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OPTIMUM NUTRITION 100% WHEY GOLD STANDARD

24 GRAMS OF WHEY PROTEIN PER SERVE

I have been taking this brand of protein for many years now. Sure, I’ve tried and experimented with others however I always find myself going back to this brand and type of protein. I even filmed a review video on my YouTube channel for Optimum Nutrition whey protein. Go and watch it here for my honest review of this product.

For the record, I am not a sponsored athlete so there is no bias here. Nor am I a sponsored athlete for any of the products on this page!

Why do I recommend this product? Optimum Nutrition have been around since as long as I’ve been alive! They produce high quality products, have an extensive range of flavours, mix very well, and taste really good! Except… I don’t recommend strawberry and the banana flavours. Skip those ones!ย 

Try the chocolate and coffee flavours! Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

ULTIMATE NUTRITION WHEY PROTEIN

25 GRAMS OF WHEY PROTEIN PER SERVE

This is another great whey protein supplement which I have been taking for awhile now. I usually buy this particular brand when the flavours in the Optimum Nutrition range are not in stock!

The amino acid profile and price per serve is very similar to Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard. Ultimate Nutrition also come in a variety of different flavours and mixes as good as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard.

I highly recommend this brand and when you are able to, you should try it!

QUEST BARS

APPROX 20 GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER BAR

These bars are my all time favourite protein bars… by far!

Want to watch a microwave experiment where I take the white chocolate and blueberry muffin flavour and nuke it in the microwave? Watch that video on my YouTube channel and see how microwaving a Quest bar can dramatically change its flavour!

When I am travelling on buses, trains, planes, ferries and need a quick protein hit, I will eat 1-2 Quest bars in a single sitting! I also really like the ethics of Quest Nutrition (the company) and I often watch episodes of Impact Theory (formally Inside Quest) with Tom Bilyeuย on YouTube. Tom is one of the founders of Quest Nutrition.

If you’ve never tried Quest bars… you should!! They have an extensive array of flavours!

Let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

SUNWARRIOR RAW VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER

17 GRAMS OF PLANT-BASED PROTEIN PER SERVE | GF | VEGAN

Another great protein product that I used to take back in the vegan days! This protein is for anybody (but marketed to vegans) as it is manufactured from brown rice.

Brown rice-based protein absorbs very well by the body and I highly recommend the chocolate or vanilla flavours. Leave the natural “flavour” alone- it tastes like absolute rubbish! However… you can have the natural flavour with a green smoothie or use it as a base to create any flavoured smoothie you like! I’d still go with chocolate or vanilla ๐Ÿ™‚

OPTIMUM NUTRITION CREATINE POWDER

I rarely recommend supplements to people despite the hundreds of emails I still receive asking me: “Brad, what supplements should I take?”

Of the thousands of supplements you could buy, there are only a handful (less than 10!!) that actually have decent science supporting their efficacy in helping you get results in the gym. Creatine is one of them.

Creatine monohydrate is the most researched sports supplement on the market. Period. I have an entire digital video course dedicated to using creatine to help build muscle and improve strength, all backed in reputable science.

To take creatine and experience the benefits from it, you will need to take 5 grams (one teaspoon) everyday. You don’t need to follow any mandatory loading phases, or worry about whether you should take it before or after your workout. Just take 5 grams per day. Done!

Go and buy it and let me know what you think and any benefits you receive from it.

ORGAIN ORGANIC PLANT BASED PROTEIN POWDER

If you are looking for a plant-based protein powder to help you meet your protein requirements, then a good brown rice or pea-based protein powder is your best choice. The amino acid profiles of brown rice and pea protein are complementary. It’s said that pea and brown rice protein, when combined, is considered the “vegan’s whey.”

This is what I really like about this plant-based protein powder. Below, I have summarised the product. I highly recommend that you check it out and let me know what you think.

