Blogs
  • How I managed to injure myself on vacation, while doing GPP
    The first Tuesday of every month the staff of NBS Fitness sit down in the “Upper Room” and learn something presented by a co-worker. This past continuing education session came from ...
  • 2016-17 Memphis Track and Field Season in Review
    As the 2016-2017 Memphis Track and Field season starts to wind down, many personal bests were broken at the American Athletic Conference Championships. Both women and men’s teams showed up well ...
  • Adventures in CrossFit: Olympic Lifting 8 Years Removed
    The last time I trained weightlifting (ie olympic weightlifting) seriously was probably about 6 years ago. After leaving college I was fortunate enough to be on the strength staff at LSU where the ...
  • Ounces, Pounds, Basal Ganglia, Expectations, the AT, and Other Musings
    All Weight Matters As many of you know, I set out for a hike on the Appalachian Trail recently. I made my list, my pack was packed, my shoes were tied and my course was set. We were dropped off by a ...
  • Adventures in CrossFit: Kipping Pull Up Madness
    Much like a preacher about to give a sermon, I feel the need to tell you all something first: I am a sinner. Yep, that’s right, I am someone who has in the past bashed CrossFit and bashed the ...
  • The Many things I am grateful for & learned traveling.
    *Technology has allowed us amazing opportunities. – Booking a plane ticket – Taking a plane across an ocean in less than one day! – Giving humans the skills to land said plane ...
  • My Adventures In CrossFit: Why I made the switch
    Life is funny, at least for me it has been. When CrossFit first came out I took the stance that most strength coaches took which was that CrossFit was an inferior training method consisting of random ...
  • I’m Out of Shape!!
    Yep, that’s exactly how I feel every time we do a GPP phase. For those who aren’t familiar with this, Gpp stands for general physical preparation. This is typically something we do when ...
  • Summer Shenanigans at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance!
    Summer is upon us in the Mid-South! We at Mid-South SSP are preparing for a lot of changes coming this summer, and are excited to share a few of them with you! Summer is a typically a transitional ...
  • The Stage Doesn’t Lie Either
    “The Iron” by Henry Rollins is one of the most widely quoted passages about lifting weights and the impact it can have on someone’s life.  And for good reason: its a reminder that ...
  • Exercise of the Month – April
    This month’s exercise of the month is half kneeling step outs with rotation. Take a look! This exercise is good for developing core and hip stability with rotation. When performing this exercise you ...
  • My AT Prep
    I’m one week out from my first hike on the Appalachian Trail and I’m nervously excited! We will be in the Shenandoah Valley area of the AT.  I only decided to do this about 5 weeks ago so ...
  • Another Angry Strength Coach
    Here is the video of my rant recently out back of NBS as I came in Sunday afternoon to do my GPP and all of the equipment was left exposed to the elements and soaked through with rain. Many got a ...
  • King and Queen of Spring Meet Reflections
    The King and Queen of Sping meet has now come and gone. That’s another training cycle in the books, another competition under the belt, and another opportunity to learn from my mistakes and ...
  • Contest Prep Without the Meltdown
    A friend and I were recently talking about the number of competitors that assign their unhealthy relationship with food and bodyfat with, at some point doing a show.  At first, I was quick to pass ...
  • The World’s Worst Fitness Meme
    So, I have a bit of a hobby of collecting completely ridiculous fitness memes and I think I have found the most ridiculous one yet. Fair warning, there is some foul language in the meme so be aware. ...
  • Latest EliteFTS Article: Shooting Knowledge Applied to Training
    “Growing up, my dad would take my brother and I shooting on a regular basis. I remember getting a BB gun at around age six and taking it into the back yard to shoot Coke cans off the fence. ...
  • The Dark Wizard’s Magic Tape
    Last weekend NBS Fitness held their second annual King and Queen of Spring powerlifting meet. The meet went extremely well and we had some very impressive performances and multiple elite totals. ...
  • My experience at the NBS King and Queen of Spring Powerlifting Meet
    Here is my article write up on EliteFTS. Take note of the five lesson’s I learned, some of them being beginner mistakes that came back around.   ...
  • Coaches Need Coaches
    Softball As I’ve discussed in other blogs, I came from a relatively active background. I started playing softball at age 10 and, since I was by far the smallest on the team, I was best suited ...
  • Squaaaats!!
    Well, I’m not gonna lie. I needed a last minute blog to put up, so I figured I’d share my best squat leading in to the King of Spring meet we have next weekend. Here is 565 which is 25lbs ...
  • International Traveling: Keeping your training/nutrition plan on track
    HELLO FROM AUSTRALIA!  I am currently writing this from the lobby of my hotel in Australia, where I am speaking at a three day certification course about Hybrid Athletics.  This is such a cool ...
  • Leg Press Video Commentary
    In 2007 Ronnie Coleman put out a training video in which he wraps his knees and performs a 2300 lb leg press. You can check out that video here. Ten years later and aspiring lifters are still ...
  • Exercise of the Month – March
    The exercise of the month for March are squats. Why squats you may ask? Squats are a fundamental exercise that everyone needs to be doing. They help in building a strong lower body and help golfers ...
  • Monthly Mobility – March
    Lately, I have been asked many questions regarding certain mobility exercises and stretches. So, I decided to start a monthly mobility blog. This month’s mobility exercise is called 90/90. This ...
  • In The Letters…
    A Legacy She was of sound mind and body until the last 2 weeks of her life. After a brief illness, she passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017.  My husband’s grandmother “Rene” lived ...
  • Elyse Lovelace: What we did going into the Arnold.
    This month, NBS client and athlete Elyse Lovelace competed at the XPC Elite Powerlifting Championships at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH.  Though we had a few logistical hiccups, she was able to ...
  • Celebrate Arch Madness at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance!
    Join us in celebrating our Arch Madness promotion on Foot Levelers custom made orthotics at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance! If you’ve read any of our past publications on the importance ...
  • From the Hip: questions that people should be asking, but aren’t?
    Me and the majority of people who put content out on this page have dedicated themselves in growing their education towards their field of expertise. That being said if you are reading this chances ...
  • Do I REALLY Need to Try RPR? Part I
    As RPR continue to have more with athletes, lifters, and general population at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, a lot of questions seem to come up concerning whether or not an individual is a ...
  • Shooting the sh*t with an NBS Strength Coach
    The NBS Fitness staff all rolled to Columbus Ohio for the EliteFTS Sports Performance Summit a few weeks ago. One of our highlights on the trip was being able to train as a team together in the ...
