatting correctly, telling them to "be intense" or "be tough" isn't teaching, it's stupidity. If you don't know how to teach, stand back and watch a good coach, or better yet, do it yourself, over and over again. That is the quickest way to learn.

If your strength coach has to dance and scream to get you fired up, maybe you shouldn't be training. Motivation may come from a myriad of factors, but the strength coach acting like a fool probably isn't one of them. Ooh, you are so fired up! Gimme a break. Then the kid gets under the squat bar with bad form and blows out his back because you were doing the Electric Slide to show everyone how intense you are. I love the egos on some of these coaches. It's about the athlete, not you screaming and then doing an interview in your scratchy Rod Stewart/Kim Carnes voice to show how hard you work. Try squatting and leading by example instead of walking around and yelling. I know that's what sells these days, it's all about the show and no go. I saw a video of a strength coach yelling how he was gonna fight his team or the other team or something like that. He was like five foot two and one hundred and forty seven pounds. He's not beating anyone up. At the junior college level when I was there one of our country boy/inner city wackos may have jumped up and pounded him. But our coaches didn't act like that, because there were no cameras around.

Hoping to find a new book that does something to me, stirs up something inside of me. Just bought Jonathon Tropper's new one. Hope it does the trick. Check out AM Holme's, This Book Will Save Your Life. That's a good one.

Gonna start selling Steel Reflections on this site! Redoing the cover and proofing it. It is a bunch of pages and cool stories and routines, and we are pricing it so everyone can afford it also. It will be available (hopefully) in a few days.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.