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

February 2, 2021
Written by Brandon Roberts

16 minutes

Key takeaways

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Two commonly discussed topics in todays research review! First we dive into "training to failure", which is debated DAILY in the fitness community. Next we review a study comparing groups of individuals working hard to accomplish their New Year's Resolutions and discover what the failure rate is like, and why.

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We can train short of failure consistently, and pick our spots when we want to train to failure. For example, maybe you save training to failure until the week before your deload or vacation. It probably won’t make much of a difference in the long-term but some people really like training to failure because they know they are pushing themselves. 

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You can use SMART and approach-oriented goals instead of avoidance goals. You may want to use an accountability partner to help you along the way. Finally, you want to make short-term and long-term goals that compliment each other (interim goals) so you can check on your progress as you go.

*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each study before reading the breakdown below, take notes, then compare your interpretation to mine. 

[Rather listen to this Research Review? No problem, use the player below or tune in where-ever podcasts are available!]

Study #1 

Title: Effect of resistance training to muscular failure vs non-failure on strength, hypertrophy and muscle architecture in trained individuals.

Question: Do we need to train to failure for muscle hypertrophy?

Why

A timeless fitness question is whether or not you should train to failure. The answer requires a little context, so we’re going to focus on muscle hypertrophy for this review. If you’re interested in strength,  a recent meta-analysis found that training to failure does not result in an advantage compared to non-failure for muscular strength.

There are a number of important studies that help us understand if failure or non failure  might be better for hypertrophy. One of those studies  was done by Sampson et al. in 2015. The researchers had male participants train to failure or two reps short of failure for 12 weeks and found similar muscle growth in both groups. The concern with the Sampson study is that the participants were untrained and they only exercised biceps curls, which are a small muscle that might recover more quickly than something like the quads or lats. Another study by Nóbrega et al., in 2018, used untrained participants and employed the leg extension exercise to failure or non failure using high and low loads. They too found no differences in training to failure or not training to failure for hypertrophy. This adds another layer to the data indicating failure may not be necessary.

The current study adds to the literature by using trained participants. It also uses a novel method of progressive overload by increasing every participant’s training volume by 20% independent of what group they were in so everyone was getting a robust stimulus. Overall, the aim of this study was to compare the effects of resistance training to muscle failure (RT-F) and non-failure (RT-NF) on muscle mass, strength, and muscle activation in trained individuals. 

Who

The study recruited 14 young (age = 23.1) healthy male participants with an average of 5 years of training experience. The participants were required to train their legs at least twice per week for the past two years with the leg press and leg extension exercises. 

Study Details

A within-subjects design was used with one leg randomly assigned to failure (RT-F) and the other to non-failure (RT-NF). Failure was deemed as the inability to complete a repetition with the full range of motion. 

Both groups trained with  75% of 1RM using the leg press and leg extension machines. Participants rested for two minutes between sets. 

Based on individual training logs, each participant had their weekly number of sets increased by 20% to better explore individual adaptive responses on muscle hypertrophy. 

Each leg was trained 2 days per week for 10 weeks.

Vastus lateralis  muscle cross-sectional area (CSA), pennation angle (PA), fascicle length (FL) and 1RM were assessed at baseline and after 10 weeks.

Results

The failure group did about ~2 more reps than the non-failure group, which puts the non failure group at about 8RPE. That’s very realistic for programming purposes, since most hypertrophy work is programmed at 8-9RPE. If you need a refresher on RPE check out the January issue of our research review

Volume load is the amount of load you lift (reps x sets x load) for an exercise. The two extra reps the failure group resulted in them completing ~11% more volume than the non failure group. 

Now, the most important finding of this study was that muscle size was not significantly different between groups. Both groups improved over the 10 week training program [Figure 1]. When looking at percentage change, the non-failure group increased muscle size 5% more than the failure group, which equates to about 1.2 cm2

Pennation angle is the angle between the longitudinal axis of the entire muscle and its fibers. When your muscle increases in size the pennation angle also increases and it is a very common physiological response to resistance training. For example, bodybuilders often have larger pennation angles than weightlifters because they have larger muscle bellies. Both training  groups increased pennation angle yet there were no differences between groups, which is in line with the muscle size data. 

In terms of muscle strength, both groups increased 1RM leg press and leg extension. However, there were no significant differences between groups [Figure 2]. On an absolute level, there was a benefit (+10kg in 1RM leg press) for the non failure group.

Finally, no differences in muscle activation (EMG) were seen between groups. 

Author’s Answer

“Our main findings show that both muscle failure (RT-F) and non- failure (RT-NF) protocols were similarly effective at inducing muscle hypertrophy, muscle strength gains and changes in muscle architecture in trained individuals. Additionally, both protocols produced similar EMG amplitude, confirming our initial hypothesis.”

My Answer

The underlying rationale for training to failure is to recruit high threshold motor units. Simply put, motor units connect nerves and muscles. If we train to failure we can recruit more muscle, which hypothetically could result in more stress on the muscle which creates impetus to grow. The issue with this theory is that we actually recruit all of our motor units a couple reps before failure. You can see this in the EMG data of the manuscript we’re reviewing – there were no significant differences in muscle activation between the failure and non failure group so there appears to be little rationale for training to failure since we’re already recruiting the motor units.