  • Only Fools Focus on the Scale
    The most common discussion I have to have with nutrition clients is the concept that the scale is not the ultimate judge of progress. It has been ingrained into people’s minds that losing ...
  • I’ll Have the Lamb, With a Side of God.
    That’s efing right! I’ve got more training videos coming you way to the sweet, melodic, and heavy sound of L.O.G. These videos are from our past couple of weeks of our triphasic training ...
  • Be Relentless
    “Be Better” If there was only one thing (as a coach) I would want for each and every one of the people I train, it is this: Be Better. “I come to classes 3-4 times a week, I work ...
  • The Trouble With Sitting
    As modern technology continues to evolve it seems that people are sitting more and more. With smart phones and tablets such a big part of everyday life many of the activities that used to be physical ...
  • Why Warming Up Before a Round is so important! Part 1
    How many of you walk up to the tee, grab your club, take a few swings and then just let it rip? I’d bet a fair amount of money that the majority of you reading this are guilty. I know I am. But, why ...
  • Exercise of the Month – February
    The exercise of the month for February is Dead Bugs. For those of you that have been following my recent articles, hopefully you can see by now how important posture is. Dead Bugs are a great ...
  • Recomping
      HOLY CRAP THOSE BEFORE PICTURES!! (top row is October 2016 , bottom row is February 2017) This week ends an offseason phase of dieting that has been focused on slowly achieving a better body ...
  • “I am a False Prophet!”
    Well, I’ve slacked off for long enough! It’s that time again. Time for another movie review. I think I’ve got a good one for you all this go round. This movie isn’t old, but ...
  • Investing Your Resources Wisely
    In the financial world, there is a big difference between true wealth and the outward appearance of wealth. We can define true wealth as the financial cushion to handle predictable and some non ...
  • More Ways to Interact Than Ever at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance!
    At Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, we are always looking for ways to adapt and improve the experience of all our patients. Since officially opening in mid-April of last year, Mid-South SSP ...
  • Shooting the sh*t with an NBS Strength Coach
    New style of training will always offer new experiences, this particular program has dynamic work aka “Speed work” which is suppose to be done explosively, this is known as working speed ...
  • Meal Prep: Not an eating disorder. #thingsIcannotbelieveIhavetosay
    Despite all my efforts, I often find myself underestimating how weirded out the general public gets by acts of health.  This weeks case in point is courtesy of a client of mine, who mentioned ...
  • Two new supplements at NBS Fitness
    Anyone who has listed to me talk or has worked with me on nutrition knows that I am not a big fan of spending a ton of money on supplements. In order for me to justify taking a supplement myself or ...
  • Member Spotlight: John Canter
    We love our members at NBS. We have a ton of people, from all walks of life, that train their asses off on a regular basis. But every so often, someone takes it to the next level. John Canter is a ...
  • Shooting the sh*t with an NBS Strength Coach
    Just a quick update on how training is rolling currently. I will be participating in the NBS Fitness powerlifting meet April 8th, prior to that I will be attending the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival in ...
  • My meal prep…this works for me.
    Meal Prep is Key! Since starting with a nutrition coach nearly 9 months ago, one thing quickly became abundantly clear….I had to plan if I was going to be successful.  Meal prep has been the ...
  • From the Hip: Wanting “it” vs Liking the Idea of “it”
    After weeks of social media post’s about resolutions and new physique / strength athletes wanting to make a name for themselves. Then hearing a bunch of goals being talked about in the gym I ...
  • Read this to suck less part 4: Avoiding the Abyss
    What is the Abyss? The abyss is the dark, lonely, and isolated existence that a people find themselves in when they suddenly stop training. People stop training for many different reasons. Maybe they ...
  • Where will you be?
    It’s been a month since you made your New Year’s Resolution. How are you doing with it? I hope that you’ve made it a full month. I hope that you’re holding steadfast to your ...
  • Exercise of the Month – January
    The exercise of the month for February is the deadlift. Deadlifting is an important element to any strength-training program whether you’re just starting out or following an advanced program. It’s a ...
  • How You Should Really Use Social Media
    There is no better time to live in than right now in 2017, right now in America. I’m not saying this because of some political, personal, or random bias. I’m simply saying this because ...
  • A Few Things I’d Wish You’d Stop Doing At NBS
    Don’t get me wrong: I have the most fun life there is.  Everyday I get to wake up, train, and hang out with people who are extraordinarily committed to their goals.  Along the way, I have the ...
  • Embrace Your Inner Demons
    Okay, more like embrace your inner metal head, more specifically embrace you inner Machine Head! Here’s my past weeks training log and what we’ve been doing on our heavy and medium days ...
  • Mind Over Muscles
    Typically on my commute in the mornings to work, I listen to some sort of publication, podcast, or lecture on either business, sports, or politics. Specifically a few podcasts and publications are ...
  • 5RM, goodbye back!
    After a three week wave of Dynamic Effort (DE) lifting this week was called “DE” but it was to set a 5RM. I was prescribed to use wraps and I do fairly well when I am allowed to ...
  • Putting the pieces together
      Its been a while since I have updated my blog. In October, I got a little sick.  This led me to take a little break from strongman/power-lifting out of necessity.  It also led to a drastic ...
  • Read this to suck less part 3: How to choose the correct exercises
    Just because something is hard doesn’t mean that it is good There is something instinctual in humans that makes them transfixed by something new and different. If ever there was a place where ...
  • Weak People Hate Metal Music!
    I’ve been slacking on some of my website stuff lately, and now I’m back with a vengeance! I’m going to try to keep up with my training log and keep all of you posted with weekly ...
  • How to get better at CrossFit
    One of the questions I’m asked on a regular basis from someone new to CrossFit, or someone considering CrossFit is, “how many times per week should I come?”. If you are new to ...
  • Read this to suck less part 2: Hearing the things you don’t want to hear
    Are you willing to listen to the stuff you don’t want to hear but need to? My nutrition coach, Shelby Starnes, made a post a while back that I really liked. In it he said that when choosing ...
  • Shooting the Sh*t with a Strength Coach
    We are deadlifting! here is a day in review of all the deadlifting that was going on!   My portion can be sen here on my EliteFTS blog   My client Mike using chain’s (his video ...
  • Shooting from the Hip: Prioritize and Execute
    This vlog is due to my increase in reading. As I was making my way through this business book my mind went to training and correlated the two. This is what my random thought’s and rambling lead ...
  • Read this to suck less part 1: Mental Toughness
    Mental Toughness: Make the right choice I’ve been recently watching a TV show called “The Selection” in which 30 civilians try to make it through a grueling mock special forces ...
