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6 Moves to Improve Your Muscle Tension

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

All muscle building and strength success comes down to muscle tension. Your ability to control your muscles can literally make or break your gains regardless of what your workout routine and diet looks like. That’s why I created the Chain Training Ebook which you can download here. It’s a muscle tension management system to ensure your workouts are of the …

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Rules of Progression & Results

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Progression is the bottom line in strength and fitness. If you have progression you get the results you want, it’s as simple as that. However, if you have the perfect routine, the perfect diet and the best equipment, but no progression, you’re stuck. So there’s a lot at stake here. With progression comes the results you want. Without it, nothing …

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The Calisthenics Advantage of Earned Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

“It’s so much easier to build muscle and strength with Weightlifting, you just add weight.” I’ve heard the above argument for why weight lifting is better than body weight training for years and have always thought it was a valid point. After all, when it comes to calisthenics making your muscles work harder is a lot more complicated. You have …

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New Research in Building Muscle vs Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Muscle and strength, the two go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Usually, the two should grow together. As you get stronger you should be getting bigger and vice versa but it doesn’t always happen that way. Some people do get stronger without getting much bigger. I’ve also known some people who are pretty big but they are not nearly …

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Stronger & Safer Body Weight Training

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

I’ve been using this simple way of training my basic compound movements (push-ups, pull-ups, squats etc) and the effects have been nothing short of fantastic.  My joints feel stronger and safer, my muscles are working harder, and I feel like I’m moving as my body was meant to move. This “trick” calls into question some of the classic ideas about …

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Are Stabilizer Muscles Important?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Stabilizer muscles were a big buzz word back when I first started working out. They were a point made by free weight guys like me in the debate over free weights vs machines.   When the functional movement craze hit a lot of focus was placed on working these muscles through things like balance boards and unstable positions like standing …

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High vs Low Sets For Building Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Some people build muscle using as little as a single hard work set. Others enjoy workouts involving set after set after set. It’s certainly possible to build muscle with either strategy. I’ve done it with both myself, but you might have an affinity towards one style over the other. That’s why I made this video, so you can compare the …

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Is Modern Fitness Ridiculous?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I came across this super cool video showcasing some of the fitness trends of the past century: I’m really fascinated by the history of our modern fitness culture and videos like this are both educational and highly entertaining. Despite its entertainment value, I can’t help but ask myself “How did people back then take this stuff seriously? I mean, why did …

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Veterano Plus Workout for Muscle Mass

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

It’s been a few months since I unleashed my Veterano Plus workout and the results have been nothing but positive. People are recovering faster, getting stronger and just generally having a blast with it. I’m often asked if it’s a good workout for building muscle. I hear ya, personally, I need that muscle building potential to keep me motivated. I have …

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2 Weaknesses Preventing Your Muscle Growth

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

I’ve written about fragmented muscle tension in the Chain Training PDF and in various articles. Basically it means your muscle activation is lacking in certain areas of your body which create “holes” of weakness. These holes can prevent some of the bigger muscles from optimally working. In short, tension holes hold back your entire strength and physical development. In this …

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The Complete History of the Red Delta Project

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

People have been asking me about my personal history and how my current fitness ideas came about. Well, here ya go folks! This week’s podcast pulls back the curtain on my personal history, most of which I’ve been reluctant to talk about before now. I got into my years of struggling with various diets, and even why I never did …

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Improve Chain Training With Isometrics

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  Your muscle building success depends heavily upon how well you create and manipulate your muscular tension. When you improve how well you generate and control you make much faster progress. Using isometric exercises can greatly improve your muscle tension use and thus your muscle building gains. Check out this video for some prime examples!  

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Is Body Weight Training Safe if You’re Overweight?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Summery: Yes, calisthenics is ideal for those who are overweight and this guide is a great place to get started. Here’s why: I understand why someone, who is over weight, would be nervous about body weight training. Their whole goal is to become lighter and leaner. They have been told by countless influences, including health experts, that that their weight …

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Building Muscle With Calisthenics vs Weights

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Despite the differences, building muscle and strength through calisthenics is not any different than using weights. The principals are the same: Use basic compound movements. Keep a consistent routine. Focus on progression. Optimize recovery through adequate rest and diet. It doesn’t matter if you prefer push ups over the bench press or weight machines to suspension straps. You can get …

