It has been a while my friends.
I have put writing on the back burner for the last few months for a few reasons.
Here is what has been going on…
Bradley asked me this via a Facebook message:
“I currently am 6’3″ and weigh 82, but am regularly attending gym to try to put on weight through muscle and bulk up. Have you got any tips or advice that you could offer me? It would mean a lot and I really appreciate your time”.
He also mentioned that he was keen on Strength, Power and Plyometric work and has been doing that style of training in his programs.
Brad is around 17 years old and is starting his strength and getting jacked journey which for starters is awesome and will help him big time as the world starts trying to test him and slap him in the face…
I started training with weights when I was 15 and the lessons, discipline and confidence that the iron has given me is something that I will always appreciate and try to pass on to other men and women.
Here was my advice to turn Brad from what sounds like an athletic skinny lad into a weapon…
“Strength and Power work is definitely a great way to go.
If your goal is purely weight and size gain do your plyo’s after your warm up and then get lifting heavish in that 3-6 rep range.
After that most things should be muscle focused (still with big lifts like presses, rows, chin ups, squats etc) and keep all of these in the 8-12 range.
Eat like a madman with heaps of quality proteins, veg and lots of rice/ fruit for carbs If your training hard and heavy 3-4 times per week is generally optimal for getting jacked.
Do all of that consistently whilst getting stronger for a few years and you’ll definitely be whacking muscle on”.
^^^ Simple right? YES. But it’s not easy ^^^
So the way I work things in the gym is to get my athletes explosive, strong in different foundational movements and then jacked and handsome through the body building and conditioning based work that we always include to our programs.
Here is a check list of what the elite do in a training week
- Mobilise and warm up properly – use this time to correct movement or imbalances
- Do explosive work – Jump Variations, Throw Variations, do quick lifts like kettlebell swing, snatch or clean (our favourites).
- Lift Heavy Shit – we use the power lifts and variations of them (squat, bench and deadlift) along with strongman movements like farmers carries, yoke carries (sometimes as it takes a lot to recover from), Log presses and Weighted Pull Ups.
- Train the muscles that will help the sport, main lifts or weak areas – Use body building type training to grow and bring the weak areas up so that your strong areas can flourish.
- Get conditioned – we use strongman conditioning, high intensity interval training, sprints with sled or suicides etc and kettlebell/ bodyweight complexes.
- Sprint – With sleds, without sleds, up hills, playing sport or chasing girls. I don’t care how you sprint just sprint.
- Eat like an adult – Vegies, meats, rice, sweet potato, fruit, heaps of water and limit drinking alcohol.
- Get massage, osteo, physio and foam roll/ self myofascial release methods.
Are you doing these things?
If not start with warming up and find ways to get the rest of the list ticked off either every session or at least by the end of each week.
I have some online programs coming out to clarify the specific programs so if you are in need of help, hit me up and I will let you know when the book is getting released.
Strength is king. Be strong.
Everything I have ever done (good or bad, impressive or stupid, positive or negative) has been the result of how I lived or prepared myself over the years for that moment in time.
When I cramp in football games or runs it shows I am under prepared or my nutrition is out.
When I miss a lift or can’t even budge the weights I dream of lifting, it is purely my fault for not doing the work to get there.
When I check my wallet and it is empty it is because I haven’t made anything or I have spent all (if not more) money than I had made for that week.
When ever I have had a fat blowout it is from not enough training, too many beers and too much bad food – my worst blowout was 9kg of fat in 4 months when I was travelling just so you know that I am human too.
On the flip side when I have been at my fittest, strongest, wealthiest and had veins in my abs (not at the same time, again I am human and can only juggle so much) it was when I was CRUSHING the necessary steps with laser focus and doing the required work EVERYDAY to get the result I was after.
What is my point here?
Where ever we/I are in our lives our results just reflect the work or preparation that we have shown over time.
The best thing is that if we aren’t where we want we can start RIGHT NOW to move towards that point.
Life is a one step at a time type game and that next step will move you closer towards something regardless of what you want.
Think, plan and take the right step.
What I do when I am tired will pretty much some up my reality.
If I don’t do the required work, the training, eat the right foods, get my study/ reading/ learning in and show some love to those who matter just because I am tired I will NEVER become a master of that area.
The key is getting the work done first with no chance of skipping it, then rest later.
Does this mean I need to feel tired and like shit all of the time?
It means that I must focus on what I need to get done and once it is done then I rest and recover.
Repeat this process every day, month, year and it will put my in a completely different world after 1,3,5 and imagine 10 years of consistency!
Where do you need to suck it up and get it done even if you don’t feel like it?
We are all going to die someday.
^^^ That’s a positive way to start ey?
The term YOLO (you only live once) gets thrown around a lot these days, mostly by people doing risky things or drug enthusiasts who are trying to justify their sedation sessions.
You know what we DO only live once.
They are right.
Because of this I have a fear that when I am watching over my own funeral I will be refered to as an average guy who did average things and will be sorely missed by his family (but the rest of the community is none the wiser).
I want to leave a hole in the world when I leave, I want to be seen for doing something big and productive and helping a lot of people along the way.
What do you want for you?
Go get after it.