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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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I have to be honest with you.  If you become a parent, it will be close to impossible to become a champion athlete.

Don’t get me wrong; you can get in great shape.  This is my shape from this past summer:

You can still get in good shape, but you definitely cannot train and diet at 110%.

Some examples?

I used to run 3-miles on a summer morning in Coney Island, starve myself for about 12-14 hours, eat a can of tuna fish, then go drinking all night with my friends.

Those days are OVER.

10 years ago I would sleep till 12 noon, then go for a 6-mile run with my Russian friend in 15-degree weather.

Now? I am up at 7:30.

Diet? Forget it.  My son typically eats about half his dinner. Guess who is finishing it? Daddy.

Half a waffle, half a cookie, half a slice of pizza, etc. It starts to add up.

But there are ways to work around it.

Weights are ALWAYS done at lunch.  I lift 4 or 5x a week at lunch during my work week.

Cardio? This is the hard one.

I take my son to the park almost everyday in nice weather, and it is a decent workout. But when you try to run 3-miles hard or do sprints Before/After the park, its tiring.

Same with trying to run during his nap.  When you come back from your workout, expect to get no rest at all because he will be waking up.

Overall, there is no major excuse to not workout when you have kids.  Just don’t except to beat someone who has unlimited free time and a similar work ethic.

-John Andre

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Retirement is a horrible term.

Growing up, all I heard my parents talk about was “retirement”.  So-called “retirement” was some sacred shangri la, where you didn’t need to work anymore and you can enjoy the rest of your life.

Retirement probably made a lot of sense when you worked in manual labor.

Or in a factory.

Or at job with a ton of stress; police, military, fire, etc.

But lets face it, if you work in an office or on a computer, you can work until you turn 100 years old.

The key today is to focus more on your “lifestyle”.  If you can build a lifestyle where you can still work part-time or doing something you love, there is really no reason to stop.

Is there a reason to do “nothing” in your life?  If you start doing, “nothing”, you are DEAD.

I learned that you need to keep PUSHING IT.

I don’t care how old you are, if you are turning 60, you still need to lift heavy weights and run fast.

You still need to start businesses.

And you need to stay aggressive.

Once you let up and start “coasting”, it is all over.

My plan is to eventually have enough money coming in that I don’t NEED to work somewhere, but I only work because it’s something that I like to do

But if your goal is to do “nothing”, you will start to slow down and age quicker than you can ever imagine.

The same goes for earning money.  I have learned this from experience, that whenever I start to “coast”, my earnings start to stale quickly.

That means start more businesses, work on those promotions, switch jobs, take a second job, cut expenses, etc.

Stay aggressive and you can reach your goals.

If you start relaxing, you are in trouble.

-John Andre

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I don’t care what anybody says, you need “SOME” form of cardio in your life.

Unless you do physical work for a living, cardio should be a part of every person’s routine.

Without cardio, I do not get super cut.

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Don’t get me wrong, about 80% of getting cut is from your diet.  But the final 20% is what separates the men from the boys.

Cardio is a funny thing.  A right amount of cardio really helps, but too much and you will look terrible.

For example, I think marathon runners have the worst looking bodies in the world.  There is nothing natural or healthy with running those insanely long distances.

I don’t have a problem with someone running it for sport, I ran the Brooklyn half-marathon several years back, but just don’t expect to lose body fat or become healthier.

The healthiest type of cardio training will be short and quick.  That would be basketball, football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer and track and field.

Short, quick, movements.

I see a lot of guys in the gym that really have their weight training down.  They are benching heavy, curling strong, squatting deep, etc.

But their cardio isn’t done correctly at all.

I am ready to fix that problem.

Coming Jan 1st.

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For some reason, I get the most traffic to my blog when I talk about training for the 35+ crowd.

But let’s be honest, 35-50 it not old anymore.

If you train hard and consistently, you should be able to stay rock solid all the way until your 60’s.

That’s not to say there aren’t any differences between working out at age 21 and working out at 47.

Obviously as you get older you need to deal with injuries, shorter recovery time, etc.  But there are actually some training benefits of being age 35+.

First of all, at age 38 I am still pretty strong.   My all-time deadlift record is 585 lbs when I was 27 years old and I weighed around 205 lbs.

Now that I am about to turn 39, I am deadlifting in the low 500’s at only 170 lbs.

My diet is also a lot better.  In my 20’s I would basically just eat and keep eating.  It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s and early 30’s, that I actually started to diet, add intermittent fasting and proper cardio.

