A Novice Hypertrophy Program

I've been getting a fair amount of questions about programs for a novices that will put some weight on them. First thing first, you need to eat. I talk about this in nearly everyone of my blog posts lately, but that can't be understated. If you are eating the same food day in and day out then get on  a new program, not much will change. You are placing a stressor on your body when you go into the gym. In order for it to adapt metabolically, you will need to fuel your body to put on muscle. This means whatever you are eating now, isn't enough. Use a calorie tracker. Google calorie tracker and you'll have numerous choices. It doesn't matter which one you choose as long as it…
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Q&A: Plateaus and Squat Help

I've been answering a lot of Q&A's on e-mail but I want to start putting more on my blog.  This will cover a couple option for smashing through a fat loss plateau.  Then I'll go over what you can do to help increase your squat (programming considerations, exercise selection and all that fun stuff) Q: I've lost 66 pounds in the last 6 months.  For the last two week I have been stuck at 223 and I'm getting discouraged.  I run daily for ~30 minutes and do some core work.  What do I do to get out of this plateau? A:  This can be a complicated question and I get something along these lines pretty often.  I'm talking complicated like solving a rubiks cube, drunk, while running away from a…
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Actions and Outcomes

The spark of this article comes from a friend of mine Bojan Kostevski who wrote an excellent article on Arnold Schwarzenegger's site called "Why You Need To Stop Setting Goals". The part of the article that reverberated with me was this: What specific actions can I take to maximize the chances of ever reaching the body of my dream? This week? Today? This did a great job of linking the action goal to the outcome goal.  The outcome goal is the end result "lose 10 pounds" or "put 100 pounds on my squat." The action goal is what you need to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis in order to achieve that goal. So I started thinking about some of my clients, and some of my friends who train…
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24 Things You Don't Know About Me

1. I used to piss my bed.  Don't make fun of me, my mom said it's normal to stop at 25. 2. I'm good friends with WWE wrestler Nick Rodgers. [caption id="attachment_1200" align="alignleft" width="159"] The Mayor![/caption] 3. I was originally a huge fan of Spider-man.  As I matured I've realized he's just such a pussy compared to Bruce Wayne tho. 4. Predator and Terminator 2 are two my favourite movies. Ever. 5. I played hockey for 15 years, but haven't played in the past 10 :(. 6. I love Starcraft.  I watch the shit out of it and play it more than I'd care to admit. 7. When I used to give a shit, I built my own computer.  It was an IBM.  After the operating system crashed literally 7 straight…
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