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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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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You’re Doing It Wrong

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We are officially one whole month into the New Year!

You know what that means.

It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.

I can already see it happening at my gym.

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Attention Deficit Training

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“Jack of all trades, master of none.”

Unfortunately, in this day and age of the internet and information overload, this phrase is beginning to apply to more and more people – especially when it comes to training.

Everyone wants to have and do it all.

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Carbohydrate Timing

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People love to complicate sh*t.

Carbohydrate timing is a perfect example.

Ask twenty different health “experts” or your local gym bro about when the best time to eat carbohydrates is, and you will undoubtedly get twenty different answers.

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Diversify Your Interests

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One of the great things about my line of business is that I get to work on a personal level with folks from all walks of life.

While the majority of my time is spent instructing and making sure exercises are done correctly, I do take the time to engage my clients in conversation about their lives and thoughts on a variety of issues.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best :

“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”

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The Top 5 Nutritional Myths

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We live in the “Age of Information.” 

The entire wealth of human knowledge is literally at our fingertips.

Anything you could ever want to know is just a tap or click away.

And yet it blows my mind that there are still so many uninformed people out there.

While this applies to all subjects, nutritional science is a field in which the propagation of misinformation seems to have gone rampant – almost like a Donald Trump campaign rally.

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The Importance Of A Weekly “Refeed”

Let me start by saying that I apologize for the brief hiatus.

Training has picked up quite a bit in the last few months and I have not been as free to sit down and write as I would’ve liked to have been.

With it being summer time and all, everyone is hitting the gym hard and dialing in on the diet.

Both males and females are working hard to achieve that lean, mean beach bod.

If you have ever trained with me or have read this blog, you probably already know that diet is 80% of the game as far as body composition is concerned – especially if your goal is fat loss! 

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Healthy Fats, Good Carbs, Clean Protein – Part 3

We have arrived at the third installment of this epic three part series.

If you missed Parts 1 and 2, get the hell out of here!

No seriously, catch up.

You can check out Part 1, here.

And Part 2, here. 

For those of you that have already done so, congratulations on being awesome.

Now, let’s get this party started, shall we?

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Healthy Fats, Good Carbs, Clean Protein – Part 2

Welcome, ladies and gents, to “Part 2” of this 3 part series.

In “Part 1,” I discussed dietary fat and it’s role in a healthy diet.

In case you missed it, you can check that out, here. 

This post will deal with Carbohydrates. 

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