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Posted by Justin Woltering on July 21, 2014
Feeling tired, worn out, or just plain unmotivated to train and eat right? You may think you have it hard, and that you’ve got a long way to go to reach your goals, but trust me – there is always someone who’s had to work harder to get to where you’re at now. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation, read this story about a client of mine…
Fat to Skinny-Fat
While quite a few bodybuilders start out skinny, John was just the opposite. At 18 years old, he tipped the scales at 275 pounds. He wasn’t a 275-pound powerlifter, either! Despite his big body weight, he was weak and had hardly any muscle to show. Not surprisingly, he also ate like crap, rarely exercised, and just had low self-esteem and confidence in general.
Fortunately, something “clicked” in John, and he got angry at himself for letting himself go so far. Before he ever hit me up for training or nutrition advice, he did a 180 and completely changed his habits. He started running obsessively, eating sparsely, and avoiding any and all junk food like the plague. After only one year, he was down to 170! The problem was, he was skinny-fat. Because of his crash diet and lack of lifting, his frame still had little muscle to show, and he was actually still sporting a pretty high body fat percentage.
Learning the Basics
Happy with his weight loss but frustrated with his light, flabby physique, John decided to hire a trainer – me! He was still fairly unathletic and uncoordinated, and it took a while for him to learn the basics of proper training. We spent one session after another improving his mobility, flexibility, and strength, until finally he was able to squat, press, and pull with decent form.
His diet was also a wreck. He was certainly good at dieting on low calories, and he didn’t eat “unclean” foods, but he was hardly consuming any protein, healthy fats, or functional carbohydrates. Some cereal here, a few crackers there – he was eating like a coked-out runway model! Fixing John’s diet was more psychological than anything, but I finally convinced him that he needed to eat a LOT more food, and that things like meat, potatoes, and eggs weren’t going to kill him.
After a few months of basic training and better eating, John did what every experienced bodybuilder wishes he could still do – he gained muscle and lost fat at the same time! Of course this isn’t an optimal way for an intermediate or advanced lifter to progress, but novice lifters like John can make incredibly quick progress in both arenas.
Like so many guys who get into weight training, John was bitten by the iron bug. Whereas training and dieting were once just means to a healthy lifestyle, they became a passion, and he thought constantly about how he could build a bigger, leaner, stronger body. Since he had lost so much weight and was finally down to respectable level of body fat, he did what most newbies do – he bulked up!
For better or worse, though, John didn’t quite follow all of my advice while he was gaining. I told him he should take things slow, gaining one or two pounds per month, but he was overzealous and pounded the food for over a year. He didn’t eat tons of junk, though, just far more of the “clean” foods than he needed to grow. By the end of his last wintertime bulk, his weight had shot up to about 225, and he was looking pretty chunky.
Still, John had gained a TON of strength and muscle during that time, and had somehow tolerated the discomfort of rapid weight gain. Spring and summer were approaching, though, and he wanted to get ripped and look great. To accomplish that in time for beach season, he really had to knuckle down and diet harder than guys who bulk more slowly.
In fact, for most of John’s diet, I had him eating just one or two carb meals per day, and only then around training times. Every other meal was just protein, veggies, and maybe some fats, and overall calories were pretty damn low. While leaner guys can’t diet so hard without losing muscle, I knew John would drop body fat like crazy with this strict approach.
Ultimately, John applied the same mental toughness to this diet as he did to his initial transformation. After 4 months of dieting, he was down to 190 and looking awesome! He was even leaner than he was when he started bulking up, and for the first time in his life, he had a ripped six-pack. His confidence also rose to an all-time high.
Onward and Upward
What’s John doing now, you ask? Still making incredible progress! He says he won’t ever bulk up so heavy again, but he’s always alternating between well-planned periods of gaining muscle and losing fat. He continues to improve year after year, and I’m now prepping him for his first-ever bodybuilding show! His hard work and dedication just go to show that you can accomplish just about anything if you really put your mind to your goals.
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Posted by Justin Woltering on July 09, 2014
2 Good Chest Workouts – Get Pecs Like Arnold!
Are you trying to build a wide, thick chest to give yourself that powerful look? Have you been toiling away at the bench press or chest machines to no avail? Of course your back, legs, and other muscle groups are important, but everyone wants that big, bulging chest that commands respect! Here are three good chest workouts that will help you sculpt the physique you want…
1. Simple and Effective
If you think your bodybuilding workouts need to be long and complicated, think again! There’s a saying that says eighty percent of your results come from twenty percent of your work, and building muscle is no exception. Do you think those easy exercises like flies and pec dec are what really builds a big chest? No way! Heavy movements are where it’s at.
For this workout, you’ll start with the classic, the barbell bench press. Don’t get sloppy, though! Plant your feet firmly on the floor, take a medium-width grip, and keep your shoulder blades tightly pinched together. Use a full range of motion and work up to 2-3 hard sets of 6-8 reps. These sets are the meat of your workout, so don’t get lazy! Move up in weight, reps, or both every time you do this workout.
After the bench press, you’ll have just two exercises left. Hit up the incline dumbbell press, and work up to 2 hard sets of 8-10 reps. Then, head to the dip station and bang out as many reps as you can with your bodyweight in 3 sets. Once you get to the point where you’re totaling 40-50 reps over those 3 sets, start adding extra weight.
2. Quick but Not Painless
Do you often find yourself in a hurry at the gym? If so, don’t worry! You can get good chest workouts in record time. If you don’t have time for your normal hard and heavy pec training, or if you’re just feeling too tired to make it through your normal routine, try this fast-paced and intense workout!
When you work with heavy weights, you’ve got to allow plenty of time to warm up properly and rest between sets. Therefore, you’ll need to take the weight down a notch in this workout and use training techniques that give you a killer pump and burn! Supersets, drop-sets, and higher reps are the name of the game for now.
Start the workout with a superset of dumbbell presses and dumbbell flies. This will allow you to get two exercises done on the same piece of equipment and save even more time. In case you don’t know, a superset simply involves doing as many reps as you can on one exercise and then immediately doing the same on another exercise. Once you’ve warmed up, do 3 rotations of 15 reps on the dumbbell press immediately followed by 20 reps on the flies. Once you’re done, your chest will already be pumped to the max!
Next, you’ll be doing drop-sets, which simply require you to perform as many reps as you can with a certain weight, lower the weight, and continue. An example would be performing 15 reps, lowering the weight, and performing another 10. It sounds simple, but it’s grueling! To be safe on your joints and allow you to continue your fast pace, head on over to your favorite machine bench press. Since you’re already warmed up, go straight into 3 drop-sets with as little rest between them as possible. You can pick the weight, but make sure each drop-set has a total of 20-25 reps!
To finish up the workout in just a few minutes, head on over to the cable crossover station and do 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps. It doesn’t matter exactly how much you do here, just that you end with a killer pump in your chest. If you have time at the end, do a couple of minutes of hard stretching on your pecs. This can help stretch the film that surrounds your muscles and allow them to grow even faster!
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