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Muscle Moussaka

Protein rich Greek comfort food.

Right now proper comforting food is important to keep morale high. To help you make gains without blasting through your calorie budget, we created another healthy, protein rich version of a widely known comfort food. One of our clients (and a good friend) inspired us to give moussaka a try. We are very proud of the result, so give it a try, I am sure you will like it!

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Advanced Training Techniques: Intensity Techniques

Common techniques, benefits and drawbacks.

Everybody knows and loves straight sets and traditional ways to organise training, but there are ways to make training more challenging, time efficient or both. Most of these techniqes are known as intensity-techniques, which is really a misnomer as training intensiveness (effort) is increased and not intensity (resistance). What are those techniques, do they really offer any benefit and who should implement them? Let’s take a look!

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Easy Ossobuco

Italian comfort food to brighten up your days.

I think it is time for even more Italian comfort food. Today we go with ossobuco, a dish that is somehow magical for me. I still can’t quite understand why such humble ingredients taste so incredibly good together. The version I made is a little easier to prepare than the original and doesn’t compromise on taste. Give it a try!

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Training Intensiveness

How hard should you train?

How hard you should train is an important variable in training and I think many people lose a lot of time durdling around at the gym without making any progress because they fail to implement enough intensiveness. But does everybody have to go “balls to the wall”, or are there finer nuances to it? And what are the drawbacks of high intensiveness? Well, let’s take a look!

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Pan De Mej

Corn bread the Italian way

Currently Milan is under quarantine: the SARS-CoV-2 has paralyzsed the city and I do not think I will see my home town for a long time. Fortunately my parents are here in Austria and my mother has baked one of the most traditional but less known sweets from Milan: pan de mej, a hybrid between corn bread and corn cookies. I can not visit her and therefore she gave me the recipe to bring a little bit of our city to Vienna. The recipe is a winner: it is incredibly easy and it turned out delicious. Soft, not too sweet and an incredible corn flavour. Give these cookies a try, I am sure you will like them!

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Healthy Eating On A Budget

Tips and tricks to save your wallet while eating like a king.

Many people think that eating in a healthy way is very expensive, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Buying and cooking in a smart way can save you a lot of money! But first of all, remember that not investing in your health (and this includes not buying the best food you can afford) probably isn’t the best idea in the long run. Also think about why some foods are as cheap as they are. Somebody in the production chain has to pay for that. Who is it going to be? You did the first step in the right direction by reading this article, therefore here are my favourite ways on saving up some money when doing the groceries. Enjoy reading, set a couple of my advices in practice and you are on the best way on eating healthy without spending a fortune!

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The Lifter’s Lasagne

Comfort food for everyday life.

Lasagne is the king of comfort food. A real treat and for everybody tracking macros, a nightmare to fit into a diet. Our mission was to change this, add protein and lots of veggies without losing too much of the typical, cheesy lasagne feeling. And we are proud to say we managed to pull this off! Enjoy the Lifter’s Lasagne!

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What You Should Know About Science

Limitations and why science is still great.

Evidence-based fitness is a great achievement of the last decades. As we started our fitness journey it was all about what we read in the mainstream fitness media and what we heard from other people who were training. Personal trainers were not used to read scientific publications or science reviews neither. Now as a good online coach and/or personal trainer you are expected to do this. I love science, that’s why I’ve done the PT course by Menno Henselmans, but this approach also has its limitations. In the fitness and health media landscape you can find conflicting evidence on almost every subject and often science is behind what expereinced trainees and coaches already may intuitively know. In this article I’ll explain how science is conducted, how it is possible to find proof for potentially everything and why science is still great.

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Ginger Pork Stew

Wintry Japanese comfort food.

I am missing Japan. Like it sometimes hurts to look at the pictures. Therefore I grab any opportunity to bring some Japanese vibes to our little flat in Vienna. Chantal bought me a great new cookbook by Ivan Orkin (the best non-Japanese ramen chef) as a Valentine’s present and there I found a recipe for a ginger and pork dish. I was hooked immediately and gave it my personal stamp. I chose (by occasion) a little known cut of pork and added a French twist at the end. That’s my type of fusion cuisine. Give it a try, you will love it!

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The Waning Power Of Genetics

A deeper insight on the role of genetics and the new trend of genetic testing.

In the evidence-based natural bodybuilding scene it is currently very popular to make genetics responsible for all the good results (mostly of someone else) or blame genetics for not achieving goals (mostly the own ones). Compared to the 90’s and the early 2000’s, genetics is very tangible as genetic tests are sold as a solution to fix diet and training. Long-time readers of the blog know my opinion on it, but I’ll repeat it again: you should rather invest your money in healthy food and a good coach than on expensive DNA testing, since their validity is still very questionable. Nevertheless, genes do play a huge role, especially in elite sports, but a lot of us do focus a bit too much on it and limit themselves by blaming genetics and resigning too soon.

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