Archive for October, 2018

There are two goals I would LOVE to reach in 2019.

One would be to make a million dollars (very hard) and another would be to dead lift 600 lbs (very possible).

Most middle class and lower people complain about not being rich, including myself, but often you are not even in a position to get rich.

Are you offering a million dollars in products?

Does your career offer the opportunity to become a millionaire?

If not, why are you still there?

I feel like it is the same situation with powerlifting.

I have never deadlifted 600 but I have also never tried.  I was able to do 585.

Maybe I just need to try.

It might not happen the first time, or the 2nd or 3rd.

But it could happen.  It should happen.

Why can’t I bench press 365?

I have done 315 x 4.

Why can’t you have a date with the pretty girl behind the desk?

Did you ever ask?

Sometimes you need to take an honest reflection of yourself and recognize that you aren’t making an honest effort.

It’s time for me to make that effort.

-John Andre

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This year has been HORRIBLE for the NY Giants.

After drafting a running back, Barkley, with their first pick and “trying” to upgrade their offensive line.  I figured we would win about 10 games this year.

Boy was I wrong.

Not only does my team look horrible, but Eli looks even worse.

It’s weird with Eli.  Although his stats do not look very bad, especially when compared to other starting quarterbacks in the league, it’s obvious that he isn’t getting the job done.

He isn’t winning.  The team isn’t scoring points.

And he looks SLOW.

I understand the offensive line stinks and nobody disputes that, but he needs to get quicker.

You don’t necessarily have to be a fast quarterback.  Montana was slow, Brady is slow (although he can complete a quarterback sneak).

But that game is changing, you need to be able to move “a little”.

Eli is so slow now, that he can barely hike the ball and reach back to pass.

His arm strength is still good, although not always accurate, but he needs to work on his off-season training.

How do I know?

First of all, he is younger than me.

Secondly, his physique doesn’t lie, he looks terrible.

fateli

I understand how your speed really starts to go after age 35, especially if you don’t A) lift heavy weights B) Sprint

Is Eli doing either? Doubtful…

He looks horrible.  You can tell he isn’t lifting heavy or sprinting at all.

Is he deadlifting and squatting 500?

Has he signed up for any sprint competitions in the off season? Is he training with a track and field program to get his 40 time down to what he ran in College?

Is he eating properly? he can afford the top supplements and personal chefs money can buy.

Come on Eli!  Pick up your off-season training or it’s career over.

Drew Brees still has a rocket release, Brady is getting the job done.

35+ is not a death sentence.

Read one of my books….

-John Andre

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I can’t believe that I am going to turn 39 years old in December.

Growing up, I always considered “40” to be old age.  My father, who is still an athlete at 72, looked old at age 40.

Almost all of my aunt’s and uncles also looked pretty old at 40.

40 is the age where if you haven’t taken your health serious, you are going to start the rapid decline towards death.

Am I being too serious? Take a look at the direction of this country.  We are fat, drunk, high on pills and dying younger.

We are also not training correctly.

There are two major problems I see with how people train as they age.

A) Weight training.  You need to keep lifting heavy.  Light weights is for babies.  There are “some” exercises that I can’t do anymore, but the majority I still can use.

I dead lifted 455 lb’s last Friday and I am gonna try for 600 this winter.

B) Our cardio is TOO slow.  Think about how you ran around as a child.

As a 3rd grader; did you go for a slow jog around the neighborhood?  Of course not.  Kids only run as fast as they can.

I NEVER ran slow.  Everything was climbing, sprinting, jumping and bouncing.

But adults mostly do their cardio SLOW.  Slow, boring jogging, mindless bike riding, slow swimming. etc.

You need SPEED.  As you grow older, you get slower.  If anything, your stamina increases.

This past summer, I decided to do my first track and field competition in 20 years.

Believe it or not, I actually entered the long jump.

In High School, I was not a great long jumper.  My technique was horrible and I only jumped around 15 feet.

