Carlton’s Guide to Essential Reading for the Personal Trainer – Summer 2013

June 21, 2013

milo from croton with calfCarlton’s Guide to Essential Reading for the Personal Trainer – Summer 2013

*This is simply a short list of some of my favorite and most referenced books. It is in no way a complete list of essential reading for a fitness professional. However, with the wealth of material out there, it is easy to become discouraged by the mere thought of the time it might take to read & absorb so much material, that may or may not all be worth the time. Here i have tried to make things a little easier for someone starting off in the business and wishing to simultaneously gain knowledge and perspective. This list includes some classics as well as more modern reference material on various subjects. My objective was to create as short a list as possible of some great reference material while also implementing some reading for historic perspective and fun. Enjoy.

1. Dan John – “Intervention”

2. Pavel Tsatsouline – “Power to the People”.

3. Michael Boyle – “Advances in Functional Training”

3. Paul Chek – “How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy”

4. Mark Verstegen – “Core Performance”

5. Pavel Tsatsouline – “Naked Warrior”

6. Mark Rippetoe – “Starting Strength”

7. Pavel Tsatsouline – “Enter the Kettlebell”

8. Clair Davies – “Trigger Point Therapy Workbook”

9. Gray Cook – “Athletic Body in Balance”

10. Ross Enamait – “Infinite Intensity”

11. Robert Dos Remedios – “Men’s Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning”

12. Bill Starr – “The Strongest Shall Survive”

13. Shirley Sahrmann – “Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Sndromes”

14. Mark Rippetoe – “Practical Programming”

15. Dr. Mehmet Oz – “You: The Owner’s Manual”

16. Arthur Saxon – “The Development of Physical Power”

17. Stuart McGill – “Low Back Disorders”

18. Arnold Schwarzenegger – “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding”

19. Martin Rooney – “Training for Warriors”

20. Martin Rooney – “Warrior Cardio”

21. National Academy of Sports Medicine – “Optimum Performance Training for the Health and Fitness Professional” 2004 Second edition

22. Steven Low – “Overcoming Gravity”

23. Joseph H. Pilates – A Pilates’ Primer: The Millennium Edition

24. Alan Calvert – “Super-Strength”

25. Steve Vickery and Marilyn Moffat – “The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair”

26. Bruce Lee and John Little – “The Art of Expressing the Human Body”

27. Ross Enamait – “Never Gymless : An Excuse-free System for Total Fitness”

28. Dan John – “Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning”

29. Rachel Cosgrove – “The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want”

30. Andrew Weil – “Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health”

31. Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza – “Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance” by Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza


Carlton’s Favorite Documentaries 2013

May 22, 2013
* rough outline, written in a hurry

1. The Civil War

2. A Man Named Pearl

3. Bones Brigade

4. Man on Wire

5. Waiting for Sugarman

6. 30 for 30: Broke

7. Jim Brown

8. Lewis & Clark

9. The Buena Vista Social Club

10. Bloods & Crips: Made in America

11. Mike Tyson

12. Hoop Dreams

13. Grizzly Man

14. Salvador Dali

15. Pee Wee Herman artist

15. Tupac Resurection

16. Rickie Williams

17. Pete Seeger

18. Touching the Void

19. Pumping Iron

Basic Camping Gear list … 2013

March 24, 2013

Dr Berardi's hiking listDr. Berardi’s (of all people) Hiking essentials…

1. Tent. Some people think they need some fancy, expensive tent. Some people think they want a HUGE tent. Then they get one and realize they wasted  all that money on a tent that is a pain in the ass to put together. Just buy a simple cheap “dome” tent that sleeps 4-5 people (which really means it sleeps 2 people comfortably, maybe 3 if everyone is small). They range from about $30-$75. You’ll thank me later, i promise. I like most anything from Coleman, which you can get just about anywhere (Walmart, Target, Any Sporting Goods store). I’d say the most important thing about a good tent(or sleeping bag) is it’s zippers. Like i said earlier, unless you’re going to be doing “ultra light” hiking/camping for multiple days in multiple “hardcore” primitive locations, stay away from the expensive tents from REI or Whole Earth, etc. They aren’t necessary whatsoever and are a serious pain in the ass to put together if you don’t use them frequently enough, especially if it happens to be dark while setting it up. Camping is about spending time in the outdoors not in your tent.

