Tactics in strength training implies your approach has science. You strengthen all areas of your physiology with a plan. When you execute on that plan you experience a valuable win. Your brain, muscles, nervous system, and inner biology enjoy the efforts you invest. You are clear on your “why” to train. And your investment in the gym is paying off.

Is this you, or the you that will come when you find the right time and place to train? Here are the three tactical concepts in a productive training program.

  • Learn the skills.
  • Be dynamic with your priorities
  • Put consistent action behind your goals

The skills come from the world of action. In our experience a broad training with a good range of modalities works very well. It is important to remember that strength training is more than getting fit. You are developing functional strength. You are learning to move well. You are becoming an athlete in the broadest physical sense. The skills of physical training are tools that can assist you in a wide range of life tasks.

Avoid a major pitfall of the busy person. Schedule your training. Pick your top tasks for any given day and include training three times a week. If you are an insatiable gym goer it’s time to rethink your goals. If you are forty and above working with greater efficacy is better than working more. Invest time in your life. Invest time in recovery. Learn to work simple. Work fast. And work hard.

Going to the gym once a week is fruitless. It’s tantamount to failure and you will quit sooner than later. Begin with your “why.” Why do you train? Clarity will go further than hope. Then set a goal. Make it aggressive but achievable. And go to work. Be consistent. Pick a time that works. Collate your equipment. Be a little Spartan about it. Get hydrated. Mix your recovery drink. And go. Once you begin your warm up, any residual head trash you carry around with you will disappear.

We all need guidance and a push to get training programmed into our lives. I did at first. It took a few months of committed behavior to get the tactics in strength training to feel normal. But I had a goal. I’m a coach. I have a gym. I must be a product of the product. There is no way to duck out of the process. I hired myself. You must do the same. Hire yourself to fulfill your goal.

Tactical strength training is an incremental process. There must be process or the training won’t work. And if it works, who gets the bragging rights? And who cashes in on the bigger rewards of health and brain function?

Your coach is your guide. Our process includes building the person, the tactics in strength, and the physical development. You may not be an athlete. You do want to roll back your athletic years. That includes good motor function in your muscles. It means flexibility in your joints. And a healthy dose of youthful brain function.

That’s tactics in strength training.


Our astonishment of the American Ninja Warriors is the result of performance training which goes beyond our experience of typical fitness in a gym.

With gravity as the omnipresent antagonist, we watch in amazement as these incredible athletes defy its reach.

How is it that a person can train their muscles to defy gravity, and move their bodies across space in a manner that seems to taunt each obstacle?

It may not be the bane of every trainer and coach to prepare clients for extreme athletics. But anyone can learn the basic exercises foundationally structured to create incredibly functional strength.

Use the finger holds as an example. There are no muscles in your fingers. Only ligaments and tendons. The power comes from the palm and the forearm, then extends to the shoulder. Our physical architecture works to our advantage because it is a system. It functions around three planes of motion we call the midline.

Adults have weak arms, backs, and shoulders. It’s a sad day when we realize we can’t keep up with the younger people in our lives. We honestly didn’t pay attention to the maintenance our structure needs to keep us viable. Can you execute on the training basics? Can you do a squat, pushup, situp, or pullup? Have you ever considered all the modalities of physical training? Was it important enough to you to seek the verifiable truths that can assist you to identify your “why” when you consider what strength means to you for your future of health?

Training is an open door. It’s a vast stage where many roads cross and the combinations and permutations of exercise and training can be implemented to arrive on the starting line.

Become a ninja warrior. We don’t have to see you on the TV to cheer you on. You don’t have to perform great feats of strength and gymnastic prowess to win.

The purpose of conditioning is not just exercise.

Training is mind, body, and soul. If you want to be strong, then train. If you want flexibility and coordination, you must practice. The more you work, the more work you can do.

You don’t have to be in shape to start. But you do have to begin to get into prime shape.