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Pre-Holiday Diet and Macros Tips

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If you are like us, the time between October and New Years is tough. In a normal year, the weather gets cold, sun sets early, foods get heavier and habits/routines get broken. In 2020, we have a pandemic making things exponentially worse and at best, very different. This post is cathartic for us to get…

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What We Are Listening To-November

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End of November and we have not updated our playlist. It has been a strange month for us so, keep that in mind and please, judgement free on the selections below. Click any band/album title to visit an Amazon affiliate link which may allow free streaming if a Prime member   Drive-By Truckers:  Decoration Day…

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Take Time To Be Thankful

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”-Meister Eckhart While the fact this post comes out on Thanksgiving is not a coincidence, this is not about being thankful one day per year.  We focus so much on life’s challenges and goals that we sometimes neglect…

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Best Apps for Tracking Nutrition

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Tracking macros is a necessity for anyone taking their diet and fitness seriously. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight or, just maintain, knowing what you are consuming is a requirement. While we have previously looked at gadgets such as food scales needed for your healthy lifestyle, let’s now take a look at…

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Anthony Bourdain

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“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” ― Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain, a man that became famous for his blunt, entertaining tales of being…

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Choosing Your Passion as Your Profession

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Life is hard. Choosing how you are going to make a living in this life is not any easier. There is a good chance you’ve had someone tell you to follow your passions and interests and they will lead to a fulfilling and fruitful life. Yet, so many of us choose a different road. Let’s…

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Billy Joe Shaver

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“You been to school, you say you are a lawyer, you walked out of a magazine. I’ve been a drifter and a low-life loser, you can learn a lot from me.” ― Billy Joe Shaver The fact that Billy Joe Shaver is not a household name when the topic of country music comes up, is…

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Home Chest and Triceps Workout

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With the COVID lockdowns starting again in Europe, we thought we would start sharing our home workouts. This does use equipment we have at home so if you are looking for bodyweight only, sorry, this isn’t it. For all the equipment we use in one place, visit our previous post here. Exercise:  Incline dumbbell bench…

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Why Political and Societal Unity is a Dream

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“I had a dream, of unity Where we could walk side by side But today I see that it’s only me Just trying to get by”-Greg Graffin This song was written in 1997 by the lead singer of the legendary punk band Bad Religion.  While we have no association with their politics, this sentiment is…

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5 Books to Help Boost Your Sales Career

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If you listen to any super successful sales executive, they will tell you they never stop trying to master their craft. Sales people come from a variety of backgrounds and the good ones have a multitude of techniques and practices. Of course, being authentic and never coming off as disingenuous is critical but that does…

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Sean Connery

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“Some age, others mature.”-Sean Connery. How true of a quote and how appropriate considering the man who said it. A career and a life that only seemed to get better with age, Sean Connery left this world a legend. 2020 continues to deal blow after blow but let’s take a few moments to remember a…

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5 Reasons Why AI Scares Us

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AI: Artificial Intelligence. It drives cars, it helps steer planes, it vacuums your house, it may be named Siri, it has made Elon Musk pretty famous and yes, it may also be the end of mankind. Let’s take a look at why AI keeps us awake at night. 1.  The AI is programmed to do…

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Why Stand Up Comedy Can’t Be Cancelled

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Cancel culture. It’s real and it’s a disturbing trend. We have seen it with books, with movies, with television and the list goes on. It seems there is nothing and no one immune. However, the latest target for this movement may be the only thing that can finally stand its ground against this culture of…

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5 Quick High Protein Snacks We Love

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If you are into an active lifestyle (you should be), then paramount to your nutrition is likely to be your protein intake. If you are trying to add weight or just increase your muscle mass, an adequate amount of protein is a necessity. Figuring out your macros is easy but achieving them is not, so…

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David Goggins

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“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.”-David Goggins Jesse Itzler’s 2015 bestselling memoir “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” chronicles the author’s attempt to physically and mentally break away from ordinary by inviting a former Navy SEAL to live and train with him…

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Who You Should Vote For

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Let us first start this post out with making this very clear: We are NOT going to tell you which presidential candidate to vote for. That should be your first indicator this post is worth a couple minutes of your time. Everywhere you turn, there is a campaign ad. Every news channel or news program…

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Music We Are Listening To Now-October

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We thought we would start a fairly regular post about what the Become Your Alpha editors are listening to this month. We will fully admit, we are not the most trendy music fans out there but we can at least offer a look into our musical tastes which seems to change with the wind. While…

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Landing A New Job During Covid

