Best of 2015 – Gear, Gadgets, Supplements, and More…

Welcome to the inaugural blog post. Our eclectic personalities and wide-ranging interests will lead us to pursue topics that will span all things from health and fitness, nutrition, bio-hacking, social media, business, entrepreneurship, networking, technology, habits, the spiritual and religious, the wild and wacky, and all things in between!

These are all things that we personally use and to which we can attest. Nothing on here is paid for or sponsored, except through our own personal bank accounts. Here, you get an inside look at what The Too Fit Guys are utilizing to boost performance in every area of life.

With our First Issue rolling out in January of 2016, we thought it fitting to give you a reflective, year-in-review. We thought we could cover the things we always surround ourselves with: fitness, podcasts, books, documentaries, and supplementation.

Although we would love to shamelessly plug our two products which hit shelves in 2015, we chose to share lesser known supplements that you can for specific purposes. However, we encourage you to read and find out more about our all-natural pre-workout, Moxie, and all-natural recovery product Rally.

These tools are not necessarily new items that appeared on the market in 2015, but things we came across this past year that somehow bettered our lives or changed our outlook. Our hope is that they can do the same for you.

Top Fitness equipment of 2015

-RH-2 Reverse Hyper                                                                                                      Rogue RH-2

This has been called “The Fountain of Youth for Low Back Pain.” It is no joke. This machine truly allows you to reach near full hip flexion and extension, passively releasing cohesions, minor disk slips, soreness and tightness in your lumbar spine. It also acts to strengthen your glutes and hamstrings in conjunction with your low back muscles, to fortify your posterior chain; leaving you with better posture, less prone to injury, and positive overall strength gains.

Elevation Training Mask                                                                         Elevation 2.0 Training Mask

The elevation training mask will not only take your workout looks to the next level but elevate your workout to extremes you never knew existed. By bringing Pikes Peak to your doorstep, this training mask touts that it can provide you the same physiological benefits as if you were training at altitude. These changes would include increased VO2 max, increased hemoglobin, and increased oxygen carrying capacity to your tissues. More research would need to be conducted, but it’s our conclusion that if nothing else, this mask acts as a barbell for your lungs by constricting breathing and making your workout an absolute suckfest.

-Polar Watch & Fitness Tracker V800                                                       Polar Fitness Watch V800

The Polar V800 is a beast of a training watch.  It is waterproof and will hold up to a beating.  Whether you are a professional tri-athlete or a weekend warrior, the V800 is an excellent tool for tracking heart rate, time intervals, and even your sleep.  It also comes with the Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor strap which is the most accurate way to track your heart rate during training.  One of the coolest things the V800 will do is assess your activity, and the time it will take you to recover from that event.  If you are into swimming, it will even analyze your swimming style, distance, pace, strokes, and rest times.  All around the V800 is an exceptional training tool.

Top Podcast Episodes of 2015

-Jocko Willink with Tim Ferriss                                               Four Hour Work Week – Jocko Willink

If you’re in the mood for some bone-chilling stories and life motivation, then this interview is your Huckleberry. Hear how one the most elite warriors in our nation lives his daily life.  Jocko dives into the training and overseas operations of US Navy SEALs and gives you a taste of what life would be like as a leader of one of the most supreme fighting forces in the world. Listen, take notes, and listen again as you witness one of the most captivating conversations of the year.

-Ben Greenfield with Shawn Wells                            How to Know Supplement Ingredients – BGFP

Ben Greenfield is truly a genius and contains a vast wealth of knowledge in all things health, fitness, nutrition, and human optimization. He is an experienced biohacker and self-study enthusiast and does his best to learn from every guest he interviews. On this episode, Shawn Wells, MPH, RD, and CISSN, discusses the dark and dirty world of supplement manufacturing. Shawn shares with you the art of “fairy-dusting” practiced amongst many manufacturers, how much caffeine you may actually be receiving from energy supplements, how to distinguish high-quality from low-quality supplements, and how to properly store and use your precious sports nutrition supps. This podcast is eye-opening and a little unnerving. However, in starting Too Fit we have seen first-hand how some of these manufacturers operate, along with the harmful and fictitious products they allow to be produced. This was not only a great tool for us in starting our sports nutrition business but also for the everyday supplement user who wants to trust what he’s placing in his system.

