Workout: 21-15-9 reps for time of:
Squat Clean (135, 95)
Time Cap: 10 Minutes
You Can’t Out-Exercise A Bad Diet
What you do outside the gym is just as important as what you do inside the gym. Don’t believe us? Just take Rodrigo’s word for it.
So we all know exercise is important. It stimulates a healthy hormonal balance within the body, it builds muscle and helps the body burn fat through increased metabolism. It will also make you look better naked, and who doesn’t want that. BUT, and this is a big but (no pun intended…), you cannot out-train a bad diet.
Make no mistake, nutrition forms the foundation for our entire health (and fitness) — and that even includes body composition. No matter how much you work out, if you are eating the wrong foods, in the wrong quantities, it can be very difficult to see optimum results for better health, fitness or body composition. In Rodrigo’s case, while he was eating the right types of foods, it was the quantities (of protein, carbohydrate & fat) that needed changing… and it made all the difference! — His body composition has improved more in the past three months than anything he’s experienced cumulatively in the past three years. And his fitness has skyrocketed as a result!
Unfortunately, the standard western diet is full of foods that do not promote health and are certainly not optimum fuel sources for the body. Eating processed foods, such as wheat and sugar, promotes inflammation in the intestines, which then can not only cause a host of health problems (such as auto-immune conditions, diabetes, bloating, joint pain, etc…), but will also very often lead to weight gain and fat retention. No amount of exercise will help when this is the case. In fact, too much exercise can even exacerbate things by adding more stress on the body — leading to a dis-regulation of cortisol levels, and again, often contributing to a greater retention of body fat.
So, the key here is finding a level of training that is right for your body — preferably shorter high-intensity workouts (such as our shorter conditioning workouts) rather than repeated and/or longer periods of training “cardio” — and cleaning up your diet so that it is comprised mostly of whole, unprocessed foods as close to their natural state as possible… in a balanced ratio that supports exercise, but not body fat.