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  • Lesson From A Master... Part 3 - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Lesson From A Master... Part 3 - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Today’s post is part 3 of a 5-part series ( click here if you missed part 1, and here if you missed part 2). Here’s a quick recap: Master instructor Mark Reifkind recently retired from StrongFirst and was asked to summarize his decades of coaching experience. Instead of writing an entire novel, he boiled it down to just 5 bullet points. Here they are… We stand on the shoulders of giants. Study the greats that came before you. N=1. What works for you? We don’t need to discover the training “theory of everything.” Just what makes you progress. Consistency trumps intensity, and intensity is born from consistency. Control the breath, control ....

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  • Lessons From A Master... Part 2 Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Lessons From A Master... Part 2 Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Today’s post is part 2 of a 5-part series ( click here if you missed part 1). Here’s a quick recap: Master instructor Mark Reifkind recently retired from StrongFirst and was asked to summarize his decades of coaching experience. Instead of writing an entire novel, he boiled it down to just 5 bullet points. Here they are… 1.We stand on the shoulders of giants. Study the greats that came before you. 2.N=1. What works for you? We don’t need to discover the training “theory of everything.” Just what makes you progress. 3.Consistency trumps intensity, and intensity is born from consistency. 4.Control the breath, control the body. ....

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  • Lessons From A Master... Part 1

    Lessons From A Master... Part 1

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post is part one of a 5-part series. It was recently announced that one of my longtime friends and mentors, Mark Reifkind, was retiring from his position of Master Instructor for StrongFirst. He was asked to write a blog post summarizing his 50+ years in the iron game. My first thought when I found out about this was, “How long is this post going to be? This sounds more like a Lord of The Rings Trilogy than a blog post… However, in true Mark Reifkind fashion, instead of a blog post (or a muti-volume encyclopedia), he summarized it into 5 bullet points. WHAT?!?! 5 Bullet points?!? Yes, 5 bullet points. Here they ....

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  • Do You Go To Train? Or Just Go To The Gym? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Do You Go To Train? Or Just Go To The Gym? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder A long-time mentor of mine, Sergio Giardini used to always say, “I know a lot of people who go to the gym. I don’t know a lot of people who train.” Of course the larger problem is that most Americans simply don’t exercise at all (for reasons that were discussed in this article ), but I figure if you’re one of those people, you’re probably not reading this. However, if you did stumble across this post, the only thing to say is this: Showing up is more than half of the battle. We’ve coached people, whose interest in exercise was lukewarm at best, to accomplish big fitness goals just by showing up ....

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  • The Protocol Turns 12! - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    The Protocol Turns 12! - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    The Protocol Turns 12! Coach Jerry shares his thoughts on hiring coaches, snarky gym shirts, and why he doesn’t give a crap about training elite athletes. ----------------- Today’s post may sound like it’s written for my colleagues, but please stay with me… there’s plenty of stuff for non-trainers as well. This post is being published on the 12-year anniversary of our gym. It’s also my 18 th year working as a fitness professional. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I tend to get a little sentimental during this time of year. Like most professionals, I question lots of things… including my own successes and ....

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  • How Do You Know It’s Time To Take A Break? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    How Do You Know It’s Time To Take A Break? - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder I’m writing this in June of 2022. After almost two and a half years of successful avoidance, the double red lines finally got me. What’s worse is that it happened on a vacation. My wife had the Alpha in April of 2020 and I managed to not get it (despite making no efforts to stay away from her). We were all locked down at the time, and I figured we were all going to get it at some point, so I might as well just get it over with. An anti-body test later confirmed: COVID for Marie, none for Jerry. This summer it all changed. Between the actual vacation itself, the forced vacation after I got home, and the other pre-planned trips shortly ....

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  • A Strength Coach’s Thoughts On The Body Positivity Movement - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    A Strength Coach’s Thoughts On The Body Positivity Movement - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s post fits into the category of, “Things I didn’t want to talk about, but spent WAY too much time thinking about, so now I gotta write.” One of my students challenged me to take on this subject. Once again, we need to start with an important disclaimer… Warning: Dry article. If you’re looking for something highly polarizing, filled with outrage porn and fat jokes, you might as well sign off now. What Is The Body Positivity Movement? Contrary to what some may think, this movement is not new news. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance was started in 1969. The term “body positive” ....

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  • Jerry Responds To The Worst Fitness Advice On Social Media For Beginners - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    Jerry Responds To The Worst Fitness Advice On Social Media For Beginners - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today I’d like to walk you step-by-step through the process of getting started in a fitness program. This is how the majority of conversations go when someone calls into our facility with questions about our programs. This also happens to be a subject that most online outlets do a terrible job of answering, so I decided to do my part in being part of the solution. Here we go… Phase One – Skill Acquisition… DO NOT SKIP THIS! Before we moved into our current location 6 years ago, our previous facility was next door to a quilting shop. Besides selling a variety of quilting-related products, they also offered classes. If ....

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  • What Experiencing Strength Means To Me - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    What Experiencing Strength Means To Me - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder Today’s topic comes from a podcast I enjoy listening to called Barbell Logic. It made me think about what the strength journey means to me, and I decided to share some thoughts. Enjoy! Don’t Worry, Be Happy Over the past few years, some of us have struggled with happiness. The pandemic has put us into a bad place emotionally and psychologically. Some are concerned about their health, others are concerned with how these events affect their personal/professional lives, and others are deeply concerned about both. Speaking personally, the iron has been my therapy… as well as my anti-depression medication. This is not new ....

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  • What Marie And I Eat - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    What Marie And I Eat - Tucson Personal Trainer Blog

    By: Jerry Trubman, Owner and Founder This is not a re-post! You keep asking, so periodically Marie and I rewrite posts detailing what a typical day of eating looks like for us. We started doing this around 6 or 7 years ago and, I’ll be honest, not too much has changed… but a few things have. I’d like to remind everyone that this is not nutrition advice. This is simply what we’ve discovered, through years of trial and error, that happens to work for us. Your results may vary. So, here we go… ladies first… What Marie Eats… I have changed the way I eat many times in the last 12 years: I’ve tried 5 meals a day, 2 meals a ....

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