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Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher

February 14, 2019
Written by Cody McBroom

Let’s talk about finishers.

First – what exactly IS a finisher?

You can’t beat the definition Will Levy gave:

A finisher is an exercise or sequence of exercises that should be designed to rapidly increase the workload on the cardiovascular system and/or muscular system, and with them, increase energy output.

Basically, finishers are intense bouts of exercise used to “finish off” a muscle group or workout. They’re also an endless source of Mortal Kombat finish him” jokes.

Finishers have lots of different applications:
  1. Fat Loss – Finishers are a great tool to increase total calories burned in a workout. A session composed of heavy compound lifts AND a fat burning finisher is a solid recipe for a lean, muscular physique (along with good nutrition, of course.)
  2. Muscle Growth – Finishers are great for ramping up metabolic stress. You know that burning feeling you get when you’re chasing the pump? Training like this causes metabolites to accumulate in your muscle cells, leading to cell swelling, hormonal release, and several other factors important to muscle growth. (1)(2)
  3. General Conditioning – So you’re already super lean AND jacked? First off – congrats. But finishers can still help make your workouts more effective and efficient.By improving your conditioning, you’ll be able to recover quicker between sets, and improve endurance during sets. Essentially, you’ll be able to do more work, in a shorter time period.
  4. Fun/Adherence – Straight up, a big part of training properly is being “boringly consistent” with the basics.

Finishers let you incorporate unique modalities, like strongman circuits, advanced bodybuilding techniques, or MetCons, like you’ll find in a CrossFit workout. They let you add exciting twists to your program, without falling into the “entertrainment trapprioritizing novelty exercises over results.

If you’re a coach, movements like dead bugs and face pulls are often necessary, but not always the most fun for your clients. An intense cap that leaves their heart pounding, or a chance to blast their biceps gives clients what they want, after a session full of corrective work.

What are we waiting for?? I’m ready to be finished!

Woahh, slow down. First off, your phrasing there is just… weird.

I know finishers sound dope and you’re ready to dive right in, but in order to get jacked, lean, and all the results you want – you need to understand your training priorities.

You know those beefy dudes in the gym? You know.. the ones that say:

“Just lift some heavy ass weights bro.”

Despite their poorly articulated suggestions… they’re onto something.

See, Muscle growth is thought to be caused by three primary mechanisms:

  1. Mechanical tension – Lifting really heavy weights.
  2. Muscle damage – Adequate training stress -> muscle damage (often experienced as soreness) -> recovery -> growth
  3. Metabolic stress – Metabolite accumulation in muscle cells. (3)

Neglecting any of these mechanisms means you’re leaving gains on the table.

What the homies at the gym are trying to tell you is – finisher-style circuits are great for creating metabolic stress, but your ability to create lots of mechanical tension goes to shit.

Your best bet for building muscle is a training program focused on both increasing mechanical tension AND creating metabolic stress. Muscle damage takes care of itself when you focus on the other two mechanisms.

For best results, your training program should be based around getting stronger at the compound lifts – primarily in the 5-15 rep range.

“Also, why are your calves so small bro? Do you even…”

Yeah let’s move on. Those guys suck.

Think of your training like a pizza.

Your compound lifts with a focus on progressive overload are like the crust, sauce, and cheese. They’re essential. As long as you have these components, you have a pretty good pizza… albeit a bit bland.

Finishers are like the pepperoni and pineapple on top. (Yes pineapple. Don’t hate on me.) They’re a great finishing touch to spice things up, but they’re non-essential.

Blend them together just right, and you have EXACTLY what you’ve been looking for. The perfect (workout) pizza.

The recipe for a great training day should look something like:
  1. 3-4 compound movements, trained primarily in the 5-15 rep range, with a focus on progressive overload.
  2. 2-4 isolation exercises geared towards weaknesses.
  3. A 5-15 minute, goal specific finisher.

With me so far? Great.

So you know that other group of dudes in the gym? You know.. the ones that say:

Just go vegan bro. It’s the only way to get a lean, healthy body.

They’re also onto something… haha ok ok. I’m just playing with ya.

No need to go vegan. But really – the most important thing for fat loss is your diet. You’ll burn a lot of calories with a fat loss focused finisher. BUT, it won’t be nearly enough to “burn off” a bad diet.

