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  • 00:27:25

    How to Immediately Start Building Confidence

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    How confident are you?


    Do you struggle at all having conversations or social engagement with other people?


    Do you struggle with taking on new things and owning them, such as getting your fitness under control and/or taking it to the next level?


    Inside this episode, I talk about this and other issues relating to confidence and self-belief, and also one quick way to start dealing with it. There is a tactic that I have used many times to build my confidence and help others build their confidence. The best part is, it costs nothing! Also, it can be done today in less than 1 minute, and IT WORKS!


    We are social creatures at heart, whether you're an introvert or extrovert. Human beings thrive on community and socializing, even if it's just a little bit. Becoming adept in your ability to do this will be hugely beneficial towards your goals in fitness AND all other aspects of your life.


    Have a listen to this episode, and don't forget to share with a like-minded friend.


    Also, if you have gotten value out of this podcast PLEASE head over to iTunes and leave me a rating and review. This would mean the absolute world to me.


    Connect with Gordon:


    Instagram: @gordon.light // @sobamgearco

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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:37:40

    Why Protein Is So Important!

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    Ever wonder WHY protein is supposedly SO important for our bodies?


    We hear it all the time, especially from people in the bodybuilding industry. "Eat this much protein per pound of bodyweight every day or ELSE!".


    Some of these people are right, some are not, but one thing is for sure...protein is a confusing topic and most people just need a little information to better understand the subject.


    In this episode, I break down what happens in your body when you eat protein, from a muscle building perspective. I make every effort to present this information in a way that is both scientific and educational WITHOUT sounding too much like a biology lecture. The focus is purely on consumption of dietary protein in order to stimulate protein synthesis and essential amino acid availability at a cellular level.


    The main thing to always remember when it comes to protein and muscles is:


    Amino Acids are the building blocks of Proteins, and Proteins are the building blocks of muscle mass.


    If you can remember that, you're in good shape.Everything else is just filling the gaps and nuances of how it all works discretely.


    If you got education, information and/or value out of this podcast episode, please share it with a like minded friend and leave it a review on iTunes!


    Thank you so much for listening, and don't forget to subscribe!


    Twitter: @gordonalight

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  • 00:29:42

    The Main Reason People Fail at Reaching Their Fitness Goals

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    Do you know the main reason people can never make that jump from being unhealthy to healthy? From being unfit to fit? From being obese to not obese? From having no muscle to having muscle?


    It's not because they don't have work ethic.


    It's not because they don't have the ability to be dedicated.


    It's not because they are unable to make sacrifices to get there.


    The reason is because they are unable to firmly understand this one principle: uncommon and non-typical results require uncommon and non-typical actions.


    If you want uncommon results such as: a fitness model physique, a six pack, a defined body, defined and toned muscles, next level athleticism, etc. then you have to become a practitioner of uncommon lifestyle habits. Let's face it, having any of those goals is NOT common or typical, it is earned through the process of committing to a lifestyle of uncommon actions and habits.


    Stop doing what your friends, family and coworkers are doing, or you will end up with the same results that they are getting.


    If you aren't where you want to be in fitness and health, this episode is for you! Listen, take notes, listen twice if you need to. This is the exact epiphany that I had when I went from being ~80 LBs overweight to transforming my body (and mind!).


    Don't forget to share with a like-minded friend, and of course rate and review on iTunes! That helps us reach and educate more people!


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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:26:17

    3 KEY Tips for Growing Muscle

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    Do you want to grow muscle? Of course you do, we all do. Growing muscle (even a little bit) means we are burning fat and building our bodies into stronger, healthier and more capable entities. That is something that would benefit literally everyone!


    How do you build more muscle? What are the main things people do wrong when building muscle? We dive into these topics in this episode, including my 3 KEY tips for maximizing muscle growth. These aren't "high in the sky" tips, either. These are 3 real, actionable, and practical tips that WILL drive muscle growth and development.


    What will you need to get started with implementing these? Nothing. No added cost. No expensive program. No fancy equipment. Just a shift in focus and the actions taken daily.


    This is a good one, tons of value inside, so strap in and listen up!


    And don't forget to share with a like-minded friend, and of course rate and review on iTunes! That helps us reach and educate more people!


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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:33:08

    Do You Deserve To Be Fit?

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    Do you deserve to be fit?


