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How To Create The Most Effective Full Body Training Program

September 2, 2019
Written by Cody McBroom

15 Min Read

Key takeaways

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Full body training can be very enjoyable for most people, because it’s dynamic. If you have an athletic background, like to sweat, have dabbled in CrossFit, or enjoy intensity in the intuitive sense of the word (not scientific term [load], but as in your personal effort of work) - you’ll probably love full body training because it pushes you more than most styles of training, which makes sense.

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Full body training can be a great choice for anyone looking to improve work capacity, training frequency, metabolic conditioning, calorie expenditure, and strength skill. And for some, it's just more fun! Which is still a great reason to use a full body training program.

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This guide will teach you everything about the benefits of full body training, when it's better (or worse) than body part/half-body splits, and exactly how to create a full body training program (including sample workouts).

Full Body vs. Split Training…? Which is better?

This question has been answered by 1,000,000 different trainers in 1,000,000 different ways. It’s been a podcast topic in the fitness space, on my show as well as many others, 100,000 times. It’s been a tweet topic, Facebook status, Instagram post… the list goes on.

What’s my point with this introduction? Simple.

It’s a highly debated conversation that has been around for decades, likely since the era that first started split based training (most likely the golden bodybuilding era – 1960’s).

So I figured today, I’d not jump on the bandwagon – rather, I’ll just give you the exact blueprint to setting up the most effective full body program possible. 

Rather listen to this article? Awesome – I check out the podcast we released on this topic instead:

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Why not split training? Well, because split training can go 20 different ways, really. Which is actually one of the biggest benefits of split training – it can be highly manipulated to fit your specific needs, something I discussed in my article ‘How Should I Split My Workouts?’.

Push/Pull Full Body, Push/Pull/Legs, Upper/Lower, U/L + P/P/L, U/L + Full Body….

The combinations you can create are endless, literally. 

But that’s not what we’re here to discuss today. We’re here to talk about the most effective full body training program and how YOU can create them, yourself.

Before we do, let’s dive into the contents of this article:

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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Sled Pull Variations can be an extremely beneficial full body exercise!

The Pro’s of Full Body Training

Full body training can be very enjoyable for most people, because it’s dynamic. If you have an athletic background, like to sweat, have dabbled in CrossFit, or enjoy intensity in the intuitive sense of the word (not scientific term [load], but as in your personal effort of work) – you’ll probably love full body training because it pushes you more than most styles of training, which makes sense. When doing a fully body training split, you’re hitting literally every muscle in your body and every movement pattern your body can functionally perform (well, if you’re programming the right way). You HAVE to stay engaged and constantly put forth a hard effort towards the work being done, which relates to…

Pro #1: Work Capacity

It’s more work, within a smaller time frame. Meaning your work capacity can improve and you will be forced to push yourself just a bit harder. 

No legitimate science to back this one up, purely anecdote and experience. I’ve tried every training split known to man (I’m pretty sure) and I can honestly say nothing pushes my ability to get more work done in a short time frame, then full body strength training does. You work more muscles, more movements, and more energy systems within the time of your session than any other style of training.

This is a big benefit to athletes and anyone looking to achieve a higher level of overall fitness, because work capacity can be related to muscle mass, endurance, strength, power, and aerobic abilities. And the definition of fit, for most people, means to be fit across multiple scopes of physical expression and capabilities.

Pro #2: Caloric Expenditure

With a full body training program, you’re burning more calories per session. This one will get debated by many who will say, “It doesn’t matter how you train, it’s all about how you diet.”

But science calls bullshit on that, with multiple studies. For example, let’s look at a couple:

Heke (2010) compared a 3x per week full-body program with a body part split where each muscle was trained only once per week. The full-body group saw a 0.8% increase in fat-free mass and a 3.8% decrease in body fat percentage, whereas the body part split group saw only a 0.4% increase in fat free mass and a 2.2% decrease in BF%.”

Not a massive difference or what they would call in science, “a statistically significant difference”, but it was also done in advanced individuals in a 4 week setting. So for only 4 weeks, I’d say that’s a lot – especially since these are advanced trainee’s.

Crewther et al. (2016) performed a study on rugby players doing 3 workouts per week, as either full-body or upper/lower fashion, so the weekly training frequency was 3x vs. 1.5x. The full-body group lost more fat and gained a small amount more of muscle mass (1.1% vs. 0.4% FFM).”

Again, not crazy – but it’s there and that’s what matters. Because what happens when we compound this effect over the course of 8+ weeks? Or even better, along with the individualized nature of being able to increase training frequency of 4x per week, to increase volume even more? I’m sure we’d see a significant difference at that point.

