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Fitness Wisdom From Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I came across this the other day and just had to share it with you:   I love finding these quotes from famous and successful people who essentially spell out the formula for Fitness Independence. This one is particular is especially powerful. It’s that second line- “The man who grasps principles can select his own methods” that I like best. …

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Don’t Punish Yourself in Diet & Exercise

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

Is it just me, or is there just a little too much self abuse going on in our fitness culture as of late? It seems like everywhere I turn someone is admonishing themselves (either physically or verbally) for eating something or not doing something in their workout. All of this negativity is completely unnecessary and it’s also very damaging. You …

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I Gave Up The Fitness “Lifestyle” And Got in Shape Anyway

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

  I used to be one of those people who claimed that getting and staying in shape was all about lifestyle. Now I say the opposite. You don’t have to have a fitness lifestyle to get in shape. It’s blasphemy to say, I know, but here me out. I’m walking proof that one doesn’t need a lifestyle dedicated to diet and …

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Ultimate Strength Through Calisthenics

In Methods & Success Mindset, Suspension Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

Body weight exercise is not often associated with aspects of immense strength and power. If anything, calisthenics are usually reserved for endurance or “toning” while methods like heavy weight lifting are more associated with raw strength. In this week’s podcast I cover why absolute raw strength is so very important to any fitness endeavor and why body weight exercise can …

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When Setting A Goal Isn’t Doing You Any Good

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

I’ve heard some folks refer to the practice of setting goals as an almost magical experience. Supposedly writing it down and reviewing it on a regular basis is part of the magic. The idea being that if you set a specific, realistic and time sensitive goal (and write it down) then motivation and inspiration is going to flow from you …

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Why You Don’t Need a Custom Diet or Exercise Plan

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

A lot of needless and unnecessary fitness practices come from the idea that you’re like a snow flake, unique and different from everyone else. Such an idea once cost me loads of lifestyle resources as I constantly searched for “what worked for me. ” Once I understood that I wasn’t really all that different I was able to hack out …

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Fitness Thoughts, Ideas and Beliefs That Keep You Average

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

I’ve always been into improving myself, but a few years ago I made a vow to do everything I could to fight being average. Average might be fine for everyone else, but when I’m opting out of the average club when it comes to being in shape. When I vowed to forsake average I quickly learned I had to shed a number of beliefs and ideas …

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A New Perspective on Diet & Exercise Discipline

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

Discipline isn’t a term that often concurs up thoughts of freedom and liberation. If anything, people sometimes may associate it with self imposed denial or sacrifice. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Discipline is a corner stone of Fitness Independence. It holds the key to both your fitness success and your lifestyle freedom. Here’s why: To have discipline is …

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It’s Like Winning the Lottery of Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I admit it, I would love to win millions of dollars in the lottery. But it’s not because I want to buy stuff. I don’t want to win so I can buy a Ferrari and hire a live-in personal sushi chef. (although that would be super cool.) I want to win for the freedom that can potentially come from that …

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The Power of Consistency and Repetition In Building Muscle

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

Since I stumbled upon the notion of overlord influences a few months ago, I’ve been eager to learn more of them. After all, they are some of the most powerful principals in diet and exercise. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that they are the elements that make our habits effective. In today’s podcast I …

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A Rant on Learning New Diet & Exercise Information

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Okay; I know knowledge is power, and that the more you know the more you grow, but I’m starting to wonder if this whole learning thing is a little over rated when it comes to fitness. For starters there’s that whole paralysis by analysis thing. You  know, when you consume so much contradictory information that you just don’t know what …

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Is Improving Technique More Important than Frequency & Intensity?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

In the past I’ve talked about the 3 dimensions you can progress any form of exercise for greater results. You can; – Increase the Frequency you do the exercise. (More reps, sets, miles, steps, workouts per week act.) – Increase the Intensity of the exercise. (more weight, less assitance, less leverage, faster speed, working more against gravity) – Improve your …

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Why Body Weight Exercise Made Me Bigger & Stronger than Weight Lifting

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  I’ve been doing nothing but body weight training for the past 4-5 years and have never been bigger, faster or stronger. Here’s why body weight exercise can help you too become stronger and put on more muscle including: – Why workout convenience is essential in building muscle. – Why being uncomfortable and “in pain” can rob you of your …

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The Influences That Control Every Aspect of Your Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

This week’s podcast discusses something I like to call overlord influences. These influences are not as powerful as root knowledge, nor are they always influences within themselves. They are the factors that make influences either very potent or hardly effective at all. They are kind of like the influences on your influences. They are what make cookies fattening or non fattening. …

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The Limitations Of Diet and Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  As great as a good diet and exercise program is, there are significant limitations we must be aware of. A good exercise or workout can do wonders towards certain goals. Other goals it has limited influence on. And then exercise is practically useless for other objectives. The same with diet. Some things can really be improved with a change …