A problem with  training to failure constantly is that it can increase the risk of overtraining and increase the risk of injury. Overtraining when resistance training is harder to accomplish than one might think, but when you pair it with endurance training (aka concurrent training) or sports training, it can occur more easily. The participants in this study were training legs twice per week, which is within the ideal range of frequency (1-3x). If we look at training volume the authors report that before the study the participants were doing about 19 sets per week for their quads. That could break down to something like 4-5 sets on leg press and leg extension, twice per week. Those numbers are fairly standard for bodybuilders but are a few sets higher than the general population. After increasing the sets by 20% the participants ended up doing 11.5 sets, on average, for the leg extension and leg press, respectively. The range was quite large with the participant doing the lowest completing 7 sets and the participant doing the highest at 42 sets (!!). Interestingly, the amount of hypertrophy wasn’t too variable between subjects if we look at the individual data points in the paper.  

How can we apply this?

We can train short of failure consistently, and pick our spots when we want to train to failure. For example, maybe you save training to failure until the week before your deload or vacation. It probably won’t make much of a difference in the long-term but some people really like training to failure because they know they are pushing themselves. 

What’s next?

If you guessed more research then you get a gold star. I think increasing participants volume by 20% ensured a robust stimulus so it may have diluted the group differences in muscle growth. The next step would be to repeat the experiment using different frequencies, muscle groups, and experience levels. If you only train a muscle once per week there’s probably some rationale to go to failure, but what if you train a muscle three times per week? 

Study #2 

Title: A large-scale experiment on New Year’s resolutions: Approach-oriented goals are more successful than avoidance-oriented goals

Question: What’s the best way to accomplish your goals?

Why

We’re a little over a month into the new year. How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? If you’ve been struggling, the results of this study may offer some help. 

In 2019, roughly 40% of Americans made New Year’s resolutions. The most common goals were exercising, losing weight, and quitting smoking. The reason people choose the somewhat arbitrary date of January 1st is called the “fresh start effect”. This effect is due to a new mental accounting period, which condenses past problems to a previous period, causes people to take a big-picture view of their lives, and then re-evaluate what they’re doing and what they can improve in their lives.

Previous research has found that people who have a greater use of stimulus control, willpower, and a consistent use of self-reward achieve greater success rates with their resolutions. In another paper from the same group, the authors found that readiness to change was related to positive outcomes. This tells us that you need to be ready to change and have some willpower to help change occur. 

The current study had three aims that can help us better understand resolutions:

  1. Determine what types of resolutions people make when they are free to formulate them.
  2. Determine whether or not different resolutions reach differing success rates.
  3. Examine whether or not it is possible to increase the likelihood of success by administering information and exercises on effective goal setting. 

The authors hypothesis was that more supportive material and assessment points would result in greater success rates and that approach-oriented goals would be more effective than avoidance-oriented goals. If you’re thinking “duh” you may want to keep reading. The results are surprising. 

Who

Participants were recruited from the general public and were invited to register for the study through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) during the last week of December 2016 . The average age was ~45, with 81% of the 1062 participants being female. Most participants were married (73%), had children (75%), and were employed (75%). This demographic essentially replicates the average person in the USA even though the study was based out of Sweden.

Study Details

Each participant was randomized to one of three groups. The website performed the randomization automatically after participants signed up online. 

One group received no support on their resolutions, thus served as the control group. They had follow-ups at the end of January, June, and December. 

Another group received some support. The was mainly information on a website about the positive effects of receiving social support when trying to accomplish a goal. The participants in this group chose a person responsible for supporting them throughout the year and were followed-up with by the researchers at the end of each month. The participants in this group were also sent information on how to cope with setbacks when trying to accomplish their goals. 

The final group received extended support.  The received the same as the “some support” group above plus information about the value of goal setting termed SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. These participants were asked to frame their goals as actively doing something instead of avoiding something. These participants were sent three more emails with information and exercises regarding motivation, thought patterns, and negative spirals in relation to New Year’s resolutions. They were also provided information about the value of interim goals and were instructed to formulate six such goals for their New Year’s resolutions

All participants were assessed for success on a ten-point scale from 0-100% with 0% being “I have fully and completely abandoned my New Year’s resolutions” (0%) to “I am sticking to my New Year’s resolutions fully and completely according to the plan (100%). The authors used 70% as the cutoff for successfully completing goals. 

Results

The most popular goal among the participants was improving physical health (33%). The second most popular category was losing weight (20%) and the third most popular category was the desire to change one’s eating habits (13%). The last two major categories were resolutions regarding personal growth (9%) and mental health/sleep (5%). The average number of resolutions was ~2 with 64% of participants making an approach-oriented goal.

When doing survey research, especially when it’s virtual, the response rate can be very low and you generally lose participants over time. This happened in the current study, as you can see in the next graph. However, it’s important to point out that while both the response rate and success rate decreased over time, they were still above 50% for the whole year.  

