October 11th, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet: It Works… But I Still Don’t Recommend It (Here’s Why)

Diet popularity comes and goes in cycles. The ketogenic diet – aka “keto” – has re surged in popularity to a high point I have not seen seen in 25 years. Keto and other types of low carb high fat (LCHF) diets are being talked about everywhere on social media, on blogs and in mainstream media to the point where it’s hard to ignore. Actually, I’d rather ignore it (especially the zealotry), but all year long, I’ve been getting earnest questions from readers on a weekly basis, so I felt it was finally time to answer them…

October 4th, 2018

The New (Ultra-Simple) Way To Calculate Your Macros

What’s the best way to figure out how much protein, carbohydrate and fat to eat (your macronutrients (aka “macros”)?  Well, you can use the classic percentage method (40-30-20, 40-40-20, 50-30-20, etc), and yes – it still works. But knowing which percentage to choose for your goals and circumstances (without a coach) is easier said than done. Having a simpler method for setting your macros is helpful because crunching these nutrition numbers is one of the first steps in meal planning where many people get confused and frustrated. Now there’s a new method – and it’s ultra-simple, it puts nutritional priorities first and it’s customized just for you

September 29th, 2018

Lifting The Confusion About Supersets

Supersets are an outstanding weight training technique for building more muscle in less time. At least a dozen scientific studies have confirmed that superset workouts dramatically increase training efficiency (making it ideal for busy people). If it’s done correctly, it can build the same amount of muscle, or possibly more, while you spend half the time in the gym.  The problem is many people are doing it incorrectly, or they’re utterly confused about the right way to superset…

August 26th, 2018

Intensity or Insanity? How Much Training Effort is Enough?

QUESTION: Tom, do you think that the intensity of your workout is”THE THING” that gives you results or is it more about being consistent with your workouts? The reason I ask is because I’m following your Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle nutrition program and I also use a high-intensity workout program called the Insanity series. I like these workouts, but I’m having a hard time pushing myself that hard every day and I’m finding now that I’m starting to dread doing them. I have been doing these workouts only 2-3 times per week instead of the 5 times per week that is recommended in the program. This workout brings me to my knees. I’ve started questioning myself and wondering if it’s even worth the torture. – Paul

June 26th, 2018

Breaking Bad… Eating Habits

You want to stop drinking soda or eating potato chips (or, insert other indulgence you know is not helping your fat loss endeavors), you sincerely do. But you’ve tried so many times, and while you may have enjoyed some short- lived success, your attempts at change never seem to last long. It’s like there’s a mysterious magnetic “pull” drawing you back to your old ways – it’s like a groove you slip right back into.  That’s the bad news about the power of habit. The good news is, there’s a secret to breaking bad habits and it’s right here in today’s post.

June 21st, 2018

Are You Making These HIIT Cardio Mistakes Too?

High intensity interval training or HIIT cardio has been around for years, and almost everyone has tried it, or at least heard of it. Many people swear by HIIT, for cardiovascular fitness, fat loss or both. Other people tried it and didn’t like it. They felt like it was too hard, so they couldn’t sustain it. Based on the latest research, there’s a specific reason why so many people drop out of HIIT workouts…

June 14th, 2018

Superset Training Can Cut Your Workout Time In Half… Can It Build More Muscle And Strength Too?

Scientific studies say that superset training is so time efficient, it can cut your gym time by 50%.  That’s great for busy folks, but it also brings up the question: Are these “time efficient” workouts any good at building muscle and strength, or is there a huge compromise, like you only get half the results?

June 6th, 2018

From Pullup Zero To Pull-up Hero: How To Nail Your First Pull-up… And Then Start Cranking Out Reps Like A Boss!

It’s true. Most beginners and a even a large percentage of experienced lifters are still struggling to do their first (real, unassisted) pull-up. Pull-ups are hard! Whether you’re a man or a woman, whether you can’t do a single rep yet, or you’re working up to the “full sets of 8 to 12” rep range, right here in today’s post you will get my favorite, most effective and proven training tricks and tactics you can use to go from zero pull-ups to your first pull-up to full sets of pull ups…

May 31st, 2018

Pullups Are Awesome, But What If You Can’t Do Any Yet?

We all know that pullups are an awesome, superior exercise for your upper back and even your arms. Trouble is, most people struggle to do any pullups at all. ..

May 23rd, 2018

How “Thinking 1 Goal Ahead” Saves You From Fitness Failure

How does an overweight, out-of-shape person melt away all the excess bodyfat, successfully achieving every one of their health and fitness goals – safely, sensibly, even with what appears to be a sustainable plan – but then promptly begin to regain the weight, starting literally the day after they reach their goal?