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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 …

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2 Muscle Building Rep Strategies

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Building muscle goes far beyond how many sets and reps you do. It’s not always about the numbers on a spreadsheet, but what the reps are doing to your muscles. You can do the same number of reps and sets, yet cause different levels of muscle stimulation. Take for example the following strategies: One involves going all out and pushing …

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Are Dead Hang Pull Ups Good or Bad?

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

Dead hang pull ups are a point of debate in the world of progressive calisthenics. Some people say they are great and make pull ups harder and more effective. Other’s say they are bad for the joints and might even make pull ups less effective. As usual, the truth is somewhere in between. There are pros and cons to doing dead …

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Is There a Perfect Workout Routine?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I’ve never been a big follower of following a specific workout routine. You won’t find me staying up at night researching the latest science on what ingredients go into a great workout routine. I’ve always taken a much more liberal approach towards workout structure. Sometimes, I’ve been a little too carefree and my workouts have lacked the structure to produce …

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Why Diets Always Work

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

Despite the plethora of diets that spring up every year, many nutrition, weight loss and fitness experts claim that diets don’t work. It’s a popular claim, but it’s just not true. Every diet has worked perfectly well for every single person who’s used it. It’s true. I challenge you to find any example when any diet has ever failed anyone. …

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Is Sitting Destroying Your Knees?

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Sitting just may be creating the modern plague of something called neuromuscular amnesia. In simple terms, when you don’t make a habit of putting tension through a muscle, your mind starts to “forget” how to use it. Then, when you do need to use it, in an exercise or activity, you can’t use it as nature intended. The result is …

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The Table of Progressive Elements

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

One of my goals in writing book 2 of the Red Delta Project (check out book 1 here) is to make progressive bodyweight training simpler and easier to understand. Currently, there are many techniques and countless variations of each. It can seem next to impossible to understand how they all fit together, let alone how to apply them. This is why …

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Staying Fit & Sane During the Holidays

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to trim and decorate, not to mention slack off and over indulge. Or at least that’s the general consensus among folks this time of year. But what do you do when you’re a fitness minded individual? The holiday season can create a tug of war between enjoying the holiday season and staying in shape. …

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Advance Your Calisthenics w/ Leverage

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Leverage is one of the most powerful ways you can advance your bodyweight training. It can instantly load very high amounts of resistance on your muscles while keeping joint stress to a minimum. The best thing about using leverage is you can adjust the tension on the fly. You don’t need to stop a set or adjust equipment to change your …

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The Trap of Over Qualifying Exercise

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

Over qualifying exercise is one of the biggest reasons why you may be struggling to get the results you want and it’s easy to fall into this trap. At first, you learn about the “best exercises” to reach your goals. Then a buddy tells you about the “optimal rep range for muscle growth.” Then the pro body builder in the …

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Advanced Centerline Calisthenics

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The centerline of your body holds the key to building muscle, blinding performance and even fat loss. Examples of the potential of the centerline have been a secret performance enhancer for centuries. Ancient forms fo martial arts, dance and even manual labor have long used the centerline as a guiding principle for power and control. Using your centerline involves more …

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How Much Muscle Can You Build?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  Muscle building potential can vary greatly from one person to the next. Some people can build a lot of muscle fairly easily. Other’s are going to have a hard time putting on just a little bit. So the big question is, how much can you hope to gain?  More importantly, how much can you also hope to maintain? Also, …

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Advance Your Bodyweight Training w/ ROM

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

You can improve performance, burn fat and build muscle by increasing the range of motion (ROM) in your bodyweight training.  Even adding as little as half and inch can make a large difference. Increasing your range of motion can improve performance goes beyond flexibility. The old time strength athletes used to talk about “subtle strength” which is not only processing …

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Advancing Bodyweight Training w/ Time

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Time is a crucial element in the progression of your bodyweight training. You can use it to burn fat, improve performance and burn fat. Check out these simple ways you can change the time you train to influence the 3 key principles of exercise science. #1 Progressing S.A.I.D for better skill and performance Learning skills and being able to perform …

