Dec 102017
 
Remember to Celebrate the Little Things

If you have been following along on my blog you will know I have been going through a bit of a rough patch. I have not been able to be as consistent nor have I had the energy to complete all of my training as planned. Last week I had a bit of an epiphany that might seem pretty basic to some but until you see it and apply it to your own life it can be very difficult to realize. In the past if I was not able to complete all of my training I would look at that as a failure, however with my new outlook if I gave everything I had and did as much as I could then that was still [Read More]

Dec 022017
 
The 110% or Nothing Mentality

I have always been the type of person that gives 110% or nothing. The positive of such a mentality is that when you commit to doing something you go all in. The negative side is that when you don’t feel you can give that effort you quit. This has happened to me twice since I started my journey back in 2011 and both times it was like starting all over again. The last few months I have finally started to make progress over when I left off in my training in 2014 and yet here I am again struggling with the feeling that right now I am not able to give 110%. Clearly this all or nothing mentality is not working for me so I [Read More]

Nov 252017
 
The Struggles Are Real

Ever feel like the world is out to get you or things are just not going your way? Your in a slump, a funk or just out of your groove? Your just not happy and you are questioning what you are doing in certain aspects of your life or maybe even everything? That’s how I am feeling at the moment. After spending the summer getting my garage gym built and winterized the darn heater died. So I had to spend a bunch of money right before Christmas to replace the heater and I ended up missing a week of training due to having no heat. Then this week its been a struggle getting back into the swing of things after missing a week of training. [Read More]

Nov 192017
 
Learn to go with the Flow

When I first started training I put a lot of pressure on myself to push as hard as possible because in my head I felt I had this very small window of time to build muscle. This was even more so since I started this journey late in life at the age of 46. To be honest I am not aware many 46+ males who decided to start training and become competitive amateur natural bodybuilders, most who are my age and compete have been training for many years prior. On top of my own pressure there are many in the bodybuilding world who never miss a workout and promote this as what is required to succeed. Only super hard core dedicated athletes make progress so [Read More]

Nov 122017
 
Calorie Cycling

So I am currently in a lean gaining phase in an effort to add muscle while keeping fat gain to a minimum. The goal is to keep my weight under 207 lbs until March 2018 and I am currently sitting at a weekly average weight of 205 lbs so I don’t have a lot of room over the next 4 months. With my training days being Monday, Tues, Thursday and Friday it allows me to utilize a strategy called calorie cycling to help me stay lean while adding muscle. Before I get into specifics I want to cover some basic scientific rules with regards to gaining muscle and losing fat as a natural athlete. 1. In order to build muscle you need to be in [Read More]

Nov 042017
 
Movember 2017

So I have decided to participate in Movember this year. I have participated a couple times in the past as my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery back in 2009. Thankfully he has been cancer free ever since but not everyone is so lucky and I want to do my part to help ensure others do not loose a father, a brother or a son to prostate or testicular cancer. Last time I did this was in 2013 right before I started my 2014 contest prep and for all my effort not a single donation was given, other than my own. I thought why am I going to go through the hassle of growing a mustache if no one is going to [Read More]

Oct 292017
 
Busy Week

So lots on the go this week! First off I need to send a big shout out and congratulations to my coach Alberto Nunez who came in 4th in Men’s Pro Bodybuilding at the IPE Clash of the Titans yesterday. Alberto was hoping to qualify for IPE Worlds on Nov 11th and with this 4th place finish he has done just that, so again congratulations Alberto! Got back from Las Vegas on Monday and then had to get in all 4 training sessions from Tuesday to Friday to be ready for week 2 of this second block. Training is going very well and I am looking forward to continuing to improve over my last training block. This weekend I was again busy working on the [Read More]

Oct 212017
 
Update from Vegas!

Greetings from Las Vegas! My wife Chris and I are currently in Las Vegas to help celebrate our friend Sherry’s 50th Birthday. This is our first time in Las Vegas as a couple so we are excited to explore the entertainment capital of the world. We went and saw the Grand Canyon yesterday and I did the Skywalk which was truly terrifying. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not easy but it’s where all growth happens and I am trying to live my life by the sites motto of “Set No Limits” This week I completed the first 6 week block of my new training program and I am now set to start block 2 with my new estimated 1 Rep Max for the [Read More]

Oct 142017
 
Why Do I Blog?

It’s been 5 and a half years since I started this blog. Along the way I have been asked why did I start? Did I think I was going to be famous? Was I expecting to make money? In all honesty my motivation was never to make any money or become famous, it was simply to share my love of natural bodybuilding and my journey from out of shape 46 year old dad to who I am today. Hopefully by sharing my journey I might inspire someone else to give bodybuilding a try or at the very least start exercising and being more healthy. During my first prep I got to know Paul Revelia via the Bodybuidling.com’s contest prep forum. Paul was working in IT [Read More]

Oct 082017
 
Working with an Online Coach

So I started working with Alberto Nunez 5 weeks ago and was eager to crush the new training program he put me on but to be honest its been a real struggle. I injured my back testing my 1 rep maxes at the beginning of the program and while struggling with that I also ended up getting sick. The first 3 weeks I was only able to get in 3 of the 4 training days. Week 4 was even worse as I end up only able to train for two days and I was feeling like I was failing badly. So much for crushing this new program! Many people share their success on social media but not many share their struggles, which I think leads [Read More]