5 techniques to boost training intensity

FITNESS RX FOR MENThis info was learned from many issues of my favorite fitness magazine, FITNESS RX, which is based on scientific research and PUBLISHED results from studies conducted by respected organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Their website sucks balls, but their magazine rules. No bullshit, no hype. Just straightforward info that’s not too wordy and cuts to the chase. And they always site their sources.

5 techniques to boost training intensity:
How to ensure you’re hitting your max with every set

Forced reps: (partner helps with the last two.)
Negatives: after failure, partner can lift so you do only the neg portion for a couple of reps. Or better yet, Negative Accentuated Training: Lift with two limbs, return with one.
Rest-Pause: Higher weight, fail at 3-4. Rest 10 secs. Around 2 more reps. Rest another 10 secs. Finish with another 1-2 reps. This way, you reach failure 3 times.
Drop Sets: Fail at 8 reps, then lower the weight to 70-80% and fail again.
Cheating Reps: use momentum for the last 1-2 reps BUT, you have to pause at the top at least briefly for true effectiveness.

Long-ass rest periods can significantly increase muscle hypertrophy (increase in muscle cell size). Consider FOUR minute rests between sets for at least one day per week. You don’t have to sit around like a weirdo, either. If you’re doing bench, go do the ab-crunch machine or perform a set of Plank Madness, then rest the remaining time ’til the four minutes are up.

YES, this is still true:
(shit you’ve known to be true, but knuckleheads have recently tried to disprove. this is based on recent studies proving they’re still true)

Running better than biking, but biking still good. Running engages more muscles including the core and the glutes a lot more than biking. And hills are best.

Consuming protein after a workout is gold. High protein, low carb meal after a workout boosts metabolic fires, repairs muscles, and decreases fat storage.

HIIT much better than steady state cardio to prevent muscle loss, burn fat faster, and speed up your metabolism so you burn fat all day


My Supplements

Currently taking:

OPTI-MEN Multivitamins. 3 a day, every day. keeps everything functioning right, specially formulated for people who work out, and push their bodies.

ON Whey protein with 5g BCAA’s, 4g Glutamine. Twice a day, one or two scoops, sometimes with milk for an extra 10g protein.

ON BCAA + Creatine 5g each, orange flavor. 30 – 45 minutes before a workout. BCAA’s make the muscles not tear down so much and creatine makes them grow.

Cytomax Sports Drink. 22g carbs, 60mg potassium, 6mg calcium, 14mg magnesium. Energy and endurance with electrolytes. I drink it during the workout itself. Prevents my friggin calves from cramping when running after a weight session.

Universal TORRENT. My newest and favorite supplement. All in one, post-workout recovery drink. 20g protein; 52g carbs including D-glucose, waxy maize, and maltodextrin; 3g creatine; 7g amino acids blend (taurine, glutamine Alpha Ketoglutarate AKG), L-Leucine, + more.

Fish Oil. 2 a day for essential fatty acids.

Blueberry Nut mix. More omegas and stuff for the heart.

Diet, Caffeine-Free Coke. Love the Coke, got to keep caffeine low. Already drink coffee or espresso in the morning, and sometimes another hit before the noon workout.

You can get more info and buy these HERE.

Questions, comments, suggestions, recommendations, and WTF’s are all welcome. Post in comments.


Feeling down?

sweaty runner

sweaty runnerFeeling down? Not liking life too much these days? Try this: Stop thinking about yourself so much and liven the heck up! Easier said than done? Well you can’t do anything without giving it a wholehearted effort. Nothing! It aint gonna fall onto your lap.

So here’s a Recipe For Livening The Heck Up:
Sweat your buttocks off. Literally. Go outside and run Forest. If you come back and you’re a little cold, dry, and still feeling crappy, you didn’t run right. You ran wrong.

