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All The Reasons Your Fitness Goals Don't Stick (and How To Fix It)

If you find yourself having thoughts like “I’ve tried everything and nothing works” or “I don’t know how other people do it, because I can’t”, then you might need to read this. Most of you lacking the results you’ve been dreaming of for so long are doing at least one of the following things wrong and you might not even realize it! So, believe in yourself a little more, fix some of these things that are holding you back, and watch yourself flourish. There’s nothing wrong with YOU, the secret is all in how you approach your goals. Thankfully, you can change that at any time – even today!  You're not being realistic. It's easy to start the new year,...

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5 Reasons You Should Try Flexible Dieting & How To Get Started

Flexible Dieting - also known as IIFYM or counting macros - is one of the greatest practices I adopted along my health journey. I found Flexible Dieting after being completely exhausted and bored by eating the same 5 foods that I was taught were "clean" and I wanted to try an approach that didn't leave me so unsatisfied. Flexible Dieting is the approach of tracking the 3 macronutrient groups you eat throughout the day, and staying within a specific range for each one: Protein, Carbs, and Fat. Flexible Dieting is NOT an excuse to eat a bunch of junk food, but it IS a way to incorporate some of those foods you need to feel mentally sane without sacrificing all of your...

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My Why

In the last year that I’ve taken on competing in a strength sport, I’ve been asked various versions of the same question time and time again: “so what made you choose THIS?” I usually answer this question as short, sweet, and honest as I can. Typically, my answer starts and ends with the fact that I come from a very competitive and athletic family full of coaches, athletes, and trainers. My mom was a competitive bodybuilder during my childhood while my dad did CrossFit and became a strength and conditioning coach. Typically, my answer is that I picked something in the middle of the two of them, and while that is true, it’s not necessarily how I got to Powerlifting....

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