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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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Last week I took a weekend vacation to Gettysburg, PA and Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

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Although I had never planned on traveling to Gettysburg, I figured I would sneak it in since it is a big part of Civil War history.

But my main purpose of the trip was to see Harper’s Ferry.

Harper’s Ferry has been on my radar for a while.  If you are not familiar with the town, it’s a really small city in West Virginia where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet.

But what is so unique about the town, is the amount of history in such a small area, especially civil war history.

It was the scene of the famous John Brown raid.  If you are not familiar with this, I highly recommend you read the wikipedia page, it’s a good read for any history buff.

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Basically, John Brown was a big abolitionist (anti-slavery) before the U.S. Civil War started. Whether his anti slavery ideas came from his devotion to religion or from his business failures is debated, but what is not debated is that towards the end of his life he gained a “militaristic” hatred of the institution of salary.

Although the civil war did not start yet, it was slowly starting to develop.  John Brown had already led some successful slave insurrections and came up with the idea of raiding a federal weapons armory.  The idea was that he could arm many of the slaves in the South and start a major slave uprising.

Long story short, his plan backfired.  He was caught pretty quickly, several of his son’s  were killed on the scene and he was tried and hung in the nearby town of Charlestown (named after George Washington’s brother).

Although John Brown was not succesful, his raid on the armory was big news and helped fuel the anger on both sides which started the Civil War shortly after.

The town itself was also taken over by the confederacy and the union several times during the war.

Like I stated, small town, big history.

It’s hard to explain Harper’s Ferry.  It’s basically a town on a river bank, with a railroad, pedestrian and car bridge, along with some small shops and historic area’s.

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They have parts of the original fort that John Brown was captured in, along with a ton of hiking trails.

Overall, I give Harper’s Ferry a “C+/B-”  It’s not bad, just not a lot to do.

It is limited on hotels, but there are a decent number of good restaurants near the water front.

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Outside of town, Charlestown has a nice horse track and casino about 10 minutes away.

You can basically make a day out of it or maybe stretch a weekend trip.

Check out the John Brown fort area, walk over the pedestrian bridge, pick some hiking trails and then hit the casino.

Not a horrible trip, but not sure if I would go again.

-John Andre

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People ask me all the time how I “feel” after working out.

Family, friends, co-workers, etc.  People that I am in contact with are constantly asking me if I have extra energy and vitality from exercising, but the answer is “NO”.

Especially from running.

Running is not natural.  Although humans have the ability to run, no human being in a million years has run 70 miles a week until the last 100 years of history.

Until the late 1800’s, all running was mostly sporadic sprinting.

Cave men didn’t go for a jog.  They ran to save their life, fight or to kill a dinosaur.

And I don’t think too many soldiers went jogging during the civil war.

Unless something crazy was going on, basically you walked slow and long.

Weight lifting and dieting are different.  I 100% feel better when I weight lift and diet correctly.

I have a ton of energy, I sleep well and my strength and stamina is through the roof.

Running makes me feel horrible.

Right now I am peaking for my running season and I feel absolutely horrible.

My anxiety is high, I am constantly irritable and I don’t sleep well.

Does this sound like torture?

I believe it does.

After September 29th my season is over.

Then back to dieting and heavy powerlifting.

Cant wait.

-John Andre

Men generally do not live as long as women.  That not only goes for just humans, but for animals as well.

I’m not sure if it is from the testosterone or possibly the positive benefits of child-birth, but women live several years later than men on average.

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Men also traditionally marry younger.  Whether this is because of the earning power discrepancy or the length of a women’s fertility, men typically marry someone younger than themselves.

The combination of living longer and marrying an older man,  often means that daddy passes away a lot earlier than mommy.

Usually.

I am statistically in that same boat.

I am about a year and a half older than my wife and although I work out and eat cleaner than she does, her vital signs are always better than mine are.

Her blood pressure is always lower, her cholesterol and blood sugar have always been in check.

It’s just one of those things,

Like I stated in my last post, it’s really hard to eat super clean when you have a family.

I can’t stay out dancing in the 90 degree heat until 4 a.m and then eat a can of tuna for breakfast like I used to.

Obligations change.

With that being said, more families should try to eat healthier together.

Usually when you see an obese family, you can tell that they are all eating the same crap and keeping the same bad habits.

Children follow the routines of their parents and parents usually copy off each other.

In my family, I want daddy to eat healthier.  To the point where I may need to eat a separate meal.

Does it sound selfish?

I think its common math.  I am already supposed to die earlier, shouldn’t I try to extend my life past my life expectancy?

