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The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

November 14, 2019
Written by Cody McBroom

Reviewed By:

Dr. Brandon Roberts, PhD

12 Min Read

Key takeaways

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Creatine is one of the most well-researched supplements in the world, literally. Not only from a “how many times it’s been studied” standpoint, but a winning track record perspective as well.

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Creatine has yet to show any negative side effects, drawbacks, or claims that it doesn’t work as we believe it does. Research supports it's effectiveness and safety in an extremely wide range of individuals.

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Creatine can improve mental and physical performance, through multiple mechanisms, and in this article we're going to break down everything you need to know (and more)....

Creatine Monohydrate… might just be our favorite supplement. 

Why? Well, because we can recommend it to damn near every client we encounter, it’s cheaper than 75% or more of the sport supplements you can purchase, it’s very easy to assess for quality, and it’s proven by research to provide more than a few benefits that are applicable to the vast majority of our clientele (as well as our readers).

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Now, before we dive into exactly what creatine will do for you, we have to recommend that you find a product that has Creapure© on the label. This is because it will come from a specific lab in Germany that produces the highest quality and most pure form of creatine monohydrate there is available to us on the market. They do not sell to consumers, however they sell to supplement companies – making it easy for you to get a hold of. They’re often the ones supplying research studies with creatine as well, just to be sure the studies are being done with the highest quality.

Table of Contents

What is Creatine?

Creatine is one of the most well-researched supplements in the world, literally. Not only from a “how many times it’s been studied” standpoint, but a winning track record perspective as well. It always comes on top and we’re yet to find a research study that shows negative side effects, drawbacks, or claims that it doesn’t work as we believe it does.

It’s a molecule that’s produced in the body from certain amino acids. It’s mainly created in the liver and in to a lesser amount in the kidneys/pancreas. It stores high energy phosphate groups in the form of phosphocreatine, which go through a process to help the body create ATP and fuel our performance. 

Creatine can be found in some foods, mainly meat and fish, but is more easily accessible and beneficial when supplemented with. Which is what we’re going to dive into today.

Creatine works by increasing recovery, performance, and even cognition. The results are profound and proven! Which is why today, we’re going to break down everything you need to know about creatine so that you can supplement with it and experience it’s benefits, yourself.

Performance Enhancement

This occurs by creatine helping us produce more ATP and rapidly producing better energy during intense activity. 

Here’s the breakdown of WHY this happens:

→ We store creatine in our muscles, which is taken in via meat (typically) and of course in higher and more concentrated dosages by supplementation.

→ There is a phosphate group that can easily attach to creatine, which helps form phosphocreatine, which is also stored in our muscles.

→ When we finally put our muscles to work during a training session, the muscles use what’s called adenosine triphosphate – this is ATP.

→ The process of actually utilizing this stored ATP requires removing a phosphate group, which turns ATP into ADP – or adenosine triphosphate to adenosine diphosphate (aka two phosphates).

→ Phosphocreatine comes in to immediately donate it’s phosphate group, replacing the missing phosphate, and ADP becomes ATP once again.

→ Now, we’re ready to do more work within our training session!

This entire process happens very rapidly when we have tapped out creatine stores in our body, which allows more phosphocreatine production to occur and more replenishment of ATP to also occur on a regular basis.

The more often we replace this ATP and make sure we have readily available stores of it, the more likely we are to be able to perform at high intensities more rapidly.

The reason this is so important, is because ATP is what allows our body to push hard, fast, and rapidly into training. The first 7-12 seconds of explosive effort within our training, is fueled by ATP. But even beyond that, the intense effort – period – is fueled and aided by ATP. So the less able we are to rapidly replenish and continually produce ATP, the less likely we are to be able to train hard.

That’s the #1 benefit and most known positive effect of creatine, but there’s more in regards to performance.

Prepping to deadlift

Reduce Fatigue, Increased Recovery

One of the other benefits of creatine is its ability to reduce fatigue accumulation during exercise. 

To not turn this into a science project, here’s the simple breakdown…

→ During the process of ATP formation, in which the phosphate group is replaced by creatine phosphate (as explained above), hydrogen ions are also consumed during this process.

→ During high intensity training, hydrogen ions are released.

→ The accumulation of these ions leads to acidosis, which is associated with fatigue accumulation.

→ However, because these ions are consumed during the ATP cycle – there may be the added benefit of hydrogen buffering, or delayed fatigue, because of the creatine supplementation (which helps the ATP cycle do its job).

So now we have 2 huge benefits.. First being performance enhancement and second being fatigue management during training.

Muscle Growth

The third benefit is building mass, literally. 

