Revolutionary You! #84-The High Protein Handbook With Scott Baptie

Scott Baptie from Food For Fitness joins me this week to chat about his awesome recipe series The High Protein Handbook. I have been blown away with not only how easy his meals are to make but how great they taste. We chat about why he started this series, his future books to come and also where he plans to take Food For Fitness as it continues to evolve. To purchase your copies of The High Protein Handbook and learn more about Scott, check out http://www.foodforfitness.co.uk To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Broken Boy Soldier

*The title of this post was taken from The Raconteurs song of the same name*

I was around 5 or 6 when it happened.

As I’ve gotten older, some memories stay clear while others have faded away.

Unlike others who have been sexually abused, I only had to deal with one incident. Although, it’s hard to look at circumstances like this and consider a silver lining.

It would take until I was around 17 years of age before I could face what happened and start to register how the situation had been affecting me through adolescence.

For me, being punished for doing the right thing at the hands of my abuser would affect the way that I approached nearly every occurrence of “good versus bad” ideas.

I remember my parents telling me things like “Telling the truth will always be better than lying.”

And in my mind the thought was, “Yes, but when I did the right thing with my abuser, I was punished. I don’t want to be punished again. So, maybe I should see what I get away with and hope to avoid being caught and being punished.”

For the record, I almost always got caught.

And I almost always got punished.

Coming to terms with this later in my teenage years didn’t lead to an automatic turn of behaviors.

I even took it upon myself to confront my abuser years after the fact to remind him what he did to me.

In case you’re wondering, he didn’t remember any of it.

It would take years of counseling, bouts of medication, and mountains upon mountains of street drugs to help me look past this situation and learn how to grow past it.

I’ve found through many of my interactions with clients that I don’t stand alone with my story.

While sexual abuse is more common than anyone would care to admit, I know men who have suffered a similar, if not worse, scenario but have been hesitant to share what happened.

I learned years ago, that sharing it not only had the potential to help, it had the potential to heal.

But it would take a long, painful road for me to realize that having this as part of my life did not make me a broken person.

And even though I felt broken, it didn’t give me validity to stay self-destructive.

I’m now over 35 years removed from the incident and if you (male or female) share a similar background, you are not broken either.

Find someone you trust to talk to. It can be a friend, a family member, or a support group.

Find an outlet. The gym has served me better than most anything else once I found a place to channel many of my negative emotions.

Believe in yourself. Every step you have to take forward is a step you have to take on your own but you don’t have to take it alone.

Your progress can inspire others who have temporarily lost hope in themselves. I feel as if every improvement I’ve made moved at a snail’s pace and was rarely, if ever, noticeable in the short term. It has taken years to develop a level of comfort in not only discussing my story but not letting personal tragedies define the person I am.

I am no broken boy soldier. However, my fight never ends.

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Revolutionary You! #83-Superhuman You With “Iron Tamer” Dave Whitley

Dave Whitley a.k.a. Iron Tamer joins me this week to talk about the motivation behind writing his awesome new book Superhuman You (now available on Amazon.) Dave takes his passion for strongman feats of strength and discusses how anyone can harness the mentality to achieve great things for their health and fitness goals. To find out more about Dave, check out http://www.irontamer.com To learn more about your host, visit http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Delete

*The title of this post was taken from the DMA’s song of the same name*

I have been on a rampage of media consumption lately: music, podcasts, books, articles, continuing education courses, and where possible, a small bit of television.

Late last week, I figured out that this relentless pursuit of more was starting to freak me out.

In between working with clients, preparing to expand/relocate Revfit, and taking time to enjoy the life of our newborn son, Sebastian, I realized that I needed to take a step back and breathe for a moment.

I have a lot of plates spinning right now and it’s a race to see which plate falls and breaks to bits first.

I recently had a conversation with someone too that reminded me of how important it is to see where I can eliminate before I see where I can add.

And it was also a frank reminder that many people are not seeing results on their weight loss journey because, like me, they’re a victim of too much information.

It’s one thing to be on the receiving end of misinformation. There is plenty of that to go around.

It’s another thing to be on the receiving end of an abundance of good information too. So many great things, tips and best practices to learn about.

The problem is: it paralyzes our actions.

We keep searching for the next tip even better than the last. The next diet even more profound than the previous. The next best bang-for-your-buck exercise regimen that is so great your friends will be jealous you succeeded on it before they did.

But in reality, we act on none of it. We just keep learning, seeking, thinking about what to do instead of just doing.

We research and ask around and devour new morsels of information disappearing into the great wide pit of Google only to have a head full of knowledge and absolutely zero results to show for it.

So, in the spirit of this article, I had to start deleting, unfollowing and unsubscribing.

I had to focus on the things that gave me true value.

I had to stick things in a spam folder that weren’t giving me action steps that were so great I dropped everything to put them in place.

I am starting to focus on the things that can either cleanse my palate, brighten my mind, or help me do my job better.

I am putting in writing my misgivings (as I make myself aware of them) and letting those black and white words force me to action.

