Morton Training Systems Blog

  • What you need to know for a crazy successful cheat meal

    Posted on Aug 24, 2017

    I pretty much hate the term cheat meal because it implies you're somehow able to trick your body into giving you a grade you don't deserve.

    Terminological beef aside, the concept of a cheat meal is a great tactic to take your fat loss to the next level. Because it makes eating for fat loss feel less like a diet and more like something you actually want to keep doing.

    This is key for preventing post-diet weight gain.

    What is a cheat meal exactly?

    A cheat meal is a planned “off plan” meal... Ok, let me elaborate.

    If you want to burn belly fat, get strong, and build sculpted toned muscles, you...

  • How to be more energetic, focused, and fit with solid sleep habits

    Posted on Aug 17, 2017

    Ever had a long night of drinking where you get 3 hours of sleep? Then the next day you literally give zero fucks about what you eat?


    I mean… uhh… not that I’ve ever done that...

    Sleep is important, especially for fat loss. The body functions best on a full night’s sleep. Killer workouts, optimal recovery, and amazing results all come from solid sleep habits.

    The funny thing about getting more sleep is you don’t realize how dysfunctional and unproductive you are until you actually start getting 8 hours. At least, I certainly didn’t.

    “Welp, I’m not actually a complete emotional wreck. I...

  • Powerful advice to conquer the most frustrating workout mistake

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017

    "I want my shoulders to pop more in sleeveless dresses."


    "I want those lines in between my thigh and my lower abs"


    "I want to lose fat in my legs. I don’t want to be pear shaped."

    Sound like you? Still struggling to get those things? You are in luck my friend because I wrote this post for you.

    • 5 exercises for a tight tummy!
    • Do these 3 moves to get rid of stubborn back fat!
    • Try this fat melting, tummy tightening ab workout!

    I’m sure you’ve seen stuff like this before, especially if you’re on Pinterest (be my friend pleeeeease!). Here’s the thing though. These posts are based in my...

  • Why superfoods are BS (sort of) for fat loss and your metabolism

    Posted on Jul 20, 2017

    If you want to burn belly fat and build slim, toned muscles there’s something you need to know about superfoods. So in this post I share with you why the term superfood is misguiding your fat loss efforts. And of course I show you what to do instead to get a flat stomach and strong, lean physique with little body fat.

    Foods don’t boost your metabolism.

    So yeah, “superfoods” aren’t really a thing.

    Hear me out though before you rage quite this post, because I just want to help reach your fat loss goals so you never have to diet again.

    Sounds nice, right?

    A huge, and all too common, fat loss...

  • This Is 100x more effective than a detox/cleanse for losing belly fat

    Posted on Jul 06, 2017

    I don’t know why juice became such a thing in the fitness conversation. At any rate, the detox myth still seems, unfortunately, to be going strong.

    But it needs to go. Like. Now.

    Because doing a detox is at best unhealthy, and at worst dangerous.

    Let me give you all the juicy details

    When you juice fruits and vegetables, you get rid of most of the stuff that makes them healthy in the first place! While all the nutrients and shit in plants is awesome, what makes them good for weight loss is all of that glorious fiber.

    It’s healthier to eat the food whole because taking out all the...umm......

  • Something you already know about bodybuilding that could unexpectedly help with body image issues

    Posted on Jun 27, 2017

    Body image is a weird thing. I’ve had lots of conversations about it because one of the main things I help people do is feel more comfortable, confident and in control of their bodies.

    The weird thing is how arbitrary the whole concept is -- how you look at our own body isn’t how other people see your body. Like... literally. Not like “Oh, people find different things attractive”. People physically see different things.

    Ever heard your voice recorded on camera? Then it sounds nothing like how you think you sounds? It’s like that. How you hear your voice isn’t how other people hear it.



  • The scatterbrain's guide to getting your sh*t together

    Posted on Jun 14, 2017

    “Ok, on the weekend I’m going to do EVERYTHING I’ve been saying I want to do. Literally, once I just have ONE full weekend where I don’t have anything else to do, I’m going to get my shit together and start living the life I want to, whether that’s eating healthier or doing fulfilling hobbies instead of zonking out to Futurama reruns.”

    Sound familiar?

    As you know, that never happens. The weekend is gone. You find yourself spending sunday dreading work and “resting” so you can handle the week better.

    People have this same attitude with weight loss -- an all or nothing mentality where you pas...

  • Epic exercises: Kneeling pallof press

    Posted on Jun 07, 2017

    Why it’s Awesome:

    The vast majority of your core work should be about resisting movement, where the goal is to prevent core movement rather than create core movement. Think planks rather than crunches.

    These “anti-movement” core exercises are where it’s at to build a strong, resilient core/lower back.

    Why? Because anti-movements train the core to stay in its strongest and safest position. This position is called neutral if you’re a giant nerd (not that I’d know anything about that ... whistles suspiciously), you’d probably refer to it as flat, or straight.

    Doing endless amounts of crunches w...

  • The very best time to quit a goal

    Posted on Jun 02, 2017

    There’s zero shame in quitting a goal if you realize it’s not actually what you want, or if you realize the cost isn't worth the benefit.

    During a consultation with a new client, our very first meeting, we talk about what their goals are and how we’re going to reach them. Often they’ll say something like “I want to get fit" or "I want to lose 20 lbs" or "I want to be more toned" etc. But as they travel along in their strength journey, their goals become much more refined and specific.

    I’ve worked with many clients who, after a year or so, said, “I’m actually pretty stoked on my current weigh...

  • What to do when stress is ruining your life

    Posted on May 26, 2017

    Stress used to be a defining feature for me. There wasn’t a single part of me that wasn’t influenced by it.

    When I was a teenager, I split my knuckle open punching a wooden beam during an arguement with my Mom. As an adult, I’ve so many stress breakdowns I've blocked out most of them. One time I literally just screamed at the top of my lungs for 10 minutes (probably scaring the living bejeezus out of the neighbors) because I felt so helpless, stressed, and angry over not being able to change a bike tire when I was already late for work.

    Outbursts like this were the norm not the exception. Wh...

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