Take Responsibility For Your Body

Take Responsibility For Your Body

Independence is not possible without personal responsibility.  You cannot be a free, self-reliant person unless you are able to hold yourself accountable.  

Personal Responsibility is the single most important personality trait you need to develop to change your body, to get in better shape, to lose weight or to put on muscle.  Recognizing and claiming responsibility for your decisions will free you from destructive thought patterns.  It will allow you to be a stronger person mentally and physically.

The short term difficulties of claiming responsibility for your body are far outweighed by the long term benefits.  

How To Eat

How To Eat

You need to stop viewing food as an emotional subject, and labeling it as “good” or “bad”. Food is simply fuel that is made up of protein, carbs and fats. I’m going to keep repeating that until it sinks in.

It is our vehicle to change our body, not a way for us to punish ourselves.

Create your own personalized diet, and learn how to adhere with no headaches.

Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018

If you made a New Year’s resolution and are reading this blog I’m going to assume your resolution has something to do with changing your body.  You might want to add a little muscle, or lose a bunch of weight.  Both are worthy goals and both are achievable in a year.  There are some things you are going to need to keep in mind.

Fix Your Morning

Fix Your Morning

A lot of big-time thinkers, businessman and athletes have great morning routines.  It seems to be a common thread in history.  From Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to Big Wave Surfer Laird Hamilton a disciplined morning routine has helped a whole bunch of impressive people do impressive things.  
While everyone’s daily life is different just like what everyone wants from life is different I think there are a few simple rules to follow in establishing an effective morning routine.  

When we wake up we all want to feel good and function well.  That refers to both our body and our mind.  No one wants to be stiff and tight all day, and no one wants to carry that 5:30 AM mental fog with them all day.

How To Get More Protein In Your Diet

How To Get More Protein In Your Diet

When it comes to re-sculpting your body in any way- getting bigger or getting smaller, the two most important dietary factors are total calories consumed and total protein consumed within those calories.  

A recent study has shown that total calories and the amount of protein within those calories are the only two contributing factors to reshaping your body.  The ratio of carbohydrates and fat contained can vary and will not affect the outcome of the diet as long as they don’t put you into a caloric surplus, or make you eat too much.

These findings make dieting rather simple, but require diligent work in tracking all your calories until you’ve developed a mental computer that can scan, measure and calculate calories on the spot.  That takes years to develop.

How To Turn On Your Mind-Muscle Connection

How To Turn On Your Mind-Muscle Connection

Each of your limbs, joints, muscles and tendons are dependant and affected by every other limb, joint, muscle and tendon in your body.

That’s why it’s so important to focus on creating a connection between your mind and your body at the beginning of each workout.

Turning this mind-muscle connection on will enable you to build more muscle, move better and function at a higher physical level. Once you can signal and feel each muscle contracting you will enable your body to recruit more muscle fibers into each movement.

The Story You Tell Yourself Matters

The Story You Tell Yourself Matters

You must train yourself to view things as they are.  If you ate too much over the weekend, you are not an asshole you just ate too much.  If you skipped a workout you are not doomed to fail, you just had a bad day. 
 

They key to success is consistency and being able to appropriately deal with roadblocks and setbacks.  You cannot progress if you turn every dietary molehill into a mountain of an issue.  You are human, you will not be perfect.

Like anything worthwhile this reframing of your mind takes time and consistency. 

5 Habits of Highly Un-Injured People

5 Habits of Highly Un-Injured People

Most injuries are 100% preventable.

Common injuries are a product of tightness, lack of mobility and under-recovery. 

These are all things that you can easily prevent and fix by doing a tiny bit of work every day.  Remaining healthy will allow you to hit the gym more consistently, which will greatly increase your chances of reaching your goal and maintaining a high level of fitness.

The Benefits of Heat and Cold

The Benefits of Heat and Cold

This also applies to our environment.  We like to live in a comfortable temperature.  Our homes, our offices, and our cars all have systems that fight against the outside temperature to keep us cozy.  When it’s too hot outside we can make our personal environment colder, when it’s too cold outside we can make it warmer.

Regular exposure to extreme temperatures has amazing benefits. 

Our ancestors were regularly exposed to excessive heat and blinding cold.  It helped transform their bodies into resilient machines capable of excelling and functioning at the highest level.  Our biology is remarkably similar to our early ancestors. We can still use their strategies to build stronger bodies.

We can easily tap back into this genetic potential by taking daily cold showers and using a sauna 2 or 3 times a week.  Heat and cold can help optimize our hormones, speed recovery time and help our minds think and process at a faster rate.