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

March 3, 2020
Written by Lisa Franz

18 minute read

Key takeaways

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The mind muscle connection has not only been proven effective, but experience as trainers shows us people FEEL better and more engaged when it's a priority.

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A good mind muscle connection may help improve imbalances and avoid injuries when training.

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Whether your goal is strength, fat loss or hypertrophy - having a good mind muscle connection will be helpful in your pursuit.

When it comes to increasing muscle mass and getting stronger, there are a number of strategies. Most focus on training and nutrition.

Undoubtedly the most important factors.

But particularly when you want to build up strength, many overlook an important component.

The Mind Muscle Connection – an invisible connection between body and mind that you can train very consciously if you want to become stronger.

→ But what actually is the Mind Muscle Connection?

→ Why should you train your Mind Muscle Connection?

→ How you can maximize your training success with just minimal adjustments.

→ Why a good Mind Muscle Connection results in more fun and enjoyment in training.

→ How to train and improve the Mind Muscle Connection in a targeted manner.

So let’s begin…

What is the Mind Muscle Connection?

If you focus on lifting heavy in order to build up muscle strength and you are eating at maintenance or in a surplus with sufficient amounts of protein, you are already doing some things right.

However, many people forget what muscle power actually is. 

The theory is: More muscle mass = more strength

This equation is not entirely wrong. If you build muscle mass, you increase the strength potential of your body.

Nonetheless, another important question is: how do we use this potential or how does that strength get activated? The answer is simple: through will power (i.e. mind muscle connection).

It is you/your mind, who coordinates the muscle fibers, who regulates the build-up of tension and therefore decides on the development and output of strength.

That means, putting out muscle strength is primarily a skill.

It is the ability of your mind to use the already existing potential and to give the relevant structures the appropriate instructions.

The Mind Muscle Connection is the link between mind and muscle. 

It is one of the main differences between beginners and advanced athletes.

Why you should train your Mind Muscle Connection?

If you train and consciously promote the connection between mind and muscles, you will benefit from a whole range of advantages. Some of them may surprise you.

Here are the 5 essential advantages of a good mind muscle connection at a glance (explanations follow):

  1. Improved muscle coordination
  2. Improved self-awareness and control
  3. Compensation for asymmetries
  4. Better hyper- irradiation
  5. More fun, joy and motivation in your training

Let us now take a closer look at the individual advantages.

1. Better Muscle Coordination

Every movement of the body follows the instructions of your mind.

The control center, the brain, sends the instructions to the muscles via the central nervous system (CNS). This connection between mind and body, like all other structures in our body, is strengthened through use and weakened through neglect.

A poorly trained Mind Muscle Connection means that individual muscles cannot be coordinated properly, which leads to sloppy movement and wastes of strength. In addition to that, muscles that are ‘poorly tied in’ often “refuse” to grow.

An average person only uses 20-25% of the strength of their muscles because the muscles involved in the respective movement cannot be properly coordinated. (1)

There are basically two different types of muscle coordination:

→ Intramuscular coordination: The cooperation of the muscle fibers within a muscle.

→ Intermuscular coordination: the cooperation of the muscles with each other.

Both types of coordination are important in order to be able to carry out a movement well on the one hand and to develop as much power as possible on the other.

Poor coordination is often seen in squats, for example, when the knees of a beginner begin to slide inwards or the upper body is unstable.

Incorrect movement patterns like this, are a sign that the individual muscle fibers and muscle groups are not pulling together and therefore are not coordinated properly.

As a result, both strength and growth potential are lost.

Essentially, you getting stronger depends on two things:

  1. An increase in muscle mass
  2. An improvement in coordination.

Building muscle mass is energetically a very costly process for your body. From an evolutionary perspective, your body prefers to store energy rather than use it unnecessarily, because for our ancestors that was crucial for survival.

Your body therefore technically always prefers to improve coordination first. 

Of course, the more frequently we perform a movement, the better the muscles involved are coordinated, which results in a more powerful and also ‘healthier’ movement.

In the case of an improperly coordinated movement, support or stabilization muscles partially take over the part of the main muscles, which can lead to overloads much faster.

That means, always work on technique first before adding too much load to a lift.

2. Better Self-Awareness and Control

The more the body and mind work together, the better the self-perception develops.

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: “You need to put your mind in the muscle.”

Particularly people new to resistance training often have problems feeling the target muscle of a movement. They may perform a lat pulldown and may feel the biceps at most, but not the back muscles or lats in particular.

