February 17, 2016

Sleep Your Way to Gains – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we talked in-depth about how important sleep is when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Now that we know why sleep is important, we’re going to talk about how to create your best nights sleep ever.
February 15, 2016

Sleep Your Way to Gains – Part 1

Sleep deprivation is a major health issue facing many people today. Unfortunately, most don’t seem to care. We’ve all undoubtedly heard the phrase “You snooze, you lose”; the idea being that, if you’re sleeping, you’re missing out on success, opportunities, general tomfoolery, etc. Well, whoever coined that phrase is a blithering idiot, to put it nicely. Sleep is important…like super important. Lack of sleep has been link to everything from obesity to early death. Staying out until bar close doesn’t sound all that important now does it? You may think that diet and exercise are the biggest drivers of progress, whether you are trying to lose fat, build muscle, or just get healthier. But you know what the biggest driver of a successful diet and exercise program is? If you guessed sleep, you get a gold star for the day. Sleep affects everything. Your hunger, hormones, ability to train and recover effectively are all directly related to the quality of your sleep. If you take a detailed look at the effects sleep deprivation has on your body, it gets scary. And that’s just what we’re going to in today’s article   The Effects of Sleep Deprivation   Before we get into the effects not sleeping has on you, we first need to know what constitutes “a good nights sleep”. Like most fitness-y things, this is highly individual. Some people may be able to function on 6 hours, while others need 10. The general research consensus is that most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you wake up tired in the morning, finding it hard to get out of bed, or hit the snooze alarm multiply times, you need more sleep. If however, you wake up ready to jump out of bed and don’t need four cups […]
February 14, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 2/14

Happy Sunday! And more importantly…depending who you ask…Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for love, and I know you’ll love this week’s list of best fitness info. There are 9 great articles for you to check out this week, so make you give them a read. Also, I have two spots open in my one-on-one coaching program. If you’re ready to shred fat, build muscle, and make an amazing transformation, apply here to learn more. Now, let’s get to this week’s list…   Best of the Best Reverse Dieting for Leanness & Gains – Benjamin Johnson   Best of the Rest Would I Be Healthier If I Quit Drinking? – Camille DePutter 2 Fat Loss Myths You’re Better Off Believing – Bryan Krahn The Diet Book No One Will Write – Adam Bornstein Ready. Mindset. Lift: Mindfulness For Optimal Workouts – Dr. Lisa Lewis Avoid These 5 Common Gym Mistakes For Faster Results – Ryan Wood Should You Use Intermittent Fasting For Fat Loss? – Jason Helmes 5 Secrets to Successful Fat Loss – Kia Khadem Chest Training for Maximal Muscle Growth – Ian Padron
February 7, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 2/7

It’s that time again. The one you’ve been waiting all week for. It’s time for the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness info from around the web delivered straight to your face every Sunday. We have 10 awesome articles this week covering everything from mindset, fat loss nutrition, bodybuilding tips, and strength training. Sit back and enjoy the ride.   Best of the Best Self-Talk, The Power of Thoughts, & Why I Would Diet on a Deserted Island – Robbie Farlow   Best of the Rest How to Track Macros When Eating Out at a Restaurant – Mike Vacanti How to Gain Weight Without Bulking – Bob Thompson Strive for Progress Not Perfection: Squat Edition – Tony Gentilcore Back Training for Maximal Muscle Growth – Ian Padron 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Lower Your Calorie Target – Amy Dix The 10 (Almost) Requirements for Permanent Fat Loss – Jason Helmes Why and How to Skip Breakfast (and Get Ripped Doing It) – Brandon Epstein How to Make Your Own Successful Meal Plan – Steve Hall Flexible Dieting: Is it Right for You? – Matt Dustin
January 31, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 1/31

It’s time to train…your brain that is. We are back once again with the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness articles from the past week. We have a variety of great posts this week, covering lots of different topics. I dare say, there is something on this week’s list for everyone. Let’s get to it!
January 24, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 1/24

Hello hello hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness info from around the web. We have a huge list for you this week; 10 awesome articles, jam-packed with knowledge to help you take your fitness game…and your gains…to the next level. Enjoy!   Best of the Best Macronutrient Options: Setting Yourself Up For Success – Jason Helmes