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Should You Do A Bikini Competition?

October 24, 2019
Written by Cody McBroom

I honestly can’t believe that just over a year ago I was going hard in the CrossFit kool aid and dreaming about the next Open. Fast forward to today where I just won all three of my classes in my first bikini competition! 

If you would have told me in 2018 that in a year’s time I’d be fully spray-tanned orange and wearing a sparkly bikini in high heels on stage, competing in a bikini competition… I would have said you were nuts!! A bikini competition just wasn’t on my radar.

Well I’m here to confirm that literally anything is possible with hard work, consistency, and determination. But please keep in mind that this blog details my experience and my experience only and this shouldn’t be read as a “guide” to your first bikini competition.

I decided to make the transition from CrossFit to bodybuilding at the end of 2018 because my body couldn’t keep up with the high intensity WODs anymore and I wanted to see if I could drastically transform my physique.

I had never really gotten the aesthetics I wanted from CrossFit workouts and while I loved the high intensity WODs, I also consistently felt beat up and running on low energy.

When January 2019 rolled around, I decided to go all in on a new goal and committed to signing up for a bodybuilding competition by the end of the year. 

I had heard about how tough it was to get “stage lean” and frequently get asked about bodybuilding competitions so I thought I should put myself through the process and figure out what this tanning and posing craziness is all about.

I’m happy to report that I can check off my goal as of October 2019 and even came home with 3 first place wins in each of the classes I entered! And boy, did I learn a lot and put my body to the test in a whole new way!

Crossfit To Bikini
Transformation From CrossFit To Bikini Competition Stage

Let’s dive into the details of how I went from a competitive CrossFit athlete to an NPC bikini athlete over the past year.

Step #1 – Get Stronger

I’m embarrassed to admit that in the thick of my CrossFit years, I was very judgemental towards women who competed in bikini shows.

I thought things like, “you don’t have to train hard to wear a swimsuit” and “all they do is stick out their butts.”

What I quickly learned, though, is that bodybuilders – including bikini athletes – work just as hard as any other athlete (if not harder).

I have never had to be so on point with my training and diet as I did while working towards this goal. And first things first, I had to put on some muscle mass. 

Look a little closer at some of the top bikini athletes in the world and you’ll notice just how much muscle they have. This is not a competition of the cardio queens. 

Judges look for developed shoulders, strong and shaped glutes, and rounded hamstring development. Think developed upper body (but not “too” muscular) with a tiny waist and a banging booty (but also conditioned/lean). You have to be pretty muscular – but just the “right” amount – and you have to be lean to be a contender in the bikini division.

So to kick things off on my journey to get on stage, I had to crank up my training volume and put on muscle. More on my lean gaining phase HERE.

For most of my contest prep I was lifting 6 days per week and slowly increased cardio from zero to a few HIIT sessions to very frequent LISS & HIIT towards the end.

I really enjoyed my training and challenging my body in a totally different way from CrossFit. As with any change in training, it took some getting used to and feeling a little out of my element in the gym… But in the end I fell in love with the new training split and it sure as heck did dramatically change my physique, as you can see below. 

Can we just take a second to appreciate the lean gainz from 2018 to 2019?!

(end of diet phase 2018 vs. end of diet phase 2019 including 9 months of maintenance/surplus with a focus on strength training in between)
(end of diet phase 2018 vs. end of diet phase 2019 including 9 months of maintenance/surplus with a focus on strength training in between)

Step #2 – Diet

One reason why I say bodybuilders preparing to get on stage might be the hardest working athletes out there is because they have to be 100% strict with their diet. There is NO flexibility when your goal is to get on stage.

And unlike performance-driven athletes, who have to be on point with a high amount of calories, bodybuilders have to be on point with hardly any calories. Cue the hunger pains and cravings!

The zero-flexibility diet was really hard for me to adjust to because I’m a big fan of simply tracking macros and aiming for at least 90% whole foods. I went from a nutrition protocol I was comfortable with to an incredibly strict meal plan.

Thankfully, I had pretty frequent refeed days until about one month out from my show. But as the show date got closer, calories dropped quickly, cardio increased, and my food options became fewer and fewer.

