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I am not gonna lie, I really hate the month of July and the terrible heat.

Maybe if I had the summers off and I could avoid the hottest points of the day it would be different, but unfortunately I have to go to work.

Today I was sweating going to work; sweating in the office, at the gym at lunch, on the ride home and now I’m leaving the gym sweaty at 6pm after my 2nd workout of the day.

Working out in the heat sucks, there is no other way to say it.

Today I did squats at lunch and actually felt pretty good. After work I tried to do some cardio and I felt completely dead.  I ran about 2 miles on the treadmile and had to walk half the time.

The only good news from today? I am down to 157.5 lbs in body weight. Basically I have another 5 to 7 lbs to go and I will reach my peak for the summer. I should hit that in mid to late August pretty easily.

I also tend to retain a ton of water in July. This week my in particular, my urine was starting to look like mustard.  As gross as that sounds, that’s when I realized I needed to start drinking some more water.

For the rest of the summer I need to just focus on my diet, continue lifting moderate to heavy weights and keep up with the cardio.

I am getting there.

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I’m not sure what it is, but I never look my best in July.

Typically, I will peak in the middle of August to Mid September but never in July.

Part of it is definately the heat.

I am always dehydrated going back and forth to work every day and I also dont like to go outside as much when its humid.

Lets face it, kids love July. For myself, July and January are the toughest months to get outside.  I cant stand the extreme heat or the extreme cold.

The other issue is that it takes me a while to get a deep tan.  Even this year, it is the 2nd week in July and I am still pretty white.  I just dont like to lay out in the sun as much as I used too.

Unfortunately, you do need a decent tan to look ripped. So what is healthier? Using the natural sunlight or smearing on some chemicals?

And finally, I usually reach my lightest bodyweight in August and September. As of today, I still have another 5 to 7 lbs to take off before I reach my peak.  I am going to weigh myself either Thursday or Friday and see how low I am but I know I still have a lot to go.

So overall, I am starting to look pretty good, but it’s going to be 5 to 10 weeks before I fully peak.

And when I do it right, it should look something like this:

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AUGUST BODY

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I feel like I am disappointing my readers.

I blog about bodybuilding but then I dont offer any pictures.

Well, you are in luck. Today I will show you my final Spring training picture.

Keep in mind, I am nowhere near my peak.  I still need to cut down another 7 lbs and I also just started my sprinting.

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Overall, “I am getting there”.

Another couple weeks of sprinting, tanning and fasting, and I should start to look really good.

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Its officially crunch time. If you aren’t going hard now in the gym and with your diet,you can consider your summer over.

With only several weeks until July 4th, you should be getting close to looking beach ready.

Personally, I am getting close, but I am still not there yet.

I am still holding a little bit of stubborn side fat and my weight loss has started to plateau. For myself, I can always lose a quick 10-15 lbs and start to look good, but it is the last 5 to 6 lbs that really start to hurt.

To go from pretty cut to absolutely ripped is a grind, but you can do it if you work hard and most importantly, keep a strict diet.

My diet has been pretty good until this past weekend where I went to two bbq’s and gained 1.5 lbs. I am trying to cut down this week, but its gonna be a struggle to get ripped for July 4th.

I still need to cut another solid 5 lbs. Not impossible, but its gonna be hard work.

Tomorrow I have a fasting session, lifting weights at lunch and then cardio after work. Hopefully I get my weight back on track.

If I can cut another 5 lbs I should looking pretty ripped.

-John

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Finally, Some Good News

 

Although June 1st was this past Saturday, since this is the first “work week’ in June, I will consider this the start of the month.

As I am sure you all know, June 21ist is the official start of summer and July 4th is the biggest holiday during the season.

If you haven’t started going hard yet, you need to kill it now.

I want to lose a solid 5-7 lbs in June and that is not counting the 17 I have already cut from the middle of winter.

My plan going forward is to add a ton of intermitante fasting, increase the speed and intensity in my cardio workouts and to keep lifting as heavy as I can.

I am already starting to look pretty good and I should look pretty ripped up by July 4th.

As usual, I typically peak in late August/early September, but by the way I am looking now, I may look pretty good.

The hardest part is definitely the diet.  When you are already pretty light you really need to eat like a bird to lose weight and today I was really feeling lousy.

But overall, you have about 30 days give or take until July 4th. It’s time to kick it in overdrive or be prepared to look like garbage this summer.

Good luck!

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Today I was working out my back at lunch and I got to take a good look at myself in the mirror.

I know that I am having a good season when I get that “oh shit” feeling when I look in the mirror. It doesnt happen often, but it is exciting when it does.

Recently I have been fasting several days during the work week, while still lifting heavy and doing cardio.

I got my 3 mile time on the treadmile down to around 20 minutes flat and I got my bodyweight down to 161!

Right now I am down almost 17 lbs since my winter peak and I am finally starting to look pretty ripped. Unfortunately, I am also starting to feel a little bit weaker in the gym, but that’s expected when you start getting cut.

There were too many dudes in the locker room today for me to take a picture of myself, but I am definitely getting there.

I think by Memorial Day I should look pretty good, I just need to keep losing weight and work on getting real or fake suntan.

I’m amazed by how many guys and girls dont lose weight for the summer. If you dont lose weight, there is just no way to burn off the body fat, at least naturally.

In the summer the name of the game is speed and cuts.

Nobody cares how much you lift, this is beach season.

Good luck!

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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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Finally, Some Good News

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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Finally, Some Good News

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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Finally, Some Good News

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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