Try running harder. You can do this by running uphill. And I mean RUNNING. I didn’t say, “Barely moving your legs a bit”. Running, in this post, means SPRINTING. Full stretch of the legs to the front, and full movement to the back, while pumping your arms. Sprint ’til you can’t anymore, around 30 seconds, then jog or walk briskly for a minute or two before doing it again.

Can’t run, or don’t like to? Then lift weights. Intensely. Don’t like that either and love to take options away from yourself? Then do body-weight exercises. (squat jumps, pushups, high jumps, burpies, etc)


Take a look at this quote from WebMD:

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.

 Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Read more here.

HELL YEAH, I feel euphoric after a workout! I feel like taking on THE WORLD! Not only because of the endorphins that are released, but the sense of accomplishment as well. It’s even stronger when you beat your previous record or hit a goal.

Try it once, and see how you feel. Soon you’ll be addicted and inclined to keep repeating, just like the street drugs you’re taking, you druggy. (kidding, don’t hit me) But this is a GOOD addiction. It will benefit the heck out of you.

As always, cheers and GOOD LUCK!

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The Great Fitness Product Giveaway!

Or at least; The Pretty Good Fitness Product Giveaway!

To encourage folks to join and participate in the brand new 10 in 30 Forum, I have decided to give stuff away. While I’m not giving away a car, a date with an adult actress, or a trip over the Middle East in a hot air balloon, I am giving away something of value.

The first 30 people to join the forum and honestly and legitimately enter their stats along with a “before” pic are entered in a drawing to win one of two choices of workout gear. Remember, you can crop out your face if you’d like to remain anonymous.

To join us and enter,
Join and Enter!

That’s a 1 in 30 chance! Pretty good odds, eh? The winner can choose one of two prizes:

Biceps Bomber:

biceps bomber


Pullup Bar:

pullups bar

Both prizes are awesome for developing your body. Girls and guys can both benefit form the Biceps Bomber because it ensures proper form and isolates the biceps just like a personal trainer would if he were there with you. Keeps your elbows from swinging so that you only use your biceps for curls OR triceps during triceps pushdowns. You want those lean and mean upper arms right?!

The Pullups Bar is fantastic for doing pullups in your home with the variety of grips it provides. You can also do one of the most effective and my favorite ab exercises from my plan; Hanging Leg Lifts 4X.

hanging leg raises

^ Great for both guys and girls!

The drawing will end on Thursday, June 30, 12 noon Pacific time and will only be held if there are at least 30 participants. I will gather names and randomly pic one in whatever method I feel like at that moment. I’ll announce the winner here and on my Twitter account. I’ll contact the winner at that time and get shipping info. Must be a U.S. resident.

To join us and enter,
Join and Enter!

No need to buy anything, just honestly participate in something that will do you plenty of good by motivating you in the form of a group environment and you’re in! Now, I stress the idea of “honesty”. Meaning that you really are interested in doing this workout and nutrition plan and will honestly give it a go while participating in the forum by posting your progress, more pics, etc. By joining, you agree that I reserve the right to restrict anyone from entering this giveaway whom I determine is not actively participating in the workouts.

And if you’re not really keen to the names of this post, here’s another: “The Better Than Nothing Fitness Product Giveaway”. Or you can name it anything you want in the comments. : )

Thanks and good luck with the drawing and your fitness goals!


100 reps are FUN!

I’ve been doing 100 reps lately. My new Lose 10 lbs in 30 Days plan has a few 100 rep supersets, and I’ve been incorporating them here and there.

A favorite right now is the Push/Pull superset of Pushups/Body Rows. 5 sets, 20 reps each. You can also combine Deep Pushups with Pullups Madness if you so desire.

But make it to 20 no matter what! Even if you have to take a few breathers of no more than 10 seconds. Just DO 20! Then rest after both your sets (pushups, rows) are done. This is a great superset because it works on the antagonist muscles, chest and back. You are pushing straight out in front of you in one set, then pulling yourself up in the same plane on the other.

