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The Secret to Staying Fit While Traveling

[Originally written June 3rd, 2017] I’m sitting in a hotel room in Sacramento, CA, nearing the end of a long week-and-a-half stint of travel. Memorial Day weekend was spent in Toronto for a fitness conference (5-hour drive both ways), arriving back home for a quick two-day break before heading back out on a flight to…

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Run Your Own Diet Experiment Like A Scientist

[Article originally published in Breaking Muscle] How often have you finished a delicious meal, only later hours later to be plagued by uncomfortable bloating or an upset stomach? Perhaps your favorite treats routinely cause your stomach and digestive system to feel distressed, or maybe you notice a decrease in your energy levels during workouts after…

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From Fat Kid To Fitness Competitor, Vol 2:

From Liberation To Self-Discovery Discovering that oftentimes it is the growth you experience during the journey that matters far more than the achievement itself. In, From Fat Kid To Fitness Competitor, I wrote about the liberation of an obese kid from his past struggles with weight loss and low self-esteem. This story is the sequel to…

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One Simple Trick To Invite More Adventure Into Your Life

We are facing an epidemic. It affects a larger proportion of the population than most people realize and can be detrimental to the well-being and functioning of any adult who suffers from it. This epidemic is a lack in fulfillment within our lives.  We can easily differentiate people by whether or not they are fulfilled…

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The Best Piece of Advice I Ever Received for a Happier, More Fulfilled Life

One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to interact with some of the most awesome and interesting people I could ever hope to meet. In fact, I learn just as much from each of my clients as they learn from me. I’ve gained some of the most powerful insights into…

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4 Reasons You’re Wasting Time In The Gym

The number one excuse people have for not exercising: lack of time. U.S. adults are spending more hours at work than ever before. With the majority of our time being spent at work, and trying to balance family and social time, it can seem impossible to carve out the time needed three to five days…

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Why You Should Have Dinner With Your Clients

Attending social events can deepen your bonds with clients, expand your range of prospects, and give you valuable info that makes you a better trainer (and perhaps a better person). Four months ago, after a long week of sessions and in lieu of my typical downtime on the weekend, I attended two different social events…

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Gym Etiquette for Beginners: 8 Gym Norms to Follow

The gym can be a very daunting place, especially for a beginner. It has its own culture, and within this culture are acceptable and unacceptable forms of behavior. Part of the anxiety that is caused by going to the gym revolve around not fitting in. One sure way to stand out (not in a good…

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Need to power through a workout? Crank up the tunes.

If you’re having trouble getting yourself to the gym to workout, or find yourself getting really bored while you exercise, then putting together an awesome playlist of your favorite music can help. Listening to music while exercising has been shown to improve exercise performance and adherence.[1,2] This performance enhancing effect is likely caused by a…

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Build An Unstoppable Mentality

“We face dire challenge and chance… Yet I smile.” – Ezekiel, “The Walking Dead” If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead,” then you are likely familiar with the character Ezekiel (also known as “The King”). In a recent episode, he was preparing his people for a battle with the antagonist group, reassuring them that…

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Is A Calorie Just A Calorie?

I have a question for you: Is a calorie just a calorie? Total calories consumed is the most fundamental variable to be considered when striving to lose weight. Quite simply, you can’t lose weight unless you consume less calories than you burn. However, does it really matter where those calories come from? If you indulge in…

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Quit Overeating By Defining Your Happiness

[Article originally published on breakingmuscle.com] How can you differentiate between fulfillment and instant-gratification? How can you use this knowledge to avoid binge-eating and begin to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself? In this video, Mark Zarate and I discuss what happiness actually is, and how most people confuse true “happiness” with the almighty…

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Food Over Family?

I was driving early the other morning, around 5:00am when the cold air felt like the atmospheric version of my alarm clock–unforgiving, annoying, and if it were wireless I’d probably have thrown it across the room. I was listening to some talk radio show on whatever station I had on. One caller had phoned in…

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Which Should You Do First: Cardio or Weights?

You’ve started a new fitness program, and this new program calls for both cardio and weight training. You don’t want to spend every day at the gym, so you decide to stack some of the weight and cardio workouts on the same days. If you are going to perform both in the same workout then…

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