How to Avoid Procrastination

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Do you struggle with getting to the gym? Struggle with eating right? When it comes to food prep do you fall short?

Fitness isn’t easy. If it was everyone would be in great shape right? But good things take work. What does come easy is procrastinating. So how do we avoid the procrastination?

First off, don’t delay when it comes to working out. When your alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze and lay in bed. Set your phone across the room, jump up and go. If you are going after work, don’t come home and get comfortable. Walk in, change, and then go.

For your food, you’ve got to make it a priority. Don’t wait until you have time to grocery shop and prep because it won’t happen. Plan a time for it on one of your days off, and go after it. Go shop, and then as soon as you get home prep everything.

Having your food on track, will help keep everything else on track because you will feel like you are making progress, which will help with your workouts.

Drink water. This seems like it has nothing to do with staying on track, but as you drink lots of water, you will feel healthier, and your mind will feel like it’s accomplishing more.

Don’t skip days. If you start skipping days it will become easier and easier to skip days. So don’t allow yourself to get lazy. Stay focused, stay hungry, and stay determined.

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Why You’re Eating Wrong

wordswag_1536861005165What if I told you that the key to everything you want with your fitness level has to do with food.  Would you believe me?  Sure the gym is important.  Working out is important, but it’s a very small piece of the puzzle.

With that being said, there is so much information both good and bad out there about nutrition.

Starting Monday I am launching an exclusive video series talking about the do’s and don’t of food.  All you have to do is be a part of my Facebook group to watch them.

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Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

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So you’re in a good routine with your workouts and then that dreadful sickness creeps in. You hope that it’s just a scratch in your throat, but soon you feel bad, your temp goes up and you are crushed that the great habits you had been working on are now drifting out the window as your body gets used to being sick. But is that how it has to be?

Should you workout when you are sick? First off if you are blazing a fever, you are very contagious so don’t go contaminating the gym. But with that being said, you probably should still workout.

You know your body better than anyone, what it can handle, and what is typically too far for you. While I do recommend resting a day or two when you are sick, don’t wait any longer. Often by the end of two days, any fever we’ve had is gone, and sure we probably are not 100% back to normal yet, but you are well enough to at least get in a partial workout.

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I mentioned in this week’s podcast how you may not be able to go as hard in the gym if you aren’t completely better, and that’s okay, you still should get in there and do some things. Because staying out of the gym for more than couple days is going to hurt your habits. And habits which I talk all the time about in my videos are crucial to your success.

I’ve seen it before. Someone gets sick and then they quit lifting for over a week, by the time they are all better, the body is lazy and doesn’t want to do anything and they fall off the cart and go back to square one.

So while you need a day or two to rest and get rid of the fever, don’t delay any longer.

Make sure you stay hydrated with tons of water, but don’t be afraid of lifting (go easy and maybe lighter) after a couple days.

Why Your Bench Press Is Wrong

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Head into any gym on any given day and chances are someone will be on the bench press. Pumping out reps. It’s one of those staple workouts that must be done. But are you doing your bench pressing right? Are you even hitting your chest muscles while performing your reps? There’s a chance you aren’t. There’s 3 major mistakes we can make when doing the chest press.

  1.  Arching your back. From slight arches to insane ones, it’s easy to arch your back so much that your back barely touches the bench. This is taking the load off of your chest muscles and also setting yourself up to get hurt. Keep your back flat on the bench.
  2. Not coming all the way down. So often I see people only come about half way down with the bar, or stop a couple inches above the chest. You want to bring the bar completely down so it touches your chest.
  3. Bouncing. This is the last common mistake I see, performing your reps so fast that you are using the momentum of the movement to “bounce” the bar back up after it comes back up.

All of these mistakes are easy to do, but also are easy to correct. So next time you are trying to crush it on the chest press, evaluate yourself and see if you are making these mistakes. For more check out this week’s podcast.

Do You Really Need Protein?

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Protein. We hear all about it. We consume it on a daily basis from one source or another. But what does it do, and do we really need it? If you follow my podcast you know how much I talk about nutrition being everything when it comes to hitting your fitness goals. But protein is often misunderstood.

I’ve known some people who wanted to gain muscle and so just started taking whey protein throughout the day. Whey is important, but that act alone is not going to just start making you jacked.

When you workout and exert a lot of muscle energy your muscles are literally starving and, because they’ve expended all their energy. They need amino acids (the building blocks of protein) in order to repair themselves. You see when muscles are worked out they literally tear. Then new muscle fibers come and grow over those tears like a scab on our skin. After these new muscle fibers patch up the tears that results in our muscle being stronger and denser.

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Protein comes into play in patching up those tears, because our muscles need them to heal, otherwise if you are depleted of amino acids, the body will actually pull them from other muscles if it can (which is counter-productive to growing muscle).

So the cure? Try to down a scoop of protein within 30 minutes after working out, this gives your muscles their much needed boost of healing. My video talked about the importance of that this week.

In addition whey protein when mixed in low-fat milk can aid in pushing you up to your calorie range for the day. It’s a quick way to get some extra calories. But as with anything, you need a well balanced nutrition plan and don’t think that the whey protein will be enough to get you jacked. But it’s a very useful tool.

The Only 3 Supplements You Need

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If you’ve ever taken a walk into a health food store, or supplement store it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are a million and one choices and options for protein, and everything else imaginable. Catchy labels like “lose belly fat” or “lift like a beast” are everywhere. Is it all just a lot of hype? Are those supplements really doing anything other than taking money out of your wallet?

Well there are a lot of good supplements and a lot of bad supplements out there (not surprising right?). So which ones should you focus on?

For starters you need protein. I talk in my free course about how you need protein from both food and supplements. If you are lifting your body needs the extra protein to rebuild your muscles, otherwise after a workout if they are depleted they will literally take the amino acids they need from your existing muscles (counter-productive to building more). Stick with protein powders that don’t contain a long ingredient list or have extra fillers in there.

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The second supplement that should be on your radar is Creatine. Creatine is something our body naturally produces. It gives our cells energy. So when we take extra Creatine our cells have more energy to expend when we lift in the gym, thus causing us to exert ourselves more, tear our muscles more, and ultimately build more muscle. There are two types of Creatine: Monohydrate, and HCL. Stick to HCL. The monohydrate version causes your cells to retain water which will give you a bloated look and feel (not what you want). Take this about 30 minutes before your workout, I suggest taking it with your pre-workout (bonus supplement that you should be taking).

The last supplement I recommend is fish oil capsules. This helps with lubricating the joints which get a lot of tension on them in the gym, helps keep you lose and lubricated. We are talking about supplements more in this week’s podcast episode. Check it out here.

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

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So if you want to build muscle you have to eat protein right? But why? Why are people who lift obsessed with downing globs of protein powder? Well, while we may not need as much as we think, there is a reason behind getting a good amount.

If our body has an excess of protein it goes into an anabolic state, which means our body can build muscle. If we get too little protein then the muscles start breaking down as our body will take the protein from our muscles for other important body functions. In my nutrition guide I point out a lot of the essential sources of protein.

It’s recommended to eat between 1 and 1 1/2 grams per pound of body weight for protein. But while this is recommended there’s still a lot of confusion about exactly how much protein our bodies can digest and actually put to use at once.

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In addition to making sure get the right amount, you want to make sure you have a steady intake of it throughout the day. So make sure you are getting a good chunk of protein at each meal, as well as in your snacks.

You also want to make sure you are having some after your workouts, as this is a time your muscles will really be needing those amino acids to help repair themselves and ultimately grow. To learn more check out this week’s podcast.