Following that method, another great superset which you can do right after those are done, is Pullups/Dips. See how they are again moving along the same plane? This time, being a vertical plane; pulling yourself straight up through your shoulders in the Pullup, then pushing yourself up through your ribs in the Dip. Fantastic.

You can do a 100 superset of the first superset , but you can simply go to failure on the second exercise, Pullups/Dips, since these are much harder and you’re already beat from the first superset. Still, you’d do 5 sets. Then, RUN! Running after weight training has been proven the most effective time to burn fat since it takes at least 20 minutes for your body to begin burning fat as fuel for energy. That’s why you shouldn’t run first, it’ll deplete your muscles. HIIT running is the exception, since the concept is that you are running full force with lots of muscle being utilized, so you’re getting a muscle workout at the same time as burning fat. I love HIIT.

My new Lose 10 plan also has a kettlebell swing exercise that I prescribe 100 reps for with only 30 seconds in between. Maximum fat burning! 100 reps might seem like a lot, but it’s always broken down into sets with rests, so you can definitely do it. It feels great when you’re done to know that you just did 100 pushups (deep ones, preferably) and 100 rows, perhaps followed by 100 weighted crunches. <– Impressive, no?

My run, and an old lady with a stop sign.

During my run today, a sweet old lady crossing guard noticed that I was rubbing my upper leg muscles right above the knee because I started to cramp up.

I was cramping up because I had just finished a big Back and Chest workout, so apparently my blood was needed elsewhere. Plus, in the morning I had done my 12 minute HIIT that includes 2 sets of squat jumps and 2 sets of high jumps. That was at 7 a.m. around 15 minutes after waking up.

The night before, I had finished my leg workout around 9 p.m. which included 4 sets of squats and 2 sets of Lunge/Step ups. So, you see? My quads had plenty of reasons to cramp up!

Anyway, when I first passed her, I had thanked her with a smile and a one-hand-up salute in a high-five style but not actually asking for a slapping of the palms. She seemed to appreciate my appreciation.

On the way back, as I was crossing the street I jokingly exclaimed, “I’m done!” That’s when I was rubbing my legs and apparently making a face that said the opposite of, “I fucking love how I feel!”

My appearance must have prompted her to lean toward me and say in a compassionate tone, “I was a toe dancer. I know how you feel.”

I smiled and stopped right there. Right in the middle of the street since I felt the safety and security of my white-haired, florescent-vest-wearing guardian holding a stop sign above her head.

She went on to ask, “Do you have anything to put on it?”

“There’s a foam roller at the gym,” I assured.

Squinting as if trying to figure out the exact type of idiot I was, she stared at me for three seconds before clarifying, “No, I mean something you can rub on, like Ben Gay.”

“Oh!” I said through a grin, “Yeah, I have something at home,” and I started to walk away slowly as she kept talking about her toe dancing days when she was a total hottie I presume since I couldn’t clearly hear her anymore. I smiled, waved, and she waved back, still holding that stop sign above her head alerting drivers not to fucking kill me.

After some more rubbing and a bit of kneeding, I continued my 3.1 mile run back to the gym. I did not use any Ben Gay, thank you very much.


Killer Back/Chest workout!

back muscles

Get a V-shaped back! Make your pecs explode! Delts and Lats from Hell!

Are you starting to plateau? Not seeing results? Are your workouts getting boring? CHANGE SHIT UP with this KILLER BACK AND CHEST WORKOUT!

OK, that’s enough of the advertising hype talk. Promise.

It’s good to “change shit up” every 30 or 60 days, depending on how you’re doing. If you’re still seeing growth, love your workout, and want to do another month of it, then by all means, carry on. But if you’d like a change, try combining unlikely partners in your quest to keep your body guessing.

For example, today I combined Back with its nemesis; Chest. Let the bloodbath begin. What happens when you work an opposite muscle to the one you’re mainly concentrating on? You get a well balanced workout and a well balanced body. That’s why my 10 in 30 workout plan has a back and some rear delt exercises during Chest day, and some tricep work during Back day.

