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THE 360 BLOG

Three-hundred-sixty degrees is a metaphor for complete. Here you’ll find information on how to optimize your performance, train for exceptional results, nutrition, client stories with whom you’ll be able to relate, as well as concepts specifically related to fat loss and weight loss.

How To Split Squat

One of the most effective single-leg exercises for the lower body is the split squat. The split squat is similar to...

How to Deadlift

The deadlift is one of the most beneficial exercises for the lower body, but it’s actually a full body exercise when...

Debunking Testosterone Replacement Therapy

If you want to shed fat and gain muscle, having your hormones optimized is an important, but non-crucial tactic.  But as a mono-treatment, it's not very effective.  Or at least that's what we see at Stark.  The most powerful tools to achieve your health and fitness goals remain the complex, drawn-out solutions:  exercise, nutrition and lifestyle.  And in my opinion, Testosterone Replacement is too big of a commitment for the hope of an aesthetic change, alone.  Here are a couple of before and after pics. 

THE 11 TACTICS I USE TO NATURALLY BALANCE AND INCREASE MY TESTOSTERONE LEVELS

Most want a direct approach to abs: workout harder; eat less. But the industry’s dirty little secret (let’s keep it between you and I) is that it doesn’t work. Or, rather, it doesn’t work for very long. By that I mean you can apply those to changes to your life, and for a brief time, you’ll look your best. You may not feel your best, but hey. . . . how important is that? Frankly, it’s the most important. Because how you feel is a more accurate reflection of your current state of health; and, it’s also an early indicator to your future state of fitness. That’s why your hormones are so critical. Your chronological age is just a number; your hormonal age is a much more critical look at whether or not you’re aging like a fine wine or that smelly science experiment in the back of your fridge. The former is what this article is all about.

The 15 Steps I Take to Optimize My Gut Health for Better Abs

There’s an intimate connection between gut health, looking better naked and performing at your best.  If your gut health is poor, you’re more likely to be overweight.  If it’s exceptional, you’re more likely to be fit.  So, find a way in which to achieve exceptional gut health!  Your skin will look healthier, you’ll be able to think more clearly, and you will be able to lose fat and add muscle to your desire.  Essentially, the quality of your digestion will impact the efficiency by which you absorb those expensive organic, grass-fed, free-range nutrients you’re buying at Whole Foods.

Japanese Meatballs with Shishito Peppers

These chicken meatballs are a little burst of sunshine in your mouth.  Really easy to make, healthy and so flavorful.  I think they are the best chicken meatballs I have ever eaten and I am so happy to have found this recipe.  I used processor and chopped the chicken thighs myself.  But, I bet you could use the dark ground chicken.  The texture is a little different but I am sure they would probably taste as good.  This recipe will not disappoint.

Mexican Zucchini Succotash

Mexican Zucchini Succotash,  Here is  a recipe that will spice up your vegetables on Taco Tuesday.  The original recipe calls for a little corn.  But is it really is not needed.  But, if you use I would buy organic fresh or frozen.  This is little spicy delightful bite.  Just cook until vegetables are slightly tender.  You get a little snap and a little heat in each bite.  Yummm!

Stress is Growth

Disclaimer: Chronic stress is a genuine concern in our current environment. Continuous “fight-or-flight” responses and prolonged cortisol exposure plague countless individuals,...

Korean Beef Stir Fry

Are you craving a little of your favorite food from a Korean BBQ spot?  Then try this dish it is super simple and really flavorful.  It is best if you marinade overnight but at the very least marinate meat for an hour.  The original recipe calls for two teaspoons of brown sugar in the marinade.  I omitted but you can add if you like or use monk fruit sugar, brown sugar helps caramelize the meat. But it tastes just as good without it.    I also added broccoli to complete the meal and add a little more nutrients and fiber.  I also used grass fed NY strip but any tender cut will do.  Add some red peeper flakes for those of you that like to spice it up like me. 

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce

Here is a recipe you can use for meal prep. I get so many requests for the recipe and thought I would share.   The meatballs are baked and remain moist, tender and really delicious.  You can use them for meal prep but make sure you measure the sauce separate from the meatballs.   If you are used to having pasta and gravy (sauce) on Sundays try using  zoodles or spaghetti squash for your pasta on  your next Sunday's meal.  You will not miss the pasta but you can also use GF pasta if you have the carbohydrates available.  The sauce is simple and if you use good quality tomatoes it is really delicious.  You will keep your family happy because you and your family can enjoy a Sunday pasta dinner and not have to worry about it being to heavy!