Creatine increases water retention inside the muscle cell; this is because, like carbs, creatine is osmolytic – which simply means that it draws water into the cell.

Because it draws in water, we’re leaving the muscle cell more readily able to recover, stay hydrated, and perform. But besides the direct effect of creatine helping build muscle through performance enhancement, recovery, and hydration of the muscle cell – there’s also some research that shows it directly improves muscle growth via myostatin, myogenic regulatory factors, insulin-like growth factor 1, reactive oxygen species, and satellite cell activation.

In simple terms… there is a hormonal response that inhibits and promotes specific hormones, aiding in better muscle protein synthesis and growth. This also means that there is a cell swelling effect to creatine, which helps build muscle – and get a pump.

Cognitive Enhancement

The cognitive benefits of creatine come from an improvement in memory, cognitive decline (may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s and many other neurological diseases), and mental fatigue. All things that help us day to day inside training and our daily work life.

The brain actually has about 5% of the total body’s creatine stores, which doesn’t seem like much but for the brain’s requirements – it’s critical for mental and neurological health and development.

Because the brain does rely on ATP for energy production, as well, creatine can be a VERY helpful supplement to use to ensure your brain is firing on all cylinders constantly. 

Many people don’t realize, but the brain is one of our most metabolically active tissues and comes with a big burden for energy production and utilization. This makes sense, too… think about it… it’s ALWAYS ON. Meaning it’s always in need of fuel; versus the muscle which is turned on and off when we decide it to be.

To summarize this, I quote: A recent systematic review summarized the effects of creatine supplementation on cognitive function in healthy people; results indicated that creatine improved performance on tests pertaining to short-term memory and intelligence/reasoning fairly consistently. While some positive findings have been reported for other cognitive outcomes, such as long-term memory, spatial memory, response inhibition, reaction time, and mental fatigue, these outcomes are improved less consistently. The review also found that creatine supplementation was more likely to improve cognitive function in older adults compared to younger adults and in vegans and vegetarians compared to meat-eaters.

Are There Really Creatine Non-Responders?

We’re not going to get too deep into non-responders, but because it’s a question I get asked… let’s cover it. 

The research done on this shows that somewhere between 10-50% of people are in fact non-responders. However being a non-responder simply means you actually have already high baseline levels of natural creatine being produced in your body. In other words, you’re genetically gifted to not need creatine in your diet!

Best way to test this is to cycle on and off, to see if you feel or notice a difference – which can be seen by water retention, pumps in the gym, better recovery, and/or less soreness.

Pulling the sled

Potential Risks and Side Effects

There have been no known risks or dangers to taking creatine on a daily basis, even within the youth it has shown to be helpful in physical and mental development. 

The one thing people tend to see, worry about, or misunderstand, is it’s effects on the kidneys. Creatine will increase levels of creatinine in the body, which can be a marker to warn you of poor kidney health. However, this increase in creatinine isn’t due to poor kidney function – it is simply due to more creatine being consumed in the diet (backed by research). Even intense exercise or an increase in protein based foods can cause this rise in creatinine, but neither these prove kidney dysfunction either (in fact, they’re health promoting). Therefore it is not something to worry about and we shouldn’t take the creatinine level by face value. Only times you may want to be concerned is if you’ve had prior kidney issues, failure, or surgery.

To conclude the potential side effects, of which many people seem to be concerned about (i.e. muscle cramps, kidney issues, dehydration, weight gain, gastrointestinal stress, etc.), I quote: Creatine does not appear to induce kidney damage, liver damage, rhabdomyolysis, dehydration, muscle cramping, or muscle strains in otherwise healthy individuals.

Creatine and Caffeine

There is a possible conflict with creatine and caffeine being consumed together, however even meta analysis show that it’s pretty inconclusive and there are many arguments going both ways. Some which suggest we should completely eliminate one or the other, because together they’re ineffective for performance enhancement. Others which suggest we don’t need to cut out caffeine for creatine to be effective and we should just ignore the flawed research. 

One thing I’d consider, is that we know that studies have shown creatine to be most effective when consumed post workout (more on this later), with a combination of carbohydrates and fluids.

Is this due to our insulin sensitivity post workout and carbs being pulled into the cell easier, allowing creatine to go with it? Is this due to the MPS effect of training? Or is it due to the fact that caffeine is rarely consumed post workout compared to pre and in the studies, individuals may have very well consumed caffeine pre workout? Who knows …?! Either way, we do suggest it post workout in a shake or with a meal (again, more on timing later).