This included no sugar and no alcohol (and a very sad social calendar). At a few weeks out, my strict diet extended to include no artificial sweeteners, no dairy, and no gluten. 

At about 4 weeks out, we really cranked things up a notch with a big calorie cut and went up to 6 days of lifting plus 6 days of cardio. This is where I started to feel fatigued daily, slept over 9 hours a night, started noticing a downturn in performance, and was spending close to 2 hours in the gym every day.

I also increased my posing practice at this time and committed to at least 3x per week running through my routine in my high heels. I worked one-on-one with a posing coach throughout my contest prep and it was invaluable!

Everyone might make it look easy on stage, but let me tell you – posing correctly and hitting the right angles that the judges want to see is TOUGH! 

I was so very wrong when I thought all bikini competitors did was stick out their butts… The soreness I would feel after posing classes and my ones-on-ones was just as bad as any soul-crushing WOD!

All in all I dieted for about 3 months, and was still not prepared for how difficult peak week was.

Peak week is the last 5-7 days leading up to a show. This is not a “magic” week where you might lose another 5lbs of fat or gain more muscle, but it’s where you optimize everything to look your best on stage. 

My peak week got down close to 1100 calories per day, 30-45 minutes of steady state cardio daily, and included eating only chicken, fish, and greens. Yuck.

I wouldn’t recommend this type of intense diet to anyone who isn’t getting on stage. It was incredibly challenging to adhere to, killed my social life, stressed my marriage, and left me feeling tired and weak.

But I was determined. I knew the risks and challenges ahead of time and I wanted to push myself through this no matter what. 

The more extreme the goal, the more extreme the commitment and the sacrifices.

Step #3 – Get on Stage

Unlike other sporting events and competitions, one does not simply show up to a bodybuilding competition. 

Oh, the preparation!! 

Here’s a snapshot of what my schedule was like the weekend of my show:

Thursday:

→ Meal prep like crazy because every meal was incredibly specific heading into show day

→ Last sauna session

→ Last chance to shave your whole body (your body needs to be hairless for the tanning process)

→ Last full workout + cardio session

→ All other appointments done ahead of time (waxing, nails, etc.)

Friday:

→ Noon – drive to Denver

→ 3PM – check into host hotel

→ 4PM – check in with NPC and get competitor number

→ 5PM – first coat of spray tan

→ 7PM – last meal and cut water

Saturday (show day):

→ 5AM – spray tan top coat

→ 6AM – finally get to eat some carbs!

→ 7AM – makeup & hair appointments

→ 10AM – athlete meeting at the venue

→ Noon – get tanning touch ups, get “glazed” with oils, and pump up

→ 1PM – bikini prejudging starts (this is where the judges move competitors around to compare physiques – the closer to center stage you are, the better you will place)

→ 3PM – bikini prejudging wraps up = quick break!

→ 5PM – back at venue for night show/finals

→ 8PM – bikini goes on for finals & awards

→ 9:30PM – show wraps up

→ 10PM – eat a cheeseburger & drink a beer!!

As you can see, this is no small production! It was a whole weekend event with multiple appointments, meetings, strict meal times, and of course, the few precious minutes you get to strut your stuff on stage.

I ended up spending quite a lot of time backstage with the other competitors and that was actually a lot of fun! Swapping diet struggles and joking about being hairless and tan AF… I met some really cool people and am grateful that bodybuilding brings so many unique individuals together!

Women on stage
The Competitive Class on Stage!

Step #4 – Recovery

As I write this, I am still in the thick of my recovery stage. 

Thankfully my coach gave me a big increase in calories (about 600/day) and a deload week the week after my show and I immediately felt like a new human! At two weeks post-show I was back up to 2100 calories and about 4lbs heavier.

I’m aiming to put back on about 8-10 lbs because it is entirely unrealistic to maintain stage leanness. Not to mention my health has suffered dieting down this low in body fat. 

I also lost my menstrual cycle so my #1 priority right now is getting my hormonal health back as we increase calories. I knew this might happen and, although not discussed frequently, I believe it’s pretty common in female bodybuilders. Typically, if you lose your menstrual cycle that means your hormone levels are not within optimal range for health and longevity. 