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The 4 Big Flaws in Every Diet

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

These days dieting dogmas are almost a religion. Some of them even originate from religious practices.  Diet evangelists preach the virtues of their dietary methods on the internet and in books. They promise salvation from obesity, poor health, and even your own sinful desires. Even though various diets come and go, they are all based on the same basic premise. …

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3 Push Up Progressions to Build Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Book 1 of the Red Delta Project is now available so now I’m working on book 2! In this book, I’ll be detailing how you can build muscle, strength and burn fat through bodyweight training. The key to doing this is to use what I call the table of progressive elements. These elements work just like weight plates on a barbell …

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Build Muscle With Your Mind

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A lot of people who go looking to build muscle and strength never find the results they want. Much of the reason is that they are looking in the wrong places.   We’re told that the key to getting bigger and stronger is in the latest routine or the best equipment. Maybe the key is in the diet or the …

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Lessons from The History of Dieting

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

Dieting is a discipline that people have used for hundreds of years. Dietary dogmas have existed ever since people have cared how they looked in their clothes. In the book, Calories and Corsets a History of Dieting over 2,000 Years, Louise Foxcroft takes the reader through the fads and trends over the years. While the information in the book is great, I …

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How to Avoid Common Fitness Traps

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Traps and snares abound in diet and exercise. These traps lure you into their jaws with promises of results and security, only to snap shut and limit your potential. One of the most common traps is the cardio trap where you find yourself eating a lot because you workout, and you workout because you eat a lot. This creates a …

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The Source of Muscular Change

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A lot of experts will tell you that the key to building muscle and strength is in having the right routine, doing more reps or adding more weight. While these things are certainly important, they are not the root cause that is in charge of your muscle training. Things like reps, and the equipment you use are influences towards the …

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Why Build a Bodyweight Home Gym?

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

One of the biggest advantages of progressive bodyweight training is you don’t need to join a gym or buy any fancy equipment. You also have the freedom to train anywhere at any time. So why on earth would you want to invest in building a ? Wouldn’t that just negate the freedom of bodyweight training? While the freedom to train anywhere …

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Bodyweight Master Review

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

Many people don’t know this, but long before I was a trainer and fitness blogger, I worked for 11 years in the fitness equipment industry. Maybe worked isn’t the right word, as I was absolutely obsessed with finding the best home gym equipment money could buy. I even got rid of my bed and slept on the floor, so I …

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Nutrition is only 25% of a Healthy Diet

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

When it comes to Healthy Eating, good nutrition is important, but it’s not everything. Not by a long shot actually. As I explain in my book, Fitness Independence, a healthy diet focuses on satisfying 4 primal appetites. Each of these appetites is equally vital to your health and well-being. Nutrition is one of these appetites, but it’s only one. This means …

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Do Weighted Calisthenics The Smart Way

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Weighted or loaded calisthenics seems simple enough. You just take a classic bodyweight exercise and add some weight to your body to increase the resistance. It seems like a great way to build muscle and strength, but it’s fraught with risk. Part of the reason for this risk is weighted bodyweight training can jeopardize your technical convergence. This is the unique way …

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Why You Should Build a Custom Routine

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

Fail to plan and plan to fail. That’s what they say, and for good reason. You’re not going to get very far without a well thought out diet or exercise plan. Unfortunately, many good plans turn into a rigid dogmatic approach to how you should “eat right” and exercise.  While any plan is better than no plan, super strict approaches …

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DIY Ultra Portable Suspension Trainer

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

This suspension trainer is the latest invention to come from the R.D.P Calisthenics Equipment Development Program. A.k.a, by tinkering around in my basement. This new suspension trainer is called the Bowline Trainer because it only uses the bowline knot in its construction. It’s designed to be ultra lightweight, portable and versatile. Unlike the Pruisk Trainer, it lacks the ability to make …

