Want Results? Keep It Simple, Stupid.

I get it. It’s hard not to get sucked in by the latest, “greatest” workout plan or supplement peddled on the internet. The marketers behind said products are paid good money to make it sound irresistible.

But if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, a beginner or intermediate lifter, focusing instead on the basics will serve you far better than some fly-by-night herbal remedy or exercise gimmick will.

Focus on these three things and you’ll see results:


  • Build a good strength base by progressively getting stronger on the staple lifts, i.e. squats, barbell rows, deadlifts, and bench press etc.
  • Use proper technique (don’t throw the weight around), focus on the muscles you’re attempting to work on with that exercise and keep the negative (eccentric) portion of the movement slow and controlled. We’re stimulating muscle here, you need to feel it working. Some call it the mind-muscle connection. Whatever, just lift in a controlled manner and you’ll feel it where you should.
  • Eat for your goals. If you are trying to bulk up, intermittent fasting eating two paltry meals a day isn’t going to get it done for the mere mortal. You need protein and carbohydrates (your carb intake varies depending on your body type) and  healthy fats to grow.

That’s it! If you don’t believe me, take it from a pro bodybuilder, Amit Sapir, with his top 10 tips recently published over at T-Nation.


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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.