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Proven, Effective Fitness and Nutrition Advice Without All of the Hype and Pseudo-Science

This website is about one thing... giving people access to the proper fitness and nutrition habits that lead to living a fit and healthy lifestyle. You'll find articles on dieting myths, proper training techniques, developing a successful mindset, custom workouts, and even video how-tos and tips from yours truly and other experts in the industry.

If you're frustrated with the lack of progress you've been making towards your fitness goals, whether it's because of a lack of direction or a lack of motivation, then look around this site, come back often and apply the fitness and nutrition concepts you discover in your own efforts.

Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Teresa Drelich

Teresa is one of our first athletes to come to TGTN when we opened in 2014. As a busy mother of three, she has a lot on her plate–but that hasn’t stopped her from making time for herself and setting an amazing example for her children about how important health is.

We wanted to share Teresa’s story because it’s super inspiring to see such a busy parent able to balance all the responsibilities on her plate and still commit to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for such a long time thus far… and certainly with no end in sight! Continue Reading Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Teresa Drelich »

Troubleshooting Weight Gain

A couple of years back I wrote an article series on troubleshooting weight loss that was quite popular with my clients who were struggling with identifying the reason they’re weight loss efforts had stalled.

I have been meaning to write a companion article for some time now on the other side of the coin–weight gain, for my hardgainer athletes who find themselves in plateaus on the other end of the spectrum: where they feel like they should be gaining weight but are either maintaining weight, or even losing weight.

I unfortunately got distracted by other obligations but now I am getting this article out there once and for all.

When I talked about the issues with weight loss plateaus, they mainly centered around unwittingly eliminating the calorie deficit that weight loss requires through one or more factors.

These same factors are typically responsible for stalls in weight gain for those looking to put on size, so it behooves us to review them, but from the perspective of someone desiring to add mass rather than reduce it. Continue Reading Troubleshooting Weight Gain »

Consistency: The Most Important Factor in Long-Term Success

It’s day 1 of your new fitness journey.

You have your workout clothes all color-coordinated… your new playlist loaded into your phone… all your first week’s meals prepped and tupperwared.

You’re unstoppable, and visions of your goal body and what it will feel like to achieve it are filling your head 24-7.

You kill your first workout, and eat perfectly your first day. Second day, same thing.

After a couple of days, you can’t help but weigh yourself… and to your delighted surprise, you’ve dropped 4 pounds already! Suhweet!

This just motivates you more and you keep pushing onward… heck, at this pace you’re going to get to your goal a lot faster than you thought! Continue Reading Consistency: The Most Important Factor in Long-Term Success »

Developing a Success-Based Mindset

Your ability to successfully reach your fitness goals begins with an area that is commonly ignored completely–your state of mind.

In this article I’m going to outline the importance of aligning your beliefs and behaviors with your goals, as well as why it’s crucial to drop any excuses lingering in your mind as to why you can not stick to your commitments and achieve success.

Having a goal is great. Without one, you’re aimlessly wandering without direction, and can never reach a destination because there is no defined destination to reach.

Just having a goal is not enough though, and unfortunately this is where many people stop the process, and then wonder why they’re not able to achieve their goals. Continue Reading Developing a Success-Based Mindset »

Nutritional Success Starts in Your Kitchen

Imagine trying to quit smoking cigarettes while working in a convenience store that sells them right behind where you stand.

Or, imagine trying to overcome alcohol addiction while working as a bartender.

My point is, if you’re attempting to unlearn poor habits, nothing makes the process harder than being surrounded by temptations for sabotage.

So, if our goal is to eat better and control portions, one of the best ways we can ensure our success is to start in our kitchen and make sure it’s aligned with our goals.

If your goal is weight loss for example, it likely behooves you to get rid of the cookies, cakes and other treat foods that you would have a tendency to binge on–especially as your body rebels at first against the improvement of your diet and tapering down of calories. Continue Reading Nutritional Success Starts in Your Kitchen »

Do You Have the Social Support You Need to Succeed in Health and Fitness?

