February 21, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 2/21

Welcome to another edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best health and fitness info on the web. There is so much great content this week, including 2 new posts on the blog, a new guest post, and 12 awesome articles, I'm not gonna waste anymore time blabbing. Let's get to it...
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!
November 18, 2014

The Dieter’s Guide for Surviving the Holidays

                ‘Tis the season! At least that’s what the Christmas music playing inside the coffee shop right now is telling me.
October 21, 2014

Creating An Effective Fat Loss Program: Part 2

  In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the roles macronutrients and calories play when it comes to fat loss, and more importantly, how knowing how much you should consume on a daily basis will help accelerate your fat loss efforts.
September 30, 2014

Creating An Effective Fat Loss Program: Part 1

  Go to Google and type in “weight loss” or “fat loss”. Go ahead, I’ll wait. That is a lot of results, isn’t it? And for good reason. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of adults in the United States who are either overweight or obese is 69%. Its no wonder that there are so many articles, programs, and diets aimed at helping people lose weight.
August 28, 2014

Progress and the Scale: The Final Nail In the Coffin

Your alarm goes off. Time to get up. You’re a little sore from yesterday’s workout but you manage to pull yourself out bed and walk to the bathroom. There, sitting on the floor is your best friend and worst enemy: the scale. You gingerly step on, closing your eyes as your weight is calculated. You feel confident. You worked out hard these last few days. You hit your macros spot on. You’re sure you’ve lost at least a couple pounds! You slowly open your eyes. Much to your horror and shock, the number is the exact same as last time; even a few ounces heavier. What gives? All that hard work with nothing to show for it. You’re in disbelief, frustrated, angry… If the above situation sounds familiar, it’s because it happens all too often. Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows of the never-ending battle with the scale. Some days you love it, others you hate it. It’s a vicious cycle. But it doesn’t have to be.   Why the scale is not the best way to measure progress Before we talk about why the scale isn’t a great way to measure overall progress, we must first define what progress actually is. In the context of a fat loss program, progress is somewhere in the neighborhood of a loss of 1-2% of your bodyweight per week. By using percentages, your progress is much more customized to the individual. A heavier person is going to have a much easier time losing more weight each week than someone with only a few pounds to lose. The problem with the scale, is it’s not a measure of body fat, or muscle…it’s a measure of total body mass. This means that the scale number is going to fluctuate based on a number […]
August 22, 2014

What is Intermittent Fasting? Part 2: Methods and FAQ

In my last post, I introduced Intermittent Fasting and talked about the role IF can play in the fat loss process. If you missed that, you can read it here. Today I am going to talk about the different methods of Intermittent Fasting, as well as address some common questions associated with it.
August 13, 2014

What Is Intermittent Fasting? Part 1: The Benefits of Taking a Break From Eating

Todays post is going to cover a topic very near and dear to my heart: Intermittent Fasting, or IF as its commonly called. If you haven’t heard about IF, it’s a pretty simple concept. It’s the practice of abstaining from eating for a period of anywhere from 14 to 36 hours. It may sound difficult or scary, but remember you fast every single night while you sleep. IF just requires you to extend that fast by a few hours. In the next two posts Ill be covering many different aspects of IF, including the benefits, the role IF plays in fat loss, the different variations and ways to incorporate them into your life, as well as my experiences with Intermittent Fasting.