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17 Reasons I’m Excited for 2011

Written on January 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm, by Eric Cressey

With the new year upon us, I got to thinking about how excited I am for all that 2011 has in store for me – and thought that it’d make for a good post to kick off the year.  Here’s why I’m excited:

1. Being Married – My wife, Anna, and I got married on October 3, and it was just the tip of the iceberg in a whirlwind year (new job for her, wedding planning, new house, new puppy).  Both of us are pretty excited for a low-key 2011 where we can just hang out and enjoy one another’s company!  And, we left our honeymoon for this year (I couldn’t escape for that long during the baseball off-season), so we’re excited about that.

2. The Continued Growth of EricCressey.com – I really enjoy writing, and each year, this website grows – which means I get to share my passion and interact with some very cool people.  Here were 2011’s year-end statistics for EricCressey.com:

450,791 unique visitors
1,106,748 visits
2,901,970 pages
2,730,922 hits

Thanks to everyone who visited the site this year!

3. The book I’m reading now: The 4-Hour Body. Tim Ferriss has become a good friend, and I was fortunate enough to be one of those who received an advanced copy of The 4-Hour Body prior to publication.  With the crazy goings-on at CP as well as the holidays, I’m just now getting a chance to read through it and give it the time it deserves – and I must say that it’s fantastic.  Tim does an awesome job of providing “info-tainment;” his entertaining writing style will keep you reading, and the background research he put in to this book will guarantee that you walk away with some ideas that will immediately benefit you.

4. The book I’m reading next: The New Rules of Lifting for Abs. As with Tim’s book, I got a copy of The New Rules of Lifting for Abs in advance, but haven’t even had a chance to open it up.  As with any Cosgrove/Schuler collaboration, though, I’m sure it’ll be high quality and a huge hit.  I’m looking forward to checking it out.

5. Cutting Back on Travel – 2010 was a crazy busy year for me personally – from buying a house, to moving, to planning a wedding, to getting married, to getting a puppy.  These “firsts” wouldn’t have been tough to pull off normally, but it seemed like every time my wife and I encountered one of them, I was getting ready to hop on a plane to go do a seminar somewhere.  As such, I’ve started turning down a lot more seminar opportunities not because I don’t enjoy doing them, but simply because the travel wore me out in 2010.  I will, however, still be traveling some – but this year, it’ll be with my wife…and we’ll be traveling for fun!

6. Another Year on the Perform Better Tour – While I may be cutting back on seminar travel, I wouldn’t miss the Perform Better Summits for the world.  I’m still waiting on final confirmation of which cities I’ll get in 2011, but I can say definitively that these are some of the best continuing education opportunities in the fitness business and that I thoroughly enjoy all of them – from the information to the great people I always wind up meeting.  Hopefully, I’ll get to meet some of you in person thanks to Perform Better this year.

7. Continuing on my Postural Restoration Institute Journey – I’ve spoken a bit in the past about the Postural Restoration Institute and how it dramatically impacted the way we evaluate and program for many of our athletes and clients.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it has been some of the best continuing education money I’ve ever spent.  I’ve only gone through two of their seven courses, though, and am excited to learn more.  I’ve covered Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration, and already on the agenda for 2011 is Impingement and Instability. If you’re a physical therapist, athletic trainer, or fitness professional and haven’t seen any of their stuff already, I’d highly encourage you to check it out.

8. The New Cressey Performance – I’ll have pictures of the newly-renovated Cressey Performance soon, but suffice it to say that adding 1,000 square-feet can go a very long way.  I’ve finally got my own office at the facility, which I know will make things a lot easier moving forward, but even beyond that, just getting a bit more space can really change the “flow” of the facility to make it more coaching friendly.  We see all sorts of articles and presentations on how to coach, but nobody ever considers how the set-up of your facility can make your coaching duties remarkably easier or more difficult.

