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February 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

Before I reach my maximum number of shares on the facebooks in a day, I decided to instead share some things on here. This is mostly related…diet stuff, and this is the third post in a row where I recognize my assholeness tendencies.

I don’t like to think of myself as a militant paleo dickhead, but I know it can come across like that. My clients in san diego are encouraged to adopt a paleo-ish diet. However, if someone doesn’t eat meat I don’t “try to force it down their gullets” (though, a couple have started eating meat because their bodies wanted it). On the interwebz, especially facebook, I tend to post/share stuff espousing the benefits of a paleoish diet, and similarly will post things talking about how vegan stuff is probably not real good for you, (key word alert) in the long term. I think many things can be good for us short term, and in fact my belief is starting to be that basically everything should be cycled:

  • fasting should be cycled. Do it for a month then don’t do it for a month. After a certain amount of time that additional stress might not be the good type of stress anymore.
  • carbohydrate intake should be cycled. There is a reason this comes up in things like bodybuilding cuts, refeeds, carb nite, etc etc etc. Carboydrate manipulation is a really effective way to drive some body comp changes and take advantage of hormonal ‘stuff’.
  • protein cycling. What? Yep, I don’t think we should eat a shit load of protein every day of each week of each month. I read a little something from Brad Pilon about how when you eat less protein your body becomes better at utilizing it. Makes sense to me, even if there aren’t 400 scientificals out there “proving” it. I instead tested it on myself, and ate a little less than 100g of protein every day for almost 2 months. And I didn’t waste away! Weird. But then the cool part happened, I upped my protein to about 220g/day, and in a month put on 10lbs of sweet sweet anabolic mass.
  • workout cycling. don’t lift heavy all year long. don’t do zumba all year long. don’t do HIIT all year long. but stick to a program for 6-12 weeks at a time to actually see results. Then switch it up, unless you are competing or have a long term goal-then you need to keep the goal the goal.

So…here are the facebook recaps of stuff today:

1. real food messages need to continue to be told in different mediums. awesome.!

2. Two vegan “vs” paleo posts. Both saying the same thing ultimately: you don’t have to eat Yuppie Atkins (my new favorite term for paleo) in order to be healthy. In fact you could do it in many ways, you just have to be educated and put in the effort.

  1. from the oh so sexy Dewey Nielson “There are a lot of anti plant based eating/vegan posts this last month on Facebook. All the way from “You can’t be lean, healthy and strong as a vegan” to “Plant based eaters are idiots and need to go Paleo or they will die”. To a degree, I agree with some of the things they are saying. I do think most plant based eaters do it wrong. They ditch the meat and dairy, and fill their gut full of processed foods, fake meats and become deficient in so many vital nutrients.What I find ignorant is that none of these anti-vegan folks ever ask the question, “why don’t you eat meat?”

    If the answer is “Because eating meat is unhealthy”, I would side with the meat eaters and say eating meat (wild/grassfed/organic) is not unhealthy. 

    Yes. A vegan just said eating meat is not unhealthy. This will piss off many of my vegan friends but come on. Humans have thrived on meat for a LONG time and I have seen blood profiles and amazing body fat %’s from meat eaters.

    I do believe eating factory farmed meat is unhealthy because the animal is fed hormones, GMO corn (poison) and antibiotics. I also think that eating factory farmed meat has causes far more destructive than just ones body health. When you consume factory farmed meat, you are giving the thumbs up to the government (monsanto, big pharma, oil) to continue to destroy our health and you are participating in the torture and death of billions of lives. 

    But if the answer to “why don’t you eat meat?” is “because ethically and morally it doesn’t make me feel good”, how in the world can you tell them they HAVE TO EAT MEAT? You can’t make an ethical and moral decision for someone. You can’t force someone to change their feelings at that level. Most plant based eaters (including myself) that I have talked to have made the decision to ditch the meat because of this. 

