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3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat

June 26, 2018
Written by cody

What is Mobility?

 

If your goal is fat loss, you NEED to incorporate mobility training into your life right now and I’m going to show you why it’s so essential (contrary to what most may believe). Before we dive into why it’s so important for fat loss, let’s define it.

Mobility is being able to move easily and freely through space. To further add onto that, active mobility is being able to move to a certain end-range of motion without the assistance of bands, other people, or any other supporting mechanism. That means having control, strength, and stability as you move while actively maintaining that range of motion. So if resistance were placed upon your body in those end ranges, like gravity for instance, you’d be able to maintain that position without compensating with other parts of your body.

Simply put: mobility is strength and strength is mobility.

Here’s an example: active hamstring mobility. If you laid on your back and lifted one leg up as high as you could, that’s your true active hamstring mobility. If someone helps you get it farther, now we’re moving into passive hamstring mobility because you can’t get to that end-range of motion on your own without assistance.

Without knowing your true range of motion capability you’re likely to compensate in a lot of movements that require hamstring mobility like hinged based movements. Take a Romanian deadlift for example, dumbbells or a barbell. If you go past your actual end-range in your hamstring mobility you’re likely to compensate by rounding your shoulders or your lower back to continue to get farther in that movement. (We’ll dive into why compensation is a no go in a sec – for now, back to fat loss)

Why’s Mobility Important for Fat Loss?

 

So now that we know what mobility is, let’s dive into the top 3 reasons you need mobility to burn more fat:

1.) Injury Mitigation & Longevity

The first and most important reason I want you to remember, is injury mitigation. Having mobility is going to allow you to move throughout your range of motions with control and stability decreasing the risk that you’ll get hurt. When compensating RDL movement by rounding the lower spine, you’re putting a huge external load on your lower back which can eventually lead to be back injury.

Depending on the severity of the injury you could be unable to do certain movements, or ANY movements at all. You can’t do sprints or rotate and throw stuff if your lower back is a hot mess. With that in mind, at that point your fat loss journey can take a serious halt. And if you’re lacking mobility in multiple areas, the injuries will just keep happening. Compensation injuries don’t show themselves sometimes for years. Yes, YEARS. You could be moving a certain way for a long time and see no problems. At some point though, those compensations due to lack of mobility WILL catch up to you. And because you’ve moved a certain way for so long, it’ll be that much harder to change. Then, if you keep getting hurt, you’re likely to get frustrated and may even want to quit.

But, if we can mitigate the risk for this to happen, why not start now?

Why not decrease the likelihood that we’ll tear ligaments, sprain or blow out joints?

Why not increase our ability to move better and lose fat long-term?

Why not decrease our potential to be in pain?

EVERYONE hates pain. It doesn’t matter if you’re squatting 400 pounds or 40 pounds, everyone hates pain.

At the end of the day, the short-term changes we experience with fat loss are just that, short-term. If you don’t have proper mobility, you won’t be able to see those changes long-term. You’ll keep restarting after an injury, you’ll keep having to fire yourself up to start your journey again. For this reason alone, mobility should be HIGH priority on your list if you’re trying to lose fat.

I’ll be honest though, if you asked me about mobility two years ago I would have scratched my head and said: “what’s that?”. I lived a life of sedentary behavior in front of a computer screen playing video games and studying day after day after day sitting. I was out of shape, immobile, and it only got worse when I started doing HIIT everyday for a year. I would do HIIT, barely cooldown or stretch, shower, and go right back to my studies or more video games. I became this tight, immobile, quarter squatting king that was in incredible cardiovascular shape, but couldn’t really move. To this day I’m reversing 10 years of inactivity followed by that year of intense HIIT. I was in pain. I didn’t practice mobility training at all.

Don’t be me. If you’re not in pain and you don’t practice mobility training, somewhere down the line you could be. Be proactive, not reactive. Don’t wait for that pain to show it’s ugly head and delay your fat loss journey to start incorporating mobility into your life. Start NOW.

2.) Burn More Calories

Lifting weights is going to be key for burning fat, we know that. On top of that, the MORE muscle fibers we recruit through a movement, the more our body has to work to move that weight. If our body is doing more work, what’s going to happen?

More calories will be burned.

