Random Friday 1-20-12

Welcome to my first RANDOM post in quite some time!

I honestly can’t remember the last time I ran one of these, so this should be fun.

Let’s jump right into it!

1 – Upcoming Knee Pain Blog Post

Next week, I’m writing up a post focused on two things that I virtually guarantee can help reduce your knee pain.

Trust me, this will be awesome stuff – and incredibly simple to boot. I wish I could’ve relayed it this simply before!

2 – Continuing Ed

Every so often, I’m going to give a running update of the books I’ve read and DVD’s I’ve reviewed so far this year. Here’s what I’ve reviewed thus far:


Movement – Gray Cook

Make it BIG! 40 Secrets for Building a Life of Extreme Success – Frank McKinney

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen

DVD’s, Webinars, Etc.

Ground Breaking Speed (DVD Series) – Lee Taft

The Truth About Quickness (Downloads) – Alex Maroko and Kelly Baggett

3 – Training

Training is going decently well. Still dealing with a bit of patellar tendinosis (yes, I see the irony here!) which is holding back my squat, but overall my lifts are doing pretty darn well.

I’d love to do a raw meet in March, but we’ll see how my body feels. I start traveling right around that time so it could be one of those meets where I just show up and lift.

If you’re ever interested, you can follow my training log HERE.

4 – The Diaphragm

One of my goals last year was to learn more about the diaphragm. Needless to say, I continue to marvel at how important this muscle is.

I’m starting to feel like a lack of stability anywhere in the body (shoulders, low back, hips, knees, lower extremity, etc.) could be directly related to a dysfunctional or poorly aligned diaphragm.

I remember listening to Sue Falsone in a podcast, and she said their entire assessment started at the navel and worked it’s way outward.

Sue is way smarter than I am – and I’m pretty sure she’s on to something!


IFAST has been killing it lately!

We’re hitting all time highs with regards to clients serviced, and our bootcamps are starting to fill up and take shape.

Needless to say, our staff is doing an amazing job and we wouldn’t be where we are today without their hard work and dedication.

6 – My NBA Obsession

The biggest issue I’m having with getting my 1-hour of continuing ed in per day is watching the damn NBA.

I’m not kidding, it seems like there are good games on every night – and it’s even worse because the Pacers are finally good again!

7 – Travel, Speaking and Seminars

If you’ve checked out my travel calendar, things are going to get nutty here soon. I love speaking, I just don’t like the travel associated with speaking 🙂

However, I think my core presentation for the year is going to be awesome. My working title is “Corrective Exercise: Facts and Fallacies.”

Needless to say, I think it’s going to change the way people look at corrective exercise as a whole.

8 – “In the Trenches” Podcast

Any thoughts on who you’d like to have for future podcasts? If so, leave me a comment below – I’ve got a few names but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

9 – What’s next for MR?

I’m frequently asked “What’s next for you, Mike?”

And while that’s a pretty broad question, one thing I’m definitely going to do in the next 3-5 years is go to massage school.

I feel like I need to continue pushing myself and learning, and this is something I know will aid me in my teachings as a coach and trainer.

Not to mention the fact that, someday, I’d like to be able to work magic like Bill Hartman!

10 – Charlie Weingroff at IFAST

Did you miss this?

If so, you can still get in at the discounted rate of $199. Find all the details HERE.

11 – Kendall!

Last but not least, can you belive my baby girl is almost 1 year old already? It’s crazy to think – but we actually have her 1st birthday party next weekend.


I’ll make sure to post some photos via my social media accounts, for those of you who are interested.

That’s it for this week everyone. Have a great weekend!

All the best


(Lead Photo Courtesy of ZingyYellow)


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  1. I’d love to see an interview with someone who has plenty of experience monitoring heart rate variability such as Joel Jamieson. I would appreciate a more in depth interview about it as opposed to just the basics of what it is.

    – How he uses daily variations in HRV to manipulate loads (specific examples)
    – If he’s noticed a correlation with high HRV and better performance or low HRV and reduced performance.
    – If he’s seen overtraining in athletes reflected in HRV and if so was it a dramatic increase or decrease in parasympathetic activity. Has he seen both?
    – Is there a difference in how strength athletes should use HRV compared to endurance athletes.


  2. I see you posted links to both “Groundbreaking Speed” and “The truth about quickness.” What is the difference between the two programs? Would you recommend one of them for certain athetic groups or are they very similar?


    • I’ll do a full review on this soon, but the biggest difference is that “The Truth About Quickness” is definitely geared towards the more lay, end-user.

      In contrast, Groundbreaking Speed is definitely geared towards the fitness professional, strength coach, or someone who wants to know the “why’s” behind the philosophy – not just “do this.”

  3. Hey mike,
    One person in particular I’d love to hear you interview, would be a guy like Paul Chek. He has certainly been a controversial name in the fitness industry. The man always sparks some interesting thoughts and is a no bullshit kind of guy. Whether you agree with his philosophy or not, he always brings some unique thoughts to the table.

  4. Gotta love random thoughts!! Cant wait for the knee stuff Mike.

    Id love it if you could get Jay Ferruggia on…I think I remember seeing you ask him via twitter, which would be awesome!

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