17 Lessons Learned After 17 Years of Coaching: My Biggest Breakthroughs and Takeaways

Joel Coaches for 17 years

Over the past 17 years I’ve coached combat athletes, cheerleaders, housewives, executives, roller derby girls, ultimate frisbee players, and just about anyone else you can think of. I’ve seen what’s worked. And I’ve seen what doesn’t work. Today I want to share with you my 17 biggest lessons learned over my 17-year career—from both the training side and the business side. Whether you’re an athlete or coach, I’m confident you’ll find something valuable here to take and use in your own life.…Read More

The Strongest Guy in the Room: Patrick Castelli

Patrick Castelli Lifting

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve featured some amazing coaches in my article series, The Smartest Coach in the Room. That’s where I talk with a wide variety of experts from the fitness, sport, and performance industry about the profession they’ve dedicated their lives to — and the tips, tactics, and trade secrets they’ve used to get to the top of their field.…Read More

The Smartest Coach in the Room: Buddy Morris

Buddy Morris Physical Preparation


This fitness industry is growing and changing so rapidly that many coaches will be left behind if they don’t continue to surround themselves with new people and new ideas.That’s why in The Smartest Coach in the Room, I talk with a wide variety of experts from the fitness, sport, and performance industry about the profession they’ve dedicated their lives to — and the tips, tactics, and trade secrets they’ve used to get to the top of their field.…Read More

The Smartest Coach in the Room: Gerry Ramogida

It doesn’t matter if you’re a coach, therapist, or athlete: becoming better is a continual process. This field is growing and changing so rapidly that many coaches will be left behind simply because they won’t grow along with it. In order to build a successful career, it’s imperative that we surround ourselves with new ideas and new people to learn from.…Read More

The Post-Holiday Fat Burning Workout and Nutrition Program

Every January, millions of Americans flood gyms around the country looking to shed the unwanted pounds of fat that come with eating too many cookies, drinking too much alcohol and dealing with the stress of the holidays. By the end of February, half of those same people (or more) stop going to the gym and fail to reach their new year’s resolution to look and feel better.…Read More

3 Program Design Mistakes That Lead to Plateaus — and How to Fix Them

Is your training program making you a better, more efficient athlete — or is it leading you straight to a frustrating plateau? In this article, I’ll highlight three big program-design mistakes that inevitably lead to stalled progress and subpar results. Plus, I’ll show you how to fix them by doing the opposite of what most athletes and trainers do.…Read More

How Conditioning May Save Your Life (And 3 Things to Start Doing Today)

April 25th, 2008 is a day that I’ll never forget. It was the worst day of my life and that’s no doubt why the details are so vividly etched into my mind… What I’m going to share with you is the most personal story I’ve ever shared.  But I’m sharing because I think it’s an incredibly important lesson that literally everyone can benefit and learn from.…Read More

3 Things Every Coach Should Learn from CrossFit

3 training lessons from crossfit


Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that CrossFit has had a bigger impact on the fitness industry than anything else in the last 20 years. In the span of just a few years, CrossFit went from little more than an underground website posting workouts to a Reebok-sponsored, multi-million dollar behemoth with new gyms popping up around every corner.…Read More

How to Write a World-Class Conditioning Program in 15 Minutes or Less

Write Conditioning Programs in 15 min

When I was first getting into the field of strength and conditioning, I remember feeling overwhelmed any time I was asked to write out a training program for someone. I’d often spend hours writing out a single program, only to decide it wasn’t good enough and start over. From the very beginning, I was fortunate enough to be working with some very high-level athletes — and that meant a lot of responsibility.…Read More

How to Track Conditioning

How to Track Conditioning

How do you know if your training is making your conditioning any better? Why is it important to track your conditioning? This webcast answers these questions and more, giving you the tools to find out exactly how good your conditioning really is. Whether you’re training for competition or just to feel great,  I’ll show you how you can get more out of your workouts with just a few simple steps.…Read More

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