Name the biggest obstacle to the successful achievement of your health and fitness goals.

No, it’s not your genetics. Nope, not your level of knowledge.

It’s not your athletic ability, age, previous injuries, or any of the other factors you’re probably imagining.

Ironically, it’s usually something that initially masks itself as a resource for your success–your social support system.

Because most people aren’t aware of the potential negative effects of a suboptimal social support network, they aren’t looking for the clues that would otherwise help them avoid the downward spiral that causes them to repeatedly fail at the commitments they set for themselves. Continue Reading Do You Have the Social Support You Need to Succeed in Health and Fitness? »

Easy Nutrition Category Food List

Do you have trouble when it comes to making meal plans for yourself that include enough variety?

When you list out your meals, do you draw a blank and sit there until you get frustrated and give up?

Coming up with a healthy diet approach shouldn’t be difficult or stress-inducing; it should be an easy, pleasant experience.

To help make that the case for you, here’s a list of recommended foods we’ve put together by nutritional category to help make it easier for you to plan your meals out quickly and efficiently.

Note: This list also includes fat content of specific foods for those who are following our 28 day nutritional system. Continue Reading Easy Nutrition Category Food List »

Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now

Look, I get it. Getting motivated to stick to a weight loss plan is hard, and staying motivated as the weeks grind on is even harder.

Going down that path–fighting your body every step of the way as you push yourself further into  unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory–can seem so insurmountable that you find yourself thinking of reasons you shouldn’t do it before you’ve even begun the process.

In today’s post I am going to break this process down into components that are easier to wrap your head around, which will help you attain–and retain–the drive to keep pushing towards your goals, so you can get on the road to weight loss and finally reach the goal physique you’re looking for. Continue Reading Top 3 Things You Need to Lose Body Fat Now »

Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time

How many times have you browsed Instagram, Facebook, Women’s Health Magazine, or another website and seen the latest “bikini competitor leg/arm/shoulder/butt workout?”

Images of hard, lean bodies jump out at you from the screen—seemingly-impossible levels of muscle definition on perfectly proportioned bodies with just the right amount of sweat and goosebumps… before you know it you have goosebumps of your own just thinking about what it would be like to have that body for yourself.

At the beach… all eyes on you, super confident in that bikini. Walking into the gym… girls whispering to each other about how you must be a competitor, and coming up to ask you for exercise advice. Fitting into all the tiny little dresses that you want to wear to the club and having them fit your body like a glove. Heck, having ANY outfit you wear fitting perfectly.

Even reading this right now, I am willing to bet the hair is standing up on the back of your neck slightly—and that’s exactly the response that fitness marketers use to lure you in, because if you think a product is going to provide you with that body (and the lifestyle that you imagine comes with it), you’re going to buy the product at whatever asking price, no questions asked! Continue Reading Instagram Workouts from Bikini Competitors are a Waste of Your Time »

Two Critical Factors to Natural Muscle Gain That You’re Currently Ignoring

“I work out hard all the time and I just don’t grow!” Sound familiar? How about, “No matter how much I eat, I can’t gain weight!” or, “My bench has been stuck at __ lbs forever and I just can’t get stronger!”—any of those sound like something you’ve heard recently, or perhaps even said yourself?

Every day, thousands of hopeful hardgainers travel to their local gyms, diligently work through the latest muscle magazine or bodybuilding.com workout program, and summarily fail to achieve any of the incredible results promised by these programs despite their best and continued effort.

While some maintain a headstrong attitude in the face of continued failure for years, most eventually burn out and give up. And who can blame them? Nothing is less motivating than working excruciatingly hard at something, only to see literally nothing for your hard work.

The reason I am so familiar with this feeling is because I went through the same thing myself as a young adult. Throughout high school and early college, I was a scrawny, muscleless weakling and was treated as such by everyone around me.

Continue Reading Two Critical Factors to Natural Muscle Gain That You’re Currently Ignoring »