An estimated 50-80% of active women have some type of menstrual disorder due to low energy availability (calorie intake – energy expenditure).1 The long term consequences of sub-optimal hormone levels can affect your metabolism, athletic performance, sleep, stress, and perhaps most importantly, loss of bone mass.2 More on getting your period back HERE.

Losing my period served as a good reminder to myself that chasing my leanest physique is NOT at all equal to maintaining good health. And it’s clear from how much my workout performance stalled out that getting this lean also comes with performance sacrifices. 

I also could not have predicted how lost I would feel after the big competition weekend. I’ve been working for almost a year toward this goal and now that it’s over I’m having a hard time figuring out what to do next.

Technically, based on my wins, I qualified to compete at the national level and a chance to earn my pro card and become an IFBB Bikini Pro. That would be the first step towards working towards professional shows and a chance to compete at the Olympia, the long term goal of many professional bikini athletes.

While my ego says (screams?!) definitely push on and go for it, my hormones and biofeedback say it’s time to take a step back and hit the cruise control for a while.

Either way, the come down from such hard work and discipline for so long has been tough to deal with! I am doing my best to stay present and appreciate everything I’ve achieved this year instead of immediately looking for what’s next.

A maintenance phase without any intense goals or pressure is probably just what my body needs! 

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped me along my journey to becoming a bikini athlete. Thank you to everyone who sent me words of encouragement along the way. 

I learned SO MUCH about how hard I could push myself and the sport of bodybuilding as a whole.

Here are just a few of the key takeaways I learned from going all in on my bodybuilding goals.

→ The mind/muscle connection (mentioned frequently in the bodybuilding space) is key not only to your gains, but also to good form. It was really important to get that hard squeeze/contraction in my training reps to fully engage the muscle I was working. It made me very conscious of my form and hitting quality volume = win/win!

→ Using machines (vs. barbells and free weights) is NOT a sign of weakness. Same goes for watching yourself in the mirror. It can be incredibly helpful to check out your own form and to include machines to target different muscles in a new way.

→ Call me a bro, but I fell in love with the “pump” you get after a solid bodybuilding workout, which I had never experienced with other training modalities. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!

→ Bodybuilding is a SPORT. I’m embarrassed to admit how hard the younger version of me judged people who got on stage in the bodybuilding space. I had no idea the long hours in the gym, the disciplined diet, and plain old hard work that goes into putting on that sparkly bikini.

→ If I could pick one word to describe contest prep, it would be all-consuming. Getting on stage takes serious dedication in ALL areas of your life. If you’re someone that’s competed in bodybuilding while working a 9-5 job or while raising kids, hats off to you!!

→ Posing practice takes similar amounts of effort and skill as trying to PR your Diane time in CrossFit. The burn in your low back is real!!! I couldn’t have had the progress I did without my posing coach Tory (@thewrightwhey).

→ Bodybuilders KNOW fat loss. The ultimate physique is literally the end all, be all – so don’t be surprised when your coach recommends a clean “bro” diet and functional bodybuilding training when your goal is a leaner physique. This is also why all of us, coaches at BBP, study the science of bodybuilding! It WORKS and applies to many clients, even who are not competitive (losing fat, is losing fat).

→ Bodybuilding can be a lonely sport, unlike your average CrossFit class. Having a coach and support from my family and friends was invaluable!

And maybe more important than anything else, I have learned that every fitness modality has a lot more in common with each other than differences. I hope we continue to see crossover in sports because we could all learn something from putting on a different athlete’s shoes (or high heels)!

Want to see more of my journey? View my Instagram stories @CarolineOfenstein_BBP and please feel free to message me with any questions!


Sources:
  1. De Souza MJ et. al. High prevalence of subtle and severe menstrual disturbances in exercising women: confirmation using daily hormone measures. Hum Reprod. (2010) 25(2):491-503.
  1. McDonald, Lyle. The Women’s Book A Guide to Nutrition, Fat Loss, and Muscle Gain. Vol. 1, Lyle McDonald Publishing, 2017.

This is a blog written by Caroline Ofenstein. Caroline is Certified With Precision Nutrition, NCI, CrossFit, and is also a Boom-Boom Performance Nutrition Coach. Caroline is our go-to source for CrossFit Nutrition AND bridging the gap between Aesthetics and Performance, which is where she has recently pushes a lot of her focus in order to help people understand how they can achieve both performance and the lean physique we all strive for.

