1. What is the one thing I can do to get closer to my ideal life?

    Good morning, Coach Niko here! I hope you are well. Here we are in September and I am sure you can agree with me that 2020 has been one hell of a year. It has put us through ups and downs that no one was prepared for. We adapted and adjusted are form and pushed through the weight 2020 had in store for us. Setting a new PR for what we can take as a human in this world. I for one had other plans thi…Read More

  2. In control… maybe not

    To what degree have I actually controlled the course my life has taken thus far? Coach Niko here. I'm turning 28 years old today! I read this question and thought perfect timing because I was not expecting this year to be what it is on this day. This year has been full of surprises of ups and downs. Lots of things that none of us could have ever planned for. We all had to adapt and push forward. W…Read More

  3. What are the primary components for a happy life?

    What's up Coach Niko here! August! WOW! I can't believe it is here. Last official month of Summer. I know it has been a weird summer and a lot of things were closed off.  We all are seeing what matters and during this time. I was happy to be able to sit and think about my primary components of a happy life. What was important to us? This is what I choose: Meditation or being centered is the energ…Read More

  4. Intentional Living

    Hey, Pursuit fam! Coach Niko here. I hope you are having a great day. I wanted to talk to you all about... Intentional living and why it is so important. Many times in class you might hear me say, "Move with intent."  There is a reason for my madness. I say this because understanding why you move is more important than the move itself. Let me explain. Knowing why you move is more important than t…Read More

  5. Building a Nutrition Plan Without Counting Calories or Macros

    The purpose of this article is not to dissuade anyone from counting calories/macros or undermining their importance. The purpose of this article is to highlight principles, provide a healthy framework, and teach people how to have autonomy with their nutrition.  We know that tracking calories and macronutrients is a great avenue to reach a desired outcome. Doing so, provides quantitative data, st…Read More

  6. A Sustainable Food Tracking System 

    LEVEL 1: CALORIES  LEVEL 2: CALORIES + PROTEIN LEVEL 3: MACROS Hyperfocusing on perfection is a recipe for failure. Perfection is not realistic, sustainable, or necessary to achieve results. Whether you’re stuck at the airport, having a busy day at work, or taxiing your kids around, there will be days where adhering to a rigid meal plan and hitting exact macros is just not possible. That’s ok…Read More

  7. Neurological Strength Adaptations

    By: Matt Cooper MS, USAW National Coach at Pursuit Nutrition & Training Center “He/she doesn’t look that strong”. This is a common sentiment I hear from those outside the weightlifting/competitive strength world. This has not only been said about athletes I coach, but about myself as well. The general public typically associates physical strength with massive men with traps up to their e…Read More


    What is your secret crutch? Your go-to comfort food? That one thing that you absolutely crave; midnight ice cream, street tacos for breakfast, or an entire pizza because your stressed? Tempt me with a jar of peanut butter and a tub of moose tracks ice cream and it is game over. I'm a goner. That gooey peanut butter mixed with the sweet ice cream and perfect swirls of chocolate fudge.That right the…Read More

  9. Rethinking “Speed” in the Olympic Lifts

    It is a well known fact the the Olympic lifts, when executed correctly, are some of the quickest movements in all of sports. Speed in the extension and transition under the bar are very necessary attributes for a successful lift. While we can all agree that speed is an essential element of the snatch and clean & jerk, I feel there is a lot of confusion on how to correctly generate speed in the…Read More

  10. Testosterone and Obesity

    Clinical research suggests that men with Metabolic Syndrome suffer from lower testosterone levels. Although the main role of stored fat is energy and insulation, fat tissues also produce hormones such as leptin, estrogen, resisten and the cytokine TNFα. There is an inverse relationship between estrogen and testosterone.  Chronically elevated estrogen levels, lead to suppressed testosterone level…Read More