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May is officially here!  It has been a crazy couple months for me but now the Summer is right around the corner.

I have spent the last several months studying (and passing) for a licensing test at work and then several weeks later my son was born!

Typically, I start my summer diet around St. Patrick’s Day, +/- a week or two depending on my body weight.

This year I am already down 14 lbs from my peak weight of 178 and I have been adding cardio to my workouts 3-4x a week.

Although my training has been going good, I am still 2-3 weeks behind from the shape that I would like to be in.  Traditionally, I always try to be in “beach ready” shape by Memorial Day weekend.

Living in the North East (NYC), Memorial Day weekend was always considered the first party weekend of the summer.

By the end of May I should be able to reach the proper body weight that I want, but I am still slightly behind on the shape I want to be in.

At this time of year I would like my mile to be under 6 minutes, my 3 mile time to be around 21 and I also want to be sprinting consistently.

May is the time of year to TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.

No more screwing around, I want to kill my body this month.

I still remember my senior year of High School when I was running track and field.  I had a disappointing winter season and I was depressed that my last season was coming to an end and I didn’t win any races.

We had a week and half off from school for Easter break and I decided to go nuts.

Over a 10-day break I went to the gym and track for 9 days in a row and just killed myself with some brutal workouts.

When I came back from vacation I was in the best shape of my life.

I won 3 of my first 4 races and I took 5-6 seconds off my 400 meter time.

It’s very easy to get complacent in your training.  Plenty of people show up to the gym consistently for years, but barely make any process.  They are just maintaining.

Not this year.

And not under my watch.

I have no excuses.  My son is born and god-willing seems to be a healthy boy so far.

The weather is getting nice out.

Time to reclaim my throne as the KING!

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Happy Hump Day!

I read an interesting interview the other day by the famous bodybuilder Lee Priest.  Basically, Lee stated that if your genetics don’t allow you to grow almost immediately, then you should probably give up on ever becoming a professional bodybuilder.

I agree.

If you don’t have the perfect set of genetics, you will never become a champion bodybuilder.  And that doesn’t go for just bodybuilding; that also pertains to basketball, track and field, swimming,tennis and many other sports.  Let’s face it, if you are only 5’2 with short arms, you probably will never be able to out swim Michael Phelps.

But even if you don’t have superstar genetics, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t compete or quit working out, you just need be honest with yourself.  If you weren’t born with the right genetics, any amount of training won’t make a difference.  You will never become Arnold Schwarzenegger just by training exactly the same way he did.

So forget about being Arnold and focus on becoming the best that you can be.

Anyone can gain muscle, remove body fat and build a nice, cut, 6-pack.  All it takes is hard work, dedication and consistency.

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The key is to find the right combination of training that works for YOU.

Arnold was famous for using tons of sets in his training, that routine doesn’t work me.

My body needs heavy weights, small sets and a moderate amount of cardio.  I have been training for over 20 years now and I can tell with almost certainty the routines that work for my body and the ones that don’t.

Something has to change. You need to look different week after week.

And if you are not seeing any results, change your routine up IMMEDIATELY.  Don’t stick with a program that isn’t working.

Change your diet

Change your cardio

Change your rep and weight scheme

As I stated above, only a small percentage of the population can professional bodybuilders. But if you find the routine that works the best for you, I can almost guarantee that you can make impressive gains.

You used to bench press 225, now you can bench press 275: GAINS

You used to run the mile in 8 minutes, now you can run it in 6:36:  GAINS

You used to weigh 225, now you are stronger at 190: GAINS

-John

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