  • Includes 1 (2.03lb) Organic Plant Based Creamy Chocolate Fudge Protein Power
  • Ideal for healthy, on-the-go nourishment for busy professionals, moms, athletes and students
  • 21g Organic Plant Based Protein, 5g Organic Fiber, 3g Net Carbs, 150 Calories per Serving
  • Gluten Free, Kosher, Vegan, Non-GMO, Soy Free
  • USDA Organic

CLIF ENERGY BARS

I am not a fan of energy bars. Most of them bump your energy and before you know it, your blood sugar levels come crashing down again. However, meet Clif.

Check out the taste test video on my YouTube channel to get my honest thoughts on the flavour of this product.

Clif is not your ordinary energy bar. In fact, not only are they made with rolled oats but they also come in my favourite flavour… the chocolate chip cookie. Be sure to check these little bars out (and enter them into MyNetDiary or MyFitnessPal to keep track of your macros and calories.)

Let me summarise these little treats.

  • The classic, cravable taste of a fresh chocolate chip cookie
  • Good Source of Protein and Fiber (contains 5g total fat)
  • Non-GMO
  • Made with Organic Rolled Oats

QUEST BAR – CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH

This quest bar is my favourite flavour. Which is why I am giving it it’s own special mention on this page. I discuss Quest bars above.

Essentially, they are a great protein snack, packed with 20 grams of protein per serve. Above that is the ethics of the company (Quest Nutrition) and the likening I take toward one of the co-founders of the company, Tom Bilyeu. Not only does this protein bar taste amazing but it is also built upon outstanding company culture and ethics.

There’s nothing more to be said. If you haven’t tried Quest bars or, in particular, the chocolate chip cookie dough. You are missing out.

SCIVATION, XTEND BCAAs

DIFFERENT FLAVOURS, 30 SERVINGS

Again, I rarely recommend supplements but Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) should be your friend if you plan on training in a fasted state. Specifically, fasted weight training. This is the only time when taking BCAAs will help to preserve muscle while training in a fasted state.

To be honest, there are several good brands of BCAAs out there. Scivation is one of the most popular on the market.

If you are not training in a fasted state and getting enough protein through whole-food forms of protein (red meat, chicken, fish) or even from protein shakes, you do not need to buy this product.

Below is a summary of this product which I am currently taking (at the time of writing):

  • 7g of BCAAs – 2:1:1 Research-Proven Ratio to Help Support Muscle Growth & Strength
  • Sugar Free, Carbohydrate Free & Zero Calories
  • 3.5g of Leucine for Muscle Protein Synthesis
  • 2.5g of L-Glutamine & 1g of Citrulline Malate
  • Stay Hydrated Pre-, During, and Post Workout with Electrolytes in Xtend

CELLULOR C4 PRE-WORKOUT ย 

Sometimes I am asked what pre-workout I take. To be honest, I don’t always take one because they are simply not necessary if…and only if… I can muster up the energy I need with an espresso shot.

Most pre-workouts are just expensive caffeine anyway. However, in saying that, I can usually hit the level of energy needed to get through my workout when I take this product before my weight training session. At the time of writing this, I am taking this product. Sometimes, I do experiment with other pre-workouts.

But just to be clear, this product does contain caffeine (like most pre-workouts) so I suggest you go with an espresso or double espresso first because it is alot of cheaper. If you want to try this product, click below and look for the different flavours.

Let me know your thoughts because I am curious!

CAKE BITES BY OPTIMUM NUTRITION ย 

These little bites of protein are BRILLIANT. I did a recent YouTube review and taste test which you should also go and watch! Optimum Nutrition is a reliable brand that has been around for decades, but I had never tried their protein snack bar before. In this case, they market them as “bites.”

Here is a summary:

  • Flavours to choose from: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Dipped Cherry, & Red Velvet
  • An anytime deliciously whipped snack for active adults interested in new ways to get protein.
  • High Protein: 20 grams per serving of 3 cakes
  • 3-5g sugar per 3 cakes

For a protein snack, they are actually great. Watch the video here and then go and taste it for yourself and let me know what you think!

BUFF BAKE SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES ย 

This little write-up is not a “review” of the ingredients but of the taste based on the volume of people that suggested that I should try it. Go and check out my review video on YouTube where I taste test the Snickerdoodle flavour!