As expected, there was a significantly higher success rate for Group 2 (some support) versus Group 1 (no support. However, Group 2 was also more successful than Group 3 (extended support).

Among the participants who set approach-oriented New Year’s resolutions, ~60% considered themselves successful, compared to ~47% of participants who set avoidance-oriented resolutions.

Author’s Answer

The results from this study suggest that New Year’s resolutions should be further studied as a potentially effective strategy for behavior change. Participants receiving some support reported greater success than those receiving extended support, and those receiving no support. This suggests that information, instructions and exercises regarding effective goal setting, administered via the Internet, could affect the likelihood of success—another question to further study.”

My Answer

The purpose of this experiment was to determine if different amounts of support can help people accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. We can extend the application beyond only resolutions to more broad goals that you start at any time. The authors found that some support and extended support was better than no support at all. That’s a reasonable finding. They also found that the group with some support outperformed the extended support group. The difference between the two support groups was only ~6%. This difference could be due to the way the extended group was told to create their goals. They were told to use the SMART method, which means they have a time component. If a participant didn’t complete their goal in the amount of time they proposed they would probably consider themselves not successful. To put that into context, if a participant lost 10lbs instead of 15lbs over the course of the first 6 months then they wouldn’t have accomplished their goal of “losing weight”. That’s pretty harsh. 

There were also some similarities that likely accounted for the support groups success. They were provided information about the positive effects of social support and were all asked to involve another person in their resolutions. Participants in both groups were administered monthly follow-ups, and the first email sent to each participant included relevant information and exercises.

The authors also found that participants with approach-oriented goals were more successful than those who had avoidance-oriented goals. For example, an avoidance goal would be to stop getting a sugar laden treat from Starbucks while an approach goal would be to take coffee with you so that you aren’t tempted by Starbucks. They’re essentially the same goal but from different perspectives. You can use goals to your advantage with clients or yourself. 

There was a fairly big limitation to this study. A self-signup process was used for recruitment. This is what we call a convenience sample so it was not random. This means that participants may be more motivated to rate themselves as successful in completing their goals OR more likely to make them in the first place. 

How can we apply this?

You can use SMART and approach-oriented goals instead of avoidance goals. You may want to use an accountability partner to help you along the way. Finally, you want to make short-term and long-term goals that compliment each other (interim goals) so you can check on your progress as you go. A goal is a framework for taking an action. Are your goals taking you where you want to be? Do you need to focus on one goal instead of multiple goals? 

What’s next?

This was one of the best studies on New Year’s resolutions. I think the next step is to use a method to rate people on their successful goal completion rather than have people rate themselves. 

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[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design

Training program design, is a pretty big deal. I mean… it’s LITERALLY the thing that…

Training
10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)
Nutrition
10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)

Today on my instagram story, I shared this current progress picture of myself… (Top is now, bottom…

Nutrition
Cardio 101 (8 Proven Methods To Upgrade Your Conditioning)
Training
Cardio 101 (8 Proven Methods To Upgrade Your Conditioning)

Cardio is something that most of us avoid, some of us hate, and very few…

Training
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns
Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS OUT!!!! Wow…. I think it finally hit me that I will…

Nutrition
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

So…. It’s Monday…. Another week, but unlike the mass majority of the population… this gets…

Lifestyle
[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
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
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World
Nutrition
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World

Today my goal is simple and hopefully a quick one… That is to break down,…

Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Gets Harder and Harder… [& How To STOP It!]
Lifestyle
Why Losing Weight Gets Harder and Harder… [& How To STOP It!]

The majority of the people I work with, including myself, want to lose body fat….

Lifestyle
The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

What you will find here today in my blog post is, in my opinion, the…

Nutrition
Why I Love Weight Watchers…
Nutrition
Why I Love Weight Watchers…

Yes, I love weight watchers. And no, this is not a joke. What most people…

Nutrition
Your Diets Effect on Hormones & How To Benefit From Them
Nutrition
Your Diets Effect on Hormones & How To Benefit From Them

One of the most underestimated factors in achieving fitness results, which can actually be the…

Nutrition
46 Tips To Build More Muscle
Nutrition
46 Tips To Build More Muscle

1.) Start Explosive. Doing something explosive at the beginning of your workout will fire the…

Nutrition
What Do YOU Stand For?
Lifestyle
What Do YOU Stand For?

What do you stand for? No really, don’t just read that… Ask yourself and seriously…

Lifestyle
The "All or Nothing" Mentality, That Kills Long-Term Progress.
Nutrition
The "All or Nothing" Mentality, That Kills Long-Term Progress.

