Arm yourself with the knowledge to be confident in the gym, the skill to understand any workout design, and the power to crush any challenge.

Here’s a question for you…

  • Have you ever started a fitness program only to quit after getting bored or seeing no results?
  • Have you ever walked into a gym motivated to workout but found yourself uncomfortable in the gym environment?
  • Are you a Soldier who is always nervous when taking the APFT?

These are the questions that motivated me to create this place. There are plenty of fitness professionals with slick websites and fancy credentials out there; I’m just not one of them. Like you, I’m just a guy on a fitness journey.

Hi, I’m Justin (aka. “JM”), and I would like to personally welcome you to Barbell Journey. I’m the husband to a beautiful wife, father to an incredible daughter, and mentor to an amazing group of Soldiers that inspire me to be just a little bit better every day.

I’m not a fitness guru. As a professional warfighter fitness is an integral part of my life’s journey. Other than a few exceptional moments (graduating basic combat and airborne school, or that time I ran a marathon) I feel like I struggled with fitness most of my life. But I know how to set a goal and I enjoy the process, the struggle, of accomplishing it (I also enjoy celebrating the accomplishment).

Barbell Journey is about me. It’s a collection of thoughts, advice, research and experimentation in endurance, tactical fitness, strength training, and bodybuilding. I use the gym as my personal research and experimentation lab where I work to achieve a perfect balance between being an instrument of war and day-to-day life. I believe it is provision of knowledge (instead of bullshit marketing) that will be the real key to successful avoidance of misinformation, disinformation and the flat-out lies of the fitness industry. There are no magic bullets, potions, or short term dietary interventions that will turn you superhuman.

You’ve read this far…

That must mean you are ready to make a change. Well, you’re in the right place. I’m not a trainer. I’m not here to whimsically dispense professional or medical advice. But I am here to teach, coach, and mentor. I’m here to point you in the right direction when you have questions, to help pick you up and get you moving when you need a little motivation, to help you find your goals, and to help you achieve them decisively.

Here at, I’m building the fitness website that I always wanted. Full-disclosure. I’ll show you what works (and doesn’t work) for me, teach you about the training principles I follow, point out my successes, failures, and struggles, and try to debunk the bro-science taught in the gym and on the PT field. I’ll even share with you my exact daily training regimen, every rep, every weight, every goal, and every result.

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Three things to do next…

  1. Jump start your fitness journey with a free, simple weight training workout.
  2. Connect with me by leaving a comment on a blog post. I’d love to hear from you.
  3. Consider contributing to the journey and get Insider Access.

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