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Bodybuilding changed my whole life and mindset

I was about 19 when I was introduced to real bodybuilding. The doctor told me that I was able to train again after I suffered from a knee injury.

bodybuilding gave me a solid back

I was about 19 when I was introduced to real bodybuilding. The doctor told me that I was able to train again after I suffered from a knee injury that lasted about 2 years. So I stopped playing soccer and decided to join a gym to get a bit bigger. I was fairly small at the time and weighed about 62 kg (136 pounds). But there was a point where I weighed about 58 kg (127 pounds). I walk around at 71 kg (156 lbs) and about 9% body fat at the moment.

I just followed some training routines from magazines back in the day and didn’t really count calories. O ne year later I met a personal trainer  and that’s when everything changed. The results were nice but they could be better.I didn’t get why you should walk around fat for most of the time so I went my own way.

That’s when shit really hit the fan. Continue Reading

Are you a stress eater? It might ruin your gains

A lot of people will claim that they’re a stress eater these days. Most people have trouble dealing with stress so they eat to feel better.

A lot of people will claim that they’re a stress eater these days. Most people have trouble dealing with stress so they eat to feel better. Stress eating is the worst thing that you could do when it comes to your overall health but also to your physique. Most people who’re eating due to stress are out of shape. This is the sad reality and you need to accept that stress eating will make sure that you’ll never get into shape. Stress eating becomes a habit after a while, you might assume that all those cookies don’t matter but they do. You’ll hit 1000 extra calories in a day before you even realize it. I’ll give you a complete explanation on why you should stop being a stress eater.  Continue Reading

A sleep experiment: are you sleeping too much as well?

I recently started a sleep experiment and the findings may shock you. They shocked me big time to be honest. Do you sleep too much?

I recently started a sleep experiment and the findings may shock you. They shocked me big time to be honest. I started this experiment after I talked about sleep and recovery with Luke from sweetmachinefitness. He told me that he felt at his best when he slept for 7 hours. He trains a lot so I got did some research on why this was even possible. I didn’t make any sense to me that he would feel better than when he slept 8 hours. I thought that more sleep would equal more energy (if you stay in the 7 to 9 hour range off course). So I stayed up an hour later then usual (11:30 pm) and got up at the same time (6:30 am).  Continue Reading

Become a cold warrior instead of a warm worrier

re you ready to become a cold warrior? Do you even know what a cold warrior is? Become fearless and conquer the cold once and for all. You won't regret it!
re you ready to become a cold warrior? Do you even know what a cold warrior is? Become fearless and conquer the cold once and for all. You won't regret it!

The cold warrior has a meat shield instead of a back

Are you ready to become a cold warrior? Do you even know what a cold warrior is? A cold warrior is somebody who’s able to handle the cold better than most people. Most people will wear 10 sweaters and tons of jackets when it’s freezing but the cold warrior dresses pretty light. He does that to prevent sickness. Wait? What? That’s right you become less sick when you’re able to handle the cold. Warning: you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone to do it. It’s not easy I can guarantee you that.

Today I really tried something new. It was -3 °C outside (26.6F) and I wanted to train with my heavy bag. I went outside in shorts, a t shirt and a hoodie. I ditched the sweater after 30 minutes and the t shirt after 45 minutes. Towards the end I even trained barefoot. I decided to do meditation for a second time today. So I did it shirtless in the cold for 10 minutes and I was okay. Continue Reading

The muscle up: master this bad ass move in 3 steps

The muscle up has to be learned for 2 simple reasons. It’s a bas ass move and you’ll be pretty strong when you’re able to master this one.

The muscle up has to be learned for 2 simple reasons. It’s  a bas ass move and you’ll be pretty strong when you’re able to master this one. It’s a natty delusion that you need to bench a ton of weight. Most guys can bench heavy but can’t perform a single pistol squat or muscle up. Learn to master the muscle up and become happy like a little kid.

I will never remember when I saw my first muscle up.  I was training together with a buddy from college whom was pretty strong but was more a calisthenics guy. Suddenly he challenged me to do a human flag and a muscle up just for fun. So I tried both and I managed to a face plant on both exercises. My chin hit the bar pretty good when  did my first attempt. I was lucky that I didn’t have a big ego so I just moved on. Continue Reading

Supplements: a non-bullshit guide on which ones you need

Always wondered which supplements you should take and which are complete bullshit? I'm here to guide you. You'll never waste money again.

The supplement industry is one of the biggest in the world. You can take supplements almost every day. Pre, post and during a workout you have to sip this. In the morning and evening you have to pop that pill. You have to take it exact 30 minutes prior to your workout or prior to bed and in this way people lose their senses and money thanks to the supplement industry. They also promise thing that aren’t possible when you’re natural. They do adds with guys who put roids in their oatmeal and HGH in their coffee, they all claim that their gains are due to these supplements but we all know that this is a big pile of bullshit. Continue Reading

The busy people workout routine: no more excuses

Are you to busy to workout? You are? Good, because I've got the perfect solution for you. It's called the busy people workout routine.
Are you to busy to workout? You are? Good, because I've got the perfect solution for you. It's called the busy people workout routine.

You’re never too busy to work out

Are you ready to dive in the busy people workout routine? This is one of my favorite routines when I’m really short in time or feel less like working out. There are tons of people who skip the gym regularly because they have no time to work out. Well they all claim to have no time but they always find the time to watch a movie or a television show. Most of them eat some unhealthy food while they’re doing this and you know what’s the most funny about it?

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Calf muscles: the whole training myth debunked

The calf muscles are every fitness fanatic his worst nightmare. You don't want to look like those guys? Don't worry I'll give you some solid advice.

