Five Reasons Why I'll Never Go Vegan

Vegetarianism and veganism are as popular as ever. This is primarily due to the popularity of these dietary protocols among several celebrities and a few big time athletes. Unfortunately, much of the information being disseminated has more to do with “feelings” and ideals, but very little to do with the science of long-term health and vitality.
Here are the reasons why I would never adopt a plant-based only diet.

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Erick Minor
The Functional Bodybuilder Diet

What and when you eat are of principal concern if your goal is to reach your physical zenith. Hydration, gut health, nutrient intake, protein synthesis, and meal timing are primary; calorie intake is secondary. In my experience, calorie counting is an unsustainable and unnecesary method of losing body fat.

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Motivation is a Myth!

"Motivation is crap, motivation comes and goes. When you're driven, anything in front of you will get destroyed..." David Goggins, Retired Navy Seal, Ultra-Endurance Athlete

Your success is dependent on your ability to complete a task when circumstances are less than ideal. In other words, your ability to perform despite the circumstances is what separates the professional from the mediocre.
It’s not about motivation, it’s about habits and choices. Your habits influence your behavior, and it’s your behavior which is interpreted as being disciplined or not. If you choose to eat donuts for breakfast everyday, you are choosing short-term pleasure at the expense of long term health. Finding time to exercise can be challenging but again, it comes down to choices. If you love the way you feel after a good exercise session, you will find a way to get a session done, whether it be at home, the park, or the gym.

As the late and great strength coach Charles Poliquin said, “It’s what you love the most that dictates what you’re going to choose.”

Life is short, choose wisely.

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More Muscle = More Health

Strength training with the intent of building muscle is the most health enhancing physical activity you can perform. As muscle grows stronger, all of the metabolic subsystems increase in functional capacity.

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Shoulder Training

A well developed set of deltoids will look good in tank tops, t-shirt, dress shirts, no shirt, etc... They look good from the front, back, and every other angle.

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Mega Glutes Routine

Building an impressive backside is not about one particular exercise; it's about stringing together a series of exercises and workouts that create a potent adaptive response in the target area. In this case, the target muscles are the gluteus maximus and the supporting muscles which make up the posterior chain(hamstrings, hip abductors, erector spinae).

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Happy Joints, Happy Body

Your ability to move is dependent on the health of your joints and the extensiveness of your active mobility. In order to excel at any movement based activity(everything), your joints must meet the prerequisites first. If you want to play tennis, your knees, hips, and shoulders should be stable and mobile within the necessary ranges. Any limitations within the joint will compromise the movement pattern which will cause compensation and possibly lead to pain and/or a repetitive injury.

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