WHAT THIS IS ABOUT
AnthonyMychal.com chronicles my writing on how to better yourself as an athlete by breaking away from dogma, broscience, and ineffective training methodology.
I update this blog twice per week (Monday and Thursday). If you’re like me and you forget whenever people update their websites, you can get free gifts and stay in the loop by signing up for my newsletter. Alternatively, you can friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or add me on Google+. I post videos on YouTube, too.
Monday’s posts are written to athletes “in general” and encompass a broad array of tips and topics. Thursday’s posts are written mostly to tricksters, and usually contain more of a philosophical and marketing aura. But regardless of what kind of athlete you are, I’m sure you will benefit from the content on either day, so don’t ignore a post because it may not be “specific” to you. I extract meaning from all of my posts so that they can benefit everyone.
In summary, this website is about:
· All facets of training an athlete for his or her sport
·How philosophy, self development, and marketing intertwine with athletes and tricking
What holds these together, and the overriding theme of this website, is that most conventional ways people go about training athletes—especially in the United States—is backwards. Ronnie Coleman once said, “Everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight.” Well, it’s kind of like that. Everyone wants to look and perform like an athlete, but nobody wants to train like one. Instead, they train like bodybuilders, olympic weightlifters, and powerlifters. Every athlete and every sport has different demands.
My name is Anthony Mychal. For what they are worth, I have a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Health and Physical Education.
I worked as a athletic development coach at the collegiate level as an intern at the University of Pittsburgh. Although I worked with nearly all sports teams, my most memorable experience was with the football team under James Smith and Buddy Morris. Those guys changed my life and I am forever grateful.
As far as teaching goes, I have experience at all levels (K-Collegiate) and did some track, field, and athletic preparation work at the high school level.
Currently, I do everything I love and nothing I hate. I drink coffee. I’m a freelance writer. I train myself. I consult with online clients. I wear Injinji toe socks (these really make me happy).
Aside from 1) becoming a physical specimen without touching performance enhancing drugs, 2) using this blog to showcase my handsomeness and talents, and 3) making millions of dollars, I’d say I have two goals. I want to do great work and I want to help as many people as I can.
I love questions. I’m not one of those guys that’s “too busy” to talk, so send them over through my contact page. Become a regular. If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, the first one is on me.
2002 – I started tricking.
2003 – Was invited to my friend’s house to lift weights. I quickly found that I was weak and overweight.
2004-2005 – I played basketball. I was over 6’ and I had a 30” vertical weighing about 200 lbs. My childhood knee problems escalated.
2005 – First year of college and I became sloppy. I passed up the opportunity to play basketball due to a transfer situation. I purchased minor lifting equipment for my garage.
2006 – Dropped to 180 lbs. I looked like a starving Ethiopian. I bought higher class lifting equipment. I fell in love. My knees still hurt.
2008 – Personal interests from previous years led me to the University of Pittsburgh. I spent the year weight room working with the Strength Coaches for Olympic Sports. I severely injured my knee during a training session.
2009 – Spent my days, 6am-6pm, with the Football Physical Preparation team. I graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. I decided to get a Masters Degree in teaching. I created a rehabilitation plan for my knee.
Early 2010 – Started the blog, “Simply Strong.” Successful cured my knee pain and was the healthiest I had ever been in my life. My blog didn’t survive too long. I proclaimed myself a knee expert.
Late 2010 – I saved some old posts and decided to write a book about preventing/curing common knee problems. I graduated with a Masters degree in Education.
Early 2011 – I became a high school physical education teacher. I broke my foot in five places during a tricking session.
Late 2011 – I was furloughed as a teacher and began taking online clients and writing for publications.
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- Athletic Aesthetics (9)
- Athletic Preparation (2)
- Athletic Training (1)
- Barefoot (1)
- Bodyweight Conditioning (1)
- Exercise Form (1)
- Fat Loss (1)
- Fitness Industry (5)
- Getting Jacked (2)
- Glutes (1)
- Hip Extension (4)
- Imbalances (5)
- Injuries (6)
- Interviews (2)
- Knee Pain (6)
- Miscellaneous (13)
- Mobility and Movement (3)
- Motivation (6)
- Music (20)
- Olympic Lifting (1)
- Random Thought (10)
- Strength Training (3)
- Training Everyday (3)
- Tributes (1)
- Tricking (5)
- Uncategorized (4)
- Unilateral Training (1)
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