    Now how about instead of trying to force meat down someone’s throat that refuses to eat it, we educate them on how to eat a plant based diet the best way possible? This is what the best in the business do. You won’t catch the great ones like John Berardi trying to tell someone what their personal ethics should be. The great ones would help that person eat plant based in the healthiest way possible, which is through whole foods. REAL FOOD! Not the processed fake foods.

    Last year I actually had some digestive issues with eating plant based. I sought out help from a good naturopath, Tim Hyatt who never judged me or told me what my ethics and morals should be. What he did was guided me through what foods I tended to be a bit intolerant of. He did this because he is a professional (this is very important when seeking advice on anything…. Does the person you are seeking advice from, actually make a living on the advice they are giving?) and great at his job.

    If your reason for eating plant based is because of your morals/ethics and a person says negative things about why you shouldn’t eat that way, ignore them. They most likely don’t make a living giving their advice. Go find a real professional to help you through your journey because I will be honest, eating a plant based diet the RIGHT way is difficult. It takes a ton of work, time and dedication. Really, it takes much more work eating a healthy plant based diet than someone who consumes meat. I know this, I have walked in both pairs of shoes. Maybe this should be respected rather than hated on?

    I dislike posting pictures like this because it makes me feel like one of “those” guys 😉 The reason for the picture is for everyone here to judge me. Judge my body. I’m putting it out there for you to appreciate or hate on. If I don’t look healthy, lean and strong, say so. Tell me I’m going to die from my vegetables and that I don’t get enough protein. But if you do, you must walk the walk. Show us what you look like without a shirt on if you choose to judge. Show us some feats of strength. Show us your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Humans can thrive on all sorts of diets, so let’s find out why someone chooses to eat the way they eat. If it has to do with personal, moral decisions, lets not hate them for that. Let’s educate them, empower them and help them become the healthiest damn person they can be.

    Be good to each other. Help each other. Peace folks.”

  2. The Vegan girlfriend from Supersize me gave up veganism and wrote about it. The ever awesome Krista Scott Dixon said:
    Forget about the specifics of the diet — substitute any other diet name for “vegan” if you like. Focus on three provocative points in this piece: Eating according to BODY rules; the ebb and flow of those bodily needs; and the role of shame/social pressure in shaping our eating choices. This article really resonated with me even though it’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve been vegetarian.
    The “ebb and flow” to me speaks to the idea that things will need to be cycled. I think that tons of people would see health benefits from short term veganism…partly because of the caloric restriction but mostly because of the taking out of bad shit. Ultimately I don’t believe it’s healthful unless you are very diligent-however most of us aren’t going to be able to keep up that diligence. So as much as I don’t like the attitude that Yoni Freedhoff preaches that “we should shoot for a “B” instead of an A+ because the amount of effort to reach the A+ is too much”, I also basically agree with it for most people. It feels like giving up and mostly I wanna tell people to suck it up and stop being a wuss…maybe we can find that middle ground and follow my diet advice, of “don’t be an asshole“.
    3. Just wanted to point out again that we should rename Paleo to “yuppie atkins” (adrienne harvey came up with that one). Here’s why:
    • Adrienne Harvey LOL don’t forget all that it entails… I EAT CHEEESE and stuff….
    • Clifton Harski Eating expensive cheese, grassfed meat, organic produce: yuppie^3 AND we get to brag about it to make ourselves seem cooler/more sophisticated! We win so much in feeling arrogant and awesome! Yes! That’s why I like this mockery new title so much!
    • Adrienne Harvey Don’t forget all the hipster-filtered instagram photos, i will admit to liking to take those too
    • Adrienne Harvey scuse me while I go wrap some bacon around the last of the goat camembert…
    • Krista Scott-Dixon Some days I wonder if we invented nutrition in order to have something else for bourgeious neurotics to narcissistically whine about.
    • Clifton Harski I’m not kidding, how cool does it feel when someone says “want a muffin?” and then I scoff, snort, and proclaim I don’t eat gluten while I bounce my chesticles at their poor nondefined features. Muah hahahah…..then I cry myself to sleep for being a jerk face.
      Lastly-if you are in or know someone in San Diego, and you aren’t training with me and haven’t recommended me to train your people you know in san diego…then we can’t be friends anymore. I’m pumped because I’m gonna be training out of two awesome facilities: Pacific Coast Kettlebells in Pacific Beach and Revolution Fitness in La Jolla. So Holla at me on the training page!
      Also….crossfit plus paleo = serious fitness gain and fat loss. But also alarmingly high rate of injury. “Basically, this study shows that in 10-weeks of Crossfit training and Paleo dieting, the average man will lose 7.6 lbs, gain 2.2 lbs of muscle, shed 4.2% bodyfat, and improve VO2max by 13.6%, while the average woman will lose 3.9 lbs, gain 2.3 lbs of muscle, shed 3.4% bodyfat, and improve VO2max by 11.8%. So it is highly effective for improving body composition and aerobic fitness, but it appears that all good things come at a price, as 16% of the subjects (9 out of 54) dropped out due to overuse injuries.” – Bret Contreras 
      Now, here is the key paragraph from the write up (IMO)- “”Also, the study was limited as all of the subjects also adhered to the Paleo Diet. It is therefore impossible to know how much of the results could be attributed to the training and how much could be attributable to the diet.“” Sssooooo….since we all like to repeat the whole “you can’t out exercise a bad diet/diet is 90% of fat loss” thing, maybe the CF wasn’t all that helpful? I “know” it was helpful of course, but what I’m getting at is perhaps we could produce very similar fitness gains and body comp changes through implementation of the diet, and inclusion of a HIIT style workout protocol that was based around more self limiting exercises and ‘safer’ drills than the typical CF workouts. READ: good swings, crawls, ropes, airdynes, rowers, hill sprints, and intelligent HIITing instead of max effort/reps of technical movements!
      That’s all folks. Sign up for online coaching here if you wanna increase badassery via the netz.

