Articles by Jesse OBrien

Is a Plant-Based Diet Right For You?

13 Aug

Nutrition is a dogmatic subject, with each diet’s devotees being the victims of tribalist tendencies. At Central Athlete we consider ourselves nutritionally agnostic. While one diet may work well f...

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How to Maximize Post-Workout Nutrition

22 Jul

The fitness industry is guilty of giving a one-size-fits-all prescription to the masses on everything from supplements to nutrition to workouts. Maximizing the benefits of post-workout nutrition is...

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Why You Don't Need The Gym

16 Jul

The fitness industry is guilty of overcomplicating how to maintain a lean body composition, optimize markers for health, and maintain mental acuity. From High-Intensity Interval Training to Orange ...

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9 Biomarkers to Track If You Want to Live Well and Prosper

02 Jul

People are used to going to the doctor for their annual physicals and getting routine lab tests performed. Those will give you some information about your health, however, tracking some more specif...

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4 Reasons Lifting Weights WON'T Make You "Bulky"

26 Mar

“But I don’t want to get bulky.”  Ladies, how many times have you thought that? Or heard a friend say it?  The purpose of this article is not only to reduce fear for females that resistance trainin...

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This "Anti-Breakfast" Strategy Increases Fat Burning and Mental Acuity

27 Feb

Over my last 12 years as a strength and conditioning professional, I have had the pleasure to work with over a thousand clients and hear them articulate their goals. Although these goals are seemin...

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8 Lessons Learned Dropping from 10% to 6% Body Fat

16 Oct

As a coach, I get to observe the struggles and successes of my clients. I get to understand firsthand what drives human behavior and the things to which people aspire. One theme that is prevalent a...

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The 6 Supplements Central Athlete Stands Behind

24 Feb

Energy balance, macronutrients, micronutrients and meal timing all have their place in a well- rounded training program, but where do supplements fit in? During our assessment process, we often fi...

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The Four Principles Of Effective Coaching

17 Apr

In any coach/client relationship, there are traits that are necessary for an effective coaching relationship. At Central Athlete, these are the Four components to effective coaching, and what we ve...

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How to Grow: Breakdown

12 Apr

Looking to get bigger? This is week two of a series of articles that speak to just that. We will continue to touch on all things related to growing—both bigger and stronger. This week the topic i...

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The Top 4 Remote Coaching Platforms

10 Apr

If we know anything about health and fitness trends, it is that impermanence is a consistent theme. From bodybuilding to Jane Fonda to massive globo-gyms—to the functional fitness craze—some posit ...

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How to Grow: Central Nervous System

29 Mar

Looking to get bigger? We are embarking on a series of articles that speak to just that. Over the coming weeks we will touch on all things related to growing—both bigger and stronger. To start: Th...

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The Zen of Remote Coaching

27 Mar

The Zen of Remote Coaching By Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC-S (Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor) I became a remote coaching client of Central Athlete in Austin a year ago when I was struggling ...

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Progressive Overload

22 Mar

If you want to improve your appearance, the main reason you may be failing is because you’re no longer challenging yourself. A completely randomized training program will work for a small amount o...

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Best Gyms in Austin, Texas

20 Mar

People often ask me, “What is the best gym in Austin?” After spending the better part of a decade working and participating in the Austin fitness scene, my answer is that there is not a definitive ...

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Three Keystone Habits for Fitness and Wealth

15 Mar

Humans are creatures of habit and majority of our clients have careers that are anything but consistent. This fluctuating work environment may sound appealing at first but over time it often leads...

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Case Study: Chad Seiders

13 Mar

Chad Seiders came to Central Athlete after years of CrossFit Group Class Training. He was seeking answers because he began to see his progress come to a halt, as well as reoccurring chronic injurie...

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Optimizing Body Composition

01 Mar

Before we get into the sexy stuff that everyone wants to hear, we’re going to preface this with how we structure improving someone’s body composition. Imagine a pyramid. Now imagine trying to bui...

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Why the CrossFit Group Training Model Will Eventually Fail For You

27 Feb

Jesse O’Brien here. I am a previous CrossFit affiliate and have been a part of the CrossFit community since 2008. I have seen the tremendous growth of CrossFit, the evolution and even some of their...

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How Your Friends Influence Your Physique

23 Feb

If our friends are obese, we have a 45% increased chance of being obese ourselves. This can be shockingly painful to hear, but it’s true, according to ongoing research. Our parents were right when...

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Why Your Fitness Plan Is Doomed to Fail AND 6 Empowering Steps Toward Long-term Success

20 Feb

Why Your Fitness Plan Is Doomed to Fail AND 6 Empowering Steps Toward Long-term Success by Jesse O’Brien It’s that time again: New Year’s! For some, this is the time to leave the past behind, learn...

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Kaizen Health Retreat

09 Feb

The Kaizen Health Retreat is a two day, three night health and fitness retreat presented by Central Athlete. This will take place in an exceptional setting, at a private Ranch in Tarpley, Texas. The retreat will be geared around health, fitness and these four components: Education Experience Movement Relaxation

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Nutrition for Mental Acuity

01 Feb

Experiencing yet another mid-afternoon slump? Feel like you HAVE to have another cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage? If you eat a typical American breakfast then chances are this is you. A...

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What Is Your BMW?

24 Jan

No, we aren’t talking about the latest year model of the 328i. BMW is a catchy phrase that we use to describe one of our assessment models - Body, Move, Work. This model is designed to illustrate ...

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Fitness Is A 401k For Your Body

18 Jan

Stop trading your health for wealth. As your career path is moving forward, so should your health. Face it - one day you will die and what happens before this is a slow decline in muscle mass, entr...

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Nutrition On The Go

21 Dec

Staying consistent with an inconsistent schedule is the key to success. Life happens, but we need to ensure we stay consistent with our deepest values. Yet, often times the first thing to fall ...

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Pre-Workout Nutrition

13 Dec

You must begin with the end in mind. A proper pre-workout meal will give you:1. Energy2. Mental drive3. FocusKeep in mind that pre-workout nutritional strategies will often represent trade-offs. Th...

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29 Nov

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her, we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine, ou...

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5 Reasons to Reconsider Personal Training

27 Nov

The amount of options to choose from within the fitness industry may seem daunting. However, if you understand where you want to go, and the pros and cons of each service, aligning the right servic...

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8 Reasons Why You Want to Manage Blood Sugar

16 Nov

If you want to get lean and add muscle, you HAVE to manage your blood sugar. Before entering the conversation of managing blood sugar, one must earn the right by mastery of all Level 1 nutritional ...

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