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The Curse of Success (Or, What Have You Done For Me Lately?)

Published March 3rd, 2015     In Categories: Articles, Ask Chad


In the 22 years I’ve called Los Angeles home, I’ve had the good fortune of being around some VERY successful people.

I’ve worked with multiple Oscar winners, Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and owners of multi-million dollar companies. My own WIFE even has two Oscars.

In knowing people who have literally been THE most successful people in their field, one thing has captivated me above all the others: How do they REPEAT success?

I’m most fascinated by this because of my own shortcomings in that area.

Take writing, for instance. I’ve written exactly 4 guest blogs in the last 2 plus years, and zero blogs since launching my own re-designed website over a year ago…Not exactly prolific writing.

I could blame the fact that I’m busy (who isn’t?), but we all know we are never too busy for something we want to do. So what’s been holding me back?

In part, I think it was the fact that all 4 guest blogs were pretty darned successful. Thousands of likes and shares, and 2 blogs being re-run on Yahoo.  Good stuff.

This modicum of success should have encouraged me to write day and night and put out a lot more content. But it didn’t. Why?

Which leads me back to my sub-title, “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”

No matter how popular or well received something is its relevance is fleeting.

We all have VERY short attention spans, (TL:DR anyone?).

I’ve learned that success is a process, not a place.

It sounds clichéd, but success, like life, “is a journey, not a destination.”

When we are young, we are all about the process of mastering something; perhaps a sport, or a musical instrument, or getting straight A’s.

And we work and we practice and we strive undaunted until we do, indeed, achieve the success we are looking for.

But for some of us, dangerous thoughts creep in. We start to define ourselves by that (now past) success, and we stop working and practicing and striving.

Or perhaps more insidiously, we think, “I’ll never be that successful again, so why even try?”

Which brings me back to my clients.

Once you’ve won an Oscar, or have a multi-Platinum selling album, how do you have the courage to go on, knowing you’ll likely NEVER be that successful again?

I’ve learned that truly successful people do not define themselves by their successes, but by their work.

They are musicians, not “Rock Hall of Famers”…they continue to make music because that’s who they are. They are filmmakers, not “Oscar winners”…. they continue to work in film because it’s what they do!

If I want to be a writer, I have to write, and I can’t be worried about the number of “Likes” or “Shares” I might get.

It works the same way in fitness. If you want to be 6% body fat or have a 300 lbs. bench press, you can’t worry about “what if I never get there”, because surely, you’ll be right.

You must give in to the process and understand that now matter how hard you strive, you may fail.

I am reminded of a favorite quote from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Who do you want to be?

[Image: Mike Licht]

Chad’s Interview with StrengthPortal.com

Published February 7th, 2015     In Categories: Articles, For Trainers



Chad was recently featured on StrengthPortal.com in an awesome interview.

Want to hear Chad’s secrets of client-retention, learn why mentors have been so crucial to him over the years, and much more?

Read more here.


[image by Stefans Vilcans]

How To Tell When a Trainer Sucks

Published August 13th, 2014     In Categories: Articles, For Trainers



This is one of the best articles I have read on what it takes to be a good personal trainer. Christian Thibaudeau writes about learning from his own mistakes and also shares some of the biggest mistakes other coaches/trainers have made. Read more here: How To Tell When a Trainer Sucks.


“Be the guy who’s eager to share his passion and who can’t wait to learn new things.”

Structure(d) Training Seminar in NYC

Published August 8th, 2014     In Categories: Events, For Trainers



Chad will be teaming up with powerhouse trainers this weekend in NYC to share some of the wisdom, knowledge, and insight you need to become successful in your field.


WHEN: Sunday, August 10th, 11a-5pm

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Knowledge-thirsty personal trainers looking to advance their craft via continuing education while getting CEU’s and CEC’s

WHERE: The Snatchery by MFF, 411 W 39th Street, New York, NY 10018


In this presentation, Chad will discuss how including powerlifting in your clients’ programs can do more than improve their max bench press. Chad will teach his approach to progressing into the powerlifts for the average client. He’ll also talk about how starting your own powerlifting team and entering meets can promote client adherence and retention.

Click here for details and registration information.


This is a great article by Adam Bornstein about what really matters in the fitness industry. Read it. Then read it again. Good stuff.

Top 5 Ways You Know You’ve Made It In The Fitness Industry

Anti-fast Results and Anti-instant Gratification

Published August 5th, 2014     In Categories: Uncategorized


Jessi Kneeland has nailed it with this one! Check out her article, “The Tiny Tweak That Makes Fitness Fun, Effective, and Easy to Stick With Forever.”

Some of the highlights include:

  • Internal Motivation vs. External Goals
  • The “About-to-Die” Factor
  • There’s No Such Thing as “Right”
  • Bonus: Meet Your Goals and Maintain Your Gains
  • Practice Makes … Even Better Practice


“ The future of the fitness industry should be anti-fast results and anti-instant gratification.”

-Jessi Kneeland


Top 5 Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working

Published July 29th, 2014     In Categories: Articles, Diet, For Trainers, Guest Blog Posts

Disappointed Girl on Scale

Do you ever wonder why your current diet may not be working? Click here to read one of my most popular guest blog posts, “Top 5 Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working.” It was the second most popular post ever on Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat Blog!

If you missed it the first time around, or just need a reminder, please check it out.

Secret Tips from Chad Landers for Corbin Bleu

Published July 25th, 2014     In Categories: Articles, Press

corbin-bleu Chad Landers has secret tips for some of his most faithful clients, like Corbin Bleu of “Dancing with the Stars.”  While he wouldn’t “prescribe” this regimen for everyone – Mens Health gives away some of Chad’s secrets for losing water weight. Chad is very proud of Corbin, and his work in the gym – which is always the #1 goal, apart from all of the super ninja water weight “secrets.”

How Corbin Bleu from Dancing with the Stars Prepares at PUSH

Published July 23rd, 2014     In Categories: Articles, Press

Dancing with the Stars’ Corbin Bleu has been training at PUSH since he was 18 years old. In this video from Access Hollywood, Corbin gives us a peek into one of his tougher daily workouts with Chad.

Since Corbin was going shirtless on live television this particular week, check out how Chad pushes the limits to help give Corbin’s already awesome abs that extra “kick.”


I recently linked up with Tim Arndt to talk about training famous people, powerlifting for fitness, and some of my pet peeves.

We discussed:

  • How I got involved in the fitness industry
  • How I (and some of my clients) use powerlifting to stay motivated
  • How crayons relate to fitness
  • What my greatest challenge has been with a client
  • My #1 piece of fitness advice
  • What my pet peeves are in the industry (this starts at minute 51)
  • And what my favorite beer is


Read more at TimArndtFitness.com