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This winter has been pretty mild in NYC.

Living in NYC, I actually like having 4 distinct seasons.   Although it seems that the Winters in NYC are pretty long and for some reason longer than the other 3.  This winter hasn’t been too bad.

For bad weather I prefer to use the treadmile.   In recent years I have been using it more and more, but I still think it is important to train outside when you can.

Especially when it comes to any type of sprinting, you need to be outside.  For tempo runs, the treadmile is actually pretty good and can be low impact depending on the machine.

For example, the treadmile I use in Manhattan seems to be very hard for some reason, but the one I use on the weekends in Staten Island feels as soft as a pillow.  For that reason I will run 3-4 miles on the weekends without hurting my joints or feet.

Since it has been pretty warm this winter, I am going to have to suck it up and start running outside.

Just as long as it’s above 30 degrees, there really isn’t an excuse to stay inside.  I used to run outside all year round, but now I take off the cold parts of the winter and just powerlift.

When it comes to dieting, its also time to start to getting busy.

Although I am on vacation and eating like crap this weekend, I have started cleaning up my diet during the work week.

Enjoy the rest of your winter.

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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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I have to be honest with you.  If you become a parent, it will be close to impossible to become a champion athlete.

Don’t get me wrong; you can get in great shape.  This is my shape from this past summer:

You can still get in good shape, but you definitely cannot train and diet at 110%.

Some examples?

I used to run 3-miles on a summer morning in Coney Island, starve myself for about 12-14 hours, eat a can of tuna fish, then go drinking all night with my friends.

Those days are OVER.

10 years ago I would sleep till 12 noon, then go for a 6-mile run with my Russian friend in 15-degree weather.

Now? I am up at 7:30.

Diet? Forget it.  My son typically eats about half his dinner. Guess who is finishing it? Daddy.

Half a waffle, half a cookie, half a slice of pizza, etc. It starts to add up.

But there are ways to work around it.

Weights are ALWAYS done at lunch.  I lift 4 or 5x a week at lunch during my work week.

Cardio? This is the hard one.

I take my son to the park almost everyday in nice weather, and it is a decent workout. But when you try to run 3-miles hard or do sprints Before/After the park, its tiring.

Same with trying to run during his nap.  When you come back from your workout, expect to get no rest at all because he will be waking up.

Overall, there is no major excuse to not workout when you have kids.  Just don’t except to beat someone who has unlimited free time and a similar work ethic.

-John Andre

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I don’t care what anybody says, you need “SOME” form of cardio in your life.

Unless you do physical work for a living, cardio should be a part of every person’s routine.

Without cardio, I do not get super cut.

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Don’t get me wrong, about 80% of getting cut is from your diet.  But the final 20% is what separates the men from the boys.

Cardio is a funny thing.  A right amount of cardio really helps, but too much and you will look terrible.

For example, I think marathon runners have the worst looking bodies in the world.  There is nothing natural or healthy with running those insanely long distances.

I don’t have a problem with someone running it for sport, I ran the Brooklyn half-marathon several years back, but just don’t expect to lose body fat or become healthier.

The healthiest type of cardio training will be short and quick.  That would be basketball, football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer and track and field.

Short, quick, movements.

I see a lot of guys in the gym that really have their weight training down.  They are benching heavy, curling strong, squatting deep, etc.

But their cardio isn’t done correctly at all.

I am ready to fix that problem.

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Getting lean is the name of the game.

Let’s face it, you can bulk up all that you want.  Unless you are powerlifting or playing football, nobody is going to care how much you lift when you step on to the beach. (Although it does help to build muscle)

And it’s also not healthy to be overweight, regardless of muscle size.  And steroids are generally bad for you.

I can get myself very lean every summer.  After years of experience, I have gotten that down to a science.

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But one thing that I cannot do, is I cannot stay super lean all year long.

I can stay relatively lean, but, I don’t know anyone can stay at the same body fat percentage for 365 days a year.

First of all, you should be peaking in your cardio at some point.  Meaning, you should be running your hardest and fastest at some point in the year.

If you aren’t, then you haven’t peaked yet.

You also can’t do sprints for 365 days in a row.  Every major sport; football, soccer, basketball, etc, has an “off-season.”  You need a period to recover both mentally and physically.

The only way to stay lean all year, would to lift, run and eat the exact same amount.

Not only does that sound impossible, but with that method, I can’t see you ever improving.

How will you add muscle?

Unless you can miraculously improve your intensity, you aren’t going to add any muscle without some extra calories.

We will see how lean I get this summer, but for now, back to my bulk up season.

-John Andre

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For some reason, I get the most traffic to my blog when I talk about training for the 35+ crowd.

But let’s be honest, 35-50 it not old anymore.

If you train hard and consistently, you should be able to stay rock solid all the way until your 60’s.

That’s not to say there aren’t any differences between working out at age 21 and working out at 47.

Obviously as you get older you need to deal with injuries, shorter recovery time, etc.  But there are actually some training benefits of being age 35+.

First of all, at age 38 I am still pretty strong.   My all-time deadlift record is 585 lbs when I was 27 years old and I weighed around 205 lbs.

Now that I am about to turn 39, I am deadlifting in the low 500’s at only 170 lbs.

My diet is also a lot better.  In my 20’s I would basically just eat and keep eating.  It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s and early 30’s, that I actually started to diet, add intermittent fasting and proper cardio.

I also just started competing in track and field again after a 20 year layoff.  I only did the long jump so far, and I am curious to see how fast I can run in 2019 compared to when I was in High School/College.

To be honest with you, sometimes I have a strong week of working out and I feel like I shouldn’t even care how old I am.