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In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

The great thing about calisthenics and bodyweight training is you can train anytime you like. You’re not restricted to a gym and you can jump into a set of push ups or squats anywhere you find yourself. The bad thing about calisthenics and bodyweight training is you can train anytime you like. You run the risk of quickly doing too much, …

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The Veterano + Calisthenics Workout

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

I haven’t been this excited about a new workout program since, well, since ever. Seriously, I’m in love with this new workout because it solves so many issues I’ve been struggling with over the years. I’ve don’t high volume training which was great at honing my calisthenics skills but it stunted my recovery and muscle growing potential. I’ve done low …

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Set Training vs Circuit Training

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

There are a million ways you can structure a workout, but most methods fall under the category of either set and rest style training or circuit training. We could debate for ages over the merits of each but I made it simple for you with this video. It should tell you everything you need to know so you can select …

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Is “Follow Your Passion” Bad Advice?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Following your passion is common advice in the business world, and it’s something I’ve stood behind for years. After all, that’s the “red” in Red Delta Project with red symbolizing passion and desire. While passion and desire is still a critical component to your success recent lessons I’m learning some new information that’s turning the idea of “follow your passion” …

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Why Even Small Distractions Kill Results

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Distractions are pure poison for your fitness results. No matter what you want, from weight loss to running faster, distractions make you work twice as hard for half the result. In this week’s podcast I expose why even small “harmless” distractions can halt your progress for years regardless of what your routine looks like.  

9 Things I Did to Build Muscle Faster

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Building muscle and strength is a process that takes consistent practice over long periods of time. Sometimes, you’ll do something that will speed up your progress. So I wanted to share with you a handful of things I’ve done that have resulted in a quick jump in muscle and strength.

The One Thing Holding Your Fitness Back

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

A sound fitness plan requires many pieces and part. There’s diet, exercise, sleep, hormones, nutrients, technique and a host of other details. It can be confusing to keep track of all of it. Despite the complexity, there’s a very good chance that your current rate of progress is being held back due to one single tiny thing. Most importantly, all …

Answering Your Calisthenics Questions

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

I get many questions on the daily about how best to train calisthenics. All of these questions are great, they show people are really thinking and using their noodle. I love answering your questions! In this week’s podcast I tackle a collection of the best questions concerning calisthenics. I cover: – What exercises are best? – How often should you …

Programing Calisthenics for Fat Loss, Muscle Building & More

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorizedby Matt

Calisthenics is a fantastic training method, but it can fall flat if you don’t know how to program your routine to accomplish what you want. The squat is a good example. You can use it to pursue any goal from building muscle to explosive training and even fat loss. It’s just one move but it can used to accomplish many …

Programing Calisthenics for Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Calisthenics is a fantastic vehicle for building strength. After all, have you ever met anyone who can do a ton of handstand push ups or single arm pull ups who wasn’t strong? But don’t expect to build that kind of strength doing endless push ups and crunches. You gotta know how to program your workouts so they challenge your strength.  …

Shatter Your Fitness Limits

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Most of your limits exist only in your mind. Maybe they are from the influence of a coach or a parent. Maybe they are just a small wall you keep bumping against and you’ve built it up to be bigger in your mind than it really it. Whatever the case, you must surpass those limits if you want to build …

Muscle Building Made Simple

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Building muscle isn’t complicated. It’s not easy, but it sure isn’t complicated. Just like with weight loss, building muscle is all about balancing two principal influences. The balance between the mechanical stress you place on a muscle and the recovery of that muscle is is what makes or breaks your mass building efforts. Also don’t over complicate the stress and …

Why Curiousity Builds Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I used to yearn to be certain that I knew what I was doing when it came to fitness and building muscle. I used to hide behind my ego and claim that I always knew what I was doing. I thought certainty was the sign of an expert, someone who you could trust to provide quality information. Turns out, it …

4 Moves to Restore Your Primal Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

The most sure sign that you’re getting stronger is when you embrace what you’ve once feared. We modern humans move unlike anything nature intended us to. We sit too much, walk too little, slouch and hardly move with grace but rather struggle. We are becoming weak, slow, stiff, clumsy and fragile. Modern exercise isn’t helping either. Doing an exercise 1-2 times a week …

