Mar 25th, 2013
When I pumped my first barbell as a scrawny 13 year old, I did it for the reasons every awkwardly slender male just starting his pubescent years does it: to build muscle and attract more female attention.
18 years later, I still train on a regular basis, but I have to say that female attention is no longer at the top of my list of reasons why. Sure, it feels great to know that my wife finds me attractive, but she’s stuck with me regardless of what I look like.
Seriously, though, my wife is still one big reason (among others) why I continue to devote considerable amounts of time, energy and discipline to training my body. After all, nothing feels better to a man than being adored by – and physically irresistible to – the woman he cherishes most.
But that is just one reason, in a long list of reasons, why I train my body.
Here are my top 11 reasons why I train: Read More
Mar 24th, 2013
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word diet I tend to cringe inside. I hate that word.
I get that it’s ironic that I use it incessantly. Unfortunately, it kind of comes with the territory of helping others improve their bodies.
I hate the word “diet” because of the connotation it inherently carries with it of being some temporary eating strategy to induce a desired result on your body.
The truth: no diet should be this way.
Your diet, by definition, is nothing more than than the foods you choose to eat. I’ve underscored the word “choose” just to make sure you don’t miss the point that you are absolutely in control of what you eat. Read More
Mar 21st, 2013
Building a ripped physique requires that you do a lot of things right. Training regularly and following a disciplined diet are obvious requirements.
There’s another requirement, though. It’s a requirement that can’t be given, it can’t be taught and you can’t learn it from some fitness guru.
It has to come from within.
From the time I was a small boy I have been competitive and loved a good challenge. Not because I wanted to prove that I was necessarily better than others, but because if someone else was better than me at anything, it gave me a measurable way to better myself.
If one of my friends hit a baseball 300’, I wanted to hit one 325’. If they ran a 6-minute mile, I wanted to run one faster. Read More
Mar 20th, 2013
Supplementation is usually a topic of mire and contempt on this blog. Click here to see what I mean.
You see, supplements and I have a rather tainted past. I’ve spent far too much of my hard-earned money on supplements with little or nothing to show for it.
I don’t know about you, but I work hard for every dollar I have and having it wasted doesn’t sit very well with me.
As time has gone on I’ve expanded my horizons and gained a level of discernment that has made me realize that there are a few supplements worth investing in.
This doesn’t mean that they’re a necessity to build muscle, burn fat, gain strength or get ripped (far from it); just that they do serve a justifiable purpose.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of supplements are still a complete waste of money when it comes to the tangible results they provide.
That being said, there are 5 essential supplements you don’t want to be without. These are all supplements I take on a regular basis.
Not because I need them to maintain my ripped physique, or to continue to build muscle mass, but because they provide a number of other benefits for my body I’d be a fool to ignore. Read More
Mar 14th, 2013
Unless you’ve been living your life under a rock somewhere, you’re already privy to the benefits of eating natural, organic foods.
Our food today is ridden with chemicals like pesticides and synthetic hormones given to animals to help them “beef up” faster. While these implements may help our farmers and ranchers keep up with our demand for food and/or turn larger profits, it does come at an expense: our health.
These chemical agents being applied to our foods are poisons. These poisons have a plethora of negative side effects associated with them.
Here are just a few that should concern you: Read More
Mar 10th, 2013
If you go to any public gym, you’ll witness a wide range in training intensity.
You’ll see those that look like being at the gym is the most intimidating experience imaginable.
They cautiously pick up a few dumbbells, engaging their muscles to a degree that would be similar to what they experience when bending over to tie their shoes, and then breathe a sigh of relief before hurriedly moving towards the nearest exit.
This kind of gym-goer is easy to spot because they stand out like a sore thumb. There’s no intention in what they’re doing, they look awkward and eventually leave the gym with their shirt as bone dry as it was when they walked in.
Then you have those dudes that look like they’re sniffing smelling salts between sets (seriously, people really do this). They appear to get so amped up that if it wasn’t time to move a barbell they’d be liable to do something really stupid, like screaming at the top of their lungs before head-butting a wall.
If you were forced to pick an extreme end of the intensity meter, the latter description would be better, at least as far as building additional muscle is concerned (your personal safety is another story).
But does it really matter how much intensity you’re using while training? Read More
Mar 5th, 2013
When it comes to muscle building and fat loss, people are always looking to analyze every little minutia. Such over-analyzing often turns out to be nothing more than an exercise in futility.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked questions about piddly little details from someone whose diet and training is nowhere near dialed in. Worrying about drop-sets, muscle confusion or fat loss supplements is useless if you’re not training and feeding your body for the results you’re after anyway.
Nevertheless, today I’m going to cover what is certainly a minor detail, but is one that can make a difference to your physique if your training and diet are already dialed in and you’re looking for an edge to further enhance your results.
With all of the other crap people worry about, I wonder why I don’t hear more people asking about whether or not the time of day they choose to train can make a difference in their results.
While the timing of your training isn’t going to be a deal breaker between getting ripped and not getting ripped, I’m a firm believer that training in the morning is the best way to shed body fat and transform the body in general.
So, if you’re looking to get the most for your efforts, I recommend setting your alarm a little earlier in the morning and heading to the gym.
Let me tell you why… Read More
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