2 More Squat Myths That Need to Die

  Welcome back! In the last post I discussed 2 classic rules that are commonly applied to squats and why these rules may need to bend, or even break when it comes to doing body weight squats as nature intended. So let’s keep this party rock’n with 2 more squat …

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2 Squat Myths That Need to Die

The squat is one of those moves that I have long held a love / hate relationship with. On one hand I love having strong legs and the feeling of tension surging through my body in a big powerful way. On the other hand, I hated having that damn barbell …

The Fit Rebel2 Squat Myths That Need to Die

End Diet & Exercise Stress

Fitness is supposed to relieve you of stress, but sometimes diet and exercise can cause so much stress that it can make you go crazy Stress is the product of needing to do something, but neglecting to do it. Whenever I’m feeling stressed it’s because I need or want to …

The Fit RebelEnd Diet & Exercise Stress

A Better Way to Stretch Tight Hamstrings

  I’ve always been plagued by tight hips and hamstrings and it’s held me back in everything from Taekwon-Do to various aches and pains in my lower back. The funny thing was, every time I got on a dedicated stretching routine, things got worse. I actually became tighter and my …

The Fit RebelA Better Way to Stretch Tight Hamstrings

Why Eating Healthy Doesn’t Cause Weight Loss

“I have a healthy diet, and I eat pretty well so why am I not losing weight?” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that!  So many folks have come to me perplexed by the fact that they are not losing weight even though they don’t chow …

The Fit RebelWhy Eating Healthy Doesn’t Cause Weight Loss

Where Fat & Calories Really Come From

Understanding how to lose weight starts with clearly understanding the origin of the fat and calories on your body. I used to believe that there were different types of calories and that a lean diet came from the right balance from various calories. I also believed some calories were more …

The Fit RebelWhere Fat & Calories Really Come From

4 Core and Ab Training Mistakes Everyone Makes

Working in a gym, I often see the same 4 abdominal and core training mistakes made over and over again. Here are some of the biggest examples of such mistakes that I’ve made in the past and I continue to see on a daily basis. Mistake #1- Not working with …

The Fit Rebel4 Core and Ab Training Mistakes Everyone Makes

You Can’t Make Gains Until You Give

Our fitness culture loves to tell you that if you want to make gains then you must consume some sort of product or service. You need to buy the magazine, the equipment, the gadgets, the supplements and the clothes. You need the trainer, the gym membership and the coaching. All …

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Beating the Deceptive Devil of Diet & Exercise

  “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” In the world of fitness, the devil has pulled an even greater trick. Instead of convincing you that he didn’t exist, but that he was actually the good guy. Every day people deceive themselves into …

The Fit RebelBeating the Deceptive Devil of Diet & Exercise

How to Be a Fitness Technician

  If you have the skills, you can gain more progress in a 10 minute push up session than someone will who has little skill but cranks out 1,000 push ups a day. So the question is, how does one develop such skills? Is it luck or some sort of …

The Fit RebelHow to Be a Fitness Technician

A Big Risk of Adding Weight to Body Weight Exercises

  I love weighted , or as I call them; loaded body weight exercises. Loaded pull ups, lunges and dips are great for building muscle and power. That said, my use of such exercises is diminishing as my skills are improving. I’m almost getting to the point where I hardly …

The Fit RebelA Big Risk of Adding Weight to Body Weight Exercises

Why Abs Are Not Always Made in the Kitchen

  There is a lot that goes into achieving a great set of abs that resemble a stack of bricks. For example, a lot of abdominal theory is really focused on getting lean and there are all sorts of ideas like “abs are made in the kitchen.”  Sure being lean …

The Fit RebelWhy Abs Are Not Always Made in the Kitchen

Why You’re Fighting Success in Fitness

  “If you fight for your limitations they will surly become yours.” Those words were courtesy of my Taekwon-Do instructor Master Stephen Barrett. At first, I thought he was crazy, Who would ever fight to hold themselves back? But after over a decade trying to teach people how to get …

The Fit RebelWhy You’re Fighting Success in Fitness

No, It Doesn’t “All Depend on Your Goals”

  Many debates within our fitness culture are supposedly settled with the argument that each option has it’s merits but it all depends on your goals. This sort of argument drives me crazy for a number of reasons. – It doesn’t actually help anyone. – It’s often used to justify …

The Fit RebelNo, It Doesn’t “All Depend on Your Goals”

A Rant on Learning New Diet & Exercise Information

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Okay; I know knowledge is power, and that the more you know the more you grow, but I’m starting to wonder if this whole learning thing is a little over rated when it comes to fitness. For starters there’s that whole paralysis by analysis thing. You  know, when you consume …

The Fit RebelA Rant on Learning New Diet & Exercise Information

4 Of the Most Twisted & Wrong Ideas in Fitness

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Ideas that can make our beliefs just like this This is a collection of ideas that did me no good whatsoever when I held them. If anything, they hurt more than they helped. Idea #1: It’s you vs you Here’s the thing. You simply cannot fight yourself and win. When …

The Fit Rebel4 Of the Most Twisted & Wrong Ideas in Fitness

When Healthy Diets Attack!

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  In a land of highly processed and super salty foods, is it possible to take healthy eating too far? I know many may say no, but I for one certainly did take things too far at one point in my life. Here’s a story to kind of put excessive …

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Why I Don’t Car About My Metabolism

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I don’t care about 99% of the stuff I’m supposed to focus on when it comes to diet and exercise. At the same time, I tend to focus on priorities that most folks just glace over. I believe this is one of the biggest reasons why I have such a …

The Fit RebelWhy I Don’t Car About My Metabolism

Is Exercise Science All A Myth?

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An interesting paper recently came out putting years of strongly held exercise beliefs into question. Whether or not the paper is true is not much of a concern for me. However I do see this paper as the possible spark to set off a whole new revolution within our fitness …

The Fit RebelIs Exercise Science All A Myth?

An Inconvenient Truth About Diet and Exercise

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It seemed like a good idea at the time……. With all of the hype and promise within our fitness culture, there is a great big elephant in the room that we ignore at our own peril. This big elephant is what I call the inconvenient truth about diet and exercise …

The Fit RebelAn Inconvenient Truth About Diet and Exercise