Jeff Kuhland – NSCA-CSCS, MovNat Certified Trainer, FMS 1+2, CrossFit Level 1, USA Track and Field Coach, Tether-ball extraordinaire
If you haven’t met Jeff Kuhland before, it’s probably because he’s been so busy trekking through the back country via compass and topo maps, battling river rapids by raft or kayak, pulling all-nighters in some obscure wilderness with his adventure race team, competing in all kinds of races from track sprints to ultra-marathons, and enjoying many other larger-than-life adventures. This guy is truly living it, and when he’s not out having fun, he’s in having fun by helping people get healthier, get fitter, and reconnect with their true nature.
I met Jeff at one of the very first MovNat retreats that was held in the USA back in 2009. He was assisting Erwan Le Corre during all four of the 5-day seminars – as an intern, of sorts. And when he was not working on some administrative tasks (e.g. cooking, cleaning, etc.), he would join us for MovNat training during the day. Sometimes he would join our group, or just do his own thing off in the distance – stealing a glance or two from the participants (we’d be thinking, “how’d he do that?”).
Jeff happened to be my partner during my very first MovNat combo workout. Erwan setup a little circuit of sorts for the whole gang, and we did it in pairs. So, Jeff and I ran on a fallen tree trunk (ie balancing), competed in a tree-branch pullup contest (he won), and then we threw large rocks at each other (err… to each other), and finished with some tree-trunk deadlifts. Erwan gave Jeff and I the heavy one. Thanks buddy.
The retreat was held at a park campground, with the usual assortment of amenities (including people who “camp” in RV’s that make my house look primitive). And so, after a long day of training that finished with our partner combo workout, Jeff and I decided it would be prudent to battle it out in a game of tether-ball. It took awhile, but in the end, Jeff whooped me – bad. But I did dominate in a game of horseshoes later – my redeeming glory.
So, that all goes to say that Jeff is a pretty cool guy, and I think he’s got a heckuva lot to offer the Physical Living community. So, when I reconnected with Jeff for the first time in awhile, and found out that he’s been writing some articles for Breaking Muscle, I asked if he’d be willing to do an interview for you here, and he happily agreed. So, let’s dive right in. Continue reading Interview with Jeff Kuhland
Have you ever spoken with a personal trainer, and only heard the following…
Hello, my name is Billy the Great and I’m a personal trainer who was certified through (blah blah blah blah) and who has an ENDLESS supply of motivation – AND YOU DON’T! Muahahahaha! But lucky for you, you’re paying me TONS of money to have me bark orders at you in an effort to manipulate you into doing unpleasant things for a whole hour, three times per week. And it’s a good thing, too! You NEED someone like me to help rescue you from your plight of being a fat slob and having ZERO motivation to save yourself. But don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of motivation to spare. In fact, for just a little more money, I can provide you with some extra inspiration you NEED to succeed. So, it’s a good thing you hired me, for YOUR sake, if ya know what I mean! Now, pardon me while I go refresh my cologne and check out my gunz in the mirror.
See what I mean? The holier-than-thou, egotistical shtick aside, there’s this rampant idea in our culture that personal trainers, fitness coaches, and strength and conditioning specialists – among others – have superhuman sources and abundant reserves of motivation to succeed day-in and day-out. Naturally, they’re described as driven people. They just get it done because they’re fired up all the time, and most other normal people just aren’t born this way and don’t have access to this level of motivation. Right?
Well, hold your horses there, hot shot, because that isn’t exactly true – not by a long shot. Sure, it may be somewhat true that most fitness professionals, in general, tend to be more tapped into their sources of motivation than your average Joe, and exemplify character traits like determination, persistence, and self-discipline as a result. But that doesn’t mean all fitness pros are like this all the time. Quite the contrary.
