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I know this might sound like an excuse, but my 2-year old is killing my training.

I went for a run today, on fathers day, and my legs were killing me.

Besides the lack of free time, its impossible to chase a little boy around for 4 hours and then go for a run.

Let me review my week:

Monday: work, gym at lunch, park at night.

Tuesday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work and then park again.

Wednesday: work, no gym, no park.

Thursday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work.

Friday: work, gym at lunch, park after work, drinking at brother in laws house.

Saturday: hiking with son. Park in the pm.

Sunday: 3 mile run (felt like death)

This was a tough week, along with pulling 12 hour fasts at work to cut down in bodyweight.

The dieting is tougher too. As I sit here and type, my son is eating a grill cheese sandwich.

Whatever he doesnt finish, I always end up eating.

Overall, I dont want to make excuses, but I cant compare it to when I was 30 years old and able to sleep for 13 hours.

But dont worry, I plan on killing it this week.

-John

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June is right around the corner!

At this point in the season all of the solid muscle I was going to build is done, now the name of the game is cutting up and burning off body fat.

Typically, June is the month I lose the most amount of body weight and it is also where I go from “in shape” to ripped.

This June,I want to lose at LEAST 5 lbs. And that wont be easy considering I am already down to 159.

For my training, I am already running 3 miles in 21 minutes, so I just want to focus on my speed. That means adding at least 10-15 sprinting sessions outside and I need to try to cut down on the treadmile time. When the weather is nice it is important to run outside.

My goal by Memorial Day every year is to look “ok” but by July 4th I except to look good. The rest of the summer I will slowly lose some extra weight,until I finally peak in late August/early September.

So far it has been a strong start to Spring. I am already under 160 lbs and I am running 3 miles in 21 minutes. Just have to increase the intensity and stay on my diet.

Good luck!

John Andre

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I was working out at lunch today and I saw the oddest thing.  Although Memorial Day Weekend is in 3 weeks and July 4th in less than 2 months, I am still seeing guys in full bulk up mode.

I just dont get it. If you aren’t starting to cut down now, when are you going to cut?

I couldn’t imagine being heavy over the hot months of June, July and August and who wants to look overweight on the beach?

But most importantly, if you dont cut weight, you will never remove bodyfat.

This year I peaked at around 178 lbs and now I am deep into the low 160s. My goal for peak summer is to get into the low 150s and maybe even high 140s.

Getting cut is the name of the game.

Remember, there is nothing healthy with being overweight for an extended period of time.

Heavy lifting, cardio and strict diet.

John Andre

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You would think that running wouldn’t be very complicated but it is.

Before I start spouting off, let’s get something straight: to get really fast you need to run every day.

When I ran track in College I probably took a day off once every two weeks.  If you want to get fast at long-distance you need to run over 10 miles a day minimum. When you see those Kenyan runners at the front of a marathon, they will easily run 20 miles a day in their training.

But at that level of running you will start to look “skinny fat” and get that horrible marathon runner look. In my opinion, that is the worst looking physique you can have.

There is nothing healthy with type this of training.

My perfect running “zone” is 3x a week. I like to run after squats on Tuesdays, preferably several hours after and not right away.

Then I like to run Fridays after deadlifts and one extra weekend day.

It’s funny, but if I add a 4th or 5th day now, my running times go to shit real fast.  You would think that more training days would help, but it doesnt.

When I start running 4 or 5x a week, along with squats and deadlifts, it completely breaks down my legs into mush.  The end result is that I cant run and I cant lift.

This season I have been sticking to my 3 day a week schedule and it’s been working great. I run hard every time since I get a decent rest I between workouts and I am still squatting and deadlifting pretty well.

The only thing hurting me is that it has been raining every weekend (NYC) and I am not getting enough outside running in.

Overall, its early May and I am running 3 miles in around 20 minutes flat on the treadmill. Pretty good time for this early in the year.

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Its crazy but I have been lifting weights for almost 25 years in a row.
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I have loved lifting weights since the first time I picked them up around age 14.