2. Cheap Tarp. I like to buy a cheap blue tarp from Walmart (or wherever) for $5-$10 and put it UNDER the actual tent before setting it up. This gives it another stronger barrier underneath for protection against wear & tears, mud, etc. It doesn’t need to be any bigger than about the size of the bottom of your tent. It doesn’t have to fit perfect.

3. Duffle Bag. If i’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that most people can never actually put a tent back in the bag it comes in, at least not without problems. My simple solution is to buy a mid-sized CHEAP duffle bag to put your tent, it’s poles & stakes, and your tarp in. A good size is about the size of baseball bat bag or as tall as about half your height.

4. Sleeping Bags. These come in various shapes, sizes, materials & prices. For moderate climates & regular old general use camping (such as Texas), i think a basic sleeping bag is fine. Again, they can be found at Walmart, Target, Sporting Good Stores. A basic sleeping bag may be as cheap as $30. Unless you get really cold at night or are camping in very cold weather, you shouldn’t need a bag that is rated below 30 degrees. You will just sweat most of the time anyway. Most of the year in Texas, it’s too hot to actually sleep in a sleeping bag anyway so most just sleep on top of the bag rather than in it. A down-feather bag is nice but unnecessary if not camping in very cold climates or needed to reduce the weight you are carrying while hiking long or difficult trails. I’d just go with a plain, cheap synthetic bag, preferably with a nylon outer shell. They come in 2 basic styles, mummy or square. “Mummy” bags are nice in the cooler weather but don’t leave much room to wiggle around. For most general purposes, a regular square bag will work fine. Don’t buy a sleeping bag at REI or Whole Earth unless you are going to be doing “ultra-light” camping/hiking. Most of their bags are between $100-$400.

5. Sleeping Pad or Mattress. I don’t mind so much sleeping on the ground but most people hate it. Over time i’ve learned to enjoy a little “space” between me and the ground. Now, mind you that when the ground is truly cold, you MUST have a layer/barrier between you and the ground to avoid hypothermia. A sleeping bag is not enough. This is essentially what the old school cheap lightweight military-style sleeping pads are used for, which are nothing more than a thin layer of foam, called closed-cell pads. The downside is that they provide very little comfort. The next option is to buy a fancy expensive open-cell “air” pad, which are around $100-200 at REI or Whole Earth. The best option for casual, comfortable camping is a cheap $10-20 blow-up mattress from Academy or Walmart. A Full size mattress can fit in most small dome tents but they won’t leave much room for much else. You could go smaller. But for two people, i’d recommend the Full. After all a tent is for sleeping not spending all your time in it. Most of the time is spent outside.

6. Pillow, Extra Sheets or Blankets. Pillows are nice so bring one or two. Personally, i never like to bring really “nice” stuff camping. This includes clothes, pillows, etc. I’d bring a pillow you don’t mind getting dirty or damaged. When it’s really cold at night, it’s nice to also have extra blankets. Fleece and Wool are the best and warmest for this. Extra bed sheets are nice in the summer when it’s too hot to actually sleep in the sleeping bad. Just lie on top of your sleeping bag (zipped or unzipped & spread out wider) and use a thin sheet to sleep with.

7. Lanterns/Flashlights/Headlamps. In the dark you can never have enough light. I recommend each person having at least 2 flashlights each (also make sure the batteries are fresh). Keep one on you at all times. They need not be big, just bright. Instead of 2 flashlights, i personally prefer one to be a head-lamp. Head-lamps are NOT necessary but they make things easier and more enjoyable. However, they can get very pricey. There is no need to buy an expensive one. A basic one Walmart would work fine. If you do want to spend a few extra bucks, go to REI. Next is a Lantern. Lanterns are nice to have for your “bigger, brighter” night-time light, especially if you unable to have a campfire. They are also nice to hang inside your tent. But lanterns are typically bulky and aren’t absolutely necessary to have. But just so you know, you can also hang many flashlights from the top of your tent using a cheap carabiner and you can use headlamps as your main source of light. Just keep in mind that when you move your head the light shines all over the place. This might disturb your friends or fellow neighboring campers. Lanterns run on either gas or batteries. I think both are fine. With that said, always bring extra gas cans or batteries.