In College, I decided to work on my long jump a little bit more and I actually got up to around 20 feet.

20 feet is basically where you divide the men from the boys.  If you can jump into the mid-20’s, you will be on a College scholarship.

I trained for several weeks during the summer, mostly on cement (!) and in August I did my first long jump competition since 1998.

Overall, my form was horrible and I hit around 15 feet, which was my High School best.  Next Spring and Summer I should be able to destroy that.

I would also like to run the 100 and the 200 meter sprint next year.  I was thinking about running it this summer, but I didn’t really have enough time to train.

My plan for the next several months is heavy powerlifting, followed by several track and field races during the Spring and Summer.

This should get be in great shape for next year.

-John

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I have to be honest with myself. I am a 38-year old man, and there is a good chance that I will never become a billionaire.

I SHOULD become a millionaire. Not necessarily a million dollars in salary, but I should eventually hit one million dollars in liquid assets at some point in my life.

Not rich, but solid all-American middle class.

But why should I give up? I am a super competitive guy, but I am also realistic.

How can I possibly compete with a BILLIONAIRE?

Two words: BODYBUILDING and VACATIONS

VACATION:

Vacation is very important to me and I would like to travel as much as possible while I am alive on this earth. Some of the places I attended in the last 4-5 years:

St Patrick’s Day Boston
St Patrick’s Day Key West
St Patrick’s Day NYC
St Patrick’s Day Philadelphia
St Patrick’s Day Ireland (Dublin)
St Patrick’s Day Arizona (Scottsdale)

Kentucky Derby
Preakness Stakes
Belmont Stakes

Mardi Gras (New Orleans)

Spring Break South Padre

Seattle/Vancouver
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Magog, Canada
Lake Willoughby, Vermont
Ottawa, Canada
Dewey Beach, Delaware
Atlantic City
Las Vegas
Myrtle Beach
Gettysburg, PA
Hilton Head, SC
Raleigh, NC
Kennebunkport, MA
Lake George, NY
Lake Placid, NY
Portland, MA
Birmingham Alabama
Lancaster, PA

Sweden/Estonia

BODYBUILDING:

I work out either 6 or 7 days a week and I also eat a healthy diet. I haven’t met too many people in this world who can beat my 6-pack every summer.

“BODYBUILDING IS ONE OF THE MOST FAIR SPORTS IN THE WORLD”.

Of course genetics play a large role in bodybuilding, but overall, you get back what you put in.

You can have the most expensive personal trainer and the most expensive steroids available, and you probably still won’t beat me.

Rich or poor, bodybuilding brings people together.

Conclusion: So what can a billionaire do that I can’t?

I am unable to fly on a private plane, I don’t even fly first class.
I am unable to afford very expensive hotels or 5-star restaurants
I don’t have access to world leaders

The only way I can compete with a billionaire is by doing more life EVENTS.

When I am dying in the hospital and the priest comes in the room, I want him to slap me five and say “You Lived a Good Life!”

-John Andre

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I’ve always been jealous of the guys training in Miami or in Los Angeles.  How can you beat being outside all year-round in beautiful weather, with a nice tan and healthy looking skin?

NYC winters are brutal.  Not only do I get pasty white, but my skin gets so dry and itchy that I rarely want to take my shirt off.  Thank god I always book a trip to somewhere warm 2 or 3 times every winter, otherwise I would be in trouble.

But there are really no excuses for being in crappy shape just because you live in a cold region.  Sergio Oliva trained in Chicago, Lou Ferrigno was originally from my hometown of Brooklyn, and Dorian Yates trained in England.

The key for training in cold weather regions is to “not get too fat”.  Its fine to put on a little size in the winter and it will even help keep you warm.  But you can’t let it get out of control.

