— It’s Probably Not Their Fault
Alright. Sit tight. I’m about to lay something on you that’s as electrifying as a lightning bolt in a bottle. There are a couple of reasons why my mood’s striking a high note tonight—scratch that, it’s not about my mood—it’s about the substance.
First off, let’s talk about marvels of human achievement—specifically, the kind that’ll have your jaw meeting the floor. I have the distinct pleasure of rubbing elbows with some physical specimens at the gym, the kind that communicate in the universal language of iron and sweat. These aren’t your average Joe’s prancing on a treadmill; these are titans sculpting flesh like Michelangelo did marble.
Now, chew on this for a second reason—yesterday’s revelation. The new, redesigned format of the site. It’s slick. It’s intuitive. I roll up to my own homepage, and it’s like staring down a buffet of topics ripe for the picking. I could carve up a post on this, shred a post on that. The layout? It’s topic-based, a smorgasbord for an intellectual feast. And just when the timing couldn’t get any more impeccable, I’ve got a couple more brainchildren ready to burst forth from the cerebral womb, primed to coincide with a promotion that’s ticking down its final hours. If you’re in New York, you’re looking at a deadline tighter than a drum—two, maybe three days tops.
So, mark your calendars. Tick-tock. The clock’s relentless march waits for no one. Let’s dive in, shall we?
… But first, look, I’m not here to bruise anyone’s ego. In fact, I’ve got dude respect for the gym bros, far more than for the dime-a-dozen diet gurus. Why? Because you can’t fake iron. To sell fitness, you’ve got to look the part or kiss credibility goodbye. In the diet arena, we’ve seen enough charlatans to last a lifetime.
Business is about being the alpha, not the also-ran confessing there’s better out there. You claim the top spot, or you’re just background noise. So, hats off to the trainers who walk their talk.
Here’s the deal: I’m not here to bash any specific training methodology. Whether it’s powerlifting, Olympic lifting, CrossFit, HIT, HIIT, or whatever time-under-load, super-slow, or high-volume torture you prefer, the best program is the one that gets your ass to the gym consistently. Period.
Personally, I like a foundational medium-to-high volume gig because it’s challenging, fun, and exhausing. Low-rep high intensity leaves me feeling like I’ve cheated myself. That’s what I’m doing now in Phase cheeter-cheeter III. But, the PRs are falling like wobbly bowling pins in a stiff northern, so there’s that satisfaction.
Now, let’s drill down to the nitty-gritty. Amidst the swamp of so-called “optimal” information, if you want the real science on body composition, you look for the transformations. Sure, we’ve got studies in the gym world like the diet world, but they’re often chasing the wind. What do you really need to know? Whether two sets of 10 with heavy dumbbells beat four sets of 20 with lighter ones? Some time-under-load calculations or simple slow-burn… It’s all about what gets you results.
For the uninitiated, here’s a quick primer: If you’re pumping two sets of 10, those dumbbells are going to be hefty. Four sets of 20? Lighter weights but more endurance. You’re aiming to exhaust the muscle, whichever route you take.
Before I unveil the promised goods, let’s talk shop with the monsters I rub shoulders with at my gym. These are not your average Joes; we’re talking professional, competitive bodybuilder types. Take a peek at this photo and a 1-minute video clip of my upright row session from the other day. I’m 10-repping 95 kg, about 209 pounds, for context. Come next Tuesday? I’m gunning for the bottom of the stack—105 kg, or roughly 230 pounds.
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