Archive for August, 2016

I am not going to lie and say I am a relaxed person. I can be relaxed when hanging out with other people, but in general I am very regimented and goal-oriented.

The last 7 years have been very good to me.  It almost seems like everything I tried ended up working out, either from dumb luck or from hard work. But either way, for the last 7-8 years of my life I have been blessed.

I did a ton of traveling.  Hung of with friends both new and old.  Switched jobs several times without a break in employment.  Wrote a book, automatic 6-pack, and started a small side business that has grown for 3 consecutive years.

And to top it off, I just got married and my wife is pregnant right away!

But the stress is creeping in.  It’s one thing to be responsible for just yourself, but now in 7 months I have to be responsible for 3 people and god-willing a year after that, possibly 4 people (2 kids)

But its more than being responsible.  I also want to kick-ass like both my grandparents had and also my father.

As successful as I been the last several years, I always know in the back of mind, that I am one step away from losing everything.

One step away from waiting tables again or parking cars, or valeting people’s luggage.

I work.  I don’t care.  And I respect people who work.

But when you make it this far, you don’t want to ever go back.

If you look at most people’s lives over time, nothing ever goes up in straight path.

There will be down periods in your life.  War, divorce, illness, lawsuits, recessions.

Sh@t happens.

But if you focus and work hard, your trajectory should still be up.

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Recently, I have started to have some bad luck.  It cumulated with me getting stitches in my head and now I have a huge scar.

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To make matters worse, Southside Hospital in Long Island, sent me $16,000 in bills for adhesive stitches.

My insurance company will be picking up a large portion, but I will be stuck with a HUGE deductible payment.

To add insult to literal injury, I am also having some slight issues at my 9-5 job and the stress is rising.

Hospital bills.  A pregnant wife about to quit her job in 3 months and I’m not 100% confident in my own job.

I remember being in this position.

7 or 8 years ago my job at the time was in serious jeopardy.  My girlfriend at the time had moved out of my apartment without telling me and I was about to move back to my parent’s basement and start waiting tables again.

I remember going out to see Billy Idol live in the city.  Besides being the best live concert I’ve ever seen, before I arrived, I wanted to jump on the subway tracks and end it.

But Billy was really, really good. Especially when he played “Hot in the City”

After that night I decided to get moving and change everything around.

I interviewed and accepted a new job.  A friend from Florida moved up and split the rent with me.

And most importantly, I got myself back into incredible shape.

I feel like I am fully prepared for any back news at this point.

I cut most of my large expenses.

I built up a strong network.

I have a large nest egg

I have a small business that can be scaled up.

Maybe, I shouldn’t worry so much….

-John Andre

I realized that I have been blogging for a while and I haven’t really given any background information about myself.

My name is John, but I go by my nick name J.A.  I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and I have lived there for over 30 years before recently moving to Staten Island.

I first started working out with weights in High School and I haven’t stopped ever since.  I also started running in High School, including 2 years of High School track and field and one year in College.

My track and field career ended with me winning the City University Outdoor Long Jump in 1998. (Division 3, no big deal).

After retiring from track and field, I became interested in power lifting and have since competed in over 20 competitions.

So what do I do now?

I consider myself a mix between a power lifter, runner and amateur bodybuilding.  Really it depends on what mood I am in.  But most recently I have been focusing on amateur bodybuilding and I pride myself on being able to build a natural 6-pack every summer.

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Ripped abs

I hope you enjoy my site.  I have a book out on amazon.com, The Automatic 6-pack, and a second book coming out in early 2017.

I am also a big fan of traveling.  In the last several years I have been to the following:

  • Mardi Gras
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Preakness
  • Estonia
  • Sweden
  • Ireland (St Patrick’s Day)
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Niagara Falls
  • Key West, Florida
  • Vancouver

And much more….

I hope you enjoy my website.  Besides a second book coming out, I would “love” to hold my own race in the near time future.

Thanks!

John

This has been a crazy year for me.  Not only did I get engaged in Ireland in February, but I got married 3 weeks ago and my wife is already pregnant.