  • tighten up your diet
  • throw in a little cardio when it isn’t too crappy out
  • continue to work out your abs
  • take at least one vacation to somewhere warm

The one advantage you have when living somewhere cold, is that it is a lot easier to bulk up.  You need to focus on putting on those slabs of granite muscle, while the guys in L.A. are eating hummus and going rollerblading.

And when the spring rolls around, you need to diet hard. If you can keep that solid muscle on while just burning up your fat, you will look RIPPED!

Right now, I am about a month into my winter bulkup.

I haven’t weighted myself recently, but I am sure I have put on at least 10-15 lbs and I am already deadlifting over 455 lbs.

This year I plan on bulking to around Feb 1st.  Last year I bulked until around St Patrick’s day but I think that was too long.

This year my goal is LEAN gains.
Good Luck!

-John Andre

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I am having a surprisingly good bulk up this year.

Although I am only several weeks in, I have already deadlifted 405 for 6 easy reps and I am on pace to hit 500 in October.

I almost always reach 500 lb’s in the deadlift, but to reach it in October is VERY early for me.

Usually I will reach 500 around Christmas and then I will max out in late January/Early February.

Dead lifting is a great exercise and it is also one of the most basic.  You just bend down and pick up a weight.

You don’t need a spot. You don’t need any friends.

It’s just you and the bar.

Like I stated in the title, it is almost impossible to put on any solid muscle if you aren’t lifting heavy weights, especially powerlifting.

Many of the famous bodybuilders started off  using powerlifting, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sergio Oliva and Ronnie Coleman.

There just isn’t any substitute for heavy lifting.

I have always been a pretty good deadlifter and my record was 585 lb’s in my late 20’s.

I “think” I have a serious chance of beating that this year.

The last several years I have been maxing in the low 500 lb’s and this year I am almost there in October.

If I can get into the mid 500’s pretty fast, I am going to give it shot.

I plan on bulking up until Valentine’s day, so I would like to attempt it before then.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Last week I took a weekend vacation to Gettysburg, PA and Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

harpers ferry

Although I had never planned on traveling to Gettysburg, I figured I would sneak it in since it is a big part of Civil War history.

But my main purpose of the trip was to see Harper’s Ferry.

Harper’s Ferry has been on my radar for a while.  If you are not familiar with the town, it’s a really small city in West Virginia where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet.

But what is so unique about the town, is the amount of history in such a small area, especially civil war history.

It was the scene of the famous John Brown raid.  If you are not familiar with this, I highly recommend you read the wikipedia page, it’s a good read for any history buff.

john brown

Basically, John Brown was a big abolitionist (anti-slavery) before the U.S. Civil War started. Whether his anti slavery ideas came from his devotion to religion or from his business failures is debated, but what is not debated is that towards the end of his life he gained a “militaristic” hatred of the institution of salary.

Although the civil war did not start yet, it was slowly starting to develop.  John Brown had already led some successful slave insurrections and came up with the idea of raiding a federal weapons armory.  The idea was that he could arm many of the slaves in the South and start a major slave uprising.

Long story short, his plan backfired.  He was caught pretty quickly, several of his son’s  were killed on the scene and he was tried and hung in the nearby town of Charlestown (named after George Washington’s brother).

Although John Brown was not succesful, his raid on the armory was big news and helped fuel the anger on both sides which started the Civil War shortly after.

The town itself was also taken over by the confederacy and the union several times during the war.

Like I stated, small town, big history.

It’s hard to explain Harper’s Ferry.  It’s basically a town on a river bank, with a railroad, pedestrian and car bridge, along with some small shops and historic area’s.

harpers ferry 3

They have parts of the original fort that John Brown was captured in, along with a ton of hiking trails.

Overall, I give Harper’s Ferry a “C+/B-”  It’s not bad, just not a lot to do.

It is limited on hotels, but there are a decent number of good restaurants near the water front.

harpers ferry 2

Outside of town, Charlestown has a nice horse track and casino about 10 minutes away.

You can basically make a day out of it or maybe stretch a weekend trip.

