Training Expectations Over a Lifetime

Skyler Tanner, the youngest Superslow™ certified instructor in history, has been a personal trainer for over a decade. Currently a general manager at Efficient Exercise (Austin Texas), Skyler is working toward a graduate degree in  Exercise Science with the intent of obtaining a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Having effectively experimented with a wide range of training modalities, Skyler is a strong proponent of safe, effective, efficient, and intense exercise as espoused by trainers and authors such as Doug McGuff M.D., Drew Baye, and Bill DeSimone.

In this presentation Skyler shares his thoughts on training expectations over a life time, advocates long range thinking in your training efforts, and encourages the audience to view training as something that (can and should) positively affect the entirety of your life.


  1. What books would you recommend for someone wanting to learn more about how the body works in relation to exercise? I have read Jones, Darden, Mentzer, Little, Sisco, McGuff and am aware of the other prominent names in the “high intensity” field. I am looking for possibly college text book level material that explains how the body works. Any ideas? Also, what are your thoughts on the IART and SPARTA certifications compared to say the more mainstream stuff like ACE, AFFA, Cooper Clinic, etc?


  2. Hello Brian,

    Remember that a personal training certificates are like a drivers license: they just show that you probably won’t kill anyone. That said, the more visible ones worth a damn include the NSCA CPT and the ACSM CPT exams.

    As far as college texts, Physiology of Sport & Exercise (Author: Wilmore, 4th edition) is a fine enough place to start. Remember that most of what is being measured is an exercise effect and that’s the important part. How they achieve the measurement is less important than the effect achieved. Once you see the effect, you can better choose a modality that is safer and/or more efficient than say cycling (a often used tool in ex phys laboratories).


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