The Future Wife

We were planning on going to Hawaii but now with the child on the way, we decided to keep it close to home and travel up to Canada.

I love Canada.  So far, I have been to Vancouver, Calgary, Jasper, Ottawa, Niagara, Montreal and Magog.  I have never been to Quebec City and I have always wanted to go.

Canada is generally very clean, the nature is beautiful and the food is excellent.

So, next week will be a complete break from my diet and training, but most importantly, it is a nice break from work.

Any Quebec City recommendations?  Full report coming right after the trip.

-JA

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Workout and Travel

It’s around 5 pm on a Sunday night and I am already starting to plan out my itinerary for the following week.

I try to divide my weeks into small achievable goals.  If I plan too many activities at once, I typically end up procrastinating and getting nothing done.

Experience has taught me that it is better to break my week into small manageable goals, instead of over planning and under delivering.

For example, this is my plan for this upcoming coming week

Monday: Gym at lunch, deposit 2 checks at the bank.

Tuesday: Gym at lunch, either cardio after work or visit a client

Wednesday: Gym at lunch, pick up rental car in Newark for upcoming vacation

Thursday: Pick up birthday gift for my wife.

Friday: Gym at lunch. Pack clothes. Drive to upstate New York

I also use this system of small goals inside the gym.

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It’s around 5 pm on a Sunday night and I am already starting to plan out my itinerary for the following week.

I try to divide my weeks into small achievable goals.  If I plan too many activities at once, I typically end up procrastinating and getting nothing done.

Experience has taught me that it is better to break my week into small manageable goals, instead of over planning and under delivering.

For example, this is my plan for this upcoming coming week

Monday: Gym at lunch, deposit 2 checks at the bank.

Tuesday: Gym at lunch, either cardio after work or visit a client

Wednesday: Gym at lunch, pick up rental car in Newark for upcoming vacation

Thursday: Pick up birthday gift for my wife.

Friday: Gym at lunch. Pack clothes. Drive to upstate New York

I also use this system of small goals inside the gym.

For example, my goal tomorrow is to bench press 225 for 10 reps.  That is it.

On Tuesday, I will work out my legs and my goal is 4 plates on each side for leg press.  I take it a day at a time, one workout at a time.

Each individual day I choose a new goal and after several weeks I expect to make a ton of progress.

Procrastination is a progress killer.  Whether it is in the gym, at work, or in business. If you aren’t willing to push yourself and tackle goals, you will never be able to improve.

-JA

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I Hate Warm Weather…

Posted: August 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

I cannot tell a lie, I can’t stand the heat and I also can’t stand the humidity.

My favorite temperature is when it is 55-60 degrees outside.  I like it when you can wear shorts and a sweatshirt.

The summers in NYC are tough.  NYC doesn’t have the highest temperature for a large city, but it has a bad combination of warm temperature, humidity and high density that drives me crazy.  There is a big difference between sweating in Myrtle Beach on a golf course and sweating on a crowded “4” train at Grand Central.  The summers can be brutal.

The temperature didn’t get too high this year but recently the humidity has been insane.

I went running yesterday at 11am and after only a mile and half I had to stop.

I am in really good shape this year but when its 90 degree heat with 75% humidity outside, I just can’t run.  And it’s also not fun.

Today I decided to avoid the heat and run an 2 easy miles on the treadmill.  The treadmill is not as good as running outside, but I can get some extra distance in if I avoid the extreme heat.

No offense to people to live in Florida, Texas, Nevada or my good friend Joe from fitnessfromgroundzero  in Arizona, but I can’t stand the heat.

I’ve been to Ireland twice and believe it or not, Ireland has my favorite type of weather.

I also like New England weather and for Labor Day Weekend I am heading up to Montreal and Quebec City.

Maybe it is my nationality, although I am half-mediterranean, but my body just doesn’t respond well to the heat.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, it is almost over.  I have ONE more big race in early September and then I will slowly start my winter bulk up.

I have also started posting a ton of videos on my YouTube page, you can view them here and please leave some comments.

MY YOUTUBE VIDEOS

-JA

 

 

I was discussing this topic the other day with some friends and it turned into a large argument.