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Easy Fitness Part 3 Diet

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

Diet and nutrition may be one of the hardest things to tackle in a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t need to be so. I’m a big believer in the idea that the better your diet becomes the easier it should be to stick to. A diet that constantly stresses you out is not only difficult to maintain, but it’s also …

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Easy Fitness Part 2 Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

In the last post, I talked about the virtues of seeking the path of least resistance when it comes to diet and exercise. The basic idea is the path of success is forged by finding ways to make the necessary work easier to accomplish. In this post, we discuss strategies on how you can apply this philosophy toward your workouts. …

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Easy Fitness Part 1

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Easy is not a word commonly associated with a successful diet and exercise program. If anything, many experts will decry the very mention of the word and insist there are no short cuts. I sure used to be such a person, but I’m learning my lesson. Not only is striving for the path of least resistance possible, but it’s also possibly …

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Convict Conditioning Tips w/ Brian Byrnes

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I recently sat down with my buddy Brian Byrnes who is a practitioner of Convict Conditioning and progressive calisthenics. Brian is one of the few people who truly understand the value of building a solid personalised workout routine. As I explain in my book, Fitness Independence, a lot of people take one of two approaches towards their routine. 1- People pick …

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Muscle Building for Hardgainers

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Building muscle is tough, especially for those who don’t have the genetics of someone who’s naturally shaped like a super hero. Anyone can build muscle, regardless of your genetics. At the end of the day, your genetics can only limit the shape of your muscles and the limit of how much muscle you an build. Even though you may feel …

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Build More Muscle With Calisthenics

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I used to be the guy who never bothered with body weight training or calisthenics because I thought you couldn’t build much muscle with them.  I figured there wasn’t much muscle building potential unless heavy weight was involved. Of course, that all changed once I discovered Convict Conditioning and progressive calisthenics. At first, I thought, okay maybe there’s some muscle …

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Use Your Lats to Build More Muscle

In Core & Abs Training, Playground Workouts, Progressive Calisthenics, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I always used to think of the lats as a narrow muscle group that ran up the sides of the back. I also used to think they were only really used in moves like pull ups and maybe rows. Lately, I’ve been learning a lot more about this incredible muscle and it’s made a massive improvement in almost every exercise I …

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Will Cardio Help You Build Muscle?

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Like many lifters, I used to believe cardio was a waste of time in the pursuit of building muscle. I even used to spread the idea that doing cardio could even make you lose your gains. Of course, now I know better. Like all things with diet and exercise, the fault usually lies in user error. Don’t blame the tool, blame the …

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Muscle Confidence for Muscle Mass

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A lot of trainers talk about keeping your muscles guessing and “confused” in order to shock them into growing. While such tactics can work, I propose something that can work much better and produce results that last a lot longer. Rather than seeking muscle confusion, I propose you do exactly the opposite and seek muscle confidence. Muscle confidence is just …

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A Simple Move to Improve Your Squat and Lunges

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

One of the biggest game changes I’ve found in leg training is learning how to pull into the bottom position of squats and lunges. Even though these moves are classically considered a push move, they do require a lot of pulling strength. This helps remove knee pain, improve stability and builds more muscle. Learning how to pull into a squat …

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The Missing Ingredient in Your Flexibility Routine

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I’ve been trying to improve my flexibility and mobility for most of my life. Most of the classic methods, like stretching and foam rolling, never did anything more than provide a tiny bit of relief that lasted a few moments. Now I’m facing the very real possibility that I’ll be turning 40 in less than 2 years, yet I’m feeling …

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Build More Muscle & Strength with Push Ups

In Push up Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

One of the most common reasons why people struggle to build muscle and strength with push ups is the lack of tension directed towards the centerline. As I explain in this Dragon Door article, all tension should be directed towards the centerline of the body. Failure to direct tension inwards can result in a host of issues ranging from poor …

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Instantly Improve Your Handstand Balance

