Beyond Strength

We provide training and coaching that helps people discover what their body is capable of because ev

At Beyond Strength we believe that life is better when a person’s body is physically capable. When a person’s body can’t hack it, they miss out on some of life’s best moments. When someone has strength, mobility, and endurance they are more involved with life and have deeper, more fulfilling experiences. Whether it’s a challenging hike with friends or an afternoon playing with their kids, no one s

Operating as usual

03/15/2024

Be like our friend Jim.

Finish the week strong. Then get outside and enjoy the weekend!



03/13/2024

There was a time when grip strength and general work capacity were built by daily life. Men, women, and children all carried things, heavy things, because it was necessary. Milk needed to be brought in, hay bails needed to be loaded in the wagon, and slop had to make its way to the pigs. But today, in suburban America, we don’t have to do any of that s**t. In fact, there are few physical things that we have to do – to our benefit and our detriment.

At the detriment end of the spectrum, we’ve lost grip strength and general work capacity, two things we need to live the fullest possible life, and two things that stave off early death. That’s right, grip strength is a predictor of mortality. Life is awesome. We want everyone to live a long, full life. Beyond Strength programming in general helps you do that. But sometimes we must get specific and address specific holes in modern life. Endurance A does that.

The carry ladders during Endurance A build grip strength by simulating work we would have all done in rural life in times gone by. We carry things that vary in weight from light to heavy, just like we would during a day’s work. Not only does this build grip strength, but it also builds work capacity by keeping our entire body under tension for an extended period.



03/11/2024

Last week is over. Toss that s**t over your shoulder and move on.



03/04/2024

Exhale. Then pull again.

Get you some Monday.



03/01/2024

Difficult training weeks are a part of the fitness process. You might curse your coach and everyone who’s ever loved them while you’re in the thick of hard a session, but we need those sessions to push ourselves forward. The rub is that we must be smart about how we approach them. But the good news is with a few tactics and skills, you can nail difficult training weeks and get the full benefit of all that sweat and strain. And all that cursing won’t be for nothin’.

It starts with a healthy set of expectations.

Keep reading at the blog link in our bio.



How to Nail a Difficult Training Week: Skills and Tactics for Managing Increased Training Stress - Beyond Strength 02/28/2024

Difficult training weeks are a part of the fitness process. You might curse your coach and everyone who’s ever loved them while you’re in the thick of hard a session, but we need those sessions to push ourselves forward. The rub is that we must be smart about how we approach them. But the good news is with a few tactics and skills, you can nail difficult training weeks and get the full benefit of all that sweat and strain. And all that cursing won’t be for nothin’.

How to Nail a Difficult Training Week: Skills and Tactics for Managing Increased Training Stress - Beyond Strength Difficult training weeks are a part of the fitness process. You might curse your coach and everyone who’s ever loved them while you’re in the thick of hard a

02/26/2024

Monday, derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Monandaeg, which loosely translates: stop complaining about 1/7th of your week and enjoy your life.



Photos from Beyond Strength's post 02/24/2024

You ever wonder how and why you should use different strength training methods?

Then you really ought to listen to the newest episode of the Beyond Strength Show called Strength Methods Explained.

If you’re wondering why and are making those faces, well, that’s none of your damn business and we’ll thank you for staying out of our personal affairs.



02/19/2024

.rad.pearson (the featured model) favorite singer is Taylor Swift. To honor him, and her, here’s one of her best quotes on how to handle Mondays:

“I’m very rich. I do whatever I want on Mondays.”

Well, there ya have it, folks.



Gaming Your Wearables: How to Beat Your Fitness Trackers Instead of Them Beating You - Beyond Strength 02/16/2024

Lots of folks are hooked up to wearables and fitness trackers nowadays. I’m one of them. So are many of the Beyond Strength members. People are sporting Oura rings and Whoop bands. They’re checking their HRV with Morpheus and monitoring their recovery on their Garmin watches. The question is: how is all of this technology and tracking affecting us? Follow-up question – is that effect good? As it usually goes, the devil is in the details. Yes, there’s a place in your life for wearables should you choose to use them. But they can really mess with your psyche and your training if you’re not careful to create a degree of separation from them.

We’ll talk about how to create that degree of separation, but we’ll start with a chat on what happens when you don’t.

Gaming Your Wearables: How to Beat Your Fitness Trackers Instead of Them Beating You - Beyond Strength Lots of folks are hooked up to wearables and fitness trackers nowadays. I’m one of them. So are many of the Beyond Strength members. People are sporting Oura...