I’ll close this off with just suggesting you may want to completely separate the consumption of caffeine and creatine. Not that you can’t have both, because that’s a battle many of us will not fight. However, due to some research suggesting this problem coming about from digestive stress as a result of the combination – we like our clients to aim for consuming creatine at a time far away from caffeine consumption, just to be safe and cover our bases.

Proper Dosage

Recommended dosage for Creatine Monohydrate is between 2.5g – 10g/day. A common dose is 5g daily, which is often recommended. 2.5 would be for youth or a very small individual, whereas 10g daily would be recommended for someone with substantially more muscle mass. 

True dosing calculations are based on KG of bodyweight and are currently suggested at a minimal effective dose of 0.03g/kg/day. This would be an 180lb (82kg) person taking 2.5g, which is on the lower end of recommended and not likely as effective as a mid range dosage of 4-6g daily (which is most common with supplements). 

Creatine Timing

Creatine timing has been a big question since it came out, which isn’t surprising because any supplement that hits the market, specifically pertaining to training performance, begs the question of “when is the absolute most optimal time to ingest?!”

There’s 2 answers for this question here and both have legitimate justification to consider.

The first answer is that it really doesn’t matter, at all. The main way creatine works is by saturation, meaning there is a time period when you begin supplementing it in which it’s really not doing a whole lot. But over the course of 5-15 days (rough estimate), you’ll begin to saturate your phosphate circulation and the actual benefits of creatine will begin to happen.

So why does this mean timing doesn’t matter? Well, if it’s in your system… it’s in your system! So timing it specifically, doesn’t hold much value. The value is held in daily consumption, rather. So what’s truly important, above all else, is that you’re taking the right dose on a consistent daily basis.

The second answer is that it does matter, a little. There was a study done by The International Society of Sports Nutrition (1), that showed a positive correlation with creatine consumption post workout as compared to pre workout.

“Creatine supplementation plus resistance exercise increases fat-free mass and strength. Based on the magnitude inferences it appears that consuming creatine immediately post-workout is superior to pre-workout vis a vis body composition and strength.”

What this shows is that consuming your creatine immediately post workout, may be more beneficial than immediately pre. We could also presume that “pre” would include all other times of the day, as well – seeing how immediately pre is likely going to be more beneficial, if there is any added benefit in timing, compared to hours away from training.

The only problem with this research is that we don’t completely know what was consumed (food, calories, and macro, wise) pre workout compared to post workout. Were they training fasted? Just on protein? Protein + carbs? Whole foods or shakes? Was caffeine ingested pre?

These questions need to be answered before we justify an exact answer on timing. We also do not fully understand why post workout would matter, if creatine saturation is all that truly matters. It’s likely do to an absorption rate, which means we may just saturate the body faster or more easily in that post workout window.

However, what we do know… is that there may be a benefit to timing it post workout. Even if it’s extremely minor, it’s shown to be significant enough for the researchers to publish a study on it (which takes time and effort). So our recommendations would be to time it post workout, if your schedule allows. Because… well, why not? It’s not too much more difficult to do so compared to at a different time! And if you can’t always do so, just make sure you get it in.

Forms of Creatine

There are many different forms of creatine on the market and as the supplement industry grows, more and more companies are trying to be innovative and discover that “new product” that shocks new muscle growth and allows the market to go crazy.

We’ve seen kre-alkalyn, creatine ethyl ester, creatine ethyl ester malate, creatine gluconate, creatine HCL, Tri creatine malate, tri creatine orotate… and honestly, I’m sure there’s more, too.

But the truth is, nothing is as effective as plain ol’ creatine monohydrate. It’s been studied countless times, has countless benefits, and has stood the test of time anecdotally. Add to that, it’s been compared to some of these other forms of creatine in research studies.

For example, it was tested with kre-alkalyn, which was a hopeful new creatine product when it hit the market. In this study they concluded that, “Kre-Alkalyn® supplementation does not promote greater changes in muscle creatine content, body composition, or training adaptations in comparison to creatine monohydrate. – Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2).

Creatine Loading and Cycling

Creatine loading is the idea that you would need to load higher levels of creatine at the start of your supplementation phase, mentioned previously, so that you can “saturate your body” with the molecule.

Creatine cycling is the idea that you will eventually adapt to the supplement and need to cycle off and on the product every once in a while to avoid becoming a non-responder or failing to experience it’s benefits.

In theory, these both make sense. Partially by simple logic; when you read the above ideas, they just make sense… don’t they?

Partially because there are other supplements and even exercise modalities that follow these exact same ideologies and require the same exact process in order to continue seeing results.

However, research shows that this may not be the case in regards to creatine.

