9 Things I Learned in 2009: Part 2

This is part 2 of the things I learned in 2009. It is going to be just 9 things (even though I learned countless things). If you haven’t already, read part 1 then hurry back!

#6 If you are in a Position to Help Others, Do so.

This is an actual conversation that I had with someone a few months ago:

Dude: What is up with all of that stuff you have that says, “Lift Strong,” on it?

Me: Oh, yeah, it is for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. A friend of mind put together this project that started out as a book to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and now they are doing the same with t-shirts and shakers.

Dude: Oh sweet man can you hook me up with one of those shirts?

Me: All you have to do is go to EliteFTS.com and they have them for $15

Dude: Come on man, I am not made of money, I know you can get me the hook up with your contacts!

Me: Well…It is for charity…You know…To find a cure…I paid for it…

Dude: OK man, thanks anyway.

Me: (In my head) You got plenty of money to buy a f**king $50 bottle of Super Pump, I can see why you can’t help out a good cause.

I really was dumbfounded after this conversation… If you are sitting in front of a new laptop or on the couch while watching the game on a new 50″ plasma, you can probably spend $25 on the Lift Strong ebook. OK, you don’t need to read the articles because you already know everything the authors have written. Right… OK… Fine. Then go to Elite and buy a sweatshirt, t-shirt, wrist band, shaker, or go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma website and donate $5. Every little bit really helps.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I am preaching, but this is something my parents and my mentors have instilled in me. If you are in the position to give…then give. Even if it is a few bucks to the kids trying to raise money for the local high school sports team or your co-worker who is walking or running for charity. You can make a difference in other peoples lives with what you spend on a cup of coffee or a new DVD.

(Side Note: Also please check out the Michael J. Fox Foundation. I pray that no one in your family is affected by Parkinson’s Disease. It took the life of my grandmother, who was like a second mother to me, a few years back. It was torture seeing her in the years, months, weeks, and days she battled with it.)

#7 CNS Activation is a Big Deal (And you Probably Aren’t doing it)

It was a weird day when I sat down and watched Nick Tumminello’s CNS Activation DVD (for one, it was 70 and sunny out, I had no right to be inside). As I watched it I had one of my own ah-ha moments. Oh sh*t, ya, that makes sense, why the hell aren’t I doing that?. You can’t just foam roll, do some mobility, and a, “warm-up set.” You have to wake your body up with something other than Spike (although it is a good first step…).

Even doing something as simple as jumping jacks, clap push ups, or med ball work will prime your CNS allowing you to recruit more muscle fibers and make you perform better. Check out Nick’s DVD, in it he goes through a bunch of movements like the tight rotations show in the video below (KILLER CORE STABILITY EXERCISE!!!)


#8 Metabolic Training Can and Should be Fun

If you find your training getting stale or you want to challenge yourself. Throw in a strongman or metabolic circuit at the end of your training session. The first circuit I ever did was a punishment from Eric Cressey back in 2007 when I asked him, “Eric, I want to lose fat faster, what can we do?” Here is the result:


Here is another one that I did on New years Day 2010:


You can really use anything, TRX, kettlebells, bands, sleds, valslides, barbells, body weight..Anything! Check out Dos Remedios’ new book, Cardio Strength Training for some great circuits that will push you harder than ever.

That is all for this edition, number 9 is a big one and needs it’s own post.

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1 Response

  1. Nice video on the circuits Kevin. Eeeeek, lots of work. Your posture is much better and it looks like you add some nice arm size too.

    Keep up the great work on the Fitcast too.

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)