The point with this pro is simple, full body training programs are great for shredding body fat and in the scenario where you’re either a.) looking for body recomposition (lose fat, build muscle) or b.) are stepping into your fat loss phase to get lean; you may want to opt for a full body program.

Pro #3: Higher Training Frequency

This is another reason why full body training may actually be great for fat loss, well more so muscle maintenance during fat loss. The reason I say this is simple; the more often we train a muscle, the more often we send it the muscle protein synthetic response for it to grow. Well if we’re in a deficit and not growing, what good is that signal? Maintenance, that’s what good!

The key to maintaining muscle mass during a cut, which we ALL want to do – whether we care about being a muscle monster or not, is to send muscle growth signals to our body while we’re dieting to get leaner. That’s how we maintain muscle more effective, while also preserving metabolic, health and hormonal processes during a cut, as well.

Higher frequency isn’t just good for fat loss, though. It’s also good for strength and overall muscle hypertrophy – for one reason, that benefits both outcomes.

The more frequent you train a muscle, the heavier you can train it – most likely.

Think about a bro split or a half body (U/L) split, which are great if volume is equated… you hit the bench press, then some over head presses, then some flies… the list goes on, as it should – because you need the volume to grow.

Problem here is simple; as volume increases, so does muscular fatigue. As muscular fatigue increases, your ability to keep heavy loads in your lifts decreases. So even though your volume from a reps and sets perspective may stay elevated, your volume from a total tonnage (sets x reps x load) decreases throughout the session. This has a great effect on progressive overload and overall muscle growth – as well as strength gains, obviously.

With a full body training program, the frequency is high enough to where you work each muscle group less per session but equally as often per week. This leads to an equal volume from the reps and sets perspective, but often times a greater volume from the intensity (load) perspective.

This is a great way to ensure more strength, which often leads to more muscle growth.

Pro #4: Flexible Training

At Boom Boom Performance, we’re big fans of Flexible Dieting (using macros to measure, track and predict progress – shown in this free guide).

But we’re also fans of flexible training, which tends to be more easily accomplished with full body training programs. Not by a landslide, or a statistically significant difference ⚗, but enough to make it a pro, for sure.

With a full body program, we’re hitting all muscle groups and we’re focusing more on fundamental movement patterns. This means that if you’re at a hotel, a new gym, don’t have a gym, or any other scenario where you’re S.O.L. when it comes to gym equipment… you can just mimic movements and you’ll be fine.

As effective? No.

Progressive overload accomplished? No.

Able to accurately record metrics? No.

Minimal effective dose? Yes.

Still building skills of the movements? Yes.

Does that apply to your overall progress? Enough.

At the end of the day, something is better than nothing and with a full body program this is easier to do than most split training programs.

Another scenario that’s actually even more common and frequently occurring with clients we see, is simply missing the gym. Stuff comes up, things happen, plans change, work takes over… whatever it ends up being, you miss a session. 

Well, no biggie. You still hit your fundamental movements, you still trained all your muscles, and you likely got a good variety of intensities and energy systems trained as well.

With an upper/lower or body part split, you end up missing a full half body of training – such as your entire lower body, upper body, chest/shoulders/tris, etc.

This is one of the biggest reasons why, from a flexibility and stress perspective, training full body can be awesome.

Pro #5: Skill Acquisition

Last one… but a big one, especially for beginners or anyone who skipped the phase of their training career where they simply get good at lifting – because yes, it is a skill.

Let’s frame it this way… do you think a pitcher gets great at pitching, by pitching once a week? Or do you think he practices pretty often?

What about a professional skateboarder, think they just practice kickflips on Tuesdays?

NO! If you’ve ever skated or played sports you know this. In fact even if you haven’t, I’m sure you know the answer is that they practice many times per week!

Now, that doesn’t mean overkill. If you pitch 100mph everyday year round, I’m sure you’ll throw out a shoulder – actually I know it, the percentage of pitchers with shoulder injuries is astronomical. But I’m veering off the path, now.

The point here is simple. Frequency builds skill acquisition; i.e. the ability to be proficient at a specific movement pattern and before you can build muscle inside a range of motion, you need to create success within that range of motion.

Not only will training that movement more frequently help you build your skill in the movement, but it will also allow less fatigue while practicing that movement – again aiding in your ability to perform and build strength within it.

Beginners often run to bro splits because that’s what they first get introduced to, I know I did. But I quickly got shifted to a full body training program in my career, within the first 2 years of training – still well in my newbie gains phase, and it allowed me to build more muscle, get stronger, and get WAY better at simply moving with load.

Dramatically underrated, skipped completely, and forgotten about within education.