In regards to loading, JISSN has performed studies comparing a regular dose of creatine daily vs. a loading phase followed by a regular daily dose and in regards to the loading + regular dose, they concluded that, “This combination would produce a faster saturation rate but has not been shown to have a greater effect on performance.” (3)

What this basically means is that loading is not required. It can saturate the body faster and get your creatine stores ready, more quickly, therefore allowing you to experience performance enhancement sooner. But in the long term setting, it doesn’t provide any extra benefits compared to being patient for an extra week or two. 

If you do decide to have a loading phase first, a normal loading phase is 20-25g per day for 4-7 days in a row. During this loading phase, it’s best to split that 20-25g up into 4-5, 5g doses, spread evenly throughout the day to avoid an upset stomach.

In regards to cycling creatine, there has been no evidence to support the need to do so. Not from a safety, response, or performance enhancement standpoint. What this means, is that whether you cycle on and off or you just continually take creatine year-round, you will experience the exact same benefits – assuming you’re not a non-responder to the supplement.

This also means that you will not experience any negative side effects from cycling it, either. So if you go on a trip and forget your creatine tub or simply run out of product for a few weeks, it’s totally fine. You may drop some water weight, see increased fatigue, and fail to experience the benefits once the creatine stores in your body lower. However all benefits will return shortly after you start supplementing with creatine, once again.

Conclusion

Alright, we’re at the end here and by now I truly hope I’ve convinced you that Creatine Monohydrate is by far one of the best supplements to hit the market in regards to performance (and more). 

We’ve also written about Fish Oil (see here) because we love it just as much and created a complete evidence-based guide on all supplements worth discussing, right here.


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Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed
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Daily Dose
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guides
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Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Coaching
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Daily Dose
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For a printable version,that you can use at home or on the go to stay…

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Nutrition
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Lifestyle
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Have you ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly follow through with their workout…

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Hormones
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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People often look at training program design and immediately consider periodization – because how can…

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As a reader of my blog, I can assume your goal is to look, perform,…

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Daily Dose
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If people hate, it means you’re winning. When I say hate, I don’t just mean…

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Kale, chia seeds, berries… Most of us have heard these and other foods called “Superfoods,”…

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Daily Dose
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Become Your Own Stoic. You ever wonder how stoics and the old famous philosophers became…

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The reason I’m writing this is simple… I kind of hate the supplement industry, to…

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Training
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Cardio… Man, it sucks. Plain and simple. None of us like it, yet all of…

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Science
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Muscle strains seem to happen at the most inopportune time. They are a common injury…

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guides
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This article is a dive into the science of volume for optimizing hypertrophy. I encourage…

guides
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When we talk about “Easy Wins” and “Healthy Lifestyle”… We need to discuss routines and…

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50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2
Hormones
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There are 4 key parts of health and longevity promotion and today we are discussing…

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[VIDEO BLOG] Paleo Vs. Macros (Which One’s Better…?)
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[VIDEO BLOG] Paleo Vs. Macros (Which One’s Better…?)

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Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off
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“Weight regain is generally the rule, with long-term follow up studies indicating that one-third to…

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Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom
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When it comes to writing nutrition plans, we at TCM believe that everyone deserves an…

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38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat

The second I finished my “46 Tips to Build More Muscle” blog, I knew I…

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Top 10 Principles For Results Based Nutrition [Printable Infographic]
Nutrition
Top 10 Principles For Results Based Nutrition [Printable Infographic]

For a printable version of this, for you to keep, click here .

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8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better
Lifestyle
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Sleep… None of us “get enough” and we all want “more hours in the day”……

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.
Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
"Rich is not What you have, it’s Who you have beside you."

Sometimes horrible things, like nightmares, can be a blessing in disguise. I had a nightmare;…

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For a while you could hear the words “broken metabolism” everywhere in the online space….

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guides
How To Get 6-Pack Abs (3-Step Guide To A Shredded Core)

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guides
[Daily Dose] But what if you gain the weight back…?
Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Training
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This Workout Program (Below) 1.) Ankle, Hip and Thoracic Mobility – 5-10 Min 2a.) DB…

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Coaching
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I honestly can’t believe that just over a year ago I was going hard in…

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[Daily Dose] Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results
Daily Dose
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Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results There are TWO very specific…

Daily Dose
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Gaining – a scary word for most women to hear or even think about, especially…

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7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus
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7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus

Plateaus suck. We’ve all been through them, some of us break through and others don’t….

