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Benefits of 24 Hour Fasting

Fasting simply means to intentionally abstain from calories for some set amount of time.  Up until 5 years ago, the only people who were fasting were doing it for religious reasons.  Recently, however, fasting has gained popularity in the health and fitness industry and is commonly put under the umbrella term Intermittent Fasting (IF).  I have started experimenting with 24 hour fasting this year in an effort to help me reach my weight loss goal.  Intentionally not eating sounds horrible but my overall experience has been positive.

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Stop Saying “I Don’t Have Time”

Time is a beautiful thing.  No matter your income, race, or gender we all get the same 24 hours per day.  We may never have income equality but we will always have time equality.  (Unless that cheesy Justin Timberlake movie, In Time, becomes true.)  Which means that you need to stop saying “I Don’t Have Time”.  You do have time you are just making different choices. Continue reading

Staying Fit While Traveling

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I believe traveling is, hands down, the biggest obstacle to a healthy life.  Staying fit while traveling takes discipline, planning, and hard work.  Traveling takes you out of your routine and makes it extremely difficult to stick to a diet and get your workouts in.  Hotel gyms suck, fast food is abundant and who doesn’t like a few drinks at the end of a long day?  I typically spend 6-8 weeks a year on the road visiting customers, working trade shows and attending classes.  Over the years, I have figured out what works for staying fit while enjoying the city I’m visiting.  I am just returning from a long week in Las Vegas where I was working a trade show and I was able to lose weight and hit all my workouts.  Not an easy task in Sin City.

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New Year’s Resolution Update

We are now half way through the year so it is time for another New Year’s Resolution Update.  My original goals are here and my first quarter progress is here.  As always there have been some wins and loses but I’m learning and still pushing the ball forward.  Without further introduction let us begin.

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The Power of The Mind: Elite vs Average

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About 6 weeks ago, I finished my squat everyday and bench everyday program.  Since then, I have spent some time focusing on my dips.  I have been rotating them in and out with the bench press as one of my main lifts.  Last week, I did 18 reps with a 35lb kettlebell and this week, I was determined to get 19 reps.  I hopped up to the bar and started to grind them out.  17, 18, argh, crazy face, 19.  They weren’t pretty but I got them.  One rep better than last week and I felt good about my incremental progress.  Then, as I was putting the kettlebell back, my brain started working and I realized I had just used the 53lb bell by mistake.  What!?  So I had just done 50% more weight for more reps than I did last week?  How did I do that?  The past few weeks I have struggled to add one rep.  Was I just having a great day?

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How to Lose Weight – The Not So Secret First Steps

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One of my new year’s resolutions was to drop some weight.  This is one of the most common goals that people set out to achieve.  In fact, over half of the people reading this have attempted to lose weight in the past year.  Unfortunately, 95% of people fail to ever reach their weight loss goals.  So how do you do it?  How do you lose weight?  Well, I’m here to tell you that every one of you reading this already knows how to lose weight.  Your problem is probably that you are skipping the most important steps that will allow you to be successful.

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Embrace Pain For a Better Life

Your life will be filled with all kinds of pain.  The difference is in the intensity.  Since we can’t avoid pain we must embrace pain.

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.  The difference is discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons”  – Jim Rohn Continue reading

Bulgarian Method For Powerlifting.

For the past 12 weeks, my workouts have consisted of squatting to a max every day and benching to a max every day.  This style of training is sometimes referred to as the “Bulgarian Method For Powerlifting”.  The idea is that lifting heavy is a skill that needs to be practiced regularly.  This is one of the more polarizing strength programs because it appears quite extreme on the surface.  Some will tell you that it is a “ticket to the hospital” and others will tell you it is the ticket to world records.  I, of course, found things to be a little more in the middle.  Video below.

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Working Out With Asthma

There is no better way to impress a girl than to show her your inhaler collection.  Unless you are showing it to her because your face is purple and you aren’t breathing.  I kid, I kid.  I wanted to write about a personal topic today.  Working out with asthma and just in general living with it.  Hopefully, we can change some stereotypes and get some practical information.

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Get Addicted One Rep At A Time

Usually, when people hear the word addicted that have images of cigarettes and drugs pop into their head but in my opinion not all addictions are bad.  You can be addicted to something that is good and beneficial for you.  You can be addicted to meditating, increasing your net worth, fitness, learning, giving or really anything.  This is a topic that is argued in the philosophical world as to whether any addiction can be positive and what makes something a habit vs an addiction vs a compulsion.  If you do something repeatedly to change your current state, have with drawls if you are unable to do it and will do at the expense of other important things I say it is an addiction.  If that word makes you uncomfortable then just think dedication or healthy habit from here on out. Continue reading

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