But the basic rule is:

If you don’t feel a muscle working, it probably won’t be stimulated to the full extent. (3)

This rule becomes more important, the more the training experience increases.

At the beginning, the muscles will still grow due to the large unused potential even if you don’t feel that connection. But unless you train the Mind Muscle Connection and learn to “feel” into your muscles this progress slowly rather quickly. An improved Mind Muscle Connection means that you target individual muscles more directly and thus can train more intensively.

3. More Muscle Symmetry

Almost everyone has to deal with asymmetries. Usually one side is stronger and more muscular than the other.

This is because we usually favor one side of our body for our day to day activities and this side usually automatically has a better mind muscle connection.

How to compensate for asymmetries:

→ Incorporate unilateral exercises, train with free weights, such as dumbbells or kettlebells instead of only using barbells or machines. This way you can avoid that the stronger side supports the weaker side. When doing such exercises, always make sure that you only do as many repetitions with the stronger side as you do on the weaker side and that the stronger side “waits” for the weaker side and does not rush. If you do one side after the other, do the weaker side before the stronger side when your CNS is still ‘fresh’.

→ Deliberately use the weaker side more frequently in everyday life. For example try to use your weaker arm in everyday activities like lifting a box, opening a door, eating or brushing your teeth . This will help improve the Mind Muscle Connection on this side and therefore help assimilate both sides.

Overall: An improved mind muscle connection helps to compensate for asymmetries.

4. Better Hyper-Irradiation

What the heck is hyper-irradiation (2)? It sounds like rocket science, but it’s basically a fancy word for “full body tension”.

The premise is that the more muscles are involved in a movement, the more power you can develop. 

You can test the hyper-irradiation effect very nicely at home. Let’s do an experiment:

Step 1:

→ Grab a sturdy bar with one hand and tension your grip as hard as possible.

→ Just consciously concentrate on tensing the forearm muscles and deliberately remove any tension from all other muscles. Try to keep your legs, stomach, back, shoulders and upper arms as relaxed as possible and only press them down with the strength of your forearms.

Step 2:

→ Do the same experiment again, but this time take an upright position.

→ Consciously contract as many muscles as possible. (“maximum body tension”)

→ Tense your legs, buttocks and stomach to have a stable, strong position and consciously use your back muscles, shoulders and upper arm muscles when pushing.

→ Direct the energy from the entire body into your hands via the forearms and grip as firmly as you can.

You will immediately feel that you can develop much more power. This effect is called hyper-irradiation.

The force (i.e. the tension) is transferred from other muscles to the actual main “moving” muscles. This means that all muscles that are consciously activated support each other.

The better the Mind Muscle Connection is developed, the more muscles you can be included in a movement and the greater the tension built up. More tension means more strength.

At the same time, the additional tense muscles improve stability during movement, which means that you protect yourself more from injuries.

An improved mind muscle connection leads to a greater use of the hyper-irritation effect and thus to more strength and stability.

5. More Fun, Enjoyment and Motivation For Your Training

We have already covered quite a few benefits of an improved Mind Muscle Connection for the development of strength and muscle mass. This one however, is the most important point in my opinion:

By training the connection between mind and muscles, you inevitably focus completely on your workout or at least a lot more than you would otherwise. 

It is impossible to think of what you might buy at the grocery store while paying attention to the movement and contraction of individual muscles.

When you are fully committed to trying to contract as many muscles as possible, to feel the movement, your thoughts are completely in the here and now. The only thing you think about is coping with the challenges you set yourself in training.

That is the moment when you are in the flow and forget all worries and problems of your everyday life.

With this, training becomes even more fulfilling and an opportunity where you can zone out and just have some “you time”..

I believe that anyone who finds their “zone” in training will be much more motivated to stick with their training long term, because it becomes a “necessity”, “happy place” or at least “safe zone” for them.

Some days it’s harder to “stay in the zone” than others (especially because we all have a million things going on”), but in order to make your training a fulfilling part of your life and to get the most out of it, try to be present as much as you can.

 If you want to learn more about schemes that can help you end training boredom check out this blog HERE.

Key facts – Why you should train your Mind Muscle Connection:

→ To be able to coordinate your muscles better and therefore be able to generate more strength.

→ To target individual muscles and therefore be able to train more intensely in your compound lifts later on.

→ To work on asymmetries.

→ To improve the hyper-irradiation and therefore generate more strength and stability.

