High Performance Handbook

What happens when one of the best coaches out there decides he wants to make other trainers and coaches better? Well, in most cases he probably puts on a seminar that costs thousands of dollars to attend and you still have to pay to get there. I mean, if I had the knowledge Eric Cressey does that’s how I’d do it.

But noooooo. Instead of doing that, he went ahead and created the High Performance Handbook. This is not your normal handbook though. This handbook was written by a man who has an amazing ability to explain things in a way that almost anyone can understand (meaning you don’t need a science degree).

The goal of High Performance Handbook is to teach you how to create your own programs. If you want to lose weight, build muscle, become a coach, become a better coach, you need this.

Go get your copy of High Performance Handbook now!

Cooking Rice With Fewer Calories

Someone pointed me to an article in the Washington Post about reducing the calories in rice by adding coconut oil before cooking and immediately cooling the rice afterwards. It turns out doing this changes the chemicals in the rice creating the reduction in calories.

What the article doesn’t tell you is exactly how the rice is changed or how the macronutrients are affected. Until that information comes out I’m skeptical and wouldn’t recommend it.

Article: Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories

Quest Mozza Sticks

mozzarella sticks

Last night I gave the Quest Mozza Stick recipe a try. They tasted pretty good and were simple enough to make with a small set of ingredients. That said, I learned a few things and will be making a few changes next time I decide to cook them.

Taking a Crack at Zero Waste

garbage pile on the street
A while back I stumbled on a website called Trash is for Tossers. At first I thought I’d read a post or two to see what it was all about. An hour later I woke from my dazed state to realize I had read through a good majority of her entire archive and had at least a dozen tabs open including links to products she wrote about. Very few sites have been able to capture my attention like that.

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What Is Shakeology and Who Is It For

Shakeology packets and Shakeology bags

I’m going to start this of by saying yes, I am a Beachbody Coach. Before you go running off thinking this article is going to be another “Shakeology saved my life!” article let me assure you that is not the case. I’ve been a coach for several years but in that time I’ve learned a lot about fitness, nutrition, and a little bit about people. As I’ve mentioned before, I am here to give you honest, common sense information.

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What Is a Calorie?

calorie label
You’ve all heard the term before and in all likelihood you’ve probably been told what they do to your body (read: make you fat) and how your life should be ruled by counting them. But what exactly is a calorie? More so, is what the TV and magazine doctors tell you accurate? The short answer is no.

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Supplements Can Be Overrated

It’s hard to not get sucked into the world of supplements in this day and age. Every day there’s a new wonder drug extolling its virtues and professing how efficient it is at burning fat or increasing muscle mass. There is so much marketing speak on supplements now that even a trip to the local GNC or health food store will make you dizzy reading labels.

In all honesty, the average person looking to lose weight or increase muscle mass doesn’t need supplementation (aside from a daily vitamin maybe). Earning a science degree (or doing enough research to get an honorary one) to understand what supplements are the best for what purpose and which product has the correct mix for your body isn’t worth it.
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Progress Update

It’s been a while since my last progress update (a really long while) so I think it’s about time for a new one. “That’s all well and good” you say, “but how do we know if you’re doing good or falling behind?” Great question, here’s my answer.
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Prioritizing Goals

Last week I wrote about being aware of and planning for your future. Of course, knowing what to do doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to do it. There is so much to think about when you suggest something vague like “plan for your future.” Writing that phrase makes me break out in a cold sweat, grab a pint of ice cream, and sit in the dark watching YouTube videos for the rest of my life.

Take a breath, it doesn’t have to be that scary.
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The Future Is Now

Recently I’ve been reading/listening to Tony Robbins and a common theme has presented itself. What caught me off guard was when I noticed my friend Scrivs talking and writing about it as well. Being present in life is parroted about often in phrases like “Live for today” and “Carpe diem.” All of these sayings are great and it is important to live your life as it happens. Concentrating too much on today can have an adverse affect on tomorrow.

This is the point Tony and Scrivs have been bringing up. Not spending enough time thinking about your future self and how the actions of today affects it will come around to bite you in the ass.
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