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For the last two years I have been heavily focused on getting into shape. Over time I’ve boiled it down to a mix of Intermittent Fasting, Carb and Calorie Cycling and Reverse Pyramid Training that seems to be working pretty well.
During this time I’ve read a thousand websites and been down a hundred different rabbit holes. I’ve found some great stuff, some bad stuff and some flat out bullshit that you need to avoid completely.
Today I’m sharing three people who I’ve gotten a lot of solid information and hours of entertainment from. There are plenty more high quality people out there that I may share in the future – but these are the 3 that I keep up with the most right now.
If you’re looking for resources to get your fitness game together and you don’t mind being entertained at the same time – I can highly recommend that you start with these three guys.
Here Are 3 Of My Fitness Inspirations
1) Kane Sumabat AKA Timbahwolf
This guy is probably my favorite out of all the people on this list. What I like about Kane is that he is in his late 40s, has major injuries to deal with and still has a better physique than most bodybuilders in their 20s and 30s.
His insights and advice are much more relevant for a guy like me as opposed to the information being talked about by a 21 year old guy on steroids.
The main point I’ve taken from Kane (by piecing together old interviews and Instagram captions) is eating a low carb / high fat diet to stay lean year round.
He eats low carb / high fat (.5g of carbs per lb of body weight) for a few days in a row and then does a “carb up” day. If he’s done 2 days low carb, he eats around 200g of carbs on his carb up day. If there were 3 low carb days, he eats around 300g.
For some reason that math really made sense to me.
His style is really easy going and laid back. Much different from the strict and regimented vibe you get from most guys that are in this kind of shape. He’s also an early proponent of If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) and has been preaching flexible dieting for at least 5 or 6 years.
Doing 600 Pull-ups:
His Instagram feed is a combination of off-color humor, posing in public and photos of burgers and inspiring diet and fitness advice. He seems like one of the most down to earth and peaceful guys on the planet.
2) Chris Jones (PumpChasers / PhysiquesOfGreatness)
Chris Jones is definitely one the most charismatic fitness Youtubers in the game. His smile and laugh are infectious. Many times I’ll let his entire playlist play in the background just to hear him talking smack and cracking himself up. He pronounces words wrong, rhymes his fitness advice and cusses a lot while he gives out workout and nutrition tips. All of this combined makes for an entertaining and good time.
His old YouTube channel, PhysiquesOfGreatness has over 800k subscribers but due to a recent falling out with his old business partner Vince G, he’s moved on to his new venture called PumpChasers. (which already has over 200k subscribers).
His information is great for beginners. I believe it was this video that taught me how to count my macros a few years ago.
With Chris, you get a good overview of the basics mixed in with tips and tricks that he uses to build a ridiculously big body on his small frame. He also films and talks about most of his meals, 80% of which are eaten at Denny’s.
3) Brandon Carter
Brandon Carter’s following on YouTube is huge. I came across some of his older videos a year or more ago and have been subscribed ever since.
He’s ripped to shreds, doesn’t count macros and references his past criminal activity a lot, which is what really endeared me to the guy. I prefer to take advice from someone who comes from a hard background versus someone who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
These days he’s taking the channel in more of a motivational / lifestyle / business advice direction but there are still solid fitness tips posted on a regular basis. Lots of book recommendations.
For the best stuff, I’d suggest going back a few years to when he used to shoot the videos of him just standing in a room talking. In my opinion, these are the most informative and helpful.
If you want to get in shape and go to the internet for advice, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are thousands of “experts” out there and they all seem to be pitching a different approach.
The good news is they are all ripped, which means that there are many styles of eating and training that will work for you. You just have to pick one and stick with it for a few years. My advice is to find a few people who have bodies that you like and tune everything else out.
I’ve learned 80% of what I know from these three guys: Kane Sumabat, Chris Jones and Brandon Carter. I highly recommend to you as a great source of health and fitness information mixed with enough personality to keep you interested and entertained.
Enjoy and good luck.
Today’s question: Who are your favorite Fitness people on YouTube, FB and Instagram? Answer in comments.