A fitness guide for college students,
written by a college student.

A Seagull Strength Production


Hey guys! My name is Nick and I am currently a 4th year Biochemistry major at Stony Brook University. To find out more about me and my background, feel free to click the “About Me” section above, but all you need to know for right now is that I have a passion for all things fitness and health. This passion began when I was in high school. Back then it was fairly easy to eat healthy and keep a consistent workout schedule, but then I got to college and everything changed. Between the dining hall food, the sleep deprivation, the caffeine addictions, the parties, and now the added complication of on-campus gyms being closed or restricted due to COVID-19, it can seem impossible to stay healthy and fit in college. Well, I’m here to prove that it is in fact possible. How do I know? I’m doing it right now! Here’s how:

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What to Expect

Like many of you, I was forced to take a Freshman seminar class, and other than getting an easy A, it was pretty much a complete waste of time. However, we did learn the concept of the 8 dimensions of well-being. Well my brain is too fried to remember 8 things after taking orgo, so I cut those 8 dimensions down to just 4 words. And if that’ still too hard for you, I made them all start with M.  

The 4 M words are; Meals, Muscles, Meditation, and Mindset. Or in other words, the four aspects of health that this blog is going to focus on are your nutrition, your physical health, your mental health, and your outlook on the world. And yes, what they all have in common is “your” This blog is going to focus on YOU. Click on the tabs under “Blog” to find out more information about each M word. 

UPDATE: I will be dropping a new blog post during the first week of every month, and rotating through the different categories. So, if last month I released a “Meals” blog, then this month I will release a “Muscles” blog and so on.  The goal of each blog post is to be informative and educational yet also light and funny.  I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s all backed up by the latest scientific fitness and nutrition research. However, I assume you don’t enjoy reading pages and pages of sciencey gibberish, so I will do you the favor of paraphrasing the main points and conclusions. I will always cite all the research I use, so if you’re bored in the house, and in the house bored, feel free to read through the research to make sure I’m not lying.  

I also want to make sure that I’m posting the most relevant information possible, so if you have any requests on what I should write about or if you just feel like telling me what a great job I’m doing, feel free to use the contact form below for any suggestions, comments, and questions! I also take Venmo… 

Lastly, you know I gotta plug my IG, so check me out @seagull_strength for more great fitness related content!


As I may have mentioned once or twice, I am just a college student. Except for what I’ve learned over the years of working out and eating right myself, I am not a professional and do not have any professional training. You should always talk with your doctor, nutritionist, and other professionals to make sure that the workouts and diets you read about in this blog are right for you and your fitness level. Hopefully this blog will help bring new insights on fitness in general, but in the end, each person is unique, and you have to make your own decisions about whether the information you read about in these blogs is something that will work for you. Neither Seagull Strength Blog nor I personally take responsibility for any injuries or health problems that may result from taking the advice in this blog. Be safe and stay healthy!

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Newest Posts!

Check out the latest posts below! For older posts, visit the tabs under “Blog” above!

Take Yourself Off the Pedestal

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3 minute read

Have you ever heard of the idiom "to put someone on a pedestal?" When we put someone on a pedestal, whether it be our parents, our friends, or our significant others, we create unrealistic expectations of them, believing they are perfect and could never do anything wrong. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on this person and it is no different when we put ourselves on that same pedestal. In this blog post, I offer some words of motivation in regard to taking yourself off the pedestal from time to time and being okay with not being perfect. If you're interested in hearing my thoughts on the matter, click Read Now!

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Morning or Evening? Showers and Meditation.

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5 minute read

Are you a morning person or a night person? Do you value sleep quality or starting your day off on the right foot more? Do you shower in the morning? The evening? Maybe, midday? How about meditation, when do you meditate? This blog posts takes a look at the age old question of "is it better to shower in the morning or the evening?" And, since it is a meditation blog post, it will ask the same question for meditation as well. If you're interested in reading about the pros and cons of showering and meditating in the morning, when you wake up, versus the evening right before you go to bed, click Read Now!

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The Mind-Muscle Connection

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7 minute read

I use the gym as a distraction from everyday life and especially social media. I use the time to focus in on my body and my muscles in order to relax my mind. In this blog post, I explain why you too may want to ditch your phones and really spend time focusing on your muscles while you lift. The Mind-Muscle connection has been shown to increase muscle size in those that implement it and if you would like to find out more about it as well as how exactly you can implement it, click "Read Now!"

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My Metabolism and Me

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6 minute read

We all hear about metabolism in diet ads and click-bait, but have you ever wondered what it actually is and what the big fuss is about? Well, in this blog post, I will go over what metabolism is, what it has to do with your body and your weight and how you can control an extent (because you can't actually take a pill to speed it up like that ad says)!

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A special thank you to all my friends and family who have not only supported me on my journey but have helped along the way. None of this would be possible without them. Remember to take time to appreciate those in your lives!
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