Review: Under The Bar

Under-the-Bar-400By: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS

I don’t usually write posts about books I have just read, but this book is different. I feel lucky to have talked to the author of “Under the Bar,” Dave Tate in the past for the 1-year anniversary of The FitCast. Dave is a straight forward, no BS kind of guy, in today’s world you really appreciate that. “Under the Bar” is a kind of like a life manual that contains all of the lessons Dave has leaned in his lifetime (as you can read in the title, “Twelve Lessons of Life from the World of Powerlifitng”).

Who is the book for? Anyone who doesn’t know it all (so…everyone). Character is heavily emphasized  in the book as Dave talks about, attitude, integrity, and honestly. Attitude is a hgue factor in my field. Who is going to want a personal trainer who is depressed and has a bleak outlook on the day or life in general? Luckily I LOVE what I do. Sure there are “good” days and “bad” days, but the goal is to limit the “bad” days as much as possible. Dave says, “Attitude is a clear indicator of who you really are and who you really want to be. If you are not where you would like to be -or at least on your way- then the first place to look is your attitude.”

Everyone talks about education, but for some reason Dave really drove the point home so hard that made me spend $300 10-minutes after finishing the book even though money is pretty tight right now. I probably spend $1500-3000 on education each year which right now is a little less than 10% of my take home income. What will another $300 matter? Alwyn Cosgrove has talked about this at every seminar I have seen him at and many times talks about Nate Green’s story. Nate took out a bank loan to attend a seminar back in 2006. Now he is a regular contributor at

One last thing that Dave got through to me is that you determine your mood/outlook for the day. You need to wake up every morning with a positive attitude and a mindset that you are going to accomplish great things today. That may be me writing some blog posts before going to train clients, or working on getting a guest on the show, or waking up early to read for an extra hour to better myself and in turn, get better results for my clients.

Buy the book. Now. It is less than $15 and is worth five times that.


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