Dropping Some Pounds

June 20, 2017
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 5:57 pm

My brother, James, recently lost 50 pounds. It wasn’t sexy and cool the way he did it.   He did it by being consistent, following a balanced approach and he had good reasons (his kids, health and being charged double on a helicopter tour) to lose the weight. There was no overnight fix, magic pill or […]

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8 Years, 8 Lessons

June 2, 2017
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 4:31 pm

I am a little late on this one but 8 years ago in May, I got my first training certification and started working as personal trainer. These are 8 random lessons that I have learned over that time. 1. Listen This is probably the most important thing I have learned. Back in the day, I […]

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Todd Bumgardner is, in my mind and many top fitness/strength and conditioning minds, one of the top “young guns” in performance coaching.  He is an innovative coach who “creates monsters” out of Ranfone Training Systems.  I wanted to pick is brain and start learning how Todd thinks and coaches people and the information is gold… […]

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What Pro Wrestling Taught Me About Fitness

April 5, 2013
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 7:25 pm

I love professional wrestling. It has everything you could possible want! You have gigantic athletes ad-libbing most of what they are doing and show combines matches, pyrotechnics, monologues, storylines and emotion ALL IN ONE!!!!  That is talent. Pure talent. Professional wrestling was one of the driving forces that pushed me into fitness.  I was always […]

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3 Tips to Overcome Strength Plateau

February 19, 2013
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 7:05 pm

Everybody reaches a strength plateau in his or her programming.  There are several ways to help break through this.  If you are consistently lifting and trying to get stronger every now and then you just need a little tweak to your program.  Here are 3 of my favorite techniques to break through your strength plateaus […]

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Goal Mapping 101

January 1, 2013
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 8:52 pm

With the New Year in full force, people are suddenly going to be making rapid changes and unfortunately many of these people will also be failing.  While there are several reasons to this failing the biggest reason to this failing is that “New Year” doesn’t give enough of a reason to make the necessary changes […]

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Save Your Body and Train Smart

October 9, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 5:29 pm

Everybody eventually comes to the conclusion that they have a favorite exercise or type of exercise.  Recently in the last few weeks I observed a couple people.  One is a client and the other is a guy who works out at the J (one of the gyms I train out of).  These people had one […]

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So. . .Personality Matters?

October 4, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 5:04 pm

Working with a wide variety of clients and athletes makes efficient motivation very important.  Motivation is more than high fives, giving generic quotes and pictures, yelling one more and telling them great set.  Motivating clients is a multi-faceted process, which involves understanding some basic psychology, personality factors and empowering clients.  The first personality trait I […]

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Some Real Mickey Mouse Personal Training Part 2

September 26, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 11:37 pm

Mickey’s continuation of knowledge begins now… 6) Avoid overload – create turn ons – resist the temptation to overload your audience with too much information and too many objects Clients have a finite level of self-control and ability to retain extra knowledge.  Explain things as simply as you need to.  I have had some clients […]

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Some Real Mickey Mouse Personal Training Part 1

September 17, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 11:32 pm

I have two big loves in my life; the first being fitness and the second being Disney World (and anything related to it).  Kids love Disney World because they get to go on rides and see characters.  I love Disney World because . . . well I get to go on rides and see characters.  […]

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Youth Training and Building a Foundation

May 3, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 4:17 pm

Youth and teen athletes/general fitness clients are far different than adults and as a result need to be trained differently and many times more conservatively than older athletes and clients.  I have had the luxury of interning with one of the top HS strength coaches in the country in Carlo Alvarez and his staff.  I […]

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Tis the Season

April 19, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 5:05 pm

When training to lose body fat, your training program will probably need a bit of an overhaul.  At one of the gyms I work at, 90% of the people follow the same weekly structure in a workout – chest/triceps, back/biceps, leg extensions, arms, arms and if they have time on Saturday a little more arms.  […]

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Always Improve

March 13, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 6:07 pm

One of the basic principles of training is progression.  Proper progression is vital for success in any training program.  However it is often neglected in many assets of peoples training.  Whether it is the rise of new extreme and intense training methods where you do the most work possible in every workout or a reliance […]

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Some Good Stuff Will Come Soon!

March 5, 2012
Posted by: Matt Kasee at 2:07 am

Just starting my training blog, where I will share my favorite readings from other Strength Coaches and Trainers, my own thoughts and knowledge and training updates of my clients.  Reply to this post and let me know some topics you would like to read about and what I should write about.    

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