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November 6, 2019

Before you get all freaked out and your spine starts to disassemble itself at the mere thought of picking up a heavy barbell, there’s something you should understand:

There are countless deadlift variations.

It can be done with a barbell, yes. But also dumbbells, kettlebells, a trap bar, light weight, heavy weight, weight held in front, weight held on the sides, from a deficit, from a rack, conventional stance, sumo stance, with resistance bands, b...

October 29, 2019

I have some good news, some bad news, and then some more good news about this recipe.

I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago, and I went ahead and calculated the calories. (For the record, counting calories isn’t something I do all the time. In fact, it’s not something I do most of the time. You can see all the pros and cons of calorie counting here.)

The number I came up with was surprisingly low.

That works great for me and MY current goals...

October 23, 2019

For a moment, forget any advice you’ve heard about diet and exercise. None of it matters without a proper beginning.

Fat loss starts with a single phrase consisting of 5 words (which I’ll share in a minute).

I Promise, It’s Relevant

Apparently, more than three quarters of us think we’re above average drivers. This is despite the fact that:

  1. It’s statistically impossible.

  2. Almost all of us can admit to having done something unsafe while driving...

October 16, 2019

Learning to eat better is tough on its own.

When you dislike most of the foods that are “supposed” to make you healthy, it just plain sucks.

Here’s the story of how I unintentionally experimented on myself and learned how even the pickiest of eaters can become more open-minded in their food choices.

Experiment #1

When I was a kid, I would have eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at every meal if my parents let me.

As I grew up and turned into a s...

October 9, 2019

It’s not that losing weight quickly is impossible.

It isn’t.

It’s just that if you do it too fast, it can negatively affect your metabolism and make it more difficult to keep the weight off once it’s gone.

So what is the ideal speed for weight loss?

A Quick Look at “Safe”

Most states have laws requiring kids to wear helmets when they ride a bike.

Compare that to when my parents were kids. Not only were BIKE helmets not a thing, but if the family took a...

October 2, 2019

The advice you can find on how to lose fat is not only infinite, it’s often conflicting. I decided to make it easy for you to figure out what’s worth your time and what isn’t.

Let’s get right to it.

Sleep

People tend to focus on diet and exercise, but you might want to consider starting with better sleep.

I’m putting this one first not because it’s MORE important than the others, but because it’s AS important, yet easily the most undervalued componen...

September 20, 2019

Anyone can work their butt off to get a body like a fitness magazine cover model. But what if you don’t want to work that hard? Can you still get the body of your dreams?

Yep.

Let’s Get Started

I’m gonna be up front with you: I hate the title of this blog. Oh, I’m quite aware I named it myself and have the power, even now, to change it to something else.

I still hate it.

The phrase “body of your dreams” attempts to put an image in your head of what yo...

August 14, 2019

I’m gonna keep this real short today. What kind of supplements do we recommend you take?

None.

The End

OK, Fine, I’ll Elaborate

I don’t want to leave you thinking supplements are bad.

They’re not.

They can be harmful if you use them when you don’t need them, though. So if you’re going to take any, you’d better be pretty sure it’s necessary.

Like, if a doctor says you have a nutrient deficiency, and it’s one that can’t be quickly fixed with an easy chang...

August 6, 2019

In case you think exercise is only for people who love it and want to get ripped, here’s a personal reminder of how getting in shape, no matter who you are, is about so much more.

Don’t Tell My Son

I’ve made it a goal to always say yes when my son says, “Let’s run!” And he says it a lot.

The only stipulations are:

1. Not in a dangerous/inappropriate environment.

2. He can’t know about my goal (or he’d take advantage).

I like that it takes me out of my...

July 22, 2019

Too often getting in shape lies in the extremes — it’s all or nothing.

Long-lasting results lie somewhere in the middle. But you need to know when to step up your game, and when to go easy on yourself.

It’s Not Poison, I Promise

Parenting is hard.

There are times when you have to push your kids to do things they don’t want to do, whether it be homework, brushing their teeth, or eating something they usually like but, for whatever reason, are currentl...

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