If I can push out another 2-5 years, then maybe my wife and I can live until our 90’s and beyond.

Let’s face it.  You aren’t worth much to your family dead.

Eat healthy guys!

-John Andre

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I looked pretty good this summer (Pics coming soon).

Probably my 4th or 5th best.  But I can’t lie, I didn’t reach my best ever, even though I trained pretty hard.

When I do my end of year review, I like to ask myself some questions and self-reflect on what I can change for next year.

Also, what changed in my life?

First of all, I got married two years ago.  That hurts, but not an absolute killer.

Second problem, I have a child now.  This hurt some more as well, but its not really an excuse.

And finally, I don’t go out drinking any more.

Let’s face it.  When I was in my best shape of my life, I was single, no kids and I went out drinking every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Now, I am not saying that drinking helps you to get cut.  But you know what does? Dancing, sweating and walking around all night until 4 in the morning.

Now I go to bed at 10:30.

That extra cardio is key.

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Ripped abs premarriage

The other issue with being married now, is that I can’t keep the insane diet.

There were times that I would eat a can of tuna for dinner, 3 or 4 days in a row.

As a married man, that is a tough diet to sell to your wife.

When you have kids, that training is the same, diet is a little worse because you start eating some of their good.

But the rest is horrible.

Running a quick 4-mile tempo run, followed by 10 sprints in 95 degree heat is tough.

I used to do that workout routinely, then chill out in the air conditioning, drink a beer, put my feet up and take a nice nap on the couch.

Now?

The minute I am done with the workout, I am on full baby duty.

No rest. No naps.

So overall, there is still no excuse not to be in good shape if you are married.

It is just the small things that block you from being the total champion that you were as a single guy.

Hopefully, once my son is a little older I think it will free me up somewhat to get back in the crazy training.

And hopefully he starts eating tuna fish.

-John Andre

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Lancaster PA is surprisingly really good.

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To be honest, going into Lancaster I wasn’t expecting much. Most of my recent trips to the state of PA have been pretty disappointing and I didn’t think this would be any different.

But Lancaster is really nice.

I would add Lancaster to my trip list of surprisingly nice towns, along with, Lake Placid and Niagara Falls.

So why did I decide to go to Lancaster?

Well, first of all, it is a quick drive 2 and 1/2 to 3 hour drive from N.Y.C.  Very manageable with a small child and my son usually sleeps for the first 2-hours in the car anyway.

Secondly, the town is supposed to have a lot of kid activities, which it did. So I figured we can make a quick summer trip out of it.

Our first stop into town was the Lancaster central market, which is located in downtown Lancaster.

What most people don’t realize, is that not every part of Lancaster is Amish. Lancaster is a real city, with a real downtown area.   The farms and “country-life” are located outside of downtown, but surprisingly not very far.

My first impressions of “downtown” Lancaster?

“Not bad. Definitely old, possibly up and coming.”

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I was trying to think of what town it reminded me of. Possibly a smaller, cleaner version of Philadelphia or maybe a much cleaner Allentown.

There are a bunch of old row houses and a decent central area with a some trendy restaurants.

The central market is nice, it has a collection of Amish stores where you can buy locally made products.

central-market

We made a quick stop for a bite to eat before we shipped out to the hotel.

We stayed at the “Eden resort”, which was recommended to me from a good friend.

The hotel was extremely nice, and very good for kids. They have a big indoor and outdoor pool section, along with sprinklers, basketball courts and a playground.

Very, very nice hotel.

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Which takes us to actual Amish country.

Amish country is wild. I was expecting to see maybe one or two Amish people if I was lucky, but was I wrong.

Amish people are all over the place, working, traveling around, etc. While driving around for an hour in our car, we passed at least 40 horse and buggies traveling along side the highway, along with bicycles and scooters.

Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Amish Horse And Buggy.

The farms are also fascinating. You will pass farms all the time driving through PA or going to upstate NY, but you won’t see a farm being actually worked on with physical labor like you do in Amish country. “Some” of the Amish will use a minimal amount of electricity and machinery while others will use close to nothing. But overall you will see almost everyone outside working on their farms during the day.

Prior to traveling, I though I would see evidence of hard living, quite the contrary. Believe it or not, it looks like a good life. They live on large farms with a great sense of community, they eat the freshest food available, they are all married and they have large families (7 kids on average)

Which takes us to the food. I couldn’t stop eating the entire trip.

The Amish make a ton of baked good, such as moon pies, shoefly pie, sticky buns, cakes and all of the organic meat and vegetables tasted outstanding.

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We ate at the good and plenty restaurant, which was outstanding, but I have been told there are much better places.

