I got my workout in Sunday just in time to catch the first playoff game. It wasn’t meant to be that way and far from ideal. I had planned to get the deadlifts in on Saturday but got caught up with connecting with my main man Gabe Tello and had a wonderful new member I… [Read More]
What to Strengthen First?
What to Strengthen First? The other day I touched on that we prefer to strengthen the “weak” muscles before stretching the “tight” muscles. That begs the question of which muscles should we strengthen first? At Stowe Training we target the abdominal and glute muscles. The body is a kinetic chain; meaning basically your thumbs are… [Read More]
Super Healthy and Easy Breakfast
[Super Healthy & Easy Breakfast] I’ve been making a variation of this for awhile. Easy. Tastes great. Probably get more nutrition in this one meal than most people get in an entire day. Step 1) Choose an oil to cook with. I prefer Avocado oil because it has a higher smoke point than most other… [Read More]
6 Week Test Drive FAQ’s
[6 Week Test Drive FAQ] I have been getting a lot of questions the past few days about the details of our 6-week test drive. Thought I would take a moment and answer as many as could for you! What is the fee of the 6-Week Test Drive? The fee is either a 1 time… [Read More]
What if I’m not feeling motivated?
[What if I’m not Feeling Motivated?] Our 2 year studio anniversary is coming up this Friday. It got me to thinking about the fact that I have been lifting weights for around 15 or 16 years old. Besides making me feel old I also was thinking about what has kept me motivated… [Read More]
5 ways to burn more calories without going to the gym
[5 Ways to Burn More Calories Without Going to the Gym] I saw a study recently that revealed leaner people are up and moving about 2 hours more than their less lean counterparts…. Makes sense to me! With that in mind I thought I would share 5 ways to help you burn more calories without… [Read More]
Its not your fault
It’s not your fault. Having addictions to certain foods and binge eating them is not your fault. Food companies spend ridiculous amounts of money figuring out how to perfectly engineer foods so that you can’t stop eating them and develop cravings. This is how they generate sales and profits. Think for a minute about that… [Read More]
Favor Warmup in Like Ever
[Favorite Warmup in Like Ever] I teach this warmup to about 99 out of 100 people when I first meet them. It’s great for not only getting warm but also helping with achy knees, hips, back, and shoulders. It would help to go through a quick assessment first to make sure all the movements are… [Read More]
Sweet Hip Flexor Stretch
This is one of my favorite hip flexor stretches. To perform it you will need a continuously looped resistance band with flat sides. The braided, round bands with hands simply won’t work. First wrap the band around the foot of the hip you want to stretch. Make sure you are holding the opposite end of… [Read More]
My program isn’t working, what should I do?
Another day. Another client conundrum. “My current program isn’t working; what should I do?” But before I answer that; a quick reminder our workout in support of Austin Pet’s Alive is Saturday May 20th at 10AM. It’s free, you don’t need to be a member, and we don’t even need any of your contact info. … [Read More]
You got to get tight to get loose
You’ve got to get tight to get loose…. What do I mean about that? Well I’ll happily tell you in just a moment; first though a friendly reminder for our workout in support of Austin Pet’s Alive. It is Saturday May 20th at 10AM. You can register here à http://bit.ly/2pV8Q6g Anyone can attend – even… [Read More]
I’m a Chameleon!
I’m a chameleon! What do I mean? Well instead of changing colors with my environment, I have changed lifting styles with my experience. Throughout my weightlifting career there isn’t too much I haven’t tried… The important thing is that I got started, made progress, and advanced as boredom set in or the results stopped coming…. [Read More]
The 1 thing that will instantly make you stronger that most folks don’t even think about
A bit of a switch up today. Instead of a client question I thought I would share a demonstration I learned on a podcast recently. It was an interview of Pavel Tsatsouline. He currently trains the U.S. Navy Seals and before that the Russian SPETSNAZ. Suffice to say; this guy knows a few things about… [Read More]
Should I eat real food even if it has more calories than an instant option?