→ To get into ‘the zone’ in your training and increase motivation and enjoyment in your training.

Now that you know the main benefits of a well-developed mind muscle connection, it’s time to take action.

How to Train the Mind Muscle Connection

Lisa grabbing DB's
Building muscle and having this awareness doesn’t change (with importance) between male and female lifters!

I have already touched on the most important thing that can improve your mind-muscle connection: Being completely ‘in the zone’ and consciously feeling the movement and contraction of the individual muscles.

Consciously tightening both, the target muscle and the support muscles.

This is primarily a question of practice.

The more often you concentrate, consciously contract individual muscles and include as many muscles as possible in an exercise, the more efficient your Mind Muscle Connection will become.

I already mentioned it at the beginning: it is a skill. Practice the skill and you will improve automatically.

To expand on that though, I will now show you four training tools with which you can train the Mind Muscle Connection even more targeted:

  1. Peak contraction
  2. Static exercises exercises
  3. Isolation
  4. Posing

Let’s go through them one by one.

1. Peak Contraction

Peak contraction helps you to improve the interaction of the individual muscles.

Briefly stop a movement at the top point, then tense all muscles as tight as possible.

In a Pull up for example, it would look like this: You stop the movement shortly after your chin has passed the bar and then consciously tense all muscles. When deadlifting and squatting, this point corresponds to the upright position.

By consciously contracting all muscles, you improve your ability to include as many muscles as possible in one movement. So you are training to make better use of the hyper-irradiation effect described above.

Using the peak contraction method costs more energy than performing the exercise ‘normally’. Because of that you might be able to do fewer repetitions overall. Use this technique targeted and not arbitrary.

For example limit yourself to two sets per session and use them specifically with compound lifts and at the end of your training.

2. Static Exercises

Static exercises, such as the plank, can have a similar effect to the peak contraction method, if executed properly.

During static exercises, you also focus on getting all muscles to work together at the same time, which obviously improves inter-muscular coordination.

However, many people try to do the exercise as effortlessly as possible in order to be able to hold the position longer. This makes a static exercise lose its actual function.

Let’s take a look at the correct version using the example of the plank:

Static exercises – technical example: Plank

Notes:

→ Your back should be in a stable, neutral position. That means you neither round it nor hold it in an arched position.

→ Your head is in a neutral position.

→ Your legs and butt are tightly squeezed.

→ Tip: try to move your toes and elbows towards each other (but without actually moving them) – this will increase your overall tension.

That means: Efficiency is not the focus here! Static exercise are not done to save as much energy as possible – on the contrary – with as much body tension as possible. (5)

Only that way will they help you improve Mind Muscle Connection (especially the interaction of the muscle groups) and the entire stabilization muscles of your body.

Static Exercises – How to Choose and Use the Right Exercise

Aside form the plank, there are many other effective static bodyweight exercises that can help you improve Mind-Muscle Connection

For example:

→ Side planks

→ Reverse Planks 

→ Superman holds

→ L-Sit

→ Squat Hold 

→ Frontlever

→ Backlever

→ Handstand hold

How to implement them:

→ Perform one of these exercises or a variation of it at the end of your workout for a total of 3 sets.

→ Hold for as long as possible with maximal body tension.

→ Write down the length of time that you were able to perform the exercise well to see progress over time.

→ If you can hold an exercise for longer than 30 seconds, you could switch to a more difficult variation for example by lifting an arm or a leg when you are in plank position.

3. Isolation Exercises

Now it gets a bit confusing, because the techniques mentioned so far aim to promote the interaction of the muscles and to better utilize the hyper-irradiation effect. They are anti-isolation techniques, so to speak.

Then why can isolation exercises help you strengthen the Mind Muscle Connection?

Simply put: Everyone has muscular imbalances or weaknesses. Isolation exercises are one way of dealing with your weak points.

Isolation exercises works in two ways:

→ They train the targeted muscle directly

→ They train the Mind Muscle Connection of the isolated muscle, so that you can include it more easily in compound lifts.

Here is an example:

Suppose you had problems increasing your back musculature.

One of the best exercises for a strong back is the pull-up.

Many people, especially beginners, say that they can’t feel their back properly during the exercise and therefore pull more with their arms. By the way, the same problem often occurs with the lat pulldown.

At this point I would like to remind you of the basic rule from above: If you do not feel a muscle, it is likely not sufficiently stimulated.

