March 23, 2016

How to Use Density Training for Rapid Fat Loss

With fat loss, a lot of different training methods work. After all, diet is priority numero uno anyway. However, when it comes to training, there are certain methods that work better than others. And one of those methods is Density Training.
March 16, 2016

Stop Counting How Many Calories You Burn

Exercise has a ton of health benefits, there’s no denying that. But is weight loss really one of them? And does counting how many calories you burn actually do more harm than good?
March 6, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 3/6

Another Sunday, another edition of the Weekly Reading Round-Up. We have an absolutely massive list for you this week; the biggest ever (that's what she said). This week's list includes nine great health and fitness articles from around the web, a new blog post, three new guest posts, and a brand new addition to the Round-Up.
March 2, 2016

Action, Art, and the Art of Success

Creating success doesn’t happen overnight; nor does it happen by accident. To be truly successful, you need to find what’s unique about YOU, and how you can use that to create success. A few days ago I returned from trip to the beautiful city of Austin, TX, where I spent the weekend eating, training, and pow-wowing with the RFS Mastermind crew. First, let me say that of all the BBQ I’ve had in my life, Texas BBQ is the best, hands down.
March 1, 2016

9 Characteristics of Successful Fat Loss Programs

“What’s the best way to lose fat?” This is by far the most common question I get as a fitness coach. Everyone wants to know about the best diet, the best workout plan, or the best supplements. And while I’d love to tell them what those are, I can’t. Because the truth is, there is no “best” anything. Every program or plan is going to work differently for each person. That’s how it goes. But just because different plans work for different people doesn’t mean they don’t share common characteristics. It’s these characteristics that make those plans success. In my latest guest post for MyProtein, I break down the nine characteristics of all successful fat loss plans. How does your program measure up?   Read: “9 Characteristics of Successful Fat Loss Programs” on MyProtein    
February 28, 2016

Weekly Reading Round-Up 2/28

Happy Sunday from Austin, TX. I'm down here with the RFS Mastermind crew chillin', eating BBQ, making some brain gainz, and of course training. And speaking of of training, we had the incredible opportunity to tour and train at Onnit headquarters. We got to check out their facility and went through a grueling training session courtesy of their coaches.
July 26, 2015

JPF Weekly Reading Round-Up 7/26

Welcome to a new feature here on the blog, the JPF Weekly Reading Round-Up, a collection of some of the best fitness info from the past week. 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. So, lets get to this weeks list… Training Squat Depth: The Final Answer – Dr. John Rusin Cardio Doesn’t Kill Gains (and You Should Be Doing It) – Tanner Baze The Best Glute Exercise You’ve Never Heard Of – Eric Bach   Nutrition 7 Big Rocks Of Fat Loss – Bryan Krahn Nutrition Made Simple: The Most Important Things You Need To Know About Nutrition – Slyvon Blanco   General Health & Fitness Why Is Fitness So Difficult – Jason Helmes 8 Lessons to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals – Carrie McMahon Why Scale Weight DOES Matter – Sohee Lee
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 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 […]