“When am I ever going to need to lift this weight this heavy?!”, is something I often hear from clients. It’s a valid question.
200lbs is scary the first time around. And if you're not exactly clicking your heels on your way to the gym, it might seem pointless and unnecessary.
Because life is a strength sport.
While you might not need to lift 200lbs everyday, you'll use the ability to lift 200lbs every single day.
Strength makes daily tasks easier -- whether it's car...
When you retire you’ll have so much time to travel, explore, and do fun, adventurous things. It would be a tragedy if your body prevented you from making the most of that time!
I used to think the ravages of time would eventually condemn me to a life where I couldn’t take care of myself, and where the most exciting thing in my life was "Meatloaf Mondays" at the retirement home. But this isn't true.
Old age is a choice.
Your habits determine what old age looks like for you. Of course genetics play a role in this, as they do in anything related to health. That doesn't mean you can't increase yo...
Talking to people hasn’t always been easy for me. Hell, it still isn't easy!
I used to be extremely shy and withdrawn. I simply never knew what to say to people I didn’t know well, especially girls. Truth be told, I still feel like a shy guy at my core.
When I tell people how shy I used to be, they’re usually surprised. I guess I’ve become skilled at disguising the intense anxiety I feel in certain social situations. Yaaaaaay!
Around age 17, I decided I was fed up being the shy teenager who hadn’t ever had a girlfriend or even a first kiss! My shitty social skills were a huge barrier to a be...
I want to share a story with you about a client of mine, let’s call her Leia. Leia is a badass.
The first time Leia and I spoke she told me she wanted to get leaner. She wanted to lose fat and have more definition. She wanted a flat stomach. Fair enough.
Right out of the gate Leia was killing it. I don’t think she missed a single workout outside of being sick once.
The first habit she practiced (other than coming to the gym) was drinking more water. Why? That’s what she wanted to work on. Plus, water is awesome.
She didn’t like the taste of plain water, so she added some zero calorie flav...
Posted on May 23, 2016
I was once in a relationship where we exclusively had arguments when we were both REALLY hungry.
Hanger is real. Hitting that hunger level where your lizard brain takes over is a huge obstacle when it comes to making healthy, mindful, dietary decisions.
It feels like a completely different person has taken over. Control? Gone. Never heard of it.
After unhinging your jaw like a python and swallowing a cheeseburger in one bite, your pupils constrict (also like a python! GET IT?!) and you wake up.
Being hangry is more than just unpleasant. It can be a highway to the Dangerzone.
When I’m hang...
I get really excited when somebody who had felt overwhelmed and confused by fitness says my blog helped them with the seemingly endless puzzle that is fat loss.
I work with the people who want to be committed but can’t seem to find said feeling of commitment and motivation.
Because for many, fitness is the 5th priority. Kids, family, career etc. take precedent.
There’s nothing wrong with fitness being priority #5.
You can still fit back into that old pair of jeans. You can still bulletproof your joints so you can give your kids the finger mid-backflip when they try to put you into a nursing ...
Posted on May 17, 2016
My friend hates sardines.
He completely abhors them. I don’t get it. I love the little fishies. I think they taste great. Plus, they’re cheap and healthy. Beyond that, they’re insanely convenient.
That said, my buddy reels at the thought. He still gives me shit about recommending them.
“Jeff made me eat sardines. I shall never forgive him”, he says with the utmost disdain. I have to watch my back around him now.
I forced him to do no such thing. I simply said they were cheap, healthy, and delicious. However, only 2 of those things were true for him.
When you read articles that say “10 foods t...
Posted on May 14, 2016
In most cases 3 or 4 days a week is more or less optimal.
There you go. There’s the answer. You can stop reading now. Good day sir!
A straight-forward answer?! What is this tomfoolery?!!?
Just for the hell of it, let’s go into a little more depth on this topic.
It’s not uncommon for a potential client to come into a consultation saying they want to work with me 7 days a week. That amount of ambition is certainly commendable. However, this amount of gym time is as gratuitous as bacon in a chocolate bar (yeah, it's a thing. It's OK. Not great. Not bad. OK)
“Hold the phone! You ain’t gotta work ...
Posted on May 14, 2016
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with a Big Ass Salad. I think salad’s get a bad rep because people don’t eat them out of 5 gallon buckets like god intended. Anyways, that's a different discussion.
(The only problem is that this salad still fits in the photo.)
Eating healthy has a reputation of being a shitty and flavorless des(s)ert (get it?!?!dessert?!desert?! It's a pun! get it?!) of iceberg lettuce, carrot shreds, and despair. It’s a shame. This is a problem.
When your only option is salads, of course eating healthy is going to suck.
Eating nothing save salads sounds awful, even ...
My DNA might be part garbage disposal.
I have a reputation among friends for my ability to eat. This is one of the advantages to being on the taller side. Not fitting into some cars is a disadvantage.
I fancy a good salad (emphasis on “good”). And as the personification of the Sarlacc, I can say anecdotally that salads can be really filling.
Now, lest you think I’m recommending a salad only diet, here’s a thing I wrote 4 Healthy Things On The Menu That Aren't Fucking Salad
My point is that if you think salads can’t be filling, you’re doing salads wrong.
This begs the question:
How do I make ...