So to build a lean, strong, and athletic body, your priorities are:

  1. Nutrition. Really – it’s just as important as your training. If how your nutrition strategy doesn’t align with your goals, you won’t get the results. (Lost here? Check out The Beginner’s Guide To Track Your Macros.)
  2. Spending the majority of your training focusing on improving the compound lifts in the moderate rep ranges.
  3. Have 1 & 2 on point? NOW you start focusing on things like finishers.

Ok, I have faith you’ve got your priorities straight. Let’s get into the fun stuff.

Building Your Finisher

Cody Program Designing on his MacBook
Finishers Shouldn’t Just Be Slapped Together, They Should Be Well Thought Out and Specific To The Individual.

When building your finisher, you need to:

  1. Be smart with exercise selection
  2. Make it goal specific

Let’s talk exercise selection first.

Choose low-complexity exercises. As fatigue sets in, form breaks down. Attempting highly technical exercises while super fatigued? You’re gonna have a bad time.

Say you decide to focus on your glutes and hammies with your finisher, so a “hinge” movement is in order. You know barbell deadlifts are a great exercise for your backside… but they’re also a very technical movement. Probably not ideal for a finisher.

But a kettlebell swing? That’d hit the same muscle groups, with much less risk of ruining your perfectly good spine.

Basically, try to choose exercises that aren’t very technical, or are less likely to ruin your life if you “fail”.

Simply find less complex variations of the foundational movement patterns to plug in.

Foundational Movement Patterns
  • Squat
  • Hinge
  • Lunge
  • Push
  • Pull
  • Carry/Anti-Movement

To help you out…

Your Exercise Key

(Categorized By Movement Pattern):

Squat Hinge Lunge Push Pull Carry/Anti-

Movement

Bodyweight Squat Banded Glute Bridge Reverse Lunge Band Resisted Push Up Chin-Ups Bottoms-Up Carry
TRX Assisted Squat Single Leg Glute Bridge Walking Lunge Deficit Push Up Pull-Ups Suitcase Carry
Jump Squat BB Glute Bridge Split Squat Single-Arm Bench Press Cable Row Farmer’s Carry
Goblet Squat Banded Hip Thrust Front Foot Elevated Split Squat DB Bench Variations Renegade Row Front Rack Carry
Heels Elevated Goblet Squat Single Leg Hip Thrust Deficit Reverse Lunge DB Shoulder Press Variations Inverted/TRX Rows Overhead Carry
Landmine Squat BB Hip Thrust DB Step-Ups 1/2 Kneeling Landmine Press Chest Supported Rows LLPT Planks
Single Front Rack KB Squat KB Deadlift KB Front Rack Step-Up Shoulder-To-Shoulder Landmine Press Band Pull-Apart Variations Pallof Press Variations
Banded Pulse Squat Banded RDL Lateral Step-Up 1/2 Kneeling KB Press Band Face Pull Hollow Body Hold Variations
Wall Sit Offset RDL Front-To-Back Lunge Single Arm Push Press TRX Face Pull Dead Bug Variations
Here’s some solid options for isolation work.
Glutes Hamstrings Quads Back Chest
Frog Pumps Swiss Ball Leg Curl Leg Extension Straight Arm Pull Down Cable Chest Fly
Band Lateral Walk Seated Leg Curl Sissy Squat Band Pull Down + Aparts Cable Incline Fly
Band Glute March Lying Leg Curl Hack Squat Chest Supported T-Bar Row DB Floor Fly
Banded Hip Abduction Slider Leg Curl Narrow Stance Goblet Squat Pull Down Variations DB Squeeze Press

 

Shoulders Biceps Triceps Abs Calves
DB Lateral Raise DB Incline Curls Bench Dips Cable Crunch Seated Calf Raise
Around-The-World Lateral Raise Band Hammer Curls Band Pushdowns Hanging Knee Raise Standing Calf Raise
Chest Supported DB Back Fly Zottman Curls Band Overhead Extensions Weighted Crunch Single Leg Calf Raise
TRX Scarecrow Spider Curls Close Grip Push Ups Reverse Crunch Weighted Toe Walk
And some good cardio options.
Rower Sprints
Assault Bike Battle Ropes
Deadmills SkiErg
Sled Push Jump Rope
Sled Pull Shuttle Sprints

Goal Specificity

It’s easy to throw together a few exercises and create a brutal finisher… but you want more than that. You want that perfect ratio of pepperoni to pineapple. An effective finisher requires more thought.

