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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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I have to admit, it makes me sad when I see a professional athlete that I grew up, retire.

It makes me feel old.

And I understand why athletes retire, the prime age for athletes is generally from ages 18 to 38.

Its interesting, but you dont really lose strength when you age, but you do lose speed.

Once you lose your speed, it’s all over. Yet, you rarely see people doing any type of speed work over age 40.

A lot of people over 40 still lift weights and most of the cardio (if any) is typically slow.

I also noticed that most people stop competing.

If I had to estimate, I would guess that 99% of people that ran High School or College track and field have not competed since.

They might have ran in a local 5k or even a marathon, but they definitely aren’t sprinting or jumping like they were as a teenager.

That needs to change.

Whether its competing in track and field, playing basketball, tennis, or even just skiing; you need to stay active and competitive for your entire life.

60 years old? So what. Why not work on your speed and try to stay as fast as possible.

This year I am 39 years old and I plan on competing in a track and field race for the first time since 1998.

I did a long jump competition last summer but this is the first time I am actually going to compete in the sprinting events.

Time to put my money where my mouth is.

I’m very curious to see how my time will stack up from when I was 18 years old.

When it comes to weight lifting I am definitely significantly stronger, but when it comes to speed, who knows.

It will be interesting.

Videos will be coming soon!

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I was working out at lunch today and I saw the oddest thing.  Although Memorial Day Weekend is in 3 weeks and July 4th in less than 2 months, I am still seeing guys in full bulk up mode.

I just dont get it. If you aren’t starting to cut down now, when are you going to cut?

I couldn’t imagine being heavy over the hot months of June, July and August and who wants to look overweight on the beach?

But most importantly, if you dont cut weight, you will never remove bodyfat.

This year I peaked at around 178 lbs and now I am deep into the low 160s. My goal for peak summer is to get into the low 150s and maybe even high 140s.

Getting cut is the name of the game.

Remember, there is nothing healthy with being overweight for an extended period of time.

Heavy lifting, cardio and strict diet.

John Andre

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Spring is finally here and that means hard training.

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Right now I am training 5 or 6 days a week, including twice a day at least 3x a week. This includes lifting heavy weight lifting, fast cardio and a super strict diet.

The name of the game in the Spring and Summer is cutting weight, if you are a natural lifter like I am, you need to cut weight or you will never get cut.

I typically lose at least 20-25 lb’s every year between my peak in the winter and my lowest in the summer.

Last week I weighed in around 167 lbs and I need to get that down to at least 160 lbs asap. After I reach 160, I will slowly cut down into the low 150’s.

For my running times, I am hitting 3 miles outside in around 21:45. My goal every summer is to get my time down to 3 miles in 21 minutes flat and I should be able to hit that relatively quickly.

April and May should be your hardest days of training for the year.

The weather is not too warm outside, the humidity has not become too insane and the amount of daylight is increasing.

There is really no excuse to not go outside and start training.

I find it harder to train like crazy in the summer, especially in July.  Between the humidity and even just sweating as I walk to the gym, July and August are tough months to train.

I try to run in the early morning or after the sun sets, but sometimes I just don’t have the chance and I need to run in the middle of the afternoon.

But overall, you need to train hard immediately or you will have zero chance of getting ripped this summer.

  • Cut weight
  • Lift heavy
  • Fast cardio

And most important, you need to cut down on calories and lose weight.

Good luck, get moving…

-John Andre

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As of today, the best shape I have ever looked was when I was 29 years old.

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Since then, I have gotten pretty close to my “peak” shape and I always get relatively ripped during the summer.

But to be honest, it’s going to be difficult to beat my 29-year old physique, although there are some advantages of being older.

Older bodybuilders have the advantage of having really solid muscle.  There is just no way to cheat or replicate years of heavy powerlifting.

That is why some College Football players will still look massive even years after they stopped competing.

But, I also think about what type of crazy training I was doing back then.

First of all, my diet was STRICT.  I was living with two roommates at the time and without the distraction of a wife/kids, all I did was eat cleanly.  Very low carb and also very low calorie.

Secondly, I was lifting heavy.  I was just coming off my best powerlifting year, where I was benching 350 and deadlifting over 560.

And finally, I was also running pretty good.  I had my 3 mile time down to 20 minutes flat and I was running the mile in around 5:20 on the track.

So overall, I was bench pressing over 315 lbs, while running a mile in 5:20 and eating like a bird.

That combination is tough to beat.

I was also hanging out all night, especially on the weekends, until 4 in the morning and burning a ton of extra calories.

One thing I am starting to notice is that although I always get cut, I am starting to look the same every year.

For me to make any “freaky” changes, I am going to have to start getting freaky in my routine.

That means super fast cardio, more super sets in the gym and also a ton of “fasting”.

If I don’t change it up, I will look the same as last year.

Time to make a change…

-John Andre

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I am now about a month and a half into my Spring training.  So far I have started to clean up my diet and I have also added some intense cardio.

