Glutamine and Creatine are Steroids

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According to Google…

.. as they have recently banned advertising of substances they classify as “Anabolic Steroids.”  Thus things like Glutamine and Cellmass are now banned using Adwords.

McDonald’s Must Pay Obese Employee

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McDonalds to Pay for Obese Employee

If you haven’t seen the latest fast food lawsuit, it goes something like this…

Headline: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K

When I read this SF Gate article (link here) I had mixed emotions.  But first.. here’s the basics.

A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years.

He felt he was forced to sample the food to ensure high standards as random people who worked for the company come in and report violations and problems.

Not to mention, the company offered free lunches to employees which only added to his caloric intake.

On the one hand.. food prices have increased in the last few years.

On the other hand, the myth that it costs so much to eat healthy really isn’t true if you look at the larger picture that encompasses your total health.

[ Note: This article was written by fitness and nutrition author Jon Benson.  I have his permission to share it with you.  Jon is the author of the The Every Other Day Diet]

One of the biggest myths out there is the myth that eating healthy costs too much.

Just the opposite… and I’ll prove it to you in three ways.

#1: Cash

Here’s some sample figures courtesy of my friend Scott Tousignant’s fitness blog…

  • 2 medium size sweet potatoes $1 or… small fries from a fast food joint
  • 2 red peppers $1 or… a can of pop
  • Bowl of oatmeal with fruit & protein powder $2 or… large bag of chips
  • 6 Chicken Breasts $10 or… a sub combo from a fast food joint
  • 18 eggs $3.50 or… a burger from a fast food joint
  • 2 salmon fillets $15 or… large pizza
  • Loaded chicken salad (homemade) $3 or… bag of cookies
  • Large bag of oatmeal $3.50 or… 4 chocolate bars

Not much of a comparison, it is?

Yet the foods on the left would feed a family of two or more for 4-7 days… the foods on the right? 2-3 days if you live through it.

Tips to make the most expensive part of eating healthy — the cost of quality meats — go further include…

1. Use tofu fillers in chicken and beef recipes. Even if you hate tofu, you can barely taste the difference when combined properly.

2. Buy your meats in bulk online. You can find less expensive grass-fed beef and naturally-raised chicken and have it delivered to you if you live near a large city. If not, check the local farmers.

3. Eat meat only 3-4 times per week and use black beans with rice or inexpensive tuna for your other days. I eat tuna cooked in a skillet with lots of veggies and some olive oil almost every night and I LOVE the taste!

My book The Every Other Day Diet has over 40 pages of recipes in it to help you eat healthy and cheap… and you can still eat out and consume your favorite foods several times per week.

#2: Your Health

Do we ‘really’ need to talk about buy new (usually larger) clothes every year or two? Or about the health care costs associated with being even 20 pounds over your ideal weight, let alone more? How about the time you miss from work with excessive colds?

Eating healthy and taking care of your body adds years to your life… and for the record, the years eating poorly takes away from your life, on average, costs each American over 80,000 in medical expenses.

Want to add that to your food budget?

#3: The Big Picture

Anyone who has been fit knows the joy it brings… the freedom you feel from wearing whatever you want… the productivity you see from increased energy… the pace at which you move during the day.

Not only are these gifts priceless, but they are also massive cash-savers. Your productivity alone can add thousands to your bottom line each year, well off-setting any costs associated with eating quality food.

The Bottom Line…

Like any good accountant would suggest, you need to look at your ROI (return on investment) if nothing else.

What does investing in a better body, greater health, and vibrant energy do for your life? How can that actually translate into more income AND less expense?

You will be surprised.

Remember:
Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

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Frank Zane vs. Markus Ruhl

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Frank Zane (classic bodybuilder) next to Markus Ruhl (current).

TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS:

  1. Which look do you prefer if any?
  2. Is there such a thing as too big?

Submit your comments in the box below.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

P.S. - I don’t have the information on who created this photo. But I’d be more than happy to give credit where credit is due.  I just can’t find a source.  If there is one, I’ll update this post to reflect that fact.

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Creatine Causes Roid Rage!?

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Do you ever wonder why some people ask the craziest questions about some supplement?

Like why they’ve heard Creatine is a steroid?  Or how come Brand X protein causes a roid rage when taken by somebody male who’s young?  Or that high protein diets CAUSE kidney stones.

The answer is quite obvious.

