5 Ways to Begin Training for a Half-Marathon Today

In Fitness Independence, Leg Training by Matt

Image by Pixabay on Pexels There’s nothing quite like the sensation of soaring through the air, feet pounding against the hard-packed dirt, sweat dripping down your face and your heart pounding in excitement as you cross that finish line for the first time. The half-marathon is nearly the perfect race—believe it or not, it is within the realm of possibility …

4 Reasons to Workout In the Morning

In Fitness Independence by Matt

The eternal gym battle is whether you should complete a workout in the morning or in the evening – and everyone has a different answer depending on who you ask. There are a lot of arguments on both sides, but working out in the morning always comes up trumps! Why? Well, working out in the morning is just better – …

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The Formula for Unlimited Fitness Motivation

In Fitness Independence by Matt

Motivation is the lifeblood of your entire fitness lifestyle. If you have it, anything is possible, but you’re totally lost without it. That’s why it’s so important to understand the fundamental formula for generating it (hint it’s nothing to do with what you see on social media) and how to maintain it for years at a time. How to work …

Isolation Vs Compound Exercises, Is one Really Better Than the Other?

In Back & Biceps Training, Chest & Triceps Training, Fitness Independence, Isometric Training, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

The debate between isolation and command exercises is starting to rage once again within our fitness culture. So this week, I wanted to take a fundamental approach to get to the bottom of the isolation vs command debate for building muscle and strength once and for all. Live Feed Q&A:  Thoughts on Overcoming-Yielding Isometrics 12:31 “I need to work on …

My Final Word On How Many Set You Really Need to Build Muscle

In Fitness Independence, Isometric Training, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

Asking how many sets you need to do to build muscle, especially with calisthenics, can trap you into an infinite number of rabbit holes. Every expert and their mom seems to have their thoughts on the subject, and everyone is sighting research and empirical evidence to back up their claims. Despite all of these “answers” you’re still left with the …

Cycling in Cold Weather: A Guide

In Fitness Independence, Leg Training by Matt

Image Credit  Temperatures may be dropping, but it doesn’t have to mean you need to store your bike away or stop your cycling hobby altogether. In this short guide, we’ll help you fully prepare and stay motivated for cycling in the changing weather conditions.  Wear Correct Clothing Like with any exercise, your body will naturally warm up when you cycle. …

How to Know For Sure if An Exercise Will Build Muscle

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Fitness Independence, Isometric Training, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

It seems like everyone and their Mom is trying to think outside the box an be a “innovator” in the world of fitness these days. This especially goes for creating new exercises and variations that promise to be the next best thing in building muscle and strength. Loads of experts are cooking up new ideas in an effort to hack …

Toxic Fitness Beliefs That Are Killing Your Gains

In Fitness Independence, Isometric Training, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

Toxic fitness beliefs can make it almost impossible for you to build muscle and get lean. Whenever I come accross someone who’s “tried everything” and still struggle to make progress I know there’s a toxic belief at the heart of the problem. Some of the most common toxic beliefs attack your very sense of self. The erode your confidence and …

Stuck For Workout Motivation? Try These Alternative Sports!

In Fitness Independence by Matt

Source One of the absolute hardest things when it comes to working out is trying to maintain the necessary levels of motivation. There are a lot of reasons for this but one of them is that many of the standard workout options are just not all that interesting. Sure, there’s something pleasant and meditative about wracking up the reps on …

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Why You Can’t Learn Your Way to Results

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

In this age of information wealth, you would think that learning would have a great track record for helping people get in shape. And yet, here we are, surrounded by a ton of diet and exercise information but people are still struggling to successfully make their diet and exericse habits stick. Information, data, and facts are important, but they are …

Exercise & Cancer: 3 Things You Need To Know

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Fitness Independence by Matt

Image Credit (CC0 License) You don’t need to be a medical professional to know that exercise is incredibly beneficial for your body and mind. There are so many different benefits of exercise that extend beyond the obvious ones of losing weight and improving your fitness.  For example, did you know that exercise has many benefits that are directly linked to …

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How to Make Micro Workouts More Effective

In Fitness Independence by Matt

Micro workouts are small workouts that add up over time to produce big results. Many will claim that a short 5-10 minute workout can’t be effective, and they are right. Many short workouts aren’t effective, but then again, neither are many full-length workout either. The key to making your micro workouts effective is the same way you make any workout …

4 Ways to Help Combat Covid-19

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

Our physical fitness can play a key part in keeping us healthy and reduces the risk of becoming severely ill, should we contract Covid-19. Less fit people who suffer from medical conditions are five times more likely to have a worse outcome from Covid-19 – with smokers being particularly at risk. We can all do our best to reduce our …

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How to Build Game-Changing Self Confidence for Stronger Results

In Fitness Independence by Matt

Self-confidence and self-reliance are essential characteristics of fitness. This is especially the case when it comes to building muscle and losing weight. A lack of self-confidence is also why many people fail to achieve independence and the results they want. They’ve bought into the idea that they aren’t worthy of the body they desire and let others call the shots …

5 Everyday Activities That Count as Exercise

In Fitness Independence by Matt

Guest Post By Maria Ivanov Source We don’t always look forward to the day-to-day activities in our lives. It may help to know that some of these tasks do double duty and qualify as exercise. They can also save money because, unlike a gym membership or workout equipment, they’re free! Here are five everyday activities that also count as exercise. …

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2019 R.D.P Highlights

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Fitness Independence by Matt

2019 was a banner year for the R.D.P and the development of the Grind-Style Calisthenics Training Method. This was actually the 10-year anniversary of the R.D.P and this year had more break-through lessons than in all of the nine years combined! Check out some of the biggest highlights in this week’s episode the R.D.P podcast plus a sneak preview of …

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How to Control Your Emotional Subconscious for Success in Fitness

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Fitness Independence by Matt

Most of your success in fitness comes from your deep-seated emotional subconscious. How you feel about the goals you’re chasing or the methods your using has far more influence on your success than your actual workout or diet plan. This is crucial to understand because if you don’t change how you feel on an emotional level, you probably won’t get …

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What Makes Your Workout Effective?