I also just started competing in track and field again after a 20 year layoff.  I only did the long jump so far, and I am curious to see how fast I can run in 2019 compared to when I was in High School/College.

To be honest with you, sometimes I have a strong week of working out and I feel like I shouldn’t even care how old I am.

There isn’t really that much of a difference.

Just train smarter, eat cleaner and you can stay pretty jacked.

Statistically, I know I am already better than last year.  In 2017 I deadlifted 515lb’s at 185lbs in bodyweight,.  This year I think I will probably go over 545 lbs at 175.

Basically, I am lifting heavier weights at a lighter bodyweight.

That is progress.

This year has been going very solid for me.  My bulk up is going to end on February 1st and already I am about to beat last season’s deadlift and squat records.

Bench press I am slightly behind last year, but that is because my training partner quit (again).  It’s hard to bench heavy when you don’t have a steady spotter.

So overall, don’t worry about your age.

Lift heavy, train smart, eat healthy and add some fast cardio.

50 will become the new 30 and 60 will become the new 40.

-John Andre

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As I sit here typing this as a 38-year old man, I firmly believe that every man under 50 years of age should go to Spring Break.

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Spring Break is healthy.  Spring Break is motivational.

And it’s a damn good time.

For some of my European and Asian readers that are not familiar with Spring Break, it is an American tradition where many young people travel to a warm area during the months of March and April.  It’s very popular for College students and usually coincides with their school schedule.

Some of the hot spots include Florida, Jamaica, Texas, Cancun and others.

In my lifetime, I have been to 4:

  • Cancun
  • Lake Havasu, Arizona
  • Bahamas
  • South Padre, Texas

The last one that I have been to was in South Padre, Texas when I was 30 years old.

So, what do I love about Spring Break besides the warm weather and the debauchery?

First of all, it is IDEAL for bodybuilding.

There is nothing that gets me more motivated in the Winter than training for Spring Break.

When it is 20 degrees out and snowing, I can’t stop thinking about the warm beaches and palm trees.

It is also seasonally perfect.  Typically I would bulk up from October to February, then I would start to diet and add cardio to my routine.

The result would be that I would start to look really good in Late March and Early April.

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I wouldn’t be super cut and skinny like I get in the summer, but I would still have some solid bulk that would look really good.

Spring break is the ultimate motivation.

If walking around in a bathing suit in front of thousands of people doesn’t get you motivated to train, what else will?

Now that I am older, married, and I have a child. Should anything change?

Why should I stop going to Spring Break?

This year, it is officially back on.

Although I won’t be doing keg stands on Daytona Beach, I sure as heck will be somewhere warm, diving into a swimming pool.

And I refuse to be the overweight and out of shape father on vacation, I am showing up ripped this year.

Now I have something to live for as winter starts to slowly creep into NYC.

Extra motivation.

-John Andre

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The Fall is here, the weather is cooling down, the sun is setting earlier and I have already started slowly bulking up.

This was a very good year, but not “great”.  Although I was better than  last year in all categories, I didn’t get close to setting any records.

When it came to weight lifting, I was an “A”.

I dead lifted over 500 lb’s by Thanksgiving and eventually I maxed out around 535.

For the bench press, I hit 315 (3 plates) several times, but I was unable to go into the mid 300’s.

Running has a tough one, although I was a lot faster than last year.

I got my 3-mile time down to around 20 minutes flat and I completed several 5k races in around the low 21’s.

Overall, I was hoping to go into the 19’s for a 5k, but I was unable to reach it.  I also competed in my first track and field competition in 20 years and jumped around 15 feet in the long jump.

For bodybuilding, I looked “good” but not “great’.  There was never a moment where I looked into the mirror and said “oh shit”.

What worked against me?

It’s really hard to eat a super strict diet when you have a wife and small baby at home.

I can’t eat a can of tuna for dinner like I used to, I cant go to the beach all day and tan and I also lost out on a ton of sleep.

Not to make excuses, but I was probably in my 5th or 6th best shape ever.  Very good on the weights, pretty good running times, and my physique looked decent.  Just not record breaking.

For next year, just some small adjustments.

A) Eat cleaner during my bulk up

B) Lift heavier weights during my bulk up

C) More sprinting and less long-distance during the Spring and Summer.

Here are some pics from my summer shape.

 

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There are two goals I would LOVE to reach in 2019.

One would be to make a million dollars (very hard) and another would be to dead lift 600 lbs (very possible).

Most middle class and lower people complain about not being rich, including myself, but often you are not even in a position to get rich.

