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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Are You Really "#blessed"?

    Are You Really "#blessed"?

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder I suppose we can file this month’s post into the “Get off my lawn!” category, but I hope the message is something that will at least give you some things to ponder. Proceed with caution… I have a social media pet peeve to share with you: the ‘#blessed’ hashtag This hashtag is generally accompanied by photos involving awesome vacations, fancy cars, upscale personal belongings, etc. Now look, there is nothing wrong with having nice stuff; this is not the issue. As an immigrant who came to this country at a young age, much of my young adult life, as well as my parent’s lives, was spent chasing what is ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - A Beginner's Guide To Mastery

    A Beginner's Guide To Mastery

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder In most things in life, attaining proficiency in a particular task is usually taken very seriously. In others, not so much. For example, the fitness world often misses the mark. In today’s post, I’d like to take a big-picture approach to answer the “How do I… <insert big fitness goal>?” question and give some food for thought on how to approach seemingly unattainable fitness goals and actually accomplish them. Enjoy… Let’s use an example of one of the most elusive goals for a lady (or some guys for that matter) to do one strict pullup or chin-up. Your ‘big goal’ might be different, so ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Should I Trust The Article On Avoiding Certain Exercises If I’m Over 50?

    Should I Trust The Article On Avoiding Certain Exercises If I’m Over 50?

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post is in response to an article that’s been making its way around the internet regarding a study that was done by the Carolina Orthopedic & Neurological Associates. In it, they suggest 14 exercises that should be avoided by adults over the age of 50. I’m not going to post a link to this article because the last thing this turd needs is more clicks. So instead, here is a list of the exercises in case you missed it…
    Running stairs
    Bikram or hot yoga
    High-intensity interval training
    Spin class
    Pushups
    Squats with weights
    Bench press
    Burpees
    Pullups
    Crunches
    Deadlifts
    Jumping Lunges
    Sprints
    Leg Presses Yea… ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - The Best Aspatame-Free Gum… That Doesn’t Taste Like Crap!

    The Best Aspatame-Free Gum… That Doesn’t Taste Like Crap!

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post comes from conversations overheard in the Trubman household. We enjoy chewing gum periodically, but just about every store-bought chewing gum has a big problem that I’m surprised more health-conscious people are not asking about. Virtually all chewing gum on the market falls into one of two categories… 1. “Sugar-free” gum that contains aspartame as the sweetener. 2. Aspartame-free gum that after 3.5 seconds tastes like a rubber band, only with less flavor. For the record, I don’t think aspartame is as bad for you as the fear-mongering pseudo-scientists make it out to be (cough… ....

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  • Stop Making These 3 Mistakes When Hiring A Trainer... - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    If you are reading this, it means that you have taken the first steps to moving better, becoming stronger and recapturing the body you were made to have. Kudos! There are certainly many options out there. In my 20+ years of training and coaching, I’ve seen many fitness fads come and go. It is my hope that this post will help you sift through some of that. So here are 3 of the biggest mistake new people make when starting the journey to get fit… 1. Not understanding the difference between “bodybuilder strength” and “real-world strength”

    “Bodybuilder strength”
    is the fitness methodology in which most modern gyms are rooted. ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Pre/Post Workout Nutrition For Fasting Athletes - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    Pre/Post Workout Nutrition For Fasting Athletes - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post comes from the FAQ files. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m one of those ‘weirdos’ that eats one meal a day, and have often been asked if/how that interferes with my training. The answer is usually pretty vague like “it doesn’t”, but I thought I’d take a moment and share with you guys EXACTLY what I do for pre and post workout as far as nutrition goes. I want to be clear that this is not intended to be diet advice of any kind. This is just what I have personally found that works for me. Enjoy… Before we get started, let’s give some context: This ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - How Life Imitates Chess - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    How Life Imitates Chess - Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Like many Russians, when I was a young boy my grandfather taught me to play chess. To say he was ‘really good’ would be an understatement. He was an absolutely brilliant player. Despite any character flaws I’ve heard family members accuse him of, when he sat down in front of a chess board, he was a super genius. This year marks ten years since he has passed. In hindsight, I didn’t get to spend as much time with him as I would have liked to, but whenever I did play chess with him, I got to see the complex inner-workings of the mind of a brilliant strategist. And by ‘see’ I mean he would talk to me during the ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - If You Think You Can’t Afford A Trainer… Tucson Personal Training Blog

    If You Think You Can’t Afford A Trainer… Tucson Personal Training Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Tomorrow is the first of August and The Protocol is turning 8. If you’ve been reading this blog since those days, you know that I tend to get a little weird during this time of year. It’s still hard to believe that what we started 8 summers ago with a few ladies on a basketball court would turn into what we have today. Somehow, some way, we’ve managed to surpass all the odds and stay relevant in a fitness world that suffers from serious ADHD. Small gyms, despite generally having superior coaching, have a really bad habit of going out of business. As a matter of fact, every place that we considered ‘competition’ when we ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Are You Where You Want To Be In The BIG 3? Tucson Powerlifting Blog

    Are You Where You Want To Be In The BIG 3? Tucson Powerlifting Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder In today’s post, I’d like to take you back to the basics; the old-school if you will. We’re gonna talk about the ‘big three’ powerlifts. The goal here is to share some valuable information that, when properly implemented, can improve your numbers in these lifts… even if I never have the opportunity to coach you personally. The ‘big 3’: The squat, bench press, and deadlift, have been around for decades. These are the moves that weak guys have used to get strong long before any of the modern-day fitness equipment was available. In recent years (despite many conventional gym wisdoms speaking otherwise), ....

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  • Personal Training in Tucson - The Protocol Strength & Conditioning, Llc - Still, Even In 2018, The Biggest Problem In Fitness…

    Still, Even In 2018, The Biggest Problem In Fitness…

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner & Founder I have a sad confession, I was having some serious writer’s block this morning and did a bad thing: I Googled “Most commonly asked fitness questions.” I thought it would give me the spark I needed to get my creative juices flowing. Long story short, it was 20 minutes of my life I can’t have back. It did, at least, give me a thought I’d like to share with you… actually two. So here we go… let’s start with the first one. Here’s the number one asked fitness question according to Google: “How do I lose weight fast?” Does it surprise you? It didn’t surprise me. It’s ....

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