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If you’re currently following me I just want to let you know that I’m migrating my followers over to my new website, alexcurtisfitness.com. This means you won’t my posts via email anymore unless you subscribe to that site. I’ll still show up in your newsfeed but if you want weekly recipes, fitness advice, and product offers just go to alexcurtisfitness.com and a subscription notice should pop up. Just enter your email and you’re all set.

So, what’s new with this site?

A lot. The page got a total make over and there’s a lot to look forward to within the next several months including:

1) A much bigger recipe selection list: Mexican Cuisine, Breakfasts, Healthy Snacks, Kodiak Cakes Recipes, Smoothies, Green Tea Smoothies and more!

2) E-commerce: I can’t reveal what’s happening yet but you’ll be able to purchase products directly from my page.

3) Easier navigation.

4) Relevant Ads: There will only be a few ads per page and they’ll be totally relevant to you and not invasive.

Subscribers will get special deals and discounts on products when the e-commerce is officially up and running so definitely consider it, especially if you love bangin’ health food.

5 Reasons to Meal Prep

There are 5 important reasons you should start to meal prep.

 

5 reasons to meal prep

If you want to save money, get better fitness results, eat better meals, never get “hangry”, and have fresh food “on tap” then read on. Making your meals in advance, whether that be 1 day, 3 days, or 5 days in advance, can have enormous benefits on your health and on your wallet. Here’s why:

1. Save Money

Bringing home-cooked meals to work can cost you as little as $2-3 for that meal. Compare that with closer to the average $10 that people generally spend on lunch and you can see how those savings can add up over time.

How Meal Prepping Can Save You Thousands

2. Get better fitness results.

Meal prep means you have more control over the exact amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fruit, and vegetables you’re eating. This puts you in the driver seat on the road to fat loss and muscle building.

3. Eat better meals.

When you meal prep you put yourself in charge of how the meals come out. You don’t have to be a great cook to make great meals. My recipes are easy to make (with the exception of some of the more extravagant ones) and take very little time. No disrespect to the classic bagel & cream cheese, but you could have a protein packed Greek yogurt parfait instead and be full way longer.

Cinnamon Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait (Recipe)

4. Never get “hangry”.

Like the Snicker’s commercial, are you not yourself when you’re hungry? Are you more irritable, sleepy, or light headed? When you meal prep you have access to high quality food every 3 hours which means just as you’re really starting to get hungry again you have a meal waiting.

5.Have fresh food on tap.

Piggy-backing off of #4, when you meal prep you have fresh food on tap. Being able to make your diet at least 80% whole food means you can eat high quality, nutrition dense food when you eat, instead of eating greasy pizza and calling that a meal.

High Protein, Low Carb Seafood Zoodles (Recipe)

I highly recommend checking out 6 Pack Fitness if you plan on getting into meal prepping. They make several lines of meal management bags ranging from backpacks and totes, to purses and briefcases.

Boneless Rib Sandwich Recipe

This Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe will be your next BBQ all-star!

Boneless Rib Sandwich Recipe

Sweet & smoky Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce glazed boneless ribs on top of whole wheat ciabatta Texas Toast makes for an unbelievably delicious BBQ sandwich that will blow your friends and family away. Add a large side of garlic & herb zoodles for a surprisingly healthy twist on specialty BBQ cuisine. Here’s what you need to make this Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe:

Ingredients
4 oz. boneless ribs (or shred the meat off of regular ribs)
1 whole wheat ciabatta roll
2 tbsp. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. mixed herbs
1 tsp. olive oil

Instructions
1) Brush the ribs with olive oil and grill them on a medium-high flame until crispy and thoroughly cooked (about 15 minutes).
2) Rub them with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and put them back on the grill for another 30-45 seconds.
3) Spread 1 tbsp. of butter, 1 tsp. of chopped garlic, and 1 tsp. of mixed herbs on a sliced whole wheat ciabatta roll. Grill for 30-60 seconds.
4) Place the boneless ribs on the toasted ciabatta roll and serve.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 26 g
Carbohydrates: 34 g
Fat: 18 g

Top 10 Healthy BBQ Foods

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

This Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe came out AMAZING but keep an eye out for my next Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe. I’m going to turn it up a notch by topping it off with mac & cheese & jalapenos and I’ll be using Bubba’s Boneless Baby Back ribs! Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter so you know when it’s coming!

Top 5 Muscle Building Mistakes

You could be stalling your gains if you’re making these Muscle Building Mistakes.

