IFBB Pro, RN BSN CSCS, Physique Specialist Pete Ciccone is a self-proclaimed sports nutrition “goof”. In addition to his degree in nursing, he is a national-level bodybuilder, a supplement store owner, and a physique specialist currently living and working in San Diego. Ciccone has authored several books, including The Power That Moves Muscle, and Metabolic Madness.
Trained in the field of Performance Nutrition and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Ciccone is a regularly published author in several industry magazines, including Status Fitness and Max Sports and Fitness. Ciccone has had over 20 years of experience in the field of bodybuilding, personal training and nutrition. His expertise goes way beyond personal training. He says, “I believe in the power of nutrition, supplementation and specific exercise techniques – they are the tools we utilize to transform and sculpt the body. It’s powerful stuff, what we can do with the human machine!”
A competitive athlete since 1989, Ciccone continues on his own personal quest to reach the top levels of physique competition. Now, as an IFBB Pro, his journey now progresses toward the pro stage.
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A co-founder of Strong Athlete, Coach PK is a lifelong athlete whose passion is to help others realize their physical potential. Coach PK has nearly two decades of experience in high-performance athletics and sports nutrition. His no-nonsense programs integrate intense strength training, metabolic conditioning and performance nutrition to achieve results. Coach PK’s clientele includes physique competitors, fitness models, martial artists, law enforcement professionals and dedicated individuals who want to be stronger physically and mentally.
I live my life with the “pay it forward” attitude despite the many ups and downs in my childhood. When I enlisted in the Marines in 2005, I really got into the fitness lifestyle. After three tours, I became inactive in 2010 and decided to donate my time in a different way. As a volunteer at Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) in California, I helped provide opportunities for people with disabilities, so they could live an active lifestyle through fitness and athletics. Along with CAF, I assisted Operation Rebound by helping veterans who came back with a disability get back to their lifestyle they had before their accidents.
After a cross-country move, I focused on contract training and became a personal trainer at Xperience Fitness. I wanted to get back to helping people meet their health and fitness goals. Now as a Manager of the Personal Training Department, we focus on changing as many lives as possible. In addition to this goal, I have been trying to make my fitness dreams come true and hit my personal goals of competing, and one day obtaining, my IFBB pro card in bodybuilding.
For just about all of us, achieving our best shape is something we are constantly working on. It’s not easy gaining control over our bodies – and maintaining that control can be even tougher. And if you’re a mom, or soon-to-be one, it can seem like mission impossible!
“Where am I going to find the time to exercise?” you may ask yourself. In between the changings, the bottles, the feedings, the lack of sleep (oh yes, trust me on that one!) where does a new mom have the time or the energy to take care of herself?
Whenever you read about living a healthier life, about improving your physique and performance, the word "lifestyle" is invoked.
Yet despite the fact that everybody is constantly talking, writing and, as of late, "blogging" about it, nobody ever addresses what lifestyle actually means nor has compiled a list of lifestyle tips, such as the one I am have for you, today.
According to the venerable Oxford English Dictionary the word "lifestyle" refers to: A style or way of living (associated with an individual person, a society, etc.); esp. the characteristic manner in which a person lives (or chooses to live) his or her life.
As a competitor, I am often asked, “What is the hardest part about competing and getting ready for a show?” There’s zero hesitation when I answer “the diet!” Why? Because I have a HUGE sweet tooth and not being able to have a sugary treat whenever I want is the single most difficult part of cutting down to the body fat needed to be stage ready. With that being said, the inevitable question arises “what about cheat meals?” Whether you are a competitor or someone following an 80/20 rule diet, cheat meals can be very beneficial and a great tool to use when weight loss is the goal. Understanding the science behind these meals and why they work is key.
In the mainstream, Protein is perhaps the most under-rated, under-valued, and least-respected of the macronutrients. Looking at protein the way bodybuilders and physique athletes do, then, it should be no surprise, to realize that a full one-in-three of our society today is obese! If more of us could recognize the power of protein to help keep the body lean and strong, we’d have a much healthier, more functionally active society! Read on, true-believers! And then, spread the word and change the world!
To maintain a feeding pattern consistent with building a lean, muscular body, many successful physique athletes have learned the art of assembly line cooking one day per week. Although you can pick any day that best suits your schedule, most physique athletes who use this method often designate Sunday as the day when they plan, purchase and prepare all of their road meals for the week. The best way to do this is to break up your food preparations into three categories, which are proteins, starchy carbs and fibrous carbs. This way all you need to do is mix and match these three components to create awesome meals on the go.
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