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California Love

I finally had some downtime to think about the last several days and what a whirlwind it has been. It's insane to think that my trip here in California is coming to an end tomorrow and heading off to Maui tomorrow afternoon. Being able to travel across the country and reconnect with friends & family has always been such a trip and truly made this trip that much better. The fact that you can pick [...]

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Overhead Press Plateau

I don’t think there is anything worse than finding a lift that you straight up can not improve on. It’s like winning the lottery but getting an IOU, who the hell wants that? Today, I’m going to tackle the Overhead Press as many of our Masters Athletes seem to have a hard time increasing weight on this lift. I’d say of every lift in the catalog, the OHP is the hardest to develop Over the [...]

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Masters Athletes and Why They are the Superior Breed to Train

  If you told me five years ago, that I would be writing an article about men & women 40-60+ that are the superior breed to train, I’d say you were on drugs. Why? Because five years ago, all I wanted to do was train the biggest, baddest 20 somethings on the planet. Anyone that was completely out of their minds were my ideal clients. Powerlifters, Strongman, Lineman, Combat Athletes, I wanted them all, and [...]

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Why Every Motivational Meme You Read Is Not Motivating

****Warning, this blog will more than likely offend you**** I am sure you all have seen them pasted on your Instagram and Facebook feeds, pictures of beautiful serene mountain tops with some epic phrase or quote to "inspire" you to get moving and get happy and get living. Now, on the surface these all seem like harmless gestures that make someones day, but I sat down and analyzed this, maybe a bit more than one [...]

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Pancake Goodmorning

Pancake Goodmorning  

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Powerlifter Vs. Crossfiter! Who Wins In The Battle Of The AMRAP??? *Video Included*

  Over the last several years, it's become almost a joke to point and snicker at Crossfit as a whole. The amount of articles that come out on the safety and why it's an abomination to the fitness industry are so second nature, it's like breathing at this point. Before I started working with Crossfit athletes, I used to be one of these people. I would constantly say things like "Pfffft fucking Crossfit is the [...]

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Cycle Your Protein Powder & Coach Mike Weight Loss Update!!

Coach Mike gives a nice breakdown about cycling protein powder as well a weight loss update! Any questions or comments? Head over to the IFA Inner Circle on Facebook to talk to our coaches!  

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Life Coach’n & Stripper Poles With Anna Tsui & Coach Mike

Yesterday was a SMASH afternoon jam packed with a SOLID training session, two KILLER meetings and one AMAZING car ride with my dear friend and High Performance Life Coach Anna Tsui. It was a totally spontaneous "interview" of sorts, and she touches on some key things to help you grow as a person, find balance in your life using a.... STRIPPER POLE?? And me freaking out on Boston traffic and Detours :) Happy Thursday Y'all [...]

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Masters Athlete’s And The Low Back Pain Predicament

  Low back pain has been something I’ve been plagued with for years. I’m assuming this is a direct reflection of my brother and I trying to relive the WWF glory days in our parents backyard, or maybe the legendary beatings we’d unleash upon each other after someone lost in Duck Hunt (Yes that asshole dog that giggled when you lost still gives me nightmares) But all joking aside, low back tightness, stiffness and achiness [...]

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Holy Caving Knees Batman

It’s no surprise to walk into any gym at any given time, to see someone squatting more weight than they can properly handle. As a coach, I cringe walking through most gyms as I’m a freak about form and always want to give my advice and guidance to everyone that might need it.  Unfortunately, these days, when I’m not training at Iron Force Athletics, or training at my friends box’s/gyms, I’ve got my headphones on [...]