Category Archives: Money

So You Wanna Write for T-Nation?

I think I’ve received a dozen emails in the past year asking me how to go about getting an article published on In the past week, I’ve received three emails on this topic so I figured it was time to write a blogpost.

It is my opinion that T-Nation authors are the cream of the crop. There are certainly veteran professors and researchers out there who understand the science of strength better than anyone, and there are seasoned coaches out there who understand the practicality of strength better than anyone, but T-Nation authors have a good blend between the two and are pretty darn innovative as well. I’ve heard some guys rip on T-Nation but I suspect that they’re just bitter that they can’t get published on the site. I credit much of my knowledge over the years to T-Nation.

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Owning Your Own Studio

I wanted to throw up a quick blog that discussed some of the caveats to owning your own fitness training studio. I owned my own studio called Lifts in Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale for almost three years and these were some of the best years of my life. Here are my top seven reasons for wanting to own and operate your own studio:

1. Hours of Operation

I’m a night owl. Always been one. For this reason, I made my hours of operation 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. At 8:00 p.m. I’d train for an hour and then I’d write the following day’s workouts til around 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m.. This worked well for me because I hate waking up at 6:00 a.m.. I’d rather die!

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Blogging Secrets – I’m Not a Player I Just Blog a Lot

My Blog is Blowing Up

Before I get started on this blog, let me say a few things. First, I sure am glad I listened to my fans and colleagues about shortening the blogposts. To quote a great philosopher, “My shit is blowin’ up fools!” I think it was Aristotle who said that. Seriously, my blog is kicking some serious butt which is great news because I work very hard to make it a major part of my life. Thank you very much to all the people who put me on their blogroll, retweet my posts, and spread the word on Facebook and on various forums. It is much appreciated!

My friends think I’m a complete nerd when I tell them that I’m working on a blog. I used to think blogging was for serious nerds too, but I have to admit I now love it. This will be me in a few years:

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Retirement: Financial Considerations for Personal Trainers

While I usually write about strength and sport training topics, today I’m going to venture off a bit and address a topic that I believe is very important to my fellow trainers. I’ve been lucky enough to have met many personal trainers in the past year at local and top levels. During conversation, I’m always surprised to find that most of them don’t have any sort of retirement plan. I must confess, currently I don’t either, but it’s something that’s always on my mind.

As a former high school mathematics teacher, this topic is of great concern to me. When you work a government job, it’s not just about the money you make during your years working, it’s also about the money you make when you retire.

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