On top of that, Cressey Performance is busier than ever, with double digit percentage growth again in 2010.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

9. Relishing my Fantasy Football Championship – In the most impressive managerial run in Cressey Performance Fantasy Football history, I crushed the competition this year.  This trophy will reside on my desk for the entire year.  Those of you who visit CP can have your picture taken with it, if you’d like.

10. Doing more charity work – I’ve helped out here and there with various charities since I moved to Boston in 2006, but in 2011, I’m excited to do much more – and I’m in a position to do more now, too.  Nowadays, I can use my exposure and expertise a lot more to help – and thanks to my work with Kevin Youkilis, I can work directly with his great charity, Youk’s Hits for Kids.

Along those lines, those of you in New England might be interested to check out his February 3 event at the State Room in Boston.  The CP staff will be there along with a bunch of pro athletes, Tony Gentilcore, actors, Tony Gentilcore, musicians, Tony Gentilcore, comedians, and Tony Gentilcore.  For more information, check out YouksKids.org.

11. The New Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar – Joe Heiler has done a great job the past few years in bringing in great minds to contribute to his Sports Rehab to Sports Performance teleseminar series – and this year is no exception.  I’m really excited about this line-up:

1.  Sue Falsone – PT, Athletes’ Performance
2.  Ron Hruska – PT, Postural Restoration Institute
3.  Dr. Mike Leahy – Sports Chiropractor and inventor of ART
4.  Thomas Myers – Anatomy Trains author
5.  Brian Grasso – IYCA Founder
6.  Greg Roskopf – Muscle Activation Technique
7.  Brian Mulligan – PT, Mulligan Technique/Joint Mobilizations with Movement
8.  Dr. Warren Hammer – Chiropractor, Graston Technique Instructor, Fascial Manipulation
9.  Dan John – Strength Coach, author, Never Let Go
10.  Gray Cook – PT, FMS

Click here for more information.

12. New Projects – In 2010, I introduced two products: Optimal Shoulder Performance and Show and Go: High Performance Training to Look, Feel, and Move Better. For me, a product every six months is a pretty good “pace,” as I don’t want to become one of those guys who puts out mediocre stuff every single week.  As of right now, the only confirmed project for 2011 is a collaborative one with Mike Reinold and Mike Robertson.  I am thinking, however, that this is the year that I finally create a baseball-specific product in light of the fact that it’s 80-85% of our clientele and what I do all-day, every day!  Only time will tell!

13. Continued Show & Go Feedback – Speaking of Show and Go, it was released in late September, and since it’s a four-month strength and conditioning program, we’re coming up on the point in time where I start getting loads of emails from those who have wrapped up the program and have results to report.  I get a lot of feedback along the way, but it’s awesome to hear where things end up when the entire program is complete.  So, to those of you doing the program, please pass along your results!

14. More Writing at T-Nation – I only published two articles at T-Nation in 2010, and I don’t plan to repeat that poor output!  I’ve already been contacted by them about doing a monthly piece, and while I’m not sure that my schedule will allow me to get one to them every month, I definitely expect to be blowing that 2010 total out of the water.  I’ve already submitted one and have two more in the works.  I owe a lot to the folks at T-Nation and Biotest for the opportunities and exposure they’ve afforded me and hope to continue to return the favor with good content for years to come.

15. Watching Tank grow up – Our puppy, Tank, is about five months old right now, and he’s awesome.  He is pretty much housebroken, and definitely man’s best friend.  As you can tell, he loves hording his toys.

16. The 2011 MLB Season – In addition to the fact that my team (the Red Sox) is looking good, we have quite a few clients who are on the cusp of big league debuts, so I am excited to get out to see them play in the show and enjoy the fruits of their off-season labor.

17. The 2011 MLB Draft – Let’s just say that I very well might just stay home and hit refresh on my computer over and over again during the two days in June that make up the MLB draft.  We have a lot of talent athletes – both high school and college – training at Cressey Performance who will be getting calls.

There are quite a few other things that get me excited for 2011, but this is a good start – and probably all that you care to read!  Speaking of YOU, what are YOU looking forward to in 2011?  Got a big goal for the year?  Share it in the comments section.

