Posts Tagged ‘Schwarzenegger’

July 4th is a great holiday.

Not only is it the biggest American holiday over the summer, but it is also a patriotic and symbolic occasion.

As we honor those that have served and sacrified, I am also reminded of American exceptionalism.

Although the world is becoming smaller than ever, there are still certain American characteristics that make this country unique.

One the biggest difference that I find between Americans and the rest of the world, is our proud tradition of “individualism“.

We are not scared to be individuals.

Although soccer may never become a very popular sport in the United States, a sport like bodybuilding has always been popular and the U.S. has traditionally been a world leader.

One of the greatest examples of American invividualism and exceptionalism would be with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Although I have better abs than him, Arnold’s life truly embodies the American dream.

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He emigrated to the United States as a young man, at one point became the highest paid movie star in the world, and he is generally considered the greatest bodybuilder of all time.

When I think of the 4th of July, I think of people like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I don’t know what it is, but I love getting ripped for the 4th of July.

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There is just something about drinking a Budweiser, eating a Nathan’s hot dog and ripping my shirt off on the beach and showing what can be achieved with hard work.

God bless the United States!

-John Andre

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I think it took to about age 25 that I realized that I will never become a professional athlete.

By age 16 I realized I would never become a professional basketball player. By age 21 I realized I would never become a professional runner.

And by age 26, I realized that I would never become a professional powerlifter

But at age 30, I realized something else.  By using my stubborn gym work ethic, I was able to get pretty ripped. More ripped more than anyone else in the neighborhood.

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And better abs than Arnold.

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But who am I kidding, I will most likely never compete on a body building stage.  I will also never make it into a magazine.

So what?

Bodybuilding and running are the same for everyone.  You might be taller, have better muscle structure or have insane genetics.

But, on game day, all is equal.

Why can’t I win a race?

Why can’t I have the best 6-pack in history this summer?

Why can’t I sell a 5-million dollar condo?

Why can’t I sell 200,000 copies of my next book?

Who says I can’t?

-John

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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