S&C Circle Jerk

February 26, 2013 — 1 Comment

I guess this is part 2 of me admitting that I’m an asshole. That I judge. That I think I’m awesome, that my poop is stenchless, and whatever else people think I think.  It all comes down to the fact that I take what I do seriously, have integrity, and want to provide the best material I can.

I want to share with you what I call the “elite” professional community in the S&C/Fitness industry: the S&C Circle Jerk Party.

Let me break it down a little, and explain how sometimes I find myself joining in-then realize that I don’t always wanna be part of the circle jerk party.

It goes like this:

ME “I saw this guy doing squats on BOSU ball…”

second trainer “what. a. dumbass.”

ME “I know. Clearly he hasn’t seen the scientificals about how that’s totally gonna minimize his clients results.”

second trainer “what. a. dumbass.” 


ME “WTF is that person doing?”

second trainer “they probably think that’s a swing. more like a kneecap ugh-sploder”

ME “This is exactly why people think swings are bad for your back. That and biggest loser.”

second trainer “what. a. dumbass.”


lecturer at Perform Better “….and that’s why you shouldn’t run”

everyone in crowd “yeah! fuck running!”

sorta reminds me of this


I’ve been guilty of all of those things above, and I’m torn….because I realize two things:

1. Us trainers who are striving for the utmost professionalism in our industry want to hold everyone who represents our industry to a high standard. We want for our messages which we have studied, have proven, and hold dearly to be the beacons of light in the dark world of commercialized fitness where women still think they’ll get bulky from lifting heavy weights, where people still think cardio is how to best reduce bodyfat, and where a low fat diet is touted as the best way to lose fat. We wish there was a barrier of entry akin to chiropractors, or massage therapy, or at the very least that everyone would have one of the nasm/nsca/acsm/ace credentials that are nationally accredited. (though, let’s be honest-does that really even matter? I’ll get back to that). We wish and want these things because we love fitness and helping, and we identify ourselves with the industry, we are emotionally attached to what we view ourselves as, and so we only want ourselves to be represented correctly. Yes, we are selfish. And without being to aynrandy I think that is a good thing, because if us in the industry don’t hold each other accountable then we might end up with Richard Simmons running the show again.

