Welcome! I’m Mason Woodruff, an Arkansas-based personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and blogger. I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, and I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas. My articles have been featured on sites like Muscle & Performance, Breaking Muscle, STACK, Anytime Fitness, among others.
While you’ll find articles about strength training, weight loss, muscle gain, and other fitness topics, my blog has witnessed its own transformation in the past year. During my years as a coach, I recognize that the most common obstacle for most fitness transformation is food. What began as sharing a few simple recipes and cooking videos turned into what I consider a full-blown food blog. That being said, I take pride in sticking to my simple roots. You’ll find very few recipes that take more than 20-30 minutes to prepare, and you won’t need any advanced kitchen skills or tactics to make them yourself.
Recipes that are simple, low in calories, high in protein, and perfect for active individuals with busy schedules and overactive taste buds—that’s the mission.
My Personal Fitness Journey and How I Got Started in the Industry
My fitness journey started out as a high-level athlete turned fat boy after my playing days ended. After gaining 50 pounds and hearing my grandmother call me “husky,” I decided it was time to get in the gym. As a former basketball player, strength training wasn’t a huge part of my training regimen, and, for the most part, I had no idea what I was doing. Despite my lack of knowledge of how to lift, or what to eat, I lost the 50 pounds and was back to being the thin basketball player.
I remember this being frustrating considering I was putting in the work in the weight room, but I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. This frustration fueled the fire for my education and training that I have today. I started reading everything I could get my hands on that was related to nutrition, training, or both. The more knowledge I accrued on the topics, the more I realized that 95% of information out there is bullshit.
This led me down the academic path, where I pursued my degree in nutritional science and biochemistry. It was here I learned how to read the research, and sort out the credible sources from the frauds on the interwebz. As I got my hands on the right information I started to see the results I wanted from my training and ended up 70 pounds heavier than my playing weight, but this time, with a little muscle.
I’ve spent thousands of hours studying and perfecting my craft, and have made it my life’s mission to continue to learn everything I can about human performance so that I can share my knowledge with the world. I believe in sustainability, low maintenance, low stress, and high success fitness.
What I mean by that is that every diet works, most exercise works (as long as you’re smart about it), and you don’t need as much as you think. I think “muscle confusion” and other popular fitness fads are bullshit, and you need to stick to a program for an extended period of time to get results. I believe that 99% of people need to get stronger. My nutrition approach is that you should find a diet that is not a diet at all and that you could stick to for the rest of your life. I also believe that you can become really fit without ever tracking your food or calorie intake, but if you want to have visible abs or become the fitness elite, you should probably be tracking something.
Remember, what gets measured, gets managed.
The most important thing I know: I don’t know it all. I keep an open mind and my beliefs and ideas are constantly changing within the world of nutrition and strength training.