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I can’t believe it, but I am officially 39-years old.

It’s weird, but I don’t feel that much different from when I was 18.

18 was a fun a year.  I was lifting weights and running pretty much 7 days a week, my diet was nonexistent and I (thought) I was insane shape.

But it wasn’t until my late 20’s that I learned how to work out and run properly, along with a real diet, that I finally became ripped.

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Now that I am in my late 30’s and almost 40, what changes do I feel?

Nothing.

Ok, I am lying.  I feel some changes.

My shoulders are always killing me, I don’t get to sleep past 7:30 due to work and/or family and my hangovers last 3 days.

But besides that, what’s the difference?

When someone between ages 35-45 starts telling you about how they are an “old man”, send them to my website and tell them they are being a bitch.

There is no difference at that age except you are hard headed.

If your diet is bad, you quit sprinting and you complain about every little ache and pain, then yes, 40 might be a death sentence for you.

But for those you want to keep training hard, you can still get better.  Actually when it comes to bodybuilding, ages 35-45 are usually the best.

So, how to we compare last season to this season?

  • Are you lifting more?
  • Are you running faster?
  • Do you weigh less?
  • Do you look better?

When it comes to the winter bulk up, its really pretty easy.  What are you lifting and at what body weight.

Last year I was around 7-10 lb’s heavier and I am squatting and deadlifting more this year.

That is progress.

My top deadlift was 515 last season and I just did 525 yesterday and it went up like a rocket ship.  Going to lift heavy for another 2 weeks and hopefully get over 550 before I start spring training.

For my squat, I am getting near 315 pretty easy.

My problem with bench and squatting, is that I don’t have a steady spotter.  All of my training partners keep quitting.

For the bench press, I am training in the 275-300 range without a spotter, which is dangerous.

So last year was a bench press victory, but I definitely improved on squats and deadlifts and I also weigh less.

When the spring starts I will start my cardio again and the question will be, did I get faster than last year?

Sprinting, 1-mile run and the 3-mile run.

Stopwatches are great.  Unless the earth is spinning slower around the sun, 18 minutes when I was in college is still the same 18 minutes now.

Last year I got my 3 mile time down to around 20:30.

Can I beat that this year? We will see.

This year I want to “try” to focus a little more on my sprinting times, 1-mile or less, but I will still run a couple fast 3 mile races.

And then there is my looks.

This year I have a solid chance of looking ripped.  My son was still a baby last summer and it was killing my sleep.

Now, with some extra rest and a solid training plan, hopefully I will look better.

At least better than you other 39-year old’s.

-John Andre

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This year has been HORRIBLE for the NY Giants.

After drafting a running back, Barkley, with their first pick and “trying” to upgrade their offensive line.  I figured we would win about 10 games this year.

Boy was I wrong.

Not only does my team look horrible, but Eli looks even worse.

It’s weird with Eli.  Although his stats do not look very bad, especially when compared to other starting quarterbacks in the league, it’s obvious that he isn’t getting the job done.

He isn’t winning.  The team isn’t scoring points.

And he looks SLOW.

I understand the offensive line stinks and nobody disputes that, but he needs to get quicker.

You don’t necessarily have to be a fast quarterback.  Montana was slow, Brady is slow (although he can complete a quarterback sneak).

But that game is changing, you need to be able to move “a little”.

Eli is so slow now, that he can barely hike the ball and reach back to pass.

His arm strength is still good, although not always accurate, but he needs to work on his off-season training.

How do I know?

First of all, he is younger than me.

Secondly, his physique doesn’t lie, he looks terrible.

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I understand how your speed really starts to go after age 35, especially if you don’t A) lift heavy weights B) Sprint

Is Eli doing either? Doubtful…

He looks horrible.  You can tell he isn’t lifting heavy or sprinting at all.

Is he deadlifting and squatting 500?

Has he signed up for any sprint competitions in the off season? Is he training with a track and field program to get his 40 time down to what he ran in College?

Is he eating properly? he can afford the top supplements and personal chefs money can buy.

Come on Eli!  Pick up your off-season training or it’s career over.