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Building Your Own Highly Effective Diet and Exercise Plan in 4 Steps

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  It’s no surprise that our fitness culture can create more questions than answers. Just today, a study came out claiming that there was little nutritional benefit of organic foods over conventionally grown foods. As you can imagine, it’s set off a hail storm of accusations, questions and confusion. The key to Fitness Independence is to make things as simple …

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Finding Fitness Success On Your Own

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

One doesn’t have to be the loneliest number. There are few resources more influential towards your success than other people. Some will lift you up to new heights. Others may drag you down. In this week’s podcast I dive into how you can fly solo and be the master of your own fate when it comes to making diet and …

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Physical Conditioning and Calisthenics

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

What do the words physical conditioning mean to you? It might bring up images of sled pushes and met-cons designed to condition mind and body.  It may also mean practicing a skill until you can do with without thinking. The term physical conditioning can mean many things and it’s important to understand what sort of physical conditioning you’re hoping to …

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How To Create Endless Workout Motivation

In Methods & Success Mindset, Suspension Trainingby Matt

Motivation is the lifeblood of your fitness success. Every workout, every meal and every move you make must have a strong emotional drive behind it. Without it, you’re absolutely sunk. No amount of willpower or commitment can overcome a spirit that’s parched of motivation. Motivation isn’t hard to find though. The easiest way to crank up your motivation, and keep …

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Body Data and the Myth of Working Out

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

  The idea that the body only receives information to change and operate during the workout is  entirely untrue. The reality is that your body is constantly receiving “instructions” on how it should function and operate. It’s always learning and being conditioned 24/7. I like to call these signals and instructions “body data”. Every single movement you do, from drumming …

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Two Joint Saving Strategies That Actually Destroy Your Joints!

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

Joints, your physical intersections between healthy movement and disaster. You’re joints are the keystone in everything you want to accomplish. If you’re joints are weak or injured then everything from running faster to losing weight becomes far more difficult if not impossible. I’ve even known some people to throw up their hands and give up on their dreams because one …

The Huge Fitness Benefits of Racing

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  Racing is one of the most effective ways to push yourself to another level of every aspect of fitness. You can race the clock, but it’s so much more fun and much more effective to race other people. Check out this video on how and why anyone and everyone who enters a race of any kind is in a …

How Appreciation Greatly Improves Your Fitness Potential

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  No matter what you can do, appreciate your ability to do it. Our fitness culture is largely geared towards keeping you unhappy with your body. Everywhere you look, the message is clear; You’re not thin enough. You’re not fast enough. You’re not strong enough. The reason is simple. People who are happy and satisfied don’t buy things. In this …

The power of Choice in Fintess

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Choice is a major issue for a lot of folks. I used to feel weak and powerless to make my own choices when it came to diet and exercise. This is why I wanted everything telling me what to do. I wanted a diet to tell me what I should and should not eat. I wanted a routine telling me …

How to Be A Fitness Badass

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Being a badass in fitness is very similar to fitness independence. They are both largely made up of the same principals and characteristics. In this week’s podcast we explore: – The 3 components to the Fitness badass lifestyle. – Why science and knowledge of fitness alone isn’t nearly enough. – Why you can’t just follow any program by the letter …

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11 Fitness Lessons From the Trenches

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Some of the best fitness information doesn’t come from a research study Fitness and strength is one of those areas in life where theory and assumptions just won’t cut it. In order to get in shape, you have to use information that can only come from real proven methods. And I’m not talking about methods that are proven in a …

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What We Can Honestly Expect From Diet and Exercise Programs

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

Yes, great changes are possible! Here’s the fine print: Never before has the hype around diet and exercise programs been so…..well……hyped up. Everything out there is the latest and greatest with promises that seem too good to be true. To a degree, these promises do seem possible. After all, we do live in a time where new information about the …

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How Intuitive Eating Helps Weight Loss and Body Transformation

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

Some folks have told me that the ideas of Intuitive Eating are aimed at discouraging weight loss. I’ll admit that’s what it sounds like when you first read the book, but after practicing it for a number of years, I learned that the principals of Intuitive Eating set the perfect stage for body transformation. intuitive eating and weight loss

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Finally! What Fitness Independence is and is Not

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I began my joinery into Fitness Independence over 5 years ago. Since day one, I’ve been perplexed to explain exactly what FI is and what makes it so special. In today’s podcast I finally have a working construct of what makes FI what it is. I also cover: – The 3 sources of stress from conventional fitness methods. – The …

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4 Of the Most Twisted & Wrong Ideas in Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

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

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You Don’t Have to Commit to Big Fitness Changes

