Here is a list of resources that have been absolutely instrumental in my personal physical development and in my growth as a Jedi Master, Fitness Professional and Lifestyle Coach.
Each and every one of them have enhanced my life and they will do the same for you as well (otherwise I wouldn’t be recommending them, duh).
I have provided a quick summary of what you can expect from each of my recommendations to help you decide which ones are right for you.
What am I saying? They’re all awesome! Otherwise they wouldn’t be on this page.
Must-Have Books and Programs
Ripped Out: The Ultimate Guide for Getting Lean, Ripped, Sexy
Simply put, this is the most incredible body re-composition system in existence today.
I wrote it, so it has to be, right? I trust that you’re nodding your head…
If not, click here to see the incredible before and after photos and be blown away.
The reason Ripped Out is so effective is that I intentionally designed it using science-backed strategies that will virtually eliminate the possibility of experiencing prolonged fat loss plateaus. Sure, this serves as a great sales pitch, but it’s much more than that…
More than any other reason, I’ve seen first-hand that not getting results takes the cake when it comes to the reasons people give for quitting a fat loss diet or program.
I’ve taken away this excuse by providing a straightforward approach that will enable you to literally measure the fat coming off your body every single week, until you’ve lost as much fat as you desire to lose, while building a sexy amount of lean muscle in the process.
No more frustrating fat loss plateaus. No more low-carb dieting. No more wondering if what you’re doing is improving your body. Just action and weekly measurable results.
Truth About Fat Burning Foods
I’m telling you right now that you’re eating foods every single day that are making you fatter, sicker and draining your energy levels. I don’t care how healthy you think you eat.
Nick Pineault’s Truth About Fat Burning Foods exposes the truth about why most of the foods that have been traditionally thought of as being “healthy” are anything but healthy.
In this book Nick exposes the shortcuts and downright deceitful practices employed by food manufacturers, how this is compromising your health in ways you are completely unaware of, and provides you with actionable advice on the steps you can take to reclaim your diet and truly start eating healthy.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book should be required reading for every person who is concerned about optimizing their health, and their results, in the short-term and the long-term.
I will warn you, though…
After reading The Truth About Fat Burning Foods, I promise you’ll never view most foods the the way you do now ever again.
How Much Protein?
I can’t tell you how many arguments I’ve had with people over the years on the subject of how much protein a person actually needs to build muscle mass (or how much protein the body can process and utilize from a given meal).
I can’t tell you how great it was to see that Brad Pilon had finally provided a convincing, research-backed, authoritative resource on this unnecessarily controversial subject.
In case you don’t know who Brad Pilon is…
He has been a virtual pioneer in bringing intermittent fasting to the mainstream masses. Because intermittent fasting condenses a person’s daily nutrition into a narrow window of time (usually around 8 hours), this logically brings a few necessary questions to the forefront:
- How do I eat all of my protein within 8 hours per day?
- Do I really need to eat 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight?
- I thought the body couldn’t process more than 40 grams of protein from a single meal?
- How do I determine my body’s specific protein needs?
Find out from Brad, who presents his case through myriad conclusive scientific evidences gained through his personal research as graduate student where Brad set out to become an expert in Protein Synthesis.
His findings were surprising to him, they were surprising to me, and they will be surprising to you.
Stop letting people regurgitate the same old tired myths about protein to you, and arm yourself with the science-confirmed truths about protein, by picking up your copy of Brad Pilon’s “How Much Protein?”.
Eat, Stop, Eat
I’m an advocate of using whatever nutritional philosophy will allow you to achieve your goals. Almost universally, the diet that is as conducive to your lifestyle and personal preferences as possible, while still inducing the intended results, is the one that will give you the greatest chance of success and the one you should use (and make a lifestyle out of).
Sorry, even though drinking beer and eating pizza and buffalo wings may seem like it’s the most conducive to your lifestyle, it isn’t going to get you the results you desire (unless you strive to be morbidly obese and develop heart disease before you hit 40).
The nutritional philosophies of frequent feedings and intermittent fasting can each be effective at improving the body’s composition. And 95% of people will find one of these two methods to work great for their lifestyle.
I introduced Brad Pilon above as a true pioneer on the intermittent fasting front, and briefly mentioned that without his tireless research on the subject, it wouldn’t have the exposure it’s enjoying today. Well, his book, “Eat, Stop, Eat”, is Brad’s authoritative work on the subject of intermittent fasting.
Why am I recommending Eat, Stop, Eat to you?
Because it was the scientific facts surrounding intermittent fasting that forced me to give it a try, despite the fact that I strongly believed it to be a horrible fit with my lifestyle and nutritional preferences at the time.
Whether or not you think intermittent fasting would be a good fit for your lifestyle, I believe that everyone should be educated on the science behind intermittent fasting – and the benefits that it provides – so they can make an educated decision regarding whether or not it might be right for them.
After giving intermittent fasting a try, I quickly found that I had no idea what I had been missing; Not in terms of results, but in terms of dietary freedom.
I no longer had to worry about eating every 3 hours and preparing 40-50 meals every week.
So, even if you think intermittent fasting wouldn’t interest you…
If you live a busy lifestyle, chances are that it will prove to be a liberating change for you. That being said, I don’t ever prescribe the blind following of any nutritional philosophy.
This is where “Eat, Stop, Eat” comes in, because there isn’t a person on the planet with more credibility when it comes to intermittent fasting.
In “Eat, Stop, Eat” Brad Pilon explains exactly what makes intermittent fasting so effective. And, true to Brad’s typical form, there is plenty of anecdotal scientific evidence to back up his claims.
Workout Finishers 2.0
Even though I’m pretty old school in my cardio approach, preferring 10-30 minutes of interval sprints, jumping rope, and jogging (and there is nothing inherently wrong with that), I understand that more and more the pendulum of cardio preference is swinging further away from traditional methods and more towards dynamic, full-body cardio implements.
If this describes you, Mike Whitfield has put together an incredibly handy guide containing dozens of workout finishers you can use in a plug-and-play manner to take the place of your traditional cardio sessions. Instead of spending 15 minutes doing traditional cardio, you can simply choose a handful of Mike’s unique finishers and work them as a circuit for the duration of your cardio session.
Mike’s Workout Finishers 2.0 will freshen up your cardio workouts without skimping on your results.
There are literally thousands of unique ways to combine these finishers, ensuring that your cardio will never run stale again.
I will warn you…These finishers will put you on the floor, so you will want to ease into them and ratchet up the intensity as your conditioning improves.
Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0
In Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jason Ferruggia, breaks gaining muscle down to its most basic elements: train hard, apply progressive overload, eat for gains and rest sufficiently for optimal growth and recovery.
This is not a program for those who have sluggish metabolisms and put on fat with ease. This is for skinny guys with lightning fast metabolisms who are naturally lean, but struggle to put on an ounce of muscle.
If this describes you, I used to be where you are and can tell you that you’re not destined to be skinny for life.
Know right now that you have the potential for serious gains. Your struggles are due to serious errors you’re making and Jason will show you how to eliminate them and add slabs of muscle to your frame over the next 90 days.
I used the first version of Muscle Gaining Secrets several years back and also traveled all the way to New Jersey to attend a Strength and Conditioning Workshop put on by Jason. Both experiences over-delivered on my expectations and I can tell you without reservation that Jason’s Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 is the definitive guide for skinny guys (and gals) to pack on pounds of muscle as fast as naturally possible in 90 days time.