Do the Legacy Work to Make Your Mark
Do the Legacy Work to Make Your Mark
Your time on this planet is limited. To make your mark, I challenge you to do the work and get ahold of your emotions.
Mental May—Remembering Demons
Mental May—Remembering Demons
As laborsome it is to destroy and bury your demons, it's also vital to remember them.
Suffer and Succeed in Silence
Suffer and Succeed in Silence
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, as the ubiquitous aphorism goes. Averting the zigzag requires one to suffer and succeed in silence.
Be Willing to Feel Pain
Be Willing to Feel Pain
This is certainly anti-quit training. Learning to be uncomfortable and not stop or run away is priceless in hard training.
Choose One: Piss and Moan or Personal Growth
Choose One: Piss and Moan or Personal Growth
2020 started out pretty well. Then all shit broke loose. Were you on Camp Complain or Camp Let's Figure It Out? I quickly realized I had two options.
Suicide and Lifting
Suicide and Lifting
How can lifting and strength sports help the hopeless?
I Didn’t Learn a Thing From My Father
I Didn’t Learn a Thing From My Father
As I got into my 20s, I was dead set on making a living as a bouncer. I mean, if John Dalton could make a living bouncing at the Double Deuce kicking everyone's ass while driving a Mercedes, I could do it.
Control What You Can
Control What You Can
I’m hoping that by the time this article gets published, things are on their way back to normal, but in the meantime (and even if they are), there are a few key tools I’ve given my clients to help them to mentally move forward (not just survive) when we feel a lack of control.
What is a Mental Skills Coach Anyways?
What is a Mental Skills Coach Anyways?
I want to make athletes better by getting them out of their heads. I want them to be able to focus, relax as needed, push through mental boundaries, deal with pain, learn self-control, and I'm sure there's more that I can't think of right now.
Self-Talk for the Quarantined Athlete
Self-Talk for the Quarantined Athlete
An inner narrative is currently running through the heads of millions of athletes who had their seasons – for some, careers – cut abruptly short. With the rigor of school days and workweeks in the rearview mirror, self-talk is in the driver’s seat.
Mental May — Burying Demons
Mental May — Burying Demons
Once you destroy your demons (part 1 of this reading series), it's time to put that crucible six-feet under, slam a headstone on it, and go forth to enjoy your life.
I Wanna Hold It
I Wanna Hold It
Let's travel back to 1995 at Maryland Athletic Club, where a 29-year-old man named Kirk Karwoski was heading into the gym to hit a 1000-pound squat for two.
Stop Self-Sabotage
Stop Self-Sabotage
Every day can be a battle when you are trying to change your habits. Here are some things to do when you really want to make a change.
The False Idol
The False Idol
We all have struggles, and at times we don't want to do the things we need to do to get strong(er). In fact, I have never met a top athlete of any kind who did not have times where he or she struggled to keep doing what he or she needed to.
Rising to the Challenge
Rising to the Challenge
A crisis does not make the person, a crisis exposes the type of person one actually is. What type of person are you in these unsettling and uncertain times?
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
It WILL Pay Off: A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness, was a log post I wrote four years ago as I was battling depression, anxiety, insomnia, and OCD. Rather than edit my original post to reflect my current state of mind, I'm using this article as an update as I continue to evolve — a lot of things have changed.
Learning From the Mamba Mentality
Learning From the Mamba Mentality
The point of this article is not for me to tell my personal story about how tragic the accident was, how Kobe affected me growing up, or how big of a fan I was, etc. Instead, I would like to focus on the takeaways from Kobe’s life that can teach all of us how to pursue our own passions better.
The Rise of Live Stream Conferences
The Rise of Live Stream Conferences
A key part of being a strength and conditioning coach is something many people may not expect: networking. Be sure you're not missing out on making important connections that online productions can't imitate.
The Truth About Valentine’s Day
The Truth About Valentine’s Day
You're welcome for the reminder.
I Thought He Was Dead or Living in a Cave in the Desert!
I Thought He Was Dead or Living in a Cave in the Desert!
Just because you're getting older, doesn't mean that you can't reach your fitness goals. It simply means your goals need to shift to suit your current state.
High Road, Low Road
High Road, Low Road
We are all faced with choices every day in life. When it comes to training, we choose whether we are going to put the time in at the gym, eat the right foods, and get the sleep we need to reach our goals.