What Sports Produce The Best Athletes?

The first sport that comes to my mind is Soccer.  Soccer players do at least an hour of cardio, and probably even more when you consider the warm ups. Soccer includes both sprinting, jumping, jogging and also kicking.  Soccer players are some of the best athletes in the world and they are generally very lean.

Another sport that came to mind was rugby.  Although rugby is not very popular in the United States, I started watching it during a trip to Ireland and I was impressed by how jacked the athletes are.  Rugby players appear to be in the middle between American football players and soccer players when it comes to weight lifting and cardio.

Tennis players are also generally in shape.  They don’t need to use heavy weights in their training, but they do use a ton of sprinting and quick movements.

Swimming is a great heart-healthy cardio, but it doesn’t do much for body building.  My abs are better than Michael Phelps and he has over 20 gold medals.

Baseball: No way

American Football:  The best sport for weight lifting and speed, but the overemphasis on adding size causes many athletes to be overweight.  Certain positions generally have leaner athletes such as wide receivers, corner backs, defensive backs, running backs and some tight ends/defensive ends.

Basketball:  Also really good.  I use basketball as a cardio alternative to running and it is a great sport for staying lean.

Cross country skiing:  Similar to swimming. Heart-healthy, but not ideal for bodybuilding.

Biking:  Heart-healthy, minimal benefit for bodybuilding

So, who are the best athletes in the world?

I am going to go with three choices:

A) Soccer players. Nonstop (Good) cardio, strong core strength.

B) Sprinters: Super lean. Combination of weights, fast cardio and diet.

C) Natural bodybuilders: Great combination of weights, cardio and most importantly, DIET.

What do you think?

-John

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I have been really burnt out recently. Between training 6 days a week and my wedding last Saturday, this week has really been a struggle.

When you start feeling really burnt out, sometimes you just need to take a rest.  When you get to the point that you can’t even get out of bed anymore, it is probably time to take a day off.

This morning when I woke up, it was a struggle just to make it to the shower.  My legs were hurting, my muscles were aching and my body was overall tired.

Today I decided to bite the bullet and just take a day of rest.

When it comes to running, I feel like I am able to run 3 or 4 days in a row before I need some serious down time.  It is just impossible to run all year-long and I always need to add some down-time to recuperate.  During the year, I generally plan 3 to 5 races to train hard for and then I will take a couple of weeks off in the winter.

With the weight lifting, it is a little bit different.  If I am using 8-10 rep sets,  I can lift weights for the entire year. The only time it  really starts to hurt is when I start going heavy.  Single and doubles will start to really wear me down and I can usually only go  heavy for several week in a row.

So what is my advice?

I try to never take off or skip any training days, but once in a blue moon, I get so tired that I just need a day.  Just don’t make a habit of it.

-John Andre

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Don’t Drink Alcohol

Posted: August 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

What is the most abused drug in the United States?

ALCOHOL

I don’t care what anyone says, but alcohol is the worst drug in the United States.

Of course, I am being a little hypocritical, since I have been drinking for years.

But that is about to end.

Besides the people who only drink once in a blue moon (that I will become), there are two reasons why people drink alcohol:

  • To calm down
  • To get back to normal

And both options are bad.

People drink to break anxiety.  What starts off as College fun, unfortunately too often leads to a lifetime of binge drinking.

Like I stated above, I used to drink for YEARS.  Now that I am getting older (36), it is time to stop.

Today I went shopping with my fiance and we passed a small dive bar in Staten Island.  Outside was two middle-aged women sitting in chairs and smoking cigarettes.

My finance and I both looked at each other and said “we can never become the person drinking at 5:30 pm on a Tuesday”.

Instead of drinking away your anxiety, work on facing your fears.

  • Start a business
  • Get rid of friends that bring you down
  • Cut off family that bring you down
  • Work on your self-confidence
  • Go back to school
  • Save money
  • Wake up early on the weekends and exercise

Its scary at the amount of borderline alcoholics I run into now that I am in my late 30’s.

Trust me on this, alcohol is very addictive and a hard habit to break.

Quit will you still can.

-John