So yeah, this area of your training allows a little more freedom and creativity. But DON’T just do things at random. Your finisher should always be specific to your goal.

Cody on the rower
The Rower is a FANTASTIC Option For Fat Loss or Conditioning Based Finishers.

Fat Loss Finishers

Your goal here is to jack your heart-rate up, and burn maximum calories in minimal time.

To achieve this, you need to manage muscular fatigue properly.

Say your finisher was:

AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) 10-minutes

a.) Chin-ups x8

b.) TRX Rows x15

Both movements recruit primarily your back and bicep muscles, meaning these muscles would fatigue pretty quickly. Before long, you’ll need to rest 60-90 seconds to continue.

The problem here? Muscular fatigue was the limiting factor – when the goal was pushing your cardiovascular system to its limits. Out of the 10-minute AMRAP, you’ll have spent a good chunk of time resting.

This is like going to a Mexican restaurant with the goal of eating some delicious fajitas… but you accidentally eat an absurd amount of free chips and salsa instead. By the time your fajitas arrive, you’re too full to eat ‘em. You didn’t really get what you came here for.

To avoid muscular fatigue becoming the limiting factor: alternate between upper/lower or push/pull exercises.

Get creative with your modalities for fat loss finishers. Weighted carries, sleds, slam balls, and body weight exercises are great for making this feel not so “cardio-ish”.

Finally, mix it up with these. Again – novelty for the sake of novelty is dumb, and not great for results. But here, your goal is to burn as many calories as possible. Doing the same finisher over and over will lead to your body getting very efficient at said finisher, and decreased calorie burn. A few options:

AMRAPs (As many rounds as possible)

This is a great option for ramping up your heart rate AND potentially getting a crazy pump as well.

Set a timer for 5-15 minutes, choose 2-4 exercises, and work to complete as many rounds of your circuit as possible.

Since you’re performing a constant circuit, don’t choose multiple exercises that are too fatiguing (e.g. assault bike sprints paired with battle ropes.) It’s usually best to pair exercises that train different modalities and intensities.

(It’s easy to get sloppy here, focus on maintaining quality form throughout the AMRAP.)

Examples:

-AMRAP: 10-minutes

Rower x 10 cals

Push-up x 10-15

Farmer’s Carry x50 meters

-AMRAP: 10-minutes

Med Ball Slam x15

TRX/Inverted Row x10

Sled Push x50 meters

AFAP (As Fast As Possible)

Here, you’re trying to hit a specified number of reps (typically 50-100), or burn X amount of calories as fast as possible.

Don’t choose exercises that’ll absolutely ruin you when done at crazy high-reps. AFAP work is best suited to exercises that don’t have a ton of eccentric work.

Examples:

-AFAP

100 Kettlebell swings

-AFAP

Burn 40 cals on the assault bike

-AFAP

Air squats x24

Reverse lunges x12/side

Jump squats x24

Jump lunges x12/side

(Credit to the man Cody “Boom Boom” McBroom for this one.)

-AFAP

Or, you can mix the two if you really hate yourself.

a.) Rower 20, 15, 12, 10 cals

b.) DB thrusters 20, 15, 12, 10 reps

Alternate between exercises. Don’t die.

HIIT Finishers

Quick, but brutal.

Here, you’ll be doing 10-15 seconds of all-out effort, followed by 2 minutes rest, and repeating for 4-5 rounds.

HIIT finishers are best suited to modalities you can perform an all-out “sprint” on. The assault bike, deadmills, prowler, and hill sprints work great.

Example:

-Assault Bike Sprints

15-seconds all-out effort

2-minutes rest. Repeat x5

Really, your finisher doesn’t have to follow any of these structures. Just make it something that works multiple muscle groups and jacks your heart rate up.

Cody barbell curling.
Bicep Curls… Possibly The Greatest Way To End A Workout.

Muscle Building Finishers

Here, your goal is creating lots of metabolic stress. Focus on chasing the pump, and feeling the burn. These should feel much less “cardio-ish” than your fat loss finishers.

You can use these to target a single lagging muscle group, or take a more balanced approach and hit opposing muscle groups

Mechanical Drop Sets

Christian Thibaudeau was the first coach I heard talking about mechanical drop sets.

You’ll pair three variations of the same movement pattern, progressing from the weakest to strongest variation as the set goes on. This allows you to continue to push the weight as fatigue accumulates.