In Fitness Independence, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

An effective workout depends on a lot more than just using the optimal exercises and rep range. Details like that are important, but the true essence of an effective workout depends on something much more subliminal and subjective. Neuromuscular proficiency is essentially the skillful use of your own muscles, and it alone can make or break the effectiveness of your …

What is Grind Style Calisthenics?

In Back & Biceps Training, Chest & Triceps Training, Core & Abs Training, Fitness Independence, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

Grind style calisthenics (GSC) is bodyweight training with an emphasis on building strength and muscle. It’s essentially the calisthenics variation of bodybuilding or powerlifting. This is in contrast to endurance or met-con style calisthenics which uses fast circuit style workouts for conditioning. It’s also different from the sport of calisthenics which uses explosive techniques for power and athleticism. All that is …

How Long Should It Take to Get Results?

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

How long should it take to get results? It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked on the R.D.P YouTube channel and Instagram. People want to know if they are making enough progress or if they are not making progress fast enough. It would be nice if I could give a concise answer to this question, but everyone’s timetable …

What Calisthenics Program is Best For You?

In Fitness Independence, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

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 …

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Top Tips On Setting up Your Fitness Environment for Success

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

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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Tension is The Best Medicine

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

Muscle tension is the best medicine in the world. It’s more potent than any drug, safer than any organic food and almost every side effect is an added bonus. Best of all, you don’t need a prescription for it, it’s available wherever you are and it won’t jack up your health insurance premiums. It may even decrease your premiums while …

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Do Weight Lifting Methods Work with Calisthenics?

In Fitness Independence, Suspension Training by Matt

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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Solving the Biggest Fitness Mysteries of Our Time

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

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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The Source of An Effective Workout

In Fitness Independence by Matt

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, Fitness Independence by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

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, Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

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 Many Sets Are Best for Building Muscle?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

I get a lot of questions regarding how many sets are best for building muscle working on skills or losing weight.  A lot of these questions come from reading a lot of conflicting recommendations from various experts. Some advocate doing no more than 1-2 sets. Other’s claim high volume is the key to build muscle and strength. With so many …

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Using Calisthenics to Get Jacked with Adorian Moldovan

In Back & Biceps Training, Chest & Triceps Training, Fitness Independence, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips by Matt

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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6 Common Misconceptions About Convict Conditioning

In Back & Biceps Training, Chest & Triceps Training, Core & Abs Training, Fitness Independence, Leg Training, Progressive Calisthenics by Matt

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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Building Self Confidence for Fitness Success

In Fitness Independence by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

How Technical Erosion Effects Your Muscle Growth

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

Training For Stength vs Building Muscle

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

How to Gain Personal Trainer Benefits While Training Alone

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

Nothing beats working with a personal trainer or coach. They help keep you accountable, provide motivation and teach how to make your workouts more effective. What if you don’t have access to a trainer or coach? How can you gain some of the benefits without the expertise? Flying fully solo in your workouts is seldom the best way to go, …

Improve Your Physical Performance in Anything

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

  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 …

Do You Really Need a Workout Routine?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

Switching from Weights to Calisthenics 4 Things You Need to Know

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

The Myth of the Muscle Building Rep Range

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 …

How Chronic Fitness Stress Kills Your Progress

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Should You Always Train To Your Limit?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Circuit Training for Muscle and Strength

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Achieve Infinite Calisthenics Progress

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

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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Is Your Healthy Lifestyle too Stressful?

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Maxick’s Muscle Building Wisdom

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Practice & Benefits of Micro-Workouts

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

I predict the next big thing in fitness will be the use of shorter, yet more frequent workouts. You might look back and think “I can’t believe we use to workout for over an hour 2-3 times a week!” There are many reasons why daily 15-20 minute workouts might work best for you. Easier to fit into a busy schedule. Not …

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How to Find Reliable Fitness Information

In Fitness Independence, Satisfying Healthy Eating Tips, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence by Matt

  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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The Freedom of Exploratory Progression

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Is There a Perfect Workout Routine?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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How Much Muscle Can You Build?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

  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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Advancing Bodyweight Training w/ Time

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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3 Push Up Progressions to Build Muscle

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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The Source of Muscular Change

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Easy Fitness Part 2 Exercise

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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 Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Muscle Confidence for Muscle Mass

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

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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Is it Important to Feel a Muscle Working?

In Fitness Independence, Uncategorized by Matt

Many experts claim that focusing on how an exercise feels is a waste of time. I used to believe this too. I fell into the idea that the numbers you put in your log and your program was the key to success. After many years of frustration and injury, I started training smarter rather than just harder. This meant the numbers …