The Best Exercises For Each Body Part

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I recently discussed The Law of Diminishing Returns in regard to training in an Instagram post about a week ago.

Basically, this economic principle refers to the point in which the benefit gained from something ceases to outweigh the investment (time, energy, money, etc.) required to accrue that benefit.

If you are new to training, it doesn’t take much to get results: just lift 2-3 days per week; and focus on 3-4 exercises per session, consisting of full body, compound movements.

A simple workout of 2-3 sets of squats, dumbbell press, and rows can elicit some pretty impressive results if executed correctly and fused with proper eating habits.

Now, once you are passed that beginner – intermediate level and focused on taking your training and muscle-building to the next level, you’re going to have to get a little more intricate with how you design your workouts.

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The Perfect Workout

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Most people have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how they should go about designing their training sessions.

They walk into the gym and immediately head over to the free weights or machines – without warming up – and dive in, head first, into an incredibly inefficient training session; and, in most cases I observe, a workout that usually does more harm to their bodies than good.

This is because not only are they performing exercises incorrectly, with bad form and/or in the wrong sequences, but they are also just focusing on one aspect of a training session: lifting.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy

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I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.

One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.

I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff might have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life – and even more so if they were severely overweight.

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Change Your “Diet”

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This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.

Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass” – if you haven’t heard this album, it is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a thorough listen.

The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.

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Every Book I Read This Year – 2016

readers-leadersLet me start this post by wishing everyone reading a very “Happy New Year.” 

A few years ago I decided that I wasn’t reading as much as I would’ve liked, and I made a resolution to read at least 2 books per month.

I was out of practice, and sitting down for several minutes on end in deep concentration was not easy.

Like most adults living in the “Age of Information,” my brain had adapted to quick bouts of stimulus from multiple sources spread out across the day.

I decided to treat this endeavor as a form of mental exercising, and I started with a slow, gradual approach, just as I would any type of athletic pursuit.

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Know Thyself

 

socratesWho am I?

What is my purpose?

What is the meaning of life? 

Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.

I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.

Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.

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Morning Rituals For Success

057How many people do you know (including yourself) that actually enjoy living?

Seriously.

Think about this.

How many people do you know that greet you with a warm smile and make eye contact?

How many folks do you come across that ask about your day, and actually listen to what you are saying?

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A Renaissance Man’s Guide To Reading

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. –Oscar Wilde

We have officially begun the second half of 2016, and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.

I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.

I few years ago, I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month, as a way to spur me back into action.

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King T.U.T

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Time Under Tension. 

What is it?

Time Under Tension is the amount of time a muscle is under strain during a set of weight bearing exercise.

Simple enough.

Why is this important?

This is important because the duration of stimulus and tension on a muscle are key factors for growth and strength.

Longer bouts of strain lead to more muscle breakdown during a workout.

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Optimal Meal Frequency

Rule-2Almost a year ago, I wrote a post titled “The Top 5 Nutritional Myths.”

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a doozy.

If you know me or have been reading this blog for quite some time, you’d know that one of the things I most hate about the fitness industry is the perpetual amount of misinformation that continues to circulate, no matter how many times proven incorrect.

One of the biggest myths out there is that in order to burn more body fat, we should all eat 6 small(er) meals per day, as opposed to 3 big(ger) ones.

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