  • Let’s Revisit External Rotation
    This video came by request from my blog on EliteFTS. This is in addition to my elite article which can be found here: External Rotation Cues added: – Knees out is misinterpreted by many lifters ...
  • Ask the Chiro: Do I Have Good Insurance
    With health care being one of the most important topics of the 2016, people are clearly concerned with where health care is going and how it affects them. Ironically, however, one of the most common ...
  • Bands & Chains Holding me down!!
    How to Use Bands and Chains for Accommodative Resistance The concept of accommodative resistance can be explained as “the increase of resistance while lifting through a range of motion” (Medical ...
  • Presenting Our New Mid-South SSP T-Shirt!
    Just in time for the Christmas and holidays, Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance is proud to announce our new T-Shirt line! We have kept the first run of apparel simple and will be offering a ...
  • Everything you didn’t want to hear about hypertrophy for powerlifting
    Now that Christmas is over, I don’t feel so bad smashing a few of your previously held incorrect beliefs (don’t worry, I won’t tell you that Santa isn’t real…oops!). ...
  • The Fear of CrossFit
    “CrossFit is dangerous”, “CrossFit is scary”, “You can get hurt in CrossFit”. These are all phrases I hear consistently.  Quite honestly, there is little in this ...
  • Finally a trip back to Wisconsin, and ton’s of snow!
    here is the full Vlog!   https://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/trip-to-wisconsin-early-christmas/...
  • Training Highlights to Halo by Soil
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  • Shooting From the Hip: “Uper” Edition (video)
    How do you know when to Hire a Strength Coach? #1: If you doctor warn’s you of health issue’s that can be improved through exercise #2: You lack energy, motivation, and education about “working out” ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Twilight Zone: Tales of gym management part 2
    I will spare you the long intro, but in short, this is a series of word sights, sounds, and humans that keep my day at NBS Fitness alive and well. Installment one of Twilight Zone  I have started ...
  • Nightmare Revisited
    I figured this is a somewhat appropriate time of the year to pick this movie, and it just so happens that I watched it yesterday for the first time in a while. The movie I am referring to is Tim ...
  • Metal Training Log: Condemned by As I Lay Dying
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  • The Sacrifice of Being Abnormal.
    Let’s be honest. A large percentage of our nation is either unhealthy or out of shape due to lifestyle habits. The typical American lifestyle is not conducive to anything even remotely healthy. ...
  • Exercise of the Month- November
    I decided to start a monthly blog series on exercises that will not only improve your overall strength, but also your game. This month’s “exercise of the month” is a Farmer’s Carry. What is a ...
  • The BIG Wellness Perk You Are Forgetting
    At Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, we are humbled to have such an active and driven population of patients. These individuals understand the importance of investing in their own health and ...
  • Shooting from the Hip: Lifting like your Role Model
    On being a new strength athlete and trying to lift and train like one of your role models: Pros Their training style Remote programming Cons Motivation Their style and setup may not be best for you ...
  • RPR Meets Finding Strength
    Recently I had the opportunity to work with Zach Gallmann, founder and producer of the popular strongman series, Finding Strength, at EliteFTS. Zach had heard a lot about the new RPR method for ...
  • You Don’t Deserve Fitness
    Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a very consistent trend that I feel is plaguing our society. In our media, advertising, social life, and even our health and fitness. The trend is that ...
  • “Happiness is Only Real When Shared”
           < One of the last pictures taken of Christopher Mcandless I’ve got another great flick pick for all of you this week. It’s slightly different then my previous ones as far as the ...
  • Shooting from the hip: Injuries and Set Backs (VIDEO)
    Shooting from the hip: Injuries and Set Backs *Emotion will be tied up in set backs, failures, and injuries which is natural, it is fine. -riding this wave and bailing on the issue is what is not ...
  • I got 99 problems but my fitness ain’t one…
    That’s what most of us trainers/coaches would like to hear!  Instead, we hear about the 99 problems that have been keeping you FROM your fitness!           Warning!! ...
  • Training Highlights with Metal: Electric Crown by Testament
    I’ve got a new twist to the Metal Song of The Week….Training Highlights. Listen to killer tracks while watching my fat ass move some weights  ...
  • The Twilight Zone: Tales of gym management
    I typically say this as a positive: we draw a different breed of people at NBS.  The people that are drawn to a gym that encourages emotional lifting, liberal use of chalk, and loud music are ...
  • “Don’t let Them Bury Me! I’m not Dead!”
      Welcome to another edition of my weekly movie picks. I’ve got a good one in store for you all today. Let me ask you a question. Are you familiar with the band Godsmack? If you are a ...
  • Coffee and Deadlifts with extra coffee
    Check out the new training log style I am attempting. Hoping to answer more question’s and be able to give more tip’s WHILE training this way.   ...
  • Gaining 50 lbs in One Year
    On October 23, 2015 I was weighing in for the Dexter Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Show. That Friday night I weighed in at 217, one year later I weigh around 275. Since I wasn’t going to have ...
  • It’s Almost Over
    While scrolling through Facebook this morning and thinking about what I wanted to blog about, I couldn’t help noticing the consistency in disdane for Trump/Clinton up and down my newsfeed. ...
  • In defense of bodybuilding..
    I have been involved in the fitness industry all of my adult life and quite a bit of my teen years, as I started as sweeping floors at a gym when I was 15.  As I near the 15 year mark I have seen the ...
  • Will Sawyer Competes at USA Weightlifting Collegiate Nationals
    NBS Fitness member Will Sawyer recently competed in his first USA Weightlifting Collegiate Nationals competition. Check out what he had to say below:   This was the weekend of Sept 24-25 in New ...
  • RPR Case Files: Shoulder Driving Hip Compensation
    History This case involves a female in her early 30s. She is active, physically fit, and exercises regularly at NBS Fitness. Her complaint is severe pain in the front of the left hip (7/10 on a 0-10 ...
  • Chipping Away
        My life as a mom is anything but consistent.  What is consistent is my life is always changing.  Always trying to find and maintain balance.  I have found myself divorced at 34, after 14 ...
  • How is Your Support Team?
      Your support team, the people you surround yourself with, are everything that will help define who you are.  I once heard a quote by Tim Tebow saying, “I never surround myself with yes ...
  • There’s losing, and then there’s being a loser…
    Look, I get it: NO ONE likes to lose.  The worst training days are usually remedied with the idea that the hard work you are putting in at the gym is going to turn out as a victory later.  I have ...
  • Article Summary: Joint Health Maintenance Tips
    I recently ran across a great article at EliteFTS on joint maintenance and it was spot on awesome that I decided to share it. With joint and musculoskeletal pain being one of the most prevalent ...
