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9 Nutrition Mistakes that are Keeping You Fat!

Let me guess, you've been training pretty hard and consistently for the last few months.

You're hitting all your lifts and your strength is starting to improving quite nicely. You're even packing on a bit of muscle and your buddies are starting to notice.

Hell, you're probably getting a few double takes from the ladies over on the elliptical machines! You've even gone as far as sprinkling in a cardio session or two from time to time to burn a few extra calories and not be a complete meathead.

But, to your utter disappointment, all that work and hard earned muscle is completely buried under a layer of fat that you just can't seem to get rid of.

This is a classic case, my friend. A classic case of "I lift big and heavy weights so I can eat whatever want!" This is totally fine if you're going for that Pilsbury doughboy or The Rock in 1987 look.

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1 Exercise that will Solve All Your Problems...


Don't misinterpret the headline, this article isn't about an exercise that's going to reduce unemployment rates, pay your mortgage and put your kids through college.

However, it is about how you can build strength, improve your conditioning and get an awesome workout with very little time or equipment.

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7 Benefits of Flexible Dieting (IIFYM)

I'll be the first to admit that I find diets to be utterly frustrating and confusing.

We're all human beings yet there are so many different approaches to eating. Are we all that different in how we process food?

I know there's food allergies that may cause some deviations but how can there be so many COMPLETELY DIFFERENT trains of thought?

You got the low fat diets - unhealthy despite what the name implies. You got the low carb or no carb diets (i.e. Atkins) - effective but unsustainable.

You got Paleo - a step in the right direction but still difficult to quantify your nutritional intake.

You got vegan and vegetarian - not bad, but difficult to eat a balanced diet.

These are just a few of the most popular diets on the market and they all preach completely different things.

So what gives? Is there no happy medium? Is there not a way to eat to achieve your goals that won't leave you stressed out and deprived?

I've always been an advocate of sensible eating and everything in moderation. I'm not gonna lie though, I fell into the "carbophobia" trap for a while. Despite maintaining a consistent 4 day a week training regimen, I still gained 25lbs of fat! I knew something wasn't right and I wanted to nip this shit in the bud quick! So that's when I decided to hire a nutrition coach and I was then introduced to Flexible Dieting aka "If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)".

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15 Years of Training and Life Lessons!

Oh how time flies. As I get older, I find myself saying that more and more. But it's true, it seems like the older I get, the more things seem to speed up.

Life can feel like one giant beep test sometimes where each year gets faster and faster until we hit our "limit." Do kids even do the beep the test anymore or has the school system become so diluted that it's no longer socially acceptable to be competitive and push yourself physically or mentally?

That's ammo for another article I suppose.

However, you know you're ass is old when you have clients that are 20 years younger than you - and I don't mean toddlers either! I can still think back to when I was 18/19 years old flipping through Muscle and Fitness and Flex magazine for the latest chest and arm workouts to go try at the gym.

Hammer Strength was the gold standard for training equipment.

Olympic lifting was exactly that - the type of lifting that you would only see at the Olympics.

Training more than 2 body parts in a single workout was considered crazy.

Commercial or "globo" gyms were the only option.

Personal trainers had clipboards, wore golf shirts, and were high priced rep counters.

Guys lifted weights cause they wanted to get jacked and the ladies lived on the elliptical and did abs classes to "tone" up.

I guess not that much has changed.

It's been 15 years since I got started in this little thing known as fitness and man, I've definitely learned a thing or two about training, nutrition, business, and life in general.

As I glance back, these are just a few lessons I've learned on my eventful journey.

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