Yes, that sounds good, I’ll take some nothing too! We’ve all been there, we’ve all…

Nutrition
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
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep
Nutrition
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep

When counting macros, consistency is the name of the game! I’m sure you’ve heard nutrition…

Nutrition
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]
Nutrition
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]

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

Nutrition
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
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]
Nutrition
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]

What could be a better snack then something high in protein, low in calories, easy…

Nutrition
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

“Continuous Improvement” “Embrace Change” “Change for the Better” These are all definitions of the Japanese…

Lifestyle
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]
Coaching
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]

Goodbye All-or-nothing Mindset, Hello sustainable Weight Loss! Maybe you can relate – You are great…

Coaching
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
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
What To Do After The CrossFit Open
Coaching
What To Do After The CrossFit Open

We’ve talked about periodization a few times prior to this post on the BBP blog,…

Coaching
Client Case Study: 8 Months To Get Shredded
Coaching
Client Case Study: 8 Months To Get Shredded

I’m going to dive into the exact process of getting my man shown below, Jeremiah,…

Coaching
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat
Training
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat

What is Mobility?   If your goal is fat loss, you NEED to incorporate mobility…

Training
[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
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life
Lifestyle
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life

Stress is everywhere and within every person out there. Very few people are completely stress…

Lifestyle
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
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

Have you ever been inspired by someone? I mean like, truly moved and motivated to…

Coaching
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom
Coaching
Podcast Interview on "Hefty To Handsome" – A Nutrition Plan For Real People with Cody Boom Boom McBroom

  “A Nutrition Plan For Real People”…. (Podcast Interview with Gene Fox of Hefty To…

Coaching
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher
Training
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher

Let’s talk about finishers. First – what exactly IS a finisher? You can’t beat the…

Training
How To Get Jacked As A Vegan [The Detailed Nutrition Plan For Vegan Lifters]
Nutrition
How To Get Jacked As A Vegan [The Detailed Nutrition Plan For Vegan Lifters]

Many people think being vegan and gaining muscle are oxymorons, they are opposites, you can’t…

Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Fast Is A Bad Idea.
Nutrition
Why Losing Weight Fast Is A Bad Idea.

  Losing weight fast is a very popular topic in the fitness and nutrition industry….

Nutrition
Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach
Coaching
Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach Now before you think I’m…

Coaching
Research Roundup (Do Weight Vest Help Fat Loss and is Betaine Worth The Hype?)
Nutrition
Research Roundup (Do Weight Vest Help Fat Loss and is Betaine Worth The Hype?)

Each month I will cover a few of the top research articles on nutrition, training,…

Nutrition
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling
Nutrition
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling

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

Nutrition
Diet Hopping (How "Chasing The Shiny Red Ball" Is Holding You Back….)
Nutrition
Diet Hopping (How "Chasing The Shiny Red Ball" Is Holding You Back….)

Quit Chasing The Shiny Red Ball Do you bounce from diet to diet? Or try…

Nutrition
EPISODE 7: Be Accountable, Become Successful
Nutrition
EPISODE 7: Be Accountable, Become Successful

Damn, it’s already week 7… I don’t mean “Damn” like it’s ONLY week 7, but…

Nutrition
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 Volume Battle (How Training Progression Works)
Training
The Volume Battle (How Training Progression Works)

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

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
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.
Nutrition
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.

Access, Association, and Accountability. Within the first line of this article, I’ve given you the…

Nutrition
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
37 Power Foods For Men
Nutrition
37 Power Foods For Men

THIS IS NOT CLICKBATE! These are REAL foods that men THRIVE off of. I had…

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

Paleo vs. Macros… This debate has and probably will go on for eternity in the nutrition…

Nutrition
Research Round Up (Refeeds, BCAA’s, and Energy Expenditure)
Nutrition
Research Round Up (Refeeds, BCAA’s, and Energy Expenditure)

Each month I will cover a few of the top research articles on nutrition, training,…

Nutrition
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

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

Nutrition
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?
Nutrition
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?

Food fads come and go. An acai bowl one year, hemp hearts the next. Superfoods…

Nutrition
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting, time restricted eating, carb fasts, water fasts, 24 hour fasts, multi-day fasts… There…

Nutrition
The Final 10lbs…
Nutrition
The Final 10lbs…

The last 10lbs… It’s like the final put in a golf game. Precision comes into…

Nutrition
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need
Nutrition
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need

At some point in time, micronutrients became really uncool to consider as an important part…

Nutrition
How To Properly Warm Up, For Strength Training
Training
How To Properly Warm Up, For Strength Training

Warming up for a strength training session is often a boring, yet unbelievably critical, task…

Training
The Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

    So many people have a confusion towards carbs and don’t know how to treat…

Nutrition
The Ultimate Protein Guide
Nutrition
The Ultimate Protein Guide

Let’s talk Protein. Highly debated, greatly misunderstood, over-consumed by gym rats, and vastly under-consumed by…

Nutrition
7 Healthy Christmas Recipes – To Keep You On Track This Holiday!
Nutrition
7 Healthy Christmas Recipes – To Keep You On Track This Holiday!

