Mental Muscle: September 2017

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What’s up everybody?

This post will kick off a new segment of my blog: at the end of every month I will send out links to all the interesting podcasts, books, documentaries, articles, music, movies, and performances that I checked out throughout the previous 4 weeks and that inspired me in some way, shape or form.

I’ve been doing this for my clients via email the last few months, and I thought that it would be cool to share this stuff with all of you as well.

One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes me from others in the health and fitness industry is that I have a very broad definition of “wellness.”

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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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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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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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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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