The Garden of Eden Diet & Exercise Myth

A lot of popular diet and exercise methods are based on what I like to call the Garden of Eden myth. This myth essentially states that we humans have evolved within a particular environment and now modern society is throwing a monkey wrench into the works. We are sitting on …

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The Insulin & Fat Storage Myth

There is a lot of talk  on this theory that insulin causes you to gain weight. The basic idea is that certain foods can cause your blood sugar to spike thus signaling your pancreas to secrete more insulin. This insulin shuttles that sugar into your fat cells and you gain …

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Never Base a Healthy Diet on Nutrition Alone

Nutrition is one of, if not the, single biggest hurdle many people face in their quest to build a super healthy diet.  Things would be a whole lot easier, and probably healthier, if we didn’t focus so much on nutrition and more on diet as a whole. “But Matt, aren’t …

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Is Sugar a Super Food?

I’m not a fan of any sort of dietary methods that label a food as being either healthy or unhealthy. I look at foods and nutrients like I look at tools. The value and benefits they potentially bring depends upon your ability and need to use them. Any tool can …

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Why Core Training is Not That Important

Core and abdominal training is great, but seriously, it’s not all that important. Back in the day,  core training was all the rage and everything that was supposedly “functional” was about working the core. Then it was about the hips, then the legs and so on. The lesson I eventually …

The Fit RebelWhy Core Training is Not That Important

Embrace Diet & Exercise Shortcuts, But Avoid This Stuff

  Many fitness experts often talk about how “there are no short cuts” in fitness. I know what they mean, but I disagree with the idea that there are no short cuts. I firmly believe there are short cuts in fitness and you should seek to utilize them whenever possible. …

The Fit RebelEmbrace Diet & Exercise Shortcuts, But Avoid This Stuff

I Don’t Care What Works in Fitness

I don’t care what does and doesn’t work in fitness, dieting, exercise, training or anything else relating to those fields. Seriously I couldn’t care less about what the research says is the best diet to lose fat, or what program builds the biggest arms. To me that sort of stuff …

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Fitness Doesn’t Come From Luck

  “Awwwwww they’re so Lucky to be so fit and in shape.” Yea I get that a lot. I’ve been told many times that I’m really lucky to be in shape, or that I can eat pizza but still not gain weight. More often than not, I’m told this by …

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Are Isolation Exercises Holding You Back?

  My initial workouts were heavily focused on exercises that would isolate the muscles I wanted to grow. Looking back, I now believe these moves actually held back my progress even once I focused on compound movements. The tricky thing about muscle isolation is the fact that the body likes to use muscles …

The Fit RebelAre Isolation Exercises Holding You Back?

You Do Want To Get Used to an Exercise or Routine

“Gotta keep the muscle guessing, you don’t want your body getting used to the routine.” I used to say that all the time, and now I know I was dead wrong. You actually DO want your muscles and body to get used to your routine. In fact, you want to …

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The Variety and Muscle Confusion Myth

  Many years ago, I gave up my strict workout routine after years of doing the same boring thing time after time. For the past 10 years or so, workouts have been based on muscle confusion, keeping things different and always changing things up. For the past few months, my …

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The Myth of the Weight Loss Diet

  Like with an exercise program, many folks will take on a diet to lose weight. I’ve spent many years teaching how an exercise program isn’t really supposed to cause weight loss. Now I’m saying the same thing about dieting and any sort of eating style. That’s right, I’m saying …

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Abs Are NOT Made in the Kitchen

  There are always a lot of myths about six pack abs and core training. Some of the latest are: “Diet is 90% of your results” “Abs are made in the kitchen” “You are what you eat” Blah blah blah… Sure diet is important and all, and yes you aren’t …

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The Myth of Hard Work in Fitness

  Over the years, I’ve noticed that some of the most common fitness strategies are never, ever going to produce anything more than mediocre results at best. One of the most prevalent strategies is one I used for years. It’s the strategy of over relying on hard work and effort to achieve your goal. …

The Fit RebelThe Myth of Hard Work in Fitness

Protein Doesn’t Build Muscle

  Protein and muscle are linked within our fitness culture. The idea that diet is the most important thing in fitness is also out there. In this video I attempt to drive a wedge into the relationship that protein and diet are the ultimate keys to the muscle building kingdom. …

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The Myth of the Negative Calorie Balance

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You’ve probably heard that, in order to lose weight, you need to be in a negative calorie balance. That you need to have more calories going out than going in. Technically this is untrue. It’s actually physiologically impossible to be in a negative calorie balance. While this may just be …

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Is Energy Balance Different Than Calorie Balance?

Calorie balance is often synonymous with energy balance. While a calorie is technically a unit of energy, the term is all too often over simplified as the energy consumed in food and expended through activity. I’m starting to think this may be an incredibly limited perspective. There is far more …

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The “Diet is 90% of Success” Myth

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  I’m getting pretty sick and tired of everyone saying that 90% of success comes from diet. Seriously? Can I just make my diet healthier and start blazing up the bike trails even though I only ride once a week? Can I really become a world class fencer if my …

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Are Hormones A Moot Point With Fitness and Weight Loss?

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Hormones are the latest buzz topic in fitness today. It seems like every diet and exercise theory is supported by the hormonal effect it can produce. To be honest, this whole hormone thing makes my really uneasy. Largely because we tend to over simplify things. For example, there is a …

The Fit RebelAre Hormones A Moot Point With Fitness and Weight Loss?

A Rant About the Latest Study About Organic Foods

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Recently some study has come out basically stating that organic foods have little to no nutritional advantage over conventionally grown foods. Now I don’t know much about the study itself, and quite frankly I really don’t care. This video about why  the reaction to this study is just another sign …

The Fit RebelA Rant About the Latest Study About Organic Foods