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4 Myths About Workout Progression

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

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

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Overcoming Diet and Exercise Resistance

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

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

The Link Between Your Muscle and Health

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

How to Finally Reach Your Fitness Goals in 2018

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

Top Fitness Myths in the Media

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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How to Use Peak Set Training for Optimal Workouts

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Is Your Healthy Lifestyle too Stressful?

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

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

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How to Find Reliable Fitness Information

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

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

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Is Sitting Destroying Your Knees?

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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The Trap of Over Qualifying Exercise

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

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

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How Much Muscle Can You Build?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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How to Avoid Common Fitness Traps

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Do Weighted Calisthenics The Smart Way

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Why You Should Build a Custom Routine

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

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

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Easy Fitness Part 2 Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Easy Fitness Part 1

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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The Missing Ingredient in Your Flexibility Routine

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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3 Best Strap Exercises for Bigger Biceps

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

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

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Fit After 40 w/ Tommy Rembiszewski

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Break Free of Diet & Exercise Dogma for Good

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

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

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How to Burn More Fat & Build More Muscle

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Integrated Activity vs Working Out

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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Street Workout Wisdom w/ Danny Kavadlo

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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When Are Diet & Exercise Details Important?

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

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

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How to Break Free From Your Work Out

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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

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How to Make Fitness Simple and Easy

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

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

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How to Balance Out Emotion and Logic Dominance

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

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

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The 3 Most Important Exercise Rules Ever

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

I like to keep things simple when it comes to exercise, especially when it comes to building muscle and fat loss. It’s such a relief to take all of the fluffy information out there and distill it down into the basic principals. Not only does this greatly improve your chances of success, it also gives you the freedom and flexibility …

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Is Core Training Upside Down?

In Core & Abs Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

For the past several years I thought I was optimally training my core and abs. My primary strategy has always been to move the lumbar spine since that’s the collection of joints moved through an abdominal contraction. While this movement is important, I’ve come across some new information suggesting the primary movement should be in the hips which flips my …

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Is Modern Fitness Ridiculous?

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

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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Pull Up Combo for a Thicker Back

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

They say that if someone has large biceps from pull ups they will suffer from a skinny weak back. This is because of what I call elbow domination which is when the mind if more focused on flexing the elbow as opposed to extending the shoulder. That’s why I love this funky little pull up combo that involves twice as …

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How to Turn on Your Abs

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

All of the core training and scientifically proven workouts are worthless if your mind has trouble turning on your abs int he first place. Our modern society has created an epidemic of “sleepy abs” and no amount of leg raises or sit ups are going to save you until you improve your abdominal engagement. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to wake …

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In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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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Is “Follow Your Passion” Bad Advice?

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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” …

Body Weight Neck & Upper Trap Training

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Today we explore what Paul Wade calls “shotgun muscle” in Convict Conditioning 2. These muscles are the supplemental muscles in the lower arms, legs and neck that complete your physique for both show as well as go. In this video I’ll focus on neck training. Training the neck is very important for both athletic performance as well as appearance. It …

The One Thing Holding Your Fitness Back

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

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 …

Body Weight Inner Thigh Exercise

In Leg Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I spent years scoffing at people working hard to strengthen their inner thigh muscles. Turns out I was the crazy one for avoiding those muscles for so long especialy after discovering the inner thigh muscles are a critical part in all lower body training. Single leg squats are almost impossible if your adductor muscles are weak. I was right about one …

Programing Supplemental Calisthenics Moves

In Leg Training, Progressive Calisthenics, Pull Up & Biceps Training, Push up Training, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Just like traditional weight lifting methods, calisthenics includes both basic compound movements as well as single joints moves like curls, shoulder raises and grip work. Even though you may not need these moves, they can shore up a few weak points and round out your physique. The trick is knowing how to fit them into your program so they don’t …

The Missing Link in Your Fitness Success.

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

The massive explosion of diet and exercise related information available is proof that we are not lacking for knowledge nor motivation. We know far more about countless fitness methods now than we did a generation ago. The very fact that people are searching, for and buying a ton of fitness products is also proof that the motivation to get in …

Why Fitness Will Never Be Easy For You

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

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, …

4 Fitness Struggles You Can’t Win

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

Fitness Shouldn’t Be A Constant Struggle. If it is something is wrong. Our current fitness culture is in love with struggle and fighting the good fight. Facebook is filled with people showing off their blood sweat and tears. There are pictures of torn hands, and people laying on the floor in exhaustion. People love to tell their friends how hard they …