Training Through Setbacks
Training Through Setbacks
No matter the area in life, you are bound to face setbacks. When it comes to powerlifting, you are the only one who can decide what is best for you and whether you will compete or not.
A Bag of Bricks
A Bag of Bricks
What can a retired Navy SEAL teach us about managing stress and fear in our lives? Robert O'Neill says carrying stress is like carrying around an unnecessary bag of bricks.
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
The Train Your @ss Off with Dave Tate event was not only a life-changing experience; it was also truly something I will remember forever. It has made me a better coach, a better training partner, and a better overall human because it helped me figure out what is truly important in my life.
WATCH: 9 Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset
WATCH: 9 Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset
You only have as much potential as you allow yourself to have. Josh Bryant takes a dive into what it means to have a growth mindset and how you can start cultivating one today.
New Year, New Resolutions?
New Year, New Resolutions?
Why wait until the start of a new year to start working towards your goals?
5 No-Bullshit Tips to Help You Reach Your Resolution Goals
5 No-Bullshit Tips to Help You Reach Your Resolution Goals
Have you considered that you may be the reason you're not reaching your goals? It's time to reevaluate what is really holding you back.
2020 Vision
2020 Vision
Powerlifting benefits all ages, from young to mature. No matter your age, results won't come without motivation and motivation won't come without discipline. What are your 2020 goals and how will you achieve them?
The First Eight Months
The First Eight Months
The journey of being a strength and conditioning coach is different for everyone. However, there's something to be gained from sharing what you've learned along the way.
Create SMART Goals for 2020
Create SMART Goals for 2020
It's not enough to simply declare a goal. In order to stay realistic and successful, make sure your goals are SMART.
Relationship Roadblocks to Overcome
Relationship Roadblocks to Overcome
Relationships aren’t always a walk in the park. It’s all too easy to avoid talking about issues because they make us uncomfortable. However, when we face the discomfort, we become stronger.
2020 Goals and Strategic Execution
2020 Goals and Strategic Execution
Your 2020 goals won't be achieved in a day. It takes time to build new habits and make lasting changes. See how 75HARD made a difference in Erik Eggers' goal execution.
365 Days
365 Days
It’s time to man up. It’s time to put on your hard hat and go to work.
The Path to Greatness: Tension
The Path to Greatness: Tension
To me, greatness is a journey, not a destination. The next few articles I write are going to talk about the path to greatness and the key things that I think are necessary for ultimately reaching that goal. The first thing is tension.
The 7 Pillars of Leadership
The 7 Pillars of Leadership
It took time and a whole lot of failures for me to learn these core principles of leading others. But they are what helped me grow my business to over 160 members and a team of four others working alongside me... which brings me to these 7 lessons of leadership.
What If No One Was Watching?
What If No One Was Watching?
One might act a certain way at a concert Saturday night but act entirely different at church Sunday morning... and of course, one might lift a certain way for the sake of Instafamousness and socialookatmedia versus how they should lift and train for the pending meet or competition.
Why Are We Doing This?
Why Are We Doing This?
Here, in this article, you will find the answer to why accomplished coaches and athletes I’ve been fortunate enough to know gravitate toward the iron and have made it a core element of their life.
In What Are You Investing?
In What Are You Investing?
When you think of "investment," you usually think of money. For this article, think about other types of investments: time, effort, and energy. Now, answer this question: What are you investing in?
Life, Lifting, and Jeeps
Life, Lifting, and Jeeps
Even after 47 years of life, I continue to realize there are crossover lessons between powerlifting and life. Case in point: modifying a new Jeep for desert driving.
66 Lessons for Freedom, Happiness, and Physical Excellence
66 Lessons for Freedom, Happiness, and Physical Excellence
I recently wrote down things I’ve learned that helped me change my life, and I hope this list of those lessons helps you break through whatever you feel is holding you back and achieve optimal health, wellness, strength, success, freedom, and happiness.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountab...
In my last article, I went over 2 of the 5 dysfunctions of a team. Here, I'll cover the remaining 3 and how to bring the team closer together.
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
Growing up in the ‘80s, Brian Alsruhe found strength in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and He-Man. The one thing these people (and cartoon character) had was muscles; therefore, he’d need muscles to be strong. That brought him to martial arts, forming a strong mindset, and eventually, to strongman.
