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As of today, the best shape I have ever looked was when I was 29 years old.

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Since then, I have gotten pretty close to my “peak” shape and I always get relatively ripped during the summer.

But to be honest, it’s going to be difficult to beat my 29-year old physique, although there are some advantages of being older.

Older bodybuilders have the advantage of having really solid muscle.  There is just no way to cheat or replicate years of heavy powerlifting.

That is why some College Football players will still look massive even years after they stopped competing.

But, I also think about what type of crazy training I was doing back then.

First of all, my diet was STRICT.  I was living with two roommates at the time and without the distraction of a wife/kids, all I did was eat cleanly.  Very low carb and also very low calorie.

Secondly, I was lifting heavy.  I was just coming off my best powerlifting year, where I was benching 350 and deadlifting over 560.

And finally, I was also running pretty good.  I had my 3 mile time down to 20 minutes flat and I was running the mile in around 5:20 on the track.

So overall, I was bench pressing over 315 lbs, while running a mile in 5:20 and eating like a bird.

That combination is tough to beat.

I was also hanging out all night, especially on the weekends, until 4 in the morning and burning a ton of extra calories.

One thing I am starting to notice is that although I always get cut, I am starting to look the same every year.

For me to make any “freaky” changes, I am going to have to start getting freaky in my routine.

That means super fast cardio, more super sets in the gym and also a ton of “fasting”.

If I don’t change it up, I will look the same as last year.

Time to make a change…

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

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I am now about a month and a half into my Spring training.  So far I have started to clean up my diet and I have also added some intense cardio.

In the last two weeks I ran 3 miles on the treadmile in 20:45 and outside I ran it in 21:40.  I am not as fast I would like to be yet, but I am getting there.

But more importantly, my physique is looking especially thick this year.  Some of that is just from lifting weights for so many years but it’s also from going heavy during the winter.

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This winter I was almost deadlifting 545 lbs and I also was squatting 315 to the floor.  Those are heavy, classic, mass-building exercises.

One thing that I have noticed about when I am coming in thick, is that I start to look good pretty fast.

When I am slacking in muscle, often it will take me a long time to start looking good.  But since I put on so much solid muscle this year, I am starting to look “ok” already.

Going forward, I still need to cut another 15+ lbs and continue to improve on my cardio.

I think I should be able to run 3 miles in 21 minutes in a month or so.  After that, I just need to continue adding my sprint training and push it in the gym.

I might have to post some early Spring training pictures this year, I am looking good.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

After a long winter with some heavy powerlifting, I am really turning the corner and starting to look “a little bit” cut.

April is a month of hard work.  My plan for the next 6 to 8 weeks is just to start killing it in the gym and keep my diet strict.

This will include at least 2 days a week where I work out twice.  That doesn’t mean two long sessions, it means I do weights at lunch and then go back after work to hit the cardio hard.

Sometimes I can do weights and cardio in one session, but I found that taking 3 or 4 hours in between makes a big difference.  I can hit it really hard again after sitting in front of a computer for a while and that hard training will really start to pay off.

This past Thursday I run 3 miles in 20:45 seconds.  That is finally a fast time for me and my only good run of the year so far.  I am hoping that is that start of some fast times and will propel myself into good shape for the summer.

Overall, my training is coming along good, I just need to seriously cut some weight.  I would love to cut as much as 10 lbs before Memorial Day weekend.

Losing weight is the name of the game.  There are millions of people out there training consistently, but their physiques will never improve because they don’t cut any weight.

Heavy lifting, fast cardio, fresh air and strict diet.

That is the name of the game.

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

This has been a rough Spring so far.  Not only did I start a new job, but I also have a second child on the way.

Luckily, my second child is not due until Octobers, so I really have no excuse to not get ripped this summer.

I’ve cut about 8 or 9 lbs down to 171ish and I am running 3 miles in around 22:30.  I have also included some sprinting, but I really need to pick up the pace.

