March 5, 2018
Keep it simple. The best way to great fitness results!

Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple By: Ian Cutting   It seems that more and more so, we are approaching the whole realm of health and fitness backwards. We […]
February 26, 2018
Are you having "No Progress?"

Are you having “No Progress?”

Think of your journey into a healthier, happier, better moving you much like building a house. If the foundation of your house is cobbled together, has […]
February 19, 2018

Coffee + Training = Gains (The unknown facts to unlocking your gym potential.)

My coffee addiction has a workout problem. Or some variable of that statement is appropriate for this post. I recently found myself sitting in the office […]
February 5, 2018

Summer Flab to Summer Fab

Right now is the time when everybody starts asking me (that don’t come to the CA) What they should be doing to “mix” it up to […]
January 22, 2018

Client Profile – John Cutting: “Finding time for a fitness adventure”

(aka 2 years of Contemporary Athlete) Before CA – Way back when Raising kids, daily lap swimming and watching sports can take up a lot of […]
January 15, 2018

The # 1 easiest fitness hack!

Are you tired of having NO gains? Working your butt off and NOT losing any weight? Feeling the pressure of eating ONLY rice cakes and celery? […]
January 8, 2018
Patience is the Answer

Patience is the answer

Training is a lot like life.  In both, the roads towards progress and success are full of obstacles. Most of the time patience is the answer. […]
December 27, 2017

The Holi-daze of Fitness: It is too good to be true

Beware of easy. I wish there was some magic pill.  I wish there was some miracle product. I wish there was some neat little package you […]
December 18, 2017
The 5 best reasons NOT to workout

The 5 best reasons NOT to workout!

By Dave Bender You know that sinking feeling you get when you think “Hey, I really should take some time and get myself healthy (again). January […]
December 11, 2017
Mind your Movement: The Plank

The Perfect Push-up

The perfect push-up is an upper-body focused exercise with full-body benefits. There are many variations, but being able to perform the standard push-up is an important […]
November 26, 2017
Mind your Movement: The Plank

Mind Your Movement: The Plank

Mind Your Movement: The Plank By: Ian Cutting The plank is an incredibly effective full body exercise. Planks force you to contract every muscle you have, […]
November 20, 2017

Women: Love your body!

By: Kyla Scherer As a coach, the number one request from female clients is to lose weight and look better. The female population comes to me […]
November 2, 2017
Supportive Team training at Contemporary Athlete

Bullshit Fitness: What it is, and what you can do about it

Bullshit Fitness: What it is, and what you can do about it By: Ian Cutting ____ How Can You Tell if it’s Bullshit? Generally, if… It […]
October 26, 2017
Kettlebell training in Clifton Park

The 5 best reasons to swing a Kettlebell!

What is it About the Kettlebell? by Ian Cutting I was talking to someone recently about fitness and training, and the subject of the kettlebell came […]
August 28, 2017
Progressive athletic strength training help to win the 2x at the Can/Am/Mexico regatta 2017

Athletic Development: What Athletes Need…

Athletic Development:What Athletes Need… By Ian Cutting Over the past few years we keep hearing about the increasingly competitive nature of youth athletics. More parents are […]
May 17, 2017

Wicked Simple Weight loss

It’s as easy as basic math: 3-2=1 Awesome you! I’m going to tell you how simple it is to shed that unwanted weight. (This doesn’t mean […]
May 15, 2017

How important is it to suffer? AKA Embrace the Suck

How important is it to suffer? AKA Embrace the Suck On the regular here I see same thing happen. New people come into the CA and […]
November 20, 2016

Women’s Strength: STRONG is not a four-letter word.