  • The Force Velocity Curve and Big Mistakes People Make When Training Athletes
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  • We All Start Somewhere
    Here I am, sitting in the office at NBS, staring at my computer screen for the past half hour trying to figure out what to blog about. David is out of town on vacation, and one of his clients just ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Walk-Pantera
    No explanation here needed. Just straight brutality from the one and only Pantera...
  • “Desperate Men do Desperate Things”
    Recently, during one of my what seems like forever 30 minute steady state cardio sessions, I was listening to a podcast and somehow thought of a new idea for some blogging. I’m still trying to ...
  • Ask the Chiro: The Differences of Heat vs Ice
    In this edition of “Ask the Chiro,” we will take a look at another common question that comes up a lot i the everyday patient, Heat vs Ice. Both are modalities used to reduce pain and ...
  • Your two options
    I am going to open this blog post up a bit by bragging on NBS coach Christian Anto.  In the past few years, I have been able to see him flourish not only into a great strength coach but also a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stay Positive, Be Resiliant
    Two weeks ago one of my CrossFitters from Wolf River and (a very dear friend) was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went in for a routine mammogram, a lump was discovered, testing was done and cancer ...
  • Do you want a FREE bench video tutorial in 4:27?!
    Along with my recent interview with BarbellShrugged I was recorded teaching them how to setup the bench press for an efficient full body lift. Enjoy a FREE video of the main points I would go over in ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Holy Diver-Killswitch Engage
    Dio is badass and so is Killswitch Engage who does a killer cover of this song  ...
  • Had the opportunity to be invited onto Barbell Shrugged!!!!
    I have had many learning experiences being raised in this industry by David Allen and many of those stuck. He also placed me in a position to flourish and be developed by other amazing coaches and ...
  • My Love For The Iron
    My Love For The Iron   My fondness for the iron is something I have found to be one of the most beloved things in my life besides my family.  So odd how it came to be about.  I was taking weekly ...
  • Nutrition: Current Set Up
    Over the past few years, I have become a bit better about healthier habits.  Three years ago, after my first show, I did the bare minimum: I would eat breakfast, pack a lunch and come home and eat ...
  • Exchanging Coffee For Squats
    I want that gym membership How can you afford that gym membership? I found that when I first started on my fitness journey the prices of gym memberships were a little intimidating.  Family budgets ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Strife-Trivium
    I love this song. Period   I reach for calm I starve for a balance unknown This burden tortures me deep in my soul I’ve found that strife won’t make the bleeding stop Nor will it ...
  • Car Deadlifts on Beale Street!
    The NBS Strong man contest was taking place down on Beale Street, this contest was closed out with a car deadlift competition. There was one weight that would be used and everyone had one minute to ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Locust-Machine Head
    Machine Head brought a whole new sound with this album and the title track lead the way.  ...
  • The Last Rep Podcast Interview with Nick Brugal
    I recently did a podcast interview with pro strongman Nick Brugal on The Last Rep Podcast. Check it out below ...
  • Member of the Month: Josh McNeil
    Congrats to our latest Member of the Month, Josh McNeil! Josh is a former college football player who now works in Business Development for Energy Systems Group. “I played college football (Go ...
  • 3 Reasons to Be at the Clash for Cash On Beale
    One week around the corner, the Clash for Cash on Beale Street is shaping up to be one of the biggest NBS Fitness events of the year. With the weather changing for the better, college football season ...
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want
    You Can’t always get what you want. If there is one thing that I have learned in the short amount of time that I’ve been in powerlifting, it is this. I have experienced it myself, and I ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: The Only-Static X
    I was lucky to see Wayne Static perform the entire Wisconsin Death Trip album a few weeks before he died. This song is from a different album but it’s still one of my favorites.  ...
  • Three EASY Injury Prevention Tips for Young Athletes
    In the last article, Why High School Athletes Should Build Recovery Habits Now, we explored some of the reasons why high school athletes should be building a foundation of proper recovery habits with ...
  • Cake, Vodka, and Abs
    My Journey with Nutrition I grew up a skinny kid. I was shorter than my classmates and I was, by far, the tiniest. I could eat anything I wanted and never gain an ounce. Being small was great when it ...
  • Things you can buy INSTEAD of an awesome gym membership
    “I like everything but the price.” This is something I hear alllll the time about our basic gym membership.  It always amuses me, because the monthly fee is actually right at the average ...
  • Who are you outside of the iron?
    A few friends and I were talking recently about the way our respect for great athletic performances can shade our opinion of the athlete in general.  While we all agreed that truly becoming great ...
  • 3 Unwritten Gym Rules that Everyone Should Know
    Whether you train at NBS or waste your time at a commercial gym (oops! Did I write that out loud?), there are 3 unwritten gym rules that you need to be aware of. 1. There is a place for everything ...
  • Review of the 2016 Memphis Classic Meet
    Here it is, the Thursday after the weekend of our competition, and I’m finally starting to feel normal again. Well, except for my aching biceps from the “bro” session that me and my ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: More Human than Human- White Zombie
    Few things sound as distinct as Rob Zombie and this song is a classic...
  • Ask the Chiro: Addressing Chiropractic Stigmas.
    The most common of all chiropractic stigmas is “Once you start, you have to keep going forever.” Just as with any stigma, there are two sides to this story. I will address some of the ...
  • Powerlifting: Be involved or shut up.
    Last weekend, we hosted the RPS Memphis Classic Powerlifting meet.  For the past year or so, social media would have you believe that powerlifting is a toxic pool of politics, favoritism, and rule ...
  • Limited Promotion on Foot Levelers!
    Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance is invested in the continual process of providing the best in sports performance care for our athletes and patients. One of these products have been our recent ...
  • CrossFit & GPP
    I started CrossFit in December of 2008 and began coaching in June of 2009. Prior to CF, I had been active with roller derby and running. I  worked out at ATC for awhile and even did a short stint ...
  • Memphis Classic Powerlifting Competition Meet Recap
    https://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/nbs-memphis-classic-meet-recap/...
  • Training When Life Kicks In
    Even when you own a gym, getting your training in can be difficult. Lately it’s been extra difficult because I have had a whole lot going on, both at the gym and at home.  To give a run down, ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Follow the Reaper-Children of Bodom
    Few guys can shred like Alexi, that’s why I chose the live version. These dudes put on a killer show  ...
  • Athletic Development Pyramid
    Looking for a quality model to work off of in the development of an athlete? Look no further. Check out this video on the athletic development pyramid...
  • From Attendee to Athlete / Coach
    Many of you know me from NBS as a powerlifter, some may even know me as a strength coach / personal trainer. Either way is fine by me, what I hope people know most is that I have a passion to help. I ...