Switching jobs hurt me bad.

I had about a month straight of interviews that were killing my workouts and then starting a new job also took up a lot of my free time.

But now it looks like I can finally get down to some hard training and get into shape.

The name of the game is going to be super strict diet and hard cardio.

Tomorrow I am going to do a double session.  Weights during lunch at work and then cardio after work.

Double sessions can be tiring, but once you get into a routine, it starts to go pretty easy.

I also signed up for a 5k race in the Spring, although I plan on focusing on my sprinting more this season.

Overall, slight hiccup for the last month but I am still coming in pretty strong.

Will try to get pretty cut for Memorial Day and hopefully have some good pictures.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

Being stubborn can destroy your training.  If you continue with the same routines day in and day out, you will never improve.

And I see this ALL the time at the gym.

Most people don’t change at all.  Middle of winter or in the blazing hot middle of July, they look exactly the same.

Now that I am officially in my late 30’s, almost 40, I am still in pretty good shape.  I am still deadlifting in the mid 500’s, my squats are in the mid 300’s and I can still run good times.

But there are two things that I need to change asap.

A) I need to keep my diet strict all year round and slow down on my winter bulk up.  Last season I felt that I bulked up way too much and it was a struggle to get my body weight down quickly.  This year I gained about 6 lbs less, but it still feels pretty heavy.

B) I need to do cardio all year around.  Again, I did “some”cardio all year, compared to last season when I took 6 months off.  That is not healthy and I think I actually looked better when I stayed lean during the winter.  For my 40th birthday next year I am going to make sure that I continue cardio all winter long.

Conclusion: Like I stated above, being stubborn can cost you big time in bodybuilding.  I can still train hard, if not harder, then when I was younger, but I do need to make some changes in my routine.

Spring is definitely here, time to hit the cardio hard, lose weight and start getting cut.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

I have been working out now for almost 25 years.  That includes doing track and field in both High School and College, several powerlifting meets and also amateur bodybuilding.

Although I always knew that the diet was very important, it wasn’t until I seriously started using a bodybuilding diet that I started to get really ripped.

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Ripped abs

It was immediately that I realized, the diet is extremely important. I used to say that bodybuilding is 50% workout and 50% diet.

Then I upped it to 75%.

Now I think it is 90% diet.

Let’s face it, almost everyone in the gym does the same workouts.  Everyone does bench press for chest, everyone does curls for biceps, but not everyone looks like Arnold.

Besides genetics and taking steroids, the diet is really the only thing that separates bodybuilders.

Even if you lift less weights than someone else, you still might look better than someone depending on your diet.

If you want to make progress in the gym, immediately start to work on your diet.  That is really the only way to get cut.

Overall, spring is coming.  Time to get ripped.

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Finally, Some Good News

Thank god I ended my winter bulk up several weeks ago.

Typically, I end my winter bulk up on St. Patrick’s Day, but this year I decided to end it in Mid-February.

I want to get ripped earlier in the summer this year.  The last several years I was starting to peak in late August, when in reality, I should be peaking in late June/early July.

I wasn’t planning on doing a spring break this year, but I just ended up booking an indoor water park trip with my son and now I have ten days to get ripped.

I REFUSE to be the “out of shape” father at the water park.

So now I need to get ripped quickly.

Can it be done?

YES.

But what can we really accomplish in ten days?

A) Lose weight.  If you need to get ripped fast, the number one thing you can accomplish is to lose weight.  I am going to try to cut 4 or 5 lbs over the next week.

B) Work out at least 8x over 10 days.  Is that a surprise? You cant waste time resting when you need to get cut.  I am going to need a solid week of lifting weights and 4 or 5 cardio sessions.

Although I am slightly worried since I still have my winter fat, this is a good motivation to get back in shape.

Starting tomorrow, hard workouts in the gym, strict dieting and intense cardio.

