Posts Tagged ‘protein’

No, I am not talking about speeding up your metabolism.  I think that is some b.s. science make up from supplement companies.

Eat every two hours, get fatter every two hours.

I guess I shouldn’t say it doesn’t work because everyone is different, but for me, that doesn’t work at all.

I NEED to lose weight, or I don’t get cut.  There is no other way around it. And the only way I lose weight is by cutting the calories or upping the intensity of my cardio.

In the last couple years, I have had a problem where I lose weight too quick.  It’s important to lose weight but when I lose weigh too fast I end up burning off too much muscle.

This year I have been losing it slow by accident.  My first son was born last month and it killed my diet and training for 2 weeks.  I am staying patient but I’m probably 2 weeks behind where I want to be this spring.

But instead of cutting 10 lb’s in one month, I am trying to “TIME” the way I eat.

Instead of eating too early or late at night, I am trying a new method this year.  I am eating RIGHT before I go the gym.

I am also trying to eat more when I KNOW that I am going to work out hard.

I’ve had several days where I planned on training super hard and I just felt too worn down from the lack of sleep and calories.

Now, I am trying to eat more on days that I am know I am going to work out hard.  I am allowing myself to have some extra calories, just to make sure that I KILL it in the gym.

Diet is very important, but it isn’t everything.  After you have been lifting and training for a long time, the big difference is really in the intensity.

My diet is always going to be good, I know what to eat by now.  I just need to pick up the intensity.

If you can train harder while slightly increasing the calories, you may be able to burn off even more bodyfat because you are training harder.

-John

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Recently, it has been hard to get my workouts in.  I haven’t really missed any days, but I’ve been very overtired between working two jobs and having an infant at home.

But, no excuses.

My routine this Spring has been weights 4x a week at lunch, with cardio 2x after work and one extra cardio day on the weekend.

Because I do not have a ton of time to train, especially after work, I have been using the time I do have to train INTENSELY.

For my 2 cardio sessions during the week, I only train for 30 minutes each.

Basically, I have been running straight to the gym as soon as I get out of work, strip down in 3 minutes and then run as hard as I can for 20 minutes.  Afterwards,  I throw my clothes back on, grab my work bag and run straight to my ferry.

The results have been great so far!  Since I don’t have a lot of time, I don’t screw around.

Yesterday I ran a half mile at a 6:22 pace, followed by another half mile at a 7:15 pace,  and kept going using faster and slower intervals until I reached 3 miles.  By the end of the workout I was drenched with sweat.

I’m really amazed that some people still don’t work out.  I have a wife and a one-month old son and the last thing I need is to die early because I am too lazy to exercise.

Only 30 minutes a day can make a ton of difference.

Even if you don’t want to run, add 30 minutes of weight lifting

30 minutes of walking

30 minutes of biking

Skip dinner once in a while and cut some pounds.

There are no excuses…

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-John

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Hello everyone!

We are now into mid-April and it is officially cut time for the summer.  If you haven’t started dieting and introducing cardio into your workouts yet, you better start as soon as possible.

Today, I weighed in at 165 lbs after hitting a peak of 178 in February.  I am slightly behind my goal, but I still have a good chance of hitting the low 150’s by late July.

I am trying to avoid some of the long slow-distance running this year and instead I am trying to use more sprinting and real sports, ex: basketball, tennis.

Bodybuilding is not a complicated sport and losing and gaining weight is even less complicated.  I gain and lose 20-25 lbs every single year and I’m surprised that so many people struggle with it.

You can also burn fat or get cut in only 3 days if you want to.

I will show you the easiest way to guarantee that you burn fat; FASTING.

Try this routine out:

  • Saturday: Cardio in the morning (sports or running), no food until dinner.
  • Sunday: Cardio in the morning (sports or running), no food until dinner.
  • Monday: No food until lunch (assuming you are at work)

 

Use this method and I can GUARANTEE that you will burn off fat. It’s almost impossible that you wouldn’t.

I have been using fasting for years and it works great for me.

Give it a shot…

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There is a big difference between being in great shape and looking great.  Don’t get me wrong, I have always said that if you train like a freak and eat like a freak, you will look like a freak. But being in good shape does not necessarily mean you will look good.

What do we consider good shape?

  • 400lb bench press?
  • 4:30 mile?
  • 35 Chinups?
  • Top crossfit competitor?

You can usually tell how someone lives their life just by looking at them:

  • You can tell if someone has smoked cigarettes for 30 years
  • You can tell if someone is a drug abuser
  • You can tell if someone is an iron worker

 

Usually, your “look” will mirror how you live

But bodybuilding is a weird sport.  You can’t just bench press 400lb’s and expect to look great, although benching 400 lb’s will help.