  • Member of the Month: Kim Rodgers Harrison
    “I love NBS for the encouraging, friendly atmosphere from both staff and fellow members,” says Kim Rodgers Harrison, our latest Member of the Month. She is a registered nurse at Methodist ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Take This Life-In Flames
    These dudes have some jammin songs. Get some.  ...
  • Two Weeks Out From Meet: Training Update
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  • Common Mistakes When Doing DB Side Raises
    Dumbbell side raises can be a solid exercise for shoulder development when done correctly. When done incorrectly, they can be ineffective and potentially dangerous. Check this video on some of the ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Detroit Rock City-KISS
    This one goes out to my morning client Yoshimi. She’s a huge kiss fan and I can’t blame her. Get up and move your feet to Detroit Rock City...
  • The Beard Blog: Famous Beards
    Famous Beards While I have maintained the fact that beards are incredible and do so much for you, there yet remains a large contingency of people that don’t believe a beard will enable you to do more ...
  • Top 10 Quotes From RPR Athletes
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  • USS Pro Womens Worlds: Things Im Looking Forward To
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  • Celebrate Success: Garrett Blatnik
    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 ...
  • Metal up your A#$!!
    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 ...
  • Meme of the Month: I like to Squat!
    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 ...
  • Behind the scene’s at the EliteFTS S4 compound
    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 ...
  • My First Visit to the Elitefts S4 Compound
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  • 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 ...
  • Common Mistakes When Doing Cable Pressdowns and Curls
    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 ...
  • Traveling: How to keep your plan together
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  • Throwback Hip-Hop song of the Month: “Ditty”
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  • Foot Levelers: Advantages of Custom Orthotics
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  • Metal Song of the Week: NIB-Black Sabbath
    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  ...
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certificate Course
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  • Metal Song of the Week: 3 Days in Darkness-Testament
    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...
  • The Road Not Taken
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  • The Perfect Exercise to Show Your Hamstrings How Much You Hate Them
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  • Reflexive Performance Reset Weekend Review
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  • The Back Workout That Blew My Back Up
    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 ...
  • Member of the Month: Yoshimi Graham
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  • Podcast Interview with Blood and Iron
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  • My training in preparation for the NBS Memphis Classic
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  • Client PR
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  • NBS Fitness, as viewed by an outsider
    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 ...
  • Celebrate Success: Steven Combs
    This will be a recurring blog that celebrates the many successes of the members at NBS Fitness.  We have the strongest community of any gym in the city and we also happen to have the strongest ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Guardians of Asgard by Amon Amarth
    If there was ever a group of people who wold appreciate metal, it would be the vikings. If you needed a theme song to go into battle, Amon Amarth would sing it. Here’s one of their more well ...
  • My Expectations for the Reflexive Performance Reset Seminar
    As I noted in my last article, the pursuit of knowledge involves constant focus on improvement, bringing up weaknesses, and meshing critical thinking with an open mind to new information. It also has ...
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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  • MEET THE NBS MEATHEADS! Part 1
    Every brand faces identity issues at some point.  NBS Is no different.  Every week, it feels like I am running into people who are under the assumption that NBS is just crawling with meatheads. ...
  • Fitness Meme of the Month
    This is literally the only detergent allowed to touch my clothes. Can’t be squatting and have weak shorts, that’doesn’t just be terrible. This is the detergent for those individuals ...
  • Competing in Physique Sports: the struggles no one talks about
    I recently had a friend/client who was tossing the idea of competing in a figure show around.  We got to talking about the pros and cons about it, and in an attempt to oversimplify, I simply said ...
  • Throwback Hip Hop Song of the Month
    In honor of real hip hop music that has since been destroyed by feuds between a 95 lb white girl and a rap mogul, I have decided to run a monthly blog about the hip hop I was raised on.   The kind of ...
  • Fitness Is Not a Commodity
    Growing up, my Dad was always a “toy” guy. He always had a ton of fun things to play with: guns, corvette, motorcycles, jeeps, etc. When my Dad got into something, he really got into it. ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Hail the Apocalypse by Avatar
    Avatar has a very unique sound and this music video matches that uniqueness perfectly. Check it out and put it on the playlist for shoulders.  ...
  • Return of the Beard Blog: Pros and Cons of Growing a Beard
    Many men out there may be wondering if they should grow a beard or not.  The purpose of this blog today is to help you understand the positives and negatives of having a beard.  Over the past few ...
  • A Quick Dip Back Into Strongman.
        NBS Fitness will be putting its members on display this weekend during its media day on Saturday. We will be showcasing the many iron sports offered at the facilities including ...
  • Proper Warm Ups for Technique Improvement
    Check out this video about how to properly warm up to help improve your technique...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach: Have you made it yet?
    So the NBS family is made up of a bunch of people who are quick witted and love to talk trash. They have gotten very good at it over the past few years. I have come up with a “Quick ...
  • Introducing the New Face of Mid-South Spine & Sports Performance!
    As we continue to roll through the summer, here is yet another change at Mid-South SSP: We have a new logo and a new Facebook page for you to stay connected with future activities, announcements, and ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Stone the Crow by Down
    I love Louisiana based bands because they just have a certain sound that comes with growing up in that area. Down blends the deep blues with a metal groove and the insane lyrics of  Phil Anselmo in ...
  • USS Womens Worlds Prep
    And we are back in the saddle!  Eight weeks after my ridiculous schaphoid break, I can finally press with minimal pain.  In the past couple of weeks, USS has announced the events for the first ever ...
  • Shooting The Shit With A Strength Coach: This is why I do it
    Many people have reasons why they are in a specific career field. Many people know a days get a job by way of connections, through pre planned schooling and hard work, others sometimes fall into a ...
  • Fourth of July R&R (Minus the R&R)
    This last weekend, I finally found some time to take trip back to Iowa over the Fourth of July. And I can definitely say that to me, the worst part about moving 9 hours away from where you grew up is ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Dethday by Dethklok
    Dethklok is one of those bands that you either love or you just don’t get and few songs do a better job of show casing their talents like the song Dethday. Enjoy and don’t for get to ...
  • Shooting The Shit With A Strength Coach: Fixing Broken
    Training for me since the XPC finals has been interesting. Dealing with the drive to get back under a bar, getting some stuff taken care of outside of the gym that has been neglected, and just ...
  • Work Your Gas Pedal, Enjoy the Ride
    If your goal is to drive from Memphis to New York city, you would get in your car, buckle up, put on some tunes and prepare for the journey. You would focus on staying in the correct lane, paying ...
