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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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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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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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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[Podcast] Why You’re Hardwired To Avoid Change – And How To Fix It.

“Change is the only constant.” – Heraclitus Have you ever realized how hard it is to make better food choices and adopt a regular exercise routine? You aren’t alone. In order to effectively grow and reach your goals, you will have to adopt behaviors and do things you don’t normally do—much of which will be…

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Why Your Biggest Fear Is Bullsh*t

I recently came across a video on Facebook of a woman singing on America’s Got Talent. If that were the end of the story, you’d be pretty pissed off that you wasted a few seconds of your life reading such a useless statement. Don’t worry, there’s a point. This woman, Mandy Harvey, is deaf. Yes,…

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[Podcast] Increase Motivation and Adherence With Morning Workouts

I was stuck in the car on the way to Toronto this past weekend, and with no service on my phone I thought what better way to spend my time then record some new content! Let me start by saying that any time you can complete your workouts is going to be beneficial. If you…

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[Video] Insider Look At Alex’s Online Fitness Coaching ‘Strategy Sessions’

I’ve recently entered the online fitness coaching market. However, unlike many online personal trainers, I don’t only provide workout templates and nutrition plans. I create custom workout plans based on the needs and lifestyle of the client, I track nutrition via food logs online, and most importantly I complete 20-min Facetime “strategy sessions” with every…

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[Podcast] The Biggest Excuse Holding You Back From Living The Life Of Your Dreams

As a trainer, I hear this excuse all the time. Heck, I’ve even caught myself using this excuse a time or two. Undoubtedly, overcoming this one obstacle will put you in the better position to achieve all of your goals in life. Tune in as I discuss why, “I don’t have enough time,” is merely…

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[Podcast] The Most Important Skill You Need To Be Successful

I call it my “pseudo podcast,” another medium of providing you all with some great content. My hope for this project is to discuss mindset- and motivation-related topics in a very real, raw, and authentic manner. Tune in as I discuss the most important skill you need to possess, in order to be successful in…

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Fitness Secrets Revealed: Why Is Fitness Easier For Some Than Others?

People often assume that fitness is easy for me: that I’m some kind of unbreakable Superman who can do everything. In fact, a lot of people assume fitness is easy for anyone who is fit. The workouts look effortless, we always seem to be on point with our eating, and temptations don’t seem to faze…

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Is Fitness Making You Selfish?

Have you ever struggled to stick with your fitness/healthy eating routine because of pressure from friends or family members? Perhaps family was visiting and you spent all of your time visiting with them. Maybe you were at a friend’s house and felt rude if you would’ve chosen to eat something other than what was being…

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