-Dr. David Perlmutter with Dave Asprey on Bulletproof Radio                       Dr. Perlmutter Podcast

Dr. David Perlmutter is a world renowned neurosurgeon and author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker.  His recent research has been primarily involved with something you may have heard thrown around lately, the gut microbiome.  The “microbiome” is essentially the entire colony and world of bacteria and organisms that reside in your gut.  Dr. Perlmutter describes in great detail how the “gut brain” is what could actually be creating and influencing things such as Alzheimer’s and Autism.   Dr. Perlmutter explains why having proper gut balance is important and provides steps you can take to implement habits that can have a positive effect on not only physical health but also mental health.

Top Books 2015

-The Art of Work by Jeff Goins                                                               The Art of Work – Jeff Goins

At an entrepreneurial conference in the summer of 2015, we had the opportunity to hear Jeff Goins speak on the process of telling your story. While clearly one of the best orators and storytellers we’ve had the chance from which to learn, Goins’s writing is even more eloquent and information filled. This book is the story of Goins’s personal journey to finding what he now coins as a “portfolio lifestyle,” where he is no longer defined by a job title, but daily lives his life doing the things that give him the most fulfillment while earning a living through those various endeavors. He walks you through his choice to forgo the conventional route and pressures of society and dives headfirst into creating a life not defined by work, but by pursuing things you love and leveraging those into a life worth living. If you are stuck in life, running the rat race and want to escape, or just need some extra motivation and know-how to venture out on your own, “The Art of Work” is for you.

-Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell                                                                  Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Let psychologist and the brilliant mind that is Malcolm Gladwell provide you with a paradigm shift as he has done time and time again. Outliers was a book we could not put down. Gladwell unveils the curtain on how your birthday could play a role in becoming a professional athlete, the real reasons why Bill Gates and The Beatles became uber-successes, and how incredibly high IQ does not always equal a top paying job, riches, and fame. Learn the secret behind these “outliers’” success, and why others fail. Discover the truth behind the 10,000-hour rule and how to become an expert in any field. Highly recommended anyone interested in understanding your own path to success.

-Fearless by Eric Blehm                                                                                    Fearless – Eric Blehm

This is not your average Navy SEAL story. This is an honest, dramatic, inspiring, funny, and true account of Navy SEAL Adam Brown. Author Eric Blehm backtracks and covers Brown’s story through the lives and accounts of friends and family. This gives the reader an accurate representation and raw sense of what Adam was truly like. Most commendable above all was Brown’s inclination toward adversity and self-destruction that every one of us experiences in our own way. However, on whole different level than the average human, Brown struggled with severe drug addictions, criminal offenses, being thrown out of his parents’ home, conflicts with his wife who stuck by his side, to eventually joining the SEAL teams and losing an eye, and ultimately his life. Amidst all these barriers, Brown would go on to join the most lethal and exclusive special forces team in the US, the elite of the elite: DEVGRU. If your admiration for these warriors was not already at full capacity, “Fearless” will push you to the limit and give you a new level of respect for the sacrifices of these men, but more so the uniqueness and rarity of such men in the world.

Top Documentaries of 2015

-30 for 30: Chasing Tyson                                                                    ESPN Films – Chasing Tyson

Another great production from the ESPN producers and the groundbreaking series covering legendary and sometimes controversial sports stories, 30 for 30. This film documents the parallel, yet very diverse lives of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, capturing how the two men professionally and personally needed one another, without realizing it. The film will leave you inspired, motivated, and craving a return to the golden era of boxing, when men were real men and actually traded blow for blow, instead of dancing around until the bell chimes. Their personal stories are both poetic and touching in the midst of this battered and bloody sport. You will want to watch this one again.