Outside of Amish country, they have some amusement parks (Dutch wonderland), outlet malls and all types of family activity.

Overall, Amish country is a great vacation and I would definitely like to return during a different season.

May not be an exciting trip for a single male, but a lot of fun for a family trip.

Add this to my surprisingly good vacation list.

-John Andre

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I have to be honest, I don’t know if bodybuilding is really a healthy sport.

The dieting and low body fat percentage is probably healthy, but when you take it to the extremely low body fat percentages, it can’t be too good for you.

For myself, I know that when I am looking like a freak, I am also dieting and training like a freak.

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Often when I am training hard and dieting strictly, I don’t feel so well.  It’s not a natural lifestyle.

For health reasons, it’s probably best to have a little bit of body fat.

If you were to look at most of the top athletes, they usually aren’t going to look like a bodybuilder.

They may be very lean; but Lionel Messi or one of the top powerlifters, are not going to have a 3% body fat.

You need some leverage.

I am amazed by how much strength I lose when I cut weight.

This winter I was deadlifting 500 lbs’ relatively easy and now I can barely deadlift 415.

I don’t think that I lost that much muscle, but I lost some leverage.

Same thing with my squat and deadlift.

This past weekend I was in Lancaster, PA on a family vacation and my diet went to shit.

Over 4 days I had pizza, muffins, moon pies, Amish ice cream, car snacks, etc.

I think I peaked on the low-end for my body weight in the middle of August and now I am starting to slowly creep up.

The result?

Not only am I starting to lift a lot heavier, but I have been running like a champ.

Sunday I ran 3 miles outside in 20:10 and today I ran 3 miles on the treadmill in 20:07!

I am finally running some fast times and the only thing I changed, was that I increased my calories.

So what is my recommendation?

Sometimes you need to eat.

If a piece of cake or an ice cream cone on Sunday is going to make you feel that much better when you train, then maybe you need it.

Because working out on 800 calories a day really gets old after a while.

-John Andre

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I have to admit it, I hate summer.

And it’s funny, because as a child and also as a college student, the summer was always my favorite time of year.

Now that I am older and I have to commute to work every day, along with taking care of a 1-year old, the summer isn’t as fun.

I really don’t like the heat.

But late August I do like.

The weather starts to improve, there are less annoying tourists running around Manhattan and it’s also a good time to travel.

For working out, it is a great time to run outside.

It’s weird, but as soon as the temperature drops below 80 degrees, I start running like a champion.

My body does not respond well to the heat.

As the weather cools off, I also start to get very hungry.

I usually peak in bodybuilding shape around Labor Day and even  into the first couple weeks of September, even though I slowly start ingesting more calories.

Part of the reason I believe, is that I can work out a lot harder when it’s not as hot out.

This year I plan on running a fast 5k race on September 16th and then I will take it from there.

If I run fast and I feel good, I might try to run one or 2 more races in Late September/Early October.

After that, I am 100% taking a several week break from running.

This year I have been looking pretty good, but probably not my best of all time.  I will post some pictures soon.

I’m in very good shape, but not all-time shape.  I have a good chance in these last 4-5 weeks to upgrade to “very” good shape, depending on how my diet and training are going.

Overall, we are entering my favorite time of year and I can’t wait for the Fall.

-John Andre

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Running is a fun sport and it is very addictive.

When you are in great shape, nothing feels better than a fast 3-mile training run.

But running is strange; I will typically feel good immediately after a hard run but then the rest of the day I feel like crap.

I get tired.

I get insomnia.

I feel irritable.

I never get sick, unless I have been running a lot.  Which also makes me think that running is not very good for your immune system.

Yet, I am still addicted to running.

I woke up today exhausted.  I ran a hard 4 mile run in the morning yesterday, went to a BBQ for several hours in the sun and then my son kept me up all night so I didn’t sleep well.

Besides all of that, I still cant wait to run today.

I feel horrible and I know I am going to feel worse, but I still need to run.

Weight lifting is different.  With weight lifting I feel energized, I sleep great and mentally I feel focused.

So, why don’t I just weight train?

The answer is that you probably need a little bit of cardio, especially low impact cardio, but not necessarily running.

Running is not low impact at all.

There is nothing worse than the 10,000 steps my knee’s have to absorb every time I go for a jog and I am almost certain I will need some type of surgery when I get older.

But running is a sport.

I like to compete; both against myself and against other people.

And it helps to get me cut.

This year, I am running to early October the latest and then I am taking a long break.

The Fall and Winter are going to be powerlifting only before I start running again.

Wish me luck.

-John Andre.

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