It’s that time of year again, the Christmas spirit and cheer is here and along…

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
EPISODE 11: Surviving The Struggle
Nutrition
EPISODE 11: Surviving The Struggle

I’m just over 2 weeks away from my first physique competition and the closer I…

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

Some science will tell you that, technically, building muscle while burning body fat is completely…

Nutrition
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

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

Training
The Max Muscle Blueprint Pt.1
Training
The Max Muscle Blueprint Pt.1

The Max Muscle Blueprint Part 1 [Hardgainers Guide To Getting Jacked] Putting on serious muscle,…

Training
Nutrition For Endurance Athletes (An Evidence Based Approach)
Nutrition
Nutrition For Endurance Athletes (An Evidence Based Approach)

“Some races are lost with a 0.05% difference, sometimes less. In a lot of sports,…

Nutrition
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats
Nutrition
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats

Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth, they…

Nutrition
2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful
Nutrition
2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful

2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful 1.) TRACK WHAT YOU EAT!…

Nutrition
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat
Nutrition
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat

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

Nutrition
Nutrient Timing (What The Science Actually Tells Us)
Nutrition
Nutrient Timing (What The Science Actually Tells Us)

Nutrient Timing – Here’s what you need to know: • Calories in vs. calories out…

Nutrition
6 Vitamins That Actually Get You Jacked (That You Can Find At Any Grocery Store)
Nutrition
6 Vitamins That Actually Get You Jacked (That You Can Find At Any Grocery Store)

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

Nutrition
The Busy Man’s Fit Guide
Nutrition
The Busy Man’s Fit Guide

“You practically live in the gym, Cody. And even when you’re not literally there, you’re…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] The Purpose of Reverse Dieting
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] The Purpose of Reverse Dieting

Reverse Dieting… This is a really hot topic right now, but why? What’s the ACTUAL purpose…

Nutrition
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
What Motivates You?
Lifestyle
What Motivates You?

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will…

Lifestyle
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
High Carb vs. Low Carb… Which one is better?
Nutrition
High Carb vs. Low Carb… Which one is better?

Seems that in today’s society, specifically the dieting world, you need to be in part…

Nutrition
Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)
Nutrition
Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)

Ok, first of all… “What the hell is periodization?” – Glad you asked: Periodization –…

Nutrition
Successful Intuitive Eating (9 Step System)
Nutrition
Successful Intuitive Eating (9 Step System)

What to eat, how much to eat, timing what you eat, and then actually seeing…

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
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
Nutrition
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

# 1 – I’m Ready To Get Fit! But Where Do I Start…? Most people…

Nutrition
13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation
Nutrition
13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation

Swimsuit. Sun Glasses. Print Airline Tickets. Pack Car. As you go through your vacation to-do…

Nutrition
Alcohol and Fat Loss: The Definitive Guide
Nutrition
Alcohol and Fat Loss: The Definitive Guide

Alcohol… Whether it’s Monday Night Football, summertime BBQ’s, date night with your wife, or just…

Nutrition
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
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

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

Lifestyle
Training in a Hotel or Apartment Gym (VLOG – Complete Workout, Coached Through)
Training
Training in a Hotel or Apartment Gym (VLOG – Complete Workout, Coached Through)

This Workout Program (Below) 1.) Ankle, Hip and Thoracic Mobility – 5-10 Min 2a.) DB…

Training
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed
Lifestyle
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed

I get asked the questions, “If I could recommend one book, what would it be?”…

Lifestyle
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
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
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)
Coaching
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)

When fat loss is the goal, cravings can be your worst nightmare… and even when…

Coaching
Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Physiology
Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth

Cortisol… one of the most feared hormones, also one of the most misunderstood. It’s also…

Physiology
Alcohol and Ab’s, 5 Ways You Can Enjoy Both.
Lifestyle
Alcohol and Ab’s, 5 Ways You Can Enjoy Both.

Alcohol… Whether it’s Monday Night Football, summertime BBQ’s, date night with your wife, or just…

Lifestyle
Before and After, The Reverse Diet...
Client Case Study: Successful Reverse Diet (15 Month Process)
Coaching
Client Case Study: Successful Reverse Diet (15 Month Process)

A “Reverse Diet” is a HOT TOPIC in the nutrition space… and after the article…

Coaching
"Active Recovery" – Burn More Calories & Build More Muscle on Your Rest Days.
Training
"Active Recovery" – Burn More Calories & Build More Muscle on Your Rest Days.

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

Training
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life
Lifestyle
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life

Aging healthy, happy and with grace. Isn’t that what everybody wants? Many people think that…

Lifestyle
Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.
Lifestyle
Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.

If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur of any kind, intrepreneur on a serious grind for…

Lifestyle
Finding Your Protein Flavor
Nutrition
Finding Your Protein Flavor

Intense workouts cause damage to our muscles and we need to repair that damage to…

Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Thyroid Health
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Thyroid Health

With the increasing popularity of the topic ‘hormones’ the thyroid gland has also received more…

Nutrition
Fitness Gimmicks VS. Lifestyle/Habits
Training
Fitness Gimmicks VS. Lifestyle/Habits

Everybody see’s all the gimmicks when it comes to fitness and the fads the industry…

Training
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results
Training
How Your Intensity Determines Your Results

Intensity… It’s a sexy word in the fitness world. It makes us feel like we’re…

Training
Quick Fix For Low Back Pain
Training
Quick Fix For Low Back Pain

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

Training
EPISODE 8: Trust The Process
Nutrition
EPISODE 8: Trust The Process

Week 7 is complete, week 8 is here and my physique show feels like it…

Nutrition
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
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?
Coaching
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?