“I have been eating the oatmeal with flavors lately but I was told it is better to get regular oatmeal and just add honey to it. However, the honey has more calories and sugar than the pre-flavored oatmeal I am currently eat. What should I do?” As always “it depends”. If trying to be “perfect”… [Read More]
5 Tips to Avoid Weekend Over Eating
Let’s get right to it. 5 tips to help avoid weekend over eating. 1) Aim for “good enough” instead of perfect. If we aim for perfect as soon as we aren’t we go into “eff it” mode and just start binging. 2) Let go of food rules. Food rules dictate what and when you can… [Read More]
What do Bobby Fischer, the Karate Kid, and Warren Buffet have to do with fitness?
What do Bobby Fischer, the Karate Kid, and Warren Buffet have to do with fitness? It’s a little something called “Informed Simplicity”. What this means is they are able to take something super complex and break it down to the simplest format possible in order to achiever success over and over again. For example,… [Read More]
Why do we crave sugar?
It’s both physical and psychological. Check out today’s 1:59 second video to learn more! Why do we crave sugar? [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrd9mhnWYBE[/youtube] -Nate and Buddy
I like carbs too much to lose weight
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I like carbs too much to lose weight[/quote] Well so do I!!! I don’t think carbs are the problem. All vegetables are carbs. So is rice, corn, and potatoes. I guarantee if your diet revolved around these foods you would zero problem losing and maintaining weight. The problem is SIMPLE/PROCESSED carbs. Things like… [Read More]
Don’t be a donkey
If you know me then you know I love a good fable. The following is called the Donkey’s Burden. Imagine a donkey standing with a bale of hay on his left and a tub of water on his right. He looks left. Then right. Then left again. Clearly perplexed at what to do until ultimately… [Read More]
Best way to start a fitness routine
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I always start off my exercise and nutrition routines really strong but inevitably fall back into my old routines and lose all the progress I had just made. 4x’s per week of running becomes 2 because I get busy. 2 becomes 1 and then I think well this isn’t really doing anything so… [Read More]
Circles of Influence
There are 3 basic circles of influence. Your success will depend upon which circle(s) you spend most of your time in. The largest circle consists of things outside of your control; like the weather. Successful people spend basically 0 time here. The middle circle are things you have some control over; like your relationships. Successful… [Read More]
Fitness doesn’t have an off switch
“After the holidays.” “Just as soon as summer vacation is over.” “I’ll get started when I have more time, I’m busy at work now.” Admit it….you’ve said this before ;/) Today’s 2 minute and 21 second video addresses this approach, the fallacy of it, and a better method. Hope you enjoy! [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iblD8npHEtE[/youtube]… [Read More]
How to Drink Beer and not Get Fat
It’s Friday so this seems like a timely post! Also, it’s how to drink beer, wine, whatever you choice is and not get fat ;/) Hope you enjoy the practical advice in this 3 minute and 43 second video! How to Drink Beer and Not Get Fat [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfFrHfUF4E[/youtube]
Fast Food for Busy People
It’s all about “Zero Prep” or just “Very Low Prep”. Check out this 1 minute video to get the ‘ol idea machine working. Fast Food for Busy People [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN9cyyu6SgM[/youtube]
The 5 Why’s
Staying motivated can be tough. In today’s 2 minute and 28 second video I go through a simple trick I learned that helps me stay motivated. Hope you find it as useful as I have. The 5 Why’s [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxu_4Mhk9nM[/youtube]
Why 80% Effort is Good Enough
Go hard or go home. No pain no gain. 110% Effort! We have heard it all before, BUT when it comes to weight training nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a long term mentality and approach that makes this stuff work. Learn more about why we only ask for 80% effort in today’s… [Read More]
Your Goals Don’t Matter Without This
I feel like the title of this post says it all. Check out this 6 minute video for why SO many people fail to reach their goals every single year. Your Goals Don’t Matter Without This [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://youtu.be/kyakYgpqJKQ[/youtube]
Program Design Made Easy and a Template to Steal
The big difference between working out and training is a plan. Today I share a plan that you can follow that will guarantee that you get into better shape on purpose. It’s 15 years of knowledge condensed into a 4 minute and 44 second video. Program Design Made Easy and a Template to Steal… [Read More]