  • Member Mashup: Joe Pass
    Today Joe flips the script on me and got me good with his diss while interviewing him for member mashup  ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Coming Undone by Korn
    Who writes better songs to cure teenage angst than Korn. Coming Undone is a Korn classic that brings together a solid rhythm and catchy chorus. Put it on the play list and jam out on deadlift day. ...
  • That’s so Fu*#ing Metal!
    Seeing how metal music is basically my favorite music in the whole wide world, I wanted to share a couple of tunes with you all from some bands I’ve been listening to lately. Music is a pretty ...
  • Back to Triphasic
    I haven’t really given any updates on my training lately, so I figured I would give you all a quick glimpse. Its been about 9 months probably since the last time I was doing triphasic. In ...
  • My Vacation to the Gulf
    If any of you are following along, then you know that I just had a birthday, and if you read my last blog, then you know I spoke about surrounding yourself with awesome people. Well, one of those ...
  • #TheJenn write up
    I had the honor of being able to participate at The inaugural Jenn Rotsinger Womens Empowerment Weekend in Tampa, Florida.  I could write a book here, but here are my biggest take-aways from the ...
  • Turning 27 and Surrounding Yourself with Awesome People!
    This past month I turned 27. I would have to say that it was a pretty good day all in all. I got to the gym at 6am to start training my clients, it was my last day for running our 5/3/1 hypertrophy ...
  • RPS King of Spring Powerlifting Meet at NBS Fitness Video
    Check out this awesome video highlighting the squat from our spring meet. Also, don’t wait too long to sign up for our upcoming meet in September. Spots will fill up quickly.  ...
  • Shooting The Shit With A Strength Coach: Youth Strength and Conditioning Camp
    So David and I have been talking about running a youth camp for about eight months and this week it finally kicked off. This is just the start of what we have planned for the future endeavors here at ...
  • Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance Update: Hours, Patient Portal, Services.
    There have been a lot of changes this summer, and Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance has been no exception. Since moving to the new location in May, we have added multiple services and extended ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Sail by Devildriver
    There are few bands who can pull off a cover like Devildriver does with Sail. They take a catchy, popular song and add just enough metal to make it worth listening to. Put your horns up and rock out ...
  • Shooting The Shit With A Strength Coach: Back To Meet Prep
    Monday was the start of our training for NBS Fitness’ September Meet. Owner and Coach David Allen has us running a very technical Triphasic program that I am excited to see the progression ...
  • Current Nutrition Setup
            If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve been working with Shelby Starnes for nutrition for about 18 months now. Here is a glimpse into our ...
  • Things I have been wrong about..
    The internet is LITTERED with articles, blogs, and advertising with titles like “40 things you have been wrong about..” or “Why you are wrong about xyz.”  While they often ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Vice Grip by Parkway Drive
    If this song wasn’t bad ass enough the freaking music video is the band members skydiving. Nuff Said!...
  • June Member of the Month: Ali Vanelli
    For the month of June I’d like to feature Ali Vanelli as our NBS member of the month! She is a dedicated member who is super strong too! If you’ve never met Ali, you’re missing out. ...
  • Member Mash up / Shooting the Shit with a strength coach: Pete Smith
    Talking to pete and talking shit    ...
  • USS Nationals Write Up / Highlights / Lessons
    This past weekend I competed in the 2nd United States Strongman National Championships. Going into this event was a little rough.  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I followed a deadlift down a ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach: Nick Treadwell
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  • A U.S.S. Nats Weekend Recap From the Judges Table
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  • Metal Song of the Week: The Devil in I by Slipknot
    Slipknot has been putting out killer numetal sounds for several decades now. Even with the loss of their previous drummer, The Devil in I is one of those songs that even people who don’t like ...
  • Current Training Setup
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  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Wisconsin Tour, M.G.G
    While on vacation I got to take a field trip to the infamous Monster Garage Gym!!!   http://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/531-wk-1-day-4-trip-to-meet-coach-eric-and-m-g-g/...
  • Member Mash Up: Josh Cossar
    Caught up with Josh Cossar mid set for a member mash up!...
  • Operation Boulder Shoulders
    As you may or may not know Ms. Annie Gunshow does my programming. We’ve been working together for about 4 months and it’s going really well. We talked the other day about how everything ...
  • 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 ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Four Wall by While She Sleeps
    While She Sleeps does a nice job of blending punk and metal together in their song Four Walls. Great song to jam out to in the car or throw around the iron in the gym. I give it two thumbs ups Bad ...
  • Being a Competitor and Coach Part 3
    Okay, Picking up where we left off, which was the conclusion of squats and now we’re heading into bench press. For me, bench press really didn’t seem like anything too special. Although, ...
  • Being A Competitor and Coach Part 2
    Picking up on where we left off last time, which was me trying to find some last minute assistance with wrapping my knees. It was at this time that I was doing my warm up sets on squats, and I was ...
  • Update on life, training, and such
    Since the last time I wrote in here, I have an interesting training cycle for USS Nationals.  After my first attempt deadlift during the King Of Spring powerlifting meet on April 30, my wrist became ...
  • Hiring a Personal Trainer vs Online Programming Considerations Part 1
    Starting a journey in fitness has the potential to be very confusing and difficult. There are many things to consider, ranging from the correct facility to train at to the proper shoes to wear on ...
  • “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
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  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Michael Waltermyer, “King of Spring”
    Michael Waltermeyer is not new to powerlifting. He has previous experience but has been out of the game for over a year prior to this meet. Michael attempts to balance a crazy schedule as he is in ...
  • Why I’m glad I didn’t have Facebook and other stories from when I first started lifting
    From time to time I’ll think back to when I first started training. Pretty much my entire youth, especially when I hit puberty and grew in height far faster than I did in width, people would ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Hannah Hayes, “King of Spring”
    Hannah has been a client of mine for 2 meet cycles prior to this one (almost a year). She too is in school and has the challenge of making it all work and come together on meet day. This meet was a ...
  • What is a Champion?
    College is a time of experiences, and these experiences will shape you as an individual. For athletes, I think this is doubly true. Not only are you experiencing living on your own, meeting new ...
  • Good Cue, Bad Cue, Red Cue, Blue Cue…
      Over the past six months or so, I have heard the following cues be subject for criticism: “Break at the hips first” “Break at the knees first” “Sit back” ...
  • My Approach to Eating What I Wanted on Vacation
    When I was getting ready for my week long vacation I pretty much decided I wasn’t going to worry about my diet or training while I was gone. I was okay with it and felt no guilt because I had ...