Examples:

-Chest Focused Mechanical Drop Set

a.) Reverse grip DB incline press x8-10

Rest 10-15 seconds

b.) Neutral grip DB incline press x8-10

Rest 10-15 seconds

c.) DB incline press x8-10

Rest 2-3 minutes. 3 total rounds.

-Shoulder Focused Mechanical Dropset

a.) DB Arnold Press x8-10

Rest 10-15 seconds

b.) DB shoulder press x8-10

Rest 10-15 seconds

c.) DB push press x8-10

Rest 2-3 minutes. 3 total rounds.

Myo-reps

The closer you take a set to failure, the higher the percentage muscle fibers in said muscle group recruited to continue moving the weight. The last few reps leading up to failure recruit the most muscle fibers, and are the most effective for stimulating growth a.k.a. effective reps.

How to do Myo-Reps

  • Start by taking a weight to or very near failure in the 9-20 rep range
  • Rest 3-5 breaths, before hitting 3-5 more reps
  • Repeat in this fashion for 3-5 mini-sets of 3-5 reps

By taking your first set near failure, you’ve fully recruited and fatigued the fibers of said muscle group. The short rest periods between mini-sets don’t give you much time to reduce fatigue, meaning that all of the mini-sets are performed with your muscles in a fully recruited and fatigued state. So all the reps of the mini-sets fall in the “effective reps range”. (4)

Basically, you get all the training effects of 4-6 work sets, in a fraction of the time.

This technique lends itself well to isolation exercises. I especially like it for lateral raises, bicep curls, and leg extensions.

Myo-Reps are great when you’re working on a tight schedule. Say you only have 30 minutes to train. Times almost up, and you still need to touch on shoulders.

Enter: Myo-Reps

Example:

-Lateral Raises

20 reps (Ending at or near failure)

*Rest 5 breaths

5 reps

*Rest 5 breaths

5 reps

*Rest 5 breaths

4 reps

*Rest 5 breaths

3 reps

*Rest 5 breaths

3 reps

Your shoulders will be fried by the end of this, AND it only took a few minutes.

(Credit to Borge Fagerli for this one.)

Growth Factors Sets

Growth factor sets hit a muscle group with three very different movements in a row. The goal here is to keep the muscle under constant tension for 60-70 seconds achieve a CRAZY pump.

Examples:

-Quad Focused Growth Factor Set

a.) Leg extension x10-15

b.) Landmine squat x10-15

c.) Goblet loaded wall sit x60 sec

Rest 2 minutes. Repeat x2-3.

-Back Focused Growth Factor Set

a.) Straight-arm pulldown x10-15

b.) Pronated grip lat pulldown x10-15

c.) Supinated grip lat pulldown x10-15

Rest 2 minutes. Repeat x2-3.

Applying this method simply comes down to mixing up the angles and/or grips you’re hitting a muscle group with.

(Credit to Christian Thibaudeau and Paul Carter for this one. I first learned about growth factor sets in their book Maximum Muscle Bible.)

EMOMs (Every Minute On-The-Minute)

Here, you’ll set a timer (usually 6-10 minutes) and perform an exercise or exercises at the start of every minute.

Choose 1-2 exercises, with a moderate rep range (should take about 30-40 sec to complete). Alternate which exercises you perform “every minute on the minute”.

These are super versatile.

Examples:

-EMOM 8-minutes

a.) Split squats x6/side (Starting at minute 8, 6, 4, 2)

b.) Chest Supported Row x8 (Starting at minute 7, 5, 3, 1)

Great upper/lower finisher.

-EMOM 10-minutes

Chin-ups x6-8

EMOMs can also be applied to a single movement to add tons of volume. This is frequently done with chin-ups and kettlebell swings.

-EMOM 10-Minutes

a.) Cable incline fly x15

b.) Feet elevated push-up x10

A solid way to finish off a single body part as well. Pair an isolation exercise with a compound movement.

Other muscle building finishers

-Lower Body Torture

a.) Banded RDL x30

b.) Bodyweight reverse lunge 15-20/leg

60 sec rest. Repeat x2-3

This is a variation of a finisher I learned from John Rusin. It absolutely torches the lower body, especially the glutes and hammies.

Upper Body Pump

a.) Band Resisted Push-ups x MAX(-1)

b.) Band pull aparts x20

c.) Band tricep pushdown x25

d.) Band hammer curl x25

30-seconds rest. Repeat x3

Just like with fat loss your finisher doesn’t have to follow a specific structure. Just be smart with exercise selection, and focus on feeling the burn.