    I've thought a lot about people 'deserving' things lately. The truth is, I don't think anyone actually deserves anything for no reason - things need to be earned.


    One of the problems with fitness is that a lot of people look at it with a negative light, mainly out of insecurity. I've heard people tell me it's not fair, they deserve to be fit, or that they think it's "stupid and a waste of time", while simultaneously admitting feeling down about how they look and feel, physically and mentally.


    Being fit isn't easy, which is why so few people actually get there. Staying fit is even harder. And, we are always fighting the clock because as we age, it gets harder.


    If more people respected the difficulty and sacrifice that goes into a transformation and becoming fit, they would understand, at a deeper level, how undergoing that can be life-changing on MANY levels, all for the better.


    If you're out of shape, and all of your actions map to staying that way, then no, you don't deserve to be fit. You do, however, deserve the opportunity to be fit.


    Listen to the episode to get a deeper dive into all of these categories.


    And don't forget to share with a like-minded friend, and of course rate and review on iTunes! That helps us reach and educate more people!


    Connect with Gordon:


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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:32:36

    How to Pick a Workout Style that Works For You

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    What workout style works for you?


    If you don't know, then you are in the majority!


    Before picking a workout style, it's important to first pick a goal. In this episode, we dive into picking the right type of goal. We also spend some time talking about making sure you're 100% a believer in that goal, and you are all in.


    No workout style is ever going to be truly successful if it doesn't get you the results you want, and if you don't know what those results are (because you didn't set a goal), then just blindly working out with no intention is going to lead you no where.


    Don't get it twisted - exercise is always good. However, people always have a goal in mind, whether they know what it is or not. Exercising without purpose has a very low probability of actually getting desired results, and therefore it's definitely worth while spending the time to really figure out that goal.


    I truly do believe that MOST people could achieve the body they want and feel amazing about themselves if they followed this simple strategy in the gym:


    Train half like a bodybuilder, half like a powerlifterPerform a combination of HIIT and LISS cardioPerform some supplementary/accessory work (such as with cables, lighter weights, etc)


    Why do I think that simple strategy works for 90%+ of people? The reason is because 90%+ of people care more about looking good naked than anything else. With that being the goal, weight training and cardio will get the results.


    Listen to the episode to get a deeper dive into all of these categories.


    And don't forget to share with a like-minded friend, and of course rate and review on iTunes! That helps us reach and educate more people!


    Connect with Gordon:


    Twitter: @gordonalight

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    Facebook: @sobam_gear_co

    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:25:25

    Why Putting Your Goals Out There Is Smart

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    We all have goals, some big, some small.


    Some of us actually achieve our goals, and others don't.


    Why is that? Is it because there is some secret winning DNA in some people, and losing DNA in others?


    No.


    There are a lot of things that successful people do differently, but one major reason they win is because they are willing to do one main thing: plant a flag in the ground and declare that they will be successful no matter what.


    They are able to create accountability for themselves by telling everyone, everywhere, all day, every day that they will be successful. They make the idea of defeating that goal a form of oxygen, so they literally cannot live without pursuing it with ferocity.


    Successful people aren't special, they're just hungrier than others. One of the ways they stay hungry is by being accountable to everyone, everywhere.


    If you need to lose 100 lbs, there are things you need to practice to do that - tactics, and philosophy. The philosophy is the lifestyle. It is the oxygen that I mentioned earlier. The philosophy is domination or nothing. Zero options.


    The tactics are the tactics: curls, squats, cardio, eat properly. Etc.


    Make yourself accountable - make your claims loud and proud. This will guarantee provide you a much higher chance of success if you feel like you're in debt to the entire world.


    Try it, I promise you won't regret it :)


    If you listened to the episode, go ahead and make a post and tag me on Instagram @gordon.light or on Twitter @gordonalight - I would love to connect with you!


    Or get in touch with me any other way:

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  • 00:39:51

    The Core Explained (and Why YOU Can't See Your Abs)

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    The Core:



    Why is the core so important?

    Why do we care so much about a 6 pack?

    Why do some people do a million crunches and never see abs?

    Why do people say abs are made in the kitchen?

    Why cant most people see their abs?

    How do we build our abs to be stronger, more visible, and how it affects the rest of our performance in LIFE in and out of the gym?


