4 Foods to Grill this Summer

Summer is in full swing which means that it’s getting hot enough to make the devil sigh here in Baton Rouge.  But, on a positive note it also means that it’s that time of year to take advantage of the grill so that you don’t heat up the house while you cook. 

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Virtue Super Shake Recipes

One of the most important things about healthy eating is making it as easy (or easier) as eating the less than optimal foods that are readily available in boxes and drive thrus. One of the best ways to get a convenient and high quality meal in minutes is the Super Shake.

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Virtue Principles Part 1: Simplicity

Einstein once stated that, “things should be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” It’s hard to argue against that statement.  Whether it’s regarding training, nutrition or some other area of life, the basics, the fundamentals, the simple solutions are usually the answers to your questions.

We over complicate training and nutrition. We think that getting healthier, building muscle, losing body-fat, or getting stronger is a complex task that requires savant-like intelligence, neon green supplements, and precise weighing and tracking of every weight lifted and bite of food eaten. 

We stare are percentage charts for lifting weights and look at complex formulas for calculating calories and macro-nutrients and then determine it’s out of our ability to make meaningful changes to our health and fitness without an advanced degree.

Don’t quit just yet.

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Should You Workout On Vacation?

Life can be crazy.  We juggle work, family and try to get some time in for ourselves.  If you are familiar with Virtue Strength and Conditioning you are aware that one of our pillars is balance. 

Balance in training looks like making sure that you pull as much as you push to keep your shoulders healthy. Balance at home means that you are spending quality time with your family as well as taking time for yourself. 

Balance in your work life means that you go on a vacation every once and a while. Thankfully, going on a vacation is not something that causes a lot of back lash when I suggest it to my students and I rarely have to put together a compelling argument as to why people should take a break from the daily grind of work. 

One of the inevitable questions that I  get asked after encouraging someone to go on vacations is, “should I workout while I am there?”

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Losing Body-Fat is NOT Your Goal

Fat-loss / having a six pack is NOT your goal.

Even if you think it is, it’s not.  This is true for a lot of goals that people set when they begin an exercise routine.  Think about it. Why is losing body-fat, having a six-pack, running a marathon, or any other fitness goal important to you?

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Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick

New Year’s resolutions are popular to make fun of especially in the fitness industry.  This is mainly because they never pan out.  However, there is nothing wrong with wanting to make a change you feel will improve the quality of your life and there is something unique about a fresh start at the beginning of a new year.  What many people who try, and fail to succeed at their New Year’s resolution, do not understand is that making resolutions, aka goal setting, is a skill.  Once you learn what goes into creating a goal or resolution, you can take the steps necessary to make your resolution stick for good this year. The first step in the goal setting process is…

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Two Painless Ways to Navigate the Holidays without Gaining Weight

The holidays are in full swing. Everywhere you look there are delectable treats to indulge in and social/family obligations cutting into your gym time.  What in the world is a health-conscious grown adult supposed to do with all this amazing food and merriment? If you have concluded in the past that the holidays are the place where training and diets go to die, fear not here are two tried and true strategies to navigate the holidays intact. The first strategy that is especially effective…

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