The bodybuilder nightmare

The calf muscles are every fitness fanatic his worst nightmare. They’re all crying about the bad genetics of their calf muscles that never seem to grow. I think that bad genetics is just a made up word to make you work less hard. I’m considered as someone who doesn’t build muscle easily but I never gave up till I got my dream body. Bad genetics are just bad excuses, they won’t impress anyone and you’ll get nowhere with these excuses. Continue Reading

Why I stopped reading fitness magazines and sites

fitnessYou should stop reading the commercial fitness magazines and sites Do you know why? The reason are pretty simple but are mostly overlooked
You should stop reading the commercial fitness magazines and sites Do you know why? The reason are pretty simple but are mostly overlooked

All due to creatine

The fitness industry is a big business. You can’t deny this; almost every bodybuilder has his own supplement company.

They have three things in common

  • These are all the best and everything you need for big gains
  • They all claim to be extremely necessary when you workout
  • You need to combine all of their products in order to get the best result

But why do we believe this nonsense? Why do people still spend tons of money to all these supplements and magazines?

You feel insecure and the magazines and sites promise you golden results

I will never forget why I bought my first fitness magazine, I wanted to become bigger and the cover just convinced me to buy it.

On the cover there was a CGI hulk posing with his massive body. The magazine shared all the routines that the actors had used. Now which young guy doesn’t want to look like captain America or Thor?

After that, I kept buying the magazines until the issue with The Rock as a cover model. Suddenly I started realizing something, these magazines were full of commercials and the advice wasn’t for natural athletes.

Training six times a week isn’t possible if you’re not a sponsored athlete, it fucks up your social life, your overall and hotmonal health.

These magazines wouldn’t give me great results even if I did everything they said.

The fitness magazines and sites are sponsored by supplement companies

Just go to your local newspaper store and grab an issue of any fitness magazine. Almost every page is covered with a new supplement company that promotes their number one supplement.

These magazines and sites give you the feeling that you can’t make any progress what so ever if you don’t take supplements. Almost in every issue they include a famous fitness model that shares his diet and they have one thing in common.

They claim to stuff themselves full of pills and powder, but what most people don’t realize is that they’re paid to tell you this.

Everybody believes/believed it

But I’ve got to admit that I used whey protein for quite a long time. I never liked the taste but according to those magazines you should eat your bodyweight in protein every day.

That’s why whey protein is the most popular supplement, it’s nearly impossible to get that much protein in one day.

The biggest joke about all this is that you don’t even need that much protein. I realized this when I was reading Sports Nutrition by Anita Bean. You need 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. That’s it; more will be secreted by the kidneys because your body doesn’t need it. I suggest you all to read this book. It’s a good book although I do not agree with everything she says,.

One of the biggest reasons these supplements are becoming more popular is simple.Modern people are lazy and always looking for a quick fix. Some companies are pretty smart marketers in that matter, just change you meals by shakes and get your dream body.

People fall for this like flies since you don’t have to cook just shake it and drink it.

If you read the little letters on supplements they all tell you the same, supplements shouldn’t replace real food. It’s called a supplement with a reason nitwit.

I can’t give you specific brands because they’ll probably sue me and I don’t want to fight in court against million dollar companies.

I’ve stopped taking the commercial supplements and I never had stomach problems again.

Also don’t forget the itching face that you get after taking a pre workout. You look like a moron when you constantly touch your own face because it feels funny.

So you don’t take a shake after your work out? But what about your anabolic window?

You can arrest me because I broke the anabolic window. I ‘ll never eat within those 30 minutes not even the first four hours. It feel better to eat when I’m hungry. I could say sorry for this but it remains an overvalued word in my opinion.

They never mention that the athletes use steroids

Yes I’m talking about steroids.

When you open those magazines everybody is natural. All the result come from hard work, six meals a day and supplements. But their athletes on steroids? Nah, they are completely natural.

It’s funny that everybody who tries these routine get quickly out of their delusion.  It becomes frustrating that you work equally hard, eat the same foods and take the same shit. Only you feel like shit and don’t make impressive progress. You’re getting burned out day by day.

So what happens next? You’ll go grab a new routine and get into a vicious circle.

My nephew is somebody who keeps making this mistake.

When I stopped doing splits I made real strength gains, he was jealous about it but didn’t believe it was due to the change in my training.

More and more people tend to do this.

Get out of the fitness industry mindset and start making real gains.

The cover models have unrealistic physiques

When these models do a cover shoot they’ll get tanned, pose with a pump and manipulating the lighting can do magic.

Even without those three factors they are still not realistic, but many people want to look like these guys.

Even the movie star physiques are extremely popular with the younger guys. Some actors use steroids to get to a certain physique, don’t be naïve.

You get unrealistic expectations and need to get rid of those.

Never compare yourself to other people who train, you can’t change you genetics. Be happy with your physique and keep training.

You’ll notice that training gets a lot more enjoyable.

Once you read one you’ve read them all

The tips in these magazines are always the same and tend to get boring. I’ve never read a whole magazine, mostly the parts that interested me the most.

Most bodybuilders admit steroids abuse after their career

You can find former bodybuilders who admit this. Off course they’ll do this years after their career.

After all those years they’ve sold thousands of training programs  to unknowing kids, dreaming to look like them.

Well I’m here to break with the bodybuilding-lies and tell you the truth.

You shouldn’t chase these physiques just like you shouldn’t chase girls.

In a future blog post I’ll give you some examples of training routines that really work.

Conclusion

The easy quick fix makes the smart ones rich.

Or: give all the money of the rich to the poor and they rich will become rich again. You know I’m right just think about it.

Till next time

Alex

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