Several years ago I tried to focus only on performance and less on my diet.  I figured that if I can bench press 315 lbs at a low body weight of 165, my chest would look good and I could ignore everything else.

I also made the mistake of thinking that if I could run 3 miles at 6 minutes per mile instead of 7 minutes per mile, I would also look better.

It didn’t work.

If you look at all of the best athletes in the world, they usually have a little bit of body fat.  Whether they are the best running back in football, or leading the league in home runs, they usually aren’t going to have a  “bodybuilders” 6-pack . To reach peak performance in most sports you will need some extra calories.

Although there are some sports that may lead to a better physique, such as soccer or sprinting, there is a dirty little secret that most bodybuilders don’t like to reveal.

“IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO ACCEPT THE PAIN AND DIET LIKE A FREAK, YOU WILL NEVER GET YOUR BODY FAT LOW ENOUGH.”

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So remember, performance isn’t everything.  Schwarzenegger wasn’t the strongest and he definitely wasn’t the fastest, but he is most likely the greatest body builder of all time.

Focus on a combination of diet, cardio and weight lifting and determine the best routines that work for your body.

-John

I know this article is going to cause a decent amount of “hate”, but I DO NOT recommend using squats unless you are one of the following people:

  • Under 30 years old
  • Training for competitive sports, ex Football, track and field, skiing, etc.

For everyone else, you should probably just skip it.

So, why do I recommend that people avoid squatting?

Because 90% of people are using the wrong form.  When you use the wrong form during squatting you are either going to A) Get hurt or B) Not grow

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that squats don’t work.  They are probably one of the top 3 most effective exercises for putting on overall mass, but they are also the most dangerous.

Even squatting with only ONE spotter is dangerous.  I have competed in around 10-15 power lifting competitions in my life and when I start going heavy in squats I prefer to have 3 spotters instead of 1.

But if you aren’t an athlete and  you just want to add some size to your legs, I wouldn’t even waste my time with squats.  Squatting is too technical; from the placement of the bar, the leg width and most importantly, the execution.

Instead of squatting, you should focus on heavy leg presses.

With the leg press you can load the machine as heavy as you want and more importantly, you don’t really need a spotter.

Is the leg press as good as squats? No.  But since you are most likely not squatting correctly anyway, it might be better for you.

The form in the leg press is easy to learn, just go all the way down and all the way up, without bouncing off the bottom.  Surprisingly, I even see a lot of people using the leg press incorrectly and not going down low enough.

For myself personally, I gave up on squatting.  Every time I would start working up to a heavy weight I would either lose some of my training spotters or I would hurt my back and knees.  It’s a great exercise for adding mass and strength, but now that I am not competing, I just stick to the leg press.

My current routine for legs is 5 sets of leg press, 2 sets of leg extensions and 6 set of calves (twice a week).

That’s all I need to add size in my legs.  I’ve been taking my legs really serious this year, especially the calves, and I want to put on some serious size for next summer.

Remember, when you wear shorts the calves are usually the only part of your legs that are visible, so you really need to destroy them.

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-John

You need to EAT.  EAT, EAT and more EATING.

If you want to just put on lean muscle, that could be a problem.  But if you are looking to just lift some heavy-ass weights, you need to eat or you aren’t going to make any process.

I can’t BELIEVE how strong I am getting this year.  I cut off my cardio workouts about a month and half ago and I am already lifting near my  winter goals in some exercises.

So what have I been doing differently?

First of all, I stopped all of the high rep, multiple set nonsense.  Maybe that works for you, but for me it does just the opposite.  I lose muscle mass and my body starts to look very stringy.

But most importantly, I am taking in a TON of protein.  I don’t count my calories, but I am consuming a large amount of fish, chicken, peanuts and steak on a weekly basis.

Today I lifted 80’s for 7 reps in shoulder dumbbells.  That is not my best, but I am not far off from my peak.  At my best ever, I was up to 80’s for 10 and 105’s for 1.  I should be able to reach that pretty easily.

I am also surprised by how strong my muscle memory is this year.  I have been lifting heavy for the last 15 years and my body is responding so fast, it is almost unbelievable.

The late 30’s and early 40’s are very strong years for powerlifting and bodybuilding.  It’s hard for a young person to compete with someone who has years of 600 lb deadlifts and 400 lb bench press under their belt.   Building up mass takes time.

My basic goals this winter was to hit 315ish in the bench and over 100’s in the shoulder dumbbells.  It’s still not even November yet, but I think I might break that pretty soon.

I also planned to reintroduce my cardio workouts in December.  But with the success I’ve been having in the gym recently, I might even postpone that until February.

Why stop when something is working?

Pictures and more videos coming soon..

-John