By the way, I don’t recommend buff bake cookies if you are on a strict meal plan. There is nothing inherently wrong with having ONE of these cookies on a “refeed” day. Of course, not all of the ingredients are going to be healthy but I never suggest eating the box. There is nothing wrong with trying one, which is exactly what I did in the review video.

To be honest, I might only have one or two of these cookies outside of my own fitness model competition preparation. So I speak to an audience that has never tried them before… go and try them!

Here is a summary:

  • 16g of Protein Per Cookie
  • All Natural Ingredients
  • Delicious and extremely nutritious. They do taste pretty amazing!!

GIANT SPORTS WHEY PROTEIN ย 

I was actually impressed with this brand of whey protein. If you want to watch a complete review of this product on my YouTube channel, click here. I review the flavour, how well it mixes, along with a breakdown of the label and how it compares to other whey protein products on the market.

It is a whey protein product that I would definitely recommend trying. I am definitely going to buy this brand again whenever I see it on the shelves again.

Here is a summary:

  • Whey Protein Isolate / Concentrate Formula
  • Whey Protein Isolate #1 Ingredient
  • Added Digestive Enzymes
  • Gluten Free
  • 24 Grams Of Protein โ€“ 5.55 Grams Of BCAAโ€™s โ€“ Only 1 Gram Of Sugar

GREEN TEA EXTRACT (NOW FOODS) ย 

Green tea extract has been shown to help reduce abdominal fat and accelerate exercise-induced fat loss. This supplement is effective in helping you lose fat provided you are already following a structured meal meal (calorie deficit.)

In my workout supplement video course, I discuss the science behind green tea extract and how to take it to get the most benefits from it. This is a brand that I have used in the past and it certainly helped me get leaner!

How to Take Green Tea Extract

The recommended clinical effective dosage of green tea extract is 400 – 600 mg of catechins per day. Ensure you look at the label to ensure your dosage is within this range.

It also needs to be taken daily to receive the full benefits of it.

UDO’S CHOICE OIL 3:6:9 BLEND ย 

 

Udo’s Choice Oil 3.6.9 Blend is simply incredible! I’ve personally met Dr Udo in Sydney and I’ve even read his book, Fats That Heal Fats That Kill (which I suggest you read!!) I’ve never met someone so passionate about oil!

This is a product that contains unrefined EFA oils that have a nice nutty, buttery taste. I used to spoon this oil directly from the bottle… that’s how amazing it tastes! It contains oils from flax, sesame, sunflower, and evening primrose seeds.

If you are looking for an outstanding source of fats in your diet. I highly suggest you try Udo’s oil. Even if you only try it once! And go and check out his book and let me know what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

OPTIMUM NUTRITION CASEIN ย 

Casein takes longer for the body to “burn” it. Which is why it is usually popular to have before bed to ensure a regular supply of amino acids to your muscles while you are sleeping.

If there is a casein product that I recommend. It is this one by Optimum Nutrition.

Casein is great to take throughout the day outside of your typical training sessions (where you would use whey protein within 30 minutes before and after your training.) And if you were to take a protein shake before you go to bed… I would take 30 grams of this product.

PRIMAFORCE YOHIMBINE HCL ย 

Yohimbine is manufactured from the yohimbe plant and has been shown to reduce fat stores in people that are training in a fasted state. Failing to train in a fasted state will null and void the effects of Yohimbine.

By the way, I am assuming you are on a structured meal plan in a negative energy balance (calorie deficit.)? I hope so! ๐Ÿ™‚

I discuss the science behind this supplement in a video on my YouTube channel

How To Take Yohimbine HCL

According to the science, you will need to take Yohimbine at a dosage of 0.2 mg/kg of body weight for it to be sufficient for fat loss purposes. It is also best to take it prior to exercise (and fasted) to receive maximum benefits from it.

When I was taking Yohimbine HCL, based on my weight of 200 lbs, works out to be 40 mg! That’s a lot of capsules! But I suggest you assess your tolerance first by taking half of the clinical effective dosage first… and then scale it up from there.

Always take it fasted… always! Otherwise you’ll just waste it as Yohimbine works best when insulin is relatively baseline. The moment you eat something, insulin levels will spike!