When You Should Skip A Workout

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  There are very few times when you maybe should skip your planned workout. being tired, bored, or low on motivation sure isn’t one of those times. If anything that’s when you really should workout. That said, there are times when you should skip out on your workout. Here they are and what you can do about them. #1- When …

A Fitness Rant From Mother Nature

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

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 …

How to Kill Workout Boredom

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Playground Workouts, Progressive Calisthenics, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  Boredom kills your ability to progress and advance your workouts. No matter how hard you’re pushing yourself, a boring workout is only slightly better than worthless. It kills you mental edge.  It kills your drive and desire. It kills your focus. Not to mention it’s also a total bear to get through. So I say it’s time we got …

The Perfect Diet and Exercise Program Myth

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  “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, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  “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 …

The Art and Science of Exercise Progression

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  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, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  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 …

What Exercise Joint Pain Really Means

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  One of the things I’m learning is that stress or pain in a joint while working out usually means there’s less stress on the muscles you’re trying to work. One example is my right knee which has bothered me a little in the past month. Turns out my hamstrings are under-active so every time I go into a squat …

This TRX Shoulder Exercise Replaces 4 Dumbbell Exercises

In Suspension Training by The Fit Rebel

  When it comes to working the shoulders, nothing beats handstand work. That said, sometimes you want to target the deltoids. With dumbbells you have a lot of exercises to choose from which can target the shoulders from different angles. It can be very precise but it can also take a lot of time and energy. Not to mention it’s …

2 Twists on the TRX Rear Fly

In Suspension Training by The Fit Rebel

  The TRX rear fly is one of the best ways to target your shoulders and upper back. Use these two little twists to further target either the rear deltoids or the traps and rhomboids.  

Don’t Do Weighted Calisthenics Until You Read this

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

Adding more weight to your body weight exercise may seem simple enough, but there are a few risks to be aware of. The first issue is that you shouldn’t sacrifice your technique in the name of greater loads. Using a shorter range of motion or different body position doesn’t always mean you’re getting stronger. Often times, it simply means you’re …

The Worst Reason To Workout & Exercise

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

There are many reasons to workout, but there is one reason that’s got to be one of the worst by far. A few years ago I came to the realization that progress is best made when focused on  a positive and progressive ideal rather than avoiding negative consequences. If you want to be strong don’t fight weakness, focus on strength. …

How to Get Over Diet & Exercise Fear

In Methods & Success Mindset by The Fit Rebel

Fear is one of the biggest barrier you face in your fitness career Unfortunately, much of our fitness culture is based upon fear. Diets are based upon avoiding foods that make you fat and cause disease. Workout programs are based upon preventing weight gain and destroying weakness. Almost every dietary or exercise dogma is based not so much upon what …

What 2 Do When You Can’t Do Much Exercise

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

  Sometimes I get an email or comment from someone having a little pity party for themselves. They tell me they can “only do 2 pull ups.” or they can “only run 1/2 a mile.” They ask what they should do since they can’t do much. The first thing to do is ditch the poor-me attitude. No matter how little …

Plateau Proof Your Entire Next Year

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  I don’t believe in plateaus. I think they are completely avoidable and not at all the big looming wall that you’re sure to run into. In the past 5 years, I have yet to really plateau my training and thus my fitness. There are all sorts of reasons for this but the simple over view is this: – Aim …

Effective Fitness Plan Essentials

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

  There’s no getting around it. You simply must have a plan on how you’re going to achieve your fitness  goals. Without a plan, you’re just groping about in blind hope praying that your hard work will pay off. Lots of people place their bets on sticking to a few select diet and exercise rules. Other’s believe they’ll find success …

Why You Need a Mirror When Working Out

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

  Technique is everything. Your entire chance of success boils down to the quality and strength of your technique. The tricky thing is, technique is often an elusive quality. You can count reps and measure steps, but there are a thousand little details to track when it comes to monitoring technique. In previous posts, I’ve talked about using a camera …

Hard in Fitness Work Isn’t Scaleable

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

  In the world of business, it’s often recommended to use strategies and models which are scaleable. It’s important to develop systems which can be replicated over and over with compounding effect so your business and success grows. This is how someone can start a small home business and turn it into a multimillion dollar enterprise. Just as in business, …

Only the Crazy Stand Any Chance at Getting In Shape

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

  “Train Insane or remain the same.” It’s a saying that’s been on the internet for a while, but it’s so very true. Not only should you train insane, but you should eat insane, move insane, study insane and live insane. Insanity is very much underrated in our fitness culture. It’s only through going crazy that you stand any chance …

The Most Powerful Principals in Fitness (Delta Principals 2.0)

