If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last 16 years of doing this, it’s this- there’s A LOT of fuckery in the fitness industry. I will never, EVER tell you to use crap that doesn’t work. I will never, EVER recommend that you try some bullshit magic pill program. All the products and services on this page are things that I currently use or have used in the past and have had success with in some way.
Many of these resources are completely free. I’m extremely selective with how I spend money, so anything here that does cost money made it to this list because it went above and beyond my expectations. If you decide to buy one of these products or services, do me a huge favour and buy it through the link I’ve included on this page, and I’ll get credit for referring you. This comes at no extra cost to you, and you’ll be helping to support this site.
Recommended Websites and Blogs
Lean Gains: Martin Berkhan is one of the original pioneers of intermittent fasting. I can honestly say that out of everything I’ve discovered concerning diet and losing weight, intermittent fasting is one of the top 3 concepts I’ve come across that has made me successful.
I discovered fasting early on, but the Lean Gains system was the first time I was ever able to apply it to my life in a way that was sustainable. All of Martin’s advice is practical, backed by science (rare in this industry), and, best of all, completely free on his blog.
Brad Pilon: The personal blog of Brad Pilon, the author of Eat Stop Eat. Brad is known for not only giving scientifically backed advice (seriously, Brad knows his shit), but also being one of the most reasonable guys in the fitness industry. He’s one of the reasons I fully embraced flexible dieting, stopped being so incredibly neurotic, and learned to enjoy food again. Highly recommended.
Muscle For Life: One of my go to site’s for information on, well, everything muscle building and fat loss related. The creator, Mike Matthews, also does a phenomenal podcast that I highly recommend checking out.
Barbell Shrugged: These guys do a weekly podcast, and mainly deal with the performance side of training (how to get faster, stronger and more explosive). While my main goal is aesthetics (i.e. look good naked, I do think it’s super important to stay functional, and I really appreciate this podcast.
Found My Fitness: When it comes to fitness, I’ve spent a whole lot of time and energy focusing on fat loss, muscle gain and….well, not much else. This year I turned 30, and I’ve been starting to focus a lot more on the health side of things. Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a PhD in Biomedical Science, and she seriously knows her shit when it comes to the human body and how to stay healthy. What I really like is she separates facts from bullshit (especially when it comes to supplementation). Check out this interview she did with Joe Rogan this year.
Eat Stop Eat: This is the book that Brad Pilon is most well known for. It deals mainly with intermittent fasting, and offers a unique (and very unconventional) way to fast for health and fat loss. This is the program I’m using right now (November, 2016) to really lean down.
Nutrition and Supplementation
Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein: As you may recall if you’ve read about my stance on protein, I’m not a real big fan out protein shakes in general. The reason is a.) I don’t find them particularly filling, and b.) a lot of them taste like shit. That said, I really love casein protein, which is said to digest slower than whey protein. For me, I just find it a lot more filling, and the Optimum Nutrition Chocolate Supreme actually tastes really good. Plus, with Casein you can make cool goodies like “Protein Fluff”
NOW Foods Vitamin D3: I’m extremely skeptical when it comes to buying supplements, but Vitamin D is just one of those essentials that most people would benefit from, ESPECIALLY if you live in a place that gets a gloomy winter. I definitely noticed a difference in my mood when I started supplementing with it last winter.
Now Foods Magnesium Citrate: Like Vitamin D, most people are deficient in magnesium, which is responsible for A LOT of different functions in the body (over 300)- cognitive functioning, digestion, the nervous system…it’s pretty damn important. There are a number of different types, but I really like taking Magnesium Citrate as it focuses on aiding digestion.