Allow me to use a personal example to explain. I’ve been involved in physical training pretty much constantly since I was 11 years old. Exercise has simply always been a part of my life, and there haven’t been many times that I’ve had an extended break (ie longer than a week off from training). But there have been plenty of times when the motivation to train wasn’t entirely there. And I couldn’t possibly keep track of the number of days that training time has come around and I simply didn’t want to do it. And truth be told, there have even been entire seasons of my life when training was not something I looked forward to. So, yes, my motivation to train has run dry many a time.
Reminder: today is the last day to get the TACFIT 26 program with all the additional bonuses for $50 off the normal price. The sale ends at midnight!
I quickly spliced together some footage from a TACFIT 26 workout I tried the other day. This is from the TACFIT 26 Qual Workouts (instructor level), and it uses the 20/10 X 8 + 60 protocol that is a signature method in the TACFIT arsenal. Said another way, you should perform each exercise for 8 sets of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, with 1 minute of rest between exercises.
The exercises are:
Sit Thru Extension
Spinal Rock Pike
Tripod Overhead Extension
Have a look-see:
Now, that’s just one of the 108 workouts contained in Scott Sonnon’s new TACFIT 26 program, and I didn’t even include the warmup/cooldown protocol, but hopefully that gives you a good general idea for what some of the workouts will be like. And sorry about the corny background music. I’m short on time today, and had to use some stock footage and literally just throw the video together, but I wanted to get you guys something before the launch sale expires.
If you’d like to learn a little bit more about the program, check out my TACFIT 26 Review, where I discuss some of my first impressions of the program.
Also, note that it’s on sale with some special bonuses through tonight at midnight (ie 4/15/13). So, act accordingly!
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Scott Sonnon’s new-and-improved TACFIT 26 program is a comprehensive, plug-and-play tactical fitness program that will help you develop a high standard of fitness by burning stubborn fat, building functional muscle, injury-proofing your body, and improving your conditioning level using a variety of movement-based exercise and conditioning skills via several unique training protocols that were specifically created to address the tactical needs of various service personnel and military operators.
Scott Sonnon – creator of the TACFIT 26 Program
You know, I have been planning to write up a lengthy, comprehensive, perhaps even gushy TACFIT 26 review for the last week or so, but I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I was sent an advanced copy a couple of weeks ago, and have been looking over it little by little ever since. I’ve got some notes scribbled down on a few sheets of paper, but that’s about it.
But if you know me, then you know I’ve been a fan of Scott Sonnon’s work for a long time now – and a new product release isn’t entirely new to me. I actually first started following his work and training with some of his programs back in 2006, if you can believe it. How time flies. And ever since then, I’ve seen an evolution taking place in his various product releases, many of which I’ve reviewed here (including several of his TACFIT programs). In essence, Scott’s products keep getting better and better, and there’s a lot to love about them.
And TACFIT 26 is no different. From everything I’ve seen, this is another excellent product – one of Scott’s best. And given that this is the “new generation” of the original TACFIT 26 Big Box program, it’s only gotten better in the 2.0 edition. Now, I never actually reviewed the original TACFIT program – just never got around to it. So, I can’t really compare this new version to the former. But what I can do is look at this product with a fresh perspective – knowing what I know about RMAX, and their CST and TACFIT systems. And I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that this is a superb fitness and conditioning program that would appeal to a lot of different people.
If you like any of Scott’s work, then it’s a no-brainer. You will absolutely love the TACFIT 26 program. Get it while the sale is happening, and get it if you miss out on the sale. And if you don’t know anything about Scott, or even if you don’t like him, give TACFIT 26 some mindful consideration. Seriously, what we have in TACFIT 26 is a glimpse into the future of tactical fitness (ie precision fitness). It’s action-oriented, user-friendly, comprehensive, and systematic – and yet, it allows for individual customization on a needs-based basis.
There is much I could say about it. And if and when I get around to writing up a more in-depth, dare I say, comprehensive product review, I will cover all of the pertinent details.
But for now, all that must wait. Because the product is live, and you’re waiting for an unbiased and honest review from someone you can trust – and I hope I’ve earned that over the years. And as I write this, my beautiful wife is waiting for me after a long day with the kids, and I’ve promised her an evening together – just us. And I’ve got 17 of the 30 minutes I’ve allotted to myself – kitchen timer below my computer monitor – to give you my quick thoughts on this incredible program.