Warning: Yohimbine has been shown to increase your blood pressure and therefore is not recommended to anyone with high blood pressure.

How To Use Protein Supplements Properly

I received an email from someone a few days asking me: “Brad, how much protein powder should I take everyday?”

My response was: “None…. except…” (let me explain)

If you can get all of your protein requirements from whole foods (i.e., chicken, beef, fish, etc) then you don’t need to buy any protein powder. However, we all have busy lives and so it gets impractical to prepare 1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass of wholefood protein every day.

This is what I do.

When I am not travelling, I will aim to get 70% of my daily protein intake from chicken, beef, or tuna. The other 30% will come from pre- and post-workout shakes and the occasional protein shake (if I’ve forgotten my lunch, for example!)

If I’m travelling on buses, trains, ferries or flights, then I’ll carry my protein powder with me and get 70% of my daily protein from powder, and the rest from restaurant whole food protein sources. I built most of my current physique this way, while I was travelling!

Strength Training Equipment

FITNESS REALITY 810XLT SUPER MAX POWER CAGE

If you have the space in your home… I would begin constructing my own gym with a power cage! I live in an apartment so it’s not practical for me to build my own gym. A cage is versatile because it allows you to safely perform many of the movements necessary to build a great physique.

The barbell squat, deadlift (without putting holes in the floor,) overhead press, and bench press, are fantastic compound movements which are the core of many beginner strength training programs (StrongLifts 5x5 and Starting Strength.) If you are a beginner and want to build a great body, you must incorporate these exercises (or variations of them) into your training program.ย 

What you are buying is the cage. It does not come with Olympic bars or weight plates.

Click below and go and check it out for yourself. I use the power cage about 4-5 times per week at my local gym. Let me know what you think.

FITNESS REALITY 1000 ADJUSTABLE WEIGHT BENCH

This bench is the staple in my training sessions. No home gym setup is complete without an adjustable weight bench. I will usually use an adjustable weight bench to do any of the following exercises (links are clickable to take you to a demonstration video):

And you will use this bench inside the power cage I recommended above. I highly recommend this product.

BOWFLEX ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLS (PAIR)

Who has space for a giant line-up of dumbbells in their home? As I said, if I’m building a home gym and want to conserve space. I would be definitely going for the adjustable dumbbell set such as the Bowflex.

My favourite feature with this set is that it is portable and space efficient. I will summarise the features below. Go and check it out and let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Each dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds; adjusts in 2.5-pound increments up to the first 25 pounds
  • Lets you rapidly switch from one exercise to the next
  • Combines 15 sets of weights into one, using a unique dial system
  • Eliminates the need for multiple dumbbells cluttering your workout space
  • Two year warranty on weight plates and parts

 

AB WHEEL ROLLER

I have a secret love affair with the ab wheel roller. I can hands-down say that I built my abs using this roller. My roller (which is green coloured) has travelled to Africa, Asia, South America, and a few random islands with me. The ab wheel rollout (the exercise) uses the ab wheel and is one of the hardest (but most effective) exercises you can possibly do to build abs.

Here I demonstrate the use of the ab wheel roller on my YouTube channel. The ab wheel rollout exercises are also featured in my six-pack abs digital online course. I have also written an article about how you can build a great six pack (and core) using the ab wheel roller.

All I can say is… go and buy it and start using it! I’m curious to know how you go so please send me an email and let me know. I can give you some pointers on progression with this roller.

HARBINGER BIG GRIP LIFTING STRAPS

A question I often get from beginners starting their strength training journey is: “should I wear lifting straps?”

Personally, I started using lifting straps at the beginning of my training journey because I was told this was “the way” to properly train my back during the deadlift. Usually grip will fail first which can impact your ability to progressively overload larger muscle groups.

After a few years of experience, I would suggest that you lift through your sets until your grip begins to fail. This is when you would begin using lifting straps! But not all lifting straps are created equal. I would suggest buying these as they will last a very long time! I’ve had my set for about 4 years now. Prior to that, I had shitty ones that were more of a distraction during my sets more than anything else.

