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). Compaired to the 90’s and the early 2000’s, now genetics is very tangible as genetic tests are sold as a solution to fix diet and training. Long-time reader 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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The Mainstream Fitness Media Catastrophe

Open up your mind and see the truth.

Chantal and I have a somehow weird habit: when we are sitting at my parent’s couch after a lovely sunday supper, we love to browse in female fitness magazines and spot the newest pseudo-fitness weirdness. Of course my mum does not buy that crap, the newspaper guy gives it for free to her πŸ˜‰
Long story short: mainstream fitness media is a cestpool of half-truths, outright lies and generally people who want to sell you something. If you have not been into evidence-based fitness for some time it is sometimes difficult to see through the fog of ads and unrealistic expectations. I have written this small guide hoping that it helps you think critically when you next consume fitness media!

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How To Monitor Your Progress

Everything you need to know to set up for long term success.

Even if you are not competing and you go to the gym because you like the feeling afterwards, or you love the idea of becoming as strong as hell, most of us want to see some kind of progress. That’s why in my opinion monitoring progress during your fitness and health journey is one of the most important factors for long time motivation and adherence. How else are you going to assess if the things you did actually lead to results? If you have no plan how to do it best, this article is for you!

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How To Meal Prep

Basic calculations and cooking guidelines.

Even if meal prep sounds like something only fitness freaks do, it is a very convenient and time efficient way to assure that you get something proper to eat for the whole week. It may also be a great strategy to save money since often it is cheaper to buy certain foods in bulk. Meal prep is more than just cooking something in batch and then putting the leftovers in tupper boxes, although this is already a big step in the right direction for most people who are not used to cooking. Here we delve a little deeper: distribution of protein, balancing calories and eating well while doing so.

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Happy Holidays!

Dear BearyStrong-Blog Reader,

we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the days with your beloved ones. The Bearystrong team (Stefan & Chantal) is taking some days off, therefore the next post will be on Thursday, 2nd of January 2020. In the meantime:

We at Bearystrong wish you a Happy New Year and a lot of gains for 2020! Special thanks to all the friends and clients who supported our business this year. You rock!

Chantal & Stefan

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The Power Of Habits

Practical insights for a powerful tool.

The idea of researching about the power of habits was inspired by our friend and first-time client Alexa: she asked us if we can write a guideline about developing good habits and how to get rid of bad habits. Two days later I spotted on Instagram a perfect matching book: Atomic Habis, An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. It does not surprise me that the fitness community seems to love the book: habits are a powerful self development tool and most strength trainees strive for improvement not only in the gym. While motivation comes and goes, habits are built to stay, which, in case of good habits, is desirable but may make reaching certain goals more difficult in case of bad habits.

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Upates Part 2

Update on my postdoc’s life, coaching, education and more

Stefan already wrote a nice update which you should check if you have not done it already. There was a lot going on for both of us, therefore I will add some additional points. By the way it is the first article of mine since ages and I am glad having some time for writing. This will also be one of the last personal blog posts for a long time as we want to get back to proper content and recipes for you!

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