Because I am tired of being a victim of too much information.

I want results.

And so do you.

So, if you aren’t seeing them, I can pretty much promise you it isn’t because you don’t have enough information. It’s because you have more than you need.

So stop hoarding the information and find one path.

Stay that path.

Develop time on that path (weeks, months, even years) to determine what works.

Trust yourself. Trust your intuition.

Delete the distractions.

And ACT.

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Revolutionary You! #82-What Price Will You Pay For The Body You Want? With Scott Abel

It’s my pleasure to share time with Coach Scott Abel this week as we discuss some of the struggles many will go through when they lose the long view to fitness and health. We also touch on his excellent response to the death of two bodybuilders recently. Scott gives his take on not just how a client should respect their own body but how coaches should treat clients in efforts to see them succeed with sustainable results. You can view the YouTube video in our discussion at: https://youtu.be/nwL56qaIZBA To learn more about Scott’s work, visit http://www.scottabelfitness.com To find out more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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The Sound Of Failure

*The title of this post was taken from The Flaming Lips song of the same name*

How does failure feel to you?

If you’ve eaten something that didn’t coincide with your diet plan, do you feel like a failure?

Does it affect your self-worth?

If you go to work out where you’re told to do twelve reps and you can only do six, are you left defeated?

Does it make you feel weak?

Do you ever find yourself in this perpetual cycle of being sub-par at the things you think you should be good at or should come easy to you?

I look back on my life and I’ve failed miserably at a lot of things.

Jobs, relationships, social ineptitude which led to a decade long bout of drug addiction, the list goes on.

Even at RevFit there have been failures galore: attempting to open a second location (in 2011), massive marketing failures that ate up a lot of expense at no monetary gain, and if I’m being brutally honest with myself, I fail every time I can’t help a client lose weight or reach their respective goals.

So, why haven’t I just succumbed to my own insecurities and misfires and just closed my doors?

Because I am terribly stubborn.

I believe success is around every corner.

I believe consistency and calculated perseverance will prevail.

I believe if I continue to educate myself and surround myself with people brighter than me that I will learn what I need to improve not only my life but the lives of those around me.

I’ve also come to embrace failure.

Failure has taught me great lessons.

It has taught me more compassion and less selfishness.

It has taught me that the things I value in life can be taken away from me in an instant.

And it has taught me to look at success through a slightly difference lens.

If I succeed, there is a greater mountain climb. I will equip myself with what I need to climb OR I will slip down the mountain and figure out another path up.

Failure has taught me I can’t do these things alone.

I prefer family, friends, and mentors to shine a light.

And I challenge you to accept failure too.

Allow it to inspire you.

Re-frame it so you can learn what not to repeat in your life.

Realize that many things you might consider failures are simply streetlights illuminating your path.

You can go “this” way or you can go “that” way.

But failure will not define you.

You were destined for greater things.

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Revolutionary You! #81-Conquering Plateaus, Defeating The “Lulls”, Value Based Eating Habits And DIY Coaching With Georgie Fear And Roland Fisher

Georgie Fear is back after her phenomenal episode (#51) back in January of this year. This time we talk about tactics to get past the plateaus in weight loss, those areas I define as the “lulls” and Georgie discusses the importance of eating based on values. Her husband and CEO of One By One Nutrition, Roland Fisher also joins towards the end of the show to spread the news on their brand new, free DIY coaching course. Details can be found at http://www.onebyonenutrition/diy-coaching. To learn more about Georgie and Roland, check out the main site at http://www.onebyonenutrition.com and make sure you hop on Amazon (or your local bookseller) to purchase Georgie’s excellent Lean Habits book. To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Hail To The King

*The title of this post was taken from the Avenged Sevenfold song of the same name*

Last week, as Alex was preparing to hit a new max on the traplift (315×5), he was getting some extra motivation from John G. who is currently the strongest man in RevFit with his squat (300×5 lbs) and traplift (440×3 lbs) maxes. Someone (maybe me) mentioned that John could serve as his inspiration.

Alex, respectfully, said that John is great and all but Richard is the inspiration.

And if you have followed me for any length of time, you will know why this is.

Richard (“King Richard”) is our legendary 77-year young wonder.

Rather than rehash the details of Richard’s time here, I would reference you back to an article I wrote some time ago about how we met and what he has accomplished. You can read those things here.

What I would like to cover is a portion of how Richard’s training has evolved.

If you read the previous article, you’ll note that we worked on Richard’s traplift for quite some time. I used a lifting protocol called 5/3/1 (courtesy of Jim Wendler) to get Richard to a new max each month. His high after several months of dedicated training was 240 lbs for 3 reps.

We were preparing to get him to 250 lbs and he hit a wall. He just didn’t feel like he could push to a new high.

So, I decided to pull away from the maxes and just get Richard to lift lighter weights for more reps and get more volume in.

We backed him down all the way to 155 lbs and worked for 2 sets of 10. The next week, 160 lbs for 2 sets of 10. Followed by consecutive weeks of 165, 170, 175 at the same pace.