8. Clothing. Much of what you want to wear while camping is of personal preference. The main idea is to be comfortable and ready for all types of weather. I would also recommend wearing clothing that you don’t mind damaging or getting dirty. Sometimes sh*t happens. With all that said, when it is cold or “may” be cold, it’s very important to bring plenty of warm clothes. If you get cold easily then you should bring even more warm clothes and blankets. For cold weather/cold nights nothing is better than thick WOOL socks, a beanie and maybe some gloves. Army Surplus stores are great for stuff like this. Long underwear are nice as well. Fleece is another essential material because it is warm but also very lightweight. My favorite is the military fleece called polypropylene. Just remember that when it’s cold, dress warm and in layers.


Knife/Multi-tool/Hatchet or Wood Saw

Camping Chairs


Cookware/Camping Stove

Knife/Multi-tool/Hatchet or Wood SawEar Plugs/Eye Mask

Towel/Hand Wipes/Toiletries

Water Canteen

Trash Bag

Lighter/Fire-logs (FUEL)/Firewood


Toat/Storage Container

Great Ultra-Light (UL) Gear List for Hiking/Camping

December 18, 2012

Carlton’s List of Favorite Movies That You Probably Haven’t Seen

September 26, 2012

Sept 2012

*In no particular order

  1. A Man Named Pearl
  2. Heaven Help Us
  3. Man on Wire
  4. The Fall
  5. Amelie
  6. Tokyo
  7. Fortress
  8. The Park is Mine
  9. Perfume
  10. A Bronx Tale


September 17, 2012

Autumn 2012

  • Visit all the national parks in America.
  • Write at least one book.
  • Fulfill my mother’s bucket list.
  • Visit Michele in Australia.
  • Start an after-school/camp/wellness center for kids or elderly.
  • Road Trip Route 66.
  • Road Trip East Cost in Autumn.


September 16, 2012

0. Maurice Ravel – “Bolero”

1. James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

1.5 Harry Belafonte – Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

2. Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight”

3. Mazzy Star – “Fade into You”

4. Willie Nelson – “Me & Paul”

5. Donny Hathaway – “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”

6. Prince – “Strollin'”

7. D’angelo – “Smooth”

8.  Sam Cooke – “That’s Where It’s At”

9.  Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”

10. Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”

11. Sarah McLachlan – “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”

12. Dean Martin – “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”

13. Fishbone – “Unyielding Conditioning”

14. Funkadelic – “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts”

15. Billy Joel – “New York State of Mind”

16. Al Green – “Simply Beautiful”

17. Bill Withers – “Ain’t no Sunshine”

18. Marvin Gaye – “You’re the Man, Pt. 1 & 2”

19. Peggy Lee – “Fever”

20. Michael Jackson – “Billy Jean”

21. Stevie Wonder – “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer”

22. Beatles – “Yesterday”

23. U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What i am Looking for”

24. Kings X – “Flies and Blue Skies”

25. Pure Prairie League ‘ Aimee”

26. John Denver – “Take Me Home (Country Road)”

27. Police – “Roxanne”

28. Aaron Neville – “Tell It Like It Is”

29. Bonnie Rait – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

30. B.B. King – “The Thrill is Gone”

31. Guns N Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

32. The Impressions – “Fool For You”

33. The Flamingos – “I Only Have Eyes For You”

34. The Drifters – “Under the Boardwalk”

35. Bob Marley – “Natural Mystic”

36. Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

37. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man”

38. Jeff Buckley – “Lover You Should’ve Come Over”

39. Jeff Buckley – “Last Goodbye”

40. Journey – “Send Her My Love”

41. Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”

42. Gene Kelly – “Singing in the Rain”

43. Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus & Lucy”

44. The Allman Brothers Band – “Blue Sky”

45. T-Bone Walker – “West Side Baby”

46. Sly & The Family Stone – “I Want to Take You Higher”

47. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Pink Houses”

48. Duran Duran – “Save A Prayer”

49. George Michael – “One More Try”

50. Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”

51. The Who – “My Generation”

52. Led Zepplin – “Ramble On”

53. Jeff  Buckley – “Everybody Here Wants You”

54. Sonny Rollins – “Alfie’s Theme Differently”

55. Faith No More – “From Out of Nowhere”

56. Jimi Hendrix – “Voodoo Chile”

57. Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”

58. Frank Sinatra – “When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)”

59. Tony Bennett – “Fly Me to the Moon”

60. Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole – “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”

61. Richie Havens – “What You Gonna Do About me”

62. Sly and The Family Stone – “If You Want Me To Stay”

63. Prince – “Purple Rain”

64. Ennio Morricone – “Fistful of Dollars (Overture)”

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