Our energy expenditure per session in the gym is going to go up so we’re getting a better bang for our buck if we can recruit more muscle fibers with each exercise. The bigger our range of motion is per exercise, the more muscle fibers we’ll see recruited. So if we can squat and lunge deeper, we’ll be increasing the amount of work required to get back up thus, we’ll burn more calories. Here’s the thing though….

You need adequate mobility to do all those things.

If your true end-range in those two movements is lacking, you’re decreasing your potential calorie burn per session. Don’t get me wrong, quarter squats have their place, but if you’re intention IS NOT to quarter squat, and your intention IS to do a full squat and burn more fat, you’re just not going to do it as effectively without mobility. Your brain will literally prevent your muscle fibers from being stretched at that deep end range of motion because it knows you won’t be able to handle any external load there. I’m echoing Hunter Cook, a renowned mobility specialist, who spoke about mobility in relation to how your brain allows or doesn’t allow you to move into certain end ranges. Hear more about that and more mobility concepts in his interview with Moving Well Podcast HERE.

3.) Build Muscle

If we can increase our mobility, we can stretch our muscles to new end ranges. If we can stretch our muscles to new end ranges we are going to build more muscle in more places. Building more muscle in more places increases your fat-burning potential because your body now needs to work harder to recruit a larger pool of muscles than before to move that weight! However this higher muscle mass to fat ratio is not just relevant for the gym.

Carrying more muscle on your body day-to-day will also increase your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) contributing more to your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE). TDEE is a combination of everything you do in a day to burn calories. Muscle tissue contributes upwards of 20% to TDEE while fat tissue only contributes 5%. That’s a HUGE gap. The more muscle you have, the greater energy you burn daily doing everyday activities, thus increasing your potential fat-burning capability long term.

So if you’re trying to lose fat, build muscle. If you want to build more muscle, build your mobility. Simple as that.

Now that we know the importance of mobility, where do we start? Before we can improve, we need a baseline. We need to see where we are before we can know where to go. These are some tests for common limitations I see in my own clients, but know that you are not the same as everyone else. Be curious and discover your body and the limitations it may or may not have. That curiosity will be key in your longevity! I would recommend filming yourself doing each of them, or having a friend help you!

Assessments

Ankle Mobility Screen + Fix 

Dr. John Rusin is a renowned strength coach around the world and has an amazing article and video series on fixing ankle mobility once you’ve identified which issues you may or may not be having.

https://drjohnrusin.com/the-5-step-ankle-fix/

Overhead Squat Test + Modification

Derrick Price goes through an overhead squat test with great explanations for what you want to look for while the test is going on. He points common compensations that can show where you’re tight or lacking mobility.

https://youtu.be/Ohz1MSv6leU

Hip Internal and External Rotation Test

Squat University is one of the best resources online for improving your squat and saying safe doing so. Dr. Horschig goes through the Craig Test for internal and external rotation of the hips, two essential abilities you need in your hips to squat. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xvF_uWMxNQ

Thoracic Rotation Test + Fixes

Dr. C goes through an easy thoracic rotation test explaining why you need it. The test can easily be modified by using a broom instead of the PVC pipe that she has in the video. She then takes you through some great mobility exercises to begin to open up that tissue and get it rotating effectively!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaRDxPP49MA

Shoulder Flexion Test

If you’re doing any type of overhead pressing, this is a key screening. In a pass/fail manner you can see immediately if you need to work on your shoulder mobility overhead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EepcQGLioA 

Internal and External Rotation Shoulder Test

Here we’re going to be using the Apley’s Scratch Test to see screen your internal and external shoulder mobility. The video includes ways of scoring your own mobility as well providing a great metric for progress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrOKZLkJSeo

Incorporating Mobility Into Your Life

 

Now that you know where you are and where you need to be, the next thing to remember is: mobility training takes time.

For sure keep hitting the gym, keep lifting weights continuing your journey with fat loss. But, along the way be cognizant of your mobility, continue to open up your muscles, and strengthen them once you achieve that new end-range.

The two best areas to start, in my opinion, are your most mobile joints: your hips and your shoulders. Being ball and socket joints they can move in any direction giving them the most innate instability and potential weakness in supporting muscles if not trained properly.

Remember: mobility is not just flexibility, it’s strength as well.