Again, they’re called FINISHERS, not ALLOFYOURWORKOUT-ERS. That doesn’t even make sense grammatically… much less in training program design.

Keep your priorities straight, choose a finisher specific to your goals, and most of all – have fun.


Sources

  1. http://www.lookgreatnaked.com/articles/potential_mechanisms_for_%20a_role_of_metabolic_stress_in_hypertrophic_adaptations_to_resistance_training.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5489423/
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46288878_The_Mechanisms_of_Muscle_Hypertrophy_and_Their_Application_to_Resistance_Training
  4. https://borgefagerli.com/myo-reps-in-english/

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

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
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
"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
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
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide
guides
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide

Kettlebell workouts are one of the most diverse training modalities out there. Depending on the…

guides
[Daily Dose] The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU.

The Only Person in Your Way, is YOU. There’s so many of us who want…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.

Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. There is…

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

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

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

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

Coaching
[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
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
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program
Training
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program

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

Training
The Secret To Success
Coaching
The Secret To Success

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
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 Ultimate Protein Guide
guides
The Ultimate Protein Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

guides
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
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
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
Training Volume: How Many Sets Per Week is Enough?
Training
Training Volume: How Many Sets Per Week is Enough?

The Volume Landmarks The optimal amount of volume is going to be somewhere between the…

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

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

Nutrition
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
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss
Nutrition
Nutritional Periodization For Fat Loss

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
[Daily Dose] Be A Leader, Not A Follower.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Be A Leader, Not A Follower.

Be A Leader, Not A Follower. If you’re reading this, it means you want to…

Daily Dose
Optimizing Nutrition for Muscle Growth
Nutrition
Optimizing Nutrition for Muscle Growth

An Introduction To Nutrition for Muscle Growth When we’re thinking about gaining muscle, nutrition plays…

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
[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
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss
Science
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss

Does Your Body Adapt To NEAT Or Walking, Making Your Step Count Less Effective At…

Science
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
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
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss
Nutrition
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss

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

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

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

Daily Dose
Fit over 40
Lifestyle
Fit over 40

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

Lifestyle
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
"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
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
The 10 Training Commandments
Training
The 10 Training Commandments

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] If people hate, it means you’re winning.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] If people hate, it means you’re winning.

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.

Every detail matters. I’m writing you from my hotel room, here in St. Louis, while…

Daily Dose
What’s The Best Workout Split For You?
Training
What’s The Best Workout Split For You?

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

Training
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling
guides
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling

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

guides
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
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
[Daily Dose] How To Turn A Bad Day Around
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] How To Turn A Bad Day Around

How To Turn A Bad Day Around I had a pretty shitty day today. Yesterday,…

Daily Dose
‘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
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
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
The Ultimate Fat Burning Supplement Stack (Backed By Science)
Fat Loss
The Ultimate Fat Burning Supplement Stack (Backed By Science)

  Fat Burning Supplement Stack Table of Contents The Ultimate Fat Burning Supplement Stack Create…

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching
Coaching
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching

Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach First and foremost, it should…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] ACTION → RESULTS → MOTIVATION
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] ACTION → RESULTS → MOTIVATION

ACTION → RESULTS → MOTIVATION Want to know how to unlock unlimited motivation…? Take action…

Daily Dose
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
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
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
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 Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
guides
The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

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

guides
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied
Hormones
Diet Breaks: Defined and Applied

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!

They’re Tools, Not Time Machines! “Tools and time machines…? What the hell are you talking…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”

“WHY NOT YOU….?” There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or…

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?
Hormones
Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
Nutrition

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

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

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

guides
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
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
[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 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
Kale: The Nutrient-Packed Green
Micronutrient Index
Kale: The Nutrient-Packed Green

Kale, scientifically known as Brassica oleracea var. acephala,  is a leafy green vegetable that has…

Micronutrient Index
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] SIMPLICITY > complexity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Power List.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Power List.

