Trends and fads go in and out in the fitness industry just like anything else in the world but it’s important to distinguish which ones are actually important that you need to pay attention to or which are just white noise. One of the biggest new hypes in fitness right now is mobility work. It sounds impressive, right? Throw in some fancy muscle names, talk about flexion or extension, and then suddenly people think it sounds all scientific and something they need to be incorporating ASAP.
But, do you really need mobility work?
This is a very important question to figure out the answer to because if you don’t need it then stop wasting your time! I’ll make it simple for you: if you can perform all of your lifts and exercises without any issues then you don’t need mobility work!
So here’s the post as promised! These are my top 3 favorite post-workout meals that I have on a regular basis. Going off my previous post about what to eat post-workout, the ratio I usually recommend is 2:1 with carbs being double what protein is.
One of the most frustratingly inevitable things during the weight loss process is hitting a plateau. It’s not a matter of if but a matter of when. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever known anyone to not hit a plateau at one point when they are trying to lose weight. It’s a natural response of the body but a right pain in the butt and an easy way to get discouraged.
There are a couple ways that you can hopefully avoid a major plateau as well as some things you can do while in a plateau to break through it. The first thing I always, always tell people is DO NOT cut too hard at first. Start off gradually by slowly cutting your calories or adding in more exercise. The main priority is to try to eat as much as possible while still losing weight because you want to conserve your metabolism at all costs. If you’re eating close to 3000 calories a day and then suddenly drop to 1200 your body is not gonna be happy about it. Sure, you might drop weight right away but after a month or so you’re going to start feeling burned out and your body is going to adapt to your new intake of 1200. This means you either have to increase your exercise (which won’t be fun on such low calories because you’ll have less energy) or cut your food which again won’t be fun because you’re not eating very much to begin with. However, if you cut at say 2700 calories as well as the calories from exercise factored in, you have a much bigger frame of calories to cut from once you hit that plateau. You may only have to drop to 2500 without increasing cardio so you’re still sitting pretty at a nice and high caloric intake.
This is a highly debated topic in the fitness world and honestly I will say that the answer I’m about to give is not generally the one people think of. I would say that this is at least the top five common questions that I get from people because there is such confusion about what you’re supposed to eat post-workout.
Hint: it’s not protein. Before you stop reading and think that I’ve lost my mind or all credibility because in the fitness industry everyone seems to insist you need to chug mega-manly-protein-power-of-Zeus, know that it’s not all protein. Sure, protein has its place in a post-workout meal but let’s just say it should not be the star.
So I’ve decided to do something a little different this month where I share workout that’s a particular favorite of mine, and then continue on a monthly basis. I’m trying not to be biased and make sure I don’t do all leg workouts haha! But I’ve actually enjoyed this workout that I’m sharing today and surprisingly it’s upper body! I’ve liked it so much that this is the third week in a row that I’ve done it except I add in more reps or weight or both to account for an increase in volume. It was one of those workouts where I was inwardly cursing myself and wondering if I enjoy torturing myself haha! It’s a tough one but effective for sure.