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Fat Loss Made Easy: The #1 Fat Loss Mistake

#1 Fat Loss Mistake There are so many potential answer to this question based on who you ask, but to us, the #1 fat loss mistake we see people making has to be slashing calories too fast and eating too little. Fat loss is an emotional process and it is easy to abandon reason for irrational...

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Fat Loss Made Easy: What Is A Calorie?

What Is A Calorie?: Calorie and Macro Basics Calories are essentially how we measure the energy contained in the food you eat. Calories are split up into 3 different macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat. For each macronutrient, the amount of calories they contain per gram is...

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Fat Loss Made Easy: Good Habits

Good habits. Lots of us are going to go into the new year with a plan, a plan for progress and bettering ourselves. VERY often that plan will involve losing weight/fat. This week we will be posting about the process of losing weight and how you can be successful as you start your fat loss...

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Beginner Series Part 15: Lifting Gear

In last week’s post I told you that you probably don’t need to worry about buying a bunch of gear right off the bat. A good pair of shoes and a notebook are enough to get you started. But there will come a point where it might really make sense to look at buying some basic equipment. So let’s...

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Beginner Series Part 14: What Should You Buy When You Start Lifting

What Should You Buy When YouStart Lifting: If you are just getting into powerlifting and you look around at people online or in the gym, you will see that pretty much everyone has the same basics in their gym bag. Knee sleeves, wrist wraps, a belt, and often heeled/squat shoes. This is pretty...

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Beginner Series Part 13: Individual Differences

Individual differences: One of the foundational truths about training is that there is no one answer to most questions. If you talk to people that are very knowledgeable, once you get past the basics their answers to most questions will be “it depends.” “Should I max out every day?” “It...

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Beginner Series Part 12: Recovery Basics

Recovery Basics: Over the long term, recovery from training probably has the greatest impact on strength and physique development of anything else you can do. Recovering properly will mean that you can do more reps each session, push yourself harder, and force more adaptation. It means you...

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Beginner Series Part 11: Should I Do Cardio?

Should I do cardio? I know, cardio sounds boring. Really boring, and sometimes it is, but here’s the thing: cardio isn't just for fat loss. Cardio can actually help your performance in the gym. Aerobic capacity (essentially your endurance) will come into play whenever you do a set of more...

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Beginner Series Part 10: Why Barbell Movements?

Why Barbell Movements? You know why we think strength is the way to go, now why do we choose to use the barbell movements, specifically squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press? There are a few good reasons for this. First off, these are compound lifts: they require movement at multiple...

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Beginner Series Part 9: Why Strength For Beginners

Why strength for beginners? Why do we recommend strength-based training for new lifters? There are many different directions one can go in when they start training, and lots of them are going to get you results. But we feel that focusing on strength is a good first step for any new lifter....

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