Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quick Thoughts: Focus On What Matters


 Not everyone wants to be a gymnasts, circus performer, or contemporary dancer. What do you do if you're not looking to perfect your handstand, master the front lever, or spend your time doing lizard crawls?

 Simple! Focus on the basics. 

 While gymnastics strength work, crawling, and stunts of strength are all fun and do build strength ... they're far from essential. The more complex a movement is, the less carry over it has to everyday life. Take your time focusing on training different types of squats, lunges, push ups, pulls, extending, bracing, and rotation work. Those are the movements you do every single day, train for your life. 

 - Tim 

Monday, March 16, 2015

TimothyBellFitness.com "Top 10 Fitness Blog Of 2015"!

TimothyBellFitness.com was evaluated and won the #9 spot in BreakingMuscle.com's "Top Fitness Blogs Of 2015"! This is HUGE! I just wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me to making it into BreakingMuscle.com's top 20 fitness blogs. Without you it wouldn't have been possible. Because you voted me into the top 20, it gave the judges a chance to go though my content and choose my little blog as a top 10 must read fitness blog. Thanks again!

- Tim


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

4 Techniques To Instantly Improve Your Handstand

 If you're having trouble keeping yourself balanced during your freestanding handstands, then you need to read my latest article on BreakingMuscle.com. It's all about 4 simple techniques that will help you maintain your balance and become a handstand master! Take a look at it here.

- Tim



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thanks Everyone! My Blog Is One Of The Top 20 Fitness Blogs Of 2015!

 BreakingMuscle.com is running its annual contest to choose the top 10 fitness blogs of 2015. If you haven't heard of BreakingMuscle.com before, it's a wonderful website loaded with tons of articles, videos, and content put out by some of the fitness industries best and brightest. The other day I was contacted by BreakingMuscle.com and informed that I had made their cut and was part of the top 20 fitness blogs of 2015, this is such a big honour! They now have judges going through the top 20 in order to chose their final top 10. Let's all hope that my little blog makes the cut! I just want to thank you all for voting and for your support! Being in the top 20 so cool ... top 10 would just be icing on the cake! You can take a look at the list by following this link. Thanks again everyone! 

- Tim 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Paleo Strawberry Banana "Oatmeal"

 If you're missing your morning bowl of oats, then I highly suggest you try this easy recipe. It only takes a few minutes to make, and best of all it uses ingredients you probably have in the house right now! I've posted a recipe for paleo oatmeal on this blog before, this recipe is a little different. The first paleo oat meal I wrote about tastes a lot more like fresh oatmeal, where as this recipe is a little bit more like instant oatmeal. It's smooth, rich, and sweet, making it perfect for those who love fruit or for the kids. This recipe makes one bowl, you can always double the recipe for two.

 Here's What You'll Need:

- 1 Banana
- 5-8 Fresh Strawberries
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Coconut Milk
- 1 Dash Cinnamon
- 1 Dash Vanilla Extract
- Unsalted Butter

How To Put It Together: 

- Put your eggs, banana, strawberries, coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Mash them all together. You could also use a food processor.
- Use the butter to grease the bottom of a frying pan
- Heat the pan at a little higher than medium and pour your mixture into the pan
- Stir the mixture around in the pan continuously until it becomes thick and oatmeal like. Make sure to stir the mixture constantly without rest so that it doesn't burn or over cook in any one area.
- Pour the now cooked "oatmeal" into a bowl, top with fresh strawberries, and enjoy!

- Tim


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How To Make Bone Broth, And Why You Should!

 In the upcoming months you're going to be hearing more and more about bone broth. You know ... the stuff your grandmother made for soups with the left over bones from your chicken dinners! Bone broth isn't anything new, in fact it's a very old concept. The reason you'll be hearing more and more about it on blogs, websites, and in the news is because of it's outstanding nutritional benefits.

 Bone broth is made by slowly boiling the bones of animals over a period of hours in order to extract not only their flavour, but also the nutrients from the bones, cartilage, and fats. By making and drinking bone broth you'll be taking in a ton of great vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for just pennies. In fact, it would be pretty expensive to buy everything that you got from drinking bone broth in supplement form. Plus, drinking a cup of delicious and warm bone broth is a lot more enjoyable than taking some pills! Bone broth provides a large array of amino acids (Arginine, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline) essential for immune function, recovery, gut health, and healthy joints to name a few. Bone broth also gives your body easy access to magnesium, gelatin, calcium, collagen in a form it can digest without issue.