I suggest buying them and let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚ you won’t be disappointed! If you are not sure how to use them (once you buy them) then let me know, I will point you in the right direction for some awesome tutorial videos.

HARBINGER DIP BELT

You don’t need to buy this if you are just starting out. This belt allows you to increase the weight of body weight exercises such as dips, pull-ups and chin-ups. Below are some demonstration videos you should go and check out.

As a beginner, your focus is to try and do one pull-up, one chin-up, and one dip with just your body weight! When I started my journey, I couldn’t even do one rep with my body weight!! In fact, you might even need to do assisted exercises using resistance bands so you can achieve one rep!

Once you are able to do more than 4-5 reps of each of these exercises unassisted (no resistance bands,) it is a pretty good idea to then buy this belt to add weight to these exercises. Remember, if you want to get stronger,ย you must add a small amount of weight to your exercises every week. A weight belt will allow you to add plates to it… and don’t be intimidated by it. You’ll get the hang of it after the first few sets ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out these demonstration videos of how the dip belt can help you further progressively overload your muscles;

Let me know how you go with it… by the way, you’ll have this for life ๐Ÿ™‚

KOOTEK HAND GRIP STRENGTHENER

I highly recommend this product if you are wanting to dramatically improve your grip strength. The reason for improving your grip strength is to remove the barrier of your grip failing before the muscles that you intend on training.

I never really took my grip strength seriously until I auditioned for the TV show The Australian Ninja Warrior. A show where your success on the course is predicated on upper body/ grip strength. I spent alot of time training my grip using a hand grip while I sat at my desk in my corporate job.

What’s great about this spring-loaded device is you can use it 3 times per week at your desk, for no more than about 10 minutes (while doing other things!) It is definitely worth checking out.

ACCU-MEASURE FITNESS 3000 FAT CALIPER

I have been using this caliper for years! Not only do I use this caliper for measurements every 2 weeks or so (when I’m preparing for a competition,) I can also get my accuracy to within 1-2% of my DEXA scan results.

The reason for tracking your body fat percentage is to determine if you are making progress with all of the hard work of dieting and training you are putting in. There are ways of doing this more accurately than using this caliper however they cost considerably more money! Most fitness professionals agree that DEXA scans and submersion testing are the most accurate methods… but the cost?

Sure, I get DEXA scans done at $60-70 per scan but only every 2-3 months! I still use my $6-7 caliper every 2 weeks or so because it is more economical and my accuracy is pretty good.

You cannot go wrong for the price. I suggest you watch my demonstration video of how I use the Accu-measure caliper to accurately obtain my body fat percentage. I certainly recommend buying one.

RUNFAST WEIGHTED VEST

Why would anyone wear one of these, you might ask. Well, they are absolutely amazing if you want to add weight to any bodyweight exercise. As mentioned previously when I recommended the dip belt, the weighted vest allows you to add or remove weight to progressively overload the muscles. Remember, although bodyweight workouts can absolutely get you into the best shape, you will reach a point where you will need to add weight to see further increases in strength.

Body weight exercises was the bulk of my training earlier on in my journey. When I was travelling for 2-3-4 months around the world, most times with no access to gyms, I would train wherever I had a small 2 x 2 squared metred space. The book I used to derive alot of my body weight training is by Mark Lauren. Check out “You Are Your Own Gym: Bible Of Bodyweight Exercises

Definitely a worthwhile investment.

THE CAPTAIN’S CHAIR

This piece of equipment is what I highly recommend if you are setting up a home gym. Of course, if you go to the gym then I highly recommend using this weird contraption. Weird? Yeah, it was my first impression of it when I first set foot into my first ever gym.

This contraption is a seatless chair that you climb into and can do anything from pull-ups and chin-ups, to dips and leg raises. It is a piece of equipment that would be part of my own home gym if I had an apartment a bit bigger than a shoe box! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of the exercises that I perform on this contraption along with demonstration videos;

These are just a few. Highly recommend it. Of course… if you have a gym membership then don’t buy it (use it!)

Book Recommendations

STARTING STRENGTH

MARK RIPPETOE

This book is hands down one of my favourite books! I highly recommend that you go out and buy this book!!! It was one of the first books I ever started using to start strength training.

