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Episode 027: 4 Ways to Vet Your Trainer featuring Alex Tanskey

What characteristics or standards do you look for in a potential coach or trainer? This episode originated from a listener question and allows Alex and Jon to discuss four stand out areas that you should look for in a good coach. These standards include: The importance of assessments Why continuing education is crucial The role […]


Episode 026: How to Stop Complaining & Improve Your Mindset featuring Cianna Stewart

Cianna Stewart is the author of “No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy” and todays guest on the podcast. The book offers a fantastic foundation to help anyone create moments of self realization and take charge of your current outlook on life. This can lead to more awareness and self development towards […]


Episode 025: Understanding the Deadlift featuring Alex Tanskey

Deadlifts, what are they good for? We address that question as well as many others on this episode of the pillars of health. Alex Tanskey joins Jon to discuss deadlifts, what they are exactly, why you should learn proper technique and the benefits of including them in your training program. Other talking points include: […]


Episode 024: Streamlining Healthcare, Overcoming Adversity & Managing the Four Pillars featuring Brendon Rearick

How to improve the current healthcare model, overcoming a life threatening illness and managing the four pillars of health are among the topics Jon discusses with Brendon Rearick on this episode. Brendon is a San Francisco based strength coach who owns Movement as Medicine with Kevin Carr. He is also part of Certified Functional Strength […]


Episode 023: Training the Armed Forces, UFC Fighters and Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kyle Holland

Kyle Holland is a Performance Specialist with EXOS and is currently embedded within a special operations unit. As a strength coach to the entire unit Kyle oversees the readiness of many within the armed forces. Kyle talks to Jon about interning at the University of Iowa, training UFC fighters like Joel Lauzon as well as […]


Episode 022: A Day in the Life of a Strength Coach Couple with Eirinn Carroll

Eirinn and Jon go into their current daily schedule as strength coaches and also working alongside each other as husband and wife. They also go into why getting the balance between work and home life is important. Most strength coaches work a split shift, mornings and evenings so this leaves a gap in the middle […]


Episode 021: Developing Athleticism and Incorporating Physical Therapy & Breathing

Joe Young is the owner of Young Performance which is located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Joe joins Jon on the podcast to discuss developing middle school, high school and collegiate athletes. The guys also dive into the developing role of physical therapy in a gym setting and how Joe has also introduced guided breathing exercises as […]


Episode 020: Extraordinary People Volume I [Criminal Justice Reform and Cancer Research] featuring Miriam Ruttenberg & Peter Kraft

In an attempt to share some of the remarkable stories from the people Jon currently coaches or has coached in the past, he has started a series called “Extraordinary People”. First up in the series are Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft, two people Jon has had the pleasure of coaching on a weekly basis for […]


Episode 019: Training & The Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle is something we need to talk about. Jonathan sits down with Eirinn Carroll to discuss the menstrual cycle and what goes on in the female body during the different phases as well as what you can do to optimize your workouts during this time. Lots of important take aways from this one […]


Episode 018: Fitness Myths Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

Fitness myths are the topic up for discussion in episode eighteen. Jonathan welcomes Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins back on the show to discuss some common fitness myths that they have come across in their coaching experience. The topics discussed in this episode include: Does lifting weights make you bulky? Is running the best fat […]


Episode 017: Creating a Growth Mindset featuring Derek Christeler

In episode seventeen Jonathan is joined by his colleague from The Training Room, Derek Christeler. Derek is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across, he always wears a huge smile on his face and his enthusiasm for everything he takes on in life is contagious. Derek is an accomplished StrongFirst Level II instructor […]


Episode 016: 10 Tips to Navigate the Holidays

In episode sixteen Jonathan teams up with Eirinn to put together a list of ways to manage the holiday season as best as possible. During times of increased travel, stress and eating we can sometimes get down on ourselves, abandon goals or lose motivation all together. Eirinn and Jonathan detail five tips each on how […]


Episode 15:The Sleep Episode featuring Brandon Marcello

In episode fifteen Jonathan is joined by Brandon Marcello. Brandon is a performance optimization coach who has worked in the collegiate setting as well as with professional and Olympic level athletes. The guys delve into the complex topic of sleep and discuss the following: The importance of sleep Optimal sleep cycles Pre-covery Screen and light […]


Episode 014: Training Aging Adults, Managing the Rehab Process and Heart Rate Training featuring Kevin Carr

In episode fourteen Jonathan is joined by Kevin Carr from Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning as well as Movement as Medicine. After the guys finish chatting about the recent Camron and Mase diss tracks they go into the following topics: Training Aging Adults Training goals for adults in the 50-60 year old age range Managing […]


Episode 013: Dealing with Food Sensitivities, Allergies and Celiac Disease featuring Maren Kravitz

In episode thirteen of the podcast, Jonathan is joined by the co owner of The Training Room in Boston and his boss, Maren Kravitz, to discuss how food and the way we react to it plays a role not only our training goals but also in our everyday life. Maren discusses her own personal journey […]


Episode 012: Cultivating Self Respect, Stress Management Strategies and Sports Psychology featuring Dr. Jonathan Jenkins

In episode twelve Jonathan is joined by Dr. Jonathan Jenkins. Jonathan is a psychologist who owns and operates “Mental Fitness Psych” , his private practice which is located in Brookline. He also works with professional, collegiate and high school athletes and sports teams in the general Boston area. Jonathan discusses many topics including: Top five […]


Episode 011: Training Before, During and After Pregnancy featuring Heidi Shalek

In episode eleven Jonathan is joined by his boss and co-owner of The Training Room, Heidi Shalek to discuss training and pregnancy. With a wealth of pre and post natal training under her belt as well as recently welcoming her first child into the world, Heidi goes into detail on some best practices for women […]


Episode 010: Nutrition Part 3 featuring Lindsay Tanskey, Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll

In episode ten Jonathan is joined by Dr. Lindsay Tanskey from North Carolina State and Boston based Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll. Seeing as nutrition is such a complex topic it has taken three episodes to get through all the talking points as well as listener questions. If you haven’t already done so please listen […]


Episode 009: Nutrition Part 2 featuring Dr. Lindsay Tanskey, Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll

In episode nine of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined on the phone by Dr. Lindsay Tanksey from North Carolina State University, clinical social worker Bonnie Chang and strength coach Eirinn Carroll to discuss nutrition from many different angles. Thanks to my two dogs Mickey and Remington for providing an entertaining soundtrack to this […]


Episode 08: Part 2 of "5 Ways to Get More from Your Conditioning featuring Alex Tanskey

Episode 008 continues where we left off in episode 007. Alex and Jonathan go into a number of different topics including: Heart rate Recovery (HRR): What is it and how to test it Why long slow benefits runners of all different distances Different ways to program long slow in to your training How to test […]


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