Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I created this beginner and intermediate program a couple years ago after studying several different muscle and strength building strategies. Stick to it, perform every rep with perfect form and full range of motion, and you will increase your strength faster than ever before.
Tip: Unless you are a high maintenance athlete or a cardiac rehab patient, you probably are not going to be able to monitor your heart rate the entire workout. Instead, learn to listen to your body, as your breathing is directly tied to your heart rate. If you are working hard enough to be winded, then you are around your anaerobic threshold (think sprinting) while if you are able to keep up with breathing, you are in the aerobic zone.
Monday, December 10, 2012
However; for anyone who lives with a high maintenance athlete or a bodybuilder, it can be hard to eat with them--especially if you are trying to maintain or even lose weight. My former roommate Caleb and my long time partner Dee knew this feeling too well. During my bulking periods, I would be eating a "disgusting" amount of calories (in the neighborhood of 5000-8000 a day). So to reach out to my friends, I decided to try to change up some of my recipes so I could still bulk, but they could still enjoy a meal with me.
I decided to make this "healthy and flavorful meal" for Dee and I this last weekend. Here's the Recipe and the Breakdown.
Makes 4-6 servings...Easily serves 1 bodybuilder.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I'm that guy in the gym who everyone thinks never smiles. They think I'm always mad. Even though all of my clients and friends will say I act with a gentle but firm hand, I am not there to be nice... not there to make excuses or listen to them. I'll tell you what works, and enable you to attain your goals. I know that if you take the necessary steps, plan for your goal, and learn to push through every obstacle you can get farther in life than you ever thought possible. I will go out of my way to help you get the results you deserve.
A decade ago I was lost... had no passion or plan. I was selfish. I had just got out of high school, and though being athletic with a background in weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling I had not prepared to become a successful person. I had thrown away opportunities in pursuit of insignificant pleasures. I sacrificed time and opportunities to play games, watch TV, and generally screw off. I bounced around from job to job, trade to trade, never finding anything I wanted to do. This led to debt, being frustrated, and eventually to my downfall.
In 2006 I got injured. I took a 15' fall at work and sprained every muscle from my chest to my knees. I also chewed up 2 of the discs in my lower spine which led eventually to damage to my nerve tissue. I spent months dealing with insurance companies and docs who refused to treat me. I dealt with depression, chronic severe pain, and true rage... I watched my body start to whither. My left leg started to shrink and eventually I could barely walk on my own. I decided that it was do or die. I contemplated my options, and it was kill or be killed.
I got MAD... Mindful, Aggressive, and Determined... and took action to solve my problems.
I studied, learned the physiology of the human body. Kinestheology, biomechanics, pain management techniques, nutrition, supplementation... these became my arsenal. Now I needed a team to bring it all together.
I found a doctor who was able to help me, a chiropractor who helped me rebuild my back, and a physical therapist who gave me the strength to rebuild my body from the ground up.
3 years of hell. Every day, focusing on the end game. At first it was to walk, then it became to become better than I was. At the start of 2010, I had become stronger than I ever had been and had learned who I was.
I had found my passion. I had found my purpose. I had to continue to evolve and help others do the same.
So that is what created me... the MAD guy in the gym. To achieve your goals, you need to be Mindful, Aggressive, and Determined.
This blog will feature every trial I encounter... from workouts, injury prevention, dieting, recipes, schedules, and even dealing with life that tries to interfere with my journey.
More to follow soon...