CALLING ALL WOMEN! Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Just have a baby? Want to feel better in your clothes?  Are you just tired of […]
March 1, 2016

DMS -1 and the great Chris Duffin

If you have ever been to Contemporary Athlete or met David Bender, you know birthdays are usually celebrated with kettlebell swings and copious amounts of sweat. […]
October 8, 2015

The Road Least Traveled

“It’s easy till you own it.”  The best advice I have ever gotten was, “Protect the CA no matter what. That community is special and that […]
September 25, 2015

CA & 9 Miles East Sports Nutrition

Contemporary Athlete & 9 Miles East Sports Nutrition If you’ve been training at CA during any point in the last year, you’ve definitely heard the name […]
August 21, 2015

Contemporary Yoga

I’d like to introduce you to Contemporary Yoga.  The word “yoga” is such a broad term these days.  Those looking to practice are faced with a […]
August 6, 2015

Tiptoeing Out of Your Comfort Zone

Be strong. That’s my fitness goal now, to gain strength through hard work. That hasn’t always been my motivation though. Sixteen year old me that was […]
June 11, 2015
Woman pulling weights

Pregnancy: athlete reinvention

Pregnancy: athlete reinvention (A process, part II) This blog post comes from a current client and fellow coach in the industry, Halley Pulli. When I met […]
April 23, 2015
Fitness run

Staying fit during pregnancy

This blog post comes from a current client and fellow coach in the industry, Halley Pulli. When I met Halley at the ADK Outdoor Expo and […]
March 12, 2015
training or coaching rowing

Trainer or Coach?

Value: Coaching vs. Training The evolution of the health and fitness industry has yielded countless changes over the years. Personal training used to be reserved for […]
January 8, 2015

Ego Check: Volume and Viciousness

So I had this really science based, fact check blog planned for today about the importance of bodyweight work as THE platform for success or continued […]
November 18, 2014

The Contemporary Athlete answer

The answer to THE 3 – year question: What is Contemporary Athlete? Let me start this with a precursor. “What is Contemporary Athlete?” is a question […]
September 19, 2014

Growing Pains: New Beginnings

It’s been a while since I wrote a new article. I know that, much like in academia, in a social media driven world it’s publish or […]
August 7, 2014
C Snatch

Questioning Your Comfort Zone

Foreword: Colleen Pierre When Colleen walked into Contemporary Athlete I was just as unsure about her, as she was about me, and what this place is […]
July 23, 2014

Training Affect: Self-Coaching

In a sea full of sharks, be a f****** Megalodon. The Lake Placid Ironman is closing in on us, Sunday actually; I started to think about […]
July 11, 2014

Training Mistakes: Barbell

Training Mistakes: Barbell work If all you have is a hammer, everything is a nail. What are you trying to get from a training session? What […]
June 26, 2014

Go Hard, or Go Home: What? That’s stupid.

When I opened Contemporary Athlete I had grand dreams (don’t worry, I still do!) of rows of amazing athletes of all ages doing agility drills, with […]
June 9, 2014

Coffee: Hot, Black, and doughnut free

My coffee addiction has a work problem. Or some variable of that statement is appropriate for this post. I recently found myself sitting at the office […]
June 5, 2014

Emily: Into the Mudder…

A brief preface: I love a project and fortunately athletes love to bring me slightly unreal timelines for their impending greatness. Let me start by saying […]
April 17, 2014

a more sincere desire

Just a brief word, I asked Haley Sive, who does an amazing job with the website why she trained at the CA one day not to […]
April 3, 2014

Mustang Nation

In the last 72 hours a lot has been going on in both my personal life and business life. What has been interesting is the thread […]
March 28, 2014

Why 12-12

Let me tell you a story… Once upon a time on a beautiful spring night after getting out of work, a young, optimistic athlete’s world changed […]
March 20, 2014

Birthday Awesomeness!

(I wrote and posted this without Haley, Lauren, or any number of people who love to correct my grammar proofing it. So if you want to […]
March 18, 2014

Grip Strength: Easy solutions

High iron content? Just add rice! A little while ago, I was asked about fat bar grips, grip strength, and what to buy. As I have […]


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