In order to solve the problem, you can train your back in isolation, for example with the exercise “lat pulldown with straight arms”. Concentrating consciously on the contraction of your lats. Perform the exercise slowly and see where you can feel the contraction. You can also get a trainer or friend to ‘touch’ the lats so that you know where you are supposed to feel the exercise.

The Mind Muscle Connection in the back musculature will gradually improve, so that you can engage it properly in a pull up as well.

When performing an isolation exercise, a very high focus is the key to success.

Isolation exercises – How to use them correctly:

→ Add isolation exercises at the end of your workout to enhance mind muscle connection or at the beginning of your workout to stimulate and “feel” the targeted muscle better.

→ Concentrate on the contraction of the trained muscles – load is less important here (if at all)

→ Often times higher reps can help you ‘feel the muscle” better, as it might take a while for you to form that connection.

If you want to learn more about how to create the perfect training program for yourself check out this blog HERE.

4. Posing

Conscious posing is totally underestimated, because it is an excellent way to train your Mind Muscle Connection. You may laugh at people that check their biceps in the mirror, but if you do it right, you can learn to contract certain muscles through posing. This also makes it easier for you to contract these muscles during training.

This can be done in two ways:

→ You activate individual muscles and achieve a similar effect as with an isolation exercise

→ You activate multiple muscles in combination and improve intra-muscular coordination that way.

In any case, posing is a worthwhile technique with which you learn to control your body better.

The advantage is that with the exception of a mirror, you don’t need any other aids. Therefore, you can even practice at home, within your own four walls.

You don’t need any specific instructions for this. You can simply try to use either technique whenever you please. Concentrate on the contraction and feel how it feels. This is what will train the Mind Muscle Connection the most. (4)

If you are considering doing a bodybuilding competition check out this blog HERE on what to expect.

Key facts –  This is how you can train the Mind Muscle Connection:

→ Peak contraction – Stop the movement at the highest point, then tighten all muscles as much as possible.

→ Static exercises – Instead of performing the exercise as effortlessly as possible, focus on maximum body tension.

→ Isolation Exercises – incorporate in higher reps with light loads before your workout as an activation or after your workout to really ‘feel’ the connection

→ Posing – When you pose, you learn to specifically activate certain muscles. This makes it easier for you to contract these muscles even more during training.


Summary

The Mind Muscle Connection is one of the most important skills for building strength and muscle mass and for creating and keeping a training routine which is fun and keeps you motivated. It is one of the crucial differences between beginners and advanced athletes.

If your training progress has stalled or you have lost your motivation for training, focusing more on Mind Muscle Connection could be the missing piece of the puzzle for you. Ultimately, every athlete, probably actually every person, benefits from a better working mind muscle connection, because basically all it means is ‘good body control’.

A well-trained Mind Muscle Connection gives you control and a deep connection to the only “thing” that accompanies you all your physical life.

I think it deserves your attention! 🙂

If you need a little extra help with a training program check out our membership site, The Tailored Trainer.


Resources:
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14998709
  2. https://sunwarrior.com/blogs/health-hub/hyper-irradiation-instantly-increase-strength-mobility
  3. https://bretcontreras.com/wp-content/uploads/Attentional-Focus-for-Maximizing-Muscle-Development-The-Mind-Muscle-Connection.pdf
  4. https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/4-tips-to-help-train-your-brain-massive-gains-mind-muscle-connection.html
  5. https://www.marathonfitness.de/mind-muscle-connection/
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)
Lifestyle
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)

That’s a bold statement… the world’s GREATEST morning routine. But in all honesty, I truly…

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

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

Lifestyle
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
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

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

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

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

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
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
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
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 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
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
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
10 Ways To Kill Cravings
Nutrition
10 Ways To Kill Cravings

When you’re on a diet, one of the most annoying things you’re going to come…

Nutrition
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15

As many of you probably know, the “Freshman 15” is very real. In fact, the…

Nutrition
The Truth About Gluten
Nutrition
The Truth About Gluten

The biggest question on gluten… Should we avoid it? Or is the media hype on…

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
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
Never Give Up
Lifestyle
Never Give Up

Sometimes waiting to reach our goal can feel like an eternity, especially when that goal…

Lifestyle
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
[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
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
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
"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
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
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere
Training
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere

When it comes to training there are so many aspects to think about, especially if…

Training
The Most Avoided, Neglected, and NEEDED Concept of Training & Nutrition
Nutrition
The Most Avoided, Neglected, and NEEDED Concept of Training & Nutrition

Recovery… The least sexy topic in the industry? The most misunderstood topic in the industry?…

Nutrition
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.
Nutrition
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.

