10 fitness sites that I highly recommend – Part 2

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FitDay
http://www.fitday.com

Without this, I have no idea what I’m eating. What could be
simpler then entering what you eat into a quick form and
seeing the live results in a nice colored pie chart? 40%
protein, 40% carbs, 20% fats means nothing if you aren’t
tracking what you are eating. Another f.ree resource that
is totally amazing. It’s a must for anybody who’s bulking
or cutting. I’ve tried professional programs that cost
$29.95 and none of them beat this out yet. None of them.

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Bodybuilding.com
http://www.bodybuilding.com

#1 Bodybuilding and fitness site on the planet. There’s so
much information here, sometimes it is too much. While not
as unbiased as Tom’s site, Fitren, it sure is the mecca of
everything bodybuilding. Just bookmarking this one alone
will give you enough reading for a decade. Articles,
routines, supplements, pretty much the Costco of fitness.

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10 fitness sites that I highly recommend – Part 1

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Fitren
http://www.fitren.com

This is an absolutely amazing resource of fitness articles
and question and answers by Tom Venuto. The goal of this
site according to Tom is to provide the reader with honest
and unbiased fitness information. This site truly shows
how much information you can get for f.ree. Over the last
year, I’ve looked up several questions I had, and found
answers to them. But not just a one liner answer. But a
very detailed layout. Tom does a wonderful job of keeping
the site fresh with content and new projects. Subscribing
to his newsletter was a no-brainer.

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Bodybuildingjournal
http://www.bodybuildingjournal.com

Recently this site has emerged onto the fitness scene. I’ve
called it the FitDay of workout tracking. Wade provides a
f.ree resource to track and monitor your progress.
Measurements, workout generators, nearly 200 exercises to
pick from, graphing and if I’m not mistaken, some type of
logic to predict future workouts! One of the biggest
mistakes everybody makes is not tracking their progress.
Next time you are in the gym, take a look around. How many
people have some type of notebook or computer to track
their progress? Very few. If you don’t know where you’ve
been, it’s very hard to know where you are going.

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Tom Venuto gets hardcore in BodybuildingSecrets.com

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Tom hasn’t made this site public. (at least not at the time of this post)

But he did show me and I was able to manuver around it. Looks like he’s got things working and his gym buds are posting comments already.

Tom Venuto’s Hardcore Blog

Now why do I say it’s hardcore?

Well BFFM is pretty much a damn good nutrition book for everybody right? And Fitren and his newsletter is overall very good for all of us.

But sometimes (especially after reading Old Navy’s Writing Contest) you guys and gals want…

HARDCORE

Bodybuilding Secrets Blog

Is unlike anything I’ve seen Tom post or write about.

I’ve found his diet… some of his workouts and G*Damn if it’s not a routine even I would run from.

I respect Tom. Anybody who knows me on DB knows that. So be it.

But holy crap man. This is a side of him I didn’t know existed.

But it makes sense considering he has won many middle weight shows back in the 90′s.

Apparently he’s pretty serious about making some kind of comeback in 100 days.

Although he gets made if you call it a comeback.

Tommy-V’s Hardcore Blog: Ain’t the Regular Tom Venuto We Know

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What’s better? Free weights or machines?

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If you don’t track your diet… you are wasting your time

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Frankly, I’m puzzled whenever I hear this from somebody who’s frustrated with their lack of gains:

Me: So what are you eating? How many calories per day and how many do you need?

Them: I don’t know. I just eat.

Huh?

Yes, it’s true. People don’t track their diets, don’t calculate their calories and just guess at what they need. They have no idea where they are going, very little facts on how to get there and yet are frustrated and mad when 6 weeks later they don’t see the results.

Imagine, for a moment, that’s it’s 6-months from today. And you’ve made no progress. Wouldn’t you be frustrated?! I sure would.

But here’s the deal, there’s a real simple method to make sure you don’t end up like so many people you’ll hear about. Please don’t be the person who just “eats” or does whatever without a plan. If you aren’t tracking your diet you are wasting your time!

Let me explain…

In order for your body to change, you must do something different. Let’s suppose that you want to burn as much fat as possible. What’s the first thing you should do now that you have a long-term goal in mind?

Here’s a h-i-n-t!

Make a plan!

A quick plan for losing fat:

Determine how many calories a day you need based on your situationTrack your daily food intake (yes you should count calories)
Bodybuilding manuals go into great detail about how to calculate your caloric intake, giving formulas and such.

