November 16th, 2016

If Your Goal Is Fat Loss, Why Shouldn’t Your Training Focus More On Cardio Than Weights?

If your primary goal is fat loss, shouldn’t you just focus on cardio and hold off on the weight training? And if they say you can’t gain muscle when you’re in a calorie deficit, why bother lifting at all – why not just follow your diet and do cardio and then start lifting later? This is a very common question and always an area of great confusion. I believe that’s because the answer is somewhat counter-intuitive…

November 13th, 2016

The 10 Biggest Muscle Building Mistakes Most People Make In Progressive Overload Weight Training

Muscle building mistakes has been a common theme in bodybuilding magazines for decades, so you might think this topic has been thoroughly exhausted and needs no further discussion. The truth is, one area where the most disastrous errors are made – progressive overload mistakes – has been virtually ignored.  That’s why most people spend more time stuck on progress plateaus than gaining muscle.

June 8th, 2016

“Unexplainable” Fat Loss Plateaus… Explained!

Fat loss plateaus and lack of progress are always frustrating. What makes it utterly maddening is when you feel like you’re putting in a superhuman effort in the gym and reducing calories, but still making no progress. At this point, I usually see two unfortunate things happen: The first is a knee-jerk “blame the fat on something else” reaction. Usually, bad genetics or a thyroid problem… but whatever it is, it’s definitely “not your fault.” The second is the tendency to deny the calories in versus calories out equation. “I’m hardly eating anything and I’m not losing weight, so it CAN’T be calories, it MUST be something else!” Carbs are the usual scapegoat.

May 29th, 2016

Fat Loss Plateaus: 4 Reasons Why Your Progress Stopped

Today’s Burn the Fat Blog post answers a reader question about why  his fat loss stopped and explains the real reasons why people hit fat loss plateaus. It happens especially when you get down to that “last 10 lbs” or when you drop a lot of weight, and you reach good “lean” category, but you’re an overachiever and you still want to get even leaner…  all the way to “ripped”, or at least lean enough to see your abs. It’s a challenge, but there is something you can do about it – more than one thing!  Read on to find out.

May 5th, 2016

Burn It Off And Keep It Off: 10 Keys to Lifelong Weight Maintenance

It’s always the media and advertising-hyped stories of rapid and massive weight loss that get most of the attention these days (think “Biggest Loser”). It’s easy to look at these dramatic “success stories” and choose them as your role models. But it’s usually not the person who lost the most weight or who lost weight the fastest that you want to emulate. In fact, “losers” are the last people you want to listen to…

April 27th, 2016

How An All Or Nothing Attitude Can Sabotage Your Diet And Exercise Plan

Attitudes are mental, but there’s no question they affect your life physically in every possible way. The right attitudes can lead you to peak health and fitness. The wrong attitudes can sabotage even the best-designed nutrition and training programs. There’s one attitude problem in particular that kills the diet and exercise programs of thousands of people every year – it’s called the “all or nothing” attitude. Psychologists call it “dichotomous thinking” or “cognitive distortion.”

April 18th, 2016

7 Ways To Do More Pull-Ups: Your 1st Rep, 10 Reps, Even 20 Reps Or More

Last year, I used some of the tactics from today’s guest post to finally hit 30 reps of strict chin-ups for the first time in my life at age 46 (bodyweight at the time – 191 lbs). I had been able to consistently do at least 20 reps in a row and could work myself up over time to about 25 reps or so, but then always hit a brick wall. The one technique that was most effective in helping me hit my PR was the “grease the groove” method, where I actually practiced pullups and chinups multiple times per day, every day! Might sound crazy, and it’s not how I usually train for bodybuilding, but for pull up endurance, it worked just as promised… – Tom V.

April 14th, 2016

Should You Eat More Fat?

A lot of people have been asking me lately, “Should I be eating more fat?” This post will not only answer that question, you’ll also learn how dietary fat fits into the macronutrient tracking and meal planning system used in bodybuilding and fitness diets designed to build muscle and burn fat…

March 19th, 2016

Meal Planning Is Not The Opposite Of Flexible Dieting

Every cliché you’ve ever heard about the importance of planning is true. Failing to plan is a disaster waiting to happen. Planning is power.  Planning is confidence. Planning is success. It’s no secret that I’m an advocate of meal planning, and it’s a major part of my Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle system. I’m also a supporter of flexible dieting. If you don’t know what flexible dieting is, or if you do, but it seems like flexible dieting and meal planning don’t go together, then this will be the most important post you’ve ever read… 

March 7th, 2016

How Classical Bodies Are Made: The Return of The Golden Era Physiques, With a Modern Twist

The good old days of bodybuilding… when every boy and man marveled at the physiques of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Lee Haney, Samir Bannout and other greats of the 70’s and 80’s. These men were legends and were revered by some almost as gods. The old school bodybuilders were ambassadors of physical culture and beacons of inspiration. They motivated generations of fans to start lifting weights and strive to become their best selves.