Roam Strong in 2017: 4 Rules for Resolutions

It’s been a damn long time since I’ve written a post for you guys, and I apologize. I’ve been gone for a while, preparing for a new job and enjoying the last year of my sabbatical. The blog has been just a little neglected. That ends tonight. As part of my own resolution, I’ll be posting at least once a month (maybe more) as I think of things and as time permits. I thought...

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Voodoo Supplements: How Supplement Companies Trick You… And Why I Still Buy Useless Pills

I have an embarrassing secret. When I’m awfully tired, I take a little pill called “Rhodoila Rosea”. It’s a supplement called an “adaptogen” – meaning it’s supposed to boost mental acuity and recovery by increasing the body’s ability to handle stress. The Chinese ( and a few other cultures) have hyped this herb up to mythical levels…...

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Trouble with Focus or Motivation? Use the “Origin Story Technique”

Everyone screws up sometimes. Like me. I was supposed to write 2 times a week for this site before I realized that’s a LOT of writing. That’s especially true because I wanted to expound upon important stuff in fitness, rather than pollute the Internet with more crap.. Heck, even I succumb to the rigors of life and postpone a workout — though I admit I feel miserable when I...

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Abusing a Sales Tactic for Motivation

WARNING: Today’s Mindset Monday post is short, but valuable. Most of the time, we attribute salesmanship to conning and mistrust. It’s not hard to see why. The world is full of assholes behind on their quotas, psychologically messing with you and abusing your brain’s faults. A few examples: making you feel stupid not to buy something using a classic logical fallacy that we...

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Why Your Motivation Is Sabotaging You

When it comes to training, there are really just 2 rules you need to follow: Is your behavior consistent with your goal(s)? Is your behavior consistent? If you do both, you succeed. So if your goal is to get stronger, and you are doing exercises that progressively challenge your body with higher levels of resistance, then you will get stronger. If you do this with consistency, you will get...

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What the Internet Can’t Tell You About Working Out

I used to have a supscription to Flex Magazine when I was younger. Y’know, the one with all the posing bodybuilders, adorably drugged to the brim with illegal (well, mostly illegal) substances that help them recover muscle bigger and badder than ever. Some of the information in the magazines was super useful. Workout programs, lots of broscience, a billion ads for supplements that I swear...

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The Biggest Reason Your Fitness Program Fails

Are you tortured by your fitness regime? You’re not alone. The prevailing theory on what fitness is, is torture. Just look at The Biggest Loser or any As-Seen-On-TV DVD program rife with sweaty athletes and endless panting. What do these images do to your head? They plant the impression that absolute pain is necessary to get lean or to be healthy (how nebulous) as a consequence. Fitness...

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8 Biggest Mistakes of New Metabolic Training

Have you heard of P90x? Maybe Insanity? I have. I have at least 5 friends who have tried burning fat and “getting ripped” on these programs. These DVD workout programs are as old as time, but the principles are a little newer. Instead of a medium cadence, Simmons-esque calistehnics routine, we have profuse sweating, blood pumping, high octane thrill workouts. The goal behind these...

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How to Write and Read Workout Programs – Intro to Notation

If you’re new to workouts, especially with strength training, you’ve probably seen many programs that uses different exercises for different purposes, all catering to their own personal philosophies. Sometimes, they can be downright confusing on what they ask of you! Perhaps the second greatest workout skill you can learn is reading program notation. Before you can practice a new...

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The Sticky Fitness Habit

One of my differing ideologies from much of the fitness field is my focus on mindset. I don’t mean 100% intensity, slamming weights, and yelling. Though that has a place in training sometimes. I mean getting a person to stick to a workout, ANY workout, without burning out, getting bored, or stagnating on progress. The answer is not underneath all the half-naked inspirational quotes...

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