  • 6 Observations from BBQ Fest
    This past weekend was the second time that I have been privileged to attend BBQ fest.  The first time was when I was in high school and had no idea that I couldn’t just try all of the food I ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Luxtos by Eluveitie
    The best thing about metal music is that there are million sub genres to fit all the different tastes. In today’s metal song of the week we get a little taste of Swiss Folk Metal from the band ...
  • Standards, Impregnation, and The Inner and Outer Circle
    I was talking with a member today who was curious about competing in powerlifting for the first time and what some solid numbers for him to put up would be. The conversation contained some good ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Marc Plantedos, “King of Spring”
    Marc came to me very close to competition time asking for programming. Although this is not the most ideal scenario we still made it work. He has an athletic background as a competitive hockey player ...
  • Being a Competitor and Coach Part 1
    If there is anyone out there following along with my posts, then you know that I just recently competed in the RPS King of Spring meet here at NBS Fitness. What some of you may not have known is that ...
  • Client Profile: Christian Anto
    Christian hired me to work with him on nutrition to cut down to the 181 class for the XPC at the Arnold. When Christian first came to me, he was weight between 195 and 200. He was eating around 5-6 ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Kenzie Stewart, “King of Spring”
    Kenzie Stewart had a fantastic day, she accomplished something very few can, an elite total at her very first competition. An elite total is a pre determined amount of weight combined between your ...
  • May Member of the Month: Stephanie Moe
    At NBS we love our members, we wouldn’t be who we are without them. One thing we do each month to show our appreciation is choose a member that stands out to us and acknowledge them for their ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Client programming for “King of Spring”
    So two weeks ago NBS Fitness hosted our first federated meet under Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) federation in our brand new facility (right behind the old one). I had the privilege of ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Fight Fire with Fire by Metallica
    Nothing says anger and aggression like thrash metal and Metallica are the kings of the trash genre. Nothing requires anger and aggression quite like powerlifting. Perfect Combo!!!!! The speedy guitar ...
  • Vacation and Muscle Soreness!
    Taking a week off from training and coming back to a new program has caused me some serious soreness this week. Some people think they should take off from exercise when they are extremely sore but ...
  • First training session in the new space: A gym owner’s perspective
    The last couple weeks have been a wild ride to say the least. Within a 4 day period we somehow managed to host a 60 person powerlifting meet with around 150 spectators and move an entire facility ...
  • Annie’s Queen Of Spring Write Up
    In December, we launched the inaugural training cycle for the NBS Womens Powerlifting team.  I had decided that I would run the programming along side my teammates, but was fairly certain I would ...
  • Bring on the Summer at NBS Fitness!!!
    Change is a good thing, and for those who have been following NBS Fitness, you know that there has been PLENTY of change going on. Recently, the gym hosted a big powerlifting competition along with ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – The Cardinal Sin
    Every career has rules that one follows. The rules may be set in place by procedures you have to follow to do your job properly or by a boss, who knows that certain guidelines gets the job done the ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Do Not Obey by All That Remains
    Sticking with the anti authority theme from last week, we have Do Not Obey by all That Remains making the list this week. If you’re one of the unlucky few who train in a commercial gym (because ...
  • Client Profile: Taylor Weglicki
    Taylor is Physical Therapist and strongman competitor who previously lived in Memphis and trained at NBS but moved to Oxford, MS. Taylor contacted me for online programming in October with the goal ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Tuning the car
    Many of you may know when people arrive by their car, it is something people correlate friends with. Prior to getting balls deep in strength training and powerlifting I was a big car guy, my first ...
  • King of Spring meet results
    So we finally had our RPS, King of Spring powerlifting competition here at our new facility at NBS. For myself, I would say all in all it was a pretty good meet. I don’t think that everyone on ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Teammate Water Cut
    When one decides to make the plunge into the competitive world of strength sports there is a process which all lifters could care less for and that is the task of making weight. There are several ...
  • NBS=Gains
    I’m going on my belated honeymoon next week with my hubby and I couldn’t be more excited.. I’m so ready that I’ve literally been mentally checked out and in vacation mode all ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Powershifter by Fear Factory
    Whether you’re looking to break a PR or have a minor seizure, Fear Factory is the ideal band for both. Power shifter is one of my favorite songs because it combines the wide vocal musings of ...
  • CTP Cycle 4-2 Day 1 Loaded Stretches
    This is how my Saturday went!   http://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/ctp-cycle-4-2-day-1-loaded-stretches/...
  • USS Midsouth Smash Strongman Competition 4/2/16
    Earlier this month we hosted the USS Midsouth Smash Strongman Competition which brought about 25 competitors and about 75 spectators out on a beautiful Saturday morning to lift some heavy things, eat ...
  • NBS Mixer – Dr. Jennifer Bean Allen
    So as mentioned in one of our earlier episodes David started scaring people and it requires a skill. Sometimes no matter how random you are there are certain people who have been made one to many ...
  • Three Ways to Fix Your Sh**ty Shoulders.
    The shoulder is by far the most common extremity I deal with in sports and private practice and is a very prevalent problem in today’s fitness and general population. Most shoulder cases are not ...
  • Thats a wrap!
    This week wrapped up the first 16 week training cycle for our womens powerlifting team.  While we have long had women training at our gym, and a powerlifting team, it wasn’t until the past six ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: To The End by Lamb of God
    Here’s your second dose of Lamb of God playing one of my personal favorites off the album Resolution. This isn’t one of their well known singles but it’s hard and heavy and angry ...
  • NBS Mixer: Jon Tank Erickson
    So we had a name change and instead of “Member Mashup” which may be confused with member of the month it will be called the “NBS Mixer”. First interview under the new name I ...
  • A year in the life
    It’s been about a year now that I handed the wheel over to my coach, David Allen and had him start my nutrition programming. In addition to this, I have been training powerlifting for about a ...
  • Why Your Gym May Be Missing More Than You Think.
    Today I wanted to step away from science for a bit and address a topic that some of us at the gym were talking about a few weeks ago: Gym atmosphere. As an athlete, I would consider myself very ...
  • Let’s Be Friends
    This week I want to touch on something that is super special and you won’t find in many gyms. Something that once you are a part of it, you don’t want to give it up. That something is the ...
  • Wanting to help people is not enough
    Do you like helping people look good and feel good about themselves? One way you can start helping people look good and feel good is by offering to cut people’s hair and giving them manicures. ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Road Maps
    Have you ever gotten the pump so good you start seeing veins trying to flex and show off for you? Its a good feeling, it is like you are looking at a “road map” of gains to a particular ...
  • 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 ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Overlord by Lamb of God
    Lamb of God is known for their aggressive guitar and drums and the vocal growls of Randy Blythe. What they are not known for is softer melodic music with some harmonic singing. Overlord shows the ...
