Articles of the Week

First off, if you haven’t already seen it, you HAVE to check out Kacy Catanzaro take on the American Ninja Warrior course.  She’s the first woman to get through the course and move onto Mt Midoriyama.  It is definitely an inspirational video, to watch her go from one seemingly impossible obstacle to another.  Just when you think she’s done, she just proves how strong she is.
Ninja Warrior

Are you not reaching your goals?  Why is that?  Could it be that you’re making the same mistakes over and over again?  Make your nutrition plan a priority.  If you could put effort into a solid nutrition plan, you’ll be amazed at the results that will follow.  At one time or another, AMP has used several of these tips.
Look Better Naked

Look, fat loss isn’t easy.  There are, however, several factors that can take you to the next level.  Balancing stress and cortisol level as well as sleep are overlooked, but important factors to check out.
Here are Ten tips to help you lose some fat and get lean.
10 Secrets

Motivational Monday

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Marianne Williamson
There are no guarantees in life other than if you don’t take any actions, you wont achieve anything.  Is that how you want to go through life?  Not me.  I want to go all in, take risks, take chances.  I want to fail so that I can succeed later.  Don’t be afraid to go all in, don’t be afraid to put something on the line for what you want.  

AMP’s Articles of the Week

Each week I try to find relevant articles that will help you on your health and fitness journey, because that is what it is.  It’s a journey.  It is not going to happen overnight or in a week or even two weeks.  You know what WILL happen?

Learn to love the process, fall in love with the journey because you should be in this for the long haul, not just for a 4 week span.  It’s a game of patience.  “Fat loss isn’t acute.  It doesn’t react to the whims one day, one exercise”
4 Week Fat Loss Lies– Adam Bornstein
Several principles apply when it comes to fat loss.  Among them is staying active, following a solid nutrition plan, reducing stress levels, and being more in tune with your body.  This list drops a couple of other ones that are also relevant, especially #10.  
Diets Fail!  Plans succeed.  When we think “diet” we think suffering or restriction, or being miserable.  It doesn’t have to be that way, in fact is SHOULDN’T be that way at all.  Nutrition should be fun, it should make you happy.  Yes, food should make you happy!  Not guilty, or sad, or whatever negative emotions you may associate with food.  
5 Reasons Diets Fail– Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
I’ve decided that I want to share with you guys what it is I read on a day to day basis that pertains to the training that is going on at AMP.  I love digging up articles that you can use on your own, but I equally love finding articles that AMP & our trainers can apply to your training programs with you.  So this week I am going to share something all about Rib Position because I think its an important thing, and can have far reaching benefits.  
Take a look inside my inner fitness nerdism.  

Motivational Monday

“Success is no accident.  It’s hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  -Pele

It takes a lot to get to where you want to be, in life, in sports, in health.  If you’re not willing to put in the work, put in the time, put in the love, how can you expect yourself to accomplish anything.  

This is no more true than when trying to change your body, to try and be healthier.  Sometimes it’s going to be hard, sometimes it is going to take learning how to train, how to eat. Sometimes it is going to take a little bit of sacrifice in order to reach your goals.  Most of all, you need to love the journey, you need to love the experience that is changing your life. Make an attempt to fall in love with the process.

Fitness Friday

An interesting documentary about flipping the food pyramid upside down, Donal O’Neil takes on increasing his fat intake, including saturated fat (gasp) and decreasing the amount of grains and sugars in his diet.  Now, I’ve definitely talked about increasing fat and protein intake and limiting carbs to vegetables, fruit, and some grains(usually post workout meals).
Take a look, its free for now, but ends tomorrow
Cereal Killers

Traveling this summer?  Going a little crazy on trying to figure out how you’re going to maintain your healthy nutrition plan while on vacation?  The key is finding a balance between enjoying yourself and going overboard.  #4 is my favorite.
Tips for Navigating Nutrition During Summer

Are there certain habits that you are following that are sabotaging your results?  Try changing one of the habits listed and see where it takes you.  #1 is pretty under rated when it comes to weight loss in my opinion.
6 Habits

Have you ever gotten negative comments about your body from people that probably shouldn’t be saying anything in the first place?  Everyone has different goals, different reasons for training.  Even if you don’t necessarily agree with them, its probably best you to keep words to yourself.
Do what makes you happy, and let others do the same.
I Don’t Want To Look Like Her