Archive for the ‘Mind & Motivation’ Category

July 16th, 2014

30 Things I Learned From 30 Years of Bodybuilding

I started training in the early 1980’s and right from the start, I was engrossed with the bodybuilding style of training and eating. I think it’s always valuable to take time for reflection, and realizing this year that I had accumulated 30 years of training experience (including 28 competitions as a natural bodybuilder), I thought you would enjoy a post on my “lessons learned” that might help you in your own fitness endeavors, and hopefully help you shave a few years off your learning curve. I hope you find it helpful (and in parts, entertaining… so don’t take it all too seriously )…

December 26th, 2013

The Bad Attitude That Kills Diet And Exercise Programs

Self-improvement speaker and author Earl Nightingale described attitude as “The angle or bearing, including actions, feelings and moods,” from which you approach a problem or situation. That’s a great definition.  I like to say something similar; that attitude is the “lens” through which you perceive and respond to your world. Although attitude is mental, there’s no question it affects your life in very physical ways. In fact, the wrong attitude can sabotage even the best-designed nutrition and training plan.

December 22nd, 2013

How I’ve Stayed Motivated To Work Out Consistently For 30 Years Straight

I recently took part in the Elite Body Seminar, where I was interviewed by Jim Katsoulis, a hypnotherapist and fitness coach who, rather than just training clients in the gym physically, he specializes in using psychological techniques to change behavior, achieve goals and build excitement, passion and confidence in the process. Because of our mutual appreciation for the focus on the mind and motivation aspect of health and fitness, I was pleased to participate. My readers as well as many journalists have often told me they are interested in how I’ve stayed motivated to train consistently for 30 years straight without ever taking more than 1 week of unplanned time off. Below is my answer when Jim asked me how I personally motivate myself. This seemed like an ideal way to kick off the New Year since so many people start off gung-ho in January and often lose steam in a matter of weeks.

December 16th, 2013

Your Fitness Future Foretold: 20 Predictions For The New Year

I’ve been writing blogs and articles about fat loss and fitness on the Internet since 1999. One of the most popular newsletters I ever mailed was sent out seven years ago, right around the new year. My email box blew up. I never received so much response. This was before social media when getting that much personal engagement was a big deal.  What created such a response? I wrote down my 20 predictions for the new year. I said…

November 11th, 2013

Transform Your Mind To Transform Your Body

My name is Michael Malone and I was recently very honored and thrilled to be given the first place award in season 9 of the Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle Body Transformation Challenge. Tom Venuto invited me to write a guest post about some of the training, nutrition and mindset strategies I used during the 98 – day transformation challenge to get the results you see in my before and after pictures. For me, mindset was #1 and there were 3 key shifts in my mindset that made all the difference.

September 14th, 2013

Top 10 Ways For Regular People To Get Motivated

“How do I get more motivated?”  Outside of “What should I eat?” that’s the number one question I’m asked about getting more results on a diet or exercise program. Almost everyone has up and down days, mentally as well as physically. Fortunately, you can learn how to get motivated instantly, you just need the right strategies.

September 1st, 2011

10 Biggest Body Transformation Mistakes

They say “success leaves clues.” I’ve always liked that quote, which I first heard from Anthony Robbins, and which I’ve heard re-quoted by many others over the years.  Unfortunately, most people don’t follow the advice contained in those three words. They keep pursuing the lean, “hot body” the hard way; trying to figure it out on their own, starting from scratch without a mentor or guide, following the masses, buying into gimmicks and making the same mistakes over and over again.  There is a much easier way.

December 18th, 2010

Does Sharing Your Goals Make You Less Likely To Achieve Them?

If you’re not familiar with the TED talks, I recommend checking them out.’s tagline is “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” The short videos feature entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists, entertainers, scientists, authors and thought leaders from almost every field. I’ve watched a lot of TED videos, but last week a Burn the Fat reader sent me a link to a controversial new TED video about goal setting that I hadn’t seen before. In this 3 minute clip, successful music entrepreneur Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep your goals to yourself. I respectfully disagree. Well, maybe not entirely… he does bring up some intriguing questions…

November 11th, 2010

You Can Overcome Anything, Part 2

To make a comeback, to recover from an injury or to overcome any major obstacle, you have to have the right mental attitude and a certain set of belief systems. In part 2 of my interview with Dougal MacDonald, you’ll hear about the attitudes crucial to working through obstacles, the beliefs essential for overcoming setbacks and the mindset required for being a winner in fitness and in life…

November 10th, 2010

You Can Overcome Anything: An Inspiring Interview With Dougal MacDonald, Part 1

This harrowing true story of body transformation veteran Dougal MacDonald is a story of turning overwhelming adversity into magnificent triumph. As you start reading this interview, it will send shivers down your spine… and when you finish, it will inspire you to endeavor things you didn’t think were possible… It will make you pause and think about how it really is possible to be happy even after bad things happen… and realize that you can become physically strong again even after being struck down in the worst of ways. If you’ve ever been faced with any kind of health problem, accident or physical challenge, then this is an absolute must-read… [WARNING: graphic images]