Motivation Articles
  • Steps to a New Level of Mental Strength
    I used to say that anyone who can physically squat a thousand pounds surely doesn’t have any mental weakness but much like many other definitive statements that I have made, I’m about to ...
  • I Want to Challenge You
    Do you have anything in your life that you are working towards right now? Have you ever set goals and reached them because it gave more of a purpose to what you were doing? If you train, do you train ...
  • How People Have Changed Their Lives Through CrossFit
    Lives are Changing! I recently pulled a few of our CrossFitters aside and asked them to share how CrossFit has changed them. It seems dramatic, I know, but CrossFit has truly made such positive ...
  • “One Piece at a Time”
    Puzzled We were fortunate enough to enjoy some much needed time with our grandson last weekend. Jackson is absolutely our greatest joy and we treasure our time with him. During our customary trip to ...
  • How I Had the Best Year of Training of My Life Using One Easy Trick.
    Seriously. One easy trick allowed me to have the most productive year of training I’ve ever had. I am now in the best shape of my life, the leanest I have ever been, and the least injured I ...
  • Prepare. Perform. Prevent.
    At Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, our motto is Prepare. Perform. Prevent. We truly believe that the services and content that we push for at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance are a ...
  • Why You’re Fat (or you will be)
    Don’t you just love a catchy title. Catchy, effective, and truthful. If we’re going to define “fat” as having more body fat than the ideal amount for health (ie ...
  • The Article Every One With a New Year’s Resolution Should Read
    I have been training for 17 years, I have been in the fitness industry for 10 years, and I have owned a gym for 5 years. Along that time frame I have helped over a thousand people in training, ...
  • Mindset Muscles
    Your mind can help you or hurt you On any given day in any given situation, our mind will set us up for failure or success. A negative mindset in social situations may go something like ...
  • 5 Ways to Know if Your Gym Sucks
    I may be slightly biased in my opinion on this subject but 17 years of training and 10 years in the fitness industry has influenced my ideas on what constitutes a solid gym from a gym that sucks. I ...
  • 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Health Care Costs
    In the wake of yet another report of insurance hikes set for 2017, more and more people will find themselves asking one question: Why are health care costs SO HIGH? Now I know “tis the ...
  • The 4 Pillars of Success and Why We Added CrossFit
    I’m lucky, I have perspective. In the fitness field I’ve worn or wear many hats and that has allowed me to participate and witness many things. It has allowed me to meet and know many ...
  • Extra Steps that take you Backwards
    **TRANSPARENCY ALERT: I have done each and every one of the actions I am about to list.  I have done entire training cycles of these extra little bits of action and they have stalled my progress, ...
  • The Well Rounded Lifter
    Life is about so much more than the Gym.  It’s easy, as a personal trainer, to get tunnel vision and believe that you have everything figured out when in fact you’ve become complacent in several ...
  • Ending The “I Am A Mom” Excuse
                  So many places to start here so let us just pick a few and jump right in!  “I am a mom; I don’t have time to exercise anymore.  I can’t fit in everything I have to do all day let alone ...
  • Accelerate Your Fitness
    When a meet is approaching there are three questions that you will always be asked.  The first question is are you ready for the meet?  The second question is how did your training go this cycle?  ...
  • The Confidence Project: Stop Selling Yourself Short
    In the past years, I have been able to really dive into the gut of fitness industry.  Between hosting powerlifting meets and strongman events at NBS, continuing to compete in physique shows, and ...
  • Don’t Be A Fitness Victim
    In today’s age of trigger warnings, social pressures, and fragile self esteem, people struggling to incorporate fitness into their lives have turned to a commonly used self preservation ...
  • Lessons From an Old Strength Coach: Building Value
    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 ...
  • The Path of Least Resistance; Reach Your Goals
      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 ...
  • “The Power of Habit” applied to fitness
    “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 ...
  • We Were All a Beginner Once-Funny Stories
    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 ...
