Craig Weller

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Craig Weller

CPT, US Navy SWCC, SFG1, PN Master coach


Craig Weller is Precision Nutrition’s exercise systems and program director and a PN Master Coach. His certifications include US Navy SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Crewman), Department of State WPPS-2 (Worldwide Personal Protective Service), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, StrongFirst Girya Level 1, and Precision Nutrition Level 2. He’s also a US Department of State Worldwide Personal Protective Service Security Specialist and formerly a nationally-registered emergency medical technician.

In his role as a Precision Nutrition coach and the director for the PN High-Risk Occupations program, Weller has also provided guidance for the Canadian Special Forces command.

Before joining Precision Nutrition, Weller spent six years in Naval Special Operations as a Special Warfare Combat Crewman (SWCC) and nearly two years on the High-Threat Protection team for the U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq. He’s held a variety of instructional and diplomatic security roles all over the world, including Kenya, the Philippines, Central America, South Sudan, and Iraq.

Outside of the military, Weller has founded multiple fitness businesses, co-authored a patent for a biomedical monitoring technology, acted as a consultant for the US clandestine community, and written for numerous publications and journals including the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Journal.

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Articles by Craig Weller, CPT, US Navy SWCC, SFG1, PN Master coach

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6 charts show why recovery isn’t a “worthless trend”: It’s a health and fitness cheat code.

Find out why rest and recovery are just as important as sweaty, grueling workouts.

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Motivation gets you started: Here’s what keeps you going, even when you feel like giving up.

Whether you’re seeking health and fitness change, a successful and rewarding career, or pursuing a dream, these strategies can help.

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Exercise Library: 400+ Expert Videos with How-To Instructions

Use the PN video library for expert instruction on how to perform hundreds of exercises safely and effectively.

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Trigger workouts: The intermittent workout method that could transform the way you exercise.

We have a workout experiment for you. It’s simple. It’s effective. And it’s tailor-made for people who work from home. If that’s your situation right now, there may be no better time to try these workouts. We call them ‘trigger workouts.’ But they’re also known as intermittent workouts, micro-workouts, and mini-workouts. Give these workouts a […]

Side-by-side graphs of yo-yo dieting and reverse dieting. The yo-yo graph shows with every successive cycle of yo-yo dieting, weight rises, while metabolic rate drops. The reverse dieting graph shows weight loss and metabolic rate are maintained over time.

Reverse dieting: Can you really get better results by eating more?

Reverse dieting is touted as a way to restore your metabolism and kickstart fat loss by eating more food. But does it work, and if so, how? Let’s find out.

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8 powerful strategies for working with difficult clients.

Working with people who seem “unmotivated”, “resistant”, and “stubborn” can stump experienced fitness pros and newbie coaches alike. Instead of throwing your hands up, here are eight strategies for dealing with the most common coaching challenges, including difficult clients.

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How to stay in shape when you’re busy. [Infographic]

You exercise regularly for months then get completely derailed by a vacation, business trip, or just the general insanity of life. Sound familiar? Here’s how to stay in shape when you’re busy -- it’s faster and easier than you think.

Why advanced exercise and nutrition strategies usually backfire.

Most people who work out and try to eat well look to graduate quickly to advanced exercise and nutrition strategies. But these usually backfire. Here’s why it happens. Plus two strategies (deliberate practice and stress inoculation training) for faster progress.

Why working out causes weight gain. (And what to do about it).

You've probably heard that working out causes weight gain (instead of loss). Well, it's true. If you see ‘working out’ as an unpleasant chore, you’re more likely to make poor nutrition choices and undo your efforts. But if you have fun with physical activity, you’ll get better results, more quickly.

Motivation secret #4:

If you want to live a long, healthy, and productive life, find your passion. Your passion will support you through good times and bad. In this final article on how to keep going when the going gets tough, Coach Craig Weller explains the wisdom of Okinawans, and why we need a reason for being.

Motivation secret #3:

If you’re afraid of failure, you’re not alone. Most of us quake when faced with a major challenge. But the only real failure is not to try. In the third part of this 4-part article series, Coach Craig Weller shows us that humility is the greater part of valor, and the best cure for fear is to dive in.

Motivation secret #2:

If you’re struggling to maintain focus on your fitness goals, let go of worrying about the long term. Just finish out today. In this second article in a series on how to keep going when the going gets tough, Coach Craig Weller explains how small daily decisions can help to keep us on track.

Motivation secret #1:

If you’re struggling at the gym – or anywhere else in life – find the deep reason you’re pursuing your goal and motivation will follow. In this post – first in a series about how to keep going when the going gets tough – Coach Craig Weller explains.

Sleep, stress, and salmon.

Our bodies function best on deep, clean cycles of highs and lows. When we engage fully and recover deeply we get more done and feel happier while doing it. Here's one man's experience with finding his off switch in a world of distraction.