    In this episode, I dive into each of these things and really dissect what it takes to build abs and WHY everyone should build their ab/core strength and size.


    Not only that, I explain exactly how to build up your abs AND make them pop for a full, muscular, toned look (while also being practical simply by having a stronger core).


    We also get into the ab muscle anatomy, which is essentially comprised of 4 parts:

    1) Rectus Abdominis

    2) Internal Obliques

    3) External Obliques

    4) Transverse Abdominis


    What are these? Where are they on the body? How do they differ and which ones are more important to train?


    Check out the episode to get a better understanding of the body's core and how its utilized on a daily basis.


    If you listened to the episode, go ahead and make a post and tag me on Instagram @gordon.light or on Twitter @gordonalight - I would love to connect with you!


    Or get in touch with me any other way:

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  • 00:45:20

    5 Foods That People Think Are Bad, But AREN'T

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    In this episode, we dive into 5 consumable foods that people OFTEN tell me are bad, but they do so without having ANY data or supporting information.


    These people are headline readers, blog title scanners, and surround themselves with information-spewing individuals that don't always have their facts straight. All this leads to is a viral contagion of bad information and opinions/beliefs that aren't based on facts.


    Dive in and listen to the 5 things that Gordon hears the most about through his interactions with people in the fitness space.


    Bottom line: do your research. This episode can be a piece of your research spectrum, but the best thing you can do if you're questioning a food or product is to do your own research and develop your own opinion based on FACTS or from people who have experience (like me, or a credible nutritionist)


    Please listen, share with a like-minded friend and of course, if you DID get value out of this episode drop me a rating and review in iTunes.


    Thanks for checking it out!


    Twitter: @gordonalight

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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:38:17

    What Are Compound Lifts and Why Are They Important?

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    What are compound lifts and why are they so important?


    In general, a compound lift is a type of lift that utilizes more than one joint and more than one muscle group. Think of a squat and how that exercise requires the knees and hip flexors to go through a wide range of motion in order to perform the lift correctly. This activates both joints, and supporting muscle groups within, above and below each of those joints (calves all the way up through the core).


    An isolation exercise is the opposite of a compound lift. Isolation exercises exist to isolate a muscle group as much as possible, as well as limit the body's range of motion to a single joint. Think of a bicep curl and how your elbow is the only joint that really becomes active throughout that exercise. This allows for the athlete to put a tremendous amount of the load directly on that muscle group in order to build it and develop strength, size and density.


    Which of these is better? Personally, I think compound lifts are the gateway to the body that most people are after. I also think that isolation exercises typically lead people to complacency. Historically, I've found that people new to fitness adapt to a routine (weight, reps, exercises, etc) when focusing on a isolation-based routine. This doesn't happen in all cases, of course, but it's more common than those who take on compound lifts and understand the "progressive overload" type of training.


    If you're new to compound lifts, or weightlifting at all, this episode will be very valuable to you.


    Please listen, share with a like-minded friend and of course, if you DID get value out of this episode drop me a rating and review in iTunes.


    Thanks for checking it out!


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    Website: sobampodcast.com // gordonalight.com

  • 00:29:42

    How to Dominate When You're Down

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    How is it that some people seem to NEVER get down on themselves? How is it that they ALWAYS seem to be motivated and fired up?


    For some reason they seem to be 100% driven, motivated and focused at any given time.


    The reason it seems this way is NOT because they never get down or demotivated, it's because they know exactly how to deal with it.


    Everyone - literally, EVERYONE gets down, or loses their focus and drive. Regarding fitness and nutrition, this means falling off of their diet or nutrition plan, and potentially missing gym sessions. Again, this happens to EVERYONE.


    The reason that some people appear to never experience this from afar is because they've been able to experience this so many times over a long period of time that they understand how to deal with it. They understand the feeling when it is creeping up, and understand how to navigate through it.


    Staying fit and keeping nutrition clean and healthy is not easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it. The reason there are so many obese and out of shape people isn't because they want to be in those positions, it's because they are too lazy to put in the work in those areas of their life.


    Your job as the owner and maintenance crew of YOUR body is not to try and avoid this scenario altogether, because that is impossible. Instead, it's to remind yourself repeatedly that you will experience this at one point, but to also know that it is temporary.