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The Hormonal Effect of Full Body Training

There are specific hormones that come into play and elevate during training. These specific hormones are testosterone, growth hormone (GH), insulin like growth factor (IGF), and cortisol.

The problem with this, is that people grabbed this research, mainly because of the buzz word attached [hormones], and ran with it to get people into their programming. Saying things like, “This program optimizes your hormones by using compound lifts to enhance growth hormone production!!”

I fell for it. Shit, what 19 year old kid wouldn’t?! It sounded amazing to me. But the honest truth about this comes back to that statistically significant differences in these hormones from training and the reality is, it’s just not there.

Does training benefit your hormones? Yes.

Does muscle tissue benefit your hormones? Yes.

So should you train to build muscle, in order to enhance hormones? Yes.

But that doesn’t mean there are specific tricks and tactics within a single session that are going to significantly increase growth hormone production, at least not enough for you to see staggering changes in your physique.

So what’s the verdict here? Am I for or against this idea for better hormonal optimization?

100% for. It’s a great thing, it has validity in it, and it will help overall health and body composition changes long term, as well.

But to say this only occurs with full body training or only with compound lifts, are both false statements. But that’s what you’ll often hear and read; this is why many people think you need to barbell squat, you need to train more big muscles per session [full body], or that you need to lift heavy in all your sessions.

But what research actually shows, according to Kraemer WJ, is that in general it is just high intensity, high volume, maximal effort, resistance training that leads to increases in these hormones – which will contribute to muscle growth. The study does inform us that this is factual, however it says nothing about squats or full body training being the key and although this article is to get you considering full body programs, I won’t create lies to sell you on any one theory. It’s hard training with higher volume and general resistance training movement patterns, that have these hormonal effects.

Movements > Body Parts/Muscle Groups

When I was in school for personal training, the thing that stood out to me most was that all smart training programming (from a functional perspective) came down to 5 key movement patterns:

→ Push

→ Pull

→ Hip Hinge

→ Knee Flexion (squat)

→ Spinal Movement (Rotation or Flexion)

If you do this, you accomplish everything needed, really…

Push Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
Pull Traps, Rear Delts, Rhomboids, Lats, Biceps
Hip Hinge Glutes, Hamstrings, Erector Spinae
Knee Flexion (squat) Quads, Hip Flexors
Spinal Rotation and/or Flexion Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Intercostals, etc.

Which is why if we’re programming a full body program, we build it off the fundamental movement patterns first. After we accomplish all the movement patterns, we can isolate. It starts with function and finishes with isolation.

Isolation would be things like your lateral raises, curls, calf raises, etc… Because yes, your body functionally should be able to laterally abduct it’s shoulders, flex it’s elbows, and plantar flex it’s ankles, but those muscle groups are still being targeted directly and/or indirectly with the fundamental movement patterns. So doing more of it is simply adding more isolation to either a.) improve imbalances that may be occuring or b.) increase overall volume to hypertrophy a muscle.

Again, very valid and both have merit. Which is why I program isolation work in, still. But the point here is that it starts with an understanding of the fundamental movement patterns and inside a training program – these come first on the checklist.

This is also key to understand for anyone who can only train 2-3x a week. Since these fundamental patterns take priority, it’s those that will fill up your programming and NOT the isolation exercises we all love staring in the mirror and performing, oh so much (I’m guilty).

Exercise Selection and Variation of Movements

This is where I tend to differ from most individuals in the scientific or muscle building space, because I put much more merit into exercise selection than most do. Most simply look at the research on volume and intensity and classify those two things as the standalone keys to physique development. But in my mind, most individuals aren’t even capable of progressing or utilizing either of those tools (intensity / volume) effectively if exercise selection isn’t on point.

The reason my thought process is this way is because how can you create effective volume if you can’t execute a movement or exercise properly? How can you create muscular tension, without understanding how to perform the exercise correctly or without knowing where you should be feeling it?

You can’t. That’s called junk volume. Without knowing what movements work best for you, you can’t effectively build volume up. It’s like building a house on a poor foundation – it’ll crumble.

Which is point #1 within the topic of exercise selection, you have to pick movements that work well for you.

We know the fundamental movement patterns, but now you have to choose what variation of that movement pattern works well with your structure, biomechanics, muscular activation, etc…

Example: Back squats vs. front squats. Which feels better for you? Which creates discomfort? Which allows a better range of motion? THAT determines what you perform, not what your favorite IG influencer says is the best quad builder.

Next we have to cover variation within those exercise selections.

There’s 3 things to focus on, here – compound lifts, activation exercises for those compound lifts, and accessory exercises. 