 Magnesium is very important for recovery for anyone who lives an active lifestyle or trains hard regularly. Most people are lacking in magnesium and could use a little more.
 Gelatin helps with joint health and pain while also provides bone building minerals. Gelatin also helps the body absorb protein and can help with the symptoms of leaky gut.
 Calcium is important for the health and density of your bones. For those who are dairy sensitive, bone broth provides a great option for taking in calcium.
 Collagen is excellent for improving skin health and the appearance of healthy skin. Collagen can also help people suffering from bowel disorders (IBS, crones) and other digestive issues.

 Making bone broth is simple and doesn't even require you to be kitchen savvy! The only thing it takes is patience. Making bone broth can take around 20-24 hours! Trust me, it's worth the wait.

 Here's what you'll need ... 

- 4-6 large beef soup bones raw
- 2-4 pork short ribs or neck bones (optional)
- 2-3 carrots chopped in big chunks
- 2 large onions chopped in half
- 6-7 garlic cloves cut in half
- Salt & pepper

How To Put It Together ... 

- Place your chopped veggies in the bottom of a large pot or slow cooker
- Take your bones and place them on top of the veggies in the pot
- Fill the pot or slow cooker with water until full and the water covers everything
- Heat on low until the water begins to rumble
- Remove any scum that rises to the top with a spoon, these are impurities you don't want
- Leave it to simmer for 20-24 hours on low
- Once the 20-24 hours is up, scoop out all the solids with a spoon and filter the broth strainer
- Salt and pepper to taste
- When the broth has cooled enough, place the pot into the fridge and allow it to fully cool off
- A hard layer of fat will form on the top of the broth, remove the fat and throw it out
- You'll now be left with a big pot of "jello like" broth, that's what you want! Warm up a cup in a pot      and enjoy!
- You can keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days
- You can also freeze it in individual servings to keep it for up to 6 months

 There you have it, simple and easy to make bone broth! In a few hours you can be enjoying a nice cup of your own and being doing something your body will love.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

5 Great Fitness Books That Will Change Your Life!

  If you're looking for a few great fitness/nutrition books that I highly recommend, then look no further! The following list are books that I've enjoyed, and suggest to all of my own clients. While no book is a substitution for individualized, personalized, one on one personal training/program design, they sure can be a great supplement! The following books would be an excellent addition to any ones library. 

Five Tibetan Rites - Peter Kelder 
 This is a very old book written in the 30's by Peter Kelder. Kelder claimed to have come across a group of monks who had discovered a "fountain of youth". They taught Kelder five basic exercises that were to be performed daily to improve your health and combat the damaging effects of daily life. The movements greatly resemble many found in Yoga and basic martial arts calisthenics. The "Five Rites" could be used as your morning routine. You can easily find some variation online for free. You can also find YouTube videos detailing "The Five Rites". 

The Armour Of War (E-Book) - By. Tom Furman

 Tom Furman has been involved in health and fitness for longer than some of you have been born. The guy is a "no bull shit" kind of guy who stands by no set dogmas and only uses what works. It's not hard to see why I enjoy his work! "The Armour Of War" is Tom's ebook on bodyweight training. It outlines a basic bodyweight program that can be done anywhere at any time and it's almost painfully direct. It's only $10 at his website www.TomFurman.com, pick it up and enjoy. 

Becoming A Supple Leopard - By. Kelly Starrett

 Kelly Starrett is CrossFit's resident mobility guru and runs www.MobilityWod.com . The book "Becoming A Supple Leopard" is loaded with more information than most people can handle on the subject of posture, mobility, and movement. It's good stuff, but comes with a price tag of around $70. Think of this a reference text that can be uses over and over again. 

Building The Gymnastic Body - By. Coach Sommer

Gymnastics strength training for adults has been gaining popularity in the past few years, mostly because of Coach Summer. This was Coach's first book, it's large, and loaded with progressions helping guide you towards your goal of performing some advanced feats of gymnastics strength. While gymnastics strength training isn't for everyone, if it does interest you then this would be a great book to start with. There's one problem however ... the book is out of print and they no longer sell it from their website www.GymnasticBodies.com. You can find old copies on Ebay or Amazon, it would be worth picking up if you're interested in gymnastics strength training. 

The Primal Blue Print - By. Mark Sisson

Mark Sisson is a former competitive long distance runner who regularly suffered from chronic illness and injuries. He changed his life by following what he calls "The Primal Blue Print", which is a series of life style laws based around a modified "paleo" diet and natural human movement/exercise. This book is a great place to start for anyone looking to make big changes to their fitness and nutrition without all the confusion. It's clean, simple, and easy to read. You can pick it up at their website www.MarkDailyApple.com 

 For more reading you could also check out a few wonderful ebooks authored by your favourite handsome fitness professional ... yours truly! Self promotion, I'm not above it! You can take a look at the ebooks I have to offer by clicking here

- Tim