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!
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…
March 9, 2015

Why I Train

                        Sprints have become my new obsession. Not really sure why. I hate running…but I LOVE sprints! Not treadmill sprints either. I’m talking all out, balls-to-the-wall sprints. In the gym, outside, anywhere I can really bust it open.
February 16, 2015

Cardio & Fat Loss

Cardio. Everyone has an opinion on it. Some swear that in order to lose weight, you need to be performing cardio…lots of cardio. Others never even step foot in the cardio section of the gym for fear of losing all dem gainz!
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.
December 15, 2014

What Is Online Coaching?

      Todays article is going to be a short one; but it’s going to shed some light on one aspect of personal training that not a lot of people outside the fitness community know much about… Online Coaching. Being involved in the industry, and having worked with different coaches online for the past couple of years, I sometimes forget that online coaching is still a relatively new and unknown alternative to in-person training.