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A Fat Loss Journey

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Weight loss is often a journey of self discovery

As much as marketing campaigns and the media want us to believe that fat loss is achievable with their latest supplement, a hew hype fitness food or some random exercise technique (all my shake weight crew say heyyyyyy). Fat loss is not a simple phenomenon, there are many levels as to what goes into allowing someone to lose not just weight but body fat. We’ve all heard the “you should eat more protein, use high intensity interval training until you puke” advice. On the other hand we can simply embark on a journey of self discovery. This is the least popular answer as it takes time and doesn’t give instant results. Spoiler Alert – Nothing gives instant results. Continue reading

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Episode 008: Part 2 of “5 Ways to Get More from Your Conditioning featuring Alex Tanskey

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Episode eight continues where we left off in episode seven. Alex and Jonathan go into a number of different topics including:

  • Heart rate Recovery (HRR): What is it and how to test it
  • Why long slow benefits runners of all different distances
  • Different ways to program long slow in to your training
  • How to test your conditioning level
  • Anaerobic threshold, what it it and where is it?
  • Technology, nature and conditioning
  • Does Lactic Acid really cause fatigue?

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Episode 007: 5 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey

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In episode seven Alex Tanskey and Jonathan discuss five ways you can get more from your conditioning. In part one we discuss:

  • Why the word “craic” may not transfer very well from Ireland to the US
  • The book “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky and what we can take away from his work in the area of stress and the human body.
  • Exercise as a stress reliever and when it may also be a stress amplifier
  • The difference between the aerobic, alactic and anaerobic/glcolytic energy systems
  • Why the aerobic system is king
  • Resting heart rate  (RHR) and its importance
  • Why you need to monitor your heart rate during conditioning
  • How heart rate and stress levels are inter related
  • The benefits of conditioning at low, moderate and high intensities

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  1. Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”
  2. 3 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning

 

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Episode 006: Optimizing Your Strength and Exercise Goals featuring Alex Tanskey

 

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In episode six of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by strength coach Alex Tanskey to discuss the best ways to optimize your strength and exercise goals. The guys discuss how training age can play a role in your progress in the gym, the difference between a novice and an advanced lifter and why you should know the difference. The discussion also delves into what type of training program works best for different people based on their training age, the benefits of sub maximal training, the dangers of continuously maxing out as well as how often do you really need to switch exercises in your training program? Best of all, the guys go over their all time favorite T-Pain song, a conversation you do not want to miss!

Article: “Novice or Advanced? The Answer Might Surprise You” by Alex Tanskey

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Episode 004: Q&A from Bermuda featuring Eirinn Dougherty

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In episode four of “The Pillars of Health” we take a timeout from covering the pillars of health to let you get to know your host a little better. Eirinn Dougherty assumes hosting duties for this specially recorded episode from Bermuda in which Jonathan discusses growing up in Ireland, transitioning to life in the USA, life lessons learned through collegiate soccer as well as whom he looks up to the most. On a lighter note, favorite chick flicks and Netflix series are also discussed. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Episode 003: Nutrition – Part 1 with Eirinn Dougherty

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In episode three of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan talks with Eirinn Dougherty about nutrition. There is some really great take aways in this podcast from Eirinn including how to set manageable nutrition goals, what is healthy eating and what exactly is “healthy” food? In relation to taking ownership of your own nutritional habits we discuss meal planning and how to go about it, eating for health and eating for fat loss as well as discussing nutrient dense foods. Other topics that popped up were discussing whether macros are a viable option regards tracking your food intake, food sensitivities, different diets doing the rounds in the media and last of all how to achieve sustainability with your nutrition based goals. You may also find out what my favorite guilty pleasure movie is?!

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Episode 001: Stress Management featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

In the first episode of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by his colleagues from the Training Room, Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss stress and how to go about managing it. Over the course of the podcast the guys go into what factors cause stress in our lives, how to combat stress through different modalities of training and also how to measure stress. Hope you guys enjoy!

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