  Fasting before cardio will burn more body fat. Plain and simple, this is just…

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
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
Max Muscle Blueprint Pt. 2 (Nutrition & Supplementation)
Nutrition
Max Muscle Blueprint Pt. 2 (Nutrition & Supplementation)

So you read part 1 of the ‘Max Muscle Blueprint’ and learned everything you needed…

Nutrition
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
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
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 I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big
Lifestyle
What I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big

Things that take hard work, scare you quite a bit, push you further and harder…

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

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

Nutrition
Your Easy-To-Implement Low FODMAP Diet Guide
Nutrition
Your Easy-To-Implement Low FODMAP Diet Guide

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

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
[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
The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Training Under The Influence
Training
Training Under The Influence

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

Training
"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
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
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
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
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
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
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
CLAIMING MY POWER. [Day 3 & 4, Resurrection Week]

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

Lifestyle
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
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
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
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 Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate… might just be our favorite supplement.  Why? Well, because we can recommend it…

Nutrition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make
Nutrition
Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make

CrossFit is an incredibly demanding sport and taxing on the body. A combination of pure…

Nutrition
The Validity Of Macro Based Diets
Nutrition
The Validity Of Macro Based Diets

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?
Nutrition
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?

Caffeine can help you burn fat… But wait it can mess with your adrenal glands……

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
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
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
[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
"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
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
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
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
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)
Nutrition
Dad Bod Epidemic (10 Steps To Avoiding The Dad Bod)

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

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

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

Nutrition
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 Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm
Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm

The Recovery Paradigm, something not many talk about – yet 100% of people are affected…

Lifestyle
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
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
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
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

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

Training
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

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

Lifestyle
Hormones 101 (What You Need To Know)
Physiology
Hormones 101 (What You Need To Know)

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

Physiology
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
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
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
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
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
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

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

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
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

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

Coaching
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
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
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

Lifestyle
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
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 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
[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
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
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
"Post College Party Pouch"- Losing Weight After College
Nutrition
"Post College Party Pouch"- Losing Weight After College

College is full of beer, parties and cheap microwave dinners and although that may sound…

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
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
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]
Nutrition
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]

Human Optimization is a word that’s thrown around a lot today. Some say it’s being…

Nutrition
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
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

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

Training
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)
Lifestyle
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)

What is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best way to eat to…

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
[GUIDE] How To Create The Most Effective Full Body Training Program
Training
[GUIDE] How To Create The Most Effective Full Body Training Program

Full Body vs. Split Training…? Which is better? This question has been answered by 1,000,000…

Training
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
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition
Nutrition
Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition

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

Nutrition
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
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 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
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
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
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

Nutrition
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

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

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
The Simplicity Of Success
Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
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 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
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

Lifestyle
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
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
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters
Nutrition
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters

Meal timing was a HUGE thing in the fitness, health and nutrition industry for a…

Nutrition
The Pursuit Of Happiness: 5 Steps to a Happier Lifestyle
Lifestyle
The Pursuit Of Happiness: 5 Steps to a Happier Lifestyle

Sometimes the most important thing in life is to simply just be a good person……

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is a Carb a Carb? Do Nutrients Matter? How much do I need?
Nutrition
Is a Carb a Carb? Do Nutrients Matter? How much do I need?

Is a carb a carb? Does it matter where we get our macronutrients? Or is…

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
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
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
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
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com
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
[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
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
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
[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design
Training
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What Motivates You?
Lifestyle
What Motivates You?

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

Lifestyle
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
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

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

Nutrition
EPISODE 3: The Successful Mindset & Attitude
Lifestyle
EPISODE 3: The Successful Mindset & Attitude

Two weeks down…. Only ten more to go. Damn… TEN?! I think time has slowed…

Lifestyle
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
11 Life Changing Facts About Intermittent Fasting

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
[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
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
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
A Day in The Not So Average Life – VLOG Ep.2
Lifestyle
A Day in The Not So Average Life – VLOG Ep.2

For a chance to start your 30 day transformation, visit the links below! The 30…

Lifestyle
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
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide
Nutrition
The Ultimate Evidence Based Supplement Guide

I decided to write this blog for one reason – bring the most commonly asked…

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

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

Nutrition
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
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat
Nutrition
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat

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

Nutrition

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