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  I just had to share this quote with you from an email I received today. It points out that the essence of all success with fitness comes through commitment. It’s not about doing something hard or complicated. It’s not about spending money or using the latest technology. All of that fancy stuff is fun, but without a long term …

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2 Essential Elements for Long Term Fitness Success

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was this physique Today’s podcast covers the following: – How the idea that “a little big adds up over time” can fail you. It can also  bring you success. – How people can suddenly become much leaner or stronger even though they are not doing anything different. – Your environment is loaded …

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The Social Down Side of Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

It’s okay buddy. You don’t need them when you have a 300 pound bench press It may be hard to imagine, but not everyone likes a fitness geek. I’ve actually had people turn away from me because of my profession and interest. Not that I can blame them. I have met some fitness geeks who, while in great shape, were …

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End Workout Plateaus Forever

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Your plateaus are as limiting as clouds to a rocket launching into space There is absolutely no excuse for ever hitting a complete plateau when it comes to exercise. Sure, you may not be able to lift more weight, or get one more rep for a while, but progression happens far beyond the scope of numbers on a spread sheet. …

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You Can Build Muscle and Lose Fat at the Same Time

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

The question before the court is, can  we both lose fat and build muscle at the same time? Some say it’s impossible, while others claim it is possible as long as you use their highly detailed and complex diet and exercise program (only $19.95!) The root of contention comes from the idea that fat loss and muscle building are opposing …

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The Body Builder vs. Athlete Dichotomy

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

The drive to both train for performance as well as appearance is a big obstacle on the journey towards Fitness Independence. Sometimes the two just short circuit the results you really want. Other times it just causes more confusion over how to get what you want. This is one of the best podcasts I’ve done. It will clear up a …

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Why It’s Good to Mess up Your Diet

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Trust me, this is going to end well……..maybe I’m writing this after a big heavy dinner at a local restaurant. As far as healthy eating goes, I went against quite a few rules. I ate until I was stuffed. I ate food that was sending me little satisfaction. I was feeling slow and bloated for the rest of the night. …

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This Old Strength Training Rule is Holding You Back

In Methods & Success Mindset, Suspension Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

I don’t know many people who consider themselves body builders yet they follow many rules strait from the body building hand book. Not that this is a bad thing. The principals of body building are wonderful for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their body in any way. The problem is when body building and body weight training sometimes collide. …

Your Personal Compass to Fintess

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  In the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean “Captain” Jack Sparrow has a magic compass. This compass points towards that which the holder really wants. If you want gold it points to gold. It you want the love of your life, it points to that person. Wouldn’t it be cool to have such a thing in fitness? It would point …

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The 3 Essential Keys to a Perfect Workout

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Maybe, but why settle for less when you don’t have to? Having a perfect workout is like getting hit by a bus. You always know when it happens. It’s also like many perfect things in life. There just are not enough of them to go around. This quick video highlights the 3 elements you must have to experience the perfect …

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This Makes Staying In Shape So Much Easier

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I’m writing this fresh from a killer playground workout, the first of the year in fact. After spending all winter cooped up in the basement it felt great to have that fresh air flowing through my lungs. On top of that, I also had one of my all time best squat workouts ever. Everything from my technique to my speed …

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It Pays to Be Lazy With Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

Lazy is good. Especially when it comes to exercise and training. Every minute of training is a challenge for both the mind and body. So you want to make all other efforts outside of  your training to be as simple and easy as possible so you can put more effort where it counts. Here are some examples that might help. …

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Lazy Is Good in Fintess

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  The notion of laziness has gotten a bad reputation in  our fitness culture. Like many folks, I sought the hard road to get in shape. I was all about blood, sweat and tears.  I was the furthest thing from being pampered and soft. While my tough-as-nails habits made me more disciplined, they also made me exhausted, injured and burned …

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W.O.D. vs. The Workout Routine

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

It used be that if you worked out you had a specific workout routine that you were supposed to follow to the letter. These days the practice of using a different workout each day (or W.O.D) is becoming more common. Both have their pros and cons but is there a middle ground? WOM routine dichotomy

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You Are The Hype

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

In a previous podcast I dove into what I like to call the fitness marketing dichotomy. To recap, a lot of ideas within our fitness culture are painted with a doom & gloom image (sugar, marathon running, body building) by the haters. Other ideas are given a very utopian image (Crossfit, various diets, certain foods) by the lovers. Both love …

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My Secret Weapon for More Strength & Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Suspension Training, Uncategorizedby Matt

Let’s face it, strength is sexy. I’m not just talking about the “look at me all sweet and vulnerable” kind of sexy. I’m talking about the  “I can kick ass and take names, but I’m a lover not a fighter” kind of sexy.” There is one area of your body that, when strengthened even just a bit, drastically improves not …

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Beware the Fitness Marketing Dichotomy!

