A few days ago, on my social media, I shared a story about that one time deadlifts made me cry. It’s a very cool account about one of my clients who recently realized her potential after many many months of grinding away. I encourage you to check it out, but even if you don’t, keep reading. I think you’ll dig this.

I just returned from a long weekend in chilly Pennsylvania, where I earned a certification called “StrongON!” I also got to meet two very cute alpaca, which made the trip even more worth it.


The StrongON approach to fitness is based on the principle of generalism. Generalism is about maximizing general physical preparedness, RATHER THAN specific physical preparedness. That is, becoming better than most people at most things RATHER THAN becoming the best at any one thing.

I was explaining generalism to one of my clients last week and I knew it had clicked when he responded “that sounds like it’s great for life and really bad for the olympics.”


And I must mention that, as generalists, we don’t think that specializing is bad or wrong. It’s just not what we are about. We are about becoming good to great at many things. We aren’t trying to become Olympians.

If you are training deadlifting to become the best in the world at deadlifting, good for you! And I don’t mean that in a sassy way. I mean it with total respect. But let’s face it. Most people, like me, and my clients for example, work on the skill of deadlifting for other reasons. 

Becoming good to great at deadlifting (like my client did, and which made me cry) will probably mean you will also become good to great in another skill outside the gym, such as picking up your grandkids without tweaking your back, or operating a pair of high heel shoes.

Success in the gym can absolutely transfer directly into success “in real life” outside the gym. If you become good to great at deadlifting, you might be amazed at what else might happen.

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