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A step-by-step honest guide on how to reverse diet as a beginner with recorded photos, discussion videos, plans and fails

My revelation – reverse dieting does work and it could potentially be the only diet anyone ever needs to do, if done properly. And that’s what I truly believe.

The stats say 90% of diets fail, however I believe if more people understood about reverse dieting that statistic would drastically drop. A step-by-step honest guide on how to reverse diet as a beginner with recorded photos, discussion videos, plans and fails… This changed my life, I felt in better shape…

The 16 best TRX exercises guide with video technique

The 16 best TRX exercises guide with video technique

Understanding correct TRX fitness changed my life.

It’s allowed my little northern ass to build muscle, develop areas of functional fitness and maintain a physique whilst travelling all over the world as a digital nomad. Where I go – my gym goes and my gym is my TRX. I wrote a post on the phycological benefits of using a TRX for fitness and on the physiological benefits of using a TRX for fitness. Here, I’m getting down and dirty with the…

4 life changing benefits of telling myself I’m going to gain weight

4 life changing benefits of telling myself I’m going to gain weight

What a difference a month of Pina Coladas, cigars and revelling in the Cuban culture can make. But, what an even bigger difference telling myself I was going to gain weight made.

I’m a fitness
fanatic, always have been.

And the fear of putting on weight? I’ve had that bad boy for a ruddy long time. The 4 life changing benefits of telling myself I’m going to gain weight.

I always felt it was something I had to avoid. Something I must…

10 key muscle building fitness facts to my younger self

10 key muscle building fitness facts to my younger self

Hindsight is a bloody marvellous thing isn’t it.

I wish I’d known these

If I could turn back the hands of time. There’s a few things I wish I’d known before I picked up my first 2kg dumb bell. 10 key muscle building fitness facts to my younger self.

1. You need to calculate your nutrition macros specific to you.

Not knowing what you’re
putting into your body to get the best out of it. Is like guessing the fuel
type and oil levels…

The benefits of using a TRX for home and travel workouts, doing a TRX fly

The benefits of using a TRX

If you want to take the gym on the road or be able to exercise any-where any-way. A TRX is for you.

The benefits go way beyond just physical

I find the benefits of using a TRX go way beyond just physical. They’re also psychological. In this post I write about the physical benefits of using a TRX. From my own personal experience of using one for several years and from science. In my post here I write about the psychological…

Benefits of using a resistance band

The benefits of using a resistance band

The benefits of using a resistance band for travel and home workouts are awesome and HUGE!

I used to think it won’t work for me

I used to look at resistance bands and think phaa! No weight – won’t work for me. Man need weight, man need heavy weight! Silly boy. The benefits of using a resistance band a great. Now I look at them like a box of pop tarts, gimme! Bands, especially the above easy level CrossFit one, have…

The best way to keep fit without a gym TRX Traveller Adam Atkinson after a TRX workout and home workout with resistance bands

The BEST way to keep fit without a gym

“I’ll never use a gym again.”

Hooked to a gym

After years of spending time restricted to the belief that I had to use a gym to look good, build muscle, keep fit and thus feel good. Along with the belief that my clients who I trained as a PT did. I can honestly say after finding the best way to keep fit without a gym (we’ll get to it) I won’t step foot inside a one again.

Along with feeling better…

How to calculate your nutrition macros

Ok let’s keep it simple as there’s a lot of fluff and complication out there.

Calculating

How to calculate your nutrition macros. Here’s 5 simple steps to calculate your macro intake so you can use it to gain weight (muscle mass) or loose weight (get lean / ripped) whilst using a travel workout or home workout plan. Everyone is different and everyone has their own unique numbers. I learnt the huge benefit of calculating macros and flexible dieting from Nick…

Six best TRX exercises for arms biceps and triceps

Six best TRX exercises for arms biceps and triceps. In my Mexican back garden here on a lovely sunny morning. The six best TRX exercises for bigger arms, incorporate these six exercises into your training for adding growth to your arms. It’s all about slow negative and squeezing at the top. Ideal when travelling, in your home, in a park or anywhere for that matter. No gym no problem.
You can pickup a TRX here . You can find my exercise…

The best three TRX exercises for abs

The best three TRX exercises for abs are ideal when travelling, in your home, in a park, anywhere for that. No gym needed. Keep it slow, controlled and squeeze.
You can pickup a TRX here or a new favourite, those little yellow dumb bells you can see in the bottom corner, Drybells. The portable kettle you can fill with sand. I’m addicted to it. You can find my exercise videos with that here and travel workout plans here.

Kettlebell FAT BURNER workout

Full body Kettlebell FAT BURNER workout – The BEACH BURNER! Had my new beach beat tunes on with @ddarkonline blasting out the portable speaker for this killer workout, vols up 🔊! (original music video here)

Using a Drybell filled to 16kg with sand.1 squat1 kettle bell swing2 squats2 kettlebell swings3 squats3 kettlebell swings…. and so on until failure, non stop.My PB is 30 before game over. Go on, BEAT IT!

