Category Archives: Food for Thought

Episode 7 – I Met My Goal, Now What? – The Human Animal Podcast

This week brings another episode and another topic.  Once you have met your initial fitness goal, what motivates you to continue on?  In this episode, we cover:

  • How do we go about setting new goals?
  • What are the coaches’ current goals and why did we set them?
  • Why fitness and philosophy go hand-in-hand
  • Why this question “I met my goal, now what?” is a critical turning point in your own fitness journey.

…and more!

Enjoy :)


Episode 5 – Mindfulness – The Human Animal Podcast

Welcome to the Human Animal Podcast, were we discuss training, fitness, and nutrition in the modern age.  This week, we are happy to introduce special guest Nathan Miller, CSCS.  Nathan is a fellow coach at Force Fitness and a mindfulness guru.  This week, we cover topics such as:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • How mindfulness can help you reach your fat loss goals and beyond
  • How to start a mindfulness practice
  • Troubleshooting objections
  • and sooooo much more…

I think this was our best podcast to date.  If you think so too, leave us a review or subscribe to us on iTunes!


Matt, Jake, and Nate


Surviving the (Current) Zombie Apocalypse

In the previous post of this series, I revealed why we are already in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  Enough of the madness!  It’s time to arm yourself with strategies to survive and thrive in the modern world.

1.  Avoid Mindless Eating

This is a great tool I got from my good friend and fellow coach Nate Miller.  Before each meal, try practicing this mindfulness routine -

  • Why am I eating?
  • Is it making me healthy, or is it making me sick?
  • Is it worth it?

OWN your decisions, and begin to understand your motivations for those decisions.  Brain de-zombified!

2.  Remove Environmental Toxins

We need to think about our food as a part of our environment.  Our environment modifies our genes, our phenotype, and can exacerbate autoimmune and other inflammatory conditions.  Your mission – eliminate grains, legumes, sugar, dairy, and alcohol for 4 weeks.  Add them back and see how you look, feel, and perform.  Health de-zombified!

3.  Reset Your Biorhythms Continue reading

A Simple Trick to Improve the Efficiency of Practice and Reach Your Goals

Freefitguy Handstand

I finally had a chance to sit down and read “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas Sterner while on a plane to Ireland.  This is part of a kick I’ve been on recently on how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of practice.  Not only do I want to improve my ability to learn new skills quickly, I want to be a more effective coach as well.  I only get to work with people three hours a week, max.  It is super important that these sessions be as successful as possible, and that the new movement patterns “stick” with clients long outside their time with me.

Though there are several lessons to be learned from this book, the one that stuck with me the most is this:  Maintain your focus on practice in the moment, not comparing yourself to your end goal.  This produces short-term satisfaction and long-term success.

Searching for Bobby Handstand

I saw immediate feedback with my quest to master the handstand.  I realized that I was falling into the trap of wanting the handstand so badly, that my practice suffered.  Every day was a failure because I hadn’t reached my end goal – a solid freestanding handstand.  As soon as I switched my goal from “I want to do a handstand” to “I am going to practice a handstand for 5 minutes today”, my practice sessions took off.  Now, every time I spent 5 minutes working on a handstand, I was a success. Continue reading

The Zombie Apocalypse Is Here!

The first time someone sees a MovNat practice session (jumping, climbing, crawling, etc.), they’ll often joke that it looks like I’m training for the Zombie Apocalypse.  I’m all for this comparison, because it starts a conversation.  I explain the real world application of these skills, and how it’s not only fun but keeps me strong and healthy.  They usually nod their head in agreement, but I can tell they feel like it’s so far removed from what they’d ever have to do that it’s almost fantastical.  Sure, it’s great and all to train for the oncoming Zombie hoards, but how can that help me NOW?

Walking out of Kroger the other day, an epiphany smacked into my brain space – the Zombie Apocalypse is already here!  But before you grab your crossbows and head underground with a drum full of coconut oil and as many Primal Pacs as you can muster, let me explain.

In the classic zombie tale, we fear the end of the world coming through some sort of transmittable disease that renders us mindless; decaying bodies barely holding together as we limp around the countryside in search of our next meal.  Isn’t this remarkably similar to what’s happening right now? Continue reading