My Favorite Things: Fall 2016 Edition

Fitness is cool, but there is much more to life than figuring out the perfect training split and cooking meals. Until now, I’ve written primarily about fitness things. That’s not going anywhere, but I have plenty of other interests, and I want to share them with you all, because if they’ve affected my life in a positive way, I think there’s a good chance they’ll affect your life as well.

Welcome to the first installment of My Favorite Things.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I blatantly stole this idea from Nate Green, one of my favorite writers in the world, who used to post “Things Currently Rocking My World” on his blog. I’ll also admit that some of the most life-changing books I’ve read, and some of the most meaningful things I’ve ever owned, I’ve discovered through lists like Nate’s, as well as others.

Without further ado, allow me to share some of the things that have been greatly improving my life recently. These are things I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone, and I highly suggest checking them out if you’re interested.


Okay, so I’m years late on this, but Audible is an absolute game changer. I used to hate driving with a passion, but audiobooks make it much more bearable.

If you’re short on time, but want to read books, Audible is absolutely amazing. I listen to audiobooks everytime I do my cardio, drive anywhere, or go on morning walks. I’m an avid reader, so I was hesitant about this, but it’s a game-changer.

You can buy books straight up, but they are usually at least $20-30. If you sign up for a membership through your Amazon account, you can pay $15/month for one book credit each month, as well as get discounted rates on other books. This is an absolute steal, and I’ve listened to well over a dozen books in the past few months, books I wouldn’t otherwise have had time to read.

If you want to start with a mind-blowing book, I highly suggest The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, one of the best writers out there. This book was suggested by Tim Ferriss, and it’s a wonderful work of fiction that I immediately fell in love with.

Right now they are running an absolutely incredible deal, where you can grab 2 free books when you sign up for a 30-day trial. If you hate it (you won’t), you can cancel before you get billed, and keep the free books.

If you need other suggestions for Audible books, some of my favorites are The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk, and Ego is the Enemy, again by Ryan Holiday. All of these are books that have quite literally changed my life in some way.

If you’re ready to choose your two free books, click the image below to head over to the Amazon sign up page.

De Novo Nutrition Utopia(n)

This is the most mind-blowing supplement I’ve ever taken – literally. This is like nothing else on the market.

Utopia(n) is not a pre-workout, it’s a pre-work mental enhancer. De Novo is an incredible company that was started by Ben Esgro, one of the leading researchers in the field of strength and conditioning.

This product is simple, with proven ingredients, but the real magic is in the fact that the ingredients work beautifully together. It’s not a strong stimulant that’ll get you buzzing and then crash, but rather it enhances mental function.

Not in the tunnel-vision sort of way that some pre-workouts do, but it literally feels like your brain is firing on all cylinders. This is the closest supplement I’ve found to Adderall – although it works on a milder level, you definitely feel the effects.

There’s not much else to say, but this is the real deal, and I highly suggest giving it a try sometime. This helps me absolutely dominate my work sessions.


De Novo Nutrition Utopia(n)

Athletic Greens

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love my Athletic Greens. I’ve always said it’s the highest quality greens supplement out there, and I stand by it. Hell, they even made me into a meme.



At the end of the day, any high-quality greens product will do, but you get what you pay for, and this is the best one by far.

With fall coming, sickness is upon us, even here in Southern California. Not only does this make sure you’re getting enough micronutrients, it’s a hell of an immune system booster. Whether you take AG or something else, a greens product should be high on your list of priorities if you want to stay healthy this fall and winter.

Athletic Greens was kind enough to hook me up with a 50% off link for my readers, so if you want to give it a try, you can get half off your first order, and they’ll even throw in some fish oil for you.

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Octoberfest Beer

Ah yes, one of the many joys of fall. I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I absolutely love this time of year, when Octoberfest beers are out. I always attempt to try as many as I can, usually not in one night, but sometimes. You know how it goes.

Anyway, I can’t really link to anything, since this is the internet and you need to go buy your beer at the store, but you’re missing out if you drink alcohol and you haven’t tried some good fall beers.

Sam Adams Octoberfest is always a reliable classic, and so far this year I’ve also really enjoyed Spaten Octoberfest, and Sierra Nevada Octoberfest as well. Beer snobs of the world, don’t judge me for not knowing much about beer, just comment on this post with what I should try if you know of something.

Non-beer drinkers: Throw some Fireball whiskey in hard apple cider. You’re welcome. If you don’t drink alcohol at all, then just enjoy some apple cider and call it a day.

The Human Condition – Jon Bellion

So, Jon Bellion is an interesting guy.

He’s very young – 25, at the time of writing this, and he’s an absolutely incredible producer. You may know him as the guy who sings on “Beautiful Now” by Zedd.

His music may not be your cup of tea, but I absolutely love it, and his story is very inspirational. This kid grew up hustling, and wrote songs for artists like Kanye West and Jason DeRulo, all while trying to stay as anonymous as possible.

Once he started releasing his own music, he actually got signed to a record label, but made them keep it a secret for a while. He wanted to use their resources to make the music he wanted, not sell out and get huge right away. I don’t know many people who would do this, but he did.

I’ve seen him a couple of times, and the last show I went to was a completely sold out show here in San Diego. Hours before the show, the line literally wrapped around the city – pretty damn impressive for a kid who’s not yet a household name.

Because he didn’t let the label release one single or promote him all over the radio, he has a seriously devoted fan group who know every single one of his songs, and would buy just about anything he releases. Not people who come out to hear the one or two big radio songs and then go home. He brings his friends and family on tour, doesn’t let fame sway him, and just does his thing.

Oh yeah, he puts on one hell of a live show, and the guy literally never stops smiling and laughing during his high-energy set. He loves what he does, and he’s reached success at a very young age, mostly due to the fact that he refused to sell out, and stayed true to his art.

Anyways, I’ve had this album on repeat for a while now, and I highly recommend you check it out – you can listen to it for free on Spotify.

So, what are you digging right now? Books, tv shows, movies – drop a comment and let me know, and I’ll check it out!