    If you go through your life, especially the health side of things, with the thought in the back of your mind that you could wake up tomorrow and not feel absolutely stoked to eat well and work out, it makes dealing with that so much easier. This is not easy to do, but it's THE way to deal with it and get back on track as fast as possible to continue dominating.


    The reality is, it's your responsibility to do whatever you have to do to bring back that focus and drive. The people who can do that are the people who end up winning and dominating. The best part is, that can be you, or any of us.


    Have a listen, and if you got value out of this episode then please share with a link-minded friend AND rate/review us on iTunes!


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  • 00:40:21

    Total Body Training vs. Split Training

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    I have LONG been a student of learning the pros, cons, ups and downs of total body training vs. split training.


    I've studied both. I've tested both on myself. I've tested both on other people I've discussed (at length) this topic with others going back over the past 14 years. The main punchline is that your goal, your ambition, and your expected outcomes MATTER to what you decide to do. It's incredibly important that you are thoughtful and specific about how you approach training.


    This episode is JAMMED with info on what makes these two training approaches different, and how (and when) to utilize each of them.


    Inside the episode I talk about 3 different weightlifting scenarios that I would use given 3 specific individuals with uniquely different "weak link" muscle groups. These are shown below:


    Example 1 (Legs and triceps are the weak links for this person):

    -Day 1: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 2: chest+triceps

    -Day 3: back+biceps

    -Day 4: shoulders+triceps

    -Day 5: rest/cardio

    -Day 6: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 7: chest+triceps

    -Day 8: back

    -Day 9: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 10: biceps+delts

    -Day 11: rest/cardio

    Repeat


    Example 2 (Shoulders and chest are the weak link):

    -Day 1: shoulders+triceps

    -Day 2: back

    -Day 3: chest + biceps

    -Day 4: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 5: rest/cardio

    -Day 6: chest+triceps

    -Day 7: back+biceps

    -Day 8: chest+abs

    -Day 9: shoulders

    -Day 10: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 11: rest/cardio


    Example 3 (Arms are the weak link):

    -Day 1: back + biceps

    -Day 2: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 3: chest + triceps

    -Day 4: shoulders + abs

    -Day 5: rest/cardio

    -Day 6: biceps + triceps ULTRA HYP day

    -Day 7: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes

    -Day 8: back + biceps

    -Day 9: chest + triceps

    -Day 10: shoulders

    -Day 11: rest/cardio


    My main takeaway is that I believe weightlifting is going to typically be your best friend for aesthetics and physique, especially when it's done in a split-workout approach. I did NOT break down exercise routines for total body workouts...but don't worry, it'll come eventually :)


    Thank you for listening! If you dig the content, please leave me a review and rating in iTunes. And of course, as always, please share with a like-minded friend.


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  • 00:25:32

    Get Out of Your Own Head

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    Do you ever get stuck in your own head?


    This occurs when people are grinding along with something, day in and day out, and then all of the sudden they hit a wall for what seems like no reason.


    All of their drive, energy and forward progress seems to come to halt.


    For most people, this hits us hardest on the mental side of things...meaning, when we experience this sudden drop in drive and focus, we tend to create a lazy, lethargic, and slow moving mindset.


    Why?


    It's human nature. It's just what happens. As a whole, we were meant to be inquisitive and curious of our situations, especially during times of consistency where patterns and habits begin to occur. This inquisitiveness and curiosity is what drives us to begin questioning things in our lives.


    This isn't a bad thing, in fact, it's the opposite.


    The unfortunate thing is that most of us don't know how to handle when our bodies and minds begin questioning our daily grind and consistent nature of doing things. This causes us to get off course, and often times for extended periods of time.


    It's those who are able to course-correct and get back on track who ultimately end up reaching their goals.


    If you find yourself losing steam, even though you've been killing it for a while consistently, day in and day out, just remember that you aren't the only person that experiences this. Also keep in mind that getting yourself BACK on track is what will separate you from everyone else that never achieves what they set out to achieve.


    Are you looking to be successful and win? Or are you looking to run the same rat race as everyone else, and continuously getting so off track that you never achieve your fitness, health and nutrition goals?


    The choice is yours - it just requires getting out of your own head.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Twitter: @gordonalight

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  • 00:49:51

    Weight Training vs. Cardio Training

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    Ah, the age-old debate of weight training vs. cardio.