Where You can Find Your Next Results

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

So. You want to build some muscle or lose some fat eh? No problem my friend, all you need is to apply the Delta Principals and you’re on your way. Be sure to make sure you’ve got that progression principal down cold too. That’s the thing that is 100% responsible for your progress. Without it you’ve got nothing, or at …

Do This, Make Gains in Muscle & Strength

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

There is only one thing you should focus on when you workout.  If you get it, you make gains. If you don’t you stay stuck. That thing is called progression. Problem is,there are 101 other things that are supposedly so darn important. Diet, supplement, routine, sets, reps, weight, lifting temp, rest periods, equipment selection, heart rates, pre- and post workout nutrition, water intake, metabolism, body …

Your Results Depend on This One Thing

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Progression is the very essence of what gets you the results you’re looking for.  It’s the very fuel that makes your muscles bigger, stronger and more capable. It’s also what makes you healthier, leaner and happier. Whatever you want in fitness, and in life, comes through progression. So it’s kind of an important topic don’t ya think? The problem is …

Why Fitness Will Never Be Easy For You

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Fitness will always be a challenge to some degree. You’ll never reach a point where you’re on easy street and you have it all figured out. There will always be some sort of challenge standing between you and the results you want. But that’s not a bad thing! The whole point of getting stronger isn’t to make your fitness effortless, …

Breathing for Muscle Growth

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Breath is the source of energy in many physical disciplines from Yoga to shooting. Any time you need to make a concentrated effort towards a single physical action, breathing can make that action easier or almost impossible. So it makes sense that your breathing is very important if you want to do any sort of muscle building exercise. Like many …

6 Every Day Habits that Shrink Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Your muscle has many threats that hide within your every day habits. many of these habits are adopted because people consider them to be harmless. In some circles they are even recommended like foregoing sleep so you can be more “productive.” Knowledge is power and this video will expose 6 of these muscle melting habits.

Why Calisthenics Helps You Build More Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  Straight to the point; you can build muscle with body weight training. In fact, you may even find yourself building more muscle with body weight training than with conventional weight lifting.  Much of the is due to the fact that there are 4 rules that must be fulfilled in order to successfully bulk up and calisthenics may make it …

Are Weights & Diets Even Necessary?

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Simply put, no. Nothing that has been created within our fitness culture over the past 100 years is even remotely necessary. – You don’t need a gym membership. – You don’t need all of those supplements. – You don’t need to read the latest diet books or get caught up on the latest nutritional research. – You don’t need the …

Train Your Chain for More Functional Strength & Muscle

In Core & Abs Training, Leg Training, Methods & Success Mindset, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

Do you train muscles or movements? It’s super important to carefully consider because your training and thus your results can be dramatically influenced by your answer. Both schools of thought have their pros and cons. Training muscles can build a much stronger mind-muscle connection but can be a very costly way to train since it often involves many exercises. Training …

The Absolutely Most Important Rules in Fitness & Weight Loss

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

The Red Delta Project has a simple philosophy; When you understand, and follow the most important principals of fitness and weight loss you gain far greater results with much more ease, freedom and lifestyle flexibility. I don’t bother with many of the little fads or trivial trends that fill the blogs and magazines from week to week. All of this …

12 Reasons You’re Not Building Muscle With Body Weight Training

In Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that you can build a substantial amount of muscle and strength through body weight training. In fact, I train with body weight exercise because there are some massive  advantages body weight training has over weight training when it comes to building muscle. Still, some times the muscle just won’t build and it can be …

The Guarantee of Never Gaining Weight Again

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Never having to worry about weight gain is one of the biggest advantages of Fitness Independence. It’s great to eat without ever worrying about getting fatter. It’s also fantastic to exercise for reasons other than just burning off fat and calories. I believe never needing to worry about weight gain is one of the biggest temptations with so many fad …

Bragging About Your Workout Can Hold You Back

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

It’s sexy to tell other’s (and tell yourself) that you put 110% into every workout. It’s now a sign of weakness to admit that you only put 75% effort into a workout. No one brags about holding themselves back. The ironic thing is that going to that limit can set you up for a long and frustrating plateau. That said, …

What “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” Really Means

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorizedby Matt

  The saying “be comfortable being uncomfortable” is a common idea in our fitness culture. Until now, I’ve kind of thought it was like a Yogi Bear-ism, you know where he says things like “Disney Land is so crowded no one is going there anymore.” Even though the saying is contradictory you still understand what it means. Recently though I’ve …