Are you offering a million dollars in products?

Does your career offer the opportunity to become a millionaire?

If not, why are you still there?

I feel like it is the same situation with powerlifting.

I have never deadlifted 600 but I have also never tried.  I was able to do 585.

Maybe I just need to try.

It might not happen the first time, or the 2nd or 3rd.

But it could happen.  It should happen.

Why can’t I bench press 365?

I have done 315 x 4.

Why can’t you have a date with the pretty girl behind the desk?

Did you ever ask?

Sometimes you need to take an honest reflection of yourself and recognize that you aren’t making an honest effort.

It’s time for me to make that effort.

-John Andre

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I have to be honest with myself. I am a 38-year old man, and there is a good chance that I will never become a billionaire.

I SHOULD become a millionaire. Not necessarily a million dollars in salary, but I should eventually hit one million dollars in liquid assets at some point in my life.

Not rich, but solid all-American middle class.

But why should I give up? I am a super competitive guy, but I am also realistic.

How can I possibly compete with a BILLIONAIRE?

Two words: BODYBUILDING and VACATIONS

VACATION:

Vacation is very important to me and I would like to travel as much as possible while I am alive on this earth. Some of the places I attended in the last 4-5 years:

St Patrick’s Day Boston
St Patrick’s Day Key West
St Patrick’s Day NYC
St Patrick’s Day Philadelphia
St Patrick’s Day Ireland (Dublin)
St Patrick’s Day Arizona (Scottsdale)

Kentucky Derby
Preakness Stakes
Belmont Stakes

Mardi Gras (New Orleans)

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Seattle/Vancouver
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Magog, Canada
Lake Willoughby, Vermont
Ottawa, Canada
Dewey Beach, Delaware
Atlantic City
Las Vegas
Myrtle Beach
Gettysburg, PA
Hilton Head, SC
Raleigh, NC
Kennebunkport, MA
Lake George, NY
Lake Placid, NY
Portland, MA
Birmingham Alabama
Lancaster, PA

Sweden/Estonia

BODYBUILDING:

I work out either 6 or 7 days a week and I also eat a healthy diet. I haven’t met too many people in this world who can beat my 6-pack every summer.

“BODYBUILDING IS ONE OF THE MOST FAIR SPORTS IN THE WORLD”.

Of course genetics play a large role in bodybuilding, but overall, you get back what you put in.

You can have the most expensive personal trainer and the most expensive steroids available, and you probably still won’t beat me.

Rich or poor, bodybuilding brings people together.

Conclusion: So what can a billionaire do that I can’t?

I am unable to fly on a private plane, I don’t even fly first class.
I am unable to afford very expensive hotels or 5-star restaurants
I don’t have access to world leaders

The only way I can compete with a billionaire is by doing more life EVENTS.

When I am dying in the hospital and the priest comes in the room, I want him to slap me five and say “You Lived a Good Life!”

-John Andre

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I’ve always been jealous of the guys training in Miami or in Los Angeles.  How can you beat being outside all year-round in beautiful weather, with a nice tan and healthy looking skin?

NYC winters are brutal.  Not only do I get pasty white, but my skin gets so dry and itchy that I rarely want to take my shirt off.  Thank god I always book a trip to somewhere warm 2 or 3 times every winter, otherwise I would be in trouble.

But there are really no excuses for being in crappy shape just because you live in a cold region.  Sergio Oliva trained in Chicago, Lou Ferrigno was originally from my hometown of Brooklyn, and Dorian Yates trained in England.

The key for training in cold weather regions is to “not get too fat”.  Its fine to put on a little size in the winter and it will even help keep you warm.  But you can’t let it get out of control.

  • tighten up your diet
  • throw in a little cardio when it isn’t too crappy out
  • continue to work out your abs
  • take at least one vacation to somewhere warm

The one advantage you have when living somewhere cold, is that it is a lot easier to bulk up.  You need to focus on putting on those slabs of granite muscle, while the guys in L.A. are eating hummus and going rollerblading.

And when the spring rolls around, you need to diet hard. If you can keep that solid muscle on while just burning up your fat, you will look RIPPED!

Right now, I am about a month into my winter bulkup.

I haven’t weighted myself recently, but I am sure I have put on at least 10-15 lbs and I am already deadlifting over 455 lbs.

This year I plan on bulking to around Feb 1st.  Last year I bulked until around St Patrick’s day but I think that was too long.

This year my goal is LEAN gains.
Good Luck!

-John Andre

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