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It’s really not that hard to get ripped, yet most people in the gym look the same day in and day out.

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It’s not that they are training wrong per se, but more that they are either not training hard enough or not dieting correctly.

The first step in getting ripped is to be consistent.  If you aren’t going to show up for your workouts, then you are wasting your time.

I never miss a day.  I think I missed only 2 days in all of 2017.You need to commit to make any progress.

The second part is the weight training. You NEED to gain strength if you expect your muscles to grow.

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This is where almost everyone gets stuck.  It gets harder and harder to continue getting stronger and most people give up and go into maintenance mode.

If you are going to lift weights, take it serious and increase the intensity.  Focus on gaining strength and your physique will change.  If you are lifting the same amount of weights, your body will look the same.

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And finally, you need to be strict with your diet and cardio.  Some professional bodybuilders get extremely ripped without using any cardio at all, they just use a proper diet and steroids.

Although this might seem like a ton of work, if you are already working out consistently, then you are probably closer than you think.  Sometimes it is that extra 10 to 15% extra effort that helps you beat your competition.

It is the same theory with working a 9 to 5 job.  For example; I take a ferry to Manhattan for work every day and the ferry that I take runs every 15 minutes in the morning.

I set my alarm for 5:45 am, and I usually try to make the 7:30-7:45 ferry instead of the 8 or 8:30.  But more importantly, I’ve noticed that there is a big  difference between the people going to work at 8am and the people crawling in for a 9 to 5.

The 7:30am boat is always a lot quieter, with people mostly reading newspapers or checking information on their phones, while the 8 and 8:30am boats are a madhouse.  Most of the people are loud, they are socializing or playing music and the lack of motivation is noticeable.

Just by waking up 30 minutes earlier can be the difference between becoming a millionaire and being stuck as a regular Joe.

It is the small efforts that add up.

Don’t be the person walking into work late and take your workouts serious in the gym if you want to improve.

P.S. 3 more weeks of my winter bulk up left and then I need to get ripped.

-John

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I am not going to lie and say I am a relaxed person. I can be relaxed when hanging out with other people, but in general I am very regimented and goal-oriented.

The last 7 years have been very good to me.  It almost seems like everything I tried ended up working out, either from dumb luck or from hard work. But either way, for the last 7-8 years of my life I have been blessed.

I did a ton of traveling.  Hung of with friends both new and old.  Switched jobs several times without a break in employment.  Wrote a book, automatic 6-pack, and started a small side business that has grown for 3 consecutive years.

And to top it off, I just got married and my wife is pregnant right away!

But the stress is creeping in.  It’s one thing to be responsible for just yourself, but now in 7 months I have to be responsible for 3 people and god-willing a year after that, possibly 4 people (2 kids)

But its more than being responsible.  I also want to kick-ass like both my grandparents had and also my father.

As successful as I been the last several years, I always know in the back of mind, that I am one step away from losing everything.

One step away from waiting tables again or parking cars, or valeting people’s luggage.

I work.  I don’t care.  And I respect people who work.

But when you make it this far, you don’t want to ever go back.

If you look at most people’s lives over time, nothing ever goes up in straight path.

There will be down periods in your life.  War, divorce, illness, lawsuits, recessions.

Sh@t happens.

But if you focus and work hard, your trajectory should still be up.

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Recently, I have started to have some bad luck.  It cumulated with me getting stitches in my head and now I have a huge scar.

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To make matters worse, Southside Hospital in Long Island, sent me $16,000 in bills for adhesive stitches.

My insurance company will be picking up a large portion, but I will be stuck with a HUGE deductible payment.

To add insult to literal injury, I am also having some slight issues at my 9-5 job and the stress is rising.

Hospital bills.  A pregnant wife about to quit her job in 3 months and I’m not 100% confident in my own job.

I remember being in this position.

7 or 8 years ago my job at the time was in serious jeopardy.  My girlfriend at the time had moved out of my apartment without telling me and I was about to move back to my parent’s basement and start waiting tables again.

I remember going out to see Billy Idol live in the city.  Besides being the best live concert I’ve ever seen, before I arrived, I wanted to jump on the subway tracks and end it.

But Billy was really, really good. Especially when he played “Hot in the City”

After that night I decided to get moving and change everything around.

I interviewed and accepted a new job.  A friend from Florida moved up and split the rent with me.

And most importantly, I got myself back into incredible shape.

I feel like I am fully prepared for any back news at this point.

I cut most of my large expenses.

I built up a strong network.

I have a large nest egg

I have a small business that can be scaled up.

Maybe, I shouldn’t worry so much….

-John Andre