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[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”
Daily Dose
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Don’t Live With “What If’s” If you ask any person who is over the age…

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Nutrition
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I actually couldn’t believe the result when this study came out… But when I really…

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Daily Dose
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YOLO… There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or tries to…

Daily Dose
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[Daily Dose] Quick results are a lie.
Daily Dose
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Quick results are a lie. I’d have you consider that success isn’t an easy game…

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Training
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Low back pain is probably one of the most common issues of pain within the…

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Getting Through The Holidays [Without Ruining Your Progress]
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The holidays are a time for friends, family, and yes, lots of good food! But…

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My goal with this blog, is to bring all of “The Beginner’s Guide” videos to…

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Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep
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When counting macros, consistency is the name of the game! I’m sure you’ve heard nutrition…

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[Daily Dose] 90% of your results boil down to this.
Daily Dose
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90% of your results boil down to this. I posted on instagram that 90% of…

Daily Dose
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)
Lifestyle
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What is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best way to eat to…

Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Nutrition
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet

There is no such thing as a “perfect diet”… Even though I did record a…

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Nutrition
The Best Diet Plan… [Ketogenic? Intermittent Fasting? Carb Cycling?]

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Nutrition
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Stop constantly doing these things and your body will drastically change for the better. The…

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Lifestyle
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Most people do not truly understand what it takes to become successful, I’m yet to…

Lifestyle
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Whenever I get questions about supplements it always makes me laugh because it leads to…

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“So, it’s happening to you too? Your metabolism keeps slowing down each and every birthday?” …

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Lifestyle
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For as long as man has been around people have always said how important sleep…

Lifestyle
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Training
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Training
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Nutrition
"Fat-Burning Foods" [ Truth or Myth? ]

Do you ever read media titles that say things like, “Eat Salmon to burn MORE…

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Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)

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Why Losing Weight Gets Harder and Harder… [& How To STOP It!]
Lifestyle
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The majority of the people I work with, including myself, want to lose body fat….

Lifestyle
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Nutrition
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13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation
Nutrition
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Training
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Nutrition
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Diet Hopping (How "Chasing The Shiny Red Ball" Is Holding You Back….)
Nutrition
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[Daily Dose] People Who Take Offense, Don’t Take Action
Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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Sometimes waiting to reach our goal can feel like an eternity, especially when that goal…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
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I recently heard a story of a young man; so young he can barely drink…

Lifestyle
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Training
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First and foremost, let’s talk about whom this article is for. Plain and simple, this…

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Training
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Anyone who is into bodybuilding, or even just training for specific goals and results, knows…

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guides
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guides
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Nutrition
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Nutrition
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Training
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Training
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Coaching
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Coaching
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Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Lifestyle
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For a chance to start your 30 day transformation, visit the links below! The 30…

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Training
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After reading the title I’m sure your all a bit confused, why would you train…

Training
[Daily Dose] Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser?
Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Training
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Hormones
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guides
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guides
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Lifestyle
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These past few weekends I have had the opportunity to learn and hang with some…

Lifestyle
January Research Review: Measuring Training Performance With A Mask (COVID) and RPE/RIR’s Effectiveness
Science
January Research Review: Measuring Training Performance With A Mask (COVID) and RPE/RIR’s Effectiveness

Research Review #8 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS Chief Science Officer Study #1  Title: Wearing of…

Science
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.

It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel. Maya Angelou has a famous quote,…

Daily Dose
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss
Nutrition
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss

This is my second time writing this article, to be honest. The first go around…

Nutrition
The Mind Muscle Connection: The Key To Better Awareness, Injury Prevention, and Progress
Training
The Mind Muscle Connection: The Key To Better Awareness, Injury Prevention, and Progress

When it comes to increasing muscle mass and getting stronger, there are a number of…

Training
10 Things People Who Stay Lean Year Around Do. (#7 Will Surprise You)
Coaching
10 Things People Who Stay Lean Year Around Do. (#7 Will Surprise You)

When it comes to creating the lean body we all want, the ultimate goal is…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.

SIMPLICITY > complexity. Have you ever noticed that successful people are always telling you to…

Daily Dose
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program
Training
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program

There is no “Best Exercise”, just like there is no “Best Diet”. That’s just the…

Training
‘Cheat Meals’, Refeeds & Diet-Breaks – What Actually Works
Nutrition
‘Cheat Meals’, Refeeds & Diet-Breaks – What Actually Works

“Cheat Meal”… The two most holy words in the diet vocabulary that every single client…

Nutrition
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros
Nutrition
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros

You’ve probably heard of counting calories, but what about counting your macros? With any nutrition…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!

You should love how you look! I saw a picture that was taken of me…

Daily Dose
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results
Lifestyle
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results

Week 4 has begun! That means I got through the first quarter of the game,…

Lifestyle
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?
Training
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?