I want to start looking leaner by St. Patrick’s day, so this should get me going.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Finally, Some Good News

Today was a bad day in the gym.  I had a long day at work and I had to travel all throughout the city before 1 pm, so by the time I got to the gym, I was exhausted.

My plan was to do my second chest workout of the week, followed by a hard 2-3 miles on the treadmile.

I got changed in the locker room around 1:30 and immediately ran over to the incline benches.  As usual it was packed, but this time it was packed with two guys doing multiple sets and writing each set down on a pad.

I am not sure why, but bringing a pen and a pad to the gym bothers me.

You are messing with nature.

Working out and especially lifting weights, is extremely mental.  If you are just going to go through your sets without much effort, feel free to bring a pen and a pad.

But If you are lifting “balls the wall”, leave the pad at home.

Just like you wouldn’t bring a pen and a pad to the local bar, your high school prom or in a rock n roll jam session; it is the same with working out.

Go with nature.

When you feel good, take that pad, throw it in the garbage after spitting on it and lift the heaviest weight that your crazy mind will let you.

Use the force.

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Whether you are Pablo Picasso, Jimi Hendrix or a big-wave surfer.  Weight lifting is an art form that comes from within.

From your animal spirit.  Not from an internet forum or a magazine.

Let if flow grasshopper.

Amen

-John Andre

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Its weird, but if/when you ever have a child, it starts to bring up stuff in your past that you have forgotten for the longest time.

Schools you went to, vacations, relatives alive and dead, etc.  It’s just opens up a part of your mind that was dormant for some time.

This weekend I was at my parents beach house in Cape May, NJ and it really started to bring back memories from when I was younger.

On of the first things I remembered, is how much running around I did.  I was definitely a high energy child and I think my son ran around for about 18 hours straight this Saturday.

It definitely runs in the family.

But, it also got me thinking about summer and how I get ripped every year.

Besides being ripped, I noticed how young I look when I lose weight.  Most people don’t realize how fat a face they have and when you lose weight and start getting cut, it really makes you look a lot younger.

When I am ripped and in great shape in July and August, I look young and I also feel young.

So, how can we achieve this?

A) You need to lose weight.  I plan on losing about 30 lbs.  That is a mandatory.

B) Eat less and eat better.  The holidays are over.  Besides Easter, there is no reason to eat any cake.

C) Cardio.  The weather is starting to improve, its time to get outside and hit the pavement.  Some 3 mile tempo runs and a ton of sprints.

Overall, if you can lose weight, run hard and continue to lift, you should end up looking really good.

And if you stay away from the drugs, steroids and too much booze, you will look young.

I turn 40 soon, check me out.

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My Spring Training has just started and so far it is going great!

I am still squatting and dead lifting heavy weights and I also ran 2 miles in around 14 minutes flat.

When it comes to body weight, I only peaked at 180 lbs this winter, which is about 7 lbs less than last season.

By combining my metrics of weight lifting strength, running speed and body weight; I should be better than last year.

But my body has been acting weird recently.

I already started dieting hard-core and I cut out a ton of calories, yet, I am still staying heavy.  I’ve even added some extra cardio days and I am still not losing a ton of weight.

It’s very strange.  Usually I will lose a ton of weight the first month into my Spring Training, unless I am already in really good shape.

I am hoping that is the case.

If my body fat percentage held up really strong this year, I might look insanely solid this summer.

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Worst case scenario is that my metabolism has slowed down a ton and it’s going to become a lot harder for me to get in shape.

Overall, since I am lifting heavier and running faster than last season, I don’t think it’s my metabolism.  I think I am generally in pretty solid shape, so I might have to add some intensity to my workouts right away to get ripped.

It’s going to be an interesting year.  I really have zero distractions this year, no injuries (thank god) and my numbers have been great.

Hope your training is going well, don’t wait too long to start cutting up.  Spring will be here before you know it.

-John Andre

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