A four-step guide to calculating macros to cut

Hello friends! With summer upon us, and bulking season coming to an end, I wanted to follow up with my last post (and Tristan’s post) and give you all an easy way to calculate your macros for a diet/cutting season. If you have no idea what to do and you literally need it allllll laid out for you in a bulleted list, this is meant for you.

Continue reading

On a “LIT” pre-workout

Yeah, the name of the supplement is literally, “LIT.” LOL. I know, right? It’s made by “Beyond Raw” and is distributed by GNC. The idea behind the products in the beyond raw line is that they’re based on science and formulated in a chemistry lab, without any of the vague names some other supplements include in their formulas/labels. So, do they really work? Is the pre-workout really lit?

Continue reading

On dieting– and why you’re doing it wrong

Nearly every fitness YouTuber, health blogger, or Instagram model you can imagine follows a flexible dieting or “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM) approach to dieting. They advocate maintaining a lean build while enjoying life. And it obviously works. Nobody wants to fill their meals with only boiled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli, all out of Tupperware. That’s boring. IIFYM supporters focus on their daily or weekly caloric and macronutrient intake in order to develop, and better yet, maintain fitness-model physique year-round. It sounds difficult and complicated, but so many people don’t realize that dieting is simple.

Continue reading

On why too much cardio is bad

They say too much of a good thing is bad. Well, cardio isn’t even a good thing. I mean, it is, but it’s just not fun. Let’s be honest, it kind of sucks. Every time I go for a run, the entire time I just think to myself “this sucks, this sucks, this sucks, ugh when can I be done!?”

Well, I have good news! Too much cardio is actually bad for you. So now everyone who wants to slack on their cardio (ahem, me) has a justified reason to do so. Allow me to explain.

Continue reading

On what’s really in your pre-workout

Everyone knows what pre-workout is. And if you don’t, it’s because you’ve been living under a rock. I love this stuff. I take it because I’m anemic, so I constantly feel tired. It’s difficult to find motivation to get up and go to the gym, and even harder to get a workout in once I finally pull myself together. But what’s really in this weird concoction, and does it actually work? If you’ve ever glanced at the ingredient list on the side of a bottle of C4, it’s just a jumble of words that normal humans can’t pronounce, and it’s hard to tell whether those are actually doing any good for your body or not. But don’t worry. I did the heavy lifting, so you guys don’t have to. And now I’m gonna share that with you. YOU GON’ LEARN TODAY!

Continue reading

On cankles… and squatting

I’m not gonna name any names, but growing up I was always told I had cankles (my mom was pretty instrumental in teaching me the value of honesty; in hindsight, this was great because I was always able to identify any shortcomings I had. This meant I always had a clear vision of what to improve upon. So thanks, mom!). Cankles are slang for your calves and ankle joined as one– the term joins the two words “ankle” and “calf” just as the two parts of the body are seamless. Basically, this “condition” is characterized by a general lack of definition in the area.

Continue reading