Compound lifts will consist of your squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press. Not strictly stuck to the barbell versions of these, but more so the movement patterns in general. However, if you can – I would highly suggest working on the barbell lifts as they are the most effective for progressing strength over time.

Inside the most effective full body training program, you’ll have a compound lift in each session (4 total weekly sessions). That means you have a squat day, bench day, deadlift day, and an OHP day.

These movement patterns, rarely – if ever – change at all. You will periodize volume in a linear fashion, but the movement itself stays because they are your metric based movements. They will not progress quickly and they take a lot of skill, which means we need to be patient and work on them week after week, month after month.

I would suggest sticking to these within the 5-10 rep range, while dropping volume and increasing intensity over the course of 6-8 weeks (linear periodization). This would look as such:

WEEK 1 4×10 @ 200
WEEK 2 4×9 @ 205
WEEK 3 4×8 @ 210
WEEK 4 4×7 @ 215
WEEK 5 4×6 @ 220
WEEK 6 4×5 @ 225
WEEK 7 (Deload) 3×8-10 @185-200
WEEK 8 (New Cycle) 4×10 @ 205-210

As you can see, we’re increasing load on the bar while decreasing total volume (reps). This allows you to get stronger over time and by the time you finish a 6 week cycle, like shown above, you can return to the original rep/set count at a higher weight. This slow process of progressive overload, is what allows patient lifters to get bigger and stronger over the course of months and years. The lifters who are too impatient to follow a strict progression model like this, fail to see success with their body.

Now, that’s strictly covering the metric based lifts (compounds) within your program. These lifts come in towards the very beginning of your daily training sessions because they take more energy, create more fatigue, and require more mental focus.

The activation exercises that you would pair with these movements can be pretty simple, as seen in this Instagram post:

The idea here is simple; perform exercises that activate musculature which will help you execute the compound lift of the day, while stimulating your nervous system to recruit more motor units and muscle fibers to help strength and hypertrophy during the flit.

Well, that sounds kind of complex… but it’s simple. Follow the guidance in the infographic above and you will be golden (you’ll also see an example with the free program below).

Next, we have your accessory and isolation work. Which I will show you how to program here shortly.

With your accessory and isolation exercises, I suggest sticking to them for at least 2 weeks and no longer than 4 weeks. The reason for this is because:

  1. It can get boring to be too repetitive and if you’re not motivated to train hard, you won’t see progress, either.
  2. These movements see far less progression week to week, therefore you don’t need to spend as long working on them as you would a compound lift.
  3. There are endless variations you can use within each movement pattern, which gives us more creativity within the programming of them. For example, when performing a unilateral knee flexion movement, you can perform: walking lunges, reverse lunges, forward lunges, split squats, elevated split squats, pistol squats, step ups, etc.

Lastly, the rep range you’ll fall into here can stay static across the weeks and vary every 3-4 block OR you can change it block to block. My advice is to stick to the rep range that applies most to your personal outcome at hand.

Now, we know that there is no “hypertrophy range” – meaning if your goal is aesthetics, you’re not going to see huge differences by always sticking to the 8-12 rep range – because if volume is equated it doesn’t matter.

But what we also know is that achieving more volume in a timely manner without a ton of joint or neurological fatigue, can be much more effective and easy to accomplish by sticking in the 8+ rep range. So for that reason, I do suggest most people keep accessory and isolation work just constantly in the 8+ rep range. It promotes more muscle growth, more caloric expenditure, and keeps your joints healthy.

My favorite way to program this for clients is in an escalating fashion. Meaning you may start with a lower rep range for the compound, then creep up a few reps for the starting accessory movements, and creep up a few more for the finishing isolation work. This often looks like 6-8 reps, then 8-12 rep, then 12-15 reps to finish. As fatigue settles in, you’ll be less likely to lift heavy loads and the heavy loads you do lift will create more risk of injury. Therefore this method works well with energy levels, mental focus and fatigue levels inside your training sessions.

Now, lastly, we need to determine what accessory exercises to select in your programming.

This is highly individual, so I’ll simplify it and allow you to take the reins on actually picking specific exercises. Just remember what I told you prior… essentially, there are no perfect exercises. There aren’t any “must do” exercise variations; there are just movement patterns and after that, it’s about finding what works for YOUR biomechanics. So trust intuition and select movements that feel really good on your joints and muscles.

An accessory exercise is a supplemental movement, meaning it’s programmed to aid the compound lift improve. It’s the compound’s supplemental lift. So you have to choose exercises that a.) generally help improve the compound movement, b.) build the muscles that either build up the compound or build up the muscles that help achieve your aesthetic goals, and/or c.) that work on your imbalances and sticking points.

