The last few blogs I’ve touched a lot on the importance of context, not looking at the sport as a black and white endeavor, and ensuring you utilize an arsenal of tools to continually progress along your journey. I’m staying true to this theme again and I’m going to make a series out of it! [Read more…]
I don’t know of any other subject in our industry that is more confused, twisted and all together molested than the subject of nutrition. Honestly it makes a very simple subject quite complex and intimidating. Nutrition is also a very intimate part of our lives so there is a lot of validity as to the necessity to customize it person to person while keeping in mind what is important. Will power, likes and dislikes, personal schedules, and even food allergies are just some of the valid reasons a “one size fits all” approach is doomed to failure. Nourishment, weather for our physique or strength goals, is not nearly as complicated as one might think. Avoid these very common mistakes while customizing your nutrition to your life and with enough time, you’ll be well on your way to achieving and maintaining your physique goals. [Read more…]
Quite often when experiencing slow or non-existent fat loss during a dieting phase the first instinct might be to cut back on calories and or to add in more cardio. Sure, that can definitely expedite the fat loss process, but depending on where one is at in the fat loss phase and/or where protocols are at (calories and cardio), it may not be the best option available. [Read more…]
For years, there have been not only claims, but entire diets based around the philosophy that certain foods such as: celery, cucumber, lettuce, citrus fruits, etc. result in a negative energy balance when consumed. The theory, is that eating enough of these foods will help one to “burn-fat”, [Read more…]
As my recent contest season ended the reflection began. The scientist in me questioned what was going on at a deeper level as I clung to the direction of my coach (Jeff Alberts) in the final weeks of prep. My trust fell completely in his hands as the calories dropped and the cardio increased. Get Shit Done, was the saying. [Read more…]
Let’s just say you know you’re going to compete in a year, which means you plan to “officially” begin contest prep in about 3 or 4 months.
Or maybe you’ve decided that you want to use your food and nutritional intake to look like a fitness model this year for a photo shoot, vacation or wedding.
What should you do in the meantime? [Read more…]
“Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…” We’ve all been here before: it’s 3 in the afternoon, you just finished eating lunch an hour ago, and you’re already starving. You stare at the clock, counting the minutes until you get to eat again, “Only 2 more hours and 53 minutes until dinner time.” What a terrible way to live, right?
Fat-loss is difficult, and there will inevitably be times during your diet where you find yourself in a similar situation to the one above, however minimizing the number of times we find ourselves here, and the length of time we spend here, is critical. Not only is this critical for maintaining your sanity, a productive work day, healthy relationships with family and friends, and overall well-being, but reducing the frequency of the above scenario also increases the likelihood that you will be successful in achieving your fat-loss goals.
Throughout this 5-video series, I’ll reveal the strategies I used for gaining 100lbs on my powerlifting total in 3 years. The final gain of 25lbs onto that total happened during the last 5 months while dropping 5lbs of body fat for my USAPL debut.