In the last two weeks I ran 3 miles on the treadmile in 20:45 and outside I ran it in 21:40.  I am not as fast I would like to be yet, but I am getting there.

But more importantly, my physique is looking especially thick this year.  Some of that is just from lifting weights for so many years but it’s also from going heavy during the winter.

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This winter I was almost deadlifting 545 lbs and I also was squatting 315 to the floor.  Those are heavy, classic, mass-building exercises.

One thing that I have noticed about when I am coming in thick, is that I start to look good pretty fast.

When I am slacking in muscle, often it will take me a long time to start looking good.  But since I put on so much solid muscle this year, I am starting to look “ok” already.

Going forward, I still need to cut another 15+ lbs and continue to improve on my cardio.

I think I should be able to run 3 miles in 21 minutes in a month or so.  After that, I just need to continue adding my sprint training and push it in the gym.

I might have to post some early Spring training pictures this year, I am looking good.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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After a long winter with some heavy powerlifting, I am really turning the corner and starting to look “a little bit” cut.

April is a month of hard work.  My plan for the next 6 to 8 weeks is just to start killing it in the gym and keep my diet strict.

This will include at least 2 days a week where I work out twice.  That doesn’t mean two long sessions, it means I do weights at lunch and then go back after work to hit the cardio hard.

Sometimes I can do weights and cardio in one session, but I found that taking 3 or 4 hours in between makes a big difference.  I can hit it really hard again after sitting in front of a computer for a while and that hard training will really start to pay off.

This past Thursday I run 3 miles in 20:45 seconds.  That is finally a fast time for me and my only good run of the year so far.  I am hoping that is that start of some fast times and will propel myself into good shape for the summer.

Overall, my training is coming along good, I just need to seriously cut some weight.  I would love to cut as much as 10 lbs before Memorial Day weekend.

Losing weight is the name of the game.  There are millions of people out there training consistently, but their physiques will never improve because they don’t cut any weight.

Heavy lifting, fast cardio, fresh air and strict diet.

That is the name of the game.

-John Andre

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This has been a rough Spring so far.  Not only did I start a new job, but I also have a second child on the way.

Luckily, my second child is not due until Octobers, so I really have no excuse to not get ripped this summer.

I’ve cut about 8 or 9 lbs down to 171ish and I am running 3 miles in around 22:30.  I have also included some sprinting, but I really need to pick up the pace.

Switching jobs hurt me bad.

I had about a month straight of interviews that were killing my workouts and then starting a new job also took up a lot of my free time.

But now it looks like I can finally get down to some hard training and get into shape.

The name of the game is going to be super strict diet and hard cardio.

Tomorrow I am going to do a double session.  Weights during lunch at work and then cardio after work.

Double sessions can be tiring, but once you get into a routine, it starts to go pretty easy.

I also signed up for a 5k race in the Spring, although I plan on focusing on my sprinting more this season.

Overall, slight hiccup for the last month but I am still coming in pretty strong.

Will try to get pretty cut for Memorial Day and hopefully have some good pictures.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Being stubborn can destroy your training.  If you continue with the same routines day in and day out, you will never improve.

And I see this ALL the time at the gym.

Most people don’t change at all.  Middle of winter or in the blazing hot middle of July, they look exactly the same.

Now that I am officially in my late 30’s, almost 40, I am still in pretty good shape.  I am still deadlifting in the mid 500’s, my squats are in the mid 300’s and I can still run good times.

But there are two things that I need to change asap.

A) I need to keep my diet strict all year round and slow down on my winter bulk up.  Last season I felt that I bulked up way too much and it was a struggle to get my body weight down quickly.  This year I gained about 6 lbs less, but it still feels pretty heavy.

B) I need to do cardio all year around.  Again, I did “some”cardio all year, compared to last season when I took 6 months off.  That is not healthy and I think I actually looked better when I stayed lean during the winter.  For my 40th birthday next year I am going to make sure that I continue cardio all winter long.

Conclusion: Like I stated above, being stubborn can cost you big time in bodybuilding.  I can still train hard, if not harder, then when I was younger, but I do need to make some changes in my routine.

Spring is definitely here, time to hit the cardio hard, lose weight and start getting cut.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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I have been working out now for almost 25 years.  That includes doing track and field in both High School and College, several powerlifting meets and also amateur bodybuilding.

Although I always knew that the diet was very important, it wasn’t until I seriously started using a bodybuilding diet that I started to get really ripped.

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Ripped abs

It was immediately that I realized, the diet is extremely important. I used to say that bodybuilding is 50% workout and 50% diet.

Then I upped it to 75%.

Now I think it is 90% diet.

Let’s face it, almost everyone in the gym does the same workouts.  Everyone does bench press for chest, everyone does curls for biceps, but not everyone looks like Arnold.

Besides genetics and taking steroids, the diet is really the only thing that separates bodybuilders.

Even if you lift less weights than someone else, you still might look better than someone depending on your diet.

If you want to make progress in the gym, immediately start to work on your diet.  That is really the only way to get cut.

Overall, spring is coming.  Time to get ripped.

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