Author Archives: Beth & Eric

With over 20 years of combined experience in the industry, Beth Konopka and Eric Bergmann have worked with an extraordinary range of individuals from professional dancers, Cirque du Soleil acrobats, actors, professional fighters, writers, executives, stay at home moms/dads, students, doctors, other trainers, and even great grandmas! is our opportunity to put all of our articles in one place and to deliver information to you in a sleek new package. This new vehicle will allows us to consolidate our efforts and to get better fitness and training information to you, faster.

Food Friday! Lamb Tajine

Difficulty Level: 1 PITA

Crock Pot, Dutch Oven, or any type of Slow Cooker

3 lb. lamb stew meat, cut in 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 parsnips, chopped
12 dried apricots, cut in half
1/4 cup dried cherries
2 cups chicken stock
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne

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Food Friday! Leeks and Pork Belly

Difficulty Level: 3 PITAs (totally worth it though)

Cast Iron Pan

4 whole cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
10 to 15 Chinese dried red chiles
8 ounces pork belly sliced into bite-size pieces
Dark green parts from 2 large leeks, washed and sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce

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Review of the NeuroKinetic Therapy Certification

Beth and I had the immense privilege of assisting Dr. Kathy Dooley at the Level 1 NeuroKinetic Therapy seminar in New York City a few months ago. NeuroKinetic Therapy seminars are two day affairs — an incredibly short period of time during which to absorb a substantial amount of information. I honestly can’t think of anyone better equipped for the task than Dr. Dooley, who does everything from teaching anatomy at medical schools, to seeing patients, to bending steel with her bare hands (no joke).



She’s a total dynamo
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Mr and Mrs Diet Food: 6 Grocery Shopping Strategies

In Mr. & Mrs. Diet Food: Kitchen Clean Out Part I and Part II we figured out what items to purge from your home and set up your kitchen for food prep and cooking greatness.

The next step is to venture a trip to your local grocery store to restock your kitchen. Tackling the grocery store is very important as the items you purchase will be the foundation for your continued nutritional success.


1. Count your meals.

To make grocery shopping more like science and less like an episode of Super Market Sweep you should figure out your weekly food needs — before you go.

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Hacking the ‘Short Foot’

The short foot exercise is a technique recommended by Czech physiologist and postural expert Dr. Vladimir Janda, to build strength and endurance in the muscles that support the arch. The technique primarily strengthens the abductor hallucis muscle, an important dynamic stabilizer of the foot.

This video is a great example of how a traditional short foot is achieved and trained.

We cool? Short foot edification complete. Let’s talk some specifics.
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Review of the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC)

I guess you could say I misjudged the situation.

A decade ago I tried to talk Danny Kavadlo out of becoming a personal trainer. He had just taken on a mortgage, a wife, and a newborn. He had health insurance and a steady paycheck. He didn’t listen. His brother, Al Kavadlo was already a successful personal trainer and was encouraging Danny to throw it all away and pursue a career in meatheadedness (real word).

It seemed only fitting that Beth and I spend the weekend learning from the Kavadlo Bros at the Dragon Door sponsored Progressive Calisthenics Certification in Alexandria, VA.

Al & Danny Kavadlo
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Deciphering Diets: The Medieval Game of Thrones Diet

Last time I wrote a Deciphering Diets article I touched on the basic underpinning of most diets;

“Most popular diets share the same common principals – which in theory is why they all work, at least for a period of time. Reduce total food intake, eat less junk, eat more whole foods, reduce refined carbohydrates, eat more vegetables, and stick to leaner meats.

After that, it’s just placing an enticing patina over the basics to try and get you to purchase books, supplements, and whatever else they can successfully market to you.”

I then promised I would illustrate how just about ANYTHING can be turned into a diet if you follow these simple principles.

So, without further adieu…

Game of Thrones Diet Logo
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Review: Equinox High Performance Living Symposium ’14, Part II

If you’re looking for Part 1 of the review, it’s here.

Day 2:

When a conference says that the second day starts at 8 AM you don’t expect that to mean an hour of breakfast and 30 minutes of pre-recorded chatter from an equipment manufacturer. You don’t expect it because that’s a pretty shady way of making it sound like there’s more education than there really is.

High carb breakfast

This does not count as information

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