Today, I pushed that concept further. It was time for Back day, but instead of only doing a few chest exercises to balance shit out, I went with 100 Deep Pushups! Hell to the Yeah! Seriously, I fricken love these. Started with Pullups Madness, and then Cable Rows and in between each set, I’d do a set of 20 reps of deep pushups with my feet on a bench. All the way down, baby!

I did 5 sets for a kick-ass total of 100 deep pushups. Niiice. So that takes care of my chest, and the Pullups and Rows took care of the back. I did two sets of wide, aviator grip rows, and two sets of narrow grip rows. Both were DROP SETS! <– Yes, that warrants all caps and an exclamation point. I’d max out on the heavy weight of rows at around 6 reps, then lower that shit and max out again, this time going at a faster, non-stop pace.

After the 2 mega sets of Pullups Madness and 4 drop sets of rows, I went to the FreeMotion cable machine for some straight-arm pulldowns. I love this machine so much I wish I had one at home. That’s really all you need for your entire body. Anyway, The straight-arm pulldowns took care of the lats for that impressive wide upper, V shaped back. These really brought out some back and lat muscles I’d never seen before. I’m starting to resemble a fricken cobra—AWESOME!

back muscles

back muscles

Here it is in a 10 in 30 style Nutshell:

Pullups Madness: Do as many pullups as you can, then immediately get on the assisted pullups machine or other assisted method and max out again, then add weight to the machine and max out one more time. Rest a minute, then do the three back to back sets all over again one time for a total of two mega sets. 2 sets.

Deep Pushups: Raise your feet on a bench or step so they’re at least parallel to your hands but preferably a bit higher and go way down to the maximum slowwwly, before pushing up in an explosive, >1 second. Do 20. If you can’t get to 20, stop and rest no more than 10 seconds and do some more. Take as many 10 second rests as you need to complete your 20 reps. 5 sets.

You’ll do these in between EVERY Back exercise ’til you get to 5 sets for 100 Deep Pushup Bad Boys.

Rows: Seated, wide grip. I used what I call a wide “aviator grip”attachment. Use any wide attachment. Max out real heavy at 6 in the 10 in 30 pace of 1 second pull 3 second return, then lower the weight and do some faster, non-stop, 1 second pull 1 second return reps to max out at 6 – 10 reps. 2 sets.

Rows: Seated, narrow grip. Same as above but the hands are almost touching. Again; drop sets. 2 sets.

Straight Arm Pulldowns: Without bending your arms, use a FreeMotion unilateral cable machine or a straight bar on a high cable and squat slightly keeping your back arched, chest out. Grab the handles or bar at the top, and pull down (without bending those arms) so that your hands end up by your thighs. SLOWLY, bring your hands back up. 3 sets.

CHEERS, and enjoy changing shit up and looking like a fricken cobra!

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Looking for Losers

(cheap joke, I know) But I am currently looking for participants who’d like to LOSE 10 lbs in 30 days. I am in the process of building part 2 of the site, and I am accepting ‘early birds’ for testimonial purposes and just to have some cool people join the forum and try it.

Of course, like the rest of the site, there is nothing to buy or commit to. You’ll get a peekaboo into the new Lose 10 lbs plan, and you’ll get a turbo boost on your summer weight loss goals. This is a one month, daily plan, so it’s best if you’re not in love with your current workout regimen but instead are willing to try a new supercharged plan. Besides, shocking the body by changing up your workouts every month or two is the way to keep improving and not plateauing. So why not give it a whirl, yes? You’ve got nothing to lose! <– Wait. Let me rephrase that.


Sign up by becoming a member of the forum and making a new topic where you can state that you want to try the new Lose 10 lbs plan. I’ll make you a special type of member that allows you to view the “hidden, special, VIP, one-of-a-kind, for superstars only” pages.

Thanks, and good luck with your goals!