  • Down with the Sickness
    So I got a pretty cool opportunity this past Sunday to go see one of my favorite metal bands of all time, Disturbed! It was really fun to go out with a couple of friends from the gym and get our ...
  • Client Profile: Louis Demetriades
    Louis is a former member of NBS member who moved to Texas and started working with me for online programming in December of 2014. Louis trains at a powerlifting and bodybuilding friendly gym and has ...
  • The Great Questions of The Beard
    As I have continued to grow a beard for the better part of two years I have realized that there are really only 4 questions or comments that I ever hear and are always from the same demographic.  ...
  • April Member of the Month: Tracy Curry
    You know one of the things that makes NBS so great? The members! Each month we like to choose a Member of the Month and let them tell you about what NBS means to them and why they love it so much. ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Deadlift Progress
    So my Basketball Athlete has been making a ton of progress is bench press and deadlift, his squat is lacking and we are addressing these issues right now. I currently having him follow a “Tier ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – Scare Tactics
    Ok so we have covered that strength coaches can sleep anywhere, this suggest’s that we are often tired, which is not necessarily a false statement but we have good reason to be. Usually we can ...
  • Ask the Chiro: Three Reasons to Re-Think Self-Adjusting.
    As one of the blog series I want to begin, I will be opening up a Q&A for the services I provide and the thoughts and reasoning behind them. To begin we will start off with some of the most ...
  • CTP Training Cycle 2 Day 4
    http://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/ctp-training-cycle-2-day-4-2/...
  • Member Mashup – Matt Fike
    Dropping a member mashup on Matt during warmups for his training session! Please say hello to Matt Fike:...
  • Metal Song of the Week: No End in Sight by Killswitch Engage
    This line in the song made me think about doing 2 hours of cardio getting ready for the bodybuilding competition: Through the suffering we fight, no end in sight Until we see the light, no end in ...
  • Shooting the Shit with Powerlifters
    So April 30th is one of about 6 big days on the calendar for NBS fitness. If you have been keeping up to date with what the facility has going on you are aware we jus hosted our first strongman meet ...
  • Check out my “Rap”
    Ok so as this video states, I have been asked a lot recently to handle lifters and wrap knees lately. Apparently a select few coaches and members have acquired a reputation for wrapping knees well, ...
  • Member Mashup – Aaron Flemming
    So I kicked off this new installment of, member mashup, with this brave teammate who decided to stat training with me. I dropped the interview on him directly after our last set (which was brutal). I ...
  • Why you should do a full power meet
    So here we are at about 3 and a half to four weeks out from our King of Spring powerlifting competition here at NBS. It’s that special time where everyone is slipping into something a little ...
  • Intro to Occlusions… F*** That
    http://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/ctp-training-cycle-2-day-2-intro-to-occlusions-f-that/        ...
  • COMING SOON – MEMBER MASHUP
    So we currently have a member of the month that goes on, but many of you may not realize we are past 250 members. This mashup will be me randomly dropping in on members and doing an on the spot ...
  • Sometimes being consistent is better than being hardcore
    I’m sure every 16-25 year old meathead on the planet just read that title and immediately rolled their eyes and called me the “P” word. I admit, my 18 year old self would probably ...
  • Will I Compete Again?
    A little over a year ago I decided I wanted to commit to doing my first Figure show. I decided on the Memphis Dexter Classic in October and worked with my nutrition coach, David, almost the whole ...
  • Shooting the Shit with A strength Coach – 4 (nite nite bobby)
    There is A common theme / story among most strength coaches if you ask them about their development period getting to where they are today. In the strength and conditioning world that story is ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Reign Supreme by Walls of Jericho
    In my second installment of metal song of week I bring you Reign Supreme by Walls of Jericho. Any band that has a tatted up female lead singer and makes music videos with her working out is badass in ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – 3
    Today we are going to look at my only athlete, who’s main focus outside of the weight room is basketball. His muscular strengths right now is his back which, unfortunately, is his downfall as ...
  • CTP Exercise of the Month: 10 second eccentric squat
    This exercise is a straight up SOB. Eccentrics are brutal to begin with but when you push them to the limits by doing 10 second eccentrics for 3 sets of 6 on a movement like squats you get a serious ...
  • Monster Withdrawals and Video Overload
    I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person. I’m constantly trying to find balance in life with the things I do and it’s something I have to work at. For some people it’s never ...
  • Quick training update: Bench and Deadlift
    What’s up everyone? I just wanted to check back in and give some updates on how my training went this past week with Bench and Deadlift. Wednesday was our day to bench and everything felt ...
  • First Impressions Are Everything
    Now that I’ve got a title written its all downhill from here right? In all seriousness, I’m ecstatic to start up writing with NBS Fitness and begin sharing some of my ideas and experiences. For those ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – 2
    Early morning session are something I have not done in awhile with clients as I was prepping for the 2016 XPC Finals at the Arnold (you can find my write up w/ video of this on EliteFTS). Now that it ...
  • Metal Song of the Week: Vengeful One by Disturbed
    Welcome to my metal song of the week section where I will choose a metal song to metal your face and give you gains. Kicking off we have Disturbed’s new single “The Vengeful One” ...
  • Shooting the Shit with a Strength Coach – 1
    So a lot of blogs will strictly be about training, methods applied, and rants. I am going to attempt to bring different angles to everyone interested in checking out NBS Fitness and getting to know ...
  • Click here for motivation
    Blogs are for motivation right? I’m supposed to enter something super motivational and something that will inspire you to change your life and be awesome. Maybe.. but you might not find that ...
  • Annnnnnnnnd we are back…-
      Alright..We all took a little break from blogging.  And by little, I mean that the last time I blogged was on the tail end of 2014, after Memphis’ Strongest Woman Since then… ...
  • First blog and what’s happening right now
    Alright, everyone bear with me for the next couple of weeks. Blogging is something that is still new to me and I’m still trying to get a feel for everything. We’ve got a lot of stuff ...
  • Update on the new facility
    The new facility is coming along great! All the framing and dry wall is up so you can get a really good idea of what the layout will look like. The duct work is all in place as well. Everything looks ...
  • Out of Town and, “Making It Work”
    As mentioned in my last log post, I traveled out of town to watch the last weekend of horse races in Hot Springs, AK. this past Saturday. Training had to be put on hold since there was to much ...
  • Small Cue for a Big Squat
    http://www.elitefts.com/education/external-rotation-small-cue-for-a-big-squat/    ...
  • CTP Training Wk1 Day2
    Today the Legs and Delts got … TRASHED  ...