Power List. One of the most SIMPLE things you can do to get more shit…

Daily Dose
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
The Essential Guide to Salmon Nutrition and Its Health Advantages
Micronutrient Index
The Essential Guide to Salmon Nutrition and Its Health Advantages

Salmon, known for its rich flavor and nutritional value, holds a significant place in various…

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

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

Daily Dose
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
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

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

Nutrition
Blueberries: A Small Superfruit
Micronutrient Index
Blueberries: A Small Superfruit

Blueberries, often regarded as a superfood, have a history that intertwines with both ancient usage…

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

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

Daily Dose
Harnessing the Power of Antioxidants: Your Complete Guide
Nutrition
Harnessing the Power of Antioxidants: Your Complete Guide

Welcome to our ultimate guide to antioxidants. This is your go-to resource for everything you…

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

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

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

Daily Dose
Make Life Awesome
Lifestyle
Make Life Awesome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle
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Daily Dose
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Maktub – “It Was Written”. This is an Arabic phrase that’s used throughout the book,…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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But what if you gain the weight back…? This is a VERY common question we…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…
Daily Dose
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They Thought They Took Steroids… This is probably the most remarkable study ever done inside…

Daily Dose
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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
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Nutrition
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What you will find here today is, in my opinion, the easiest possible diet to…

Nutrition
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Nutrition
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So you’re growing a human (or maybe thinking about growing a human) and therefore, you’re…

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle
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Nutrition
37 Power Foods For Men

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training
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Training
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You’re reading this because you feel skinny, unathletic, weaker than you should be, or as…

Training
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Daily Dose
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Your Time is Worth More Than Money. I’m the type of person who values his…

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

Lifestyle
The Ultimate Guide To Cardio For Fat Loss
Fat Loss
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Cardio For Fat Loss This article is more than likely the most in-depth AND practically…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Are you eating enough?

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

Nutrition
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Training
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Training Intensification Tip Part 1: Supersets Intensification techniques, also known as advanced techniques, are a…

Training
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Training
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Training Intensification Tip Part 2: Inter-set Stretching & Stretch Mediated Hypertrophy Intensification techniques, also known…

Training
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Nutrition
The 8 Biggest Diet Mistakes

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

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

Lifestyle
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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
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.
Daily Dose
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The 10 Training Commandments. Full transparency, I stole these from another strength coach (Ben Bruno)….

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

Training
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
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me
Coaching
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Dieting down to get stage lean might be one of the most strict diets on…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser?
Daily Dose
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Is Your Body A Sports Car? Or A Junk-Yard Cruiser? Would you trade your life…

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

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

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

Nutrition
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Daily Dose
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Self-Made is Made Up. If you’re a hip-hop head (i.e. someone who loves rap music),…

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

Nutrition
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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
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Daily Dose
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Fuck mediocrity. Look around. At each area of your life. Your body. Your mind. Your…

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

Hormones
Artificial Sweeteners: Good or Bad? Diet Help or Danger?
Nutrition
Artificial Sweeteners: Good or Bad? Diet Help or Danger?

Artificial sweeteners were created to make food taste better without adding calories. Some of the…

Nutrition
Resistance. The #1 Thing Holding Us Back.
Coaching
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Overcoming resistance is success, period. To achieve a result, we need to overcome resistance. And…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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Nutrition
Finding Your Protein Flavor

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

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

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
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?
Science
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?

What is Training Periodization? Periodization is the manipulation of training variables over time to reach…

Science
[Daily Dose] Your Circle Determines Your Growth
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your Circle Determines Your Growth

Your Circle Determines Your Growth If you’re a hip-hop fan, you probably know of Nipsey…

Daily Dose
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Training
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] ALL IN or all out.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] ALL IN or all out.

ALL IN or all out. Now, I rarely recommend an all or nothing mentality… But…

Daily Dose
5 Science-Based Ways Maximize Exercises For Muscle Growth
Training
5 Science-Based Ways Maximize Exercises For Muscle Growth

A Science-Based Approach To Maximizing Muscle Growth 5 Things To AVOID For Muscle Growth (+…

Training
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.

Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This. I think most people fail to reach…

Daily Dose
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Daily Dose
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Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
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guides
Fish Oil Supplementation 101

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

guides
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting
Coaching
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This is not a guide for how to quickly lose 10 pounds of fat, so…

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

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

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

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

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

Training
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Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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Science
How To Make Your Own Pre-Workout (Science-Based Formula)

Pre-workouts are a dime a dozen. If you use your favorite search engine you’ll soon…

Science
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Nutrition
10 Ways To Kill Cravings

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

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

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

Lifestyle
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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
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
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
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Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Avoid Difficulty, Accept It.

Don’t avoid difficulty, accept it. I just started my diet a couple days ago, to…

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

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

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

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

Training
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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