Diet and Exercise

People ask me all the time about my diet and exercise routine. I’m always down to give tips and advice, but at the end of the day you need to find what works best for you. I grew up playing sports and was a very active kid. My brother and I played soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and pretty much anything that was competitive. We were always outside running around, that’s what you do in rural Pennsylvania. Hockey was my main sport throughout high school, but I never worked out for it and really didn’t care about my diet. Fast forward a couple years out of high school, I’m on tour all the time, eating pizza every day and drinking all the beer I can get my hands on. I never realized just how active I was growing up until I stopped playing sports. I had turned into what I like to call “skinny fat.”

A few years ago I got tired with the way I was looking and feeling, so I decided to make a change. I was working with a guy who was always at the gym lifting and he took me under his wing. He taught me a lot of the basics when it came to properly lifting and also about supplements. I read lots of literature and started watching videos online, trying to learn as much as I could. What I found with diet and exercise was that its one of the few things in life you have total control over, and for me that was very empowering. If you put in the time, effort, and energy, you will see the direct results. This has now become a lifestyle for me. If you really want to change your body, the way you look and feel, you need to change your lifestyle. I’m fortunate enough that I live a life where I can do that. It’s not easy, it’s actually extremely difficult, but if you want to do it you can make it happen.

I’m always looking for ways to improve my look and physic. 2 months ago I started following a paleo diet, and it’s taken things to a new level for me. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the paleo diet is meant to mimic a “hunter/gatherer” diet. You CAN eat Grass-produced meats, fish/seafood, fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, nuts and seeds, healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut). You CANNOT eat Cereal grains, legumes (including peanuts), dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, salt, refined vegetable oils. I pretty much eat the same thing all day long, it’s quite boring. But I feel incredible and I look much more lean and tone. Since I’ve been working out and eating right, nothing has showed me more results than going paleo. Exercising is a must, but as far as getting results, your diet makes up about 70% of the work.

I’m in the gym 6 days a week. My cycle is typically chest, shoulders, legs, back, arms, and then an off day, and then back at it. I’ll do a heavy week and then a rep week. I honestly hate doing cardio, but I try to find ways to mix up my routine as well. I do yoga (I love hot yoga), hiking, swimming, and kickball. You have to mix things up and keep your body guessing. Once you start to plateau, and you will, you need to shake things up and push it to a new level.

I’m not a personal trainer or a nutritionist, just a guy who has dedicated himself to living a healthy lifestyle. That includes physical, mental and emotional health. It works for me and I know it can work for anyone. If I can help out or be a resource in any way feel free to comment and get involved.

Mike