No hype. No BS. Just raw, real fitness.

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After eight long months of researching, planning, programming, testing, and revising, we’re excited to announce that our first two Smarter Sweat online workout program downloads are available.

What you should know about our fitness programming

Our programming isn’t sexy. It isn’t chock-full of the craziest, coolest looking exercises (although there are plenty of fun ones included). It isn’t the “newest” way to work out.

But it is deeply rooted in human physiology. It is backed by decades of scientific studies. And it is tested and proven to work by nearly 10 beta participants.

And we’re damn sure it’ll help you reach your goals if you’re a beginner or…

Please stop wasting your money on shitty supplements.

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Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash

Supplements. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry. Pills and powders fly off of shelves, and supplement companies and their marketing masterminds get richer by the day.

You want the cold, hard truth? Most supplements are just very expensive lies. You should be very cautious about claims plastered on supplement labels.

Some supplements do have a place as part of a healthy diet and fitness routine. Supplements also have a place when nutrient deficiencies are present. They can help fill gaps in your diet and — gasp — supplement your health and performance.

Supplements are no replacement for real food, however, and some…

Apply the basics of progressive overload for best results, even with minimal equipment.

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Ashley during a testing week at her Revival Strength Internship in San Rafael, CA

Progressive overload is one of the most important laws of strength training if you’re in it for results. Simply put, overloading means that you are increasing the amount of work you are doing and recovering from over time. You can do this in many ways, but for the most part, fitness enthusiasts limit overload to the practice of adding weight to the bar each week or adding a couple of reps over time.

It’s common — and not wrong — to assess your progress and overload your workouts by increasing weights each week or at least each training cycle.


We were excited to try Schmidt’s, but the all-natural deodorant didn’t quite live up to our expectations.

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Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. Credit: Schmidt’s/Amazon.

Introducing product reviews on Smarter Sweat: Every so often, Ashley or Amanda will post an in-depth product review. These may be products we use in our everyday lives, they may be gifted products, or they may be products from a partner. In any case, our opinions are truthful and our own.

TL;DR: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Review

What we love: We both love that this deodorant is all-natural and non-toxic, and that it comes in a variety of great scents. Also, Amanda noticed that a single tube can last, like, forever.

What we don’t: The texture can feel a bit scratchy…

Do literally anything but go on a diet this year.

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Stop dieting forever. Photo by Ursula Gamez on Unsplash.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Diets suck. Do not diet. I’m going to tell you why you should stop dieting forever, but you don’t have to take my word for it — just trust the research that proves diets don’t work.

The Best Diets in 2021 (Snort)

None. None is the answer. There are no best diets in 2021; there are no best diets ever. And you should run far, far away from anyone telling you about the best new diet they’re trying this year. Similarly, mute, unfollow, and block any Instagram #fitspo accounts preaching the same.

Why Diets Suck More Than a Straw

Meal timing is overrated — here’s what you should focus on first.

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Does eating candy after workouts enhance your gains? Photo by Amit Lahav on Unsplash.

Meal timing refers to the practice of eating a specific meal with a specific amount of macronutrients at a specific time. The typical focus is on the timing and amount of carbohydrates and proteins before, during and after workouts.

If you’ve spent any time around fitness enthusiasts, you’ve probably witnessed or heard of people stuffing their faces with Sour Patch Kids pre-lift, immediately chugging protein post-lift (can’t miss the “anabolic window”), or following some sort of intermittent fasting protocol.

Is this really necessary for your health, fitness, and body composition goals though? What about performance? Let’s find out.

Is meal timing effective?

There’s no…

How to prioritize your training hours to best meet your fitness goals.

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Slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers have different uses. Is one better than the other? Photo by Baileigh Dabdoub.

Most people know there’s a difference between fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle, but not many people know what the difference actually is — and if they do, they probably apply it to running, not weightlifting. The truth is, fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers have a big impact on resistance training, high-intensity interval training, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and pretty much every other type of training.

Your muscle fiber composition (specifically the ratio of fast-twitch to slow-twitch muscle fibers you have) profoundly impacts your ability to sprint, run, jump

I’m willing to bet that if you put a cross-country runner and a 100-meter…

Yes, expressing gratitude really can make you healthier, emotionally and physically. Here’s how.

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Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

“I’ll be happier when….”

Fill in the blank. We’ve all said it. Many of us have reached the “when” — yet we never seem to reach contentment. We live in a world where busyness is praised, and mental illness, sickness, and insomnia are considered normal. We live in a world where “more” never seems to be enough.

What if the root of our discontent, unsatisfied, overly busy, and unhealthy lives is stemming from our lack of gratitude?

Gratitude can reverse our priorities to help us appreciate the people and things we do have rather than constantly spending our time and…

Stop settling for just okay.

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Evaluating yourself consistently and truthfully is key to reaching your goals. Photo by Isaac Smith on Unsplash.

Someone told me once that if you don’t spend your life fulfilling your own dream, you’ll spend it working for someone else’s dream. It was then that I decided I wouldn’t settle for contentment — I always knew I wanted more than an okay job and an okay lifestyle. I want challenges, growth, and freedom from financial and time restraints. I want flexibility and control. I want to live life on my own terms, not on the terms of a job contract.

That said, we all have two choices: Make a living or design a life. When you create the…

We’re tackling 2021 head-on (and you can, too).

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Goodbye, 2020. We’re ready for you, 2021. Photo by Marcus Winkler on Unsplash.

It’s a running joke now (but not really a joke) that 2020 has been THE ABSOLUTE MOST. I mean, the year began with apocalyptic fires in Australia and is on track to end with another surge of cases in the deadliest pandemic since the 1918 Spanish influenza.

Between all this, we faced the death of Kobe Bryant, the weird royal exit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a stock market crash and global recession, violent (and peaceful) protests in response to racial injustice, MURDER HORNETS, the Beirut explosion, MORE wildfires along the West Coast, the deaths of Ruth Bader Ginsburg…

Smarter Sweat

This is raw, real fitness. No detoxes. No skinny teas. No hype. No BS. Just the utter truth about getting fit and staying that way. @smartersweat everywhere.

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