Intangible Benefits (Why Success Isn’t Always Obvious)

Last November, I decided to sign-up for Scrawny to Brawny, a year-long coaching program for anyone wanting to gain weight and change their physique.

Fast forward ten months later, I’ve gained a total of three to five pounds.

While that might not be the case study they’re going to plaster on the advertisement for the program, I still consider this past year a huge success. Let me explain why.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Using Protein Powder

Walk into any gym nowadays, and you’re just as likely to hear the rattling of a shaker bottle as the clanking of weights. Powders, bars and other supplements have become so ingrained in our culture that it’s hard to imagine not following up a great workout with a shake of some sort (and sometimes even mid-workout). Protein powder is, in many ways, leading the supplement charge. Created by various sources — from whey to soy to pea — and popping up everywhere you look — from GNC’s to neighborhood grocery stores — the popular supplement has cemented its place in our minds and in our diets.

With the help of Brian St. Pierre from Precision Nutrition, I helped to create this beginner’s guide for DailyBurn. You can check out the full article here.

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The Best Protein Powder for You

Protein powder is one of the most common supplements in the world. Hell, people buy huge tubs of it when they start their fitness craze at the beginning of the year only for the tub to sit there and rot for the other 364 days. With protein powder being so popular, the supplement shelves are filled with practically a million brands all promising bigger and better results. In general, the supplement industry is highly unregulated and full of crap.

With the help of Brian St. Pierre, I created a cheat sheet for protein powders that was published over on DailyBurn. We detailed the seven most common protein variations and some pros and cons of each. You can read the full post here.

Something I should’ve known but just found out when writing this piece: Hemp protein is actually made out of the same plant as marijuana (albeit with none of the active ingredient, THC).

Revisiting My Morning Routine

Awhile back, I published a blog post on building a routine for the perfect morning. The piece was titled “Rock the First Hour of Your Day” and included some habits like preparing the night before, eating a solid meal, avoiding the snooze button, and prioritizing the items on your to-do list.

Since I now work from home as part of Automattic, my morning routine (and in fact, my entire day) has become a bit more lax. The fact is that it really doesn’t matter what time I wake up in the morning as I can work whenever I want throughout the day. I still practice many of the habits in the post mentioned above, but my mindset has changed quite a bit over the last few months as I’ve been working on perfecting my morning routine in light of the lax time demand. I thought it would be cool to document some of the things I’ve experimented with and where I’ve seen the best results/biggest improvements.

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