The Real Reason Calisthenics Practice Makes You Stronger

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics by The Fit Rebel

They say practice makes perfect, but is that really true? I can tell you from years of personal experience that practice in and of itself doesn’t guarantee results. I would even say that most of my practice in Taekwon-Do, cycling, and calisthenics hasn’t moved me forward very much. Not that those years of practice time didn’t help me get better, they …

What Calisthenics Program is Best For You?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics by The Fit Rebel

Any calisthenics program can work, but the real question is which will work best for you? One of the most important factors is how much programming assistance you need. Programming assistance is essentially the amount of structure you have within a given calisthenics program. Having more structure means there’s less guesswork on your end since the program lays out most …

How to Prevent Diet Relapse

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Diet relapse is a very common occurrence when you tend to eat very “clean” for a given period of time and then fall off the wagon and overeat thus setting yourself back. This can happen at random times, but it can also follow a pattern. Two of the more common patterns of dietary relapse is eating well all day, but falling …

The Importance of Instant Gratification in Fitness

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Instant gratification is often seen as a bad thing within our fitness culture. Supposedly, the path to long-term success in fitness and weight loss runs through denial and being able to deprive yourself. I used to believe this myself until I started to see some serious flaws in the plan. For one, denying yourself what you want can be a great way …

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Top Tips On Setting up Your Fitness Environment for Success

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

All humans are products of their environment. Disciple and work ethic is important, but far too many people struggle with their fitness goals due to environmental misalignment. Losing weight, building muscle and improving performance is incredibly difficult when your environment is working against you. The solution is pretty simple, improving your environmental alignment can make reaching your fitness goals much easier. It also …

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What to Do When Staying in Shape Seems Impossible

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Progressive Calisthenics by The Fit Rebel

Sometimes, it can seem like staying in shape is impossible when life becomes stressful. Even the most disciplined fitness enthusiasts face times when they lose motivation or feel like they can’t keep up with their current habits. It’s normal to feel like life itself is against you and your efforts to stay in shape. It’s a myth that some special folks …

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Can Stress Really Make You Fat?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Stress is naturally a big influence on your fitness. In some ways, it can build you up like when you work a muscle to make it stronger. In other ways, it can break you down, like when you don’t get enough sleep. The book, Strong Medicine, does a fantastic job of describing the role stress plays in your health and fitness …

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Achieve Fitness Independence With Fitness Alignment

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Fitness alignment is the number one goal of the Red Delta Project. Achieving it means you experience less stress, greater results and have a lot more fun. Unfortunately, there are a lot of malevolent forces within our fitness culture that can easily pull you out of fitness alignment. Many of these dogmatic ideals are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are …

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Do Weight Lifting Methods Work with Calisthenics?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Suspension Training by The Fit Rebel

Weight lifting and calisthenics are not as different as some people may think. They both use progressive resistance to make your muscles bigger and stronger. The biggest difference between the two is in how you progress the resistance. With weight lifting, you maintain a fairly consistent technique while adjusting the weight you lift. Calisthenics does the opposite where you adjust …

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5 Dietary Scapegoats Experts Blame For a Bad Diet

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Dietary blame is one of the biggest handicaps to healthy eating. Blaming influences, like sugar or fat can cause you to focus too much on an important, yet limited influence, while ignoring many other influences that should be addressed. Pointing fingers and claiming “it’s all their fault” also robs you of your power to pursue a truly healthy diet. It’s …

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Solving the Biggest Fitness Mysteries of Our Time

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Modern society has presented us with some pretty big fitness mysteries. Why can’t we create a diet that helps anyone reliably lose weight? How can two people do the same workout program, yet experience different results? Why can’t well-educated experts ever agree on the best method for, well, anything? The answer lies in the vast and complicated nature of fitness …

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Getting Strong With Al Kavadlo

In Core & Abs Training, Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics by The Fit Rebel

Celebrated Coach, author, and teacher, Al Kavadlo, is back to share more of his calisthenics wisdom in this episode of the RDP Podcast. It’s been far too long since I’ve had the chance to sit down and chat with Al. Since our last meeting, he’s unleashed a couple of valuable resources upon the calisthenics world. The first is his latest book, Get …

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6 Questions That Will Change Your Body and Your Life

