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Bent On Better is the PRE-hab approach to fitness for beginners to intermediate fitness level adults. We help you reframe your mindset about fitness, making fitness fun, interesting, and simple for anyone from beginner to experienced fitness. This podcast is perfect for busy adults who are looking to make a healthy change in their day-to-day lives, by using fitness as a foundation, nutrition as a tool, and recovery as a guide to your overall wellness. We help adults lose weight, get more energy, get stronger, get happier, and improve their health.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Bent On Better is the PRE-hab approach to fitness for beginners to intermediate fitness level adults. We help you reframe your mindset about fitness, making fitness fun, interesting, and simple for anyone from beginner to experienced fitness. This podcast is perfect for busy adults who are looking to make a healthy change in their day-to-day lives, by using fitness as a foundation, nutrition as a tool, and recovery as a guide to your overall wellness. We help adults lose weight, get more energy, get stronger, get happier, and improve their health.

    How to Build a Lifelong Habit

    How to Build a Lifelong Habit

    Matt and Nick talk about how to build a lifelong habit. Habits are powerful. If done correctly, they can help you achieve your goals and bring you to a place of comfort and happiness in your everyday life.

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.

    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com

    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

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    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

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    • 7 min
    Training For and Finishing A Half-Marathon

    Training For and Finishing A Half-Marathon

    Matt shares his experience training for and finishing a half-marathon. He also talked about his struggles during the course, his proud moment upon crossing the finish line, and how important it was to do cardio and strength training even when you're a runner.

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.

    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com

    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bentonbetter

    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

    The Bent On Better Podcast: https://goo.gl/C4dwqp

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    Bent On Better / How-to / Fitness / Health


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    • 14 min
    What Makes An Effective Workout (Fitness For Beginners)

    What Makes An Effective Workout (Fitness For Beginners)

    Today’s episode deals with how Bent On Better has created an efficient workout program for our members that is safe and ensures longevity! Working out is a process and there are several steps to prepare yourself for a good day at the gym. So get your protein shakes, and perk your ears up as Matt and Nick walk us through what a good workout day SHOULD be like.   

    Picture this–you get to your local gym, pick up some weights and proceed with your usual high-intensity workout, you go home feeling fatigued and think to yourself, “Why haven’t I seen any progress yet?” Buddy, you might want to sit back and consider a more sustainable fitness program! 

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.  

    Resource Guides:  

    The Movement Paradigm Dr. Arianne Missimer- https://themovementparadigm.com/about/ 

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    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com



    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bentonbetter

    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

    The Bent On Better Podcast: https://goo.gl/C4dwqp

    The Better Fitness Proof Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3FG0Afq



    Bent On Better / How-to / Fitness / Health

    Timestamps:

    00:00 -  Intro

    02:15 - Nick’s birthday!

    08:11 - A walk-through on the Bent On Better experience

    09:04 - Pre-session workout with foam rollers

    11:38 - How muscles work with your joints

    11:59 - Improvement in your warm ups after foam rollers

    15:10 - Bent On Better’s warm up routine for members

    17:30 - The training day pyramid explained

    19:30 - What are Preparatory Repetitions?

    20:40 - Major lifts for strength training

    21:15 - Accessory lifts and trunk stability exercises

    23:16 - Conditioning exercises

    24:10 - Stability and balance exercises

    26:01 - Why we do stability exercises

    33:15 - Purpose of different workout shoes

    35:17 - Benefits of going barefoot

    36:32 - Letting yourself fail to push forward

    38:39 - What is Personal Record/ Personal Best week?

    40:09 - What Matt has learned as a Personal Trainer over the years

    42:26 - New workout programs

    43:18 - End with a stretch

    46:20 - Wrapping it all up


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    • 48 min
    How To Get Started With Strength Training And Stick To It

    How To Get Started With Strength Training And Stick To It

    Matt and Nick talk about how to get started with strength training and actually stick to it. Strength training shouldn't be complicated, intimidating, or isolating. If you want to get stronger in the long term and have a good time doing it, Matt and Nick have suggestions for keeping things simple.

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.

