Open your mind and dump your ego

by: Adam Moore
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Once you get into fitness for a while you'll start to notice that you enjoy a certain style of training. You'll then start to notice you get a bit protective over said method of training. It has worked for you so therefore it has to be the best right? If it works for you then it can work for everyone right? If you truly want to reach your goals in fitness, athletic performance, strength or aesthetics then you need to "open your mind and dump your ego."

Lets take a look at the main stream methodologies of training, what they do and how you can incorporate them to help you reach your goals faster. Lets start with my favorite, powerfliting.

Powerlifting of course consists of three of the main barbell movements; bench press, squat and the almighty deadlift. These three movements test your overall strength incorporating every muscle group in the body while utilitzing an enormous amount of core strength and endurance. For example, in all of the bodybuilding shows I competed in, I rarely ever "trained abs" because of the amount of work my abdominal wall would get during the powerlifting movements. Training the powerlifting movements can develop round, fully muscle bellies (the main rule of the aesthetic shape) while developing an amazing core and burning TONS of body fat.

Bodybuilding training is the most common method of training and is the most often used. Bodybuilding training or training for aesthetics is your basic 3-4 sets, 10-12 reps, etc and finish with a walk on the treadmill. This is an extremely effective method of "getting in shape" because it gives the ability to isolate and develop each individual muscle group. If the athlete has a good, objective eye for their own physique, the bodybuilding style training can develop a strong, aesthetic physique. The downfall of the bodybuilding style is the athlete does not assume much functionality and can develop a beautiful yet, "useless" physique if used exclusively.

Strongman training would probably be considered the most "outside the box" style but in the end, is the most "real life" and the most functional. Strongman training consists of heavy, powerful movements incorporating the entire body in a very functional manner. Strongman includes, strength, speed AND endurance and will burn the most calories and fat of any other method of training.

Crossfit training is the newest member of this club and it is based around life functional movements that test speed, endurance and functionality. Crossfit athletes tend to be the smallest of this elite crew but are strong and incredibly "useful". Crossfit workouts are not for the faint of cardio.

Olympic Lifting consists of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk which test strength and speed. Olympic lifting is extremely useful in sports training because of the increase in strength and speed through the hips therefore increasing performance in sports such as baseball, softball, tennis, golf, football, hockey and even ping pong. Olympic lifting, though sort of a lost art, is one of the most important things you can do in your training. Learn it, learn it correctly and use it to your advantage.

Now that we have quickly reviewed the main training methodologies, my goal is to open your eyes into incorporating all of these styles into your training. Even if your goal is to be Mr. Olympia on a bodybuilding stage, Crossfit should be part of your weekly programming. You will work balancing muscles and core which will help you bring a full, 3D physique to your stage. If your goal is powerlifting, bodybuilding training can be extremely helpful in training the ancillary muscles which will greatly increase your 1RM on the core lifts. These examples can go on and on. Each training methodology should be included in programming to develop your fitness goals to their maximum potential.

Healthy Chicken and Veggie Hummus Quesadillas

by: Adam Moore
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

INGREDIENTS

RED-PEPPER HUMMUS 1/4 CUP

CHICKEN BREAST 10 OZ. (RAW)

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM CAP, CHOPPED 1 LARGE

SMALL, 100-CALORIE MULTIGRAIN TORTILLAS 4

GOAT CHEESE, CRUMBLED 4 TBSP

RED ONION, CHOPPED 1/2 CUP

GARLIC, MINCED 2 TBSP

FRESH CILANTRO GARNISH

PICO DE GALLO GARNISH

COCONUT OIL SPRAY

DIRECTIONS

  1. Spray a nonstick skillet with coconut oil spray, and set on medium-high heat.
  2. Sear 1 tablespoon minced garlic in the skillet, then toss in chopped mushrooms. Sear and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring quickly with a spatula so that the mushroom does not completely wilt. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Sear 1 tablespoon minced garlic in the skillet, then toss in chicken breast. Cook the chicken for about 12-15 minutes or until the meat is white when cut and the juices run clear. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  4. Thinly slice red onions, chop up fresh cilantro, and remove the pit from the avocado and cut into thin slices.
  5. Spread about 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) of red-pepper hummus on each wheat tortilla.
  6. On one side of each tortilla, add half of the chopped chicken breast or half of sauté.ed mushrooms), a few red onion slices, 1 tablespoon goat cheese, 1/4 of an avocado, and fresh cilantro.
  7. Fold the quesadilla in half.
  8. Spray a nonstick skillet with coconut oil and set on medium heat. Allow the skillet to heat up.
  9. Add the quesadilla to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Be sure to press down on the quesadilla using a spatula so that it flattens out.
  10. Remove from the skillet and enjoy with fresh pico de gallo, Greek yogurt, or salsa.

Lean and Green Meal Replacement Smoothie

by: Adam Moore
Monday, July 03, 2017

LEAN AND GREEN MEAL REPLACEMENT SMOOTHIE

When you first start drinking green smoothies, you will immediately feel a difference in your energy and digestion. And now, with the MooreProtein, you can enjoy the same delicious, natural green smoothie with an extra boost of protein complemented by a faint hint of vanilla! This is just the fuel you need to power through the day or your next workout. Your taste buds will thank you just as much as your muscles will!


Ingredients

  • 1 scoop MooreProtein
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 3 strawberries (raw or freshly frozen)
  • Small bundle of wheatgrass (about 1/4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Ice for desired thickness

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal for added heartiness
  • 1/2 celery stalk

Directions

  • Add ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  • Instead of using ice, you can freeze the fruit to chill the smoothie.
  • Optional: If you'd like to pack more complex carbs and make the shake thicker and more filling, add 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal.