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Tackling your questions about fitness, health, wellness and mindset.

Tackling your questions about fitness, health, wellness and mindset.
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Tackling your questions about fitness, health, wellness and mindset.




7 Things You Should Do Before Working Out To Maximize Your Results

How often have you shown up for your workout and just started right into it? Maybe you had a long day, or an early morning, and simply getting to the gym and finishing on time is all you can think about. Have you felt frustrated after many months of not seeing the results that you expected? Nick and Ben bring you a list of things that you can do prior to showing up for your workout to make sure that you get all the benefit you can from that session.


DITL- Pregnancy Series- Talking Self-Care w/ Dr. Charlanne Gasper

As the first episode in our Pregnancy Series, Nick and Ben have an in depth conversation with Dr. Charlanne Gasper about the effects that nutrition has on a pregnancy. This is interview is jam packed with helpful information that most mother's may not have heard before.


The Downside of Growing Muscle: Bodybuilder Problems

Growing muscle isn't always rainbows and butterflies. There can be some real challenges that accompany this decision. Nick and Ben take a lighter look at some of these challenges and make fun of what can be rather frustrating realizations of growing muscle.


The Micros of Macros

So, maybe you've heard about macros and that you should "count them". You might have even heard some catchy tagline like "If It Fits In My Macros" while referencing a bowl of ice cream with Oreos and gummy worms sprinkled on top. But what are "macros"? And why should you be concerned with them? Nick and Ben clear the air about what macros are and how they impact your nutrition. Whether you're looking to lose body fat or put on lean muscle, knowing the answers to those questions will help you...


Cardio: The Hidden Component to Building Muscle

Have you ever been told that doing cardio exercises causes you to lose muscle? While that can be a true statement, it is also true that there are certain types of cardio that can contribute to muscle growth. Nick and Ben cover the different ways in which doing cardio can help you put on lean muscle mass. It may be time to rethink how you approach cardio in your workouts.


Shake It Up: When Should I Have a Protein Shake?

With all the different types of protein powders on the market, which one is right for you? And more importantly, when should you take it to get optimal results? Nick and Ben get gritty with the details you need to supercharge your protein shakes.


Carbs: Friend or Foe?

We've all been told at one point or another "Carbs are bad!" But are they? Surely that statement can't be all false. Are there such things as good carbs? Can "junk" carbs still have some benefit to them? Nick and Ben get a little gritty with this topic so that you have a better understanding of how and when to use carbs to get to your goal.


Proper Gym Etiquette- Do's and Don'ts

Whether you're new to the gym or have been attending for years, there are certain behaviors that are and aren't acceptable. More than likely, you (just like us) have been guilty of at least one of these taboo acts. Relax and enjoy, as Nick and Ben bring you a comical look at what not to do while in the gym.


What Are the Body Types and How Do They Affect Me?

When it comes to muscle and body fat, your body has a specific way of handling them. The 3 body types are designed as a means to help you understand how each one fares in those two areas of tissue growth and loss. Understanding which body type you are is like having a road map for your journey: without it you may never arrive at your destination. Nick and Ben dive into each body type so that you can have clarity as to how you should approach muscle growth and fat management.


Embrace the Negative if You Want to Get Positive Results

How in the world can negative be positive? When it comes to lifting weights, the "negative" is your greatest opportunity for muscle growth. Nick and Ben dive into the reasons why this is, and why you should emphasize more time in this portion of the lift. We don't pay to watch a movie and leave halfway through. So why go to the gym only to get half the benefits of your time spent their?


Training for Strength vs. Size

Is there a difference between training strictly for strength and training strictly for size? How do you know if your training routine is the correct path to your desired destination? Nick and Ben break down the fundamental differences between resistance training to increase strength and training to see muscle growth.


Prioritize Your Budget: The Hierarchy of Supplements

So you've been told you should be taking supplements. Cool. But which ones? Many aren't cheap and there are so many out there that it can be daunting to figure out what you should take. Nick and Ben lay out the supplements they recommend and which ones they put less emphasis on.


DITL- Choosing the Right Trainer w/ Jay Manley

Have you ever considered using a personal trainer? Not sure if it's the right time? Is it worth the cost? How do you select the right one for you? Nick and Ben bring you their own trainer, Jay Manley. Jay lays out some insights as to how and when you should approach the implementation of a trainer in your fitness journey.


Fact vs. Fiction: Filtering Out What's Real and What's Rumor

The fitness industry is riddled with "bro science" and "my uncle said..." stories that can create confusion around what's true and what's false. Oftentimes when we begin our journey's, we listen to people that we look up to because of their results but don't fully vet the information they give us. Nick and Ben want to lay a few things straight for you, and confirm a few things you might have already known.


Stubborn Muscles- How to Finally See Gains in Those Hard to Grow Areas

Most of us have run into a period of time in our journey where we cannot seem to grow a specific muscle or group of muscles. This stall can be frustrating and bothersome. Nick and Ben take a look at a few techniques that you can implement immediately to start seeing movement in your stubborn muscle groups.


DITL- Talking Meal Prep and Fat Loss w/ Bo Corley

In our premiere episode of Down in the Lounge, we speak with Bo Corley about his weight loss journey. Bo's incredible story is sure to inspire anyone who is looking to lose body fat, even if it's just a little bit.


How to Maintain Proper Nutrition with a Busy or Unpredictable Schedule

One of the most difficult components of leading a healthy lifestyle is maintaining proper nutrition. Throw in the fact that most people lead very time-demanding lives and you have a recipe for under eating, eating junk foods, or sometimes not eating at all. Nick and Ben bring you some insights on how to navigate these rough waters so that you can reach your health and fitness goals.


Understanding What Body Fat Is and How to Control It

Are you struggling to get rid of body fat? Maybe it's a little, maybe it's a lot, but most of us want to look and feel better. Getting your body fat under control is not only vital to your health, but plays a major part in how we look aesthetically. Nick and Ben do a deep dive to help you understand some of the science behind losing body fat so you can get that body you've always dreamed of.


How to Get Back Into a Fitness Routine After a Long Break

Has it been a while since you've been able to put effort into your fitness? Getting back into the swing of things can be tough, especially if you feel like you've lost ground that you worked so hard to gain. No worries. Nick and Ben go in detail about how you should approach getting back in the game. Apply what they discuss, and you'll be back to where you were (and beyond) in no time.


Healthy vs Fit: What is The Difference?

Ever asked yourself "Can I be healthy and not fit?" Or vice versa? I mean sure, we all know we can be unhealthy and unfit, or healthy and fit. But are they one in the same? Nick and Ben tackle this head on providing examples of how you can determine what is considered healthy and what is considered fit.