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I want to present you with 6, simple yet profound questions that have the potential to change your body and your life. These 6 questions are part of the new Smart Bodyweight Training Digital Workbook which you can download here for free. This workbook is a quick-start guide to help you get the most out of my recently released second book, …

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The Source of An Effective Workout

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

What makes for an effective workout? Is the fitness tracker your wrist? How about the routine you follow? Or maybe it’s the equipment you use or the pre-workout you take beforehand. There are a lot of products and services out there promising to make your workouts more effective, but the truth is, many of these things are what truly make …

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How to Begin Playground Workouts

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts by The Fit Rebel

Playground workouts are an excellent way to get outside and breath new life into your stale workouts. Nothing is better than getting out in the sunshine and fresh air while unleashing your creative nature with some workouts you may not practice in a commercial gym. While a playground workout may seem simple enough, I’ve learned a few things over the years regarding …

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5 Tips To Lose Weight and Build Muscle Fast

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

This week’s topic is all about helping you lose weight or build muscle as fast as possible. Quickly changing your physical body is a unique challenge. As I mentioned in my book, Fitness Independence, you can get big results, easy results, and fast results. The catch is you just can’t have all three at once. That’s why I’m a big …

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3 Big Muscle Building Advantages Of Getting Older

In Core & Abs Training, Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

They say you can’t build muscle when you’re older. HA!!! That’s total Bullshivick! In fact, there are 3 massive muscle building advantages that can only come with age. These aren’t just any a few minor advantages either. I’m talking super-massive black hole size muscle building advantages that can make all the difference in the world! The best thing is, these …

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4 Myths About Workout Progression

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics by The Fit Rebel

Workout progression is the key to building muscle, strength and performance. All of the other stuff, like your routine, exercises and equipment you use are merely details. It’s the progression of your exercises and routine that gets you what you want. There are a number of myths surrounding workout progression that I wanted to address today. These myths can create …

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Is Fitness Success More About Hard Work or Luck?

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Fitness success comes in many forms, from champion athletes and cover models to someone successfully coming off of medication. Anyone can achieve at least some degree of success, but the question of the day is how much of success comes down to hard work or just blind luck? The case for hard work Hard work undoubtedly plays a very important …

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How to Avoid the Most Common Diet and Exercise Trap

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Diet and exercise traps are everywhere just waiting to trap you, and your progress for years on end. Some of them are outright scams that steal your time and money. Others are pseudo-science fads that have little merit. Today I wanted to expose on the biggest and most damaging traps that almost everyone falls into. I’ve fallen victim to this fitness trap …

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Using Calisthenics to Get Jacked with Adorian Moldovan

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training by The Fit Rebel

Adrian Moldovan is the man when it comes to building muscle, especially with calisthenics training. His practical down-to-earth strategies are effective as hell and a refreshing dose of muscle building reality in a world of fads, hype, and dogma. I recently had the honor of sitting down with Adorian over Skype so I could pick his brain over some of his …

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Are You Hurting Your Training Progress?

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

I receive a lot of questions about training progress, especially when it comes to calisthenics. People want to know if, and or ready they are ready for the next step and how they would know when they are ready. The truth is, your training progress is a creative process and like all disciplines of creation, there is never absolute certainty in where you’re …

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Lose Weight Faster and Keep it Off With a Multi-Faceted Approach

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

I highly recommend using a multi-faceted approach to weight loss if you’re looking to shed some body fat. While it’s not the most common approach, it does offer several big advantages that make it easier to not only lose more weight but to keep it off as well. What is a multi-faceted approach? A multi-faceted approach is where you combine …

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Which Muscle Group Helps You Look Your Best?

In Core & Abs Training, Leg Training, Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

This week, I’m exploring which muscles help you look your best for the beach or the bedroom. In a world of functional and athletic training, working out for the sake of appearance is still important. Don’t let the nay-sayers say it’s vain or shallow to desire a good looking body. It’s perfectly understandable, and reasonable to want to look your …

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6 Common Misconceptions About Convict Conditioning

In Core & Abs Training, Leg Training, Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training by The Fit Rebel

I’ve been reading and applying the lessons in Convict Conditioning for over 7 years now and I couldn’t be happier with the results. That’s why I continue to recommend it to anyone who’s interested in building muscle and strength through bodyweight training. Over the years, I’ve noticed a few common misconceptions about Convict Conditioning that pop up within our fitness culture. …

