6 Ways Rest Changes Everything

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Rest is something most people tend to overlook. They believe that if they take "some" time off or get "some" sleep that it is "good enough" but that couldn't be further from the truth. Rest is a variable that effects recovery, growth and future strength gains. The following are 6 ways rest can change everything. Maximize Recovery As soon as you complete a workout your body … [Read more...]

Life Changing Events that Hurt Your Momentum

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There are many things in life that can get in the way of your bodybuilding momentum. How you react to these events is going to determine how well you succeed on the other side of the event. I can tell you that I have had both positive and negative experiences with life changing events and my bodybuilding momentum, so I feel like I am qualified to talk to you about this … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Lift Weights

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Lifting weights is something that many people look on with scorn and disdain. I generally hear things like "I don't want to get big and disgusting like the bodybuilders in the magazines!" or "All I want to do is lose some fat!" or "I only want to be leaner." When I hear these objections to lifting weights I think of my 5 reasons to lift weights. You will lose more fat by … [Read more...]

Scale Weight or Inches: What to Look At?

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Is the scale weight more important or the way my clothing fits? I hear the question all the time. Clients wanting to know which is more important, scale weight or the inches around their midsection. The answer is simple, but apparently not that obvious to most people. I am a strong believer in the need to train with weights no matter what your fitness goals. Most people … [Read more...]

How Does an Old Guy Get Lean?

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When you go over the age of 40 building muscle and losing fat becomes more difficult if it hasn't already become a lifestyle for you. Testosterone levels are down and cortisol levels are up. These things conspire against you to keep the fat on your body. The fact that it is difficult to gain muscle at this age also contributes to the fat loss quandry. Following an 5 step … [Read more...]

Where is your heart?

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Have you bothered to consider where your heart is? Are you training because you love it or at least because you want it or are you doing it for someone else? I think this is an important distinction and not many people bother to make the distinction. I see people who train because their doctor says they need to lose weight. I've seen people who train because their spouse is … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Ab Altering Moves

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Core training is an important aspect of bodybuilding that many people overlook. Many people I talk to think they have no reason to train their core if they still have a big layer of fat covering it. The point is to work the core so that when your fat layer is gone you are showing some awesome abdominal muscles. In today's Monday Madness workout I am going to show you a great … [Read more...]

What Makes the Biggest Difference to Your Training?

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What makes the biggest difference in your training? What are the changes and adjustments you make that have the biggest effect? To me there are two very simple things I pay attention to and adjust if necessary that increase my odds of hitting my goals. As you read through my two difference makers I want you to be thinking about your own training and what your difference makers … [Read more...]

Initial Operation Get Swole Report

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  Operation Get Swole has started but with a whimper. Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way, but that is now under control. I have not had the booming start I wanted even though I launched the mission with a brutal leg workout. I am now back to a major focused effort.  There is a lesson to be learned from my situation. Just because  a mission or a goal doesn't go … [Read more...]