Many people question whether or not getting sore after a workout (training session) is a…

Training
25 Ways To Be Awesome
Lifestyle
25 Ways To Be Awesome

Being awesome is to say the least, well its awesome. So in my opinion everyone…

Lifestyle
FAQ: Tracking Macros (What You Need To Know, Before Tracking Macros)
Nutrition
FAQ: Tracking Macros (What You Need To Know, Before Tracking Macros)

For years you have been calling people who track their macros, record their food, and…

Nutrition
Top 4 Nutritional Questions, Answered
Nutrition
Top 4 Nutritional Questions, Answered

Being in the fitness industry I get a TON of questions about just about everything,…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The Correct Way To Diet…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Correct Way To Diet…

The Correct Way To Diet… Unfortunately, there’s A LOT of bad diet advice out there……

Daily Dose
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

When it comes to training there are always some aspects that people leave out or…

Training
Do you Eat TOO Much Protein? or Not Enough?
Nutrition
Do you Eat TOO Much Protein? or Not Enough?

Love posting a status asking what y’all want to read about and getting TONS of…

Nutrition
[VIDEO] Individualizing Your Calorie Intake
Nutrition
[VIDEO] Individualizing Your Calorie Intake

The key to actually seeing success from a nutrition plan or diet protocol, is individualizing…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Training To Prevent Injuries
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] Training To Prevent Injuries

One of the biggest mistakes I see in the training world with clients… is training,…

Training
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros
Nutrition
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros

So here’s my take on the “Clean Eating” diet… It can make you fatter, not…

Nutrition
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

  I love this saying above, because I’ve often referred to life as a book….

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”

“SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!” I committed to a handful of habits for…

Daily Dose
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]

  “Wow, its day 3 already… In the weirdest way, it feels like its been…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?

What If You Couldn’t Fail…? I was asked this question recently and it literally stopped…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Self Limiting Behaviors.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Self Limiting Behaviors.

Self Limiting Behaviors. Hey… You or someone you know NEEDS to read this. So please,…

Daily Dose
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau
Nutrition
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau

If you’ve been reading my work for a while, you’ll have realized by now that…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The Gardener.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Gardener.

The Gardener. What does a gardener and a champion have in common? A Prolific Sense…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…

Repeat After Me… This will be short, not necessarily sweet, and very much to the…

Daily Dose
Is Flexible Dieting Good For Weight Loss? IIFYM vs. Meal Plans
Nutrition
Is Flexible Dieting Good For Weight Loss? IIFYM vs. Meal Plans

Is Flexible or Rigid Dieting Better For Weight Loss? People who use a flexible diet…

Nutrition
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)
Nutrition
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)

The Importance Of Leucine Threshold For Building and Retaining Lean Body Mass   Leucine threshold….

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Nobody is Self-Made.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Nobody is Self-Made.

Nobody is Self-Made. We’re here out in Arizona for a team retreat and wow… my…

Daily Dose
My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…
Nutrition
My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…

  This may be the realist shit I’ve ever written for my blog. I know…

Nutrition
The Truth About Calorie Calculators
Nutrition
The Truth About Calorie Calculators

The truth about calculating calories is frustrating, sadly. But as sad as it may be,…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!

You should love how you look! If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Dieting Slows Down Your Metabolism & How To Fix It
guides
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Dieting Slows Down Your Metabolism & How To Fix It

Metabolic adaptation has many names. It is referred to as “starvation mode” or “metabolic damage”…

guides
Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)
Nutrition
Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex organ system that digests food from your mouth…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You.

MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You. Full context here – I don’t like watching sports, AT…

Daily Dose
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)
Nutrition
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)

What is Protein Overfeeding? Protein overfeeding, commonly known as over-eating protein to the everyday individual,…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?

Have you quit yet? It’s February 1st today… So that means you need to audit…

Daily Dose
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling
guides
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling

Following a diet can be hard – psychologically, physiologically, and physically. Meaning, the diet is…

guides
The TRUTH About Meal Timing
Nutrition
The TRUTH About Meal Timing

The great debate of fitness nutrition has always been Nutrient/Meal Timing. I get so many…

Nutrition
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)
Nutrition
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)

Macro based diets are pretty common inside of the nutrition world right now (have been…

Nutrition
Fish Oil Supplementation 101
guides
Fish Oil Supplementation 101

Fish oil supplements are widely used for their health and wellness benefits. Fish oil is…

guides
[Daily Dose] No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution.

No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today….

Daily Dose
2014, Your Year For Growth
Lifestyle
2014, Your Year For Growth

The New Year is upon us, which means its resolutions time. Many people think it’s…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] What is Body Positivity, Really…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What is Body Positivity, Really…?