2. Conversely, 1 is still more than zero. What I mean is this: if someone gets off their ass, and into the gym and does anything that’s better than when they were doing nothing. If there is a trainer who honestly wants to help, who realistically doesn’t have a high expertise level (aka MOST trainers), but is so engaging and passionate that he/she trains 50 people a week who then have some positive results-should I still be mad? What if I tell someone that the things they want to do aren’t going to deliver them the results they are looking for? I’d be telling the truth but I also run the risk that I stop them dead in their tracks and send them back to their diet cokes, fritos, and couches. I have said multiple times that the best form of exercise that anyone can do is the type they enjoy…

but do I even really believe that?

Sort of. I believe it, but I don’t like it. I believe it and even embrace it because I hope that people see results and then hunger for more results….and to get more results one needs more knowledge, so I assume people will start to seek out that knowledge. Unfortunately this brings us back full circle to the uneducated trainer who is delivering suboptimal advice through limited knowledge-at some point that advice stops working, and then the person becomes disheartened and perhaps even mistrusting of our industry-or they actually get so into things they sorta join in the circle jerk themselves, which is basically what every paleo internet warrior does when they argue which starches/sugars are safe and which ones are poison. Which I guess is a win, albeit an annoying one.

I, like most trainers who are working with people still, enjoy seeing people improve their health, fitness, and hotness levels and want to maximize our clients’ results through the most effective methods available. Those methods generally are opposite of what people are willing/expecting to do.

What are those things?

1. Understanding that eating like an asshole will render you gym efforts useless from a body composition standpoint. (If you think working out allows you to eat shitty food-you are mistaken)

2. Accepting the fact that strength training is the most important thing you can do in the gym, and that ‘cardio’ may be a bad time investment for physique changes. (Adding muscle and losing fat is what adds tone. Strength is what allows you to do things.)

3. Embracing the fact that you must work hard-not just show up. (If you think that just walking into the gym and spending an hour texting/facebooking/reading on the bicycle is gonna make a difference, you are mistaken.)

4. Understanding that even if you eat well, and workout smartly that you still have to have a healthy lifestyle to make serious changes. (if you are up late reading this on your electrical device, or watching TV, or getting up in 5 hours, or avoiding sunlight, or not enjoying the company of loved ones, or not taking the time to relax and enjoy ‘stuff’, your life probably sucks and you probably aren’t happy and probably aren’t maximizing your results because of that).

5. Understanding that nothing happens really really fast-nothing that lasts anyways.

These are the things that some of our, let’s say “less honest/educated” trainers, don’t mention or blatantly lie about while promising the world to potential clients. I know there are clients I’ve lost because I’m honest, and I can only do what I can do.

I guess the circle jerk isn’t a bad thing as long as we don’t turn it into a pissing circle with the less educated in the middle getting drenched. If we are just congratulating each other on good blog posts, or on who has found the most minimal shoe ever that isn’t just duct taped soles of their feet, then we aren’t hurting anyone—but sometimes the circle jerk does turn into a “piss on the uneducated person”….which isn’t cool when it’s just someone who is excited, and wants to help but doesn’t know that they don’t know. It is cool when it’s pissing on someone who is spreading crap info because they haven’t bothered to attempt to learn the whys and hows of things, or they’re jumping in on a trendy tool/name to cash in even when they don’t know WTF they’re doing.  In truly ignorant but good natured trainer cases, maybe we need to have a little more patience, perhaps even invite them to the circle and pass them some lotion knowledge.

An example: I’ve recently been introduced to the bulgarian bag training tool. I’ve had the opportunity to train with Steve Nave, maybe the “second in command” of the entire bulgarian bag system, and he showed me the three basic fundamental moves, (this was a month ago). I have not had any clients use the bulgarian bag in the new methods I’ve learned because I don’t think I’m expert enough in the teaching/cueing/demonstrating of the tool-and I like to think that I’m pretty good about my movements and ability to coach new things. I understand that you don’t need to be a certified kettlebell/dumbbell/shakeweight instructor to deliver solid coaching, but I also KNOW that you should be very confident and knowledgeable with what you teach before you start trying to teach it. If you aren’t knowledgable, first let your ego go and know that it’s ok to not be the master of every training tool/system ever, and second: go learn before you (mis)use new tools/concepts!! If you don’t do those things, then you deserve to get pissed on, and nobody will invite your to our circle jerk party.

