What Went Down: 2018 In Review

At the end of last year, I compiled all the books I read throughout the year. If that’s something of interest to you, you can view the list here.

I wanted to do that again this year but throw in a few other things that might catch your eye and ear as well.

Here’s what went down in 2018:


In addition to keeping up with my Revolutionary You show and the work I do with my friend Blake on the show Someone Has To Say It, I was honored to be a guest on several podcasts as well. If you’d like to hear those, you can listen back at these links:

Half Size Me: How To Start Your Journey In A New Way

Cut The S#!t, Get Fit: Hosted by Rafal Mastuszewski

The Pat Flynn Show: Jason Leenaarts on Making Fitness His Drug of Choice

The Julie Tussey Show 1: Jason Leenaarts of Revolutionary YOU!! Calories or Weight Watchers?

The Julie Tussey Show 2: Get Your Own Personal Revolution

The Julie Tussey Show 3: Losing Weight Through Peri-Menopause/Menopause with Jason Leenaarts

The Julie Tussey Show 4: Holiday Strategies

Dog Life Radio: Jason Leenaarts of Revolution Fitness & Therapy

Open Sky Fitness (cross-promotion podcast) with Rob Dionne and Jason Leenaarts: 10 Vital Habits For Building Muscle Mass and Losing Fat

Lift The Bar: Jason Leenaarts: Lessons From Hitting Rock Bottom & Starting a PT Facility

Moving Well Podcast: On Mindset, Strength Training and Fat Loss

I also wanted to post the 5 most downloaded episodes of Revolutionary You for 2018. In this order:

1) #103-Christian Finn: Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked

2) #137-Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Dieting Strategies and Overcoming Dogmatic Beliefs

3) #117-Dr. Mike Israetel: Considerations For High Intensity Exercise

4) #108-Heather Robertson: One Pound At A Time

5) #121-Georgie Fear, Roland Fisher, Josh Hillis, Sarah Campbell, Maryclaire Brescia and Kara Beutel: One By One Nutrition Answers Your Burning Questions


Every week, I release a new article (usually on Tuesdays) and here are the 5 most popular releases of the year:

1) Open Letter to the “Disappearing” Client

2) 43 Obvious (and Not So Obvious) Ways To Lose Fat Before 2019

3) 12 Years Clean…and I’m Still an Addict

4) How I Met My Wife

5) Strategies For Better Food Tracking

And last but not least, here are all the books I consumed this year. Due to the time constraints of work, family life, etc. I definitely did more damage with audiobooks than physical books but here is the list. I’ve linked every book to where you can purchase a copy for yourself. In most cases, I’ve linked back to Barnes & Noble and Amazon but where possible I’ve linked back to the author’s page so you can purchase there instead. I was privy to advanced copies of some books so I wanted to give a special thanks to those authors who allowed me to view their work before it went to the mass public. I’ve included cookbooks, short books, long books, certification manuals, etc. It’s all here. I always read a lot in the realm of fitness, nutrition, and business but I frequently cleanse my palette with fiction, music biographies, etc. I don’t know that I could pick favorites but I definitely had books that stuck out more than others. Here’s what I filled my pea-brain with in 2018 in the order they were finished.