Drew Brees still has a rocket release, Brady is getting the job done.

35+ is not a death sentence.

Read one of my books….

-John Andre

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Men generally do not live as long as women.  That not only goes for just humans, but for animals as well.

I’m not sure if it is from the testosterone or possibly the positive benefits of child-birth, but women live several years later than men on average.

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Men also traditionally marry younger.  Whether this is because of the earning power discrepancy or the length of a women’s fertility, men typically marry someone younger than themselves.

The combination of living longer and marrying an older man,  often means that daddy passes away a lot earlier than mommy.

Usually.

I am statistically in that same boat.

I am about a year and a half older than my wife and although I work out and eat cleaner than she does, her vital signs are always better than mine are.

Her blood pressure is always lower, her cholesterol and blood sugar have always been in check.

It’s just one of those things,

Like I stated in my last post, it’s really hard to eat super clean when you have a family.

I can’t stay out dancing in the 90 degree heat until 4 a.m and then eat a can of tuna for breakfast like I used to.

Obligations change.

With that being said, more families should try to eat healthier together.

Usually when you see an obese family, you can tell that they are all eating the same crap and keeping the same bad habits.

Children follow the routines of their parents and parents usually copy off each other.

In my family, I want daddy to eat healthier.  To the point where I may need to eat a separate meal.

Does it sound selfish?

I think its common math.  I am already supposed to die earlier, shouldn’t I try to extend my life past my life expectancy?

If I can push out another 2-5 years, then maybe my wife and I can live until our 90’s and beyond.

Let’s face it.  You aren’t worth much to your family dead.

Eat healthy guys!

-John Andre

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Most people in the gym train by themselves.  Sometimes you will see two people who go together consistently and it is the same for running.

You don’t need a partner to train, which is good.  I can do almost all of my exercises except max bench press, without a partner.

But, it does help to have one.

Unfortunately, in the last several years I have been going through training partners like underwear.

When I was younger everyone wanted to lift with me, now, not so much.

When I have a good training partner, I try to lift as heavy as possible.  I need to take advantage of a good spot on my exercises while I can.

More importantly, it helps with motivation.

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Yesterday, I went to the gym aiming to break my winter bulk up deadlift max of 525 lbs.

Once again, I was there by myself warming up, when I ran into a guy that I know.  Turns out that he is a powerlifter.

I told him I was going for my max today and he immediately replied “oh, I need to see this”.

For some reason, that was all the motivation I needed.  He started cheering me on as I worked up to my final set and by the time I put 525 lbs on the bar, I had 3 or 4 guys watching me.

Motivation helps.  It’s hard to voluntarily go to the gym at lunch and lift 525 lbs off the floor.  But when I have people yelling and encouraging me, it went right up.

It’s the same for running.  Nobody wants to go outside and jog 5-miles on a 23 degree morning, but when you running partner shows up, you are going outside.

You also push yourself.  Some days you don’t feel like running fast and your partner does and vice versa.

I also used to make up imaginary friends.  Sometimes when I am training alone, I start to think about my competitors being there.

I start trash talking to myself.

I think about my old coaches.

I think about old enemies.

I recite my favorite scenes from Rocky.

Whatever it takes to become a champion.

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-John

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Out of all the exercise routines known to mankind; crossfit, running, pilates, bodybuilding, yoga, etc.  The most practical exercise is actually a very basic routine; powerlifting.

This nothing more practical than lifting heavy weights.  When you build up your core strength, it affects almost every part of your every day life.  Whether it is picking up groceries, painting a room, loading firewood or taking an air conditioner out of a window; it helps to be stronger.

Even if you don’t care how you look, you should at a minimum add some moderate powerlifing and light cardio to your daily routine.  The combination of powerlifting and light cardio, along with a clean diet, is really hard to beat.

Just recently, I have gotten back in to the heavy powerlifting and I reminded everyday by how important it is to lift heavy.

Besides feeling very energized (in comparison to running which makes me tired) Deadlifting 500 lbs solves a lot of problems:

  • It puts on size (mass)
  • It builds your calves, back, arms and thighs
  • It builds confidence
  • It helps in the other lifts, shoulders, squats, etc.
  • It helps in everyday activities.