    Truthfully, I believe this should not be a debate. While similar, these are two very different methods of exercise which map to very different objectives. Because of this, it's important to be thoughtful about how you're training, and deploying your strategy in a way that links to your main desired objective or goal.


    Minute for minute, cardio burns more calories than weightlifting. However, weight training will increase resting metabolism in a way that cardio does not


    Weight training provides muscle mass growth, which equates to strength gain. Since muscle and strength are functions of eachother, the more you build, the stronger you become. The stronger you become, the better and more effective you become when weight training. The results of this combination are substantially better resting metabolic rates, a fuller and more defined aesthetic, and an easier every day life due to increased strength.


    If you're wondering whether you should be performing cardio or weight training as a major component in your training program... the real answer should be both.


    There are few cases when one dominates exclusively over the other. In these cases, it's usually due to a very specific athletic objective. For those of us who are NOT playing D1 college sports (or something similar), our best bet to get the body, energy, flexibility, aesthetics, speed and health that we want, we're going to have to put in both weight training AND cardio work.


    Inside you'll hear many benefits and cons to exclusively performing one training method or the other, as well as some sample workouts for ways to incorporate both methods of training targeted towards very specific goals.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com

  • 00:28:08

    Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

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    Are you TRULY comfortable in your own skin?


    Unfortunately, this is the thing that keeps most people BACK from achieving their fitness goal.


    That's right, it seems opposite, but it's the truth.


    People are so uncomfortable in their own skin, that instead of becoming empowered to get more fit, stronger, lose weight, gain weight, etc., they end up in a situation where it's more comfortable for them to hide than to go look awkward working out in front of other, more fit people.


    I don't EVER cater to the mentality of "everyone is special, everyone deserves to win" - but I do know this: our bodies are ALL unique. My body is mine, your body is yours. All the flaws, all the imperfections, all the wrinkles, all the hair, all freckles, all the lines.....they are unique to that body.


    That is powerful, and people need to spend an extra few minutes here and there understanding and respecting the body.


    Take an extra few minutes looking at yourself sometime. Stand in the mirror, naked. Look at the details. Move your arms, watch how your body changes and reacts when you move. Through this, you can actually develop a respect and appreciation for your body. Not to mention, some comfort with it being the way that it is.


    When you truly appreciate the body you have, and all of its capabilities and unique features, you WILL become more comfortable with it. Then (and this is the best part), once you become more comfortable with it, you will be able to apply a fitness routine and nutrition plan much more easily. Every little change that takes place you will notice because you will have a better understanding of your body.


    It all starts with learning to love your body and being comfortable in your own skin.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com

  • 00:35:56

    What is Bodyfat and How Much is Too Much?

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    Have you ever wondered what bodyfat really is?


    Ever wonder how its truly measured, what your bodyfat percentage really is and what that tells you about your health?


    In this episode, we dive into bodyfat. We discuss the pro's and con's of bodyfat, what TYPE of bodyfat makes us look fat (not lean/cut/shredded), what happens in our bodies to create fat AND how it gets burned, and also how to melt away fat in order to get the lean look that most of us are after.


    We also talk in detail about what is considered "normal" for bodyfat percentages for both men AND women, and what it means if you are above or below these typical BF ranges.


    Ever wanted to look lean and cut? We also talk about what type of bodyfat percentages you will likely need to achieve in order to get more lean to create muscle definition.


    There's a lot more content inside the episode, all about bodyfat! This applies to all the serious fitness enthusiasts AND the new guys that are just getting started.


    This content is very valuable - have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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  • 00:22:31

    How to Stay Focused When You Lose Focus

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    Do you ever lose focus, drive and motivation?


    Its a trick question, because EVERYONE loses focus at some point or another. Even the most ambitious, hungry and passionate people become unfocused at some point or another.


    Its those that can continue to push when they aren't fully engaged, and also find a way to become fully engaged again, that end up winning.


    The best part: we all have this inside of us. We all can make sure that we operate at a high level even when we don't feel like it. We all can make sure that we can return to the state of mind needed to feel driven, motivated and focused when we become derailed.


    One major piece of what it takes to do this is putting the right people around you, day in and day out. Energy, vibes, whatever...it's real. You put like-minded people around you that are focused on being fit, eating well, and not living a sedentary life will cause you to change your tune to the point where you are operating with a lot of the same characteristics.