A Fitness Rant From Mother Nature

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Hello there, Mother nature here, you know, the gal who’s running this whole show. I just thought I would drop you a line and get a few things off my chest. Don’t worry, this isn’t about how you’re filling the seas with garbage or anything. No, this letter is just to clear up some confusion you humans have towards this …

Training for Performance vs Training for Asthetics

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Some folks like to train for high performance. Other’s are training for aesthetics and to look good naked. One objective is all about being able to change how you look and the other is all about being able to perform at your peak. There is certainly a middle ground where you can train for both. After all cyclists usually have …

What the Top 1% of Fitness Experts Know

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

The top 1% of all fitness experts know how important it is to be disciplined about their lifestyle priorities. Your priorities determine how you spend your finite lifestyle resources in the most effective way possible. This is something that all successful people know be it in fitness, business and even a hobby. It’s also in stark contrast to how the …

I Don’t Care What Works in Fitness

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

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

When to Quite a Diet & Exercise Program

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Sometimes the greatest success in fitness comes from knowing when to quit a particular diet or exercise program. Quitting is an art form. Like all things in fitness, quitting isn’t a black and white issue. If you embrace quitting you never get very far, but if you shun it you run the risk of forever sticking to methods that are …

The Muscle Building Window

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

In the past, I’ve believed the opportunity to tell my muscles they need to be bigger and stronger lasted throughout my workout. Now I believe there is a very narrow window of opportunity where I can pull that muscle building trigger. The muscle building window is a rather small amount of work where your muscles are capable of handling the …

You Can’t Make Gains Until You Give

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

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

Fitness Doesn’t Come From Luck

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

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

Beating the Deceptive Devil of Diet & Exercise

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

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

The Perfect Diet and Exercise Program Myth

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  “And they lived happily every after……” It’s the ending of every classic fairy tale. Once the main characters have found each other, vanquished their foes and made everything perfect, they go off to a life of perfection. It’s an idea that saturates our modern day culture. If you can find the perfect mate, drive the perfect car and work …

Technique Isn’t Everything

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorizedby Matt

  “Technique isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” If I ever open a gym I’m putting that up on the wall in big BOLD  letters. Everything you’re looking to gain from your training boils 100% down to your technique and how well you can maintain it. If your results are lacking, look to your technique.  Never consider anything other than …

Fitness Skills; Better Results With Less Cost

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  The attainment and refinement of you fitness skills is the path to not only greater results in fitness but also more lifestyle freedom. The reason is simple. The better your skills are, the less resources you need to spend to get results. When I was first getting into strength training my workouts were 2-3 hours long and I needed an …

Training is Trying

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  Sorry Yoda but  there most certainly is a “try” especially when it comes to fitness. In fact, it’s this “try” that’s at the heart of an effective workout program. If there is no try  there is no progress. Training is a simple process. It’s nothing more than your brain programming your body to behave in a certain way.  It’s …

8 Ways to Avoid Fitness Mediocrity

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  Mediocrity is running rampant within our fitness culture even though no one ever starts a diet or exercise routine with the intention of getting results that a “meh.” I sure as hell didn’t start doing push ups all those years ago so I could look in the mirror at someone who’s average at best. I’m willing to bet you’re …

The Art and Science of Exercise Progression

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  Progression is the essence of success. It’s the very thing that causes your fitness to grow and mature. Without it you’re stuck. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or what your program looks like. If you don’t have progression, you don’t have……well…..progress. You  just end up working your tail off to stay where you are. In this week’s …

How to Workout and Exercise While Traveling

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  Getting exercise and workouts on the road is always a challenge. Keeping fit habits can put a lot of stress on  your trip, not to mention your traveling companions. Like most fitness plans, making the resolution to just work hard and stick to a strict diet or workout plan, no matter what, hardly ever works. You can’t charge into …

Why You’re Fighting Success in Fitness

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

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

Moderation is for Cowards

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  In the movie, Lone Survivor, one of the characters mentions the idea that “moderation is for cowards.” He could have said moderation is for wimps, pussies, or pansies but no; he used the word coward. This statement has helped me crack a riddle that’s been bugging me for a while. When someone says “all things in moderation” I want to …