Fitness Tips: Best Workout Routine to Get Lean

Recommended Workout Programs & Diet Plans for the New Year

For my final post of 2012, I thought I’d provide a few workout programs and diet plans that I would recommend for the New Year.  As with anything, the program you choose will depend on your ultimate training goals.  I’ve tried to include something for everyone here.  If you’re looking for some simple free tips, then check out my Best Fitness Tips section where I’ve gathered what I consider to be my most useful articles. Continue Reading…

Diet and Exercise Program for the Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching.  Unfortunately, it’s also the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to losing focus and falling completely off the diet and exercise bandwagon.  I didn’t completely let myself go last year, but I could have achieved even better Visual Impact Muscle Building results if I had a little more restraint.  Last year I tried to time my workout schedule so that I would focus on muscle building during the holidays when my calories would be naturally increased.  This year I’ve decided to go a different route. Continue Reading…

Share Your Experience: How Toni Got Into Phenomenal Shape

As a new feature of my blog, I’m encouraging readers to share their fitness experiences and lessons learned along the way to getting into great shape.  Up first is Toni, a 40 year old mother who has been a long time reader of my blog.  If I go so far as to think of myself as a teacher, I’d consider Toni one of my finest students.  I think her story will resonate well with women, especially those who suffer with misinformation and too much broscience as Toni has.  There are also useful lessons for anyone who has struggled with being skinny fat (look fine in clothes but have excess fat at a low scale weight). Continue Reading…

LGN365 – Look Great Naked Year Round!

I’ve been following JC Deen’s blog, jcdfitness.com, for quite a while.  He has a ton of great insights that have certainly helped me shape my fitness philosophy.  After nearly 4 years of blogging (and many more working out), he finally found enough time to write a book.  And it’s awesome.  He’s called it LGN365 and as promised it will help you look great naked year round.  As I have always aspired to do on my blog, JC tries to sort through information (and misinformation) about diet and exercise, cut through the bs, and relay what is actually going to help people achieve their goals.  Beyond that, he has a great writing style that motivates the best of us to get even better. Continue Reading…

Sample Workout Routine and Diet Plan

So I just stepped on the scale for the first time in over a month.  Guess what happened?  For all intents and purposes, nothing.  My weight was down about 1.5lbs but that could easily be water fluctuations.  Body fat and muscles mass were exactly the same.  What’s my point…once you reach your goal, you can spend less time obsessing about diet and exercise.  Does that mean you give up and start eating like crazy without exercising…absolutely not!  It does mean that you have the option of exercising less or eating more though, assuming you were in a caloric deficit to achieve your goal.  The whole purpose behind my little experiment was to show that if you have a good plan in place, you don’t even necessarily have to track your progress on a regular basis; periodic check-ins are good enough.  This was perfect for the summer.  That aside, readers always seem to be interested in specific workout routines and diet plans, so I’ve outlined my approach from the last couple months. Continue Reading…

Weighted Vest Workouts

A couple months ago I decided to buy a weighted vest.  It was a purchase that was long overdue.  If you’re at the point where you’re doing 20+ reps for bodyweight exercises or would like to burn some extra calories during cardio, then it might be time to perform weighted vest workouts.  I’ve been using a 40lb weighted vest to increase the difficulty of pushups, pull-ups, dips, and inverted rows.  Obviously I’ve had to significantly reduce the number of reps I’m performing, but that’s the whole point.  Increased resistance, decreased reps, increased strength and muscle mass.  I’ve also used the weighted vest when performing steady state cardio.  It’s amazing how much harder using an elliptical can be when carrying an extra 40lbs.  In an ideal world, I’d also wear it outside every morning while walking my dog, but it looks conspicuously like a bullet proof vest. Continue Reading…

Reveal the Steel – Interview with Clint Nielsen

Good news for all of you who are looking for a new fitness routine to get ripped…my buddy Clint from Crude Fitness recently released his first book, Reveal the Steel.  It’s packed full of diet & nutrition tips, mistakes and misconceptions, and a 4 stage training program. In fact, the vast majority of Clint’s tips are similar to my philosophy, especially the dieting strategies.  The training routine is solid as well.  It’s highly detailed allowing you to follow it exactly as outlined and also customizable so that you can cycle through the workouts multiple times.  All this said, I felt like I needed to catch up with Clint to get his full take on Reveal the Steel. Continue Reading…

Visual Impact Cardio Results – Preliminary Assessment

While I posted my initial Visual Impact Cardio Review a couple months ago, having recently completed the program I can now offer a more complete assessment of some of the highs and lows.  Unfortunately I can’t provide a full overview of results since I was using the program to limit fat gain while trying to add muscle.  Frankly, given my goals, I could have shelved Visual Impact Cardio until a later time and just adjusted my diet accordingly.  However, I was excited to test out a new routine and see if it lived up to the high standards that Rusty Moore set with Visual Impact Muscle Building and Visual Impact for Women. Continue Reading…

Interview with YouTube Fitness Star Amanda Russell

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Olympic-trained athlete and fitness expert Amanda Russell.  Amanda focuses on helping people achieve a lean look through her intense AR Program.  She’s already gained quite a following on her website and YouTube page where she hosts weekly mini-shows filled with diet, health and fitness tips, along with a new and free equipmentless workouts every Tuesday and Thursday.  Highly engaging with exceptional content, she was recently selected by GOOGLE as one of “YouTube’s Next Trainers,” a title awarded to only 16 contestants worldwide. Continue Reading…

10 Questions with Olympic Performance Coach Mark Kislich

My fellow fitness blogger Mark Kislich was kind enough to do an interview for my site.  Mark trains Olympic and other elite athletes so he knows how to make the best even better.  He’s adapted and applied his training methods to help “ordinary” people get in great shape, too.  Continue Reading…

FREE Fitness Report!

Fitness in a Flash
$39.99 FREE for a limited time!

FREE Beach Body Report!

How to Get a Beach Body
FREE if you “Like” me on Facebook!

Find Me on Facebook

Page optimized by WP Minify WordPress Plugin