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

The information in this post is from a chapter in my book Fitness Independence which you can find here on Amazon.   The best way to reduce stress and achieve better results is to understand the most powerful principles in fitness. Understanding these principals gives you the power to achieve incredible results in the shortest amount of time. It also frees …

11 Fitness Great Opportunities You Can Use Right Now

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

  Today’s message is simple; Every minute of every day you are surrounded by loads of opportunity to become more fit. – Every time you eat you can choose to improve your healthy eating skills. – Your environment is filled with resources for calisthenics and body weight exercise. Even a simple flight of stairs can become a versatile piece of exercise equipment. – The Internet is saturated …

How Easier Exercise Makes Your Body Harder

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

  I have a crazy idea when it comes to fitness. I believe that achieving success comes down to making it easier to do what is necessary to achieve that success. The easier you make things, the faster you’ll reach your goals and the lofty peaks of success suddenly are well within reach. This is why I’m such a big fan of calisthenics and the Triad …

The Best Fitness Smart Phone App You’re Not Using

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  The best smart phone app for your fitness isn’t a push up program or calorie counter. It’s the one that comes standard on your phone called “camera.” Few things teach you more than self assessment. Watching yourself through pictures and video removes much of the mental filter that distorts what you’re really doing when it comes to diet and …

Why Most People Fail Diet & Exercise in 2 Weeks

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

  As a seasoned mountain bike racer, I’ve learned a very harsh lesson about racing that’s absolutely true when it comes to diet and exercise. The lesson is that no one ever won a race shortly after the start, but loads of people have certainly lost the race shortly after the start.  The reason is simple. The racers come off the start …

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The Best Way to Start Any New Diet or Exercise Program

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

Today’s post is for the beginner who wants to start a new diet or exercise routine. In other words, it’s for everyone. After all, we’re all beginners in one way or another. In order to grow and develop we need to keep trying new things. Anyhoo, I’m often asked for advice on how best to start a new fitness program. …

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4 Tips on How to Achieve Umami in Exercise

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

In the last post I wrote about the satisfying and pleasurable idea of umami I thought I would dedicate a few words now to some ideas on how to increase your chances of umami with your exercise. After all, if exercise can bring about the sensation of umami more often you’ll gain far more pleasure from your workout and be …

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Achieving Ultimate Workout Satisfaction

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

Umami is a term that doesn’t get nearly enough attention within our fitness culture. It’s a Japanese term and, as I understand it, refers to a sensation of pleasure and satisfaction from a physical experience. Think of when you slip into a nice hot bath and you issue a sigh of contentment. Or when you drink a great beer and …

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Why Pleasure is More Important Than Pain in Fitness

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

In a previous post I wrote about how pain is weakness invading the body rather than leaving the body as some hardcore folks like to claim. As I’ve also stated in previous posts, every exercise you do is essentially a set of instructions you are “downloading” to the cells of your body. If we put the two philosophies together we …

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Why Body Weight Training Builds Such a Sexy Physique #3

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Leg Training, Playground Workouts, Progressive Calisthenics, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  While progressive calisthenics  is one of the most challenging of body weight skills, it’s also one the most rewarding when it comes to sculpting a killer physique. I credit this with the fact that progressive calisthenics requires your technical abilities to improve to reach higher levels of strength. If you want to advance to single leg squats or U-shape …

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Theories on Why Body Weight Training Builds Sexy Physique #2

In Core & Abs Training, Leg Training, Playground Workouts, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  I must confess, I was one of those guys who believed that all I needed to do to build an attractive body was to either be as lean as possible or pack on muscle like crazy. All through high school and college I worked like crazy to bring my body fat levels into almost impossibly low levels. Then after I …

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How to Learn the Most Effective Diet & Exercise Information on Earth

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

  They say knowledge is power and nowhere is this more true than in the world of fitness. But some knowledge is more valuable than other knowledge. In fact, there is one form of knowledge that I would say is 100X times more important than any other.  It’s so powerful that it will literally tell you everything you need to …

Why Body Weight Training Builds a Sexy Physique #1

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

  When I first got into body weight exercise, I was surprised by the attractive physiques that many body weight enthusiasts possessed.  They didn’t look like the big and bloated body builders nor did they look skinny with just a little muscle tone. Their physiques had  that  hard muscular “athletic” look that is so revered within our fitness culture. Not too …

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Don’t Punish Yourself in Diet & Exercise

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

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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When Setting A Goal Isn’t Doing You Any Good

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

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 Mindset by The Fit Rebel

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 Mindset by The Fit Rebel

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 …