Seriously, there ARE SOOOOO MANY opportunities for getting better! How and why wouldn’t you?! Here are some ideas to get started: 1. go to a convention/seminar and take notes at lectures, don’t just hang out at the socials and check out the zumba dancers 2. go to Mike Robertson’s site and read everything 3. pay attention to Ben Bruno’s site and read his “blog posts of the week” posts each week 4. get certified in something you are interested in 5. buy a dvd and watch it, twice 6. buy sessions with a personal trainer who is an expert in something you arent and learn it, then practice it, then finally teach it.

I remember when I did all sorts of stuff on the bosu ball, or only did bodybuilding splits, or loved yoga, then hated yoga, or knew that people shouldn’t eat too much saturated fat. What I’m saying is I have been, and will be again the enthusiastic uneducated person who is doing something that other people “just know” is wrong, and I might get pissed on—-but most likely I’m already working on watching a recorded lecture/reading a book/attending a seminar so that I can avoid getting urine allover my sweet V neck and can join in the S&C circle jerk instead.

I think the, including my, tendencies of starting to pee on people prematurely is because I/we are trying to continually learn, and I/we get upset at others who aren’t. We live this. We want our jobs to be made easier by all of us spreading the same message….well at least messages that aren’t completely false.

In summary: I’m still torn about whether being in the circle jerk party is a good thing or a bad thing…I know that anyone trying to help is realistically doing more good than bad if they are providing enjoyable experiences to people, but, I just wish everyone had the desire to keep learning and be true to the bettering of our profession. Sorry I’m not sorry for being passionate about keeping up our standards…I guess I’m just an asshole.

Oh well.

Back to the circle jerk where I’ll message my S&C buddies some awesome new blog post about the benefits of barefoot training the morning after ingesting at least 3.7 grams of O3 fatty acids in whole food form in conjunction with 1.2g of animal protein per KG of lean body mass….which is basically just putting a quarter sized dab of coconut oil in each of our hands.

It doesn’t need any more traffic, but Brett Contreras put out an article today that is causing gender wars (inter and intra) throughout the fitness community. His article contains some cool scientific training differences between ladies and gentlemen, but ultimately that info is drowned out by the large amount of observations made on the female psyche, clothe wearing habits, and other behaviors. Now, it is important to note that Brett was very clear in saying that these are observations made with the women he trained, and might not apply to everyone-a perfect disclaimer that what he is seeing is his opinion. Despite that, he has been lambasted by tons of ladies allover the nets for putting out his observations, sorry dude, gotta be careful on these internetz-people get mad fast.

I even got caught up and made this comment on a particularly hostile thread

Clifton Harski “While some of these are definitely more observational than actual tips, to become an effective coach you must know who or what you are dealing with. Realistically if you are on this thread, or reading Bret Contreras‘s site, then you have already made the decision to become knowledgable in S&C. So while you personally may no longer fit the descriptions in this article, a majority of men and women fit the generalized observations put forth in the article. If you don’t fit the observation, cool-the observations are not put forth as negative or positive, just observed. Obviously as a coach it’s most important to figure out each client’s personal nuances, however understanding broad tendencies can be helpful as well. Ask yourself why you personally were offended? Likely because it may have pointed out things that you are doing-and for some reason you don’t like that. That’s your issue to figure out. Saying that women wear pink is in no way offensive-so why are you offended? Do you wish you were more of a special snowflake? The backlash seems too much to me. These were not attacks. When observations are made and interpreted as attacks, the interpreter has some questions to ask themselves about why they feel the way they do.”

I’m keenly interested in why this article got so many ladies upset, because I work with ladies and I want to make sure that my classes are as supportive and effective as possible. If I can glean some tidbits from Brett’s article and the reactions, I’m stoked.