Original post on alexcurtisfitness.com

If you’re hitting the gym 4-5 days per week and giving it your all only to maintain your current shape, you’re probably beginning to get frustrated. Go through this list and think about whether you could be making any of these muscle building mistakes:

1. You’re not recovering properly.

Proper recovery is made up of a few components: rest, nutrition, and myofascial release/stretching.  Your body needs adequate rest (sleep) to go into “restoration mode” and begin the recovery process. Make sure you’re supplying your body with the nutrition it needs to successfully build muscle. Without the right resources you can’t expect to grow. Finally, using a trigger point roller, barrel roller, massage therapist, and even just stretching can help alleviate sore muscles, improve blood flow and increase recovery rate.

4 Keys to Faster Recovery

2. You’re not adding variety to your workouts.

You need to try new angles, new exercises, new set/rep patterns, maybe even a new routine to spark some change for your body to adapt to.

4 Steps to Bigger Arms

3. You’re relying too heavily on supplements to recover.

Your supplements are only there to help supply additional nutrition to your diet. Too many people rely on them. Having a post-workout whey protein shake is a good start but you might not be supplying your body with everything that it needs to recover. Try an 80% whole foods approach made up of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, and plant-based fats. Make sure you’re exceeding, or at the very least meeting your necessary caloric intake.

5 Reasons You Should Supplement With BCAAs

How Meal Prepping Can Save You Thousands

4. Too much break time in between sets.

Get your playlist together BEFORE your workout. Don’t spend time texting, looking for music, talking, or liking stuff on Facebook in between your sets. You should only be taking 45-60 seconds in between sets to recover (unless you’re powerlifting). Use that time for dynamic stretching, breathing, flexing (building mind-muscle connection).

5. You’re not working out optimally.

This could mean you aren’t hitting full ROM when you should be, you’re cardio isn’t intense enough, you’re not focusing enough on eccentric contractions or stressing the muscle enough within each rep. This mistake is very easy to make so be conscious of it.

Cardio Acceleration Supersets for Fat Loss

 

How to Get Sponsors on Instagram

Getting sponsors and being an influencer on Instagram is easier than you think.

Click this link to go to my new website and read more about it!

get sponsors instagram followersIt doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, if you’re selling yourself as a professional on Instagram (or any other social media network) you should be networking with businesses in your field. People often ask me how I managed to sign off on deals with Scivation, 6 Pack Fitness, as well as have companies send me products to try and post about. I’m going to tell you EXACTLY how I got sponsors on Instagram, what I would do differently knowing what I know now and how you can get started.

1. Build all of your social media sites.

Going back I would have done this all at once. Now I’m playing catch up on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. I started only on Instagram with 30-40 followers and it took me over a month to put up my first post. I was probably doing 1-2 posts/week after that at first. Now I’m at over 20k followers (which is more than average but still not a lot) and post 1-2 times/day across all platforms. This is what you should do:

a) Start all of your social media channels at once and link them together.

b) Post 1-2 times/day on Instagram, spacing the posts out by several hours so you’re not dominating anyone’s newsfeed.

c) Post high quality, useful content. Learn how to use the filters to improve the quality of your picture instead of completely making them over.

d) Use relevant hashtags, and search relevant hashtags for people in your industry. ‘Like’ their content, follow them, leave genuine comments, etc.

e) Learn how to use all of the other social media sites as well. A simple YouTube search can show you how others have been successful building large followings on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. That’s how I originally learned how to get my following up on IG.

2. Build a genuine following.

As in keep your following as organic as possible. Don’t buy followers. I’ve done it and I definitely don’t recommend it. I bought about 5k followers on Instagram a couple of years ago and here’s why I condemn it now:

a) They’re either bots or inactive users. They won’t engage in any of your content.

b) Building your following organically is more fun, more challenging and more rewarding. It takes more time but you’ll have a legitimate community…do you really want to post content for robots?

c) It’s only fair that if a company is sending you free products to post about, that you do right by them and share it with REAL PEOPLE who might want to try their product as well.

d) Instagram and Twitter both remove inauthentic users from their sites so within a few months you’ll lose every fake follower that you bought. You’re essentially inflating a balloon that has a small hole in it already.

It felt like the right decision at the time as I had just finished reading about how big companies and celebrities do it. Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Twitter Ads, and Pinterest Ads weren’t an option at the time. I would recommend using those if you’re going to pay to play. $10 might get you 15 followers as opposed to 2000 followers but at least they’ll be real and engage in your content. The value in that is unlimited.