Progresso beach near the beautiful little town of Merida

You can find…

The HUGE benefits of drinking Yerba mate

Yerba Mate a drink from Argentina, a drink of culture, a drink with huge nutritional benefits.
The HUGE benefits of drinking Yerba mate. Walk around any street in Uruguay and you will see 99% of people holding a flask and what looks to be a wizards cauldron. In similar fashion you will see the same all over Argentina but more so in social situations and at work. I have an Argentinian friend who will drink 5L of Mate a day.

I’ve been drinking this…

Resistance band shoulder workout

Resistance band shoulder workout. Shoulders super-set band exercise to add muscle mass in my Mexican back garden.

These are great to do before a planned work-out to increase shoulder size over time if you feel they’re flagging. Whether a squat day or chest day do this superset before hand to gain extra training around your current shoulder training.

50 reps shoulder press
50 reps trap pull

The portable kettle bell for home and travel workout

The portable kettle bell for home and travel workout.

I honestly couldn’t live without this little fella, the Drybell. I initially found it here on Amazon, it’s became my go-to almost every day for travel exercising in some way.

It’s a portable kettle bell you can fill with water up to 10kg and sand up to 17kg meaning the variety is endless no matter where you are.

I’m not a one for preaching about fitness utensils and the greatness of  things such as…

Kettle bell and body weight shoulder workout tri-set

Kettle bell and body weight shoulder workout tri-set. Add muscle mass hypertrophy to your shoulders with this body-weight and dry bell tri-set.

Aim for:

6 reps of shoulder press
12 reps of side to front raise
24 reps of prone fly

3 sets

You can grab a Drybell from here. They’re incredible for training any way any where.

Supplements that stop you loosing muscle mass

Supplements that stop you loosing muscle mass.
BCAA
The foundations of protein synthesis and muscle building. The body can’t produce these and so they must be ingested from food/supps. It’s often difficult to find adequate sources of nutrition to supply your body with the required levels of BCAA for maintaining and increasing fitness whilst travelling. Having these little gems helps with that. Grab them here
Glutamine
Taking these supps aids in reducing muscle breakdown and improves protein metabolism. Glutamine is the most common…

How to use a TRX with correct technique

TRX is all about time under tension don’t think fast and pump
How to use a TRX with correct technique and why you’re performing TRX wrong. Think slow and squeeze.
Couple of tips to get the most out of a TRX

Do 3-5 second negative phases, when the muscle extends.
Do 1-2 second contracting phases, when the muscle shortens.
Hold and squeeze the muscle at the top for whatever you’re targeting.
Really stretch the muscle an example of this is TRX…

Resistance band arms bicep workout

Resistance band arms bicep workout. Build bigger arms specifically biceps with this one bands super-set exercise. Great to do on a morning or night to give extra training to your arms around your routine or involve them with your routine.

Aim for:

12 reps of flat palm curls
straight into
24 reps of hammer grips curls

3 sets

You can find my band workout plans here

Resistance band arms triceps workout

Resistance band arms triceps workout. Build bigger arms specifically triceps with this one bands super-set exercise. Great to do on a morning when you wake or on an evening before you sleep to bring more growth to your arms.

Aim for:

12 reps of hammer grip band pull downs
straight into
24 reps of flat palm push downs

3 sets

You can find my resistance band workout plans here

TRX legs workout for home and travel

TRX legs workout for home and travel. Growing these chicken legs in my Mexican Cabina here with a TRX legs superset exercise. It really challenges your cardiovascular also and builds one might sweat up.

Aim for:

12 reps of single leg alternate jumping pistol squats
straight into
12 reps of jumping squats

4 sets

You can find my TRX workout plans here

Why use a TRX and resistance band for exercise?

Why use a TRX and resistance band for exercise?. By combining a band and TRX. You can create two different types of training styles. That put the nervous system under different levels of shock compared to standard gym weights.

Personally I’ve found better aesthetic, cardiovascular, flexibility and muscle growth. When using a TRX combined with bands within my nomad travel life. Than I ever have from years of time spent in the gym.

Don’t believe me? Give it a go yourself!

I…

How to keep fit while travelling

How to keep fit while travelling. By combining a band and TRX. You can create two different types of training styles. These styles put the nervous system under different levels of shock. Compared to using gym machines or weights and a bench.

Personally I’ve found better aesthetic, cardiovascular, flexibility and muscle growth. Using a TRX combined with bands within my nomad travel life. Than I ever have from years of time spent in the gym.

Don’t believe me? Give it a…

The best natural pre-workout nutrition and supplements

The best natural pre-workout nutrition and supplements. You can’t beat the Mexican nomad fitness life. After waking I’ll normally have a cleansing tea of mate and lemon followed by:

Banana – 1
BCAA – 1 tab
Glutamine – 1 tab
Mexicans finest coffee with a dab of natural plant sugar

The water bottle I use whilst exercising has salts and whey protein in. Fuelled.

Why the supps? Well,

BCAA: Foundations of protein synthesis and muscle building. The body can’t produce these and so they must be…