Ever since then, it’s been a constant experiment to discover the best routine that works for body.   That includes both weight lifting, cardio and diet.

Generally, what works the best for me is heavy powerlifting workouts mixed with intermittent fasting and 3 to 4 days a week of cardio during my cut up season.

My cardio includes either 2 to 3 mile tempo runs combined with some sprints.

I have also discovered some advance techniques that work specifically towards me. One of them is I do chest twice a week.

When doing bench press once a week I was able to get pretty strong and my peak was near 345 at 190 lbs. Now I train my chest on Mondays with a couple sets of bench press, followed by two flys. Then on Thursday I do 2 sets of dumbbells, either flat or incline, then 2 sets of various machines.

The key is, if you do too many sets, you will get hurt.  No questions asked.

I keep my sets low and heavy and as such, I am able to do chest twice a week. That’s 104 chest workouts a year, while most guys do 52. Now chest is one of my greatest body parts.

For my back, I do one day of pullups, pull down and some machines, the second day I do HEAVY deadlifts, up to the mid 500’s and I follow my heavy dumbbell rows and then possibly another machine.

The reason that I just started doing back twice a week was A) it worked for chest B) my upper back is my weak spot.

This might not work for everyone but for me its working great.

See you in the summer!

John Andre

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Working out and bodybuilding can be frustrating, especially at this time of year when I am trying to get ripped.

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It’s just close to impossible to lift heavy, run fast and diet hard at the same time.

Usually, if I am running and dieting hard my weight lifting will suffer and obviously when I am bulking up in the winter, my diet and cardio routine goes to shit.

But the worst season is definitely the Spring. It’s a weird time because I am still pretty strong, yet, I have started cutting calories and added cardio to my routine.

I am also slowly getting weaker, which is ok, but its frustrating when I start running slow or I don’t lose as much weight as I desire.

Recently,  I have bad 4 really bad cardio sessions in a row.  Today was so bad that I had to walk after a mile and a half and couldn’t even jog slowly afterwards.

Although my legs felt ok, but not great, it was my stomach that was killing me.

Since I started cutting the calories over the last 2 months my body has not made the full adjustment and the end result is that I am cramping like crazy.

Starting immediately, I am going to need to make some adjustments. It “appears” that I am fasting for too long before my cardio routine.

Today I fasted from about 10 am to 5, which is not even that long, but it definitely killed my insides.

Going forward, I will have to add a little but of extra food on my cardio days and possibly change my fasting times so that I eat more in the afternoon.

Either way, my diet has been spot on and hopefully I am getting close to 160lbs on my Saturday morning weighins.

My goal for the summer is to reach about 150.

Good luck!

John Andre

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Spring is finally here and that means hard training.

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Right now I am training 5 or 6 days a week, including twice a day at least 3x a week. This includes lifting heavy weight lifting, fast cardio and a super strict diet.

The name of the game in the Spring and Summer is cutting weight, if you are a natural lifter like I am, you need to cut weight or you will never get cut.

I typically lose at least 20-25 lb’s every year between my peak in the winter and my lowest in the summer.

Last week I weighed in around 167 lbs and I need to get that down to at least 160 lbs asap. After I reach 160, I will slowly cut down into the low 150’s.

For my running times, I am hitting 3 miles outside in around 21:45. My goal every summer is to get my time down to 3 miles in 21 minutes flat and I should be able to hit that relatively quickly.

April and May should be your hardest days of training for the year.

The weather is not too warm outside, the humidity has not become too insane and the amount of daylight is increasing.

There is really no excuse to not go outside and start training.

I find it harder to train like crazy in the summer, especially in July.  Between the humidity and even just sweating as I walk to the gym, July and August are tough months to train.

I try to run in the early morning or after the sun sets, but sometimes I just don’t have the chance and I need to run in the middle of the afternoon.

But overall, you need to train hard immediately or you will have zero chance of getting ripped this summer.

  • Cut weight
  • Lift heavy
  • Fast cardio

And most important, you need to cut down on calories and lose weight.

Good luck, get moving…

-John Andre

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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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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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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