I’ve included a mobility flow of my own for shoulders and linked another mobility specialist, Ian Markow, who shows a really great 90-90 hip mobility flow.

Shoulder Mobility Flow by CoachKronic

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjhvjgvF0Cn/?taken-by=coachkronic

It’s key to control your positioning with each step of the movement. You want to feel your lower traps working to maintain that holding that position at the start. If those upper traps and neck are doing the work, work on pulling your shoulder blades down to activate those lower traps. Also if you start to feel your lower back curving, or hurting, go ahead and put a rolled up mat, or pillow under your belly button to support that low spine.

Hip Mobility Flow by Ian Markow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plakp9by_as

Closing Thoughts

 

Like fat loss, mobility takes time and we need to be patient. Focus on something and improve on it everyday. Even if you just spend 5 minutes a day, that’s better than nothing. Like training, like nutrition, your mobility training NEEDS to be progressed into. Adherence is key here! Start slow and work your way into it. I’ve included some great accounts on Instagram to follow to learn how to further improve your mobility below:

https://www.instagram.com/squat_university/

https://www.instagram.com/moveu_official

https://www.instagram.com/docjenfit

https://www.instagram.com/ianmarkow

https://www.instagram.com/dr.jacob.harden

https://www.instagram.com/chungychung/

Proactivity, not Reactivity, is the key to mitigating risk of injury and getting the most out of your training sessions in the gym. Don’t wait for pain, an injury, or limitations to come creeping out of the woodwork. Put mobility up in your priority list to keep burning fat long-term, keep striving for your goals long-term, and do it all pain-free.


Karon is a full time trainer and coach, working with clients privately and online. His main focus and expertise, is in quality of movement. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S., he then decided to continue down his path towards his passion and applied to the University of Pittsburgh for the Master’s program in Health and Physical Activity. He was accepted, so Karon took a leap of faith and quit his secure job to pursue his dream in fitness. His brand is titled Coach Kronic, because Karon preaches “Kronic Behavior, Kronic Results” with emphasis on taking small, consistent steps for people to get what they want out of their bodies and minds! You can find him over at https://kronic.fit/ 

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

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
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
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
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
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
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
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
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
[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
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
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
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet
Nutrition
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet

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

Nutrition
Sleep = Results
Lifestyle
Sleep = Results

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program
Training
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
Never Give Up
Lifestyle
Never Give Up

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
What Motivates You?
Lifestyle
What Motivates You?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
"Rich is not What you have, it’s Who you have beside you."
Lifestyle
"Rich is not What you have, it’s Who you have beside you."

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

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

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

Coaching
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

Lifestyle
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
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
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
[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
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
Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding [Magic or Myth?]
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding [Magic or Myth?]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had someone tell you how amazing Intermittent Fasting is? …

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

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

Nutrition
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 Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

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

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
[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
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
What’s Your "WHY"?
Lifestyle
What’s Your "WHY"?

Todays post is all about the most important question we need to ask ourselves on…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

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

Lifestyle
"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
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
The "Mini-Cut"… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?
Nutrition
The "Mini-Cut"… Secret To Fast Tracking Your Results? Or All Hype?

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

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
"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
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
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
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

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

Lifestyle
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
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
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
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

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

Training
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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
The Secret To Success
Coaching
The Secret To Success

  This weekend, I learned the secret to success. Not how the most rapid fat…

Coaching
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
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

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
[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
The Exact Breakfast For A Leaner Body [What To Eat & Why]
Nutrition
The Exact Breakfast For A Leaner Body [What To Eat & Why]

“Exactly What To Eat For Breakfast To Get A Leaner Body” Follow These Exact Breakfast…

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
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
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

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

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

Training
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm
Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm

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

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

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

Nutrition
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life
Lifestyle
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life

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

Lifestyle
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 Begging Bowl"
Lifestyle
"The Begging Bowl"

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

Lifestyle
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
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
Getting Your Period Back
Nutrition
Getting Your Period Back

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

Nutrition
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
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
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
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
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
Your Guide To Better Sleep [Why you Need it & How to Optimize it]
Lifestyle
Your Guide To Better Sleep [Why you Need it & How to Optimize it]

Proper, healthy sleep is critical in our body’s ability to recover from the daily challenges…

Lifestyle
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 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
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

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