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  • Have trouble getting to the gym? Try this

    Posted on Jun 05, 2019

    Getting to the gym is the most difficult exercise of all. It’s also the most important.

    It’s more important than squats, deadlifts, or how much you bench. Because none of that matters if you don’t actually show up to workout.

    And sometimes it’s really freaking difficult to drag yourself to the gym to get a workout in.

    Maybe you’re new to the gym and you feel a bit intimidated.

    Maybe you’re just exhausted and working out is literally the last thing you want to do.

    Or maybe you’re really busy which makes it easier to put off, until all of the sudden the week is gone and you still haven’t worked ...

  • How to stop being angry all the time

    Posted on May 29, 2019

    When I was 14 I punched a wall and split my knuckle open. I was angry.

    I’ve always had a short temper.

    Being quick to anger has been something I’ve struggled to contain as long as I can remember.

    Anger, stress and the ensuing irritability can warp you into a negative, volatile person you don’t want to be.

    So I want to share with you what I’ve done to become a more relaxed, and positive version of myself. Someone who has learned not to lash out and say regretful things when he feels angry, someone who can usually listen to his anger and not let it engulf him.


    Nowadays, life has to really be k...

  • How to make your workouts shorter

    Posted on May 22, 2019

    Sometimes you’re short on time. Or energy. Or both.

    And sometimes you just reeeeeally don’t feel like getting a workout in.

    And that’s OK. It happens to everybody -- even those of us who work in the fitness industry.

    To be honest, I’ve personally not been feeling like working out at all lately so I consider it a win if I can make myself do anything remotely resembling a workout.

    So it’s just something that happens from time to time. Sometimes it’s because motivation is low. And sometimes it’s because of life.

    Either way, if you want to lose weight and/or get healthy, you’ll have to navigate ...

  • Make it a priority. Doesn't have to be a big one.

    Posted on May 15, 2019

    There’s more to life than being lean.

    And let’s face it. I bet you have a lot going on. Between work, family, relationships, and trying to have some semblance of a social life, you probably feel like there’s no room for anything else.

    How are you supposed to lose those 40 lbs that snuck up on you over the last 10 years when it feels like you’re barely able to stay on top of things as it is?

    Fortunately, it doesn’t require as big of a commitment as you may have been lead to believe. That said, if you’re to get back to a weight and fitness level you’re happy with, it does require some level of ...

  • 5 signs you need to drop your fat loss perfectionism

    Posted on May 08, 2019

    You’ve been here before.

    You started a new diet a few weeks ago. And it was going really well. You were following the diet exactly. Resisting the snack bowl at work, your post-work cocktail, and any other things the diet said you couldn’t have.

    Now though, your enthusiasm is waning. You’re getting bored. You’re craving foods that are “off limits”. You’re finding it harder and harder to resist the many opportunities to eat things that are off plan. That said, you’re still managing to stick with it.

    Until one day, you get home from a really hard day at work and start aimlessly wandering around y...

  • How should you approach fat loss for the best results?

    Posted on Apr 24, 2019

    People like to argue about things that don’t matter.

    Especially when it comes to fat loss.

    People often argue about “the best way” of doing things. The reality is that different things work for different people under different circumstances. What works great for you might not work for your friend or coworker. And vice versa.

    So in this post I’m going to offer two opposing strategies for building a fit lifestyle.

    Both work. Neither is the better than the other. They’re just different.

    And depending on your personality and how your brain works, you’ll probably gravitate more towards one. Or ...

  • How to get back to the gym after a hiatus

    Posted in Fat Loss, Fitness on Apr 17, 2019

    Let’s be honest. Life happens.

    You may be well on the path to feeling confident in your body and dropping those 40 lbs. Those 40 lbs that seem like they magically appeared overnight.

    You go to the gym a few times a week. You’re eating better and going to bed earlier. All is going well.

    You feel like you’ve taken back control of your weight. Like it’s not something you’re stuck with, but something you have power over.

    You’re at the lowest weight you’ve been in years and you can see no reason why you’re not going to keep making progress.

    Then the holidays happen.

    Between lots of traveling t...

  • How and why you should stop fat shaming yourself

    Posted on Apr 10, 2019

    You might be asking yourself, “Why would Jeff include the word “why” in the title? Surely nobody needs convincing to not make themselves feel like shit.”

    You’d be surprised though.

    Fat shaming is so deeply entrenched in our society it’s seen as the go to for motivation.

    I’ve worked with many clients who intentionally clung onto their tendency to fat shame themselves.

    The rationale being they felt their self shaming was the only thing preventing them from slipping even further away from their goals. It felt like that shame was the only thing keeping them together. That if they stopped shaming...

  • Lessons from literature: Moby Dick

    Posted on Apr 03, 2019

    Moby Dick might be one of the most boring books of all time.

    Half of it literally reads like a textbook for someone who wants to get into whaling.

    You get like 3 paragraphs of story, then 3 pages of what is essentially "Whaling 101". And it adds literally nothing to the story. In my opinion, the book could have been half as long and twice as interesting had those bits been left out.

    In fact, I can’t say I’ve technically read Moby Dick. Upon realizing the Whaling 101 parts where completely irrelevant to the story, I skipped over them.

    So we’re not going to talk about those bits. Because I ...

  • How to get your portions under control with moderation

    Posted in Fat Loss, Fitness, Diet, Nutrition on Mar 27, 2019

    Healthy eating is both a habit and a skill set.

    Today, I’m going to focus on the skill part. Because you wouldn’t try and pick up 300 lbs on day 1 at the gym. You’d work up to it. Same can be said with any sort of skill. When learning a language, you learn the easy stuff first, like “hello” (or “hello world” if it’s a programming language).

    With moderating your nutrition it’s the same. You have to start from wherever you are on the skill continuum and move forward from there.

    In this post, I’m going to give you a series of progressions to guide you towards eating more moderately.

    First though,...

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