  • The Struggle of Growth: 3 Things to Help You Evolve in Your Field
    A few weeks ago, me and another member were having a conversation that I have long had with myself about knowledge and learning. This conversation was particularly about nutrition and human ...
  • When Passion Isn’t Enough
    One of the things that I love about powerlifting is the passion that people have for the sport.  From training to competitions there is no shortage of passionate people in powerlifting.  People love ...
  • Navigating Body Image in Iron Sports
    Body image wasn’t something I thought I would ever write about.  Not because I don’t have thoughts about it or have no experience with it, because I certainly do.  However, I think its ...
  • Forget About Motivation
    I can’t say that I’ve seen everything but after 16 years of training and 10 years in the fitness business I can say I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen people of all shapes, sizes, and ...
  • Personal Motivation: The “Big Rocks” of Life
    First off, as a disclaimer, I’m not going to sit here on my high horse and talk about all the things I know or do that you should know and do too. I’m a pretty big on the concept that one ...
  • Dealing with Disappointment
    Dealing With Disappointment On April 30th I took to the platform to put my hard work on display for everyone at the King of The Spring Meet at NBS Fitness.  This was my second powerlifting meet and I ...
  • 5 Reasons You’re Not Getting the Physique Results You Want
    Summer is coming up and it’s time to show off those beach bods. But what if you’re struggling to get the physique you want? These 5 reasons may be why: You don’t actually want ...
  • Ramp Up Your Goals with B.A.T.
    Behavior, Attitude, or Technique (B.A.T.).  Which of these three elements of your life is letting you down and preventing you from reaching your goals?  This is a method that was introduced to me by ...
  • Winning From Losing
         By most standards, 2015 was a losing year for me: I bombed out of a powerlifting meet for the first time in April.  I re-focused and set my sights on Strongman Nationals.  Despite months of ...
  • Stop these three mistakes if you want to stop being a beginner
    Are you a beginner? I bet you don’t think you are but you are. See, being a beginner has nothing to do with how long you’ve been training and I’d even argue that it doesn’t ...
  • How can NBS Fitness help you in 2016?
    I recently read the book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John Ratey. The book talks about the positive chemical, hormonal, physical, and psychological ...
  • Fitness and Health Goals for the Everyman (and woman)
    I recently had a client respond to the question “Why do you want to lose weight?” with the confusing answer of “I don’t want to do a bikini contest”. I realized that ...
  • A Reflection on a Year in Bodybuilding
    Almost exactly a year ago I decided to change sports from powerlifting over to bodybuilding. This decision was primarily influenced by a crappy year of powerlifting competition and a slew of ...
  • A Line in the Sand
    Last night I was sitting around with a group of friends from the gym and they were commenting about people who had left the gym, quit training, etc. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it goes ...
  • Interview with Jennifer Bean
    Jennifer competed in her first figure competition this past June. I sat her down for interview to check out what she thought about the whole process. Take a listen to what she had to say…  ...
  • Unexpected Lessons
    If you ask my grandma, “bodybuilder” and “powerlifter” are synonyms. We all lift weights and wear spandex and eat food.  Tomato, tomahto. Yeah, I know, she’s wrong.  I know she’s wrong because I have ...
  • How Richard Adams improved his powerlifting total post heart attack
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  • Majoring in the Minor
    When I first started training at the age of 14 in 1999, I would go up into my family’s “play” room and do all the exercises in a book my dad had given me from when he was a kid (from the 1960’s). I ...
  • Batting A Thousand: Goal Reaching
    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Aim for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”? Well, that’s a pretty stupid phrase, especially if you’re an astronaut. I don’t agree with setting ...
  • Simple, Strong, and Passionate
    Do not take this as me telling you how to live your life. I’m 26, not married, and don’t have any kids. For most people, that’s enough of an excuse to disregard anything I might say. But if you’re in ...
  • Operational Comfort Zone
    We’ve all heard, said, or been told the phrase “You can do it!”. But is that phrase really fair? I mean, is it fair to place that type of responsibility on somebody? You see, by inferring that ...