If you missed the first installment of the “Mental Muscle” series last month, you may check it out here.
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.”
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.
I had one New Year’s resolution in 2015, and it was to read 2 books a month for all 12 months.
I am pleased to say that not only did I accomplish this task, but I totally murdered it!
As I type this post, just 3 days away from the new year, I am currently half way through my 28th book!
I can honestly say that this experience has been life changing, and I will undoubtedly continue this hobby through 2016 and beyond.
“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.
Let’s face it.
Most of us don’t have the best genetics.
On top of that, we don’t sleep enough, we don’t always hydrate adequately or eat the right foods, and we’re stressed out 24-7 from our work and home life.
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!
People are funny.
We’ll rationalize any and everything so as to justify our behavior.
Take, for instance, our lifestyle and dietary choices:
I have clients that smoke.
I have clients that drink a bit too much, quite a bit too often.
I have clients that eat fried foods on a regular basis.
Most of the questions I get at the gym from clients and curious bros in the locker room pertain to my diet and supplement routine.
Therefore, rather than repeat myself on a daily basis, I decided I would tackle those questions with a post, and kill two birds with one stone.
Before I begin, please keep in mind that this isn’t particularly a “fat loss” diet.
I’m pretty satisfied with my current body fat level, and I eat more for maintenance and performance now.
The world is an unfair place.
Time after time, it would seem that those at the top are given all the breaks; while those at the bottom work harder than ever just to make ends meet.
Over the last 30 years, the top 1% of all households has secured a very large share of all the gains in income: 60%; while the top 0.1% has secured an even more disproportionate share: 36% of all new income.
Only 8.6% of income gains have gone to the bottom 90% over the last 30 years.