So, enough with the blabbing. Let’s cut right to the chase.
If you’re reading this, and are at least remotely interested in the TACFIT 26 program, then chances are good that I’d recommend you pick up a copy. I’ve got all sorts of reasons for that, but the big one is that he’s offering it for a mere $99 (launch sale – price reduced from $149). And that, my friend, is a steal – in every sense of the word. Seriously. Not only will you be getting the entire TACFIT 26 program, encompassing 108 workouts that can and will keep you busy for years if you so choose, but you’ll also receive two other programs as well (a bodyweight training program and a kettlebell training program). So, for the price of a couple personal training sessions, you’ll receive three of Scott’s products – two of them being among – what I consider – Scott’s best work to date. And as you may already know, Scott is known for over-delivering, and you can expect even more additional bonuses, too. Yeah, he’s a nice guy and all that.
The Bottom Line
So, who is TACFIT 26 best-suited for? Let me put it bluntly. Anyone and everyone even remotely interested in it – that’s who. If you think you’ll ever use it – either immediately, in the not-so-distant future, or even someday, then I think you should absolutely invest in it today.
So, get on over there, and grab yourself a copy before the launch sale expires. And if you don’t make it in time, and have to pay full price, get a copy anyways, and rest assured knowing that you’ve gotten one of the best bargains available in this corner of the fitness industry. Seriously, they could be charging hundreds of dollars for this, and believe me, people would pay it. In fact, the original program did cost hundreds (ie it was $699 on opening day if my memory serves me). And version 2.0 is by and far one of Scott’s most evolved training systems that can absolutely help you achieve your fitness goals in as rapid a time-frame as can be accomplished with a health-first approach.
So, if you need any more convincing then that, then grab your keyboard with both hands, and proceed to hammer your forehead with it until you’ve made up your mind. If it helps, concentrate on grip confirmation, core activation, and a forceful exhale whilst whacking. It always helps me when I get writer’s block.
And in usual Siffer-fashion, I will provide anyone who buys the product with a gift – on the house – as my way of saying thanks for supporting my website over all these years. See instructions below.
*Don’t miss out on the launch week discount ($50 off) and bonuses expiring Monday, April 15 at midnight!
**If you order through my referral link, please send me a copy of your receipt and I’ll send you a free gift: The Quad-Wheel Switch Exercise Coaching Video (12 minute instructional video in WMV format). This exercise is great for strengthening the muscles surrounding the shoulder and upper back, and especially for improving your posture. After you’ve placed your order through my referral link, just forward your confirmation email containing your receipt to physical (dot) living [at] gmail (dot) com and I’ll reply with your free gift. Thank you for supporting my website with your purchase!
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A Quick Primer On How Running Is Supposed To Be + A Short Exposé On How To Run Properly
All right. Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not saying you’re a dummy, but I am saying that some runners, out there, do dumb things – but not you! We cool? Cool.
Now, let’s face it. Running is a pretty simple activity. Just put one foot in front of the other, as the old saying goes. But somehow we’ve managed to severely over-complicate this fundamentally-human, natural movement skill. And we’re paying the price for it – in spades. No matter what research you look at, injury rates among runners are at absolutely absurd levels – to the point where I actually catch myself doubting the brilliance of the human race. But I don’t dwell on it, and fortunately, there is other evidence out there to the contrary. Thank God.
Now, if we could travel back to science class, something we learned is that pain is an indication that something is wrong. And running injuries are almost always a sign that something has been wrong for a long time. And so, it could be argued that 50-90% of runners have been doing something wrong for a long time. And this tells me that there are some serious flaws in how we approach running, in general, in our culture – basic, fundamental flaws that are undermining our health, fitness, performance, and chaining our self-confidence, self-worth, and literally disabling people physically and mentally. I know. Serious stuff, right?