What is Body Positivity, Really…? Body positivity… This is an interesting topic. It’s actually a…

Daily Dose
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)
Nutrition
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)

Fatherhood…. WOW IT’S APPROACHING FAST!! Within a week, I will be having my baby. Which…

Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?
Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?

People want to lose weight as fast as possible, but at some point it becomes…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.

Redirect Your Impatience. My daughter is about to turn 4 next month and she has…

Daily Dose
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]
Training
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]

Research Review #10 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS*D Chief Science Officer *Note from Brandon: if you…

Training
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.

TRY HARDER. Try harder. Period. And I should just end it here. Because honestly… why…

Daily Dose
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is a pretty popular, yet controversial, topic that’s been floating around in the…

Nutrition
Getting Your Period Back
Nutrition
Getting Your Period Back

This article does not contain medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of amenorrhea, please…

Nutrition
Training To Failure (Yes or No?) and New Year Resolutions (How To Not Fail) – February Research Review
Science
Training To Failure (Yes or No?) and New Year Resolutions (How To Not Fail) – February Research Review

*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each…

Science
21 Rep Schemes To End Training Boredom (And Shock New Muscle Growth)
Training
21 Rep Schemes To End Training Boredom (And Shock New Muscle Growth)

At some point in your training, the basics just get boring. Let’s face it. 5×5,…

Training
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?
Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

Metabolic Damage [Refeeds, Cheat Meals, Reverse Dieting & How To Utilize Them For Results] So…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….

Stop living with “what if’s…. If you ask any person who is over the age…

Daily Dose
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition
Nutrition
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition

High carb vs. low carb is a seemingly endless debate on my Instagram feed, with…

Nutrition
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes

I am officially six days away from the half way marker of this 12-week journey……

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday

6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday Today, I need to bring some…

Daily Dose
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom
Coaching
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom

I was recently interviewed on The OPEX Fitness Podcast [OPEX: Fitness Explained] and it was…

Coaching
High Carb Diets Work Better For Fat Loss Than Low Carb Diets
Nutrition
High Carb Diets Work Better For Fat Loss Than Low Carb Diets

What if I Told You That Science Says Low Carb Diets Suck…? ….for fat loss…

Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success
Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success

I’m a trainer at a gym (the best gym in state… just sayin’), I am…

Nutrition
Keto: The Best or The Worst Diet For Fat Loss?
Nutrition
Keto: The Best or The Worst Diet For Fat Loss?

A recent study showed that keto doesn’t work like many people once thought it did……

Nutrition
5 Recipes That’ll Make You Want To ‘Eat Yo Greens!’
Nutrition
5 Recipes That’ll Make You Want To ‘Eat Yo Greens!’

One of the biggest struggles for me when I started “Dieting”, I hate that word…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…

The gift is WITHIN the process… This week we’re hosting a coaching mastermind at the…

Daily Dose
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up
guides
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up

When you think about hunger, what comes to mind?  Pain in your abdomen or a…

guides
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"
Nutrition
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"

I get a ton of nutrition questions on a daily basis, but the topic that…

Nutrition
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)
guides
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)

Depending on what studies you read, you might find that, technically, building muscle while burning…

guides
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)
Training
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)

Many guys (and even gals) who are into strength training switch off when they hear…

Training
5 Tips For More Consistency
Training
5 Tips For More Consistency

  So many times we, yes I’m including myself, want to add all the little…

Training
3 Step Checklist to Supplementation
Nutrition
3 Step Checklist to Supplementation

As I’m sitting here on this plane to Vegas for my mentor Luka Hocevar’s fit-business…

Nutrition
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)
Nutrition
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)

Why Killing Yourself In The Gym Might Be Killing Your Progress (and Wrecking Your Hormones)…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.

You deserve MORE. I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Whatever you’re…

Daily Dose
7 things you didn’t know about carbs (but need to)
Nutrition
7 things you didn’t know about carbs (but need to)

Carbs, carbs, carbs… love them or hate them they’re a topic to discuss because they’re…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Master The Basics.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Master The Basics.

