Controlling Food Portions and Macronutrient Breakdown

Controlling Food Portions and Macronutrient Breakdown If many of us just stopped eating the amount of food volume that we consume, we would probably lose fat and feel better. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. I do not believe a calorie is a calorie. I also feel that reducing calories can make us become nutrient deficient, lack energy, lose muscle, and set ourselves up to overeat and fail in the end because calories are cut […]

Does Working Out On An Empty Stomach Burn More Fat?

Fasted Cardio Fasted cardio methods have been in the bodybuilding and physique competitors circles for years. The theory is: if your body is low on glycogen, you will be more apt to burn fat as fuel. The theory seems logical. If the goal is to burn body fat you don’t want to have a lot of glycogen to burn, especially useful when dieting. There is also a psychological benefit to this as well. If you […]

Collagen Peptides Benefits

Why Do I Need Collagen Peptides? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive systems, and tendons. It helps give our skin strength and elasticity. The body’s collagen production begins to decrease as we age. Other factors such as a poor diet, high in sugar, and too much sun can also cause a depletion in collagen production. Thankfully consuming a diet rich in collagen peptides can […]

5 Ways to Exercise With an Injury

Having aches and pains, or getting an injury eventually happens to all of us. It doesn’t matter if it comes from working out, a sport, an activity, or just from daily habits. We all will have to learn how to deal with them. When most people get injured they get very discouraged and discontinue their current workout regimen. This is a common roadblock but, believe me, it is one that can be busted through. This has […]

Fast Fat Loss Finishers

Fast Fat Loss Finishers There is no question that it takes time, effort, and most importantly, consistency to get in shape. I’m not into shortcuts and applaud those who look at fitness as a lifelong journey, not a 6-week workout program to fulfill a fitness dream. But I do agree that there are times to ramp it up. First of all, it’s not possible to make a lot of body composition changes in one week, […]

Your Complete Meal Plan Right Here

Diets: Good or Bad? Before we dig into the details I have to admit that this blog kind of goes against my nutrition philosophy, to some degree. I don’t believe in diets but I do believe in trying them to see what they are like, take what is useful from them and ditch what does not work. Many clients out there who prefer this method of eating are well intended and have a lot of great […]

3 Strength Training Workout Complexes For Rapid Fat Loss

In today’s fitness world, both trainers and clients (and general fitness enthusiasts), have less time per day to spare. We pack our calendars as much as possible. Unfortunately, this can leave us with little time for a workout. Now, even if you are making it to the gym for 3 training sessions or classes, you may need just a little more. For the results you are looking for even a few workouts a week with […]

What Type of Whey Protein are You Choosing?

By now, many of you are aware that the quality of your animal proteins is very important.The shift from consuming animal proteins that are treated poorly to sustainably raised, wild-caught, pastured-raised, grass-fed, and organic is growing fast. Many people still balk at the price of higher-quality animal protein sources. I feel that it is well worth the cost. It all comes down to prioritizing your grocery list and cutting out the “junk” that you used to buy […]

About Me

 

Justin Grinnell is the Owner of State of Fitness, an 11,000 square foot space in East Lansing, Michigan. Opening its doors in 2010, State of Fitness is already one of the leading training facilities in the Midwest. State of Fitness has over 350 members who train every day under his leadership. He also operates a Corporate Wellness facility at Jackson National Life in Okemos, Michigan servicing over 2,300 employees. In addition to being a facility owner, Justin has been a featured writer for over seven years in the magazines Healthy & Fit and Muscle & Fitness. Justin has also written for various online publications such as Breaking Muscle and The Personal Training Development Center.  

Justin has acquired over 35,000 hours of training and coaching experience in the last 15 years. He has competed in several bodybuilding shows, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, 1⁄2 marathons, and CrossFit competitions. In 2004, Justin graduated with honors from Michigan State University where he obtained a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He currently serves on Board of The College of Education at MSU. Justin has mentored over 300 students in his internship program from the Kinesiology program at Michigan State University.  

Justin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Justin holds a level I certification through CrossFit and Precision Nutrition. Justin is certified in the Functional Movement ScreenTM Level II.  

Justin is the author of several E-books, including “The Grinnell Lifestyle: My Nutritional Doctrine” and “How to Build a Rockstar Personal Training Internship” and “The GTS Training Model” at State of Fitness. He is a speaker for the National Fitness Business Alliance with Thomas Plummer and is on the Personal Training Advisory Board Member for Retro Fitness and KokoFit Clubs.  

Justin lives in East Lansing, Michigan, with his wife, Kathleen, and two sons, Brennan and Beckett.

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