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

Coaching
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)
Lifestyle
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)

This isn’t your typical “Thanksgiving Survival Guide” nutrition blog that’s going to save you from…

Lifestyle
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)
Nutrition
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)

We live in what feels like the peak of a fad diet culture, where media…

Nutrition
The Truth About Finding Your Body Fat Percentage [Scanners and Tests]
Coaching
The Truth About Finding Your Body Fat Percentage [Scanners and Tests]

That’s a question I get quite often inside of our coaching practice and rightfully so,…

Coaching
The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)
Nutrition
The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)

I received a question on instagram the other day that said, “What would be your…

Nutrition
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]
Nutrition
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]

Super-shakes are an awesome addition to almost anyone’s diet and so many people are failing…

Nutrition
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2
Hormones
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2

There are 4 key parts of health and longevity promotion and today we are discussing…

Hormones
Better Gut, Better Abs.
Nutrition
Better Gut, Better Abs.

  Do the things I’m going to share with you in this article today, and…

Nutrition
Does The Keto Diet Work For Body-Comp Changes?
Nutrition
Does The Keto Diet Work For Body-Comp Changes?

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

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
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?
Nutrition
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?

Dairy, Dairy, Dairy…. I always hear so damn much talk and questions about it and…

Nutrition
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring
Coaching
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring

Have you ever heard the saying, “what gets measured gets improved?” Progress can be measured…

Coaching
Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]

The second day of the most eye opening week of my life has arrived and…

Lifestyle
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]
Nutrition
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]

I have heard countless times, whether in magazines, from YouTubers, vegans and even health professionals…

Nutrition
7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus
Nutrition
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….

Nutrition
How Should I Split My Workouts? [Optimize Your Weekly Training Split]
Training
How Should I Split My Workouts? [Optimize Your Weekly Training Split]

This is a VERY common question we get at BBP (what’s the best workout split?),…

Training
Stay Fit While Traveling
Lifestyle
Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling while in the middle of working towards your fitness goals can be stressful for…

Lifestyle
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt
Training
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt

When I decided to write this article, my first thought was actually just being surprised…

Training
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]
Nutrition
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]

Reverse Dieting… What a buzz word! Am I right?! But that’s ok, it’s actually something…

Nutrition
Being Real About CrossFit – The Good and The Bad
Nutrition
Being Real About CrossFit – The Good and The Bad

For the past 6 months, I’ve been infatuated with CrossFit. And when I say CrossFit,…

Nutrition
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting
Coaching
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting

This is not a guide for how to quickly lose 10 pounds of fat, so…

Coaching
Getting Through The Holidays [Without Ruining Your Progress]
Nutrition
Getting Through The Holidays [Without Ruining Your Progress]

The holidays are a time for friends, family, and yes, lots of good food! But…

Nutrition
The Decline Of Male Testosterone (Why It’s At An All Time Low)
Nutrition
The Decline Of Male Testosterone (Why It’s At An All Time Low)

Testosterone is perhaps the most well known and most sought after hormone in the male…

Nutrition
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
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.
Training
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.

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

Training
"The Begging Bowl"
Lifestyle
"The Begging Bowl"

  Today I read a story, the kind of story that makes you stop, shut…

Lifestyle
[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss

When it comes to fat loss… you shouldn’t “Train for Fat Loss”… You should “Train…

Training
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
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
8 Ways To Handle Your Diet On Christmas
Nutrition
8 Ways To Handle Your Diet On Christmas

1.) Don’t Stress, Have Fun! Might seem weird that the first tip for not ruining…

Nutrition
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
Time to Take Action!
Lifestyle
Time to Take Action!

These past few weekends I have had the opportunity to learn and hang with some…

Lifestyle
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome
Nutrition
Old Geezer Metabolic Syndrome

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

Nutrition
Are you eating enough?
Nutrition
Are you eating enough?

This is a question that I personally have had to ask many clients, even myself…

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
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck
Nutrition
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck

Low Carb Diets… I’m not a fan. Just being honest. Why? Well, let me give…

Nutrition
A Crash Course On Your Hormones (What You Need To Know)
Physiology
A Crash Course On Your Hormones (What You Need To Know)

You scroll through your Instagram and you read a post which says “Could your hormones…

Physiology
Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)
Nutrition
Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)

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

Nutrition
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
Opening My Eyes To REAL Life & The REAL Me. [Resurrection Week: Day 1]
Coaching
Opening My Eyes To REAL Life & The REAL Me. [Resurrection Week: Day 1]

  Last week I was Resurrected, which technically means being raised up from the dead……

Coaching
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
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)
Coaching
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)

Your “Neurotype”… a way to learn what your personality type is and how you should…

Coaching
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
Are You Progressing? [FREE GUIDE: Key Strategies To Progressing Your Training For Results]
Training
Are You Progressing? [FREE GUIDE: Key Strategies To Progressing Your Training For Results]

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

Training
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil
Nutrition
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil

Inflammation is the leading cause of chronic disease in today’s society. Thankfully, there are various…