Master The Basics. One of the biggest mistakes people make in the gym is overcomplicating…

Daily Dose
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"
Lifestyle
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"

Making enough time for fitness seems to be a pretty common roadblock amongst people. In…

Lifestyle
"Selfish" or "Self-Interested"
Nutrition
"Selfish" or "Self-Interested"

Are you Selfish? Or Self-Interested…? Have you ever felt selfish for trying to start something…

Nutrition
Heat/Cold Therapy To Reduce DOMS and Improve Recovery + Health Benefits Of Fasting – March Research Review
Nutrition
Heat/Cold Therapy To Reduce DOMS and Improve Recovery + Health Benefits Of Fasting – March Research Review

*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each…

Nutrition
Get Shredded for Summer! [Free Diet Plan]
Nutrition
Get Shredded for Summer! [Free Diet Plan]

  What is the best fat loss diet plan? I always get that question and…

Nutrition
EPISODE 9: Associate Pain vs Pleasure to Commit to Success
Nutrition
EPISODE 9: Associate Pain vs Pleasure to Commit to Success

Week 9 people! I got to be honest… I’m addicted to this lifestyle. In other…

Nutrition
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight
guides
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight

How To Use TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and…

guides
HIIT vs. LISS: What Cardio Strategy Burns More Fat?
Fat Loss
HIIT vs. LISS: What Cardio Strategy Burns More Fat?

HIIT vs. LISS: Which Works Best and When To Use Them Introduction A common question…

Fat Loss
The 10 Diet Commandments
Nutrition
The 10 Diet Commandments

  In honor of the one of the greatest hip-hop artists to ever touch the…

Nutrition
The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?
Nutrition
The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?

The body fat set point… Myth or Truth? Such a great topic, also a really controversial…

Nutrition
Blue Light Blockers (Benefit or BS?) and Trainings Effect on Sleep: Research Roundup w/ Dr. Brandon Roberts
Science
Blue Light Blockers (Benefit or BS?) and Trainings Effect on Sleep: Research Roundup w/ Dr. Brandon Roberts

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

Science
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.

Cultivate Your Power Tribe. I’m really struggling to find the words for this daily dose……

Daily Dose
Biofeedback (The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking)
Nutrition
Biofeedback (The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking)

“Biofeedback…? What exactly is that and why should I care about it?” Biofeedback – a…

Nutrition
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

You’ve tried everything in the book, twice, and you still haven’t reached the fitness goal…

Lifestyle
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.
Nutrition
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.

Plateaus suck. Plain and simple, they suck. You’re losing weight, getting results, and out of…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide.

Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide. Do you know what hydroxide can do to your…

Daily Dose
Hip Mobility – Remove Low Back Pain & Improve Results in 5 Minutes or Less!
Training
Hip Mobility – Remove Low Back Pain & Improve Results in 5 Minutes or Less!

I’ve witnessed hip mobility literally save some of my client’s abilities to lift, play sports,…

Training
One Rep Max Calculator (Tool + Supporting Research)
Training
One Rep Max Calculator (Tool + Supporting Research)

The 1RM (One Rep Max) Calculator An Introduction To The 1RM Calculator (One Rep Max) …

Training
The Hypertrophy Guide
Science
The Hypertrophy Guide

First, let’s define hypertrophy and why you may want to strive for it: hy·per·tro·phy /hīˈpərtrəfē/…

Science
[Daily Dose] FULFILLMENT > satisfaction
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] FULFILLMENT > satisfaction

FULFILLMENT > satisfaction Something I’ve always struggled with is not being satisfied with anything… I…

Daily Dose
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation
Nutrition
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation

If you’re a movie geek like me, you know exactly what the hero’s journey truly is….

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…

Rigid Meal Plans… you know, eating 6 meal s a day out of plastic containers…

Nutrition
Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling
Nutrition
Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling

So here it is, one of the biggest struggles for anyone attempting to lose weight,…

Nutrition
The Recovery Guide (What’s Worth Your Time and What’s Not)
Nutrition
The Recovery Guide (What’s Worth Your Time and What’s Not)

Sauna, ice baths, cryotherapy, steam room, massages… with so many ever increasing recovery methods it…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.

Your efforts need to match your goals. I attended a webinar recently and the speaker…

Daily Dose
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Nutrition
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

I wrote an email for my subscribers the other day called “White Noise”. It went…

Nutrition
Two-A-Day Training: Is More Better? Or Destructive?
Training
Two-A-Day Training: Is More Better? Or Destructive?

Training twice per day, also known as two-a-days, stems from the idea that more is…

Training
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose

Winner’s Aren’t Afraid To Lose. This actually comes straight out of a Chris Stapleton song,…

Daily Dose
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

Today I am going to start a battle of food! Hopefully I can answer many…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)

Coach: “Alright! Day 1 starts tomorrow! I got your nutrition prescription as well as a guide…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.

The Intention-Behavior Gap. This is crazy, but did you know that less than 50% of…

Daily Dose
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss
Nutrition
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss

1.) Go Harder – You should be training hard. “Duh Boom Boom”… Yeah, well many…

Nutrition