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.
May 20, 2015

Hidden Factors Affecting Your Fat Loss

On the surface, fat loss doesn’t seem that complicated. Create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories than you burn, add in some exercise (preferably resistance training), and BOOM, fat loss!
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.
March 17, 2015

5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Fat

  You’ve been working out five times a week consistently for the last month. You’ve cleaned up your diet; cut out most processed foods, are eating more vegetables, more protein, and healthy fats. You’re feeling good…you’ve been losing a few pounds each week. Your clothes are fitting better. Your excited about the progress you’ve made. Then it happens…
January 26, 2015

Why Willpower and Motivation Are Getting You Nowhere

Willpower.  Motivation. Whether it’s fitness, business, sports, or everyday life, we often search for willpower to help prevent us from doing things we know are bad for us. We look for motivation to drive us to get better, accomplish tasks, and get ahead. But what if I told you that willpower and motivation were just figments of your imagination; that they didn’t exist…at least, not in the way you think they do.