The BEST response I’ve seen so far has come from a cutie pie I know:

Amy Heidbreder Here are some useless generalizations I’ve made while training and observing men the gym:
1. Some men have large biceps and can maintain them despite doing a surprising amount of cardio. Other men, regardless of how much they train or how many anabolic shakes they shove down their pie hole, do not. 
2. The men with small biceps are envious of the ones with large biceps. 
3. Men tend to enjoy it when they are referred to by masculine terms such as “beast” “hulk” “super-jacked” and “brick shit house,” but dislike being called feminine adjectives like “curvaceous” and “cute”
4. Most men will increase the weight they put on the bar, often to an unsafe amount, if a woman with large boobs and a small sports bra is reading a magazine on the elliptical close to them. 
5. Many men are self-conscious when lifting small weights in the gym and worry that women will make incorrect inferences about the size of their penis, even though there is no scientific evidence linking curl strength to partner’s reported sexual satisfaction.

Aside from that, I’m learning photoshop, and am really impressed with my poster for my new class…

prepfor olym

My nephew is gonna be so #BA. He already trains better than 99% of the rest of you.

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Separately, I’m stoked because I have some continuing education on March 16/17th in Atlanta, where I’ll be taking the spartan race coaching certification. I don’t see a lot of people taking this course, but I think it should be pretty awesome. I’ll give you a run down when I’m done.



Happy Valentines Day

February 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

I’m just bragging now.

My girlfriend is cooler than yours. Also ridiculously strong and hot.

Ladies who expect a bunch of chocolate and stuff but don’t plan on doing anything for your man, WTF? What happened to equal opportunity? Take notes from Amy….this is one in a calendar I received. The rest of them are just for me 🙂

I'm a lucky dude

I’m a lucky dude


February 5, 2013 — 4 Comments

I’m an asshole.

That used to be all it said in the “about me” section on my myspace/facebook pages before I managed to develop a little bit of a following on FB & this blog. (still weird to me BTW) So even though it’s not on there anymore I still have my asshole tendencies. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when a coworker at my gym described my facebook page as ‘confrontational’. It made me think “oh crap, I DON’T want to be that guy!”

Then I had an asshole slip and posted something today on facebook, which I have since deleted.

I had quoted a business description from a women’s focused fitness studio that discussed how they stretch in between exercises in order to improve strength, and then followed the quote with:

From actual research:Groups that included stretching either before or during resistance training experienced reduced gains in strength compared to a non-stretching control group. from: Chronic effect of static stretching on strength performance and basal serum IGF-1 levels, by Bastos, Miranda, Vale, portal, Gomes, Novaes and Winchester, in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Publish Ahead of Print”

reminds me of this:

If you read the above link, you’ll see this twice: I think anything you like to do is good-but you should still actually strength train.

At all of the 80+ workshops I have led, I have said that “the best form of exercise/activity you can do is the type you enjoy”. And that is because if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it. Unfortunately, I was pulling a cliche “do as I say not as I do” act! #fail #differentstrokes

So OF COURSE I have my bias of what I think is the best and what I enjoy…but I need to do better at not being an asshole about it.  I’m in the fitness and health industry, which should be more important than the assbackwards medical establishment, and I need to do my best to support all of us in the industry who are trying our best, be it through different methods, to improve the health and life enjoyment for all those we can reach.

On this blog I have criticized crossfit (I am a crossfit certified trainer), yoga (I do yoga 1x a week), pilates/barre/ladies (I’ve tried it and tend to agree with Mark Fisher about them, seriously read that link! Mark is a unicorn riding magician of training genius), criticized bodybuilding practices, and proclaimed the best thing about my career in fitness is that I didn’t work in fitness for 8 years. Instead I tried a lot of shit, and learned that everything CAN work for a certain time, especially if done consistently and with other health and diet changes. This is akin to saying that 1 is more than zero. NO SHIT! You know what else is more than zero?… 2, 3, 4, 5, etc and that’s how I feel about options in training…some are better than others, based on the scientificals.