02/12/2024

Montag, Lunes, Mandag, Luni, Poniedzialek, Lundi, Monday.

No matter the language, it’s a day for kicking ass.



Photos from Beyond Strength's post 02/09/2024

They had one mission…

Look as arrogant as possible in these shots.

and sure nailed it.

They also had a great podcast conversation about different ways to measure your conditioning progress.

It’ll be out soon on Spotify and YouTube.



How to Track Your Fitness Progress - Beyond Strength 02/08/2024

We all want to see the fruits of our labor, right? Why would we do anything, other than something that’s purely pleasurable, if we can’t eventually note measurable progress? Well, unless we are seeing measurable results, or we’re getting some kind of pleasure, we typically stop doing the thing. So, we need to give ourselves reasons to keep doing the thing.

Fitness progress can feel slow because, well, sometimes it is. However, sometimes you’re making progress and you don’t realize it because you just don’t know how to measure it. That’s especially true of progress with conditioning, particularly low and slow aerobic conditioning – something that we all need.

In this week's blog, I’ll outline a handful of ways that you can track your fitness progress to help you stay the course and also deepen your understanding of conditioning progress.

How to Track Your Fitness Progress - Beyond Strength Fitness progress can feel slow because, well, sometimes it is. However, sometimes you’re making progress and you don’t realize it because you just don’t know...

02/05/2024

You guys remember in Office Space when Peter asks Lawrence if anyone ever at his job says to him, “Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays.”?

And then Lawrence says, “No. No, man. S**t, no, man. I believe you’d get your ass kicked saying something like that, man.”

We believe that ass kicking to be justified.



02/02/2024

If you’re hanging out, why not just pull on up to the bar?

Expect more terrible dad jokes soon.



Photos from Beyond Strength's post 02/01/2024

What ya’ll MFs know about heart rate training zones?

Well, that’s what and chat about during the latest episode if Beyond Strength Show.

Thanks to for the great question.

You’re welcome for the mean mugs.



01/29/2024

Hold. Keep holding. Just a little longer. Let that burn sink into your thighs. Keep holding. Stay tall. Breathe. You’re fine, you’re just uncomfortable.



Photos from Beyond Strength's post 01/27/2024

and recorded a new episode of the Beyond Strength Show today. It’s all about goal setting and living physically in 2024. You wouldn’t know it from these pictures, but they were happy to be there.

01/26/2024

You want to set some goals, but you aren’t sure where to start. You wonder what even defines a goal as good. Well, let’s talk about it. We’ll start by assessing your goal-setting skill and we’ll talk about the two different types of goals and how they support each other. Then we’ll have a chat about two different ways you can evaluate your goals to make sure that they’re good. We’ll close out by talking about what to do if you’re totally stuck and don’t know what goal to set.

Let’s talk about goal-setting skills.

https://www.bspnova.com/how-to-set-good-goals/

01/22/2024

Grab the weight and stand up.

That’s how you give Monday the business.



01/19/2024

Here we have doing some tricep earth downs.

You might call them push-ups.

But Chapter 19 in The World According to Chuck Norris clearly states that if you press the floor with enough vigor and velocity, the earth moves down.

That’s how we party at Beyond Strength.



01/15/2024

Control what you can control.

Breathing.
Effort.
Attitude.

Let the rest go.

Get you some Monday!



01/11/2024

Keep it movin, homies.



01/10/2024

There is a section of a creek here in Loudoun County that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a secret, so I won’t tell you where it is. My friend Dave Hudgens (pictured above) showed it to me, and his friend showed it to him a long time ago. Over the past few years, Dave and I have spent cold winter mornings paddling our kayaks down that creek in the dark. Once we reach our destination, we carefully place decoys in the water and on the bank. Then we wait for the sunrise and for ducks to fly. After the hunt, we fight the flow back upstream to where we parked the trucks. It’s never an easy trip out, but it’s especially spicy when the water is high.

On our most recent trip, I asked Dave why the friend who showed him the spot never hunts with us. It was still dark, our headlamps lighting our way downstream, our vision obscured by the mist rising off the water.

“Well, you know we used to be able to float downstream to get out, then a development was built and we couldn’t use that pickup point anymore. So, as soon as we had to start paddling back upstream to get out, he didn’t want to do it anymore.”

Look, I don’t know this guy or why exactly he made the choice to stop hunting that spot once it was necessary to paddle back upstream. It did sound like the physical strain of paddling back upstream was an issue. But I’ll be careful not to judge him. And I’ll also say that I’m thankful for him. Without him showing Dave that spot, Dave never would have shown me. My life would be poorer.