There is no other book on barbell training ever written that provides such a comprehensive set of instructions on basic barbell exercises. The instructions in this book apply to men and women, whether young or old, and wanting to get into shape.

The foundation of what I learned about strength training came from this book! If you want to build muscle and strength and get ahead of most people in the gym which are struggling with a transformation, this book is definitely worth the $20 something dollar investment.

You will learn;

  • Why you need to start training with barbells for strength training.
  • The mechanics of barbell training.
  • And a whole lot more!!

The book is also full of illustrations and photographs. I do recommend that you search “Mark Rippetoe” in YouTube and watch his instructional videos on how to deadlift, barbell squat, overhead press, among others. The YouTube videos supplement the content of this book remarkably well.

Let me know what you think of this book!

BURN THE FAT, FEED THE MUSCLE

TOM VENUTO

This book is brilliant. Solid information about how to lose fat and preserve muscle. I’ve read hundreds of books and magazines over the years and this book is in my top 5!

No B-S information modelled from athletes that have already achieved the results. It’s not filled with scientific jargon. Which, I personally love by the way, but this book is written for anybody wanting an easy flow without having to Google every second word.

I read this book a few years ago and was surprised that it is one of few body transformation manuals that covers Dieting, Training, and Supplementation!

Go and download it and let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

UNLIMITED POWER

TONY ROBBINS

I read this book when I was about 15 or 16 years old. It impacted the way I perceived the world around me. I grew up with challenges dealing with the suicide of my brother. My closest friend loaned this book to me, which I ended up keeping ๐Ÿ™‚

The chapter on changing your perception of the world impacted me the most. This book literally created the foundation of personal drive that I still have to this day, some 15 years later. I honestly believe I am unstoppable in life and attribute much of my success to this book. Thanks Tony!

No questions asked… go and buy it and let me know how it has impacted you!

RE-INVENTING YOU

DORIE CLARK

I’m already halfway through this book as of the 5th of July 2017 and I already highly recommend it.

If you are interested in building your own personal brand, or looking at changing careers and wanting to learn how to re-brand yourself. This book is for you!

I have been applying the exercises of creating a really powerful personal brand by releasing YouTube videos where I have responded to the exercises directly from this book.

Check out the following videos:

It’s essentially a step-by-step guide which I am currently working through in a series of episodes on my YouTube channel (as above.)

The book has really helped me clarify my unique strengths and contributions, and how I can create consistent storytelling around everything I have ever achieved in life so that I don’t confuse my audience too much! ๐Ÿ™‚

CRUSH IT

GARY VAYNERCHUK

Annoyingly, I only discovered this incredible book a few months ago. I purchased it in March 2017 and I’ve now read this book (going on) 3 times!!! It is one of few books I’ve read multiple times, cover to cover. I still extract value from this book after every read.

I do plan on reading it the fourth time! Crazy I know… ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are passionate about something and want to make that passion your life’s work… you got to get this book! Now, although some of the concepts in this book are a bit out of date… many of the concepts of building an online business still apply.

This book has been out for almost 10 years I believe…and I am pissed I didn’t discover it years ago!! This book lead me to Gary’s more recent books which I also recommend (written below.)

Gary Vaynerchuk is one of few people I actually actively follow! I highly recommend you check out his DailyVee series on YouTube, subscribe to his Audio Experience on iTunes, and check out his website.

If you have an ounce of interest in business, entrepreneurship, or taking your life to the next level without all of the BS motivational fluff…he should be your go to man.

THE THANK YOU ECONOMY

GARY VAYNERCHUK

Another book that I’ve read… only once! ๐Ÿ™‚ Unlike Crush it, which is a book suited more for the solopreneur (like me) that is based on building a personal brand around the things you are passionate about.

Because I was so heavily engrossed in Crush it by Gary Vaynerchuk, I decided to buy this book and see what further value I could extract from the mind of Gary Vaynerchuk. It turns out… this book is also incredible!

