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I’m an athlete who studies athletics. I’m a human trying to get better. My blog and podcast share what I’m learning.

Andrea & Friends 003 – Lawrence Judd

Lawrence Judd is the Director of Operations of Shredded by Science (SBS), which is the industry leader in online coaching for personal trainers.

That very same company invited myself and the other 3DMJ coaches out to London to do a seminar in the summer of 2016, where I got to spend a week with Lawrence and all of his SBS fam.

While I didn’t know much about him before that, we have since become full-fledged internet buddies, appeared on each other’s podcasts, and generally enjoy invading each other’s Snapchat feeds with images of dogs and #FitChick humor.— Read More…

Andrea & Friends 002 – Ian McCarthy

Ian is the owner, coach, and content creator of Lifting For Life, LLC.

While I have met Ian in person many times before, I always left with some sense of mystery as to how his brain ticked.

Since first watching his videos back in 2012, I found him to be extremely fascinating and get super hung up on how he operates, so having him on this podcast for over 2 hours was a real treat for me.

Please enjoy our chat about youtube, family, anorexia, critical thinking, social media, and a whole whole lot more.

Here is the second installment of Andrea & Friends with Ian McCarthy. — Read More…

Andrea & Friends 001 – Ryan Doris

Welcome to my podcast, guys!

This is the very first ever episode of Andrea & Friends, featuring Ryan Doris.

Ryan is an elite level powerlifter, a professional natural bodybuilder, and one of my favorite people to talk to in the whole world.

We recorded this conversation toward the end of February 2017, and we catch up about life, books, training, and some of our biggest struggles as creative individuals trying to run our own businesses.— Read More…

Your Sport Owes You Nothing – You Owe It

As someone who’s life has done nothing but benefit from athletics since the age of six, I can become extremely disgruntled and disheartened when people do not respect their craft.

And yes, sports done well, is indeed, a craft.

With performance-based sports, this is sometimes recognized and honored. With “fitness” or cosmetic sports it is most-often not.

But regardless of the outcome you are attempting to chase with your physical body, nothing is more disgraceful than to steal it’s beauty and intent by making it your meal ticket.— Read More…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

A few weeks ago I listened to an audiobook titled “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life”.

About 20 minutes into it, way before the end of the first chapter, I honestly thought to myself that this is the book everyone in my life should read.

To be clear, I’ve never thought that about any other book. There have been some that I think would be so great for some people, but this one was for EVERYONE.

While it didn’t uncover anything incredibly new or different for me in principle (it mostly offered some valuable reminders and a ton of giggles), it opened my eyes to how a typically lame-sounding topic can be livened up if delivered by the right person with the right tone.— Read More…