Aug 25 2014

Learn To Coach-Learn To Teach.


For as much as I love to coach, I equally enjoy being coached.

I like to hear the truth good or bad. I want blunt clear no nonsense feedback.

The truth will set you free as they say and it can also make you much stronger.

At Westside Barbell this morning I was critiqued on the sumo dead lift. After a couple adjustments to my technique I pulled 505lbs. Granted this was my first time deadlifting from the floor in months.

The ART work I received from John was a huge factor too as my glutes arw firing strong now.

Just felt really strong today and fed off the coaching critiques on my form today.

I have been at Westside Barbell since July 2008 and I have seen many lifters leave and get kicked out. They couldn’t handle the truth. The pressure. As lying to yourself in anything holds you back.

I will say this again. Not only are the lifters really strong at Westside but they can also coach and cue very well. I really embrace and appreciate that. I love the blunt truth.

I set a PR today because of it.

605lb deadlift coming very soon.

Run with the lame who can’t tell you the truth you develop a limp. Be around those who will call you out while making you better.

Aug 22 2014

Rob’s Rant: What Real Coaches Do.

I commented on a post the other day about someone writing an article on how to get jacked arms when they (the author) themselves have the arms the size of a Ken Doll.

Some people think well as long as they know the science and methodology to get it done that is enough….

I have a big problem with that……………..

One that writes in such ways without they themselves being jacked OR having numerous case studies of clients THEY themselves worked with on becoming jacked in fact proves that they know jack shit on the topic at hand.

Yes a coach doesn’t have to be an elite basketball player to become a good coach, but John Wooden displayed a lot of micro successes before the HUGE success he became legendary known for at UCLA.

Angelo Dundee trained a world champion in former light heavyweight king Willie Pastroni and worked with former welterweight and middleweight forever beloved king Carmen Basillio albeit a cut man learning on the job before working with Willie and both before training Ali and of course Ali before training Sugar Ray Leonard.

You see where I’m going here? Successes before the big success. Proof and a fine display of coaching competence.

A degree doesn’t guarantee success in the real world as much as these loan shark educational institutions lead one to believe.

A kid can cheat their way through school, just memorize the curriculum, yet be lost in the real world, suck at what they are supposed to be educated on.

Anyone can read all the great texts like Super Training, Science of Sports Training, Science & Practice Of Strength Training etc etc and write articles with that science and methodology….

The truth is…….. There are good authors and those that are great at coaching, displaying what they really know beyond a pretty well writhen paper. The REAL truth if you will.

Today more than ever you have fat, lazy, don’t workout a bit trainers writing articles on health, well being, being hardcore, wanting it, success, how to get ripped etc etc… Yet the truth is………If you cannot discipline yourself how can one discuss success???? Success starts with yourself.

I do not listen to small, weak, trainers/coaches discussing strength training and how to get jacked if they themselves have never been under a heavy bar, workout now, are even marginally strong/ at least fit, OR have athletes who are strong and thriving off what the coach knows. Or trainers who work a day job discuss business, how to grow it, etc when they themselves don’t embody the nature of a true entrepreneur, calculated risk taking by being in the jungle of business.

Simple logic.

In an era where everyone wants to be an expert without first putting in the work to truly resemble/display their competence you have this new species of quasi coaches.

Ever meet a coach in person you have seen dropping knowledge online with a super hero personality and be shocked on how drab and little they in fact do know in person?…………


The truth is not in their online work but what lies within their gyms… The living truth.

An expert is helping/ changing themselves with what they have feverously studied and changing the lives of others NOT just writing about what has worked for other coaches/athletes while they themselves have displayed no proof of competence with the material/methodology at hand.

Do that and THEN write. I for sure will be interested in your piece.

Aug 19 2014

Workout Tip:Rethink Think Recovery.

It’s a costly mistake to look at recovery as just merely a post workout shake or day off while managing nothing else. Recovery must be built into your lifestyle day in and day out along with in your programming.

Sleep, water intake, breathing, stretching, foam rolling, self massage, eating, meditation, nature walks, etc…

Then low CNS intensive days in your programming which then feed the high CNS days.

Now compare that to just a protein shake and day off.

Feeling is believing as is performing/ breaking PR’s from this.

Aug 14 2014

Speak YOUR Mind. Live Your Identity.


Coming up in this industry I have always admired the vocal coaches who set it straight, crushed myths, hearsay, and shared what really works in the real world. Their methods causing controversy going against the politically correct grain but they never paid that yak no mind, refining their methods more so, producing, producing ,producing all the while.

The price of being very good to great at anything, IS the jealous criticism of others, there IS telling the truth, and there is also hating on what others do very well.

It’s not for everybody to speak out, lead, blaze a new trail, they can’t take the heat.

Listen, life is FAR to short to let weak people’s thoughts control and freeze you!

To those that speak the truth, dare to care and share what really works in this industry, cleaning up the misunderstood, watered down mess of strength/conditioning methodology and in spp… skill…..

I salute you.