Warrior, Monk, Wizard

Prefer a podcast version of this message? Here you go: Warrior, Monk, Wizard on Four Pillar Fitness Podcast This is a personal transparency alert… I’ve been lying to the world for at least a week, maybe a little more. Wearing that “all good” mask and letting everyone around me think I had my crap together… Continue reading Warrior, Monk, Wizard

7 Habits of Highly Effective Chipmunks

My wife and I live in a townhouse community in a “sub-suburban” area of New Jersey. Behind our home is a gently sloping, semi-wooded area with mature, fairly good sized oak, elm and other deciduous trees, along with a variety of pine, cedar and other coniferous trees and shrubs. It’s a very nice spot, with… Continue reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Chipmunks

Limits, Challenges & Real-Life Superheroes

This is Nate. Nate is a Superhero. Yeah, I know, no cape & no cool suit. But he has a superpower. Several, actually, along with an amazing origin story. You see, Nate suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at the age of 2. He was diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury. So his first… Continue reading Limits, Challenges & Real-Life Superheroes

Badass or Buffoonish?

When confronted with a fitness, strength or performance challenge, your first instinct might be to say “I CAN do this!” Self-confidence and motivation are important. Critical to both short- and long-term success, really. So getting fired up to conquer a physical challenge can be a great thing. Maybe even heroic! Unless it’s not. Sometimes, that… Continue reading Badass or Buffoonish?

Your Biases and the Truth

Bias is a problem in nearly every research study. Some studies suffer from bias of intent, a hidden intent to prove a specific outcome or result. These are counterproductive, and set research in the associated field back, rather than moving it ahead. There are numerous other forms of bias that can harm research. Design bias… Continue reading Your Biases and the Truth

Commitment to Excellence, Hockey Style

Are you a college, junior or AAA club hockey player? What’s your “commitment” to your sport look like? If it looks like this, you’ve got a shot at the “next level.” Chris, Zach & Pat are with me this spring and summer, putting in the work where it really makes a difference. I bet you… Continue reading Commitment to Excellence, Hockey Style

Lies About Your Limits

This is Andrew. He’s been training with me for nearly 2 years. He’s 15. He’s also living proof that fitness & strength training can change a young man’s life. You see, Andrew has some challenges. Some remain (and will continue.) Some are a work in progress. Some have already been crushed. This video is evidence… Continue reading Lies About Your Limits