This table breaks it down, with the general public of lifters in mind:

Squat

→ Reverse or Forward Lunge

→ Static Split Squat

→ Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

→ Deficit Split Squats or Lunges

→ Step Ups

→ Walking Lunges

→ Pistol Squats

→ Leg Extensions

→ Calf Raises

→ Lateral Lunges

→ Squat Variations (sumo, close stance, goblet, etc.)

→ Leg Press

Deadlift

→ RDL’s

→ Stiff Leg Deadlifts

→ Single Leg RDL’s

→ Anterior Reverse Lunges

→ Leg Curls

→ Lateral Lunges

→ High Box Step Ups

→ Pull Ups

→ Pulldowns

→ Pullovers

→ Barbell Rollouts

→ Farmer’s Carry

Bench

→ DB Military Press

→ DB Bench Press

→ Decline and Incline Press

→ Single Arm Presses

→ Landmine Press

→ DB Rows

→ T-Bar Rows

→ Posterior Flies

→ Chest Flies

→ Band Pull Aparts

→ Face Pulls

→ Push Up Variations

→ Close Grip Bench Press

→ Dips

→ Pushdowns

Overhead Press

→ DB Overhead Press

→ Single Arm Press

→ Lateral Raises

→ 3D Band Pull Aparts

→ Over and Backs

→ Bottoms Up Carries

→ Turkish Get Ups

→ Pull Ups

→ Pike Push Ups

→ Chaos Push Ups

If I’m being honest, there’s plenty more. But this article isn’t an exercise index for you (kind of is, now) – it’s about telling you how to program and in the next section, I will show you how to put these things together. So before I do that, I needed to explain the what behind it all, which we did. 

Now… we can get onto the good stuff! Putting it all together!

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Accessory Movements Should Be Prioritized JUST AS Compounds Are.

Bridging The Gap: Compound Lifts → Accessory Work

There’s two ways to program your compounds and accessory exercises, together. One way is very common, the other not so much.

And maybe to your surprise, I’m going to say that I prefer the not so common way more and have seen it carry over into my clients success much better.

The classic way of programming this – the way most people have seen – is to have a compound lift and then follow it up with it’s accessory movement. So we have a barbell squat, followed up with a bulgarian split squat – for example. Not super-setted, completely separated as stand alone movements in the program. This makes sense in the way that it’s working on your compound of the day, in the same session. It also makes sense because you’re keeping the tension in the muscle group you’ve just worked. Both valid points and actually aren’t wrong, by any means.

The other way, the way that I will be teaching you today, is to place an accessory exercise of another compound movement, from another day in your training week, after the compound of today. So for example, you’d do a barbell squat and follow that up with an RDL and an Incline DB Bench Press – these ARE super-setted, because we want to get more work done (work capacity), burn more calories (more muscles per session), and have a higher training frequency (hitting each muscle, more often throughout the week).

So rather than have a full body, quad focused day. Then a full body chest focuses, glute/ham focused, back focused, etc… we’re focusing on EVERYTHING, every session. This is how we truly accomplish all the pro’s we went over at the top, while still allowing the compound lift of the day to be the primary progressive overload focused lift.

Now we have a programming method to build a full body program that builds strength in a functionally focused manner, while burning as many calories as possible and if in a surplus, also achieving enough volume and frequency to build more muscle mass. 

There’s only 1 thing left to add before we move on and that’s the proper programming of supersets. Supersets are 2 exercises performed back to back (can be 3, as well), that are working opposite movement patterns and antagonist muscle groups (you can perform these in a giant set fashion too, which would be exercises using the same muscle groups back to back – but not in a full body program). The easiest way to program or think about this is in a push pull fashion – always working anterior and posterior chains, in sequence. Because if you’re doing a squat and a press, that’s a lot of anterior load, flexion, and stress on the joints. But if you follow a squat with a pull or a deadlift with a press, we’re working in opposing fashion and that’s going to actually improve performance, while keeping joints healthy.

So… We know that we have the Bench, OHP, Squat and Deadlift for our compounds.

We know the list of accessory work we can do to aid those.

We know that we should follow each compound lift with an accessory exercise that aids a compound from another day.

We know that besides the compound lift, we should use supersets in an anterior/posterior fashion.

What’s left?

Isolation and Metabolic Finishers

Isolation Exercise: An exercise that isolates a single muscle group, often used for aesthetic purposes to enhance muscle growth. Examples are curls, lateral raises, leg extensions, sit ups, chest flies, shrugs, etc.

