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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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Ripped abs

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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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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Lift Heavy/Run Fast

This year has been HORRIBLE for the NY Giants.

After drafting a running back, Barkley, with their first pick and “trying” to upgrade their offensive line.  I figured we would win about 10 games this year.

Boy was I wrong.

Not only does my team look horrible, but Eli looks even worse.

It’s weird with Eli.  Although his stats do not look very bad, especially when compared to other starting quarterbacks in the league, it’s obvious that he isn’t getting the job done.

He isn’t winning.  The team isn’t scoring points.

And he looks SLOW.

I understand the offensive line stinks and nobody disputes that, but he needs to get quicker.

You don’t necessarily have to be a fast quarterback.  Montana was slow, Brady is slow (although he can complete a quarterback sneak).

But that game is changing, you need to be able to move “a little”.

Eli is so slow now, that he can barely hike the ball and reach back to pass.

His arm strength is still good, although not always accurate, but he needs to work on his off-season training.

How do I know?

First of all, he is younger than me.

Secondly, his physique doesn’t lie, he looks terrible.

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I understand how your speed really starts to go after age 35, especially if you don’t A) lift heavy weights B) Sprint

Is Eli doing either? Doubtful…

He looks horrible.  You can tell he isn’t lifting heavy or sprinting at all.

Is he deadlifting and squatting 500?

Has he signed up for any sprint competitions in the off season? Is he training with a track and field program to get his 40 time down to what he ran in College?

Is he eating properly? he can afford the top supplements and personal chefs money can buy.

Come on Eli!  Pick up your off-season training or it’s career over.

Drew Brees still has a rocket release, Brady is getting the job done.

35+ is not a death sentence.

Read one of my books….

-John Andre

Lift Heavy/Run Fast

I am having a surprisingly good bulk up this year.

Although I am only several weeks in, I have already deadlifted 405 for 6 easy reps and I am on pace to hit 500 in October.

I almost always reach 500 lb’s in the deadlift, but to reach it in October is VERY early for me.

Usually I will reach 500 around Christmas and then I will max out in late January/Early February.

Dead lifting is a great exercise and it is also one of the most basic.  You just bend down and pick up a weight.

You don’t need a spot. You don’t need any friends.

It’s just you and the bar.

Like I stated in the title, it is almost impossible to put on any solid muscle if you aren’t lifting heavy weights, especially powerlifting.

Many of the famous bodybuilders started off  using powerlifting, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sergio Oliva and Ronnie Coleman.

There just isn’t any substitute for heavy lifting.

I have always been a pretty good deadlifter and my record was 585 lb’s in my late 20’s.

I “think” I have a serious chance of beating that this year.

The last several years I have been maxing in the low 500 lb’s and this year I am almost there in October.

If I can get into the mid 500’s pretty fast, I am going to give it shot.

I plan on bulking up until Valentine’s day, so I would like to attempt it before then.

Good luck!

-John Andre

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Lift Heavy/Run Fast

 

 

The training used for running is very different from bodybuilding.

With bodybuilding and especially weight lifting, you definitely need more rest.

If you are going to lift heavy weights, and in my opinion only heavy weights work, then you are going to need to rest or you will get injured or weaker.

If you are going to dead lift 550 lb’s on Monday, you better believe that you are going to need some rest before you deadlift again.  I ONLY deadlift once a week and I usually only complete one heavy set.

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Running is different.

If you want to become a fast runner, especially in distances between 1 to 5 miles, you will need to run all the time.

3 days a week may be fine, but to be honest, 4 or 5 will make you even faster and 6 is probably optimal.

The only problem with running 6x a week, is that it will probably hurt your physique.

It’s going to be hard to hold on to any muscle if you are running that often.

It’s for that reason that I try to run as hard as I can, with less training sessions.

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INTENSITY OVER ENDURANCE

2 years ago I lived near an Army base in Staten Island, NY.

After work I would run through the base at least 4 or 5x a week and the course was HARD.

The Army base was designed over 200 years ago and the way it was designed, it had at least 3 very serious hills.

After several work outs a week, I was total spent.

I did get pretty fast, but sometimes I question if I would have become faster by running on a track instead.

So the question is, does running hills in every workout help?

Personally, I think you need a mix of both.

Sometimes you can do hills several days in a row but other times you just need a flat course to work on your speed

Today I did just bench press and I plan on running the next 3 days in a row before my vacation next week.

Next week I am taking a vacation down to Hilton Head, SC and Savannah Georgia, so I will have to miss a week of my normal routine.

I will try to get 3 or 4 sessions in the hotel gyms if I can but after Easter, it is game on until Memorial Day weekend.

This is the time to start killing it.

-John