2111, 2017

How To “Performance” Train for Non-Performance Goals

By |November 21st, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Tips for Beginners, Training|0 Comments

How To “Performance” Train for Non-Performance Goals
As functional fitness professionals, we love to often write about ways to increase your back squat, put weight onto your deadlift, get stronger overhead, and be #BeastMode AF. As someone who has written blogs and tracked readership clicks for eight years I can tell you conclusively that data shows […]

1311, 2017

How to Be Successful in the Gym Long-Term

By |November 13th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Tips for Beginners, Training|0 Comments

How to Be Successful in the Gym Long-Term
Here’s a few thoughts I’ve compiled over the years through observation of highly successful members long-term.

1. Be Shortsighted. Long to-do lists don’t get completed. Short ones do. It doesn’t make much sense to write down seven different goals that you want to achieve since you can’t work on […]

2410, 2017

How to Land Properly

By |October 24th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Overall Wellness, Tips for Beginners, Training|0 Comments

How to Land Properly
“I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down, is the hardest thing.”
-Tom Petty

Not only is that my favorite Tom Petty song, but it doubles as a nice metaphor for leaving our feet in fitness, because coming down really is the hardest thing in the world of jumping. A lot of […]

2010, 2017

Are We Getting People Stronger, or Are We Creating Great Compensators?

By |October 20th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, FCC, Home Page, Training|0 Comments

Are We Getting People Stronger, or Are We Creating Great Compensators?
The following is an excerpt from our FCC Level 1 Coach’s Workbook, rolled out during our upcoming Level 1 Weekend in San Diego, November 3- 5th. There are just 11 more days to register and a small handful of spots that remain. 

There is the saying […]

1910, 2017

Why Every Program Needs More Dumbbell

By |October 19th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Strength Training, Training|0 Comments

Why Every Program Needs More Dumbbell
Reagan had his war on drugs. Punk rock had their war on propaganda. Cady had her war on The Plastics. We have our war on singularly-focused training. Not nearly as cool, but we’re just as passionate, I promise you that. As we always seek to better understand and explore the […]

1310, 2017

The Dangers of Dogma: The Overhead Swing

By |October 13th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Coaching Staff Articles, Home Page, Kettlebells, Mobility, Overall Wellness, The Movement Fix, Training|0 Comments

The Dangers of Dogma: The Overhead Swing
The danger of a purist mindset is that you run the risk of letting dogma disrupt potential. Turkish Get-Ups are NOT for conditioning. The kettlebell is NOT for swinging overhead. James Van Der Beek can NOT be a lead role. Why? Says who? Every single circle has their own […]

1210, 2017

Where Functional Fitness Can Miss the Mark

By |October 12th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, FCC, Home Page, Training|0 Comments

Where Functional Fitness Can Miss the Mark
In functional fitness we love to talk about all the ways we are superior, don’t we? However, we have to be careful not to get too caught up in our own press clippings because there are some ways we can easily miss the mark when it comes to building […]

1110, 2017

Genetics Are a Thing…Deal with It

By |October 11th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Training|0 Comments

Genetics Are a Thing…Deal with It
It is very common for folks with high trainability to get very defensive when genetics are brought up, quickly citing that it’s been all the hard work that’s caused the progress. No doubt. However, regardless of how much it might bruise their image of their own hard work, genetics are […]

1010, 2017

How Often Should You Train?

By |October 10th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Home Page, Overall Wellness, Training|0 Comments

How Often Should You Train?
This is among the most common questions we receive from new members, especially those surprised to hear that we usually don’t recommend an unlimited membership off the bat, and that for most people we typically suggest four days per week. As your adaptation to training increases, it can handle more rigors […]

910, 2017

You Don’t Need the Whole Bottle to Cop a Buzz

By |October 9th, 2017|All Articles, Coach Dave Thomas, Coaching Staff Articles, Home Page, Strength Training, Training|0 Comments

You Don’t Need the Whole Bottle to Cop a Buzz
If you want to improve at something, you have to do it. That’s Specificity Principle 101 and only a jerk would argue against that. However, we usually have a polar interpretation of things. When we hear that you must do something in order to get better […]