Planning Your Fitness Goals

Pop quiz! Who said the following quotes? -Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a seed a long time ago. -A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. -Man does not plan to fail, he just fails to plan. -Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. The theme of the day (if you haven’t guessed) is an often overlooked aspect of the fitness game: Planning. Coming up with a solid training program for long term success is a key component to reaching your goals.  Let’s enlist the wisdom of some historical individuals to discuss […]

Maximize Each Workout: 3 Practical Tips on Mindset

The mindset associated with any training plan is really what makes the difference in achieving your goals. Sets, reps, exotic exercise selection, equipment, etc. doesn’t make a drop of difference if you are only 60% engaged, focused, and mentally committed. Here are 3 practical tips to get you in the zone – and keep you there – for your next workout session: Pre-workout Nutrition: This is HUGE and probably the MOST practical of these three tips. If you match yourself with the correct pre-workout nutrition for your body, you will be set up with plenty of fuel and focus. Pre-workout nutrition can come in the form of whole food meal, supplement, and/or some kind of stimulant. I’ve tried a number […]

Build Muscle: Top 5 MUSTS!

How is it some build muscle with, seemingly, little to no effort? Putting meat on the bones comes easy for some: they’ll do a couple curls and drink a glass of milk then BAM, they’re swole.  For the rest of us, it can feel like we have to grind and suffer day in and day out for an ounce or two of muscle.  The methods used and the advice given can sometimes become overwhelming. Do this program… “Take these supplements… Eat 22.75 grams of protein every 76 minutes… Train each bodypart once every ten days.” Sometimes you’ll hear fitness experts give advice that can be contradictory or confusing, or just plain unreasonable for you and your lifestyle. Amongst the sea of information on […]