Nutrition
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

“Why on earth would I want to completely remove all that stuff, which I enjoy…

Nutrition
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success
Lifestyle
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success

Week 1 is complete! And DAMN…. That was a long week! But the best feeling…

Lifestyle
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements
Nutrition
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements

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

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
Boom Boom’s Excellent Adventure: Episode 1
Coaching
Boom Boom’s Excellent Adventure: Episode 1

Wow… I have a lot of respect for bodybuilders, bikini and physique competitors. Well, I…

Coaching
Become Lean AND Healthy, Long-Term
Lifestyle
Become Lean AND Healthy, Long-Term

  When I reflect back on all that I’ve been through in this lifestyle of…

Lifestyle
Functional Upper Body Training Session [Full Workout Explained]
Training
Functional Upper Body Training Session [Full Workout Explained]

Watch the video below to get access to an exclusive functional hypertrophy training program [for…

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
Your Gut (The 2nd Brain) Determines Body Fat, Health, Disease and More…
Nutrition
Your Gut (The 2nd Brain) Determines Body Fat, Health, Disease and More…

The human gut, or “The Second Brain” as most are calling it – which makes…

Nutrition
Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.
Lifestyle
Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.

I know the title of this article is a little harsh, blunt and “in your…

Lifestyle
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals
Lifestyle
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and…

Lifestyle
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)
Training
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)

  Today I’ll be doing something a bit different than usual, going to do a…

Training
Performance Bodybuilding (Training For Aesthetics and Athletics)
Training
Performance Bodybuilding (Training For Aesthetics and Athletics)

I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to write training programs for a decent list of…

Training
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)
Nutrition
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)

We covered probiotics a few weeks ago, which just barely scratched the surface of gut…

Nutrition
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
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 .

Nutrition
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
Resistance Training vs. Cardio PT.2 [Ending The Debate]
Training
Resistance Training vs. Cardio PT.2 [Ending The Debate]

What’s better – Resistance Training or Cardio, ending the debate once and for all The…

Training
5 Ways To Burn MORE Fat Daily
Nutrition
5 Ways To Burn MORE Fat Daily

Today, you will learn 5 ways you can burn more fat on a daily basis……

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
5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon
Lifestyle
5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon

Travel is a part of life no matter if it’s for work or pleasure, with…

Lifestyle
EPISODE 10: Monster Mentality
Nutrition
EPISODE 10: Monster Mentality

Week 10 is here and for lack of better words… Shit just got real! Actually,…

Nutrition
Should YOU Take a Cheat Meal?!
Nutrition
Should YOU Take a Cheat Meal?!

The biggest question I get with this subject is obvious, “Do cheat meals/days actually work?!”….

Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting

  Intermittent fasting has been expanding in popularity right now more than ever and tons…

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
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
Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off
Nutrition
Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off

“Weight regain is generally the rule, with long-term follow up studies indicating that one-third to…

Nutrition
Recovery 101 (Discover What Actually Determines Your Results)
Nutrition
Recovery 101 (Discover What Actually Determines Your Results)

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

Nutrition
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]
Nutrition
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]

As a huge coffee lover, I’ve decided to take some time today to stand my…

Nutrition
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully
Nutrition
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully

“The Macro Diet”…. Something I hear quite often, people are asking to get on the…

Nutrition
12 Reasons Strength Training Trumps Cardio
Training
12 Reasons Strength Training Trumps Cardio

90% of people who come to me expect that they’ll need to do a bunch…

Training
Shut Up and Listen!
Lifestyle
Shut Up and Listen!

After reading the title your problem wondering, “What in the hell will Boom Boom be…

Lifestyle
Your Nutrition Strategy Heading Into The Open
Nutrition
Your Nutrition Strategy Heading Into The Open

Do you workout fasted or are you one of those people who absolutely has to…

Nutrition
5 Laws of Conditioning
Training
5 Laws of Conditioning

A lot of people get confused about or over think their cardio/conditioning. This could be…

Training
Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open
Nutrition
Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open

Five weeks of serious CrossFit action coming at us as we’re only a month away…

Nutrition
"The Handful Diet" – Infographic, Meal Prep Template
Nutrition
"The Handful Diet" – Infographic, Meal Prep Template

For a printable version,that you can use at home or on the go to stay…

Nutrition
7 Things Killing Your Testosterone [AND The Solutions]
Physiology
7 Things Killing Your Testosterone [AND The Solutions]

Fill In Your Email Address Below To Receive Your FREE Downloadable Copy Of This Infographic…

Physiology
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey
Lifestyle
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey

Many people don’t know this, but I was once a fat kid, or as my…

Lifestyle
The ABSOLUTE Best Way To Burn Fat
Training
The ABSOLUTE Best Way To Burn Fat

Everyone always wants to know, “What’s the absolute best way to burn fat?!” And I…

Training
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
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?
Nutrition
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?

