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Month

August 2016
A month ago, I attended the Reflexive Performance Reset™ (RPR™) seminar at The Spot Athletics Columbus, OH. If you didn’t read about my expectations and review on RPR’s benefits, feel free to do so. Since returning, we’ve hit the ground running with some of our more difficult cases at NBS Fitness. Over the last month we have seen nothing short of awesome results...
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1. Settling into the 148 Class: For the past year or so, my secondary personal priority has been to slowly recomp into a favorable body composition without loss of strength.  I have been giving myself nearly a year to accomplish this because I wanted to really establish long term habits that resemble a lifestyle I can...
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This month we celebrate the recent success of Garrett Blatnik.  Garrett set two new squat PR’s this month while training at the EliteFTS Compound.  The first personal best was a 560 pound squat in sleeves followed by a new wrapped PR of 600 pounds.  The awesome thing about this is that there is more left...
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Thought I would share a couple of more soothing metal melodies that I’ve been listening to lately. I’ve Still been on a big Lamb of God kick lately, I’m sure that has to do a lot with David’s influence. Here’s a live track from their live album titled Killadelphia. I’m gonna share another Lamb song...
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When you’re a power-lifter and you spend all of your spare time at the gym and finally have to relate to people outside of your world.  When you run out of things to talk about with the squat you can always switch things up a little bit and talk about how your bench press is...
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Specialty Squat Bars: WTF is this? How many times have you walked into a gym and seen a piece of equipment so odd that you are left scratching your head thinking, “What the hell, why is that even in here?” We get that a lot at NBS, because we have equipment you won’t find at...
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So what really happens at the Compound? This past weekend my powerlifting training partners and myself made a trip up to EliteFTS. The trip was predominantly for the team to see the company that NBS Fitness has teamed up with to aid in educating and providing best equipment possible for us to train on. Although EliteFTS does...
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Alright, I’m going to try to keep this as short as possible since this is just supposed to be a blog, so here goes.I had my first visit to Columbus, Ohio this past weekend with the majority of my training partners to visit the Elitefts S4 training compound. This is one of the meccas of...
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Recently, I stumbled across a social media shout out to my strength coach from the University of Iowa, Chris Doyle. The post was meant to congratulate him on a story about a recent pay raise that he had received after an undefeated regular season last year. Basically showing respect to his success and hard work....
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Cable pressdowns and cable curls are some of the most common exercises you’ll see in the gym but how do you know you’re doing them correctly and effectively. Check out this video on some of the more common mistakes when doing cable pressdowns and cable curls.  
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My press credentials got confirmed this morning, so I am headed to NPC North Americans in Pittsburg this weekend.  As mentioned in previous blog entries, being a little more diligent to my nutritional programming in all circumstances has been a big priority for me this year, and traveling can cast some uncertainty.  Below are a...
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This month’s throwback hip-hop song of the month comes to you from Paperboy.  “Ditty” was the only song I can ever remember from paperboy.  This song was released in 1992 and I can remember listening to it about 5 years later in my brothers red Dodge Dakota.  I didn’t know this until I did a...
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Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance is happy to announce the first of a new line of services and products available for patients. Staying true to our vision of providing the best services and products for increasing performance and injury prevention, we will be adding Foot Levelers customized orthotics to our product line. This offers a higher end...
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The combo of Tommy Iomi’s riffs and Ozzy’s voice make for one of the greatest metal bands in history. Give it up for Black Sabbath performing NIB live for your ears enjoyment  
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Crossfit Write Up So many of you know I took my Crossfit Level 1 Certificate Course this weekend in preparation for beginning to offer Crossfit classes at NBS Fitness. I wanted to do a little write up on the weekend just to recap my own thoughts as well as give you all some information that...
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The foot and ankle region is one of the most common areas neglected in corrective and performance care of athletes. 26 bones make up each foot and ankle of the 206 bones in the body  This accounts for almost one quarter of the bones in the body. There are also 32 joints and over 100 soft...
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  How committed to your goals are you?  Do you whimsically hope for something good to happen, or do you go out and let nothing come between you and what you want to accomplish.  Our bodies naturally, like water, follow the path of least resistance.  If you allow your body to remain at rest then...
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Testament is pillar in the trash metal genre. 3 days in darkness is one of their later songs but still hits hard as ever. Enjoy my friends
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I just started a new book that I am reading, and I’ve been moving along pretty fast with it. It’s titled Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and is basically a book about personal financing and how to make money work for you, rather then spending your life working for money. So far, so good. There is a...
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Hamstring training can be brutal if done correctly. They get a gnarly burn in them and when they’re sore, life is tough. If you hate your hamstrings enough to actually train them the way they deserve to be trained, give this 5 sec eccentric GHR a try
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As you may remember, my last blog talked about my expectations and excitement for the Reflexive Performance Reset™ (RPR™) seminar being held at The Spot Athletics in Columbus, OH. I was looking forward to this seminar for personal and professional reasons. First, I’m familiar with the challenge of getting a muscle to fire in a specific...
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I’ve had a lot of questions lately, specifically from clients trying to decide when the right time to put on a weight belt is. Obviously, this is going to vary from person to person depending on their strength, ability to maintain core stability and intra-abdominal pressure. Since I have been powerlifting, my strength has increased as well...
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“The Power Of Habit”  by Charles Duhigg is a book that sat in my Amazon wish list for a long time before I pulled the trigger and bought it.  While the book made a lot of great points, I wont ruin it by giving you a summary.  Instead, I got to thinking about how the...
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With all the toys laying around NBS these days, I’ve been trying to throw in different variations in my back workouts and this combo blew my back up big time. Was sore after each week of training. Check it out:  
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Small business owner Yoshimi Graham started training at NBS in January of this year. She’s a part of our morning group-training crew. Her goal: Get Shredded. ” My daughter brought me in to train as a guest in December and convinced me that there is no place like NBS. I was overwhelmed when I came...
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Beginner Background Earlier today I was joking with a member about some of the silly things I did when I was a beginner and I thought all of you would appreciate some of these stories as well. I started training the summer between 7th and 8th grade. Around this time my testosterone levels were starting to increase...
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Check out this podcast interview I did with Blood and Iron Podcast   http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blood-and-iron/e/how-much-more-bs-none-none-more-bs-w-david-allen-of-nbs-fitness-44846934    
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We are on Wk7 of our training which is masterminded by the owner of NBS David Allen. Day one went really well for me as the weights are getting heavier and this is the time I get into game mode. We are 7 weeks out!!!!  
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I have been working with my client Jeff for about a year now. In that time he has made some pretty good strength gains. He is moving more weight than he has ever moved in his life. In addition, he is making some pretty good changes in his physique, adding on some quality size and...
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Two weeks ago, my friends Anthony D’Orazio and Maria Onest came to Memphis to see the very talented Taylor Weglicki.  They allowed me to show them Memphis-style BBQ and explored Midtown.  As you can expect, I also invited to them to NBS Fitness to catch some training.  Anthony is a seasoned bodybuilding competitor and I...
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