Metabolic Finishers: An exercise, or sequence of exercises, used as a “finale” to the workout. When fat loss is the goal, HIIT Cardio is usually placed here – it’s taxing, burns calories, and takes minimal mental focus, which is why we do not perform it prior to more important lifts of the day. When muscle growth is the goal, metabolite training is usually placed here – high rep isolation exercises that create massive pumps, high lactic acid accumulation, blood flow, and cell swelling.

This is the most simple part of programming, because the most effective way to program isolation and metabolic work into your program is to simply throw it in after your main work is completely finished and use any time you have left in your schedule to “enhance” what you’re building.

So after the compound and the accessory exercises are all completed in your training session, but you still have some time to train… add some extra work that will build up to the end result you’re looking for. The volume for this is completely individual, because in some scenarios we’ll want a lot of isolation work thrown in (think bodybuilders who have plenty of time to train) and in other scenarios we’ll throw a time frame on it and just get what we can get done, in a high intensity fashion (think AMRAP, for a busy individual who wants to lose fat). 

Either way, it’s the final thing in the program and with that being said… let’s put it all together with a sample program:

Sample 2-Day Full Body Strength Program
Day 1 Sets

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 Reps

RPE
Scale
Rest Period Notes
1a.) Swissball Hamstring Curls 3×5-8 7 0 3-1-3-1 tempo – goal is maximal hamstring activation – leave 3 in the tank
1b.) Band Face Pull Apart 3×15 8 0 Rip outward as you pull towards your face – arm position ends in 90 degree elbow flexion – think “field goal post”
1c.) ½ Kneeling Pallof Hold 3×20 Sec/Side 8 1.0 Knee down on the side of the cable or band – elbows locked – rib cage down – glutes fired – resist rotation
2.) Squat Variation

[BB Back, Front or Box Squat – Double KB Front Squat – Safety Bar Squat – Zercher ]

See Notes 9 2.0 – 3.0 Week 1 – 4×8; Week 2 – 4×7; Week 3 – 4×6; Week 4 – 4×5
3a.) Single Leg RDL 3×8/ Side 8 0.75 Use two DB’s or KB’s in hang position – keep them close to planted leg as you sit back into RDL – regression: Staggered Stance RDL
3b.) DB Incline Alternating Bench Press 3×8/ Side 8 2.0 One DB stays up as the other DB lowers and presses, again – control negative, punch up on positive – if needed (for advanced individuals), add a set to these 2 (a/b)
4a.) 1 Arm DB Row 3×10/ Side 8 0.75 Use bench for support – knee and non-rowing hand/arm planted on bench – drive elbow into waistline, packing or depressing scapula down – keeping this  lat focused
4b.) DB Chest Supported Posterior Flies 3×15 9 2.0 You can push this close to failure and if you’re feeling fresh, push it to a 10 RPE/failure – slight elbow bench entire time
5.) Metabolic Finisher

  1. Assault Bike – 6×15/45
  2. KB Swings – 100 Reps
  3. Leg Matrix – 24 Each
  4. Sled Pull/Push – 10 Min
N/A 8-10 N/A PICK ONLY ONE – you can keep it the same each week or alternate weekly – do not do more than 1 choice, though – Leg matrix is air squats, lunges, jump squats, jump lunges all in a complex done as fast as possible

 

Day 2 Sets

  x 

 Reps

RPE
Scale
Rest Period Notes
1a.) Banded Hip Abductions 3×20 7 0 Just getting the glutes activated and practicing the hip abduction function – seated with band around knees
1b.) Straight Arm Pulldown 3×10 8 0 Use a band or a straight bar on a cable machine – slight forward lean – pulling down to waist, getting lats fired
1c.) High Row 3×10 8 1.0 Use whatever you use above and go straight into this – pulling from the same resistance point, but rowing with elbows high to your sternum
2.) Bench Variation

[BB Flat, Decline, Incline, Neutral, Floor]

See Notes 9 2.0 – 3.0 Week 1 – 4×8; Week 2 – 4×7; Week 3 – 4×6; Week 4 – 4×5
3a.) No-Support Seated DB Military Press 3×10 8 0.75 Stop when elbows meet 90 degree angle – full ROM pressing overhead – seated tall on end of bench, w/out back support – if needed, add a set to these 2 (a/b)
3b.) Chin Up or Pull Down 3xMAX (-1) 9 2.0 Stop 1 rep shy of failure – supinated grip – if using pulldown machine, think chest up to extend t-spine & get bar to chest
4a.) DB Deficit Split Squats 3×10/ Side 8 0.75 Standing on 1 plate, reversing lunging off (alternating legs) – to progress, stand on 2 plates (both feet) and stay static
4b.) Landmine T-Bar Row 3×8-10 9 2.0 Go close to failure here – neutral grip – pause at the top for  2 sec, crushing the handles to create tension
EMOM

  1. Straight Bar Curls x8-10
  2. Dips x8-10
  3. DB Lateral Raises x8-10
9-12 Min 10 N/A You can perform 3 or 4 rounds, adjusting volume to YOUR level of experience/training – use straight barbell, cable machine with bar attachment, or EZ-bar

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Nutrition
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com

Getting stuck into a dogmatic approach or claiming a “camp” with your nutrition, is dumb….

