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I know this might sound like an excuse, but my 2-year old is killing my training.

I went for a run today, on fathers day, and my legs were killing me.

Besides the lack of free time, its impossible to chase a little boy around for 4 hours and then go for a run.

Let me review my week:

Monday: work, gym at lunch, park at night.

Tuesday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work and then park again.

Wednesday: work, no gym, no park.

Thursday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work.

Friday: work, gym at lunch, park after work, drinking at brother in laws house.

Saturday: hiking with son. Park in the pm.

Sunday: 3 mile run (felt like death)

This was a tough week, along with pulling 12 hour fasts at work to cut down in bodyweight.

The dieting is tougher too. As I sit here and type, my son is eating a grill cheese sandwich.

Whatever he doesnt finish, I always end up eating.

Overall, I dont want to make excuses, but I cant compare it to when I was 30 years old and able to sleep for 13 hours.

But dont worry, I plan on killing it this week.

-John

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Finally, Some Good News

Today was a bad day in the gym.  I had a long day at work and I had to travel all throughout the city before 1 pm, so by the time I got to the gym, I was exhausted.

My plan was to do my second chest workout of the week, followed by a hard 2-3 miles on the treadmile.

I got changed in the locker room around 1:30 and immediately ran over to the incline benches.  As usual it was packed, but this time it was packed with two guys doing multiple sets and writing each set down on a pad.

I am not sure why, but bringing a pen and a pad to the gym bothers me.

You are messing with nature.

Working out and especially lifting weights, is extremely mental.  If you are just going to go through your sets without much effort, feel free to bring a pen and a pad.

But If you are lifting “balls the wall”, leave the pad at home.

Just like you wouldn’t bring a pen and a pad to the local bar, your high school prom or in a rock n roll jam session; it is the same with working out.

Go with nature.

When you feel good, take that pad, throw it in the garbage after spitting on it and lift the heaviest weight that your crazy mind will let you.

Use the force.

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Whether you are Pablo Picasso, Jimi Hendrix or a big-wave surfer.  Weight lifting is an art form that comes from within.

From your animal spirit.  Not from an internet forum or a magazine.

Let if flow grasshopper.

Amen

-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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Winter is almost over! Hallelujah!

We are now in the middle of February, the weather is warming up slightly (in NYC) and the sun is setting later.

Although every month is important, I see March as a month of transition.

“March comes in like lion and goes out like a lamb”

In March you get the last several days of Winter in the beginning of the month and then by the end you start to see the beginning of Spring.

If you want to get cut for the Summer, you need to train hard in the month of March, including outside cardio.

Although there are days in March when its freezing cold and the weather is horrible, you need to force yourself to get outside and get moving.

sprinting

If you skip hard training in March, you are going to be very disappointed in April when you get that first 70 degree day.

All of a sudden you will realize that it is bathing suit season, but you are still overweight.

You need to survive March if you want your cuts to blossom in April, before getting ripped for May, June and July.

But the month of March doesn’t just apply to bodybuilding.  It is also a time of transition in work, school, and life.

In March you can:

  • Start good study habits for finals
  • Find a new job or start a business
  • Lose weight
  • Start dating someone new
  • Plant a tree

Maybe I am generalizing here, because you can do this any month of the year.  But March is the only month (NYC) where you get to experience two distinct seasons.

There is just something about the transition from Winter to Spring, especially when you live somewhere cold like NYC or Chicago.

Spring represents new life.

New opportunities

Optimism

And most importantly,

St’ Patrick’s Day.

st pats