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Balance is the most difficult part of handstand work, but it doesn’t have to be so. There are some people who can just pop up into a handstand, and do other hand balancing work, very easily. As always, the solution is the all in how you use the tension through your muscles. You don’t improve balance just by trying not to fall. …

Use Neutral Tension for More Gain With Less Pain

In Leg Training, Methods & Success Mindset, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Muscle tension is the best thing and the worst thing for you. It can break your body and build it up. It can cause muscle growth as well as muscle strains and joint pain. It all depends on how you can manage it within your muscles. Lately, I’ve been using an approach I call Neutral Tension. Simply put, it using …

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3 Best Strap Exercises for Bigger Biceps

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

I love doing biceps exercises on suspension straps. I even preferred them over free weight curls back before I was made the switch to progressive calisthenics. There are many biceps exercises you can do on suspension straps. Over the years, I’ve found 3 moves that work a lot better than all of the others. These include the scoop curl, the …

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Advice for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Athlete

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I believe growth and improvement should be a constant companion in your training. Something should be improving for you every week, or at least every month. This week I sat down with Girya Girl, Adrienne Harvey, to discuss the process of growth and development in training along your whole lifespan. We get deep into the most important lessons to learn at the …

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Fit After 40 w/ Tommy Rembiszewski

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I’m not one of those “age is just a number” kind of guys. Believe me, age and all of it’s demons is a very real threat to your fitness and health. It’s a very serious threat that you’ll have to face sooner or later. That’s why I invited super bad-ass Tommy Rembiszewski bad for another interview so I could pick …

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Break Free of Diet & Exercise Dogma for Good

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

Fitness dogma that dictates how you should eat and exercise is ever prevalent within our fitness culture. Most of the time these dogmas start out as simple ideas but grow into a mini-religion by the time they hit the masses. The issue I take with them is they both limit your freedom of lifestyle and results. It’s like locking both your …

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Ring Push Ups vs Floor Push Ups

In Push up Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

There are a million ways you can do push ups, which make them a great exercise for everything from building strength to improving flexibility. One possible variation is to do them on rings or suspension straps.  While this does require the use of some equipment, there are several advantages to using them. Then again, there are many advantages to doing …

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Superset Set Routine for Muscle Growth

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Super sets are a great way to improve conditioning, save time and, most importantly, build muscle. They also do a great job of helping you find some of the weak links in your technique while under fatigue. This is my favorite bodyweight super set routine when time is short and I need to make my muscles burn.  

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Top 6 Suspension Trainer Exercises for Building Muscle

In Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A simple suspension trainer can really help you build muscle with bodyweight exercises. They can mimic nearly any classic gym exercise. They bring more progression and regression to any move, and they can help you set up a “gym” almost anywhere. They can also open a pandora’s box of variety because you can do hundreds of movements on them. Over the …

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How to Do Bridges Without Wrist Pain

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

Bridges are a “golden key” exercise; meaning they open massive doors to potential strength and capability. Pain can keep all of those doors locked up tighter than Fort Knox. A lot of folks suffer from wrist pain when doing bridges which can seriously handicap their results. Fear not my friend because I’ve just made this video to help you bridge for …

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How to Burn More Fat & Build More Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

While writing my second book (Check out my first book here) I stumbled upon the 3 key principles that govern your success towards any form of exercise. That was pretty powerful in itself, but I’ve learned something even more powerful about these 3 principals. It’s something that can help you unlock a lot of muscle building and fat burning potential. …

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3 Keys to a Healthy Meal

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

I keep to a pretty carefree style of eating. There’s no food that’s really off limits and I don’t follow any of the trends or fads the experts claim are so darn important. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my own rules and guidelines. I have 3 simple things I keep in mind with each meal that helps me ensure …

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10 Reasons to Attend an SCC

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is the premium one-day workshop held through Dragon Door. It focuses on the “Big Six” bodyweight exercises found in the #1 best-selling title, Convict Conditioning.   The purpose of an SCC workshop is to give you expert hands-on instruction so you can achieve uncommon levels of strength and capability. That’s not the only reason to attend an SCC. …