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

(Trust me, I know the truth about getting in shape) Pick up any diet book or look into at a website about exercise and you get hit with it like a baseball bat over the head. It’s the fitness marketing dichotomy! It’s fierce, it’s manipulative and it’s everywhere compelling your subconscious to buy without a second thought. Listen in, be …

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The Fitness Lesson We Can Learn From The Media

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

  As the saying goes; “Dog bites man” is not newsworthy. But “man bites dog” is front page material. To put it another way, the normal, boring and every day is not worthy media attention, but the strange, unusual and sensational is. This means that the bulk of what we see in the media is not “normal” nor does it …

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I’m Messing with Fitness Tradition

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I’ve often been told that the exercises and methods in our fitness culture have been tested through eons of time and thus shouldn’t questioned or messed with. Sorry folks, but I love messing with tradition. – Is the barbell just as artificial as weight machines? – Do we really need a rest day from working out? – Is there even …

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Real Life Passion Example #3: Tim Tebow

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

It’s playoff time in the NFL right now and a lot of the news is on this Tebow guy who seems to be a big deal over in Denver. I’m not much of a Denver follower (I have a genetic disorder that makes me a Bills fan) but I loved watching the Denver-Steelers game last week just because of Tebow. …

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Banking Strength for Faster Muscle & Strength Building

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Banking strength is one of those things that can radically change everything you know about getting in shape. -It reduces risk of injury. – It causes less wear and tear on the body, mind and emotions. – It improves motivation over time rather than drains it. – It helps to improve technical abilities. And yet……most folks will blow it off …

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This Ain’t Your Gym Class Calisthencis

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorizedby Matt

From here on out I’m not spelling calisthenics in the way that would help me win a spelling bee. Starting now, it’s Kalisthenics with a Kapital “K” and there are a couple of reasons for this. The first reason is to put some distance between the idea that body weight exercise is limited to the high repetition aerobic style exercise …

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Fitness Success Under Any Circumstances

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

I have a new motto that has empowered me beyond beyond anything I’ve come across in a long time. I might get it tattooed on the back of my eyelids. It’s just that important. The reason for its importance is because it literally means “Stop your bitching and get busy.” Can’t get to a gym? Get a pull up bar. …

New Year Resolutions Suck……This Kick’s Ass!

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

This time of year, a lot of fitness experts are coming out with their predictions for the new year. Some say Personal training’s going to be big. Other’s say boot camps are going to continue to rise. I don’t give one lick about new years predictions or resolutions. I don’t care about what other’s might or might not do. I …

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Are You Fighting Your Fitness Success?

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

You may not think that skiing and fitting into skinny jeans has any similarity (other than the fact that skiing is exercise.) However, there is a huge lesson from skiing, surfing, rock climbing and any other outdoor sport that we simply must learn if we hope to be fit and live free. I started skiing when I was pretty young. …

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The Power of Multi-Dimensional Progression

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

One of the biggest reasons why the score board works so well, is because it promises the potential for endless progression. Even after 5 years you can still use it to advance your strength and capabilities. That might seem like one of those sales pitches that sounds too good to be true. After all, you can’t progress forever….or can you? …

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How Technical Erosion Kills Your Workout Results

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorizedby Matt

Technical Erosion is the “silent killer” of workouts. It’s when your ability to maintain correct technique starts to falter. It disappears slowly  kind of like a sandcastle in the surf or a stone in a river. It starts with a half millisecond here, or a few degrees there. It may not be a big deal at first, but as the erosion …

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A Fun New Workout Style

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

It’s the middle of November and that means it’s the middle of my  exclusive Dip and Pull up challenge. Since I’ve been doing nothing but dips and pull ups for my upper body I’ve adopted a whole new training style I think you’re going to love. You can use it with any exercises you wish. The first thing is that …

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Body Building / Sculpting Uncensored

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

Body building (or body sculpting) is the single most common reason people take up exercise. The trouble is, most of the folks who are engaged in body building don’t even know it, and those that do get lost in the maze of lies, myths and half truths. If you’ve ever taken up any form of exercise to improve the appearance …

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Proof That Passion Fuels Success in Fitness

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

The Red Delta Project was created upon the philosophy that love and passion are the fuel that creates success in fitness. In a culture where most folks simply endure and strive to get through, you can spot this who have passion a mile away. Those people walk different, talk different and are…well……different. They are special because they have a fire …

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The Only Exercise Principal You Need to Know

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

There are thousands of “rules” floating around our exercise culture. Many of these rules contradict each other, and it can become very confusing as to which ones are right and which ones are wrong. Starting right now, things are going to become incredibly simple. So simple in fact that you can take all of those other rules and toss ’em …