Relying on the scientificals though sometimes pushes me right back to the asshole mode…as I see claims that are either weird half truth exaggerations or just plain false.  And I try my best to be as honest as possible…I turn down people who don’t want to train with the ways I want to train them, and suggest they go train with someone who will feed them the promises and easy answers they want to hear instead. Maybe not a good business method…but I know that if they at least go somewhere they believe in, and enjoy it, and have success then I have helped them more than if I unsuccessfully tried to jam my training down their throat/up their ass.

I want to walk the fine line where I become a sellout based on this awesome quote by Josh Henkin.

A “sellout” is someone that sacrifices the quality of their message to appeal to more people. Learning how to communicate your message more effectively and therefore being able to appeal to more people is anything but a “sellout”.

As always, this is a bit of a ramble because this is an unpaid blog and I don’t make anything off of it, so thanks for letting me ramble a bit more. And I know I’m a man so I must not know anything about training women and you ladies are special creatures and some of you are gonna get bulky and turn into Ronnie Coleman if you lift weights, but maybe not…

In summary…I have and will keep being confrontational and criticizing of things that I think should be critiqued. And I encourage you to do the same to me and my methods, and others. If you aren’t looking around and thinking about how things are working, then you suck. If you think you have all the answers in one tool or system, then you suck. These are the reasons I use pieces of yoga, pilates, Animal Flow, kettlebells, barbells, bodyweight moves, and any and every thing else I possible can to help someone…but I’m not going to tell blatant lies!

There are awesome trainers and facilities in my hometown that don’t offer bootycamp, and don’t employ me, and I’m happy to send people to them if my services don’t fit the bill or if you are looking for something that I don’t offer and am not an expert in.

Here is a list of some of those places in my home town of the whale’s vagina. San Diego!

CrossFit Invictus. The owner, CJ, is super smart, and has put together a very intelligent and awesome spot in Little Italy.

Barre Body in Pacific Beach. The two co-creators of this studio are passionate, ex gymnasts, and have amazing reviews on yelp.

All the Core Power Yoga studios are radical.

Revolution Fitness in La Jolla. Ok, so this is basically what I do but damn Franz is awesome!

If you still are ok with me after learning that I’m an asshole, here are you opportunities to train with me

Vegas on Feb 9th

San Diego on March 2nd

Durham, NC on March 10th

and also teaching a Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 cert in Durham, NC on March 9/10

And I leave you with a video, as I haven’t done that in a long time! 




February 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

If you or someone you know is in San Diego, help out their ass!

The next set of Bootycamps start next week already, on Feb 11th and run through March 9th. I’m stoked to be able to offer the training at what I think to be very reasonable pricing…


  • BOOTYCAMPS are 4 weeks in length, and packages are only offered in minimum of 4 week blocks, max 6 people/class.
  • 2x/week classes are $15 each class ($120 for the BOOTYCAMP)
  • 3x/week classes are $12.50 each class ($150 for the BOOTYCAMP)
  • Drop in fee is $25, and is only available if there is space!

I’m offering up the following deal on the next round of bootycamps…for any person that you refer who signs up with me, I will send you $15 via paypal. Just have the person you send to me tell me that YOU sent them, and I will send YOU $15. This is as much an experiment as it is about filling my classes…well almost. Just copy and share this link on your facebook/twitter/google/ page and tell them to go to my bootycamp for some serious ass blasting and what I think to be intelligent effective training.

If you are in San Diego, come try it out this week for free! just email me to check it out

I have something else in the works I’ll be excited to share soon hopefully….

Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in the following offer. To go along with my private online coaching I may add a monthly BA training workout that you can purchase and follow along with for a measly $30…yep, (read in cheesy sales voice) “just $1 a day folks”.

Check this out also, you can find me teaching a BA workshop

Vegas on Feb 9th

San Diego on March 2nd

Durham, NC on March 10th

and also teaching a Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 cert in Durham, NC on March 9/10

And I leave you with a video, as I haven’t done that in a long time!