I was able to learn the importance of giving a sh*t about people. Not that I didn’t already. But Gary really drills home the point of building strong relationships with your customers. This seems to make sense. But his communication style was really effective in getting me to prioritize my audience above all else.

This book is the No. 1 reason why many of my online fitness courses are free. It is also the No. 1 reason why I encourage my audience to reach me on Snapchat (SeekFitLife) or Instagram @bradnewtonofficial (rather than email) because I can build a closer relationship with my audience.

The punchline of this book is CARE. Care about people and you…will…win. And although I’m relatively new to the business scene, I am beginning to see the early stage impact of this commonly overlooked concept of business.

I recommend this book if you have a bit of a social media following around your own products or services, and looking at ways of scaling it.

YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM: BIBLE OF BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES

MARK LAUREN

I am often asked what bodyweight exercises I recommend to build a great physique while travelling. It has been much easier for me to recommend this book because it was one of the first training books I ever purchased!

Several years ago, I spent alot of time travelling on the road and never always had access to a gym. This was the first ever book on bodyweight exercises that I purchased and I highly recommend it.

If you are wanting to apply any of his 125 or so illustrated bodyweight exercises for just 30 minutes a session, 4 times per week, you will certainly be on your way to build a great body.

This book is invaluable and I suggest using it as your bible for whenever you plan on backpacking or travelling for extended periods of time with no access to a gym. My advice: go and get it!

MINI HABITS: SMALLER HABITS, BIGGER RESULTS

STEPHEN GUISE

This book is one of my all time favourites. If you are looking at “losing weight” and “getting into shape.” Rather than psyching yourself out with lofty New Years Resolutions (which never work and the book explains why!) and all-or-nothing weight loss programs or fad diets… start with small changes.

By the way, one of the biggest reasons why I was never ripped as a 23 year old was because every time I started a weight loss program, it was an all-or-nothing ordeal. Most people don’t have the willpower capacity to go hardcore into a program if they are just starting out. It is one of the biggest reasons why I failed and why most people fail.

This book teaches you how to make small and steady progress. The strategy I used to transform my body (and my life) was literally starting with small changes. I started by slowly kicking my junk food addiction, followed by slowly dropping my sugar addiction, and then I moved into slowly learning different exercises. Reading 1-2 articles on nutrition or fitness every week. Training once per week became twice per week. 4-5 years later, I competed in the World Titles in fitness and came 5th place!

Had I woken up 4-5 years ago and said “I’m going to compete on the world stage,” I would have laughed while eating donuts ๐Ÿ™‚ Yet, most people approach a body transformation this way and fail before they even get started.

So, if you are just starting your fitness journey by wanting to lose 50 pounds? Awesome! This book will teach you the blueprint in taking the baby mindset steps necessary to make it happen. If you combine the tools I teach in my meal planning mastery course, with the mindset strategies of this book then you have a winning strategy!

Go and buy the book, apply it, and let me know what you think.

Meal Prep Essentials

2-COMPARTMENT PREMIUM MEAL PREP CONTAINERS

I highly recommend these containers if you are doing my meal planning course. These containers allow you to store protein and carbs separately. They are also easy to clean and for guys like me that love simplicity, is the way to go!

Below is a write-up about the product on the Amazon page.

  • PREMIUM BPA FREE PLASTIC – Made in Canada, no phthalates or toxic additives
  • TWO LARGE COMPARTMENTS – Dividers to separate your foods
  • LIGHT-WEIGHT & STACKABLE – Fits in your refrigerator or gym bag
  • FOR HOT OR COLD FOOD – Microwavable, Freezer Safe, Dishwasher safe (top rack)
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – For any issues, contact us directly for a free replacement or refund

OZERI PRONTO DIGITAL FOOD SCALE

If you are serious about losing fat and building muscle in a predictable manner, you must buy a food scale! If you watch any of my vlogs on YouTube and watch me prepare for a fitness model competition, I always use a food scale.

Why?

Because I know exactly how much chicken, beef, brown rice, etc, I am getting. Predictable results. It is tedious at first but after the first few weeks of using one, makes the process of hitting your exact macro-nutritional and caloric numbers very easy.

