Archive for July, 2015

This might sound really obvious but I have always looked the best when I was in my BEST shape.

But "Best" shape is very subjective.

Would that be when I am my strongest? Or when I am running my fastest?

To be honest, I think it is a combination of the two.  The way my body is genetically, I need a ton of short-distance cardio to get really ripped.  When I can only run a 6:45 mile on the track I never look as good as when I get into shape and run a 5:35 mile.  It's that simple.

The only problem is that when you start to age, you aren't going to get must faster.  I am going to turn 36 years old in December and I am already starting to get tons of injuries from all the running.  My feet hurt, my knee's Always hurt, my back sometimes hurts and I work a lot of hours.

Recently I have found a way to get into shape really fast and it's a method I never thought I would ever use.

"Machines in the gym".

For years I used to make fun of people using the stair master and the elliptical machine, but to be honest with you, they are really low impact and my joints aren't hurting.

From using these machines I have increased my cardio now up to 6 days a week.  I will run outside 3-4 times a week and the other 3 days I will do 20 hard minutes on the elliptical or stair master.

It's not the same as running, but its pretty darn close and it is getting me lean.

Everyone has a different body, but at least for me, a ton of cardio is needed to get me ripped.

-John Andre

Going to Sweden and Estonia next week, lots of pictures coming!


I generally like to visit a city on 3 different occasions before I can determine if I like it of not.  After 3 different visits to Myrtle Beach I can officially say that I like it.


So what is so great about Myrtle Beach?


  • Not as hot as Florida, not as cold as NYC
  • Extremely nice and clean beach
  • Inexpensive
  • Very good breakfast and dinner options
  •  Only an hour and half from Charleston (also a very nice city)
  • Outstanding golf courses


  •  You have to drive everywhere (bad for drinking)
  • Very rowdy crowd at night around the boardwalk area (avoid)
  • Not too many cultural options

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Myrtle Beach.  It’s not as fancy as Miami beach and the party doesn’t rock as much as the Jersey Shore, but for an inexpensive, clean beach, it doesn’t get much better than Myrtle

Some of the places I recommend:




  • Broadway at the beach:  This place is INSANE.  Probably the most fun I had outside of Disney World, and make sure you feed the fish.  Fun for both kids and adults.  It also has a Senor Frog’s and a brewery!


My only complaint was that I was there during bike week and some of the partying was out of control near the boardwalk area.

Could I retire there?

Probably a little too quiet for me, but overall, Myrtle Beach passes my test of towns that I enjoy.

-John Andre

One Day In Instanbul

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
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This is a guest post from my friend Joe at


Got a long lay over in Istanbul, or maybe just starting your journey in Turkey but don’t want to spend too much time around the capital? Here’s how I made the most of about 18 hours there.

I was excited to see on a flight between Greece and Israel I could manipulate the flight to do a layover trip to Istanbul, I got my Visa beforehand online for only $40 and was ready to see this beautiful city! I landed in the evening around 11pm, took a cab which I got ripped off on for about 35 Euros, it was 20 the next day, but I was freezing and anxious to get some sleep for the next days adventures. Since I landed so late I actually stayed in a hotel, but it was only $40 a night.

I woke up at the crack of dawn to catch a city bus to Rumeli Fortress, it was not recommended if you didn’t have a lot of time because it’s off the main tourist path, but my heart was drawn to it, and I have no clue why it’s not recommended it’s a bit further than the rest of the main Istanbul sites, but it’s one train, and a bus that runs along the pier to get there, so a pleasant view for the short ride. And the fortress was well worth it!


After Rumeli I doubled back to the main part of the city, which by the way is only about 20-30 minutes from the airport. I also en route had my real cup of Turkish coffee, which was dumped after a few sips…. In just 19 hours including time to sleep and check in, I was able to do and see all of this:


The Blue Mosque: How can you be in Istanbul and skip it? Entry was either free or really cheap, because I don’t remember paying anything. Once you are in downtown Istanbul it’s impossible to miss this one.


Galata Bridge: Legendary in Turkish folklore and literature I enjoyed it both by public transport and on foot catching the morning fishermen make some catches.
Galata Tower: As you may guess, if you found the bridge, you found the tower.
Hagia Sophia: It’s literally right next to the Blue Mosque, so you won’t miss it!
The Basilica Cistern: I had no idea how cool this would be, and my pictures don’t do it justice, built around 300 AD, it’s an ancient cistern, and underground water receptacle built by slaves of that era.
The place is somewhat huge, but also a quick easy tour of 20 minutes to an hour if you are in a rush.
The Spice Baazar: I was planning on skipping this unless I had time, and it turns out I had time, after a quick and delicious Turkish lunch I went in the spice baazar and got a magnet, I had close to 20 Turks try and sell me a rug.
And of course Rumeli, I hadn’t realized it, but correct me if I’m wrong, Yedikule Castle? Was on the way to the airport, I could have squeezed that in too, oh well, next time!