Archive for February, 2019

My Spring Training has just started and so far it is going great!

I am still squatting and dead lifting heavy weights and I also ran 2 miles in around 14 minutes flat.

When it comes to body weight, I only peaked at 180 lbs this winter, which is about 7 lbs less than last season.

By combining my metrics of weight lifting strength, running speed and body weight; I should be better than last year.

But my body has been acting weird recently.

I already started dieting hard-core and I cut out a ton of calories, yet, I am still staying heavy.  I’ve even added some extra cardio days and I am still not losing a ton of weight.

It’s very strange.  Usually I will lose a ton of weight the first month into my Spring Training, unless I am already in really good shape.

I am hoping that is the case.

If my body fat percentage held up really strong this year, I might look insanely solid this summer.

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Worst case scenario is that my metabolism has slowed down a ton and it’s going to become a lot harder for me to get in shape.

Overall, since I am lifting heavier and running faster than last season, I don’t think it’s my metabolism.  I think I am generally in pretty solid shape, so I might have to add some intensity to my workouts right away to get ripped.

It’s going to be an interesting year.  I really have zero distractions this year, no injuries (thank god) and my numbers have been great.

Hope your training is going well, don’t wait too long to start cutting up.  Spring will be here before you know it.

-John Andre

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Running 2.0 The End Of Long-Distance Running: Including The Top Ten Spint Workouts To Remove Bodyfat

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I love St. Patrick’s Day.

Although I am not Irish (my son is), I love St. Patrick’s Day so much that I have traveled to Boston, NYC (hometown), Key West, Scottsdale and Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day.

What do I love about St. Patrick’s Day?

You get to go out and eat good food, drink beer and it’s also my official start of Spring.

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When It comes to the Spring, I like to be in some type of decent shape as soon as it starts.  That means I am lifting heavy and consistent in the gym, starting to get fast in my cardio workouts and I am also losing some weight.

Right now I have just started my cardio and diet, although I have only lost about 2 lbs.  But starting next week, I believe it is time to turn up the dial and start running and dieting hard.

For St. Patrick’s Day, I want to start looking leaner.

I would love to get my 3 mile time under 22 minutes and also cut over 10 lbs from my winter peak of (180).  Losing 10 lbs is easy, but I want to do it the correct way and not burn off too much muscle.

Anyone can stop eating and lose 10 lbs, the trick is to cut down without burning muscle.

If everything goes well, I should start looking decent on St. Patrick’s Day.

After the holiday, I will be in full Spring training mode.  Sprinting outside, cutting more and more weight and lifting in the gym consistently.

And most importantly, I will officially launch my 3rd book!

It is on amazon now, but as of now I am not heavily advertising.

Good luck!

-John Andre

Check out my 3 books on amazon.com!

Running 2.0 The End Of Long-Distance Running: Including The Top Ten Spint Workouts To Remove Bodyfat

Official launch date is March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) but you can pick up a copy now on amazon.com.

Email or message me for a free review copy..

Running 2.0 The End Of Long-Distance Running: Including The Top Ten Spint Workouts To Remove Bodyfat

 

Over the winter break I actually had time to read some books and one of them was Phil Knight’s book “Shoe Dog” about how he started Nike.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Overall, this was a damn good book.  “A+”.  One of the best books on business I have ever read.

Maybe it was because I ran track and field for so many years, but I couldn’t put this book down.

Just to give some background information, Phil Knight ran track at Oregon under the world-famous Bill Bowerman.  He was only a marginal runner during College, but after graduation he tried to jump into the shoe business by importing cheaper Japanese running shoes.

This was only 20 years after WWII and Japan was emerging as a cheap manufacturing base, similar to China today.

Phil had a couple of things going for him.

A) His family was moderately wealthy. He tries to downplay it, but after College he had a couple years without any real employment and he also spent time traveling around the world

B) He was close with coach Bowerman.  This is big. This would be like starting your own football sneaker and your best friend is Belichick.  It is serious name recognition and Bowerman also assisted in designing the shoes.

Eventually Phil started working some financial jobs during the day and then working on his sneaker side-business at night.  He would hire some sales reps and they would import sneakers from Japan and sell them at track meets and sneaker stores.

Sales would start to grow and after some disagreements and backstabbing from their production team in Japan, Phil decided to start his own brand and formed “Nike”.

What’s amazing is how close Phil came to going bankrupt.  There was numerous lawsuits, employees quitting, production problems in Japan etc.  It really took over a decade to finally have a good production team in place before sales started to roll in.

Nike was not an overnight success by any means.

When he really started to hit his stride is when they started sponsoring athletes.  First it was Nastase the tennis player and then they picked up Steve Prefontaine.

If you aren’t familiar with Prefontaine, he is probably the most famous American distance runner in history.  He had a rock star quality about him and set many American records before he died in a car crash prematurely.

At this point, Nike was doing millions of dollars in sales and they eventually went public, making Phil worth over $100 million almost immediately.

Overall, this is a really good book.  Phil describes in detail the difficulty in taking a small company, increasing sales and then going public.

I also like how Phil bended the rules.  Whether it was stealing secret plans from a Japanese business man’s brief case or lying to the banks about having an east coast production team.

Business is war and Phil proves it.

This book is an A+

-John Andre

 

I have to be honest, the last several months I haven’t had my usual “killer instinct”.

2018 was a bad year.  I guess it wasn’t necessarily horrible, but I really didn’t make any progress.

Besides saving a decent amount of money, nothing else went great.

I didn’t find a new job, I only added several new clients to my side-business and my third book wasn’t published.

I went to too many funerals, my vacations were not fun and my wife didn’t get pregnant with baby #2.

Thankfully, 2019 has been off to a good start.

In the last several weeks, it seems like my luck is starting to change.

I hit some heavy numbers in my last weeks of winter bulkup, I started my early Spring training cardio and I am also feeling motivated again.

It’s hard to stay motivated all the time.

When it comes to the gym, I honestly like going.  There will be weeks where I might be more motivated than others, but I am consistent in showing up.

For running, it takes a little more internal motivation to get it going.  Some years I will really be in the mood and run some fast times, other years, I will just go through the motions and just use some cardio to get cut.

When it comes to my career and starting businesses, I am really hit or miss.

Sometimes I will get super motivated, work on my side business and/or go on interviews, other times I will not be into it mentally and I do almost nothing.

Recently I feel like I have been in a “rut”, but I am slowly starting to come out.

Time to work out hard in the gym, fast running outside and side-businesses to start.

Any month where I am not making progress is wasted time.

I have wasted enough.

-John

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