Training

Weaponise the jazz mindset

How a jazz player approaches his craft stands in stark contrast to that of a classically trained musician. Whereas classic music is about perfectly playing the right notes, jazz is about improvisation. A talented jazz musician can, and probably has to, adjust his playing on the fly each night. To […]

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Getting stronger with less work

Training itself doesn’t get you stronger, fitter, and healthier. You get all those things because of how your body reacts to the training you’ve done. Nothing new there. You want your workouts to stimulate the positive reactions in the body. You know, hormones and stuff. The ones that encourage your […]

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The best thing I’ve done for my own training

The older I get, the more I am appreciating short strength workouts. Even if the short workouts are by necessity. With two young kids, a coaching business and freelance writing, there’s only so much a man can fit in. But after two years of Covid imposed short strength workouts, I […]

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Graceful fitness isn’t about never training hard

You can, and probably should, push your limits. But because I harp on so much about reasonable workouts and a balanced approach to health and fitness, some of you might think that I am against intense workouts. If that’s the case, it’s on me for not being clear enough. Something […]

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I finally cracked the code

1.4.2022 Letter from Joonas’ desk. I’ve finally discovered how to deliver anyone older than 40 years of age outstanding results. And I’ve packaged it into a new coaching program. It’s the end product of a decade of searching, studying and extracting the truth. Unlike my previous attempts that I’ve labelled […]

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Getting Stronger is Hard Work

The late afternoon sun hugs the field. The two tired brothers have worked since the early hours of the morning. Now they’re getting the last of the day’s harvest done. Bob, the younger of the brothers, is inherently lazy. Trying to get the harvest done with him is like dealing […]

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How To Warm Up And Be Less Like Britney

Yes, warming up can seem like an annoyance at times. Especially when you’re in a hurry and just want to get into it. But skipping the warm up, or worse, doing it like a sloth means leaving some of the potential results hanging uncollected on the hooks of missed opportunities. […]

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Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness forms the foundation for longevity. And these qualities have to be constantly nurtured to stop them from crumbling. They need the integrity that comes from frequent practice. Yet there is a point of diminishing returns. A point of too much. Be it chasing some random […]

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Why I Rarely Use Barbells

The gym-less self-isolation training hasn’t been a challenge for most of my clients. Not because any of them have proper gym set ups at home. But because when we train at the gym it’s mostly with kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands and bodyweight. Stuff that’s easy enough to set up at […]

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Minimalist Strength Training for The Housebound

I like to think of myself as a minimalist. Not a hardcore minimalist who takes only chewing gum and a stapler to go on a zombie hunt. But a minimalist nevertheless. I have a somewhat nihilistic view towards most of the gym equipment. Although I work at a gym (Except […]

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Don’t Take Your Strength Training Standards From Powerlifting

A fact: speeding through a red light will get you in trouble with the law. And if there’s no real-life-police or a tech-abled-camera-police to see it, you’ll at least get condemned, huffed and labelled as an irresponsible driver by your fellow motor vehicle operators. And as a bare minimum, you’ll […]

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Ten Principles for Training

Call them rules or principles, either way it’s reasonable to expect that you have a set of them guiding how you live your life. Even if you don’t have them written down, there’s that inner compass of values that you reflect on as you navigate life. You know, don’t lie, […]

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