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Getting Wild With Monkii Bars Co-Founder Monkii Dan

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Dan Vinson, (aka Monkii Dan)  who is the co-founder of monkii bars suspension trainers. In a world of me-too generic suspension systems, monkii bars are in a class all their own. The level of craftsmanship and detail that’s gone into these things is unprecedented. That’s why they are the only commercially available …

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Building Self Confidence for Fitness Success

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Building self-confidence is a crucial ingredient for fitness success. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or improve performance, a healthy belief in your ability to accomplish your goals will help you more than any supplement or program. But what if you’re lacking in the self-confidence and self-esteem department? Facing that sort of situation is kind of a catch-22 because …

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Overcoming Diet and Exercise Resistance

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Diet and exercise resistance can make achieving your fitness goals very difficult, if not impossible. It’s just like riding a bike with the brakes rubbing. It makes you work much harder while gaining little benefit. This week’s episode fo the R.D.P Podcast is all about the 3 biggest sources of resistance that can hold your potential in check. The first …

The Link Between Your Muscle and Health

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Muscle and health go together like peanut butter and chocolate. In many ways, it’s very hard to have much of one without the other. However, a recent comment on my YouTube channel got me thinking that the two may not always be linked. In some ways, the artificial pursuit of muscle could be even an unhealthy pursuit through the abusive use …

The Inherent Flaw of Dietary Restriction

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Many healthy eating strategies make the mistake of basing their approach on dietary restriction. It doesn’t matter if it’s fasting, paleo, raw, low carb or based on the glycemic index. Almost all popular diets make the mistake of assuming that the best way to achieve a healthy diet is to restrict your food choices in some way. Some restrict what you can eat, …

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What You Need to Know About Unilateral Calisthenics

In Push up Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Unilateral calisthenics training is when you use one side of your body is working differently or harder than the other side. The most common examples are archer push-ups, one arm pull-ups, lunges and single leg squats.     Sadly, unilateral calisthenics is still not very common which is a shame because they do wonders for helping you build muscle and strength. …

How Technical Erosion Effects Your Muscle Growth

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Technical erosion is the process when the quality of your technique breaks down as you train. It could be a shift in body position, a decrease in range of motion or even how you apply tension in your muscles. In either case, the quality of your technique is slowly eroding like a sandcastle in the surf. In some cases, this …

How to Finally Reach Your Fitness Goals in 2018

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

2018 is the year you finally reach your fitness goals once and for all. Whether you want to burn fat, build muscle or improve performance, 2018 is your year. This isn’t some New Years motivational garbage either. This week’s podcast is all about the essential principles that will bring you the results you want. The more you satisfy these principles the …

7 Myths About Progression

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Progression is the essence of what makes your fitness habits effective for fat loss, building muscle and improving performance. If you want your body to change in any way, then progression should be the focus of everything you do. Simply put, you get the results you want when you progression your training and fitness habits. If you fail to progress your …

Training For Stength vs Building Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

All forms of strength training are great for both building muscle and growing strength, Despite the similarities between the two goals, building muscle and improving strength (or any other aspect of performance) actually require different training methods. In this week’s podcast, I discuss some of the major differences between building muscle vs building strength as per Coach Paul Wades advice …

3 Things Every Effective Workout Must Have

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

An effective workout needs just 3 things to help you lose weight, build muscle and improve performance. Anyone can acquire all three with relative ease but very few ever do which is why most people fail to achieve the results they want from their workouts. In this week’s podcast I discuss each of these three things in detail. I also …

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What is the Best Muscle Building Routine?

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

What is the best muscle building routine? Is it 5×5? Maybe it’s drop sets. What about volume training? According to some, it’s about going heavy or going home. Maybe you can build muscle from all of them. Maybe it’s not even about the routine at all. In this week’s podcast, I discuss the important elements of an effective muscle building routine …

Is Your Workout Effective or a Waste of Time?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I received a great question on the RDP  YouTube channel the other day asking “how do you know if your workout is effective?” This is a very important question because it calls for brutal honesty in understanding if your workout is really effective. Chances are if you can’t say for sure that your workout is effective it probably isn’t. If it …

Does Muscle Fatigue Really Make You Grow?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The recent science seems to suggest that muscle fatigue is the primary stimulus for muscle growth. reputable sources like strongerbyscience.com and even Paul Wade’s C-Mass, point to muscle fatigue as the primary reason why a muscle grows. The evidence is compelling. It seems that as long as you bring a muscle to a high state of fatigue then it will grow …