Franco, Sartre, and The Gym
Franco, Sartre, and The Gym
I read about the loss of bodybuilding legend, powerlifter, and two-time Mr. Olympia, Dr. Franco Columbu. I hardly need to go into the impact he had on bodybuilding. His life was a life well-lived, one with a deeply personal and meaningful purpose.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Absence of Trust and Fear of Conflict
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Absence of Trust and Fear of Conflict
I used the book The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team to help bring my athletes closer together, especially when there was a major shift in the team. These exercises helped bring us closer together and improved performance and morale.
Don’t Let The Things You Love Destroy You 
Don’t Let The Things You Love Destroy You 
The things that gym owners and coaches love to do are destroying them. Find what you love to do without it taking too much of a toll on your health, both mental and physical. #BeThe1ToAsk others if they need help.
How to Get Through a Near Career-Ending Injury
How to Get Through a Near Career-Ending Injury
It's said a person is only one injury away from ending your sports career. When dealing with that kind of injury, we often neglect how it affects our minds, which are almost just as easy to break as our bodies.
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
The legendary Frantz Gym was the place where the top powerlifters trained, where the collective whole was greater than the sum of its parts. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” can often be tossed around, but that was a large part of the magic that was Frantz Gym.
I’m Going To Die
I’m Going To Die
As I close in on turning 50 this next March, I admit that death has had a much more profound impact on me, to the point of almost making me dwell on it... and taking a 3,000-mile-long trip to spend time with my mother-in-law who has stage-4 cancer didn't really help much, either.
Pushed by Pain, Pulled by Purpose
Pushed by Pain, Pulled by Purpose
I hope my story encourages you to realize that your past does not hold you back, no matter the story. There is always a way to use negative experiences for good and help others. It is also at that point you are no longer pushed by pain, but otherwise, pulled by purpose.
4 Mistakes Fallen Leaders Are Prone To
4 Mistakes Fallen Leaders Are Prone To
Wealth, power, and fame. Some might say those are inherently negative characteristics. I, however, believe the way those characteristics are wielded determines whether they are good or bad.
These Four Walls
These Four Walls
Recording a podcast episode with my mentor (and cousin) John Alvino made me reflect on the pivotal role training has played in my life. Quite frankly, without it, I don't know where I'd be. Inside these four walls, training has been my therapy, my drug, and my anchor.
4 Things I Learned in Prison
4 Things I Learned in Prison
My bodybuilding mentor invited me to run a training seminar for inmates at the second-largest prison in Washington state. Let's say I learned a few things while I did my time... teaching inmates, that is.
The elitefts Article That's Changing My Life
The elitefts Article That's Changing My Life
One elitefts article is changing my life, and it was a completely unexpected article! Thanks to Matt Ladewski's "4 Non-Training Podcasts you Should Listen To," I'm a third of the way done with a 75-day challenge. It's taught me a lot about myself and my habits, both good and bad.
9 Things I Learned From a Social Media Detox
9 Things I Learned From a Social Media Detox
Quitting social media will help you realize how you’re spending your time and where you’re spending your time. Most of us, myself included, are wasting entirely too much time on stupid stuff. Stop wasting your time there and start putting it where it's most important.
Motivation vs. Discipline
Motivation vs. Discipline
Whenever I ask for topics people want to learn about in my column, “how to stay motivated” is always at the top of the list. Motivation is in high demand: you see it all over Instagram in memes, pictures, and captions. Despite the high demand, it sure seems like it's in short supply....
The Allure of Powerlifting
The Allure of Powerlifting
What is it about powerlifting that draws people to it like a magnet? Is it the parts of us that start as iron ore and are melted down into knurled steel through training? Is it a religion we worship? What power does powerlifting have over us?
Hi, My Name is Anne, and I'm an Alcoholic
Hi, My Name is Anne, and I'm an Alcoholic
Believe it or not, sometimes words can be heavier than your PR. These words and the ones that follow are my weights to bear... and also, to share with you and others who may need to hear them. This is my story.
Shooting From the Hip
Shooting From the Hip
Sometimes, I have to remember I am not Superman. I remembered how I have been feeling, sleeping, and how much I have been working. So I took a break and slept in... and managed to get this article done, too.
For the Fathers and the Fatherless on Father's Day
For the Fathers and the Fatherless on Father's Day
For many, bearing the title of "father" is a great blessing. But even if you aren't on good terms with your father, just know that there is another father somewhere out there who is willing to take you in as his son.

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