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If you have followed my blog for the last couple years, you would know that I pick a different “weak point” to work on every off-season.

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For example: several years ago I focused mainly on my calves, and now they are one of my best body parts. This past year I actually worked out my back twice a week and unfortunately it still needs some extra work.

This coming winter I plan on killing my legs, specifically, I plan on squatting twice a week.

I tried experimenting with using the leg press for several years and I have discovered that it cannot compare to good old-fashioned squats when it comes to leg development.

Not only have my legs grown tremendously since I started squatting again, but it also adds to my overall body mass.

It’s funny, but when I first started working out I focused mostly on my chest because it was a major weak point. Now as a 39 year old man, my chest has become my best feature.

Bodybuilding is a funny sport, sometimes you can grow in one area very easily and other areas can take you years of experimentation.

Wish me luck.

-John Andre.

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I am not gonna lie, my life is not very exciting right now.

Besides going to work and running a small side business; my life is pretty uneventful.

As of last week, I now have 2 kids under 3 years and now my priorities have changed.

My 30’s started off with a bang; I went to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break in South Padre, Texas, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Sweden, Estonia, etc.

But now my life is pretty limited: I work, work out and take care of my kids.

But that will change.  I still have a bucket list of trips that I want to accomplish, such as Oktoberfest in Germany, but unfortunately they are on a temporary hold.

If I had to predict, I am around 45% done with my life.

All my grandparents lived to 80 years old and my parents are still alive in their early 70s.

I would “think” I should cruise to at least 80 years old, but nothing is guaranteed in life.

Let’s assume that I am 50% done with my life, how do I want to spend the next 25%?

A)  Accumulate assets rapidly. Right now I am on pace to retire, but I would like to accelerate that. The key for me here would be to be more entrepreneurial.

For starters, we are looking to purchase our first home in the Spring.

B) Eat cleaner. If you eat bad food over an extended number of years, you will get heart disease. I already feel like my workouts are on point, so the only thing left is to eat cleaner.

C) Travel more. Traveling is the key to life and there are so many places I would like to see that I cant even count.

So, what about the final 25% of my life? Age 65+?

A) Be able to do whatever I like without regard to my financials. Definitely considering traveling in an RV.

B) Spend time with my children.

C) Continue with my hobbies and do only what I enjoy.

-John Andre

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Well, its looks like my season is over, at least for competitive running.

How did I do this year? Not great, not bad.I achieved most of my winter lifting goals.

I deadlifted over 500lbs pretty easily and I was squatting near 315, ass to the ground of course!

Bench press was slightly more difficult since I dont have a spotter,but even without a workout partner, I was lifting near 300 lbs  With a steady spotter I like to go up to 315 every winter but this year it was just impossible.

For my running, this year had been off and on for me.  I definitely need to change something up in my training for next season, because my times are not improving.

This year I did a 3 mile race in Mid May and ran around 21 minutes flat, and then I did a sprint race in the summer which included the 100 and 200 meters.

I did “ok” considering that I havent sprinted in over 20 years, but my times were not great.

Then this past weekend I did a 5k race that I run every year and I finished it in around 21:55; 20 seconds slower than last year.

I dont expect to get faster every year as I age (39) but I hope with improved training I can lower my times.

One area that I definitely need to improve on, is my diet.  I’ve learned that I cant put on 30lbs during the winter like I used to.  This year, I plan on only adding 10 lbs of extra bodyweight, to a max of 166.

Most likely I will never weigh over 180 lbs again in my life, it’s not healthy and its becoming harder and harder to remove bodyweight as I get older.

Overall, I have a second child coming in 2 weeks, so I will probably start my winter bulk up in a month.

I need to focus on my diet super hard this coming year and include cardio during my bulk up.

I dont know why, but even when I bulk up and gain weight, the cardio workouts help to keep me lean.

I will be posting my bulk up routine soon.

Good luck!

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I have to admit it, I have been running great recently.

Over Labor Day Weekend I ran outside 3 days in a row and today I burned through a 5k in 19:30 on the treadmile.

To be clear, I havent gone under 20 minutes since I was 18 years old, now I am 39.

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I dont think I am that close to running those times outside, but I am pretty close to busting out some fast ones. Last year my peak was around 21:30 in the 5k and I “should” destroy that.

My plan going forward is to do the treadmile tomorrow, then run outside hard on Saturday and Sunday.

The following wknd I will run one of my favorite 5k races of the year. The course is as flat as a pancake, so just as long as it isnt windy out, I should be able to bust out a fast one.

After that, I basically have 2 more weekends to run a fast race.

My wife is due with our 2nd, and last child on October 2nd, so that will probably end my season.