Improve Your Physical Performance in Anything

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  Your physical performance is the foundation of your workout. Whether you want to burn fat, build muscle or Just move better, your physical performance is the key to making those things happen. That’s why it’ important to strive for better performance even if you’re not a competitive athlete. This week’s podcast is all about how to train for better …

My 5 Best Diet Tips for Real Results

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

The internet is flooded with trivial and trendy diet tips that do little more than make for a good sound bite. Ideas like “don’t eat anything your grandparents wouldn’t eat” or “if it didn’t grow in the dirt or walk around don’t eat it. As catchy as these ideas are they don’t help much for turning the tide on obesity …

Top Fitness Myths in the Media

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Fitness myths abound and many of them are fueled by the media that’s all around us including the internet, TV, and magazines. Many of these myths are not created as a way to purposely scam or con you. Most of them are the by-product of years of subtle, almost subliminal, messages you’re told about how losing weight or getting in shape …

Do You Really Need a Workout Routine?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A workout routine is a staple in the diet and exercise world, but how important is it to the calisthenics athlete?  Do you even need a strict routine at all? Some folks claim you must have a routine and that doing random exercises will only produce random, and inconsistent results. Other’s seem to have a bit more of a freestyle …

Build Stability to Build Muscle and Strength

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Stability the gatekeeper to your strength and muscle building efforts. Simply put, the more stability you develop, the bigger and stronger you can become. On the other hand, a lack of stability will handicap your ability to build muscle and strength. Don’t think that building stability means standing on balance disks and doing crazy “functional” training exercises. All exercises require …

Switching from Weights to Calisthenics 4 Things You Need to Know

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

So for whatever reason, you may be thinking about making a switch from weights to calisthenics based workouts. Maybe you’re looking for something new, or perhaps life isn’t allowing you to get to the gym. Whatever the reason, the pull-up bar is calling your name and the barbell feels like it’s less appealing each week. Despite the allure of not needing …

How Stress Makes You Fat and What To Do About it

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Stress and fat are best friends. Where you find one, you usually find the other. This is why many of the best weight loss strategies are just as much about controlling stress as they are about controlling fat. The link between stress and fat Both mental and physical stress can influence how your body functions which in turn can alter …

Understanding the Source of Fitness Stress

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Dogmas are the biggest source of fitness stress. They restrict your ability to make the best diet and exercise choices for your body and lifestyle. In other words, they prevent you from doing what’s best for you while forcing you to adhere to rules that place stress on your body, mind, and lifestyle. Like with all things in life, overcoming …

The Myth of the Muscle Building Rep Range

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The muscle building rep range is hallowed ground for anyone looking to get jacked. If you want to get bigger that coveted 8-12 reps is home base for your workouts. Heaven knows I’ve spent most of my time there, and the results have been great. Lately, I’ve been putting some pieces together and it’s making me question if the existence of …

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Exploring Freestyle Workouts w/ Adrienne Harvey

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Playground Workouts, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Freestyle workouts can help you break out of workouts that feel like a soul sucking dead end job. It’s easy to forget that working out is supposed to be fun and an enjoyable part of a healthy lifestyle. Adding a little playfulness and creativity can breathe new life into any stale routine. Freestyle workouts are a great example of how …

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Use Peak Set Training to Know How Many Sets You Should Do

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

There’s a lot of debate regarding how many sets you should do to build muscle. On one hand, you have examples like Mike Metzer and Dorian Yates who endorse using only one or two work sets. On the other, you have guys like Arnold who embrace volume training and grind out many sets. Science and empirical evidence have shown that both …

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How to Use Peak Set Training for Optimal Workouts

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

This week’s topic is something I like to call peak set training. The benefits include improved recovery, less stress on your joints decreased nervous system fatigue and ultimately, more muscle growth. Sound good? Then let’s get started. How does peak set training work? Phase 1: Warm up sets Peak set training uses the natural bell curve that occurs when you …

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3 Body Weight Training Lessons I Wish I Learned Years Ago

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I’ve learned a lot of things about body weight training over the years, some of which I wish I knew a long time ago. If I knew even half of what I know now, I would have gained a lot more muscle and strength without enduring so much stress. The good news is that I know these things now, and …