There isn’t really that much of a difference.

Just train smarter, eat cleaner and you can stay pretty jacked.

Statistically, I know I am already better than last year.  In 2017 I deadlifted 515lb’s at 185lbs in bodyweight,.  This year I think I will probably go over 545 lbs at 175.

Basically, I am lifting heavier weights at a lighter bodyweight.

That is progress.

This year has been going very solid for me.  My bulk up is going to end on February 1st and already I am about to beat last season’s deadlift and squat records.

Bench press I am slightly behind last year, but that is because my training partner quit (again).  It’s hard to bench heavy when you don’t have a steady spotter.

So overall, don’t worry about your age.

Lift heavy, train smart, eat healthy and add some fast cardio.

50 will become the new 30 and 60 will become the new 40.

-John Andre

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Life is short.

Or maybe it isn’t.  I feel like the first 20 years of my life took forever, my 20’s were pretty long and now my 30’s feel like they only lasted 3-4 years.

Time is starting to speed up.  Is that because I am so busy? Possibly.

I figure at age 40 I am halfway to death, although, all of my grandparents made into their 80’s.

If there is one thing I have learned over my “soon to be 39 years” on this planet, is that if something is not working, quit.

If you gave it a legitimate effort and it’s not working out, stop jerking yourself around and wasting your time.

  • If you job doesn’t fulfill you, start looking for something else.
  • If your girlfriend isn’t treating you right, dump her.
  • Do you hate your commute? Move.
  • Are your friends idiots? Find a new crew.

It would seem like these are such obvious answers, but then you meet people who are dating the same guy for 8 years in a row.

Or someone who has a 2 hour commute and continues to complain year after year.

The same goes for business and bodybuilding.

If the flat bench is not making your chest explode, switch it up.  Try inclines, add a second day of dumbbells, try some fly’s or pec decks.

There are so many different options, that something has to work.

So what does this have to do with Mick Jagger?

Mick Jagger has been best friends with Keith Richards for about 65 years.  I was watching a video of Mick from last week and although he can play guitar “OK”, he still isn’t great.

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Think about it, your BEST FRIEND is possibly one of the top ten guitar players of all time history and you still stink.

65 years of FREE lessons with a top ten guitar player and you are still just “OK”.

But in all reality, the lessons don’t matter.

You can either play or you can’t.

You can grow up living next to Lebron James and you still can’t shoot a foul shot.

It really doesn’t matter.

Mick is a better singer obviously and thank god he figured that out early and kept Keith Richards on the guitars.

Use that as a lesson in life.

What are you good at? And what comes to you NATURALLY?

Maybe you can’t teach, but you can become a lawyer.

Maybe you can’t dead lift, but you can squat.

Maybe Irish girls tend to like you and Italian girls don’t.

Peanut butter makes you ripped but creatine makes you look bloated.

Don’t fight nature.  Figure out what you are good at and what you are bad at.

Here ends the Sunday sermon.

-John Andre

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I cant believe it, but I am actually going to turn 39-years old next month.

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Its funny, but I remember my father turning 40 years old and thinking that he was ancient.

Now, I am almost there.

Physically, there hasn’t been that many major changes since I was 18.  I am definitely slower and my joints hurt more, but I am probably stronger and my stamina is greater.

I also don’t get to sleep past 7 a.m with an infant at home and my hangovers last for 2 days instead of 1.

Since I have never stopped working out, I have been able to maintain a strong physique.  I am still benching over 300 lb’s and deadlifting over 500, and I can also run 3 miles in 21 minutes.

But if I didn’t work out, I would be in big trouble.

During last years bulk up, I noticed that I got way too fat.  In just 5 months of skipping out on cardio, I started to feel morbidly obese.  I started to find it difficult to complete basic day to day tasks like taking out the garbage and even walking up stairs.

Let’s face it, that is how most people live in this country.

If you cant see your abs, run a mile under 8 minutes, or climb stairs going to work; you are slowly dying.

If you don’t have any energy because you have the testosterone level of a teenage girl, you are in trouble.

If you hairline is receding, your back is getting hairy and your teeth are starting to rot.

You are on the fast track to death.

You won’t even make it to your life expectancy of 78.

You are not the only one, a lot of people in our generation won’t.

Wake up.

-John Andre

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This is a tricky question, but the answer for me is surprisingly yes. (With some disclaimers)

If I am going for an all-time record, especially with squats, then it helps to avoid any cardio.

But if I am just powerlifting and trying for records, I will eventually start to look fat.

And that is not healthy.

When it comes to bench press, sometimes a little cardio actually helps.

For years I have been having shoulder issues and it’s only in the last 2 years that I have been able to overcome it.

Part of my new shoulder routine is to add just a “little” bit of cardio after bench pressing. The repetitive movements in my arms actually help to loosen me up.

When it comes to the deadlift, I can go either way. The cardio helps with completing more reps and as a result harder training sessions, but may hurt me just a little bit with my one-rep max.

Overall, even though it may hurt you slightly with your heavy lifting, I highly recommend that you add just a little bit of cardio to your routine, even during your bulkup.

Unless you are competing in powerlifting competitions, the loss of power should be neglibible. When I am increasing the calories, I will start to get stronger every week regardless of the cardio I do.

Just don’t go too crazy. Right now I am doing 15 minutes, twice a week, on the stairmaster.

That’s it.

Especially for guys like me that are in their late 30’s, nobody needs an early heart attack and cardio is important.

And if you aren’t working out in your late 30’s, good luck, but things are about to go downhill quickly for you. Get smart.

-John Andre

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