Overall, I definitely run a lot more than most natural bodybuilders, but I do love it.

There is no better feeling in the world than running a good time and even improving on prior years.

4 or 5 more training sessions and I will see what type of shape I am really in.

John Andre

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It’s hard to believe, but I am going to turn 40 in a couple months.

I was trying to stop obsessing it, but after going to about 4 or 5 different 40th bday parties for my friends in the last several weeks, it’s hard to avoid.

But now with a 2nd child due in October, I recognize more and more the importance that I need to stay alive. And when it comes to staying alive, your diet will always beat out a good workout.

I have also decided that I am not going to bulk up as much in the winter. The years of adding and then taking off 25 lbs of bodyweight are over. Starting at age 40, I only plan on bulking up 10-12 lbs during the winter, and after age 50, I will cut that down to only 5-7 lbs.

As you get older, it gets harder and harder to take off the bodyweight, and to be honest, I dont believe its healthy to be heavy for an extended amount of time.

Overall, my training is going good.  I have some 5k races coming up in the Fall and I have lifting relatively heavy in the gym.

Wish we luck!

-John Andre

 

So its official, the stitches in my upper thigh are out and I am free to train as hard as I want.

Although its still extremely hot and humid outside, you need to start running NOW if you want to have a strong Fall running season.

Right now I am trying to run 2 days a week on the treadmile and 2 outside.

I had two really good treadmile days last week where I ran 3 miles in 19:45 and then 4 miles in as easy 27:30.

Outside I am slacking a little. I have a 2 mile hilly course near my house that I like to run and I did it in 14 minutes flat on Friday and 15 minutes on Sunday.

35 days is a decent amount of time to get faster if you put the time in.

I also planning on running at least 3 races. I dont want to rely on just one race and then potentially have a bad day.

After September my wife has a scheduled Csection on October 2nd, so my October, November and December will be mostly weights.

Wish me luck, I will keep you updated!

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Its official. Today I start my 5K training for the Fall running season.

I would “like” to get between 19 and 22 minutes.  I usually go under 22 minutes pretty easily, under 20 is a time I havent reached since I was 18 years old.

I missed a solid week of training to get a cyst cut out of my upper thigh, but today I am going to go against doctors orders and start running earlier than recommended.

Fortunately, I was running pretty good before my doctors visit and I also am also at a really low bodyweight.

Last time I weighed in I was at 157 and I plan on going at least 3 or 4 lbs lighter before the summer is over.

My plan is to compete in at least 3 separate 5k races before October 1st.

I figure 3 races different races will give me a decent chance to run some fast times.

Update: I just ran 3 miles on the treadmile in 19:25! That is my fastest time in 3 years.

Another couple solid training sessions and I should be ready.

Treadmile again Thursday and then a hard outdoor session on either Saturday or Sunday.

I’m getting there!

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Finally, Some Good News

 

To make a long story short, I had a cyst cut out on my inner thigh this Saturday that set me back.

I was told I could scan it and monitor or just cut it out, so I cut it.

Only problem? I received more stitches that anticipated and now I cant run for 2 weeks!

To be honest,  had Ive known about this, I would have held off until October.

So now I am entering peak bodybuilding season and I cant even do hard cardio.

Hopefully It goes fast and I can get right back into it.

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Sunday I went for a nice 6 mile walk and today I did chest at lunch while trying to eat light.

It’s not the end of world, but being out of commission reminds me of getting sick in the summer as a kid.

It sucks…

John Andre

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I know it’s hard to think about the Fall when we are still in late July, but the Fall is my favorite time of year to go running.

And if you want to run some fast times in the Fall, you need to start training for it in Early to Mid August.

If you wait until September it is too late.  I prefer to get a solid 4 to 5 weeks of base training in before I am ready to go hard.

My goal this year is to complete (3) 5k races.  When it comes to long-distance (and for me long distance is a 5k) I like to complete in several different races to see what type of shape I am in.

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Sometimes you can be training great and you just have a bad day or maybe its windy or hot out. Or you have a two year old the kept you up all night.

My goal this year is to at least run into the 21’s and maybe take a stab into the 20s.

Starting the first week in August I am going to start running 3 to 5 miles, at least 4 days a week.  I will “try” to run 5 days a week if possible.

When I can start running 3 miles in 21 minutes pretty easily then I will know I am ready.  Today I ran 3 miles in 20:18 on the treadmile,  so I am already in decent shape.

Regarding weight training, I will continue to lift as heavy as I can, but may take a one month break from squats to focus on running.

The best part about running in the Fall is that you “should” already be in decent shape from the summer.

Wish me luck!

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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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