Organic food…. Is it worth the extra money? Will you get sick and diet if…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat

Stubborn Body Fat – AKA Our Biggest Enemy. You know… Spare tire, love handles, hips,…

Nutrition
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
The Thanksgiving Blueprint: [ How To Avoid Ruining YOUR Results ]
Nutrition
The Thanksgiving Blueprint: [ How To Avoid Ruining YOUR Results ]

Turkey Day is upon us and if you’re as excited as I am, then you’re…

Nutrition
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
8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better
Lifestyle
8 Ways To Instantly Sleep Better

Sleep… None of us “get enough” and we all want “more hours in the day”……

Lifestyle
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
Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)
Nutrition
Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)

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

Nutrition
Make Life Awesome
Lifestyle
Make Life Awesome

Are you doing everything in your power to be the best you possibly can be?…

Lifestyle
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
3-Phase Fat Loss Diet System
Nutrition
3-Phase Fat Loss Diet System

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

Nutrition
Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)
Coaching
Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)

Heading into my first bikini competition I had at least one hundred random questions.  Even…

Coaching
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey
Lifestyle
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

So you want to start exercising and eating “clean,” but where do you start? There…

Lifestyle
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me
Coaching
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me

Dieting down to get stage lean might be one of the most strict diets on…

Coaching
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing
Nutrition
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing

I got some unfortunate news for you today…. Every single diet you’ve ever tried, thought…

Nutrition
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
How To Individualize Your Nutrition Plan (8 Ways To Tailor Your Diet)
Nutrition
How To Individualize Your Nutrition Plan (8 Ways To Tailor Your Diet)

To Individualize what you do, is not only the most optimal way to see results;…

Nutrition
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, the basics just get boring. Let’s face it. 5×5, 4×8, 3×10… all…

Training
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
Cardio vs. Lifting… What’s Better For Fat Loss?
Training
Cardio vs. Lifting… What’s Better For Fat Loss?

Cardio vs. Lifting.  Which is better for fat loss or improved body composition?  As with…

Training
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
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
The G-Flux Theory: Eat More, Move More, Burn More…?
Nutrition
The G-Flux Theory: Eat More, Move More, Burn More…?

Our bodies are remarkable at adapting to different stimuli that we can then manipulate to…

Nutrition
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?
Nutrition
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?

While there aren’t many supplements we at BBP recommend to clients, protein powder is one…

Nutrition
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]
Lifestyle
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]

Almost 20% of people in Europe and the US work in scheduled shifts (shift work).1…

Lifestyle
Train Like an Athlete
Training
Train Like an Athlete

For many reasons, everybody should aim to train like an athlete. First of all would…

Training
Nutrition

10 Ways To Boost Metabolism & Burn MORE Fat 1.) Drink More Water. – A…

Nutrition
The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes
Nutrition
The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes

What else goes into weight loss besides eating well and exercising? In reality, there are…

Nutrition
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.
Nutrition
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.

I think everyone, at least once within his or her training history, has been stuck….

Nutrition
How To Avoid Injury
Training
How To Avoid Injury

Injury prevention is something I’ve had many people ask me to write about, and I’ve…

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
"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
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.
Training
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.

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

Training
Sleep = Results
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results

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

Lifestyle
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied
Hormones
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied

Today we are going to talk about how you can maximize the effectiveness of your…

Hormones
The 10 Rituals For Better Living
Lifestyle
The 10 Rituals For Better Living

If you follow my blog pretty consistently, you’ve probably been noticing that I have been…

Lifestyle
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)
Nutrition
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)

Nutrition periodization is something that I’ve been passionate about teaching for a long time now….

Nutrition
Muscle Growth For The Female Lifter
Nutrition
Muscle Growth For The Female Lifter

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

Nutrition
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
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.
Nutrition
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.

Macro’s, Calories, “Clean Eating”, Food Tracking Software, Going Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo… The fitness nutrition…

Nutrition
Death To The Meal Plan [5 Reasons Why Your Meal Plan Failed & Will Keep Failing]
Nutrition
Death To The Meal Plan [5 Reasons Why Your Meal Plan Failed & Will Keep Failing]

I’m going to try and keep this one short and too the point – notice…

Nutrition
THE GREAT SUGAR DEBATE : Is Sugar Safe? Will it Ruin Results? What is Proven?
Nutrition
THE GREAT SUGAR DEBATE : Is Sugar Safe? Will it Ruin Results? What is Proven?

Sugar has been scaring us for decades, from the claims of it impacting and being…

Nutrition
Resistance. The #1 Thing Holding Us Back.
Coaching
Resistance. The #1 Thing Holding Us Back.

Overcoming resistance is success, period. To achieve a result, we need to overcome resistance. And…

Coaching
Relationship Status : "Dieting"
Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"

Today is not about a strategy to lose more weight, a new theory on building…

Nutrition
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

  After the popularity of my article, “The 10 Diet Commandments”, I decided to bring…

Training
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
A Day in The ‘Not So Average’ Life of Boom-Boom : Vlog Ep.1
Lifestyle
A Day in The ‘Not So Average’ Life of Boom-Boom : Vlog Ep.1

Tune in to what a Day in My Life looks like… We go from my…

Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

Lifestyle
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

One thing I always hear in the gym that irritates the hell out of me…

Lifestyle
[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

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