Nutrition
How to Create A Fat Loss Meal Plan
Nutrition
How to Create A Fat Loss Meal Plan

First we need to define and differentiate the different kinds of diets you can follow…

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
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

Lifestyle
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back
Lifestyle
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back

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

Lifestyle
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
Intuitive Eating Sounds Great, But What If I Still Want To Lose Weight?
Coaching
Intuitive Eating Sounds Great, But What If I Still Want To Lose Weight?

“Can’t I just eat ‘intuitively’ and lose weight?” I have been asked this too many…

Coaching
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?
Hormones
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?

Do High Cortisol Levels Prevent Fat Loss From Occurring? [Research Review] Cortisol is a glucocorticoid…

Hormones
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
Sleep = Results Part 2
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results Part 2

 So we talked about sleep and why it directly links to your results in the…

Lifestyle
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners
guides
Low FODMAP Diet Guide For Beginners

Low FODMAP Diet? What is that and could it help you get to the bottom…

guides
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
How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!
Nutrition
How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!

Paleo, paleo, paleo… Paleo is everywhere now! But really, what is paleo? Is it even…

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

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

Nutrition
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
Mini Cuts… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?
Nutrition
Mini Cuts… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?

Can you seriously lose 8-10lbs in 6-8 weeks, without destroying your hormones and binge eating…

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
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
11 Things to Step Up Your Diet Game
Nutrition
11 Things to Step Up Your Diet Game

1.)  Water.  I put this as number one because it is obvious but not done…

Nutrition
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
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
[Daily Dose] The Pursuit of Fulfillment
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Pursuit of Fulfillment

The Pursuit of Fulfillment Someone asked me on my IG story Q&A the other day,…

Daily Dose
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
[Daily Dose] Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining.

Watering Your Lawn While It’s Raining. Have you ever heard this analogy? Or even worse,…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Patience, Persistence, & Positive People.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Patience, Persistence, & Positive People.

Patience, Persistence, & Positive People. If there was ever a formula for success… this is…

Daily Dose
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
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
[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
[Daily Dose] 9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success

9 Habits That Increase Dietary Success When it comes to ACTUALLY seeing success from your…

Daily Dose
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
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…

Why I’m not losing any weight… This is me being totally transparent… And my nutrition…

Daily Dose
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
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
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
[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
[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
September Research Roundup (Alcohol & Fat Loss/Performance, Intermittent Fasting)
Nutrition
September Research Roundup (Alcohol & Fat Loss/Performance, Intermittent Fasting)

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

Nutrition
The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)
Nutrition
The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)

Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming!! – The first time I read that I can…

Nutrition
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
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
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 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

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

Training
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
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

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

Lifestyle
Superfoods (Fact or Fiction?)
Nutrition
Superfoods (Fact or Fiction?)

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

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
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
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
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]
Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]

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

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
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
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?
Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

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

Nutrition
The Ultimate Guide To Cardio For Fat Loss
Fat Loss
The Ultimate Guide To Cardio For Fat Loss

Cardio For Fat Loss This article is more than likely the most in-depth AND practically…

Fat Loss
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
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
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
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
Relationship Status : "Dieting"
Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?

WTF is President’s Day…? Yesterday, one of my employees texted me asking if we had…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.

Gratitude Is MOTIVATION. People are constantly seeking things to motivate them more… You probably do…

Daily Dose
[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
[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
"The Begging Bowl"
Lifestyle
"The Begging Bowl"

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

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
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
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
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
[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
Take Advantage of Our Personal Trainer App with These 13 Tips
Training
Take Advantage of Our Personal Trainer App with These 13 Tips

When someone, i.e. you, wants to decrease their body fat, increase their strength or muscle…

Training
How Hormones Influence Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Fat Loss
How Hormones Influence Fat Loss and Muscle Growth

Achieving your fitness goals, whether it’s shedding unwanted fat or gaining lean muscle, goes beyond…

Fat Loss
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
Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting

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

Nutrition
My Interview on – ‘The Easy Wins Healthy Lifestyle Podcast’
Nutrition
My Interview on – ‘The Easy Wins Healthy Lifestyle Podcast’

