My 5 Most Popular Posts of 2017

I’m 33,410 feet in the air right now returning from single digit temperatures in New England to sunny southern California at 447 miles per hour. (JetBlue and in flight wifi is an amazing thing) As great as it was to spend the holidays with my family and friends, though, my appendages were at a real risk of frostbite. If this bitch could do 700 miles an hour, I’d be in for it.


Single digit weather is absolutely inhumane

While in New England, I of course got to drink a bunch of beers with my buddies, discover my talent for playing charades Christmas night with my wife’s family, and got to beat up on an unlucky high school wrestler at my school’s annual alumni match.

All in all, risking becoming an amputee for a second time due to the weather was a small price to pay for such a great week of spending time with those who are nearest and dearest to me and picking up another W in my high school gym.


The week between Christmas and the end of a year has always been a time of reflection for me. I’m a big believer in revisiting the goals that you set for yourself at this time last year and finding out 1. if you accomplished them, and 2. if not, why?

I mean, if you set out to train 200 times in a year, like I did, and you only got 180 in, was it because you had an injury, travel for work increased, you changed training facilities, a family member became ill, or were you probed a bit too hard by aliens plagued by a lack of progress which morphed into erratic training patterns?

Figuring out why is going to help you put strategies in place so that you can reach your goals this time around. All of the reasons above for not reaching a single goal probably require a different intervention, so a simple yay or nay on whether you accomplished what you set out too probably doesn’t help ensure future success.

So before Sunday, revisit your goals for 2017, reflect on your successes and what you fell short on, and make your goals for 2018, along with a detailed plan of attack. I wrote a kick ass article earlier this year on goal setting here that will help.

Before I wrap this quick update up, as I know I’ve been a little MIA lately, I wanted to drop my 5 most popular posts of the year on you in case you didn’t happen to catch them the last time around. Even if you did, they’re awesome and deserve another look.

  1. 5 Ways to Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet
  2. 8 Exercises That Are Mainstays in My Training Programs
  3. Stop Getting Hurt So Damn Much
  4. Squatting Is Necessary, Barbells Are Not
  5. 5 Simple Strategies For Getting Leaner

Clearly, people like lists. I’ll remember that as I put out 100 new posts for 2018. That’s one of my SMART business goals for the year ahead. Personally, I break my goals into 4 categories: professional, personal, training, and coaching. This helps me to really attack each pillar of my life effectively.

Set yourself up for a stronger, more satisfying 2018 by reviewing some of my most read content of 2017, set yourself some SMART goals with a plan, and enjoy the last few days of a great year.

Have a safe and memorable New Year’s Eve, and thanks for your support!

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