    There's more to it than putting the right people around you, but that is definitely THE best place to start and by far the most important piece to this.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com

  • 00:36:56

    Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food

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    What's your relationship with food look like?


    If you're looking to make a major transformation, chances are, your relationship isn't great.


    On the flip side, however, if you have already gone through a transformation, there's a high likelihood that you could also have a bad relationship with food.


    What the hell is a bad relationship with food? It's when suffer from major internal conflict over the act of eating. For some people, this is an issue with eating too much of something, and for others, it is an issue of not eating enough.


    As discussed in the podcast, here's a list that does a decent job of breaking down 5 of the most common types/reasons behind bad relationships with food:


    People with an obsession around undereatingPeople with an obsession around overeatingPeople with an extreme focus on ingredients and makeup (snobs, foodies)People that are obsessed with specific food ingredients and makeup (carb, fat, protein)People who have allergies (gluten/celiac, etc)


    There are many different layers and sublayers to this, and we begin to scratch the surface of each one inside the episode.


    Bottom line: food is something we all can have a healthy relationship with, and enjoy it for its nourishing benefits but also from the taste and enjoyment that it brings as well.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com

  • 00:35:53

    The Difference Between Habits and Discipline

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    What is the difference between a habit and discipline?


    When it comes to fitness, these two words are used together so often, and usually in a way that is incorrect. Habits are not disciplines, and having discipline is not the same as having a habit.


    The textbook definitions for these are:


    HABIT: a regular tendency that is difficult to give up

    DISCIPLINE: training to achieve controlled behavior, often using punishment to correct disobedience


    Habits are tendencies, and can be either good or bad. They are always set off by a trigger. An example of this is: you eat lunch, and that is a trigger for you to seek out something sweet to have after lunch (a cookie, a piece of candy, etc). It's not that you're still hungry, or really NEED something sweet. It's a bad habit that you got yourself into. The good news, you can get yourself out of it.


    Fixing habits is all about looking at triggers, and changing the habit at the source. Sometimes this also means introducing new triggers and habits, which ultimately can end up replacing the old ones over time.


    Creating discipline is all about forcing yourself to adhere to a new set of rules and guidelines. Being disciplined means sacrificing a little of bit of something at a time, and steadily increasing that amount of sacrifice until it's a lot. However, by the time you get to a high level of sacrifice (bad food, beer, junk, laziness, etc), you will have done so in a way that doesn't feel like you're giving up a lot. It takes discipline to build new habits.


    The best part about discipline and habits is that they feed each other, and both map to your end goals, whatever they are. The more good habits you add to your lifestyle, the more discipline you create, which allows you to continue to add even more good habits and build a healthy lifestyle on top of all of that.


    Ultimately, by doing this you create a powerful cycle that allows you to absolutely CRUSH your fitness goal, starting with your daily habits and the discipline to see them through.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com

  • 00:42:32

    How to Train with Progressive Overload

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    Have you ever wanted to grow your muscles more?


    Maybe you are looking for bigger muscle size, strength, vascularity, or all of the above? The reason you aren't growing may have nothing to do with your nutrition or work ethic. The reason may be because your training isn't conducive to these goals. The reason might be that you just aren't pushing yourself with a commonly misunderstood technique called Progressive Overload.


    Not enough people understand the concept of Progressive Overload when it comes to training.


    So what does it mean?


    Progressively (continuously) overloading your muscles is really the only way to ensure muscular growth and strength increases. This means incorporating some strategies such as: constantly increasing weight, reps, number of days of training, and slowing down your rep speed. The reason these work is because your body continually has to grow and develop more strength/size in order to keep up with the continuously increased load.


    Oh, and there are more ways to dial in progressive overload beyond what is listed above, discussed in the episode.


    One thing I've learned about Progressive Overload over the years is that most people DON'T understand what it means, how to use it properly, and the amazing benefits it can provide for ANYONE. It's not just for powerlifters, bodybuilders, or gym rats. This is a concept and practice that can help literally anyone increase their fat burning, look better, be more energetic, and improve their overall body composition.


    Have a listen, and share with a like-minded friend.


    Lastly, if you liked what you heard and got value out of it, please leave a review in iTunes - it would mean the world to me.


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    Twitter: @gordonalight

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    Website: http://sobampodcast.com