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With so much economic uncertainty, more and more people are either looking to change jobs or, looking for a new job after being let go. While there are endless industries and skillsets out there, we were lucky enough to pick the brain of a global sales exec who oversees a multinational territory, each with its…

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Overcoming Home Workout Fatigue

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With Coronavirus still impacting much of the world and keeping many of us from our normal gyms and fitness centers, we have turned to home workouts. Some of us are lucky enough to have home gyms while many of us are still making due with little to no equipment. 7 months of home workouts can…

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Amazon Prime Day Deals

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Amazon is one company that has only been positively impacted since the onset of the Coronavirus. The company’s famous Prime Day is set to hit on October 13-14 and while many of those deals will not be known until the actual day of, we have a look at some early bargains you do not want…

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Eddie Van Halen

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“I’m not a rock star. Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I’m not a rock star. I’m not in it for the fame, I’m in it because I like to play.”-Eddie Van…

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Tips for Flying During the Pandemic

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While we covered some travel ideas a couple months back, we thought it was time for a bit targeted post specific to flying.  Many of us have been grounded now going on 7 months.  Maybe even longer if you live in Europe or Asia.  However, one of our contributors has ventured on a few domestic…

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Rickson Gracie

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“If we fight for money, I’ll stop hitting you when you ask me to. If we fight for honor, I’ll stop hitting you when I feel like it.”-Rickson Gracie If you are a jiu-jitsu player, then you know Rickson Gracie.  If you are a true mixed martial arts fan, then you know Rickson Gracie.  But,…

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5 Amazon Original Series To Stream Now

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Many of us have spent the last several months hanging around the house more than we are accustomed to.  COVID-19 has forced us to stick close to home and forgo much of our normal summer social life.  Now that we are heading into fall, at least we can feel a bit more normal when we…

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5 Best Portable Chargers For Your Devices

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With almost everything going digital and much of our social life, business and personal life somewhat reliant on devices (even if you are not a renowned vlogger), keeping them charged has never been more important.  Lucky for us, it has also never been easier.   Portable charging banks have been around for several years but over…

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September Whey Protein Basics and Deals

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When it comes to protein powder, anyone can get lost in the thousands of available options.  While we are neither physicians nor nutritionists, we are avid athletes and have vast experience in using protein supplements to complement our diets and our training.  When it comes to protein, think about the most critical aspects of the…

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Bill Murray

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“This is not a dress rehearsal; this is your life.”  It may sound like a quote from a famous athlete or business influencer but, that is not the case.  Instead, this is a quote from a true legend of show business, Bill Murray. Few actors have influenced culture and become icons to the level that…

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Suffering Required

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“There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my suffering.” -Dostoevsky The reality of suffering is the antithesis of modern commercial culture. A quick review of the messages that inundate us daily through television, print, and internet media make one thing abundantly clear: Pain, heartbreak, work, and struggle do not sell.…

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10 Best Wireless Headphones

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Best Wireless Headphones Running and weight training acts as the backbones of an effective exercise routine. When we try to picture the concept of a “great training day,” we always visualize it with only one device and that is wireless headphones. We all have had days when working out has felt like a tiresome task…

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The Rock

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Highlighting The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) as a Featured Alpha is unlikely to cause too much controversy.  At nearly 50 years old, The Rock embodies the ethos of an Alpha from his physical size and capability, to his work ethic, to his leadership and charity.  Let’s take a quick look at how this young athlete became…

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3 Travel Vloggers Worth a Look

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It is nearly impossible to scroll through social media without coming across at least 1 feed of a travel blogger or vlogger. These are the people that have somehow figured out a way to earn money by venturing around the world and recording everything from the wild to the mundane. While much of these bloggers…

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5 Comedians Who Died Before Their Time

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Over the last several years stand-up comedy has made a huge resurgence. This is in part due to the popularity of the podcast medium and driven by comics on the West Coast and the East Coast.  If you tune into any of these podcasts long enough, you will hear mention of comedians that have influenced…

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Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson is a name that can strike up a lot of different emotions.  For some, he symbolizes accountability, strength, discipline, and lays the groundwork for being the best you possible.  For others, Peterson symbolizes the alt-right, toxic masculinity, and everything wrong with white male society.  Clearly, we align more with the first sentiment.  He…

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Why You Should Buy or Refinance Your Mortgage Now

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Much of the world’s financial news is doom and gloom.  Country GDPs dropping at record paces, businesses closing, people losing their jobs and it is seemingly never ending.  However, there has been one bright spot in the US economy at least, if you are in a position to take advantage of it.  Interest rates have…