    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com

    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bentonbetter

    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

    The Bent On Better Podcast: https://goo.gl/C4dwqp

    The Better Fitness Proof Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3FG0Afq

    Bent On Better / How-to / Fitness / Health


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    • 13 min
    The Top 5 Ways to Relieve Muscle Pains and Recover Faster

    The Top 5 Ways to Relieve Muscle Pains and Recover Faster

    Matt and Nick talk about the top 5 ways to relieve muscle pains and recover faster in this episode. From knowing the right supplements, including steady-state movements, using foam-rollers, how to stretch correctly, all the way to the importance of sleep. Prioritizing these factors will leave you performing stronger and better for your workouts and daily life.   

    Recovery, specifically, taking a rest from working out, is something we at Bent On Better continue to prioritize in our members’ routines. Yes, that high-intensity workout is doing wonders for your fitness, but there are times when we need to learn how to pull back so we can keep pushing forward.   

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.  

    Resource Guides: Caffeine by Michael Pollan   

    Amazon (Audible) - https://amzn.to/3tORw4w

    #bentonbetter #fitnessjourney #fitnesstips #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgoals #recovery #nutrition #health #stretching #workout #foamroller   

    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.



    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com



    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bentonbetter

    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

    The Bent On Better Podcast: https://goo.gl/C4dwqp

    The Better Fitness Proof Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3FG0Afq



    Bent On Better / How-to / Fitness / Health

    Timestamps:

    00:00 - Intro

    04:30 - Why you should prioritize recovery

    06:08 - Debunking detox fads

    09:05 - Know your supplements

    15:45 - Matt’s supplement recommendations

    17:08 - Protein supplements available at Bent On Better

    18:01 - L.I.S.S. (Low intensity, steady state movements)

    19:04 - What is steady state? 

    20:35 - Low intensity workouts for recovery

    21:50 - What’s a good intensity marker?

    22:38 - Promoting good blood flow

    24:50 - Instrument assisted soft-tissue movements

    28:21 - Misconceptions on foam-rolling

    31:02 - Why do we use foam-rollers? 

    31:38 - How to get the best use out of foam-rollers

    34:22 - Prioritizing stretching 

    36:19 - Dynamic stretching vs. static stretching

    36:58 - Including breathing techniques with stretches

    38:25 - Knowing when to stretch

    39:33 - Using “heat” to prepare for stretches

    43:46 - How often you should do stretches

    45:19 - Benefits of stretching

    48:26 - Sleep as the best form of recovery

    50:00 - Being mindful of caffeine intake

    51:54 - How does caffeine work?

    53:54 - Benefits of caffeine as a pick-me-up

    55:30 - Prioritizing sleep over caffeine

    59:40 - Breathing for recovery

    1:00:45 - Wrapping it all up


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Building A Fitness Habit That Lasts

    Building A Fitness Habit That Lasts

    Matt and Nick discuss the importance of building a fitness habit that your body can sustain for the next several years without causing injury while also supporting your health goals and why strength training is the most effective approach to add longevity to your health.  

    The Bent On Better Podcast is the podcast where we fulfill our mission as fitness professionals in helping people improve their lives and become one percent better every day.

    Bent On Better is a small group personal training gym in West Chester, PA where we help you lose weight, gain more energy, get stronger, happier, and healthier.

    Want more info, or ready to get started?

    Click here: https://bit.ly/35zhRFI

    Or email me at Matt@bentonbetter.com

    Connect anywhere:

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bentonbetter

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bentonbetter

    Site: http://www.bentonbetter.com

    The Bent On Better Podcast: https://goo.gl/C4dwqp

    The Better Fitness Proof Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3FG0Afq

    Bent On Better / How-to / Fitness / Health


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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

ReckinJay92 ,

Love this

I’m pretty late to this show, but man I love it. I drive all day for work and this has been all I’ve been listening to since I came across it. Very inspirational and motivating! My only question... where’d you go?! I’m sure I’m not the only one that wants more episodes!

ThatFitnessJunkieEvelyn ,

Simply Amazing!

I absolutely love Matt's podcast! It provides an amazing variety of inspiritional, motivational, and informative content in a simple to digest manner! I look foward to his podcast every week and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for the members of the Better Nation!

Matthew Stauffer ,

Great Podcast!!!

Matt April provides incredible content with 'Bent On Better'! If you're into health and fitness and tips on how to maintain a great lifestyle this is where you need to be! Every week I get excited to hear Matt's energy and helpful podcast! He's a great guy and provides unbelievably helpful information!

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