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How to Double Your Pistol Squat Balance

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  Make no mistake about it, pistol squats are a full-on legitimate leg strengthening exercise in their own right. The only thing standing in the way is learning how to be rock-solid through the full range of motion. To accomplish this level of stability, I highly recommend using your glutes. No, not the big muscles you sit in a chair with. …

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Integrated Activity vs Working Out

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

A super successful businessman once told me; “I don’t want work/life balance. I want work/life integration.” How novel. Wouldn’t it be great it we could do the same with exercise? Instead of having an exercise/life balance we strive for exercise/life integration. I think it’s possible and I’ve been doing just this sort of integration for the past few months. Check …

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Street Workout Wisdom w/ Danny Kavadlo

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

2 wonderful things have happened over the past week. 1) Al and Danny Kavadlo released their latest calisthenics masterpiece, Street Workout and 2) Danny Kavaldo was kind enough to share some of his best thoughts on training and life in the Red Delta Project Podcast. In this podcast Danny covers: 1:00 Danny’s training history. 2:46 The street workout “movement.” 5:00 …

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Convict Conditioning w/ Tommy Rembiszewski

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

My guest today is calisthenics expert and Convict Conditioning disciple, Tommy Rembiszewski. Tommy has been emailing me samples of his workouts and training for almost a year now and he’s been crushing everything.  While most people just go through the motions he strives to push everything up to level 11. His approach is both hard-core and smart at the same …

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Build Strong Abs With Dip Bar Leg Raises

In Core & Abs Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Hanging leg raises are a staple in Convict Conditioning and progressive calisthenics. They are certainly one of the best core exercises by far. The dip bar leg raise is the second cousin to the hanging variety and it offers some unique challenges. It requires more shoulder and back stability, plus it can engage your pushing chain more than the hanging …

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When Are Diet & Exercise Details Important?

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

There’s no shortage of detailed information concerning diet and exercise information. It seems everywhere you look some expert is suggesting the smallest details concerning you habits can make or break your success. It can all be very confusing. You can get lost in the maze of details around what to eat after a workout alone. Should you drink a protein …

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3 Mental Weight Loss Barriers w/ Catherine Taylor

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

“75% of Weight Loss is Mental” -Catherine Taylor Catherine Taylor is a master when it comes to the emotional and mental side of fitness and weight loss. Understanding the science behind weight loss is only a small piece of the puzzle, and few people understand this like Catherine. In today’s podcast, I sit down with her talk about 3 of the …

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How to Break Free From Your Work Out

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Have you ever considered just how artificial and confining a workout is? How about how it seems to require that you put your life on hold so you can go and exercise like it’s some sort of a chore? What if you could break free and never have to “work out” ever again? How would your life be different? It …

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How to Make Fitness Simple and Easy

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

Many of the struggles to build muscle or lose fat come from the needless obstacles we place in front of ourselves. We are making this whole diet and exercise stuff far too complicated and difficult. It’s not supposed to be so difficult it requires a herculean degree of motivation and will power. You also don’t need to become an expert …

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Pull Into Your Squats for Stronger Legs

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Believe it or not, if you want to improve the quality of your leg training you need to learn how to “pull” into the bottom of your squats and lunges. It’s not complicated, but it can be tricky to learn at first. In this video. I share a simple technique you can use to use every day to improve your …

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Control Fatigue for More Muscle Growth

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Muscle fatigue is one of the principles of a good muscle building workout. If you want more muscle you simply need to work more muscle and work it into a higher degree of fatigue. The challenge is being able to do just that. It sounds simple enough, just lift until you can’t lift anymore. The problem is, there are a …

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How to Balance Out Emotion and Logic Dominance

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

Most folks are either emotion or logic strong in their philosophy and approach to fitness. You can check out this post to learn about emotion and logic dominance but here are the cliff notes: Logic dominant individuals: Keep looking for the best and latest science and information. Over-rely on knowing the “right” way to do things or the right program …

