Jen Jewell is no rookie when it comes to fitness. She has been in the game for several years. Although she is known for her strong, sexy muscles, people admire her versatile “fun with fitness” approach to training. This is her story. This is Becoming Jen Jewell.
by: Jen Jewell
In the fitness world, everyone gives advice. But what advice is legit? Who can you actually trust?
The reality is that even with all the opinions from so-called “experts,” some of it is just plain false. I can think of a few famous “health and fitness gurus”, but I’m not going to name names — instead, I want to teach you the do’s and don’ts of listening to fitness information. That way, you’ll be able to get the results you want, sidestep the lies, and save yourself a lot of wasted time and effort.
1. Don’t trust the hype
One million likes on Facebook?! They must be good, right?! A trainer could be popular and good or popular and bad…because popularity doesn’t always equal intelligence. It could just mean they’re good at marketing and hyping themselves, which is a completely separate skill. Look beyond the numbers.
2. Don’t rely only on the looks
Having a six pack and big biceps doesn’t mean someone can teach you how to get those same results. I’m not saying, however, to listen to someone with a spare tire and who can’t do a pushup. What I am saying is to look beyond their physique. Many fitness trainers have great bodies but actually struggle with injuries and can barely do the movements they preach on their own.
3. Don’t trust the length of their career
If someone defends a claim by saying, “I’ve done this for _____ years,” I start to question his or her credibility. What does duration have to do with being right or wrong?
Listen to their reasoning and logic; it might just be that they’ve been doing it wrong for a really long time.
4. Don’t trust people who only champion one method
In the fitness industry, I tend to see trainers say their method is the best answer to fitness. But as the saying goes, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, every thing looks like a nail.”
Listen to fitness experts who are open to different tools, styles, and principles — it’ll lead to better results and well-rounded fitness.
5. Do trust the science
Certain trainers say you should avoid lifting heavy weights, you should confuse your muscles, avoid cardio while bulking, etc. But science says otherwise.
If someone says that a training method is “good” or “bad,” they better have some evidence to back it up. And if that evidence doesn’t exist yet, they should at least have intelligent reasoning.
6. Do analyze their training program
If someone is making you do certain exercises, ask why you’re doing it. Does it make sense? Fit your overall goal?
Take a moment to look through and see where your program is headed. What does he or she want you to do in the next few months? Does it make sense? Is there a system? Do they even know?
If not, why not? Each individual workout isn’t as important as the specific training phase because it takes time for a biological adaptation to happen.
7. Do question their philosophies
Smart trainers welcome questions, curiosity, and debates. It gives them an opportunity to clarify things they may have missed and educate clients by explaining how the body works. Not-so-good trainers avoid debate because their philosophy won’t survive your questions.
8. Do trust their “continuing education”
The best trainers are nerds, not just jocks. Ask your trainer what seminars they go to, what fitness blogs they read, or what educational material they watch.
As the saying goes: “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.” Make sure your trainer is continually attending events, taking workshops, and honing their craft. No trainer knows everything there is to know about fitness. If he or she is at the top of their game, they will constantly seek new knowledge so you, the client, will benefit.
I really hope these tips help you sift through the muddy waters of the fitness industry because there really is fantastic information out there… you just have to do a little homework.
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by: Anthony Yeung
FitMenCook’s philosophy is “bodies are made in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym.” Kevin Curry knows the importance of nutrition on physical performance. Here are 4 bites of nutrition advice from FitMenCook:
You’ve built a business around making healthy food delicious. What have you learned throughout your journey about the effects of food on health and performance?
There is no other element in a health and fitness journey that is more important than food. It affects our mood, performance and creativity. You don’t have to be a pro athlete to understand the importance of good nutrition. When you aren’t eating well, you feel sluggish and unable to perform at the highest level at work, you don’t have energy for your friends and family… Food makes or breaks your health and directly impacts other areas of your life.
What are some misconceptions about eating “clean” that trip people up?
There are so many rules out there. It’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Healthy, “clean” eating isn’t always rooted in restriction. It’s about getting optimal nutrition for your body so you can be your best. Don’t get caught up in other people’s definitions of eating clean.
How has learning about food and how to prepare it changed your fitness for the better?
I think that knowing how to prepare healthy food has helped me accelerate my fitness goals. When I’m trying to lose weight or build muscle, I don’t have to look to cookie cutter diets any more. I can use my macronutrient goals as pillars for creativity. It’s hard to do that when you don’t cook. You’re more likely to fall into fad diets. It doesn’t matter what lifestyle you have, if you want to be healthy and fit year-round, it helps to know how to make nutrition exciting.
Any advice for people who aren’t the best in the kitchen?
Start small. Don’t jump in with the most intricate recipes. Try to make chicken breast taste better. Learn how to make a bomb tuna salad… With every recipe, you’ll see incremental progress. And that just fuels the fire. You’ll get fulfillment out of cooking something delicious, and you’ll want to learn more because you’ve had success with the small stuff.
People often ask me if I have a set diet and workout plan. The truth is, my workout routine varies quite a bit because I train for and compete in many different avenues of life.
Whether I’m training for football, or combat, or to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the only changes to my routine are the sets, reps, and exercises. One thing that doesn’t change is my consistency. I show up at the right time, in the right place, with the right uniform on and most importantly with the right attitude. In life, half the battle is just showing up.
With all that said, there are three diet and workout tips I stand by no matter where I am or what I train for.
1. Focus on “Fueling” the Body
Because I travel a lot, it can be a challenge to maintain a consistent diet. I tend to take a very flexible approach to dieting but for the most part I stick to foods that will give my body the best “fuel”. I’m not a stickler for calories and I don’t necessarily eat healthy every meal, but I make sure to always incorporate some type of protein, and plenty of good fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to find healthy options on the road, it just takes a little effort. I don’t want to spend my hard earned money on anything that isn’t going to properly fuel my body.
2. Set Benchmarks
I stay motivated to train by giving myself really specific goals to work towards. If I simply tell myself, “I wanna get ripped” or “I wanna lose weight,” that ain’t gonna cut it. I need a benchmark to work towards, or better yet a challenge I want to overcome. For example, this October I’ll be doing a Tough Mudder with a group of homeless veterans that are transitioning back to civilian life. My training will shift to accommodate that goal.
Be specific in what you want. Even if it seems impossible or out of reach, don’t sell yourself short and certainly don’t listen to the haters, because I guarantee you there will be plenty of those no matter what you do in life. If it’s great, there’s gonna be hate.
3. Start Small and Don’t Give Up
For those of you having a hard time committing, it’s all about habits. Start small. Give yourself a month to notice a change in your body and the way that you feel. Anything less than that and you probably won’t notice results. But once you’ve accomplished a goal, think back on the way that you felt a week ago, a month ago, or even when you first started. It’s likely that you’ve started to look forward to training every day or at least accepted it as part of your daily life. Training should be as important as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Our bodies are made to move and work!
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by: Nate Boyer
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