We can, however, deduce a mindset from the choice he made. It’s one of avoidance. You can’t hold that mindset and get the most out of life.

As soon as we shy away and start making decisions that lead us toward taking it easy on ourselves, we’re fu**ed. Shying away, avoiding, becomes the default setting. Each time we’re presented with something physical, it gets easier and easier to avoid it. Then, all of a sudden, we’re out of options, or our life is so drastically limited we’re confined to only mental space. The body, once a wonderful, experience-creating tool, is now a problem. It’s a slow roll to the bottom of the hill.

But you can fight that roll. You can keep saying yes. And it is our highest goal at Beyond Strength to keep you saying yes for as long as possible.

To do that, we’ll teach you how to Live Physically.

https://www.bspnova.com/live-physically/

01/08/2024

Excuse while he kisses the sky.

And then enjoy your Monday.



01/03/2024

What could you do?

What would you do?

Two great questions to ask yourself as you set your sights high on your goals for this year.

Consistency is king when it comes to training.

Defining how you’ll be consistent by honestly answering those two questions will set you on the right path towards where you want to go.




01/01/2024

We wish you a happy new year! Yes, you. Chris is looking at you.



12/26/2023

Momentum. Keep it this week.



12/21/2023

My friend Leann, who’s more of a sister, has a saying that I’m about to steal from her. It’s an entire philosophy, a way of living and being, condensed down into two words. The phrase will change how you see your life, and the world, if you let it sink into you and try to live it out. And I believe your life will be better for letting the phrase sink into your head and get carried out by your limbs.

Let’s see if we can sink it in: Everyday Adventure

Now, if you saw that on a t-shirt, you might scoff depending on the design and the context. But, don’t be fooled by the simplicity. You’re mistaking triteness for elegance. There are no unnecessary words. It’s a jab, cross combo punching right at the essence of being alive, enjoying life, and making progress.

https://www.bspnova.com/live-your-everyday-adventure/

Photos from Beyond Strength's post 12/21/2023

What did we learn in 2023?

and just recorded a podcast to recap all the learnin’ they did in 2023.

It’ll be out soon on YouTube and Spotify.

It includes two killer tools you can use to plan your 2024.



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LOUDOUN'S DIFFERENT GYM, SINCE 2011

BSP NOVA has been Loudoun’s Different Gym, since 2011, for a great reason…people just like you. You, your needs, your goals, your transformation are our priority and we create a training program and experience that meets you where you’re starting and we continue to guide you step by step toward becoming the stronger, leaner version of yourself that you envision. Our individualized approach to training has worked for hundreds of people over the years, and it can work for you.

Knowing what steps to take to transform your body isn’t easy. Should you be lifting weights? Should you be doing cardio? What about nutrition? Where does support and accountability come in? How does it all fit together? The good news is there’s balance of each that will work for you…and when you find that balance you get real, sustainable results.

YOU can achieve real, sustainable results.

At BSP NOVA our first priority is learning about you. We use what we learn to help guide you toward that balance that gets you results while also living an enjoyable life. For years we’ve been helping people from all walks of life, from the stressed out 35-year-old working professional to the grandma in her 70s, revolutionize the way they approach exercise and nutrition. And we’ve found a few, distinct truths.

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Why are you filling out the check in cards?So you can stack wins.Sound on!(Thanks to @teampassosbjj for the idea!)
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The training video you didn’t know you needed today.#itsbeyondstrength#livephysically
The DNS Star…oddly provocative.But also not at all sexy.#itsbeyondstrength#livephysically#mobilitytraining#coretraining
Can’t use it against me if I post it first 🤷‍♂️#emo #throwback #selfie #podcast
🌶️ INTERVAL CONDITIONING 🌶️We’ve finished our Monday workouts with a dash of spice during this training phase.We pick ei...
Who doesn’t like to do a little arm farming every once in a while?#itsbeyondstrength #loudoun #loudouncountyva
It’s only a mile, how bad could it be?Can you……Row 500 meters……Echo Bike .5 miles……Ski Erg 259 meters…Back to back to ba...
Rub a little funk on them split squats! 😎We’re strength training 4 days per week this month and next month.That gives Be...
Consider yourself challenged.On November 18, we’re doing one of the spiciest challenges in the history of our gym.We wan...
Ladies Power HourThe 4:30pm session on Thursday 10/06 was time for the ladies to get down.They crushed our Strength C tr...
Our founder and fearless leader @chrisbeyondstrength is in his final prep phase for the Mountain Masochist 50-mile trail...

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