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Side Plank Progressions for Lateral Chain

In Core & Abs Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Side planks are a staple for training the lateral chain. They also do wonders for the hips which is key if you’re looking to improve leg strength or kicking power. The problem is, there’s not a lot out there regarding how to progress or regress side planks. This causes a lot of folks to just plop down on the floor …

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Emotion vs Logic Dominant Fitness Habits

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

Are you working your tail off and sticking to your diet or exercise plan, but not getting the results you want? Is pushing yourself to your limits the extent of your workout plan? Maybe you’re always looking for that one diet or workout program that’s going to work for you. Are perhaps you feel you know what to do but you …

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Build Stronger Legs with Triple Flexion

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Imbalanced leg muscles abound! Knee pain, poor balance, awkward movement and a host of other ills plague many calisthenics enthusiasts. Hell, it’s even worse for those who use machines and lift weights. Much of the problem is from not enough flexion with squats and other classic leg exercises. Yes, I said flexion, as in working your muscles that pull you …

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Tips For Calisthenics and Fitness Excellence

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

Excellence in calisthenics and fitness is something we all want, but there are a lot of hurdles in making that happen. Some of them are all in your own mind. Some of them are all around you. Make no mistake, you can achieve far greater results than you currently believe are possible. Just imagine what it would be like to …

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Pull Up Elbow Pain Cause and Cure

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

Elbow tendonitis is one of the few injuries calisthenics athletes need to be on guard for. Many people experience it at one point or another, myself included. I used to struggle with it on and off for years. Thankfully, I’ve been able to get rid of it once and for all through Chain Training and this simple technical adjustment. The …

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How to Fix a Broken Diet

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

This podcast was inspired by an online lecture I watch by John Berardi Ph.D. from Precision Nutrition.  John’s advice is simple, down to earth and, above all, practical for the average man or woman to use. I decided to share with some of the biggest takeaways I got from the lecture including: Why most popular nutrition advice doesn’t really help anyone …

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Advanced Bodyweight Training Made Simple

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

One of the most benefits of the R.D.P and Fitness Independence is you learn the basic principals of fitness while also giving you the freedom and flexibility to apply them as you see fit. That way, you gain both better results and the freedom to be fit on your own terms. For a long time, I’ve been looking to do this …

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Plateaus in Weight Lifting vs Calisthenics

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Plateaus are a part of life and fitness. They are not all bad however and may even be good for you as they help you establish new set points and prepare you for further progress. But the other day I got a very good question about the potential for hitting a using weights vs hitting a plateau using calisthenics. I …

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Why Your Muscle Control Sucks and How to Fix It

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

All success boils down to your ability to create and control the tension in your muscles. When you improve your muscle tension skills you get the following: More muscle More balance More flexibility More power and explosiveness More strength Better performance It all sounds good, but there’s a seriously big catch. Your ability to improve your muscle tension is majorly …

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3 Things to Know About Muscle Imbalances

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Muscle imbalances are like a virus. They can infect even the most balanced and well-planned workout program. Thankfully, they are not all that dangerous, just as long as you can keep them in check through the following techniques:

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4 Tips to Improve Your Muscle Tension Skills

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Creating muscle tension is a skill and the better you become at generating and controlling the tension in your muscles the better your results will be. You’ll build more muscle, improve strength, accelerate performance and reduce the risk of injury. The only question is, how do you become good at turning on your own muscles? Check out this video for …

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The Progressive Overload Myth

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  Progressive overload and progressive tension are two popular muscle building strategies that are very closely related. They can even be mistaken for being the same thing, but they are different. They are different goals and thus require different mindsets that focus on different results.

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Should You Time Your Rest Periods?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

There’s more to progressing your workouts and getting results beyond just weight and reps. There’s a lot more in fact. Take your rest period for example. If you want to improve endurance, build muscle or gain a mental edge altering the amount of rest between your workouts can be just the ticket. Just through adjusting the amount of time you …