How Chronic Fitness Stress Kills Your Progress

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Fitness stress is the #1 enemy in your quest to build muscle, burn fat and improve performance. It erodes emotional motivation while beating up your body. Almost every challenge you face in fitness is due to stressful diet and exercise habits. Wait, isn’t some fitness stress necessary for progress?   Yes, some types of fitness stress are important. You won’t …

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Everything You Think You Know About Food Addiction is Wrong

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Food addiction is a scary topic. There are messages all over the internet telling people they are addicted to sugar, carbs, and processed foods. Doomsday tales are everywhere about how evil food companies are engineering their food to get you hooked for life. What can you possibly do when sugar stimulates your brain just like cocaine? Well, for one, there’s …

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Should You Always Train To Your Limit?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Physical change requires hard work, but do you always need to train to your limit in each workout? I always believed the body only changed when you pushed it right to the edge of what it can do. Holding back, even a little bit, would fail to stimulate any change. This sentiment has been echoed in internet memes and social media …

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Do You Need to Eat After a Workout?

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Do You need to eat after your workout? The knee-jerk answer is “of course you need to eat after a workout! If you don’t you might seriously handicap your ability to recover!” You may not need to eat anything at all. The first reason is that your workout may not be a very big influence on your daily calorie and …

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Circuit Training for Muscle and Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Circuit training is very popular these days and for good reason. It’s very efficient which makes it easier to fit into a busy schedule plus it provides a variety of benefits including strength, endurance, and mental stamina. But what if you want to focus on building muscle and strength? While circuit training can build those qualities, it usually isn’t done in a …

How to Change Your Fitness Set Points

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Fitness set points can seem pretty scary. The idea that your fitness destiny is predetermined by your genetics threatens the promise of making positive changes. What’s the point of even trying to lose weight or build muscle when your own body will default to the same set point? While there is some debate over whether such set points exist, it’s hard …

How to Achieve Infinite Calisthenics Progress

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Calisthenics progress is often perceived as something that’s very limited. Even well-educated fitness experts will claim that, while calisthenics is a sound training method, it can only take you so far. This perception is one of the reasons why many people don’t want to devote their time and energy to calisthenics. Why invest yourself in a limited system? The reality …

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The Cure for Long Workouts

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Is your workout swollen and bloated? Is it growing painful to fit into your busy schedule? Well, I have the cure for your long workouts right here my friend. Like a long shower or meal with family, long workouts are great for an occasional luxury but stressful when they are a necessity. In our busy modern world, it’s difficult to …

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Are Popular Diet Rules Holding You Back?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Popular diet rules are everywhere in our fitness culture. They are the talk of celebrities, news media and fitness enthusiasts alike. Most of these rules are pretty simple and can be very helpful. Examples include not eating processed foods and eating organic or grass fed beef. Even avoiding sugar can seem straightforward, but there can be a potential downside to them. …

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Is Your Healthy Lifestyle too Stressful?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The Red Delta Project was created from the belief that a healthy lifestyle should improve your quality of life rather than compromise it. Unfortunately, the common belief is that you must adopt stressful diet and exercise habits to get in shape. There are a lot of memes out there portraying the idea that you’re supposed to suffer for your results. it’s …

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5 Fitness Beliefs Holding You back

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Your fitness beliefs hold the key to your success as I explained in last week’s podcast.  Some beliefs lurk in your subconscious sabotaging your fitness at every turn without you even knowing it. They can handicap your weight loss, muscle building, and performance regardless of how your diet or exercise plans. While you may be able to temporarily achieve some success, your deeply held beliefs …

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The Unstoppable Power of Fitness Beliefs

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Your fitness beliefs make or break your success in everything from weight loss to building muscle. Even though the Henry Ford Quote about “whether you think you can or can’t your right” is becoming a bit old hat, it’s absolutely true. Your success hinges more on what you believe than what you may know. In this information age, we’re told the key …

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Improve Your Leg Raises w/ Supportive Tension

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Leg Raises are becoming the gold standard for my core and abdominal training. The more I learn about them the stronger my abs get. Recently, I’ve been playing with adding a lot more tension in my arms and upper back while doing them from a hanging position. While the muscles in my back don’t lift my legs, they do play …

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Calorie Balance vs Calorie Counting for Weight Loss