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Wim Hof

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If you have read our article on breathing, then you have heard us write about The Iceman.  But who is this wild Dutchman known for his ability to both withstand freezing temperatures and hold his breath for insane amounts of time?  Simply put, since he was 17 years old, Hof has had an interest in…

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Best Home Gym Equipment for Your Coronavirus Home Gym

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When the Coronavirus hit the States back in March, most of us thought we would spend a few weeks at home and we’d be right back to “normal” soon after.  We were all wrong.  One of the most critical parts of so many people’s day is their workouts.  Whether that is in a big box…

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10 Cool Gadgets To Keep Track of Your Health Under $30

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There are gadgets and gizmos for every hobby and interest under the sun. Some are more for novelty than any practical use.  However, there are times technology can benefit your lifestyle and here, we highlight 5 best gadgets that the tech gets right when it comes to health and fitness. The RENPHO Body Fat Scale…

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Thailand-Not Just for Creeps

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Some of us may know that guy.  The guy that LOVES to go to Southeast Asia every chance he gets but seemingly has little to say about it other than “it’s amazing and crazy!”  Not much to contribute in terms of the culture, the food, the sights, things to do, or anything else for that…

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3 Unconventional Business Influencers

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Many of us are familiar with the “business” experts that have been passed to us from bosses, parents, pastors, etc.  If you are like us, some of these books make you want to vomit and simultaneously light the book on fire.  To not pee in anyone’s Cheerio’s we are not going to name names but…

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5 Exercises You’re Probably Not Doing Right

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The Deadlift The deadlift is by far the number 1 exercise people screw up and when they do, they often pay the price.  Ask any weekend warrior that likes to “lift heavy” on the weekends and they will probably tell you, they’ve had at least 1 visit to a chiropractor due to their poor deadlift…

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Why Motivation Will Let You Down

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Oxford Languages’ definition of motivation is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.”  That is a pretty broad statement yet so many people spend hours both posting and reading content that revolves around motivation.  It seems everyone is looking for that perfect quote, that perfect meme or that…

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5 Songs That Tell a Story of Struggle

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Have you ever listened to a song and thought it belonged in a movie?  Have you really held onto every word and felt like it took you on a journey?  Some songs are more than a catchy beat and some crowd pleasing lyrics.  Some songs tell serious stories, both fact and fiction, and if you…

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Americans Prohibited-Travel Ideas During COVID-19

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With many of our summers plans destroyed, we find ourselves wondering what to do.  Traveling abroad is not 100% prohibited but, the main destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America for sure have either disallowed Americans or, put some fairly stringent requirements around travel there.  Hell, Cambodia wants $3K just in case you bring…

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5 Classic Mental Health Books You Should Own

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There are thousands of books “for dummies” out there covering a wide range of skills and topics.  Ranging from early 20th Century fare too much more serious accounts of mental fortitude, rebellion, and survival, these books are the foundation for some of the more recent works in the category.  As any Alpha will tell you,…

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The 2020 Economy in 1000 Words or Less

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The world is on fire.  Unemployment is growing.  The market is going to crash.  Interest rates are at rock bottom.  Employers are laying off in record numbers. The dollar is going to be worthless in 2 years. We could keep going on and on about headlines that everyone has probably seen over the last several…

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20 Best To-Do List Apps to Keep You on Track in 2020

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The technological advancements have changed the game for every individual. Societies have evolved and thrived due to such technological breakthroughs. The technological systems invented by humans solely reflect the essence of a society’s needs; thus, they make our lives easier and worth living. One aspect of this technological evolution is the digitalization of our everyday…

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Keeping Your Mind Sharp During Current Times

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This pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone.  The strongest of us have struggled to stay focused, stay motivated, keep pushing forward and even just keeping a smile on our faces.  The world, specifically the United States, can feel like it is burning down around us.  Every news cycle brings with it more negativity, more stress and…

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Every Breath You Take

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How many times per minute do you take a breath?  Did you know breathing is a key indicator of health and is part of the clinical guidelines doctors use to assess health?  Today’s medical guidelines state that less than 12 breaths per minute or over 25 breaths per minute (while resting) is considered abnormal.  But…

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5 Movies You Can’t Unsee

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We’ve all seen them.  Movies so bad, so disturbing, so ridiculous that no matter what you do, no matter how many years pass, they haunt your mind.  Maybe this kind of thing interests you.  Maybe you have so much time on your hands’ thanks to this lovely virus that you want to see some of…

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