Save Time and Burn Fat: Decrease Your Time Between Sets!!!!

One thing that always fascinates me about people in the gym is the amount of time they spend doing nothing at all.  This is especially true of the guys.  I’ll see some guys do a set, walk around, grab a sip of water, start a conversation, come back to where they were, and 15 minutes […]

Why the Elliptical Machine can Make You Fat

There was a time in my life – a time that I do not like to mention much – where I was a regular user of the elliptical.  I have to say that I used to love this machine.  Its repetitive motion and glide was almost soothing. Nevertheless, I was never able to get lean.  […]

Drinking Coffee For Fat Loss: Moderation and Timing for the Best Results

One of the questions I always get from my clients is “can I drink coffee?” My answer is yes, coffee might even help your fat loss, but only to some extent. Though its record on fat oxidation (fat burning) is questionable, coffee has been shown to increase lipolysis, where fat is separated from the fat […]

Dieting Could Sabotage your Fat Loss: Avoiding Metabolic Shut Down with the Getting to Shredded Program

I’ve said before that I get many clients who’ve had their nutrition plans done through other trainers, and failed badly.  They start with them, lose weight for a couple of weeks, and then progress halts. This happens because most trainers and fitness coaches neglect to include one important step at the very beginning of setting […]

Foundations for Being Shredded: Your First Breakfast of the Day

Healthy Breakfast Foods Breakfast is often spoken of as the most important meal of the day in popular culture. While I do believe this is true, I tend to think of breakfast as less of a meal and more of a series of feeds during the earlier part of your day. In fact, my breakfast […]

Making Your Fat loss Program Work: Three Small Things you Can Do to Guarantee that You Reach Your Goal

Over the past few weeks, I’ve kept you updated about one of my clients, Nate Welsh, through Facebook and Twitter.  Yesterday, Nate won the novice class at his first bodybuilding competition.  I’ve trained many people, but watching him hold his first place trophy was probably one of the most satisfying experiences of my career as […]

Getting to Shredded Training Journal: Some back exercises to help you get that mind-muscle connection

The back is one of the most challenging body parts to train because you can’t see it.  Consequently, its more important with this body part than any other to really develop a neurological connection with these muscles.  Too many people just throw weights around the gym.  The back requires finesse.  These are some videos from […]

Why the Stepmill is the Most Overrated Piece of Equipment in the Gym

In recent years the bodybuilding community has celebrated the step mill as the key to striated and well shaped glutes.  Bodybuilders, physique competitors, and bikini athletes alike fight over the step mill at their local gyms, and often spend over an hour on them at a time. While I believe that the step mill provides […]

GTS Video Training Journal: Upper Body Circuits For Phase III of the Getting to Shredded Fat Loss Program with Tonia Moore and Lindsey Kampouris

Phase III of the Getting to Shredded program uses circuits to maximize fat burn.  Here are a couple of examples of some advanced upper body circuits by two of the toughest ladies I know, IFBB Pro Womens’ Physique competitor Tonia Moore and NPC Women’s Physique competitor Lindsey Kampouris.  I apologize in advance for the lighting […]

Nutrition on the Go For Your Fat Loss Program

One particular excuse  that I often hear from clients is that they don’t have time to prepare meals when they are on the run, so they always end up eating out.  While this might sound harsh, I always tell them that this is no excuse.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Mr. Fitness professional who […]