Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Monday, December 12, 2016

True Nutrition Apple Watch giveaway

TrueNutrition is giving away one Apple Watch a day to anyone who makes a purchase or designs a custom protein mix.

The details are here.

They're a good source for inexpensive custom protein - they're were I get the majority of my protein and BCAAs for my workout shakes and workout drinks.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Workout is Always Worse on the Other Side

When I train myself, or plan my own diet, my mindset is the opposite of when I train under someone.

When I'm training myself, and I look around the gym, I sometimes find myself thinking, "My workout is the hardest workout here. These other people aren't willing or able to do what I'm doing. They may be working harder or longer at what they're doing, but they aren't doing this awesome thing I'm doing."

When I'm training under a coach, and I look around the gym, I think, "Thank goodness I'm not doing that. Everyone's workout is way harder that mine. I better keep quiet and hope my coach doesn't realize this and make mine as hard as theirs." Even if other people come over and say to me, "I'm glad I don't have to do what you're doing" I feel like they're fooling themselves, I've practically got a free ride.

The same goes for diet. If I impose an eating plan on myself, no matter how good or how bad, I tend to think, "This will be hard, but I can do it. It sucks that I need to give up this and that, but it'll be worth it." At the same time, I think, "Well, technically this treat isn't a treat, it does fit into my plan." And in sneaks all sorts of marginal choices. So will seeds of doubt. I will think, "This will work. Probably. The other thing didn't."

When my coach gives me a diet plan, I think, "Okay, is that it? I can do that standing on my head. I'll show you how much compliance I can give you." And at the same time, I think, "Okay, you said I could eat all of this particular food that I want. I'll do that. This other food is off-limits? No problem." No seeds of doubt grow, either. I might think, "Really, that is your plan?" but I'll do it and think, well, it worked for my coach and my coach's clients, so therefore it'll work.

Just a little something I observed in my own mindset the other day at the training facility . . .

Monday, December 5, 2016

Protein Recommendations

Here is a quick list of protein powders I send out to my clients when they're looking for a first protein powder purchase.

Two are milk-based, two are plant-based.


Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein

True Nutrition New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey (unflavored, nothing added)


Plant Fusion Complete

Sun Warrior Warrior Blend

This isn't a complete list, and there are pros and cons for all four. But it's a good starting point, they all taste good (or not at all, for the New Zealand whey), and they're fairly easy to get.
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