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Writing here spans back to 2011. Everything on the blog is free. The resources below are for those that want to take their learning to the next level. These resources fully explain and expand on every topic I write about. They are not just sliced together blog posts. You’re getting something unique and concentrated. Don’t be afraid to dive in. I got your back with my No Ass-to-Risk Guarantee.

Zero to Barbell

Barbell and bodyweight training forces you to use your body in ways youmight not be familiar with. Overhead pressing. Squatting. How often do humans have to reach fully overhead or squat all the way down to the ground in this thing we call modern “real life?”

Not often. Maybe never.

There’s no need. Until some jackwagon like me tells you to squat and overhead press…with a barbell on your back or in your hands. In order to build muscle (in the right places) that even a tailor can’t quite understand.

Before you think about doing this wonderful stuff with extra weight, you need to think about doing this wonderful stuff without weight. Are you able to reach fully overhead or squat to the floor…with correct mechanics?

Here’s a fun experiment… { click here to keep reading }

Big Win Fat Loss

I get emails from people wondering how to lose fat almost every day. The questions range from WHEN to eat meals, to WHAT to eat around workouts, to WHICH foods should be avoided (like carbohydrates or fats).

Although these questions have good intentions, I continually found myself backpedaling in the middle of conversations.

“I know you want to know if carbohydrates are evil. But the answer to this question and how much of an impact it’ll have on your progress doesn’t matter unless you have X, Y, and Z already in place.”

A lot of people are majoring in the minor stuff, neglecting the ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT facets of fat loss.

And what happens? { click here to keep reading }

The Chaos Bulk 

This book outlines how I use intermittent fasting to build muscle without getting fat. I’ve come to hate the typical bulk and cut bodybuilder cycles. Who wants to spend months and months leaning down and cutting, only to fatten right back up again to build muscle? I gain muscle without getting fat, and I do it by embracing “chaos.”

The Skinny-Fat Solution

What do you do when your body belongs to a menopausal woman, not a strapping young lad? When you’re stricken with the string bean arms…the sunken upper chest…the dilapidated deltoids…the cheerio sized wrists…(consider the propensity to sew satchels of fat around the waistline “whipped topping”)?

This is my “book” on curing skinny-fat syndrome. I say “book” in air quotes because it’s really like ten books. This isn’t just a “program.” It’s not just schlepping down a boring table with exercises, sets, and reps. I mean, it’s partly that. You need to train. But it’s so much more. It’s about coping with how skinny-fat syndrome affects your life — no one talks about the why of it all.

The mental issues of being out of proportion. The social issues of getting picked on (in my case, being told I had “girl boobs”). Being called “skinny” and “lanky,” but feeling puffy and fat. (This is honestly what ate at me the most.) For me (and probably for you) fixing your physical self is a gateway to a better life. And this is something I want you to realize for yourself. That’s why The Skinny-Fat Solution deals with it all. From life baggage, to building an “X” physique, to surmounting stubborn body fat.

B3W

This is my book on how to build barbell and “barbell-esque” bodyweight exercises (chin-up into weighted chin-up, dip into weighted dip) from the ground up in a way suited for both athletics and aesthetics. It outlines my progression method and shows you how to integrate the lifts I find most important, like the front squat, snatch grip deadlift, weighted chin-up, and weighted dip.

An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain

My knees used snap, crackle, and radiate all sorts of painful popping sounds (the video on the page proves it). But now my knees sound like a freshly WD40′d door hinge. I have no restrictions or limitations. I squat. I jump. I trick.

How?

Your answer is inside An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain. And I guarantee you it’s nothing like the traditional “knee-centric” rehab you’ve probably done before. Here’s a hint: if you’re focusing on the knee, you will fail.

A Mortal Man’s Guide to Manufacturing a Masterful Upper Chest

This is everything I have to say on how a “normal” dude can go about growing his upper chest. The process the book runs through includes my repatterning philosophy. Not only will you learn the best exercises for upper chest activation, but you’ll also learn how to make the upper chest more active in itself so that it’s used more.

Gold Medal Bodies Programs

How do you go about chucking tricks? How can you muster up the courage to roll end over end and literally crash on your garage floor? The same way you can and should: you study, you learn, you ease into it.

I don’t tell myself, “I’m going to do x, y, and z with zero practice and zero knowledge! Hope I survive lolz!” I learn from people more experienced than me. YouTube is a nice start. But the tutorials are often inconsistent because each move has a different demonstrator.

If you’re serious about things, I suggest Gold Medal Bodies programs. I’m a proud affiliate with them. Gold Medal Bodies isn’t a stranger. They wrote one of the most read, shared, and useful posts here: Becoming a Handstand Beast.

The full list of their programs is here. I recommend Floor One for starters.

It teaches you some balance maneuvers, basic tumbling exercises, and full body control. This resource is absolutely massive. There are three categories of movements inside: strength, balance, and coordination.

Some of the things you’re looking at learning:

  • Keeping your wits while jumping and spinning, and landing under control
  • Handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs
  • L-sit progressions
  • Forward and backwards rolls

Floor Two is the follow up to Floor One. It’s more advanced. No doubt about it. It’s the flashier of the two and closer to my tricking “home.”

It squeezes the juice behind macacos, snakedowns, and other aerial tricks. Even stuff like floor circles. Tap into your inner breakdancer, yo.

If that isn’t enough, I got another to take a look at it: you get my Tricking Primer guide for free when you buy. The primer is something Gold Medal Bodies asked me to write, and I’m all about spreading the name of tricking. So I went out in the freezing cold weather and shot tutorial videos for the basic tricks. I will never forgive Ryan for this, by the way. My fingers are still cold. There’s also write-ups for each basic trick in a coolio PDF.

Between Floor One and Floor Two, you’re looking at a power level > 9000. (Approximate value.)

I’m a huge fan of what GMB is doing from both an information and business conduct standpoint. They actually *gasp* encourage you to e-mail them. You won’t be disappointed with their product or lovely service. Their tutorials are comprehensive with safe progressions and ample preparation. And they even take into consideration options for those that are less comfortable with the skills.

They also have some different ring training products and just a bunch of stuff that’s helped me on the gymnastics end of things.

Supplement-goals and reference guide

Examine.com Supplement-Goals Reference GuideIf you know anything about me, you know that I’m not huge on supplements. I take a few, sure, but I don’t down them like hot tamales. Why? Because there’s so much junk out there. So much.

Wondering what stuff is good? Bad? Mediocre? Wondering anything about supplements?

Then I recommend Examine.com’s Supplement-Goals Reference Guide. Saying this this is sizeable is an understatement. This thing is huge. That’s good though, because there’s so much out there, you need “so much” book to combat the fluff.

Fat Gripz

I recently switched all of my pressing exercises over to thick bar training a la Fat Gripz. Power cleaning with a thick bar (to assume a standing press position) is quite the challenge, but it’s a seriously fun challenge.

I also do curls with Fat Gripz. My elbows remain healthy, which is rather uncommon for a lot of people that do straight bar curls. (I also do a bunch of bodyweight training and ring work, which also tends to aggravate elbows…again, nothing.) Part of me thinks thick bar training is to thank here.

I’m not sure the thick bar is delivering anything a straight bar wouldn’t, since I don’t really use them to train my grip (which is why I touted their benefit in the original article), but I can’t say that they hurt anything.