Since its heyday in the 1970's, bodybuilding has been the dominant influence on how most everyday exercisers go about structuring their strength training. In the last few years, however, the functional training movement has begun to gain traction and people are learning that bodybuilding methods may not be the most effective approach for most people. In bodybuilding, the primary focus is on isolating muscle groups (namely those that are most visible, often at the expense of other key muscles groups)...
Let's face it, most of your unhealthy habits aren't complicated. No matter how deep we dive into the details of areas such as nutrition, it's always the simple things that make the biggest difference. The hard part is actually doing them. Stress: The Origin of Unhealthy Habits You can create lofty, elaborate plans all you want, but in most cases they simply don't turn into long-term habits. If you know what to do, why is it so damn hard to just...
For anyone who translates pay day to mean shopping day, I feel pretty safe in guessing that they're probably always broke - and likely in debt, too. Likewise, if someone thinks that exercise "earns" them bad eating habits, it's safe to assume their workouts aren't dramatically changing their body - and they're likely accruing a "food debt" in the form of body fat. In short, the mindset of using exercise to "earn" more food is a fast track to the...
As a naturally analytical person, I'm a master of overcomplicating just about anything. Since I considered myself more of an intellectual than a meathead, I spent years learning the complex details of how the body and muscular system work so that I could create smarter, more elaborate training programs. Yet, time and time again, I kept wondering how so many of the most impressive looking people in the gym tended to be ignorant to these facts. Granted, these are also...
Like most topics, there's an annoyingly long answer to this question, and then there's the short one that applies to 99% of us. The 99% who want to look and feel great, but aren't professional athletes or the type of gym rats that would prefer to spend more time at the gym than at home - even if they could get better results in a fraction of the time. The long answer starts off something like this: Every person...
Whether you're completely new to fitness or it's simply been awhile, getting started is both the scariest and the riskiest step to take. Walking into a gym for the first time can be intimidating if you're not sure where to go or what exactly to do. In addition to not wanting to look silly by doing something wrong, you also want to be sure that you don't end up hurting yourself. With that in mind, let's cover a couple major...
Unnatural Footwear = Unnatural Movement I could easily have made an hour long video on this topic (but don't worry, I didn't!) - in the video below, I cover the 3 basic areas in which cushioned, supportive shoes do harm to your body and your workouts. For those who aren't able to go fully barefoot, or just prefer not to, I also cover 2 of the only true minimalist footwear options that successfully mimic the benefits of going barefoot. For...
The approach you take to progressing the difficulty of your workouts is one of the most important aspects of any program. Unfortunately, the most common approach is one of the biggest limiters of people's results, and is even the cause of countless injuries. A Flawed Approach The mistake? Incorrectly thinking that results come from doing better exercises, not doing exercises better. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a place for progressing to more challenging exercises, but the bulk of your...
One week into 2016, while everyone's New Year's Resolutions are still fresh, I can't think of a better time to talk about what it takes to be one of the few who sticks with it. Every year, it takes about a week for the guilt to set in and then people flock to gyms like a stampede, only to leave them exactly as they were by the time February comes along. If you want to be the exception, and set...
There have long been 2 completely separate worlds within the health & fitness field. You have the free-thinking mind-body types who lean toward holistic and often spiritual practices like yoga, and then you have the crowd that prefers the Western science approach and lean more toward a purely physical and highly mechanical approach to exercise. Both sides have valuable things to bring to the table, but luckily you don't have to pick a side because it's very possible to...