3. Network with the companies that you want to work with.

Now that you have a decent following (1000+), reach out to some of the companies that you’re dying to work with. When I wanted a supplement sponsor I reached out to dozens of companies I was interested in working with via email and DM. Here’s my advice on getting a company to work with you:

a) Offer them something by bringing something to the table.

b) Only work with companies that you believe in, trust, and have a good reputation.

c) Don’t jump at the first opportunity. Jump at the best opportunity.

e) Sometimes they’ll come to you. I signed a contract with 6 Pack Bags only after I had already been using their product for months, posting pictures of it and recipes with it. Kodiak Cakes sent me a case (6 boxes) of their Power Cakes mix after I sent them a DM saying “saw you guys on Shark Tank, congrats on getting a deal. Your product sounds amazing”. Nine Line Apparel agreed to work with me after I sent them a DM saying “I want to do a campaign to give back to veterans on Memorial Day”.

4. Don’t lose your authenticity.

People make this mistake way too often. The more ads you post and the less authentic the posts are, the less people will want to follow you. Even worse, they’ll just associate you as the guy who works for ___ instead of you having your own brand. Colin Wayne said that’s why he left Shredz. Posting 3-4 times a day about someone else’s product will make you lose your voice. Kevin Hart said he’ll never let Nike or his other sponsors tell him what to post, when to post or how to post because it’ll ruin his authenticity and his connection with his fans.

I hope this post helps. If you have any questions please post them in my comments. I’d love to answer some questions about this in another post.

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Top 10 Healthy BBQ Dishes

healthy bbq chicken

Make these 10 dishes at your next BBQ for a healthy, all-day eating frenzy with tons of flavor and variety. Each dish has it’s own unique twist and is a guilt free option to put on your plate.

1. Spicy BBQ Chicken Breast

Toss 3-4 oz. cuts of chicken breast in a mix of BBQ sauce and hot sauce and throw it on the grill. Rub it with more of the sauce mix when it’s just about done cooking. That’s it!

2. Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Enjoy shredded meat heaven with Pulled BBQ Chicken Thighs. Cook your chicken thighs, then using a fork shred the meat into a pile of strands. Rub that pile down with more bbq sauce and serve.

3. Jalapeno Cole Slaw

Turn some heads and turn up the heat with jalapeno cole slaw. You can get the recipe right here!

jalapeno cole slaw

4. Spinach Pasta Salad

Carbs on carbs on carbs. That’s all BBQ side dishes every turn out to be. Mix in some raw baby spinach leaves, cooked quinoa, grape tomatoes, and dried cherries to your regular pasta salad for a healthier twist on your favorite side dish.

5. Shrimp Kabobs

Doesn’t get easier than this. Toss your shrimp in some smoky paprika & Cajun spices, stick them on a skewer with tomatoes, zucchini, steak, onions and peppers.

6. Sweet Potato Wedges

Bake your sweet potatoes first, then slice them into wedges and rub them down lightly with olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, a pinch of fresh garlic and some parsley.

7. Bison Burgers

Because no one ever got excited about a turkey burger. Bison burgers are a great way to enjoy a juicy burger but with a fraction of the fat, all of the taste, and none of the guilt. Put one on a toasted bun with melted reduced fat cheese, chili, roasted veggies, and/or the classic lettuce, tomato & onion.

8. Pulled Pork Tacos

You can get the recipe right here!

smoky pulled pork tacos

9. Grilled Veggies

Corn is good, but pile on some real vegetables by roasting zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onions and peppers to add a wide variety of flavor to your BBQ platter.

10. Boneless Rib Sandwiches

Keep an eye out for this recipe because it’s coming! Boneless Rib Sandwiches on Texas Toast topped with Mac & Cheese… This was supposed to be healthy right? Don’t fight me on this. You know you want one.

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

smoky pulled pork tacos

Turn heads at your next BBQ with these Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos.  To keep it simple, I’ll post the recipe as if you’ve already prepared your pulled pork but in case you’ve never made it before click this link here. This is what you need for one serving:

Ingredients
2 whole wheat or flour tortillas
6 oz. pulled pork
2 tbsp. cole slaw (shredded cabbage & carrots, lite mayonnaise)
2 tsp. spicy mustard
2 tsp. diced raw onions

Instructions
1) Place 3 oz. of pulled pork in the center of each tortilla.
2) Top with 1 tbps. of cole slaw per taco.
3) Add spicy mustard evenly over the top.
4) Top them off with raw diced onions.

Want to turn up the heat?

Use this Kickin’ Jalapeno Cole Slaw instead of regular cole slaw.