Happy New Year!

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19 Responses to “17 Reasons I’m Excited for 2011”

  1. Sam Says:

    Congratulations Eric and best of luck to you, Anna, and Tank this year! You guys deserve all the good things coming to you.

    All the best,

  2. Shyam Says:

    Congratulations to all your success Eric. Looking forward to your upcoming products. Keep the great info coming. Hopefully you’ll be in Long Beach at the perform better summit this and we can talk shop.


  3. Tim Ward Says:

    I am looking forward to see you write more on T-nation. I saw your last post on ways to make workouts harder, and I am happy to say that we’re on the same page. Also, I think you should add “The Theory of Fat Loss” to the list of books you are going to read… I’m a little biased because I’m the one who wrote it… but Pat Rigsby recently featured me on Fit Business Insider… so at least you know I’m not just some hack… =]

  4. Steven Head Says:

    Sounds like some great stuff coming from you in 2011. Congrats on all your success thus far. Thanks again for your help last month. Hope to make it back up your way this summer. Gots to see a Sox game…

  5. Fredrik Gyllensten Says:

    Nice post.

    I am reading the 4-hour body right no myself. A lot of good inspiration, but there is no doubt to me that there is a bit of missinformation in the book, especially about nutrition. And he butters up his claims a lot.

    15 minute female orgasm? Yeah, right!

    But I absolutely love his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek.

  6. Fredrik Gyllensten Says:

    Nice post, Eric.

    I am reading the 4-hour body right no myself. A lot of good inspiration, but there is no doubt to me that there is a bit of missinformation in the book, especially about nutrition. And he butters up his claims a lot.

    15 minute female orgasm? Yeah, right!

    But I absolutely love his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek.

  7. Joe Says:

    I have only one goal for 2011: To qualify for the Boston Marathon.

  8. Zach Says:

    I really like the stuff from PRI. I have seen the first course and am now going through the second one. I thought the lower body stuff was powerful (restoration course), but the respiration exercises seem to have even more immediate and impressive results. I am looking forward to taking more courses from them in the future. I would be interested to see how you guys are incorporating it into your programs at CP.

  9. Christopher Says:

    Congrats Eric on all of the success … you do deserve all of it!

    Love the 4HB as well … results in every aspect of life speak for themselves, as they should.

  10. marc assaraf Says:

    have a great year and good luck.

  11. Rick Kaselj Says:

    Looks like a big year.

    I want more of those funny videos from CP.

    Rick Kaselj of http://ExercisesForInjuries.com


  12. BobG Says:

    Nice Post and congratulations on getting married. I got married last March myself.

    I’m also reading 4 Hour Body and I can’t seem to put it down. My favorite part so far is the part where he connects himself to the insulin tracking machine and runs tests with different food combinations.

  13. David - Get Fit Get Lean Says:

    I’m reading the 4 Hour body also-pretty interesting. Just found your site and look forward reading more. Thanks.


  14. Mike Says:

    Congrats Eric! Love your stuff and look forward to a baseball specific book with all that experience.

  15. Aaron Says:

    Congrats Eric, great stuff as always

  16. Jason Hodges Says:

    I think I have been reading too many fitness blogs. When I saw the picture of Tank and his toys, I thought they were all SMR devices. I thought “is that green thing a foam roll? Is Eric foam rolling his dog?”

    Jason the metalheaddoc

  17. Ellen Stein Says:

    what kind of dog is Tank?

  18. Eric Cressey Says:

    A puggle, believe it or not. He’s one of the rare cream-colored ones.

  19. Travis Says:

    Cool post, Eric. Similarly, I am really looking forward to continuing education. This is a huge deal now that I’ve had my eyes “opened up” to more than just the NSCA and their credentials. Getting involved in products and blogs like yours and other top professionals is a MUST, and I feel sorry for those (even whom I work with) in the field that don’t pay attention to what’s new in the field and what the best training facilities are incorporating (and why, of course).

    Also looking forward to getting my Master’s and continuing to pursue my athletic goals!

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