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.
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Get Stronger, Run and Race Faster, Prevent Injuries, And Feel Great While Running With These Expert Insights From Running Coach, Jason Fitzgerald
Jason Fitzgerald – Founder of StrengthRunning.com
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Fitzgerald, who is a running coach and founder of the website Strength Running. I stumbled onto his site about a month ago, and given that both running and strength are mega-interests of mine, I started to pour through the archives. I quickly realized that not only is this guy knowledgeable about running, but he gets the “big picture” of health, fitness, strength, and athletics.
I signed up for his newsletter to get to know him and his work a little better, and am really glad I did. This guy really knows his stuff, and the more of his work that I’ve read, the more I liked him. So, it was only a matter of time before I asked the question, “may I interview you for my readers?” He accepted without hesitation and we picked a date. That date was yesterday, and man, we had an excellent discussion about all-things running and strength training.
Who Should Listen To This Interview
So, if you’re a runner, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll not only enjoy the interview, but you’ll get several actionable takeaways that you can use to help yourself become a better runner. Remember that word actionable. And if you’re a struggling runner, and I’ve been there, too, bub, then that is all the more reason why this interview is something you won’t want to miss. And finally, if you’ve been thinking about getting into running, and want to do it right (and not get injured like a staggering 50-90% of runners do, depending on which statistics you look at), then you’ll absolutely want to listen in.
We had originally planned on keeping this interview in the 30-45 minute range, but it was so good, we just kept going for over an hour. Admittedly, it was apparent from the outset that both Jason and I are hopeless training geeks. But hey, don’t hate now.
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Build World Class Strength With These Expert Tips From Dan John
If you’ve never heard of Coach Dan John before, then allow me to introduce you to a legend in the strength and weightlifting community. Some of the things that come to mind when I think of Dan John are old school strength training, olympic lifting, kettlebells, goblet squats, throwing heavy things, farmer walks and other loaded carries, and getting back to the basics, among other things.
I first ran across Dan’s work when I read one of his articles on T-Nation back in 2004 and have followed him on and off since then. Dan was one of the men who really inspired me to get serious into the iron game back when I was in college, and Dan who pushed me over the edge to learn the Olympic lifts when the opportunity finally presented itself.
I’ve always admired his no-nonsense, simple approach to strength training, and the fact that he’s got nothing up his sleeve. He’s open, honest, and humble – and he knows his craft very well. Seriously, this is a man who can get you ridiculously strong if you want it bad enough, and his advice is always spot-on.
If you told me nine years ago that I’d eventually be interviewing Dan John, I wouldn’t have believed you. But after one email and a bit of phone tag, I was on the line with him picking his brain about all things strength and fitness.
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Skyrocket Your Pull-up and Chin-up Performance With These Expert Tips to Help You Master Bar Calisthenics And Beyond
Just last week, I got on the phone with none other than Al Kavadlo. In case you don’t know him, he’s a personal trainer in New York City who has carved out a reputation for specializing in bodyweight training, and in particular, what he calls pullup bar calisthenics.
And when I say he’s carved out a reputation, what I mean is that the guy is a bodyweight training beast. He can do some unbelievably challenging feats of strength, on the pullup bar and off it. But more importantly, Al has a talent for not just inspiring and empowering others, but for teaching them how to achieve these challenging feats of strength, too.
When we first got on the phone, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect, but I quickly found out that Al is not only a really genuine guy, but he also has a no-nonsense approach to fitness. He also has a knack for simplifying complex ideas into easy-to-understand and usually actionable solutions – a good quality for a coach.
Al has a way of keeping things simple without getting too esoteric, or worse yet, going “guru” on you. When he is wearing a shirt, you can be assured that he’s got nothing up his sleeve.
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Get an Introduction to Gold Medal Bodies and Ring Training to Take Your Fitness to the Next Level, and Learn Some Unique Training Strategies to Master The Pull-up and Chin-up Exercises and Beyond
I have spent years saying that “someday, I’m going to interview the legendary Ryan Hurst.” And we’ve even tried to pull it off a couple of times, but our best intentions never manifested into anything. Being on different sides of the planet may have something to do with that. But today, after perhaps the longest waiting period in Physical Living history, I’ve finally got something to offer you, and it’s good – really good. But if you know Ryan – you knew that already.
If you don’t know Ryan yet – let me just tell you that he’s the real deal. He may live tucked away in what seems like a faraway land, but this guy has been there and back again. And you can trust me when I tell you that he can absolutely help you in your journey to better health and fitness, more strength, and a higher quality of life.
I really enjoyed putting this interview together for you guys, and Ryan shared a ton of really great info. Apart from getting to know him and his work with Gold Medal Bodies, the main theme of this interview was about ring training and pull-up and chin-up training (and beyond), but Ryan shared so much more than that. One of the reasons why I’ve wanted to interview him for so long is because there’s something different about Gold Medal Bodies that I think will jive with a lot of people. The work that Ryan and his colleagues are doing and the community they are forging is truly a diamond in the rough, and more people need to hear about it (and experience it!).
The one thing that struck me from this interview, in particular, is that Ryan truly knows his craft. You can tell that he’s worked with a lot of people over his lifetime and has integrated the many experiences during his career to bring something unique to the world of fitness. This guy “gets it,” and I think he’s doing much-needed work – and having fun doing it, too.
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