And by the way, you don’t need a fancy food scale. Something like this one is perfectly acceptable for meal planning because it is cheap, simple, and gets the job done!

VITAMIX PRO SERIES 750

(COMES WITH 64 OZ CONTAINER AND COOKBOOK)

This is a workhorse of a blender that can process anything from smoothies, hot soups (yes… hot!) frozen desserts, and purees.

There’s not much that cannot be made with this beast of a machine. The desserts and purees that I’ve had from this machine are absolutely sensational. Below I’ve included some key information about this machine! Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • New and Upgraded Pro 750 Model Released in 2016
  • Stainless steel blades with a Low-profile container made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester
  • 5 pre-programmed settings
  • Includes DVD, getting started guide, cookbook and low-profile tamper
  • 2.2 horsepower with 120 volts

EATSMART PRECISION PRO DIGITAL SCALES

I know it might seem weird that I am recommending another set of kitchen scales. I cannot recommend them enough if you are serious about losing fat and building muscle.

When I first started my journey, I was turned off by the idea of having to weigh and measure food. Here is the truth. Using the kitchen scales is a very short term tool that you’ll use to get the results you want. Once you get the results you want, you won’t ever need to use them again!

And you might be wondering: “Brad, I don’t know how to use them or what I need to weigh and measure.”

Well, I teach you exactly what you need to know to get results in my digital online courses. Or perhaps just email me: brad (at) bradnewton.tv. I am more than happy to help.

With regard to these scales, they are all you need. You don’t need to spend any more money or even bother to read the “features.” Click below to learn more and if you have any questions, please ask me! That’s what I am here for.

Cool Stuff

GOPRO HERO5 BLACK

You might find this hard to believe but all of my online video courses and over 300 YouTube videos were filmed with either my GoPro Hero 5 or my Samsung S7 (mobile phone!)ย With 98% of my videos being shot with my GoPro!

I cannot recommend this video recorder enough! If you are wanting to produce content for YouTube, Amazon, or any other platform, this versatile camera is hands-down my No. 1 recommendation. I take it hiking, mountain climbing, scuba diving. And when I am doing indoor shooting, I sit it on a simple gorilla tripod and I am ready to rock and roll.

Check out my scuba diving on Phi Phi island video shot exclusively in stunning 4K on YouTube.

The only downside with the GoPro is that it is not the best in low light conditions. Check out my night time scuba diving video and I will let you be the judge ๐Ÿ™‚

These features are summarised below. I highly suggest you check it out and let me know what you think of it.

  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes.
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Additional GoPro HERO5 Black Features + Benefits below on item page.
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.

ECHO DOT (2ND GENERATION)

This little guy will play a huge role in the innovation of the fitness industry. With the echo dot, all you need to do is say “Alexa, start my 4 minute workout” and it will automatically run the skill!

How awesome is that? What a time saver! I am all about saving time and this little gadget does a brilliant job at giving you back the time everything else in life steals from you.

This voice-controlled device also plays music, controls smart home devices, makes phone calls (“Alexa, call my personal trainer and tell them I am sick!) and a heap of other features!

Be sure to check this out and let me know what you think of it.

SENSO BLUETOOTH SPORTS EARPHONES

Nothing will get you to the climax of a great workout more than having the right set of tunes playing on your phone, iPod, or something similar… but a good set of Bluetooth earphones is essential.

The biggest consideration with gym earphones is getting a pair that areย sweat-proof. Yeah…. I’ve gone through many earphones because of sweating my as* off and short circuiting them! These earphones are waterproof and sweat-proof and last 8 hours!! 8 hours is enough to get you through a 60 minute workout ๐Ÿ™‚

Go and check them out and let me know what you think!

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HEART RATE + FITNESS WRISTBAND

This is the future… which you can go and check out today! If you know me from any one of my online digital courses, you will know that I am all about tracking and monitoring progress.

This little gadget does all the hard work of tracking and monitoring for you. You can track steps, distance travelled, calories burned, and floors climbed. You can also do guided breathing sessions with this thing! How crazy is that? Well, it’s true!

You can also track your sleep patterns and do boring errands such as calling, texting, and calendar notifications.

Go and check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