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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
March 4, 2014

Endurance Athletes: is Metabolic Conditioning for ME?

In the health and fitness world, metabolic conditioning is a term used loosely and frequently. It is generally associated with Cross-Fit; intense workouts, derived from lifting […]
February 3, 2014

Ergo for All

Rowing for Riders In two different sessions, cyclists will learn how to use the ergometer; a fundamental tool for increasing strength, stamina, range of motion, and […]
December 9, 2013
Getting started here is like being selected by Hans & Franz to be awesome!

Hans and Franz are my Homeboys…

Lately, I have been considering getting a part time job. It would give me more income to towards buying more/better equipment for the facility. (I like […]
November 15, 2013

Sir Mix-A-Lot had it right!

Prelude In the last couple of weeks I have been collecting information from my youth and collegiate athletes regarding their strength and conditioning programs. Knowing their […]
October 22, 2013

The Kettlebell Complex

Here at Contemporary Athlete, the Kettlebell is used frequently not because of any growing trend or fad but because of its sheer versatility. I am a […]
October 11, 2013

CAIR – The Beginning of an Era

(Pronounced: see-AIR) The first truly goal oriented indoor rowing team in the Capital District! CAIR  has been a brainchild of mine for a number of years […]
September 24, 2013

open house | october 5

It only took only took 11 months for me to plan an open house. (When I say me, I really mean all the awesome people that […]
September 23, 2013

CA – FAQ

So on recommendation from one of the JBs the FAQ has come to be a blog. I hear a lot of stuff, so much so that […]
September 17, 2013

Athlete Profile: Lauren Salter (Part 2)

(Haley and Lauren putting in the work) It’s September now, the weather is changing here in upstate NY.  The temperature goes from crazy hot to cold […]
September 12, 2013

9/11

“12 years ago I stood watching the f-15 eagles fly over campus as I stood on the 3m diving platform. It made all of us wonder […]
September 4, 2013

Spartan?

Part I: “Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.” – John Ortberg In life there comes a point when you just want to […]
August 28, 2013

Dog Fighting

So not what you thought but I definitely got you’re attention right? So there is this phrase that people use when speaking of or to “underdogs”. […]
August 19, 2013

Athlete Profile: Erin Little

“Erin Little? Really? I love people with ironic last names.” – Bender “Optimist Prime” as we like to refer to her, is possibly the most excited, […]
August 1, 2013

The “C” Word

The “C” Word There are some words that all coaches and trainers hate. We all have a list of words that make our skin crawl or […]
July 22, 2013

Athlete Profile: Lauren Salter

Lauren Salter (Part 1) Life offers you what you need when you need it. The question is will you know how to see it and will […]

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