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Should I eat before working out? If so, what should it be?

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The short answer would be, yes.

When you are about to expend energy, it would be ideal to have fuel for that process. I would also prefer to have fuel during the process (protein, high glycemic carb) assuming there are no dietary restrictions. Perfect world, your highest percentage of carb intake (energy resource) would be taken around your workout window.

Your own adherence will ultimately dictate what is good for you and what is not. If eating something before hand makes you ...

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How Long Should I Mass For?

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Clients are usually timid about massing (gaining weight) but eating in a surplus is the best way to go about building and growing muscle tissue. Not only do you typically have improved energy and recovery but the only way to gain is to be in a surplus.

With massing phases, the pro is you build muscle but the con is you add on fat. You typically can’t gain one without the other but ideally you would gain slowly, pair it with resistance ...

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Amazon Meal Prep Guide

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Simply put, you’re more likely to succeed if you take the time to plan ahead. Below are items that I use on a daily basis that allow me to spend my time more efficiently, keep me constantly prepared, and leaves my ability to adhere to my diet pretty seamless. What makes dieting fairly easy for me is I’m always prepared, food is always cooked and ready in the fridge at all times, I always have apples, bread, protein powder, etc. ...

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The Top Secret To Curb Your Cravings!

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The title sounds like a lie and a scam, the secret to stopping your cravings. All too often now, a new quick fix solution is marketed to build more muscle or lose more weight without investing too much effort. I run into these advertisements on a regular basis by running a personal training studio. It’s unfortunate for most of us but the real solution is hard work, often times restriction and a realignment of our priorities. Nothing worth having is ...

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The Ideal Client, A Trainers Wish List

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When seeking a personal trainer, clients will generally seek out various attributes in someone they want to work with.  A super high energy person vs low energy person, weight loss history vs athletic history, males vs female, young vs old, harsh personality vs easy going, maybe it simply comes down to location and price.  Most of you are looking for something.

Trainers are no different and often seek out suitable candidates that will fit their training style. As I’ve gained more ...

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Quick & Easy Food Options | Will Take Less Than 5 Minutes

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If you feel you have too little time to dedicate towards preparing your food, this list is for you. It’s not an exhaustive list but should be an easy starting point for people new to creating more structure in their diet. You don’t necessarily need to weigh everything you eat but you must adjust your goals and expectations when you have a more relaxed approach. If you’re working with a professional you must also realize they can’t provide you with ...

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The 3 Tools Taylor Carpenter Needs To Track Progress | Charlotte Trainer

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If you have no way to monitor progress then you really need to reevaluate what you’re trying to accomplish. Most people are either trying to lose fat, build muscle, or get stronger (or a combo of the 3).

Below are 3 Apps that I use DAILY, all of which are free.

I recommend these 3 apps to clients but away from my business and simply working out on my own these are what I personally use and prefer. I’m always trying to ...

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Struggling To Eat All Your Clean Calories? A Nutrition Tip On Volume

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When people have been reducing their restaurant trips with more clean home made food choices I’ve had more people lately struggle with getting all their calories in especially the Renaissance Periodization template clients. At the end of the day your calories and macronutrient numbers are what matter. Cleaner diets end up providing a lot more volume of food to consume.

If you eat out a lot you’re more than likely getting a high amount of calories in a low volume amount ...

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Fat Loss Is Never Linear | 3 Month Results

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RESULTS

16.2lbs down in 12 weeks
1.35lbs per week

This past Sunday I finished my 2nd 3 month dieting cut with the Renaissance Periodization auto templates (if you don’t know RP, just ask). I learned a lot from my first cut which ended on Halloween 2015. From that point through Valentines Day I simply maintained my weight and worked on building my calories and strength. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a trip to Disneyworld were all in my way which would’ve made ...

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