Fitness on a Budget

Evidence-based fitness advice to save you money

Author: Rick

Review: Forrat’s Protein Bites

In a recent order from a local supplement shop I was sent some sample items, one of those items is today’s review victim “Forrat’s Protein Bites” (this item is listed on their website as “ CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BITE”). I’m always happy to receive samples when I order online and finding new ways to meet my required daily amount of protein is always a plus. There’s only so much meat and protein powder one can ingest before believing that other options must be explored. So let’s explore!

What is a “protein bite” and is it any good? That’s what I’m going to try and answer in this review.
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A Fitness Professional’s Reading List 2016

I’m an avid reader, or at least I strive to be. As such one of my goals for 2016 will be to read 52 books in the 52 weeks of 2016. Some of those books will be fitness or fitness business related and others not. As part of my goal I have decided that it would be a good idea to make this post listing the fitness and fitness business related books I plan to read in that time period. I also plan to review the fitness books on the FOAB blog as I complete each one. The list is as follows:

Fitness Related

Eating Behaviour cover
Eating Behaviour – Terence M. Dovey
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 Fitness Confidential – Vinnie Tortorich
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 Every Day is Game Day – Mark Verstegen
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Becoming a Supple Leopard – Kelly Starrett
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The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete – Matt Long
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 Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder – Samuel Wilson Fussell
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Fitness Business Related

Ignite the Fire: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career – Jonathan Goodman
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Two-Brain Business: Grow Your Gym – Chris Cooper
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Two-Brain Business 2.0 – Chris Cooper
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How to Write a Good Advertisement – Victor Schwab
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This list may expand as the year rolls on but the above books are the ones I know for sure that I am going to read and review.

I will be tracking what I’m reading at any given time on Goodreads as well (including non-fitness books) just incase anyone is interested in checking that out.

Reading is such an important activity and yet many people lose the desire to read as they move into adulthood. It is my hope that the commitment to reading I show in the coming weeks will inspire others to pick up a book as well. When it comes to the wise investment of money it is hard to go wrong by spending that money on books. Books are relatively inexpensive, can accelerate personal development (mentally and physically depending on content) and can be rather entertaining. There really are no downsides to reading!

Now let’s hear from you. What books do you plan to read this year (fitness or otherwise)? What fitness books have you found helpful and what do you think I should read? Let me know in the comments below.

The Sports Gene by David Epstein — Review

I recently became an Gold member and as my first audiobook via the service I decided to choose The Sports Gene by David Epstein. It took me a bit longer than expected to listen to the 10 hours and 22 minutes of audio (about a week), but after listening I think that audiobooks are a great way for busy people to enjoy the wonderful world of literature. Once I finished the book I took another week (or 2) to let the information and ideas presented by Mr. Epstein stew in my head and by week’s end, I decided that this should be the 1st book I review here on Fitness on a Budget.
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Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification — My Thoughts

I paid for the Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification back in 2011 but didn’t sit down and write the test until this year (2015). For years I would at times open the certification manual, read over a chapter, look over the workbook questions (answering them in my head) and then forget about it for months. I just wasn’t motivated to get it done and business was keeping life busy. Recently however I decided that enough was enough, it was time to get it done and I’m glad I did!

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The Lean Muscle Diet Calculator

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When, Why and How to Use Isometrics

I know, you want to get stronger, that goal of increasing your squat 1RM by 50Lbs is all you can think about and it seems straight forward; squat more, do more dynamic movements with more weight. In the grand scheme of things this is true, after all go to any gym in any country on this rock we call earth and you will find people doing almost every form of dynamic movement known to man, because it works. When you move weight through a range of motion you gain strength throughout that range, some even use partials to get past weak points in a specific range. Seems like an open and shut case as to why we should use dynamic movements rather than isometrics doesn’t it?

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Retirement of Grip Legend Warren Tetting

On February 15th, 2015 Warren Tetting announced his retirement from gripper creation, meaning Tetting grippers have become immediate collectors items in the grip strength community. For those who don’t know, Warren is one of the pioneers in the gripper business and the man who created the extremely popular Iron Man gripper for Ironman Magazine in the 1960s and ’70s.1 Beyond the classic Iron Man gripper Tetting helped foster the creation of a culture with his Thor (Beef Builder) and Mash Monster lines.

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  1. Roark, J. (1991). The Iron Man Hand Grippers. Iron Game History, 1(2). Retrieved March 5, 2015, from

Review: Canadian Protein Mint Chocolate Chip Whey Isolate

Today I thought it would be nice to write the first product review here on Fitness on a Budget. As we are all well aware, the marketplace is filled with junk supplements which are often nothing more than snake oil but the basics of protein, fish oil, and possibly a multivitiman are pretty solid choices. One of the main issues when it comes to these items however is just how many options exist out there. In this little write up I am going to take one of those (lesser known) choices, put it through a battery of tests and decide if it is worth the cost or if looking elsewhere for a choice of whey protein isolate would be a better decision. I will provide a rating for each of the following criteria: macronutrient values, taste, mixability, texture and cost as well as an average of all combined scores as the overall score.

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How to Calculate BMI and What it Means

One of the most confusing things when first learning about physical fitness can be all of the equations, formulas and indexes that are commonly used. Some of these are of great use while others hang on only to remind us of the true lack of evidence based health education on a global level. In this, the first of what will be a series of articles covering the common methods of data gathering for health and fitness I will cover the most used and often misunderstood metric: Body Mass Index (BMI).

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