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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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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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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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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Tips For Healthy Shoulders

For those of you that don’t know, I injured my right shoulder pretty badly a few months ago.

I was playing basketball and ran blindly into a screen at about 75% of my full speed.

I sustained a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint and did not regain full mobility in my shoulder for almost 3 months.

While I still feel a little discomfort, I am back to training at 100% and feel great.

That brings me to the topic of this post.

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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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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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