Simple advice for your best training year yet

1. Start your day with movement: a walk, a lift, or a stretch.

2. Eat protein at every meal.

3. Occasionally, instead of sitting, squat.

4. Park father away. Take the stairs.

5. Avoid sugar and flour. Eat foods that are close to nature.

6. For fat loss: Sprint, lift heavy, and go for a brisk walk.

7. For strength: Sprint, lift heavy, and go for a brisk walk.

8. For muscle: Sprint, lift heavy, and go for a brisk walk.

9. For endurance: Jog. (Also, sprint, lift heavy, and go for a brisk walk.)

10. For pull ups: do pull ups. And maybe lose some weight.

11. Know your weaknesses: If you can deadlift 3x bodyweight but can’t touch your toes–strength is not your problem.

12. The best ab exercise is still just eat more broccoli.

13. Start every meal with a bowl of greens. (Like broccoli.)

14. Every once in a while, try fasting.

15. Generally, “if it doesn’t suck, don’t do it.” Because gains don’t come from being comfortable.

16. That said, you want to be challenged, yet successful. So do what you need to get thise wins on your board.
17. There are no substitutes for hard work, but there are shortcuts for about any goal, when you learn from somebody who has “been there.”In other words, get a coach.
18. Take 100% responsibility for yourself, and 100% ownership of your life.

Because the more you blame others or make excuses, the less likely you are to get ahead.

19. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Listen to your body and take care of your joints. Do it now.

20. Magnesium. It helps.

21. Be consistent. Finish what you start. Don’t program hop.

22. Have fun. Because working out should be something you enjoy regardless of results.

Last one: Smile at strangers, tip well, and say your please-and-thank-yous.

Take care of yourself, and then take care of others by encouraging and educating. Lead from the front. Be the example. And believe in yourself

5 step diet plan

Today will be my one shot attempt to do something I have not attempted since college: smash words together and convince you I actually tried before heading out to a party, and remember to click post this draft.

Recently a friend coming to me, pain in their eyes as they said, “Aqueel, I need to get with you to work on a nutrition plan. I’m sick and tired of being fucking fat!”  My usual apathy and distracted nature couldn’t ignore his knee that was visibly swollen, angry and red. I still gave my generic prepared response, “Please get in touch with X who is much more qualified in the field of nutrition than I am.” Since then and several days of being mauled by my own guilt of inaction; here are the distilled method to creating a diet that will never make you feel like you’re on a diet ever again.

Still feeling the sting of their words and knowing what it’s like not having the body you once remembered today’s thoughts aren’t going to be validated by science journal, for the sake of time… and laziness, but will have greater efficacy than my usual training advice “Just train more.” and with that I defer to the favorite format of the internet: lists!

  1. EAT BREAKFAST.
    What we gain from eating breakfast, greater than the dubious studies that suggest it’s a great way to kickstart your metabolism; is think of it as a timestamp and a habit that successful athletes, CEOs, and even jerks on the internet like me can do which frames the rest of your day. “Most important meal of the day” is correct because no matter what time you wake up regularly you have to break your fast eventually. So, if for the next 4 weeks (or any other pop psychology study length of time that determines how long it takes to establish a habit) shove food in your gullet after you wake up. More so before you get sidetracked with the rest of your day and rationalize stopping at Taco Bell on the way to work.
  2. DRINK MORE WATER PERIOD.
    8 8oz glasses of water a day is the accepted convention, and I find no fault with this. But, when we take a moment to think about this, and remember how often you see me (or other mindful fit people) walking around with a gallon jug of water or canteen. Here’s why: I won’t remember to drink water unless I am physically reminded. And, getting up for water is terrible for workflow any ways. The solution 64oz is the magic number to get to and my gallon jug is 128oz (dang talk about surplus Gus) or the canteen 32oz means I just have to fill up the canteen twice and I hit my water goal, for the day.
  3. ORDER A SALAD WITH LUNCH AND DINNER
    Before getting meta with this entry the simple reason is once again behavioral. In America, we have terrible portions. Too large if you were unaware, and people generally will end up eating an extra 280 calories in chips/fries… starchy carbs and trans fats that are beyond necessary. Start your second and third meal of the day with a simple salad; not because its historically popular, but so you can feel better about the vegetables you’ve just consumed. In addition to curving your desire to obliterate that large burrito you’ve been day dreaming about since you woke up.
  4. EAT LESS SUGAR
    Don’t ask questions just challenge your willpower to skip the cookies, extra brownies, or one more mixed drink during happy hour because you deserve it.
  5. FIGURE OUT YOUR MACROS GOALS
    I’ve attempted to save the easiest and most difficult step for last. But, no excuses as we live in an era of ubiquitous technology that can grant on demand information; it is only so tough to search what is a ‘Marcos calculator’ and ‘What are my Macros’ enter your height, weight, level of activity and have churned out a guideline of how many grams of protein, fat, and carbohydrates your body requires to keep moving. Adjust numbers as recommended if individual goals are to lose or gain weight.