Thanks to the Internet, you can now earn a Master’s degree on any subject imaginable without ever leaving your house. This, of course, is an amazing thing, however the online world is often overwhelming. With so much information out there, how do you make sense of it all?
Allow me to help!
Here’s an ever-evolving list of blogs, websites, podcasts, services, and products that I like. Whenever friends, family or clients ask for advice that’s outside of my wheelhouse, I usually steer them towards one of these resources.
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(A quick side note: Just because I’m recommending something, that doesn’t mean it’s beyond reproach. Keeping an open mind is important, but so is remaining skeptical. Question everything!)
Fitness Pros I Like
Jason Ferruggia – My go-to resource for all things strength and fitness, Jason specializes in minimalist training for hard-gainers.
Dan John – The wise ol’ philosopher of the lifting world. All coaches and teachers should familiar themselves with Dan John’s work.
Mike Mahler – Few people have done more to simplify the subjects of physical strength and hormone optimization; and if you need a kick in the pants to jump-start your life, well, he can do that too.
Joy Yonan-Renold – Whenever a female client says she doesn’t want to lift heavy for fear of getting “too big”, I send them to Joy’s site.
Scott Shetler – Powerlifter, martial artist, author, animal welfare activist: Scott Shetler is all of these things and more.
Krista Scott-Dixon – A funny and foul-mouthed fountain of fitness and nutrition knowledge.
Lee Boyce – “The Opinionated Generalist” of the fitness world. Straight talk from one of the smartest trainers in the game.
Strength & Fitness Sites I Like
T-Nation – Don’t let their branding turn you off (I know, it’s tough); T-Nation offers tons of excellent information on the more hardcore aspects of lifting.
Breaking Muscle – For those who can’t stomach the Gym Bro attitude, Breaking Muscle delivers the goods with a more palatable approach.
Girls Gone Strong – The name says it all: a serious (but not too serious) strength training site “designed by women for women”.
On Target Publications – Specialists in publishing the best works relating to strength and corrective exercises. Take a look at their list of authors — it’s the fitness world’s equivalent of the Dream Team.
Greatist – Your one-stop-site for all things healthy, from recipes to workouts to product reviews.
Nutrition Sites I Like
Precision Nutrition – Effective nutrition coaching that focuses on building healthy habits for life. Lots of great (and free!) content. Their infographics are essential.
Nutrition Facts – The most reliable source for peer-reviewed, science-based research on health and nutrition.
Examine – Curious about supplements? With more than 40,000 references to the latest research, chances are the folks at Examine have the answers you’re looking for.
Supplements I Like
Mahler’s Aggressive Strength – A powerful lineup of hormone optimizers that actually work! Mahler’s Aggressive Strength is the real deal; don’t waste your time or money on anything else.
Six Star Pro Nutrition – Supplements for the thrifty lifter, Six Star’s products are inexpensive and readily available at the evil corporate retailer whose name rhymes with DollFart.
Health, Fitness & Lifestyle Podcasts I Like
Live Life Aggressively – A no-holds-barred approach to living life on your own terms.
Renegade Radio – Get fit. Get focused. Live a life worth talking about.
The Rich Roll Podcast – Unlock and unleash your best, most authentic self.
Joe Rogan Experience – Gonzo interviews with elite athletes, trainers, and scientists.
No Meat Athlete Radio – Nutrition, training and lifestyle tips for the plant-based athlete.
Plant Yourself Podcast – Interviews and discussions on the power of plant-based living.
Only Human – A podcast about making the most of our health, from WNYC Studios.
The Physical Preparation Podcast – Coaching veteran Mike Robertson interviews the best & brightest.
GTA Gyms I Like
Carpio Strength & Conditioning – A private training facility that specializes in small-group and one-on-one training, Carpio is one of my main training spots in Toronto. Hardcore training without any fake-macho-hardcore attitude.
Training Spaces – My other home away from home, Training Spaces is where I work with clients in a one-on-one setting. All the equipment and space you need to train, none of the distractions.
YMCA of Greater Toronto – Lots of locations throughout the GTA, with more on the way. Every Y offers a wide range of fitness classes and well-equipped weight rooms. The affordable memberships make fitness accessible to everyone.
Bang Personal Training – Home to some of the finest minds in fitness, Bang is not your typical gym. No cookie-cutter workouts here, just hard work, lots of sweat and big results.