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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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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The Minimum Effective Dose

One of the biggest mistakes I often see at the gym is people trying to do too much in regards to weekly training volume.

There’s a very fine line between maximizing training sessions and over doing it.

While burning calories is a big part of losing body fat, one must consider other important variables as well.

The hormonal signals we send our bodies are just as important as the ‘net calories burned’ on your heart rate monitor.

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Blue Collar

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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. 

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What The Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

This past week, I read a book called “Training Camp: What The Best Do Better Than Everyone Else,” by Jon Gordon.

Based on his work with professional sports teams, world class organizations, and interviews with top professionals in a wide variety of fields, he narrowed their success in life to 10 specific traits that they all shared in common.

While I encourage you all to read the book, I decided that I would share these traits with you, here – but that I would apply them to training instead.

After all, we should all strive for greatness in everything we do.

Training is no exception.

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Fat Loss Made “Easy”

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Fat loss is simple.

It’s simple in that once you realize that it’s hard and takes A LOT of discipline and effort, it actually becomes quite uncomplicated.

You see, most people want an “easy” way out.

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