White Belt Fitness


Legally speaking I have to take some time for acknowledgements. Specifically for some of the Creative Commons Licences I’ve used in the creation of this book.

The Cover

The White Belt Image on the front cover is from the Wikimedia Foundation, supplied by user Jdcollins13, under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence.

It has obviously been modified to a book cover, but remains otherwise unchanged.

This requires me to distribute the cover art under the same Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence, so if you’d like to use it somewhere, or to modify it, feel free. You just have to provide the same attribution and utilize the same license in your distribution.

Personal Acknowledgements

I’d also be dead in the water if I didn’t take the time to first thank my loving girlfriend, Jenny. For the last nine years together, you’ve given me the support and freedom to explore my creative side. This means generally letting me get away with not pulling my own weight around the house, so that I can spend more time writing, taking photos, creating videos and building software, when I’m not at the gym training other people. This would be stressful on any relationship and yet somehow you tolerate it and me, without making me feel like a complete ass. I don’t think I’d be here without my best friend and partner in crime, and I’m truly blessed seeing you each and every day.

To my parents, who always wanted the best for me, and gave me the freedom to explore a lot of different things growing up. I didn’t become an engineer, and I don’t have a cushy corner office job working for a big company, but I made due and am generally happy with the way my life turned out. I can afford to live comfortably and that’s the most I could ask for. There were a lot of twists and turns, a lot of ups and downs, and the emotional rollercoaster to go with it I’m sure, but I get to do what I love doing every day and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

To Lindsay Popek, who was instrumental in encouraging me to write in high school and beyond. Without the many pieces of literature we shared over the years, I’m not sure I would have ever really gone anywhere with writing. No one off the top of my head encouraged my writing, the way you did. I appreciate all the feedback you’ve given me over the years, and I think I’m a better writer as a result — though I still have a long way to go.

To my brothers and sister, who challenged me, pushed me, encouraged me and let me fail. We don’t always agree, or get along, but I’m always thinking of you. Coming from a big family, you always have to fight to be heard and noticed, so that’s what I did. I have a few other special friends who remain dear to me. It’s sappy, I know, but Lucas Johnson, Brock Puddicombe, Mark Philp, Jenn Connon and Michael Averill have always secretly inspired me to do more, be better, contribute to the world and lead a fulfilling life. I don’t see many of you, as often as I would like any more, but friendships that last thirty years in some cases, are rare and special. In another thirty years, I hope I’m still confiding in you.

Lastly to the dozens and dozens of outstanding coaches and mentors that I’ve had over the last eight to ten years of learning about fitness, training, nutrition and beyond. Few of you will remember who I am, typically the quiet kid at the front of the room trying to absorb as much information as I could. In some instances, we’ve never met, but I’ve been following your work intensively for many years in the shadows. I can’t put you in any particular order, but many of the ideas or concepts found in this book are based on the work of other people that may not get the direct credit they deserve.

In some cases, I’ve made little interpretation of other people’s work, in others, I’ve completely revamped it in a way I see fit. We can all agree, that in this time and age, there are few original ideas, and that this book is really just a mishmash of various ideas I’ve potentially heard or read from you and many others.

If I didn’t give you the direct credit you deserve, I’m sorry, feel free to email me and I will update this work as often as I can. It’s not my intent to pass your work or ideas off as my own. Truth be told, I can’t, and don’t always remember where all this information in my head came from, and in other cases I may have read or heard about it from someone who heard or read about it from you, so I cannot credit the original work to you. At the same time, I worry the industry, spends more time worrying about who came up with an idea, and less about how effectively they are shared and communicated with the people who need them.

Many Thanks To:

  • Chris Jackson
  • Michael Hart
  • Erin Sergeant
  • Larry Jusdanis
  • Steve Bodanis
  • Charlie Francis
  • Vern Gambetta
  • Dan Baker
  • Jim Radcliffe
  • Al Vermeil
  • Derek Hansen
  • Dan John
  • Christian Thibaudeau
  • Alex Mayfield
  • Mark Verstegen
  • Michael Boyle
  • Eric Cressey
  • Dean Somerset
  • Ian King
  • Mike Robertson
  • Tony Gentilcore
  • Sue Falsone
  • Alan Aragon
  • Lyle MacDonald
  • John Berardi
  • Bill Hartman
  • Charlie Weingroff
  • Gray Cook
  • Chad Waterbury
  • Pavel Tsatsouline
  • Mark Rippetoe
  • Ben Bruno
  • Zach Even-esh
  • Jason Ferruggia
  • Charles Staley
  • Bret Contreras
  • Charles Poliquin
  • Nick Tuminello
  • Kelly Starrett
  • William Kraemer
  • Steven Fleck
  • Mel Siff
  • Yuri Verkhoshansky
  • Anatoli Bondarchuk
  • Vladimir Zatsiorsky
  • Stuart McGill
  • Craig Liebenson
  • Mike Reinhold
  • Diane Lee
  • Patrick Ward
  • And anyone else I may have forgotten about…sorry!!!


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Darren Beattie

Coach, Writer and Founder of Fitnack and Skill Based Fitness. I'm going to change how you think about fitness and coaching. Quality of Life Crusader. Knowledge Junkie. Recovering perfectionist.