1) Sugar Makes You Fat & Other Diet Myths Debunked by Christian Finn
2) The Contest Prep Book by Layne Norton and Peter Baker
3) The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
4) French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Giuliano
5) MDC: Memoirs From A Damaged Civilization by Dave Dictor
6) The Hardgainer Solution by Scott Abel
7) I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
8) Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
9) Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew
10) The Fellowship Of The Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
11) The Hardy Boys: The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
12) Good To Great by Jim Collins
13) The First Five by Henry Rollins
14) The Portable Henry Rollins by Henry Rollins
15) Chasing The Scream by Johann Hari
16) The Hardy Boys: The House On The Cliff by Franklin W. Dixon
17) Punk: The Best Of Punk Magazine by John Holmstrom and Bridget Hurd
18) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
19) Green Hills Of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
20) Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
21) The Two Towers by J.R.R Tolkien
22) Grit by Angela Duckworth
23) Becoming Brooklyn Strong by Jeb Stuart Johnston
24) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
25) A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig
26) Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
27) Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
28) 10% Happier by Dan Harris
29) Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God
30) The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien
31) See A Grown Man Cry Now Watch Him Die by Henry Rollins
32) The Hardy Boys: The Secret Of The Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
33) The Man Diet by Chad Howse
34) Give And Take by Adam Grant
35) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
36) Feast by Hannah Howard
37) Are You Useful? by Chip Conrad
38) Blog Profits Blueprint by Yaro Starak
39) The Wanderers by Richard Price
40) The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
41) Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
42) American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
43) Originals by Adam Grant
44) Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
45) Exactly What To Say by Phil M. Jones
46) The Love-Powered Diet by Victoria Moran
47) Never Lose A Customer Again by Joey Coleman
48) Lift To Get Lean by Holly Perkins
49) Broken Summers by Henry Rollins
50) Why Do You Hate Money? by Joey Percia
51) How To Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields
52) End Zone by Don Delillo
53) Principles by Ray Dalio
54) A Gentleman In Moscow by Amon Towles
55) The Dirt by Motley Crue with Neil Strauss
56) Mini Habits by Stephen Guise
57) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
58) Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins
59) Deep Work by Cal Newport
60) Big Girl by Kelsey Miller
61) Think Thin, Be Thin by Doris Wild Helmering and Dianne Hales
62) Brown’s Requiem by James Ellroy
63) Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
64) Sticks & Stones by Jim Heafner and Jarod Hall
65) Proteinaholic by Garth Davis
66) Presto! by Penn Jillette
67) Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
68) An American Demon by Jack Grisham
69) Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
70) Brain On Fire by Susannah Cahalan
71) Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
72) Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
73) The Truth by Neil Strauss
74) Shrill by Lindy West
75) Muscle by Jason Maxwell
76) The Hardy Boys: The Missing Chums by Franklin W. Dixon
77) Your Workout Perfected by Nick Tumminello
78) Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
79) Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
80) Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
81) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
82) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
83) Life by Keith Richards
84) Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
85) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
86) The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
87) Younger Next Year For Women by Chris Crowley & Harry Lodge
88) Occupants by Henry Rollins
89) Runnin’ With The Devil by Noel E. Monk
90) Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
91) Share Your Story by Camille DePutter
92) Hunger by Roxane Gay
93) Less by Andrew Sean Greer
94) Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes
95) Stray: Memoir Of A Runaway by Tanya Marquardt
96) I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
97) Believe It And Behave It by Kate Harvie
98) The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
99) The Hardy Boys: Hunting For Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon
100) Rising Strong by Brene Brown
101) Tears And Laughter by Kahlil Gibran
102) Bridging The Gap From Rehab To Performance by Sue Falsone
103) Women Food and God by Geneen Roth
104) Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
105) Factfulness by Hans Rosling
106) The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer
107) Peak: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson
108) Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
109) Own The Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
110) Shot In The Heart by Mikal Gilmore
111) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
112) Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
113) Little Poems For Big Hearts by Camille DePutter
114) Diet Mindset Makeover by Kara Beutel
115) Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
116) Advanced Personal Training by Paul Hough and Simon Penn
117) The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About by Joshua Shea
118) They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
119) The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
120) Atomic Habits by James Clear
121) Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
122) Dear Client by Bonnie Siegler
123) Becoming Radiant by Tom Zuba
124) NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories by NOFX and Jeff Alulis
125) The Fundamentals Of Online Training by Jonathan Goodman
126) 12 Rules Of Life by Jordan Peterson
127) USAPL Club Coach Curriculum by USAPL
128) USAPL Technical Handbook by USAPL
129) How To Be Better At (Almost) Everything by Pat Flynn
130) The Leangains Method by Martin Berkhan
131) The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene
132) How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
133) The Soul Of A Trainer by Thomas Plummer
134) Bored And Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
135) Questions To Ask Before Leaving by Erin Brown
136) Popular by Mitch Prinstein
137) Finish by Jon Acuff
138) The End Of Innocence by George J Leonard
139) Back Mechanic by Stuart McGill
140) Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
141) Love Cycles by Linda Carroll
142) Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson
143) Weight Lifted by JP Zengerle
144) Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis
145) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
146) The Gospel According To Luke by Steve Lukather
147) This Is Marketing by Seth Godin
148) Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew The Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle
149) The Women’s Book, Vol. 1 by Lyle McDonald
150) Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
151) Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny
152) The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
153) The Coddling Of The American Mind by Gregg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
154) Measure What Matters by John Doerr
155) Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes (Nom Nom Paleo) by Michelle Tam
156) The Little Black Book Of Workout Motivation by Michael Matthews
157) Not Another Fitness Book by Steven Head

Thank you to everyone who has listened to, read,  or shared any of my work. Thank you to everyone who has inspired me in any way to get better at what I do. That it is an endless journey means there are more books to read, more shows to share and more words to write. Here’s to another amazing year.

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