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The debate over calorie balance is a common example of how many people mistake a principle of fitness for a fitness method. Those who argue against calorie balance point out that counting calories or severe calorie restriction do not work very well. I agree that calorie counting and calorie restriction are not very good methods for long-term weight loss. However, …

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Maxick’s Muscle Building Wisdom

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Maxick’s book, Muscle Control, is filled with muscle building wisdom. In it, he makes a strong case for improving muscle control to enhance the effectiveness of exercise. One of the biggest points he mentions is the importance of focusing on using your muscle as opposed to just getting the work done. Maxick spent time working in manual labor and he observed how many …

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The Simple Truth About Abs

In Core & Abs Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Building up your abs and core strength isn’t very complicated yet a lot of experts seem hell bent to make it seem like it is. Each year there are new books, products, and gadgets that turn a simple process into a complicated mess. Some of these myths are half-truths that have been warped by time and bro-science. The old adage …

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The Truth About Deep Squats & Knee Pain

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I know, I’ve heard it before too. The notion that deep squats cause too much stress on the knees and that you shouldn’t bend your knees more than 90 degrees. It’s well-intended advice, and might even help, but is there more to the story? Are deep squats and lunges really bad, or are they only bad in certain circumstances? More …

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How to Improve Muscle Tension in Your Lats

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Your muscle building potential depends largely on how well you can direct tension through your muscles. If your mind-muscle connection isn’t strong you’ll struggle to make progress regardless of how you train or what equipment you use. The good news is improving your muscle tension skills will improve your results even if your routine isn’t perfect or you’re using old equipment. In this …

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How to Find Reliable Fitness Information

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Despite having more diet and exercise information than you’ll need in 10 lifetimes, it can be pretty hard to find reliable fitness information on the internet. Even simple questions like how much protein you should consume or the difference between split and full body routines can lead you down an endless rabbit hole of debate. How are you supposed to comb …

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Do You Need Sore Muscles to Make Gains?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Nothing beats waking up and feeling a little stiff and sore from your workout. It lets you know that you really pushed yourself and maybe even stimulated some muscle growth. As satisfying as a little DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is, it can be quite elusive. You can crush a workout and not feel a thing the next day. Other …

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How to Build Strength & Muscle in the Same Workout

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

  Your strength and muscle size are closely correlated to one another, but you improve each through slightly different means. Strength is more about how many motor units, and thus muscle fibers, you’re contracting during a unit of time. Muscle size is caused more by how much of the chemical energy you use in the muscle fibers themselves. This causes you …

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How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

There’s far too much confusion and debate out there regarding protein consumption. It’s so easy to feel lost when trying to figure out how much protein you should eat to build muscle or lose weight. Looking for numbers doesn’t usually help because one expert’s answer is another experts criticism. It’s almost impossible to find solid answers these days. That’s why …

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The Freedom of Exploratory Progression

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Most calisthenics methods use a method of progression that’s like those old-school video games that progress from point A to point B. They work in levels with the idea that you ascend in a number of steps.   It’s a good method, but it sometimes forces you to fit a square peg into a round hole. progression requires improving many skills …

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The Root of a Healthy Diet

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

The source of a healthy diet goes much deeper than what you eat. While what’s on your plate is important, what’s most important to why that food is on your plate, to begin with. Your food choices depend less on what the latest research says about nutrition and more about the emotions you literally bringing to the table. A cookie is …

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How to Make Junk food Healthy

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition by The Fit Rebel

Junk food doesn’t automatically have to be unhealthy. A certain food isn’t always bad for you just because it falls on the wrong side of some experts black and white dietary dogma. It is most certainly possible to include supposed junk food in your diet, and be better off for it. A lot of the potential benefit of a food depends not …

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My Quick Ab and Core Workout

In Core & Abs Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

You don’t need a long abdominal workout to get great results. You don’t even need a lot of exercises done for countless reps either. All you need is one, maybe two, exercise that you do for a few super hard sets. Take my latest core workout for example. It only uses one primary exercise (leg raises) for a few hard sets followed …

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Harder Pullups Without Weight

In Pull Up & Biceps Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

There are many ways you can increase the resistance of your pull-ups. You can add extra weight to your body with weight vests or a dip belt. You can also progress your technique as explained in Convict Conditioning. Both of these methods are effective, but they also each have a drawback. Adding weight to your body can place more stress …