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Nutrition And Fitness Mythbusting With Nathan Jendrick

He believes that each individual is in control of his or her fitness and well being.

He believes that each individual is in control of his or her fitness and well being.

Written by: Sabrina Grotewold

Nathan Jendrick, personal trainer to fitness newbies, recreational and competitive athletes, and Olympians, is an amateur bodybuilder, competitive swimmer and triathlete whose next fitness endeavor is to dominate road races, working his way from the 5K to the half-marathon to a “life-long goal:” the marathon.

The author of several popular fitness books, including “Dunks, Doubles, Doping: How Steroids Are Killing American Athletics,” and, most recently, “Gym-free and Ripped,” Jendrick and his wife, Olympic gold and silver medalist swimmer Megan Jendrick, who is also a writer, tag team on developing new exercises, recipes and ideas to spread the word about how healthy, positive, life-altering changes begin at home.

Spawned from Nathan’s philosophy that each individual is in control of his or her fitness and well being, “Gym-free and Ripped” contains a wealth of useful at-home exercises, tips and recipes designed to empower every budding athlete with the buzz-free knowledge they need to get lean and strong at home.

Check out the website the couple is currently building for more tips; the site is expected to be fully functional in early 2012.

Over the following pages, Nathan Jendrick busts four common nutrition and fitness myths.

1. Fitness Is A Lifestyle

Photo: John Segesta

“The American media has made fitness out to be a gimmick. I used to fall prey to the ploys of a 30-day program or a magic pill or diet where you don’t have to worry about calories if you just do X and avoid Y. It’s really unfortunate because people get really discouraged when they try these things and they don’t work. What people don’t understand is that you can’t work toward a fitness or weight-loss goal and then expect to go back to your previous way of life. If you go back, you’ll get the same results that you had before.”

2. You Can Still Have A Cookie

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“You have to build proper nutrition, exercise, recovery and stretching into your life so you can make positive changes, but, of course, along the way, you can treat yourself. A cookie every once in a while when you’re doing a good job with your exercise and nutrition isn’t going to hurt you; in fact, it may help you.”

3. Strength Training Encourages Progression

Adding strength work into your training routine will enhance your all-around fitness. Photo: Scott Draper

“A lot of men seem to think that if they want to lose weight, they need to spend hours and hours on the treadmill. But, they neglect weight training and the benefits of having more lean muscle tissues on their bodies. For women, there tends to be this fear that they’ll get too bulky. Once we get past that fear, so many women see quick responses because strength training is a new stimulus that their bodies weren’t used to.”

Related: The 10 Best Mobility Exercises For Runners

4. Protein/Carb Mix Has A Powerful Impact

Adding chicken to your pasta dish is an easy way to include protein in your diet and help speed recovery. Photo: cooknutri.com

“A lot of swimmers and other endurance athletes focus on carbs—of course, your body needs that glucose to burn and those glycogen stores, but your muscles can’t recover properly without amino acids. If you’re not getting enough protein, it’s like a Ferrari—you can have all of the fuel [glycogen stores] in the world, but if you’re missing protein, your car is only running on half the cylinders. Megan and I made some simple changes to her diet to include more protein: We have chicken breast with pasta or cottage cheese with mixed fruit.”

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