Anyway, a typical conversation might go like this:

“Excuse me? My wife made spaghetti bolognaise yesterday, I can’t be asked to weigh my meals in order to count the calories, can I? (What would she think about me (not to mention what I would think about myself ;-) ?)

I tried to go to fitday.com and calculate the calories, but it totally eluded me how many grams they were and looking for pasta and meat in different categories is a hassle anyway, so the site was no use for me with that.

Good heavens, there must be a way to go without the calorie counting, mustn’t it?”

Despite what you may have heard…

Tracking your diet (counting calories) is important and I’ll tell you why and how you can get around the whole calorie counting ordeal.

You see, in order to lose fat or gain muscle you need to know what you are eating in order to do such.

Let’s say you need 3000 calories a day to maintain your current weight at your current activity levels.

Now you decide you want to lose fat.

Training more and more, more cardio, longer sessions will just tire you out. You can bump up the cardio and do certain fat loss tips and techniques but overall keep in mind:

Where do I burn the fat:

80% of fat loss comes from diet and 20% from cardio.

As you can see, the area you want to manipulate is the diet.

Back to the example.

You decide to lose the fat. You know you need 3000 a day to maintain. You do some calorie calculations and find that you want to be aggressive and cut your calories by 20%. It’s aggressive but it’s just enough to get fast results without making your body go into a ‘starvation mode’ and hold onto everything it’s got.

Except you don’t want to count calories.

That’s sort of like saying…

I want to start in New York and get to California but I don’t want a map or directions. I just want to drive West.

It just won’t work. You might zig zag here and there. Maybe one week you’ll eat less and lose a
pound. The next on vacation you’ll overdo it and gain 5 pounds. Who knows. You won’t.

But do you have to count each calorie? And especially when you look at homemade items that have some many ingredients? What do you do?

While this isn’t the most accurate method, I just basically get a good estimate by looking up the
general food item, quantity I consumed and input that.

Over time, because I eat a lot of the same things for breakfast, I already know the calories and I don’t need to track it anymore. I know via portions that a bowl of oats is such and such calories and how it adds into my total daily allowance.

I personally do not weight each piece of food. I will go to lunch, look at what I’m eating and know generally what portions of what I ate.

At the end of the day, I know roughly that I’m 20% below my maintenance for fat loss and 20% above for weight gain.

The problem that most people have is exactly what you describe.

They DO NOT want to track what they eat.

The bottom line is, if you don’t know where you are, and where you are going, you really don’t know how you’ll get there and it’s no wonder so many people are frustrated.

Look, you don’t have to track every single piece of food you put into your mouth. And I know that when there’s a home cooked meal, you aren’t likely to know what’s in it. But you can and should generally get an idea.

Eventually you can track your portions if you tend to eat a lot of the same things every day.

If you don’t track your diet, you are wasting your time.

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How to get the Top 12 Beginner Mistakes Report

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Top 12 Beginner Fitness Mistakes Revealed!

Find out:
1) How do I calculate my calories based on my goal? (Lose, Gain, Maintain Weight)
2) What can I do to measure my body fat?
3) What’s better? Free weights or machines?
4) How can I get 6 pack abs?
5) How much protein do I need everyday?
6) What is a good, basic workout?
7) What is the best fat burning supplement?
8) If one body part is stronger or bigger then another, should I skip it?
9) My legs are big enough. I keep hearing it’s important to work legs. Why is it so important?
10) Can I lose fat and build muscle at the same time?
11) Does NO2 work?
12) I’m skinny. Always have been. What can I do to gain weight?

There’s a little bit of math involved. But as long as you have a pencil and some paper or a calculator, you can figure this stuff out. It’s not as hard as it sounds. But if you don’t know where you are, have no idea where you are going, it’s pretty hard to get there.

This might be a freebie report, but I put a lot of effort into answering some of the most popular questions on DB. It would be to your benefit to grab it, print it, and do it.

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How to gain weight – Anthony Ellis Interview Series

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If you are skinny, can’t gain weight and just are totally frustrated then let Anthony give you a little boost.

Sign up for this eCourse on Weight Gain. Not only does Anthony go over weight gain step by step and what you can do about it but at the end of the course, just as a bonus, I’m giving away his 15 Things You Must Do Today To Gain Weight.

It’s a great PDF that you can print out and ensure you are taking the steps necessary to put on muscle the right way.

Anthony Ellis Weight Gain Series eCourse

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If you are just starting out… take it easy

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6 part email mini-course on beginning bodybuilding and get my report, “The Top12 Beginner’s Mistakes Revealed

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How to Get Motivated for Those With Terrible Motivation

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