Check out the John Brown fort area, walk over the pedestrian bridge, pick some hiking trails and then hit the casino.

Not a horrible trip, but not sure if I would go again.

-John Andre

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I just returned from a visit to Gettysburg, PA.

First impressions: Ugh.

Gettysburg is pretty bad.  If you aren’t familiar with Gettysburg, it is a small town in Pennsylvania that is known for one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War.

gettysburg

When you consider that Americans were killing other Americans, it is the scene of possibly the largest number of casualties in American war history.

So what is wrong from Gettysburg?

When I was researching online, I expected the town to be “high-end”.

Not very high-end like the Hampton’s, but maybe similar to Newport Rhode Island or Woodstock Vermont.

I at least expected it to be nice.

Also, most of the hotels were also sold out on a Saturday in October, so I figured it must be a popular tourist attraction.

The ride took me about 4 hours from NYC, and as soon as I arrived into the middle of town, I noticed that something was off.

The city is small.  Very small.

It’s basically a roundabout in the middle of town, a train station, and several blocks of small gift shops and restaurants.

gettysburg 3

After eating at the “Lincoln diner”, we decided to do some shopping.  Unfortunately, the gift shops are pretty bad.   I showed up to town with cash in hand, looking to buy some something and the stores were pretty horrible.

Both my wife and I said the same thing “how are these stores still in business”?

But let’s be honest, you don’t travel to Gettysburg to go shopping and eat at fancy restaurants, you go to see the battlefield.

The battlefield is a quick 5 minute ride out of downtown and is large and completely preserved.

Now, don’t get wrong.  It is nice.  There is ton’ s of historical monuments and you can can do a guided or audio tour, which is also pretty cool.

But to be honest, it’s just a big field in the middle of Pennsylvania.

Although trip advisor has great reviews on it and I am really into Civil War history, I still felt the battlefield was really boring.

I almost think that people are scared to criticize it.  Is is unpatriotic to say that the battlefield is not worth a trip?

The history is very, very interesting.  But the geography is just not very nice.

I climbed up to the “devils den” which is supposed to be the one of the highlights of Gettysburg and that was also pretty boring.

devin den

It’s basically a 100 foot hill with a bunch of medium-sized rocks on the bottom.

The only interesting party of Gettysburg I found are the memorials.

I didn’t realize how many Irish immigrants had died there and there are many old memorials with shamrocks on them. Very cool.

Overall, I give Gettysburg a “D”.

You will find better civil war history in Cape May, NJ, Charleston S.C. or Savannah.  I liked seeing cities, ports and churches.

There is only so much to look at in a field.

The restaurants are bad, the stores are run down and I’m sad to say that I cannot recommend it.

We also checked out Antietam, which was also the scene of another major civil war battle.

It’s not as preserved as Gettysburg and I actually like it better.  They have a really cool Civil War cemetery and the famous Dunker church that was near the confederate line during the battle.

My next review will be for Harper s Ferry, WV.

-John Andre

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What is more important, cardio or weight training?

Or is it all diet?

In reality, it’s probably a mix of all three.

One thing that I like about heavy weight training, in comparison to cardio, is that it lasts forever.

Even if you haven’t lifted in ten to 20 years, I can take one look at someone and tell if they used to be a power lifter or football player.

Running and cardio in general, goes away almost immediately.

You can run for 6 months straight, as soon as you miss 2 weeks, you are going to be slow.  It’s really a sport where “what have you done for me lately” is always true.

I just started getting back into the heavy lifting and I am already pretty sore.

This week I am getting my bench press into the low to mid 200’s and I plan on deadlifting 365 lb’s for reps on Thursday.

I “should” be pretty strong by Thanksgiving.  I want to shoot up to 500lb’s quickly and then I can work on the mid 500’s to 600.

Bench press is going to be tough this year, mostly because all of my training partners keep quitting.

Will post some videos soon!

Good luck.

-John

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