Sometimes when you are stuck in a rut with your routine, there is an easy answer to accelerate your progress, start going heavy.

This week I am getting back into the mid 200’s for squats and I am hoping to be in the mid 400’s in my deadlift on Friday.

This will be my 3rd week into my winter bulkup and I need to add as much mass as possible.  Heavy bench press, heavy squats, heavy shoulders and heavy deadlifts.

Going heavy is practical and it is the best way to build mass if you want to start bodybuilding.

You want to build a solid 6-pack? Start squatting and deadlifting.  Once you start dieting and adding cardio, that solid stomach muscle will be the only thing left over.

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This year, I plan on going up to 180 lbs before I cut back down again to 150 for the summer.  Heavy lifting and light cardio all the way up until Mid-March

Good luck!

-John

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I had a bad day in the gym today.  I’ve had a sinus infection for the last several days that has been knocking me out and although I was able to do 90’s for several reps in shoulder dumbbells, it still wasn’t a great workout.

But more importantly, I failed the mirror test.

I haven’t taken my shirt off in the gym since the summer, but today I decided to take a look. When I took my shirt off, I was in SHOCK by how overweight and out of shape I looked.

Bulking up is NOT healthy for you.  I have gained almost 30 lbs since August and I feel horrible.

I am out of breath.

I have no energy.

I am getting pimples like a teenager.

But the good news is that I am strong as a bull.  My bench press is creeping up towards 315 and today I tried 100 lbs dumbbells for shoulders (unsuccessfully)

Although I do like being strong and I like the feeling of filling out my clothes, I really don’t feel healthy and I cant wait to start cutting up again.

Getting fat is a necessary evil.  I gained almost 10 lbs more than last year and I am taking a chance on adding this much weight.  This is my 6-week schedule until the end of the bulk up year.

Week of Jan 8th:  225 bench 75lb shoulder dumbbells

Week of Jan 15th: 245 bench 80 shoulder dumbbells

Week of Jan 22nd: 265 bench 85 dumbbells

Week of Jan 29: 285 bench 90 dumbbells

Week of Feb 5: 305 bench 95 dumbbells

Week of Feb 12: 325 bench 100 dumbbells

SEASON OVER

Although I may get stronger after my official bulk up is over, my cardio workouts will be added and I will slowly start to cut back on the calories.

Happy training!

I am getting HUGE this year.  Since August I have gained almost 20 lbs and I am finally starting to lift some heavy weights.

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If you have read my prior posts, my goal this winter was to get my bench press over 315 lbs and to reach 100 lb dumbbells for shoulders.  This week I am going to attempt a 305 lb bench press and also 95 lbs dumbbells for shoulders.  It’s not even December yet and I am already getting really close to my strength goals.

So, what have I done differently this year from other years?

Basically, I am cutting out all of the nonsense and only focusing on the weight lifting.  I am doing ZERO cardio and I cut out all of the extra sets that don’t add any benefit to my strength training.

But what is the problem with my current routine? I am definitely putting on some body fat.

If you are going to bulk up, you are going to add some body fat.  It is really difficult to only add on lean muscle and unfortunately there is only a small amount of bodyfat I am willing to tolerate each year.

I use the mirror as my guide.  If I start seeing any type of rolls, I will start to cut down slightly on the calories and possibly add some cardio.  Rolls are never allowed.

There are also some other ways you can check.  One would be the tightness in your clothes and another would be taking a close look at your face.

If I start to go up fast in waist-size, then I know I need to slow down.  One or two extra sizes is ok, but anything past that and I need to slow down.

The other way to check is by looking at my face.  I’ve always noticed that In the summer my face will start to get very lean and chiseled,  but during my bulk up, it is quite the opposite.  Not only will I start to look aged but my face will start to look bloated and fuller.

Overall, bulking up is not necessarily a problem if you don’t go overboard.  It is one of the best ways to add on solid mass and it is also the best time of year to build up size and strength.

This year I plan on peaking at 180 lbs before I go right back down to 150 in the middle of the summer.

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Good luck!

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