Netflix: Making of a Murderer                                                        Episode 1 – Making of a Murderer

In the era of growing distrust for police and the legal system, this documentary is a 10 part series covering one of the most enthralling and captivating true crime stories.  A man once wrongly accused of a violent sexual assault, exonerated, was then quickly accused of yet another violent sexual assault resulting in the death of one young lady. This series although sympathetic to accused killer Steven Avery, shows all sides of such a highly publicized case, from the DA, defense, media, family of the victim, and family of the accused. Throughout the docuseries you are left on the edge of your seat, both physically and mentally, wondering if the man is actually innocent. Although lengthy due to covering a timespan of nearly 30 years, this watch is well worth your time for educational purposes, sheer entertainment, and will place you in spine-tingling ethical dilemmas. Which would you decide if you were on the jury: guilty or innocent?

-Fed Up                                                                                                            Fed Up Movie Website

For the first time in the history of the United States, parents actually have longer projected lifespans than their children; a sad and humbling fact. “Fed Up” blows the cover on how childhood obesity became a national epidemic, how our own government has pushed back against advocates for healthier diets for children, and how the massive food and beverage companies specifically target children with sugar laden foods through emotional allure. Katie Couric coproduces and also narrates this eye-opening film as it follows a handful of overweight, junior high children, and their families, documenting struggle to lose weight and keep it off.  “Fed Up” will leave you with a chomping at the bit to protect our younger generation as well as maintaining a more scrutinizing eye on your own sugar intake!

Top Supplements of 2015

-Activated Charcoal                                                                        Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal??? Yes, activated charcoal. Don’t worry; this is not the same coal you are using to grill your prime ribs. It is, however, related! Charcoal has been used for years for not only cooking, but clearing toxins and chemicals from water, for cleaning around the house, and odor removal. The main difference is activated charcoal contains an additional carbon molecule, thereby increasing the surface area and porosity of the substance. Therefore, upon ingestion activated charcoal works to adsorb (allows things to cling to it) toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals from your stomach and flushes them from your system. It’s actually been used in the medical field as a detoxifying and anti-poisoning agent. We use activated charcoal for everything from those nights after eating a heavy meal such as pizza or a big greasy burger, to full-on detox. It also comes in the clutch after a night of social drinking. You’ll want to take 2-3 capsules a couple of hours after ingesting what you would like to mitigate. You’ll feel a noticeable difference the morning after when you wake with less brain fog, less bloated, and less guilty!

-Green Vibrance Greens Powder                                                                               Green Vibrance

This isn’t one that we necessarily first stumbled upon in 2015, but since they come out with a new version and the fact that it is a staple in the routine of supplements, we figured we’d throw it in here.  Vibrant Health Green Vibrance is full of nutrients providing vitality for every cell in the body.  Green Vibrance supplies an abundance of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and vitamin D3.  It directly supports every major system in the body.  This will basically cover all of your bases.  Great while traveling when you do not have easy access to fresh vegetables.  We cannot recommend this one enough.

-Natural Calm: Magnesium Powder                                            Natural Calm Raspberry Lemonade

Magnesium. Many people know it plays an important role and you’re supposed to have certain levels of it to be “healthy.” Just like everyone knowing you’re supposed to eat your bananas to get your potassium. However, why is magnesium so important and why should I supplement with magnesium? Magnesium can be thought of as the off button for your nerves and thus, muscles and brain. Without magnesium, we would be in a state of high alert and constant stress – sound familiar? Natural Calm slowly introduces your body to magnesium and is a perfect drink to sip on while reading, watching TV, or whatever it is you do to prepare for bed. In a world that is caffeine driven, and where it seems like the “on” switch must always be…well, on; treating yourself to a nightcap of magnesium powder sets the mood for a relaxing and rejuvenating night’s sleep by flipping the switch for you and de-stressing your mind, body, and soul.

Strive to be Too Fit in all areas of life…

Happy New Year,

Jake and Josh