 

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

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

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
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 Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Progress is made at the speed of trust.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Progress is made at the speed of trust.

Progress is made at the speed of trust. This one BLEW OUR MINDS this week….

Daily Dose
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements
Nutrition
Top 3 Most Under-Rated Supplements

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.

The Intention-Behavior Gap. This is crazy, but did you know that less than 50% of…

Daily Dose
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 Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

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

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

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

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

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

Training
[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
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
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
[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
[Daily Dose] But what if you gain the weight back…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] But what if you gain the weight back…?

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

Daily Dose
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns
Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns

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

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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
January Research Review: Measuring Training Performance With A Mask (COVID) and RPE/RIR’s Effectiveness
Science
January Research Review: Measuring Training Performance With A Mask (COVID) and RPE/RIR’s Effectiveness

Research Review #8 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS Chief Science Officer Study #1  Title: Wearing of…

Science
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

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

Lifestyle
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
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.

Just Show Up. Hey. I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen for at…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.

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

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

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

Training
[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
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
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?
Training
How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?

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

Training
[Daily Dose] Find Your Low Hanging Fruit.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Find Your Low Hanging Fruit.

Find Your Low Hanging Fruit. Want to know the easiest way to start losing fat?…

Daily Dose
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
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
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
The Hypertrophy Guide
Science
The Hypertrophy Guide

First, let’s define hypertrophy and why you may want to strive for it: hy·per·tro·phy /hīˈpərtrəfē/…

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

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

Nutrition
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
What is the easiest diet to stay on?
Nutrition
What is the easiest diet to stay on?

Over 15-million google searches tells us that this is one of the most commonly asked…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] What If You Couldn’t Fail…?

What If You Couldn’t Fail…? I was asked this question recently and it literally stopped…

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

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

Lifestyle
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,…

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

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

Training
The 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…

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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…

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[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
[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
[Daily Dose] If you take offense, you probably don’t take action
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] If you take offense, you probably don’t take action

If you take offense, you probably don’t take action Nothing is going to slow you…

Daily Dose
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
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)
Lifestyle
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)

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

Lifestyle
What Does Your Body Store As Fat Easiest? Carbs vs. Fats
Nutrition
What Does Your Body Store As Fat Easiest? Carbs vs. Fats

Is it harder for the body to store carbs as fat, than it is to…

Nutrition
The Elimination Diet
Nutrition
The Elimination Diet

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.

Your efforts need to match your goals. I attended a webinar recently and the speaker…

Daily Dose
50 Science-Backed Anti-Aging Strategies For Life Pt.2
Hormones
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There are 4 key parts of health and longevity promotion and today we are discussing…

Hormones
2014, Your Year For Growth
Lifestyle
2014, Your Year For Growth

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

Lifestyle
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
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
[Daily Dose] People Who Take Offense, Don’t Take Action
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] People Who Take Offense, Don’t Take Action

People Who Take Offense, Don’t Take Action Nothing is going to slow you down more…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coaching
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide
Training
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide

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

Training
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle
EPISODE 6: 5 Steps To Habitual Lifestyle Changes

I am officially six days away from the half way marker of this 12-week journey……

Lifestyle
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
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel.

It’s not what you do, it’s how you feel. Maya Angelou has a famous quote,…

Daily Dose
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
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros
Nutrition
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros

So here’s my take on the “Clean Eating” diet… It can make you fatter, not…

Nutrition
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
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

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

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

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

Nutrition
Your 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
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
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.

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

Daily Dose
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
[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
[Daily Dose] Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken.

Be You, Everyone Else Is Taken. I’m here to tell you that God put you…

Daily Dose
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 in your training, the basics just get boring. Let’s face it. 5×5,…

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

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

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 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
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)
Lifestyle
Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)

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

Lifestyle
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
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
[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
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
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?
Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success
Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success

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

Nutrition
3 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
[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
The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

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

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

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

Daily Dose
[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
Concurrent Training: A Practical Guide, Backed By Science
Science
Concurrent Training: A Practical Guide, Backed By Science

Introduction: What is Concurrent Training? Concurrent training consists of combining aerobic/anaerobic training (e.g., long distance…

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
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
How To Get 6-Pack Abs (3-Step Guide To A Shredded Core)
Training
How To Get 6-Pack Abs (3-Step Guide To A Shredded Core)

How To Get 6-Pack Abs When it comes to achieving a 6-pack… the best strategy…

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

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
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
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
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
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Redirect Your Impatience.

