Random Fitness Thoughts: Volume 1

  If I have one challenge I consistently face, one I consistently tell myself I need to improve and consistently seems to get harder to do – it’s to take my mind off health and fitness. Sometimes it happens pretty easily but in the end, breaks don’t come often. Lets focus on the benefits, aside from…

Technique of the Week: Hollow Holds

The Hollow Body Holds – and its many possible variations – are amazingly effective and really simple core drill that’ll have your abs screaming for mercy. Really. Most people have trouble with the first one in this video for more than 10-15s without tapping out. Working on your hollow holds are also a great way to…

Let Me Show You How I Burn the Fat

It’s February 20th as I start writing this and starting tomorrow I’ll be leaning down for the next several months. I’m actually looking forward to it because life, for many reasons, is better when lean. Trust me, I’ve been out of shape at around 230 and I’ve been in really good shape at 180. Different…

Technique of the Week: Dumbbell Assisted Leg Lifts

Looking for more exercises to hit the abs? I gotcha covered. The Dumbbell Assisted Leg Lift is a nice simple move that you’ll really feel in the midsection. The challenge is to use the abs to keep your lower back flat on the floor as you control your limbs — the challenging part is the…

Technique of the Week: The Bulgarian Split Squat

  Before I get into it, I’ll just say it, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable this one is for a better looking set of legs and butt, while also making you way more athletic. But see, I’ve got a little love/hate relationship going on with the Bulgarian Split Squat. Love? I credit it with saving…

34 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Working Out

I started going into gyms regularly at the age of 14. Since then, I’ve yo-yo dieted, been on-again/off-again, hurt myself plenty and paid close attention to all kinds of things that don’t matter. I’ll stop there or else I’ll be sitting here forever finding the best possible way to describe how many mistakes I’ve made with…

Technique of the Week: The Split Squat

I can honestly say the split squat finds itself in almost every program I write for new clients. In some cases, clients aren’t ready for it on day 1, so I give them straps or bands to hold on to for support as they feel it out. Sometimes a trainee’s legs really aren’t ready for single leg…

The 4 Bottom Lines of Fat Burning

There’s a lot in this article – if all you do is take action consistently on the bottom lines, you’re good. I suggest reading the whole thing. Tracking progress, calories, strength and protein are your bottom lines Food quality, sleep and stress really only matter so much that they play into your ability to hit your bottom lines. They all…