May 22, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 5/22

Good morning friends. Hope your weekend is going fantastic. It's time for another edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best health and fitness info on the web. As usual, we have another great list for you this week, including a couple new articles up on the blog I think you'll enjoy.
May 18, 2016

To Hell and Back: My Battle With Depression

We’re all human, even us fitness professionals. We make mistakes. We have struggles in our personal lives that we deal with daily. We portray ourselves a certain way on the Internet because we are our brand, but offline most of us are just live everyone else.
May 16, 2016

The Best Exercises You’re (Probably) Not Doing

When creating programs, I’m a big fan of variety. Not because I believe muscles need to be “confused”, but rather because there are a ton of exercise variations out there that get no love. I feel bad for them.
May 15, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 5/15

Another week, and another edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness info on the web. We have another huge list this week full of great information so I hope you enjoy.
May 8, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 5/8

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! And of course, Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mothers out there. You're the real MVP, as the kids say. It's time once again for the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness info on the web. Another massive list this week, so let's get right down to it.
May 1, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 5/1

Welcome to another Sunday and another edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of the best fitness info from around the web. We have a hugely massive list this week, so let's get right to it.
August 2, 2015

JPF Weekly Reading Round-Up 8/2

Each week, I will search the internet for the best articles having to do with fat loss, gaining muscle, building strength, diet & nutrition, and general health. Part of my goal as a coach and trainer is education. That is why I want to provide YOU with access to the best fitness info on the net. Lets see what’s on this weeks list… Training Training to Failure: 5 Questions You Need to Answer – Jordan Syatt Density Training to Kickstart Stubborn Muscle – Danavir Sarria Power Up Your Muscle Building Potential – Eric Bach   Nutrition Debunking the Breakfast Myth – Tommy Cole The Smart Way to Build a Fat Loss Diet – Layne Norton & Sohee Lee   General Health & Fitness Hey Vogue Magazine, Thanks for Setting Women’s Fitness Back a Few Decades – Tony Gentilcore
July 1, 2015

It’s Your Fault

Warning: If you’re sensitive, fragile, or need to constantly have your ego fed by having people tell you how awesome and special you are, this post is probably not for you, because it’s about to get real. If however, you are someone who may be stuck, someone who can take criticism, and can objectively look at themselves and their efforts, then keep reading.
June 10, 2015

The Best Damn Macro Article, Period!

In my last article, I discussed how to find your caloric maintenance and set a reasonable deficit for fat loss. Today’s article is going to go a step further and show you what I and many other coaches believe to be a better way to count than just tracking calories. I’m talking of course, about macros.
May 4, 2015

Setting A Caloric Deficit For Fat Loss

It’s no secret that I am a big proponent of counting calories and/or macros. I’ve only written about the benefits of it here, here, here, here, and here. The only way to lose weight is to create an energy deficit by consuming fewer calories than you burn. And while I will admit that counting is not right for everyone in every situation, I truly believe it is the most effective and efficient way to lose fat.
April 21, 2015

Why Just “Eating Healthy” Won’t Help You Lose Fat

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “healthy?” Some may visualize a person with ripped abs, or huge muscles. Others conjure up images of perceived healthy foods, like broccoli, chicken, Greek yogurt, nuts, and kale. Mmmmm, all that kale… But if you’re like me, you may have trouble narrowing down what exactly constitutes “healthy.”   Now, let’s turn that around. What comes to mind when you hear the term “unhealthy?” I think it’s easier to narrow down what unhealthy foods are; at least for us personally. For some of you reading this, I’d venture to guess your list contains some or all of the following: fast food, carbs, trans fats, processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soda, and so on. Regardless of what you pictured when you thought about each word, you are right…and wrong…and now, probably confused. Let me explain… I hate the terms healthy/unhealthy. Well, hate may be too strong a word. I dislike them. I also dislike the terms good/bad/evil, and best/worst, in the context of diet or exercise. And that’s exactly why I hate dislike these terms. More often than not, they’re used without proper context. Just thrown into headlines as click-bait by editors so you’ll read their article. Now, I am not saying we should stop using these words or be afraid of them. My man John Romaniello has a great write-up here about why we shouldn’t be afraid of words. In it he discusses that by fearing words, we give them power over us, our decisions, and our lives. But part of not fearing words is understanding not only what they mean, but also what they mean in the context with which they’re used. The problem with words like “healthy” or “unhealthy,” “good” or “bad,” is that they’re thrown around with […]
April 17, 2015

My Creation Story

Growing up I never really considered my weight an issue. Yes, I knew I was overweight. From my first day in school I was bigger than most of my other classmates. I would get teased occasionally, like any fat kid. But it never really bothered me; at least it didn’t bother me enough to really do much about it.