Then I switched his schemes up again and had him back down 155 lbs for 5 sets of 5, the following week for 160 for 5 sets of 5. Each week we followed this pattern until he was at 195 for 5 sets of 5.

At any given week, if Richard said he wasn’t feeling great. We would ditch the traplift altogether and wait until the following week.

Then we dropped his weight down again and went 150 for 3 sets of 10, followed by 155, 160, etc.

All of these changes were happening throughout the span of over a year and a half. I would continue to tinker with his set and rep schemes and kept him below 200lbs for many, many months.

Then I started pushing him up again. We’d scale up with sub-maximal weights in sets of 3 reps. Then Richard was easing past the 200lb mark again with ease.

And last week, he hit a new PR of 265×3.

Did I mention, he’s 77?

So, what does this all mean?

Maybe a lot.

Richard, for one, is extremely patient. He’s never chasing a goal when he’s in the gym. He puts his time in, we work on a lot of different things but each week (unless he doesn’t feel up to it) the traplift makes it’s appearance.

It’s not just about getting stronger. Over the last nearly two years that I’ve worked with him, Richard is seeing increases in most everything he does: an extra rep here, some extra pounds there, it adds up.

Most importantly, he knows to listen to his body and tell me if things aren’t up to snuff. It helps me to decide when to push and when to pull back.

It’s the same with Alex, John, and anyone else who’s aiming to see their numbers go up on some of these more physically taxing exercises.

Let me not leave out some incredibly strong ladies we have who are inspiring in their own right, like Megan W. with a max squat  at 180×3, Aly S. with a max traplift at 225×3 and Deb A. with a max bench at 120×2 (among many others.)

Not too shabby for a fitness facility that doesn’t specialize in competitive powerlifting.

Honestly, no matter what goal you’re chasing: higher maxes on lifts, lower body weight on the scale, etc. these things take time and patience. Success is rarely linear.

And just like with Richard, sometimes you have to step back for a while and get more comfortable in certain areas to reach new heights. It’s not glamorous, it’s not flashy.

But it works.

Hail to the “King.”

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Revolutionary You! #80-The Journey: From FitCast To Allied Strength With Kevin Larrabee

Kevin Larrabee, the host of The FitCast and proud owner of the soon to be open Allied Strength, joins me to talk about his new venture. We discuss some of what he’s learned as host of his immensely popular show as well as working with Eric Cressey and Mike Boyle at their respective facilities throughout his career. To learn more about Kevin, check out http://www.fitcast.network and his new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/alliedstrength To learn more about your host, check out http://www.jasonleenaarts.com and http://www.facebook.com/revolutionaryou Download, subscribe, share with your friends and please take a moment to leave us an iTunes review.

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Everything In Its Right Place

*The title of this post was taken from the Radiohead song of the same name*

Moderation seems to be the buzzword in the diet and exercise world.

“You can eat anything in moderation.”

Moderate exercise can improve heart health.”

“Drink alcohol in moderation.”

And there is great truth to those statements.

What you don’t see is diet books called “The Moderate Amount Diet” or the new exercise program called “Moderately Fit.”

And why?

They would NEVER sell.

It’s a strange world we live in where one of the best tips you can receive from any doctor, dietitian, trainer etc. involves the word moderation but it never gets accepted.

So, we buy the books that promise extreme results in minimal times and we eat the foods that claim fat-burning/melting results with minimal effort and we end up with minimal results due to minimal effort and usually a fantastic rebound after we’ve gotten that mess out of our systems.

And it’s not just the books we buy, the exercise programs we enroll in or the supplements we mistakenly believe in: it’s in the other areas of our lives too.

We work too hard, we sleep too little, we binge on television, we only use the drive-thrus, we do 1-click purchasing, etc.

Everything at the height of convenience and pushing red on our lifestyle meters.

As I write these words, I have to remind myself: Jason, don’t be a hypocrite.

There’s a beauty to convenience. It fills a need (perceived or otherwise.)

And maybe there’s hope for people who find that running red on their meter maybe isn’t the best path for every avenue of life.

If you feel like you’re running at an 11 on a scale of 10, try pulling it back a bit.

Push at a 6 or a 7 for a while.

That might mean that you have to settle for one pound of fat loss a week instead of three pounds.

It might mean that you should do HIIT (high intensity interval training) once a week instead of four. You can walk on the off days or just get in some strength training.

Your caloric deficit could be 300 calories shy of maintenance instead of 800.

You could actually leave work after an eight hour day instead of outlasting your colleagues and staying for twelve hours (sacrificing a healthier meal, a good workout and possibly a decent night’s sleep.)

If you find that you’re constantly tired, not seeing the results you need with your health or maybe you’ve just been a pain in the ass to be around, ease off the gas for awhile.

It’s okay to breathe. Be mindful and see where you can scale back the intensity.

And in a culture where the badge of honor is how extreme you can get, maybe a little moderation is the piece you overlooked.

No matter how un-sexy it actually is.

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