Redirect Your Impatience. My daughter is about to turn 4 next month and she has…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques
Training
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques

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

Training
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)
Nutrition
What Happens If You Eat Too Much Protein? (More Protein = More Fat Loss…)

What is Protein Overfeeding? Protein overfeeding, commonly known as over-eating protein to the everyday individual,…

Nutrition
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results
Nutrition
6 Reasons You’re Not Getting Results

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

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

*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each…

Science
[Daily Dose] Self-Made is Made Up.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Self-Made is Made Up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
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] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…

Rigid Meal Plans… you know, eating 6 meal s a day out of plastic containers…

Nutrition
What Motivates You?
Lifestyle
What Motivates You?

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Quick results are a lie.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Quick results are a lie.

Quick results are a lie. I’d have you consider that success isn’t an easy game…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] YOLO…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] YOLO…

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.
Coaching
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.

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

Coaching
The 10 Diet Commandments
Nutrition
The 10 Diet Commandments

  In honor of the one of the greatest hip-hop artists to ever touch the…

Nutrition
‘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
How To Change Your Behaviors and Lose More Weight
Nutrition
How To Change Your Behaviors and Lose More Weight

We appear to be going about health and weight loss all wrong. As nutrition coaches,…

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

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

Nutrition
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] “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
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
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
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)
Nutrition
Overtraining or Under-Recovering? (Killing Yourself in The Gym is Killing Your Progress and Hormones)

Why Killing Yourself In The Gym Might Be Killing Your Progress (and Wrecking Your Hormones)…

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
[Daily Dose] FULFILLMENT > satisfaction
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] FULFILLMENT > satisfaction

FULFILLMENT > satisfaction Something I’ve always struggled with is not being satisfied with anything… I…

Daily Dose
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 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
5 Tips For More Consistency
Training
5 Tips For More Consistency

  So many times we, yes I’m including myself, want to add all the little…

Training
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
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
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
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

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

Lifestyle
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] 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
[Daily Dose] Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide.

Use Doubt As Fuel, Not Hydroxide. Do you know what hydroxide can do to your…

Daily Dose
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully
Nutrition
5 Keys To Tracking Macros Successfully

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

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

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

Training
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)
Nutrition
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)

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

Nutrition
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm
Lifestyle
The Stress ≤ Recovery Paradigm

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

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Habits and Addictions Are The Same
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Habits and Addictions Are The Same

Habits and Addictions Are The Same This is crazy, but did you know that less…

Daily Dose
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
[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
"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
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling
Nutrition
Everything You Need To Know About Carb-Cycling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Dose
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
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
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up
Nutrition
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up

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

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your Time is Worth More Than Money.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your Time is Worth More Than Money.

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

Daily Dose
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat
Nutrition
38 Tips To Burn MORE Fat

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

Nutrition
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
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
Food Wars!
Nutrition
Food Wars!

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

Nutrition
[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
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
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
[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
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros
Nutrition
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros

You’ve probably heard of counting calories, but what about counting your macros? With any nutrition…

Nutrition
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
Second podcast
Coaching
Second podcast
Coaching
How Much Protein Can You Absorb In One Meal?
Nutrition
How Much Protein Can You Absorb In One Meal?

What Does “Protein Absorption” Mean…? From a nutritional view, absorption describes the passage of nutrients…

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

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

Nutrition
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
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere
Training
How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere

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

Training
The 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
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] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose

Winner’s Aren’t Afraid To Lose. This actually comes straight out of a Chris Stapleton song,…

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

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

Nutrition
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
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
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Dieting Slows Down Your Metabolism & How To Fix It
Nutrition
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”…

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

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

Training
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
[Daily Dose] Success is how you SEE it.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Success is how you SEE it.

Success is how you SEE it. 90% of the results you see are pre-determined based…

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

As a huge coffee lover, I’ve decided to take som