Hello from Wisconsin


The Training Effect.  

I spent years trying to decide what I wanted to call all of this.  I kept circling back to “The Training Effect”, which is a name that I originally came up with from the start, but felt it wasn’t creative enough.

But, it turns out The Training Effect is perfect brand name.  It’s broad and strong.  It doesn’t pigeon hole me to any niche fitness ideas.  I don’t want to be a niche guy.  I know that being anti-niche is bad for my bank account, but niche isn’t who I am or how I train.  So I’d be lying to dive deep into a niche and trick my readers.  I take pride in having practiced fitness using many different pieces of equipment, methods, ideas, concepts, programs.

Every little bit contributes.

I believe in a lot of different methods, mainly because a lot of different methods work really well.  It’s been said that every training model works, for a little while.  It’s true.  If you’re consistent and willing to do what is necessary to make smart progress while avoiding stagnation and plateau, you’ll continue to grow.  A year later it will be amazing to review how far you’ve come.

Avoid short-cuts.  Do the work.  When I see “short-cut” or “hack”, I usually start thinking “marketing” or ”

You shouldn’t be short-cutting or hacking until you have an appreciation for the work.

This is a personal a opinion and one that is often difficult to understand.  People want results and they want them now.  I get that.

But steadfast and controlled is an honorable strategy.  Doing the work builds character, more than just a body.

Workout pillars to live by:

  •  Progression/regression (know when to leverage both)
  •  Rest, recovery, regenerate, remodel (break it down, build it back up)
  •  Move fast and slow (be an adrenaline junkie, but embrace calmness and grace)
  •  Be efficient and effective (get in and get out, keep the main thing the main thing)
  •  Mind the past, present and future (all impact progress)
  •  K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid)
  •  Be humble yet confident (celebrate personal achievement, don’t brag about it)
  •  Have fun (if you are not enjoying it, why are you doing it?)

The idea behind the blog is to offer some experienced based ideas that you, the reader, can sift through and integrate into your movement regimen.

Not everything I write about will interest or apply to you.  I tried writing to please everyone and I ended up not writing anything at all.  That sucked.  It ate at my conscious every single day that I walked by my computer and published nothing.

Much of what’s I write about is off the cuff.  I’d rather write from the heart than attempt the same regurgitated article that 10,000 other personal trainers have already published.

Fitness is a perception and like many perceptions and opinions, it differs from person to person.  How we approach fitness, and our ideas about what fitness looks like, feels like and performs like is very subjective.  We should celebrate this because we all unique.  Fitness comes in many different shapes and sizes and skill sets.

You’ll find that a lot of my sample workouts are short burst in nature and total body stimulating, but they are all built around the idea that consistently showing up and doing the work is your best policy moving toward your goals.

Do not forget to do the work.  Learn to respect the process and the sweat that goes into the finished product.  It is simple, but it is not often easy.

If you’re a beginner, pound on the basics until you’re technically proficient.  Basic exercises like squats, lunges, chin ups/pull ups, push ups, over head pressing, power movements like jumping, slamming, throwing will take you very far.  Very far.

If you’ve been training for a while, pound on the basics.  Complexity has it’s place, but it’s a myth that it’s absolutely necessary.

Do not look past the power of simplicity and establish a taste for sustainable, long-term, dedicated execution.

I promote and earn money from products shared on this blog.

Let me make this say this again but bigger…

I promote and earn money from products shared on this blog.

Earning money from the goods and services that I share on this blog used to make me uncomfortable, like I was pimping people.  But what I realized is that it is my duty to share my opinion about products I find high value in.

The hope is that you also find high value in them.

Here is how this money earning works:

  1. You click on a link from the blog and are directed to another site.
  2. If you buy the product from my link, I receive a small commission from that purchase.
  3. No secrets.

It’s no different than any other commission based career.  The consumer makes a purchase and the person selling receives a monetary reward.

The amazing advantage that I have over a traditional commission-based job is that I have the internet as my store front.  I promote what I believe in while I feel it is the best.  If another product comes along and it’s better, I will promote that.

I can move freely with the trends, the innovation and the quality.

The other important point worth noting is that a lot of the best fitness equipment is rarely sold at brick and mortar stores.  This has changed slightly over the years, but most of the top notch gear worth buying is only available via online purchase.  Unless you’re fortunate enough to live in the same city as some of these companies, most of us who live anywhere other than where that company’s headquarters will buy online.

Many of the brands and websites selling the products you will recognize, which is good because these websites have a reputation for being safe and secure payment, and reputable for having quality products at competitive prices.  Not to mention consumer friendly return guarantees.

Amazon, Precision Nutrition, Rogue Fitness, DragonDoor, PerformBetter and ClickBank are all companies that I personally buy from, so it’s natural for me to feel good about referring you to their sites and products.

I earn a living from the clicks that go to the products that are purchased from this blog.

You should be aware of this, there should be transparency here.

But, you should also know that I promote what I believe in, and nearly every piece equipment is a one-time investment.  Rarely is anything what I’d consider to be a consumable, or something that needs replacing over time.

When I had very little money, I would buy cheaper fitness equipment because it made economical sense in the short-term.  But the problem I have found with buying cheap is that you commonly end up buying twice, three times, and so on.

Now, years later, I am more financially stable, and I buy quality.  By the time you buy a cheap product 2 or 3 different times, you could have saved money by purchasing the higher priced quality made product.

It’s easy to talk about products I’ve had a great experience with, and I know that a lot of people looking for this information to help make smarter buying decisions.  You work hard for your money, it’s important to make confident purchases. are considering making the transition away from the big box gym in favor of building the home gym in the basement, garage, backyard or spare bedroom.

I am a HUGE advocate of doing this.  You are capable of training yourself, everyone is.

The time saved by training at home alone is worth the price tag of most of the products that I will recommend you consider purchasing.








Kyle Garner


3 thoughts on “Hello from Wisconsin

  1. Hi Kyle,

    I met your date the other day. He shared your site and very proud. I will say its quite impressive. Use to bodybuild in college. Been about 7 years since Ihave lifted. Back gives me some grief down by the sciatic nerve with some minor degeneration forming. Interesting in core strenghting and eventual getting back in to nautilus.

    Drop me a line some time if you like.

    Kyle Klein

    1. Hey!

      Nice name! I appreciate you stopping by. I have a lot of work to do with regard to content and information on here, but it is a start. I have been putting my thoughts into a book that I have had the drive to write, so that is starting to take shape. I did speak with my Dad, and he said that you might be checking out the site.

      I have always been blessed to have a pretty strong network of individuals in other specialities, so those guys and gals will be contributing articles on a regular basis also. I don’t want anyone to get “mother deaf” with just me writing, so it helps to have great information coming from other people.

      Whatever gets people moving, eating better, and thinking bigger is what I am after. The creation of change.

      How were you training in the past? Heavy? More hypertrophy based for show?

      I bet I can learn some things from you…

      Yes, core strengthening is key. You should check some of your movement patterns. Overhead deep squat, rotational core stability, etc. When their are gaps in movement quality, chronic aches and pains can arise. Everyone deals with it, but those who stay dedicated to checking and re-checking their movement patterns can stay pain free. Gray Cook is a phenomenal resource. The Functional Movement Screen is a tool that may work wonders for you, assuming you had someone to screen you sometime.

      How often do you get soft tissue therapy done? (massage) Do you have a foam roller, lacrosse ball? Trigger points and other restrictions can create havoc, so eliminating those restrictions (assuming you have any) could give you significant relief.

      I have your email now… shoot me a reply back whenever you get an opportunity!

      Kyle G.

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