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Double-cross the defence: double your big plays. Part 1

Note: Here’s why my plays are hand-drawn. Over half of my 40-year unpaid football coaching career happened pre-Internet. My entire 40-year coaching career was in a level of Football Poverty that has to be experienced to be believed.  I used a pen and paper to draw plays for three reasons: it saved time, got the […]

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Inspiring true story of a student-athlete’s journey through The Process

In 1985, I developed an obsession with getting my football players to “the next level” for three reasons: I saw a lot of wasted potential during my high school football career and more during my police career. During my football playing career in the early 1970’s, no one on my team was recruited. No one […]

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Fitness Football Soul of a Lifter

The Psychology of Going-For-It

Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, was once asked, “Is there any big innovation left in football?” Shula said, “Someday there will be a coach that doesn’t punt.” That’s me. I’m a football coach who doesn’t punt. Two-decade streak of never punting. I go-for-it anywhere on the field. And no field goals, no […]

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Psychology of Leadership – Part 5: The Very Best

I was lied to. There isn’t hell to pay if you don’t give your VERY BEST. The biggest professional challenge I’ve had is not losing one of the fundamental rules I was taught growing up – give your VERY BEST. During 35 years of working in public sector organizations, I’ve been baffled at what has […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

Wind Sprints Melt Fat – Part 2

The psychology of wind sprints is just as important as the physiology. Every football season starts the same way – I have to re-adjust wrong attitudes toward wind sprints. Most rookies believe that wind sprints are punishment, ranking somewhere between actual torture and being forced to read a book. Mindset adjustment is the key – […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

Psychology of Fat Loss – Part 5

“Get over it” is one of the most useless statements in the English language. It’s meaningless. It has no value. And it’s used by parrots who simply echo what they hear. No mind of their own. Here’s why: First, try telling them exactly how to get over it. Secondly, not getting back to it is […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

Wind sprints Melt Fat – Part 1

Coaching football has taught me one of the secret exercises for fat loss – wind sprints. Intervals of sprinting mixed with jogging or walking. Running as fast as you can several time in a row with minimal rest. Wind sprints have become fashionable by other names like HIIT but wind sprints have been around forever. […]

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Fitness Policing Soul of a Lifter

Psychology of Fat Loss – Part 4: Lifting is a life-saver

My cure was iron. Lifting weights SAVED MY LIFE. Several times. Here’s how: First, lifting weights helped transform my childhood obesity and dysfunctionalism.  Lifting weights was part of the fat-fighting trilogy – lifting weight, running, eating right. Secondly, lifting weights saved me from a manual labour Darwinism that chewed up over 90% of my peers. […]

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Fitness Football Soul of a Lifter

The CULTURE OF SPOILED ATHLETES

Good news. Ongoing discussions with CDFL (Collegiate Development Football League) in New York bring the next-level closer to reality for the Niagara X-Men. Ages 18-24, second-chance to get recruited. No games in Canada. And the charity is over. Decades of charity ends. There’s a price to pay to get anywhere in life. If you can’t […]

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Fitness Soul of a Lifter

Psychology of Fat Loss – Part 3

(excerpt from my next book) It took me two years to change my childhood obesity. It’s taken another 40 years to keep it off. I lift or run or both almost every day of my life. On a typical day, I run 45-60 after my lifting workout. On average, I work out at least 26 […]