“He who recovers to the greatest degree, the quickest and with the greatest frequency wins.” – Keith Norris

All in a day's fun. The finisher from hell...
All in a day’s fun. The finisher from hell...

Two of the most frequently asked questions I get are:

  • what do you do for pre-workout supplementation, and
  • who (and how in the hell?) cuts your hair?

Seriously, those are the two.

The second question is easy: Phillip Morales; *the* best flat top barber I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  How does he pull it off?  Flow state, and a steady hand.  P-Mo has mad skills.

The first question is a bit more complicated, but not much.  Here we go:

Listen, I’m an extremely busy person.  I’m guessing you are, too, so you’ll appreciate this: the last thing I want is for the precious time that I carve out of my busy-ass day for a workout to be underutilized because I’m dragging or otherwise “just not feeling it”.  In the words of Winston Churchill (most certainly wrongly attributed, but it makes a good story nonetheless),

“This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put.”

Literary and grammar geeks will get that.  For the rest of you, this is exactly the reason you should’ve veered toward that Liberal Arts degree back in the day.  Being tatted baristas is not all we’re good for.  🙂

But I digress…

…and because we realize that recovery is the true key to continued progress, we want our bodies to begin that process immediately following the workout.  I’ve said many times that he who recovers the most, the quickest and with the greatest frequency wins. And that formula holds true, whether we’re talking body composition or competitive athletics.

Now before we dive into the supplement side of things, let’s not forget there are many lifestyle factors that must be dialed-in to ensure that we’re productive — not only during our workouts, but during the rest of the day as well.  Mostly, these boil down to the things your grandmaw would’ve said. Eat right!  Get some sleep! Chill the fuck out!

What?  My grandmaws on both sides of the family were pretty damn tough 😉

But hey, it’s true; and I’m a total freak about all of those.  In fact, I’m very good at managing those factors successfully, even under the most dire of conditions.  Why?  because I know that without a base-level stranglehold on the major potential detriments to your health, everything else is just majoring in minors.

In other words, simply rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic…

Which, by the way, is why I’m so friggin’ adamant that everyone should be supplementing so as to ensure an individualized, baseline, micronutritional platform.  For more on that, see The Importance of Nutrient Density.

But back to the point at hand: to ensure my workouts rock, I also supplement smartly in that realm.  Here’s what I do:

  • 15 minutes prior to my workout, I shotgun an ID Life Energy Shot

  • following that, I mix 1 scoop (or 1 packet) of ID Life Pre Workout. I’ll drink half of that mix now, then sip the remainder throughout the workout.  If need be (if the workout is longer than a half-hour), I’ll mix and drink an additional scoop/packet

  • Immediately following the workout, I mix and consume 1 scoop (or 1 packet) of ID Life Post Workout.

Meal timing surrounding this protocol is another issue entirely, and is dependent upon ultimate goals, training frequency, and intensity and/or competition schedule.  That’s another article for another time.  But generally, I wait at least an hour after finishing the Post workout supplement before eating anything substantial.

Check out those links for the specific ingredients in each product.  I’ve found this stack to be, quite simply, the perfect pre & post workout protocol.  It’s easy on the stomach.  Each of the ingredients in the IDLife products provide you with exactly what you need and none of what you don’t.  No jitters, no “Imma die!!” racing heart, and no paranoia as with other pre-workout products on the market.  Just a healthy boost of sustained energy for your workout, and the essential building blocks for rapid, post workout recovery.

So check out the links, and check out the products. Put them on auto ship, and you won’t have to worry about missing a shipment. And you’ll save 10% in the process.

And don’t worry about that classic, inescapable, auto ship vortex.  Ever been a member of Audible?  Jesus Christ.  We don’t work that way.  If you need to change delivery dates — or stop (or pause) — your autoship, we make that super easy to do.  Quite simply, our products rock, and we don’t have to strong-arm people to stay the course.  Just as we’ve done with Efficient Exercise, excellent customer service is a natural consequence of having superior products.

Remember: no one is a better champion for your health than YOU.  Take charge, and create a healthier  (and more swole!) future for yourself today.

Just monkeying around with some weighted chins...
Just monkeying around with some weighted chins…

Now, let’s go bust it out in the gym today!

Oh, and by the way — if you want to drop in and talk workin’ out, supplements, BBQ, the best whiskey and such, come on by the Theory to Practice group on Facebook 🙂

In health, fitness, and ancestral wellness –


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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


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