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

Nutrition
How To Lean Bulk Properly (Build Muscle, Without Gaining Fat)
Nutrition
How To Lean Bulk Properly (Build Muscle, Without Gaining Fat)

Table of Contents What Is A Lean Bulk? What Is Dirty Bulking? Who Should Lean…

Nutrition
[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
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
Finding Your Protein Flavor
Nutrition
Finding Your Protein Flavor

What is Protein Powder Good For? Intense workouts cause damage to our muscles and we…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…

They Thought They Took Steroids… This is probably the most remarkable study ever done inside…

Daily Dose
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
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
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know

Intermittent Fasting… Talk about a dietary can of worms! Typical bodybuilders and “Meat Heads” hate…

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
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
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
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
Boom Boom’s Fat Loss Secrets
Lifestyle
Boom Boom’s Fat Loss Secrets

As a fitness and health professional, it is a crucial must to know everything there…

Lifestyle
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
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
[Daily Dose] The 10 Nutrition Commandments.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Nutrition Commandments.

The 10 Nutrition Commandments. Like I told you on yesterday… I’m bringing you the 10…

Daily Dose
"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
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

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

Nutrition
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
[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.

Growth must be forced. This is going to be short, to the point, and powerful…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.

Why you hate Monday. Hating Monday is a sign that you have a lack of…

Daily Dose
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.
Nutrition
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.

Fad diets do work, at first. And then the results slowly taper off until they…

Nutrition
A Simple Guide To Women’s Health (FAQ)
Nutrition
A Simple Guide To Women’s Health (FAQ)

When it comes to writing nutrition plans, we at TCM believe that everyone deserves an…

Nutrition
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]
Nutrition
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]

So you’re growing a human (or maybe thinking about growing a human) and therefore, you’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
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
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
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.

You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose. This actually comes straight out of a…

Daily Dose
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.
Coaching
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.

It’s tough for us to say, but we will all someday be dead. Finished. Non-existent….

Coaching
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]
Nutrition
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]

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

Nutrition
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
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
[Daily Dose] Crucial conversations.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Crucial conversations.

Crucial conversations. This is the title of a book (i.e. Crucial Conversations) that I’ve read…

Daily Dose
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
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] 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A man going trough his rever dieting documents on an iMac
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]
guides
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]

Reverse Dieting is a subject that gets talked about A LOT… and for good reason….

guides
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
[Daily Dose] The Greats and YOU… Are the same.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Greats and YOU… Are the same.

The Greats and YOU… Are the same. Here’s some crazy facts for you, to show…

Daily Dose
[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
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
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
[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
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
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results
Nutrition
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results

Most of us are doing many little things throughout the day and week that are…

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
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
Can I Exercise with a Muscle Strain?
Science
Can I Exercise with a Muscle Strain?

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

Science
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
The Complete Guide To Using Cluster Sets (What? Why? How?)
guides
The Complete Guide To Using Cluster Sets (What? Why? How?)

Cluster Sets are a training method that has been around for a VERY long period…

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

“So what is the best diet?” A question I’ve heard many times and if you…

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
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
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
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
How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]
Nutrition
How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]

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

Nutrition
Overfeeding and Weight Gain (What Science Says About Our Metabolic Processes)
Nutrition
Overfeeding and Weight Gain (What Science Says About Our Metabolic Processes)

The fear of gaining weight is real. People who have lost a large amount of…

Nutrition
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
The Repeated Bout Effect (Is Muscle Damage A Good Thing…?)
Science
The Repeated Bout Effect (Is Muscle Damage A Good Thing…?)

What is the repeated bout effect? The repeated bout effect (RBE) occurs when a single…

Science
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
The Liver Detox Diet (Not Your Average ‘Quick Fix’Detox)
Lifestyle
The Liver Detox Diet (Not Your Average ‘Quick Fix’Detox)

The liver is the main organ in charge of detoxification. It constantly “clears out” toxins…

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

  Understanding Your Neurotype Table of Contents What is Neurotype Training? Who Should Use Neurotype…

Coaching
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
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”

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

Daily Dose
Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Being Present… Happiness.
Lifestyle
Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Being Present… Happiness.

    I’ve had many people tell me that I never get mad, I’m always…

Lifestyle
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
How Your Testosterone Levels Impact Muscle Growth
Hormones
How Your Testosterone Levels Impact Muscle Growth

Table of Contents Introduction: Understanding the role of testosterone in muscle growth The science of…

Hormones
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
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
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
[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
[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
[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
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
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques
Training
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques

How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques What happens when you feel your…

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