5 Reasons Everyone Should Lift Really Heavy Things

I am sick to death of hearing that lifting heavy weight is “dangerous” or “unnecessary”. That claim is utterly ridiculous. Name one thing that is better if you’re weaker. I’ll wait. Didn’t think of anything? That’s because the stronger you are, the easier and safer life is. Life Lessons Recently my Dad was in a…

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Motivation for When the Scale Doesn’t Move

When it comes to fitness, we have been conditioned to expect dramatic physical changes at the beginning of a new regiment. On one channel it’s a talk show pushing a miraculous “all natural supplement” that will help you lose 40 pounds by next month. On another channel it’s a weight loss reality shows where contestants…

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6 Common Supplements and How They Work Part II

And we’re back for more of 6 Common Supplements and How They Work. For those of you just tuning in, Part I covered Protein, BCAAs, and Fish Oil. Here in Part II we will look at Creatine, Pre-Workouts, and Multivitamins. Disclaimer: If you don’t have sound nutrition habits, no supplement will save you. Nothing on…

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6 Common Supplements and How They Work Part I

Supplements. There is no part of fitness with higher expectations and lower regulations. I’ve received so many supplement questions over my life as a trainer, my answers could fill a couple books. Instead, I’ll spare you some time and condense the info to the important parts: what they are, how they work, how to use…

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Skip This Year’s Fat Loss Fad – The Ketogenic Diet

Here we are. It’s summer now. My unofficial poll has told me that 90% of people procrastinated and are now freaking out about getting into “beach shape.” Naturally, everyone is looking for the “get lean quick scheme.” This year’s trendy solution is the ketogenic diet. This diet is rarely dangerous, but I don’t recommend it…

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Fat Loss – Simplified

Major confession: I’m an eavesdropper at the gym. I got in the habit as a young trainer strolling around the floor. I’d listen to see what quality fitness info people were exchanging. Helping strangers sort through the unregulated waves of fitness info on the internet was a great way to meet new clients. I never…

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The Art of Quitting

“SHIT. There it goes again.” This was Alan’s third attempt on a squat. We had rolled, stretched, performed a custom dynamic warm up, lowered the working weight, and still Alan’s knee was screaming at him. Alan is one of the most driven people I’ve ever coached. If you write a set/rep/weight in his program he…

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My Story: That Time I Forgot To Work Out For Seven Years

This is the story of that time I forgot to work out for seven years. But don’t judge me. After all, everyone falls off the wagon now and then, right?  Why should future fitness trainers be the exception? Here’s how I turned things around and how you can, too. Click here to  download my free…

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How To Eat For Your Body Type

Diets are not one-size-fits-all. Any man who has ever bought a suit knows that a tailored suit is better than an off-the-rack suit. But many people fail to apply this basic principle to nutrition. Your body is unique. No one is quite like you. Which brings us to the problem: There is a lot of…

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Three Ways To Spot Fake Fat Loss Strategies

Why the fat loss plan you’re following isn’t working. by Alex Cain, PES, CES, FMS “I want to lose weight.” It’s the most common goal I’ve heard as a fitness professional and now I was  hearing it again. A nice lady we’ll call Susan, was upset that her previous attempts had failed. She now  wanted…

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