Consumers for the most part, put forth very little effort into supplement research. To complicate matters, they don’t even know where to begin to do any research.  Most people get advice about supplements from 3 places:

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When Bodybuilding and Steroids Go Wrong

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At some point, you’ve probably read or heard about A-Rod, or Alex Rodriguez admitting to steroid use.  The story can be summed up as… “On Monday in an ESPN interview, Rodriguez copped to using steroids while with the Texas Rangers. He said the pressure to prove he was worth the Texas-sized $252 million contract forced him to use steroids.”

But it’s not a shocker to see professional athletes using steroids.  Is it?  If it’s so illegal why hasn’t Mr. Olympia been shut down?  Nobody is shocked at those shows.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Here, from the business records of a Florida wellness center that was closed after a 2007 law enforcement raid, are the faces of the nation’s infatuation with performance-enhancing drugs – people who sought to buy steroids, human growth hormone and other powerful prescription drugs over the Internet to address deeply felt problems and concerns.

You have to read this story at least for some of the reasons why the normal, non-professional would consider taking steroids.

The steroid user next door – who bought and why

What about your kids?  What about you?  Your wife?  Husband?  Maybe you serve in the military and need a boost?  The sex life isn’t what it used to be?  You’ve been involved in an accident and if only you could get your hands on some HGH or Steroids, you could get back to your former self.

“A soldier from Iowa wrote: “I want to build muscle pretty quick but do it in a healthy way. I am 19 years old and I have tried all kind of things ever since I have been here in Iraq.”

Your 19.  You probably don’t know who Vince Gironda is… you don’t eat enough and you don’t get top quality nutrition while serving.  I guarantee you at 19 years of age, you haven’t tried jack!

Without getting into the arguments for or against it, I simply found this story to be interesting to see who else is looking for the magic promised by performance enhancing drugs.  While sports stars get all the attention, they are not the only people involved in this or wanting the benefits promised by the right dose.  Who knows… maybe the woman next door who is overweight and tried every diet is seeking the promise made.  Or the 14 year old kid who’s pressured to gain weight and strength fast for next season.

The steroid user next door – who bought and why

No matter what your overall opinions are on this issue, you have to admit, Americans are a drug culture.  We solve our issues with a pill.

I’m not sure of the solution.  Maybe you have some ideas.  I’d love to hear them.

To Your Health,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

P.S. - This is only meant to bring light to some other reasons why people may take steroids.  This isn’t meant as my rant against them.  I don’t know anything about them.  I simply thought the reasons why non-professionals might take them were different from what I read and hear in the news.

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2009 Predictions

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In line with every other fitness expert, guru and fanatic… I felt instead of telling you what to get ready for in 2009 or the usual party lines of…

“Come on guys and gals, this is the time.  No excuses!  It’s now or never!”

You’ve already seen that and heard it.  I’m going to just give you a run down of what I see happening in 2009.

  • 1 ab physical product will be sold in an As Seen in TV.  Bloggers will pick up on the story and immediately tell you how you don’t need it but you do need a $47+ ebook program complete with DVDs
  • Two new diets will come out.  They will be twists on the same old things as every diet is… but they will have cooler cover, fancier names and big promos pushing them.  If you watch Oprah, you know exactly what I mean.
  • 2009 will be the year of Back to the Basics.  Because 2008 was a twist on so many advanced concepts, functional strength, Bosu balls, free weights and such… 2009 is going to be a slew of preaching about lifting heavy weight, sticking to the basics and not wasting time with all those other programs.  The same ones being promoted to you in 2008 mind you.
  • Americans will spend a bit less on fitness related stuff opting to see if they can use what they already have but International sales will go up as the US dollar continues to lose value.  I’m getting more and more questions and comments from foreign fitness people than ever before.
  • At least 3 major fitness blogs will post a list of the Top X exercises to avoid.  I’ve already seen Men’s Health and Fitness jump on this one in their Rodale series of books for 2009.  A list of exercises you should avoid at all costs.  It’s got new ones from my 2008 edition.  By 2012, it will only be safe to walk, do strict pull-ups and push-ups. Every machine will be banned and every free weight exercise will be somehow dangerous to your spine and gyms will toss you out for doing them.
  • Ebooks are old school.  Now it will be MP3 downloads to accompany the ebooks along with cheaply made DVDs of YouTube videos showing you somebody workout.  Translation?  You’ll be paying for free stuff.
  • Everybody (including me) will have a fitness membership site.  Some will be top notch and updated on a regular basis with high quality content.  Others will be a way to collect a monthly fee for nearly worthless drivel or a collection of free articles you can find anywhere on the web.
  • 2009 prices will be higher than 2008.  Almost everybody will be raising their prices even though it’s essentially the same information.  Some things will be worth it.  Others won’t.  Be sure to pay attention to money back guarantees.
  • ClickBank will be the top re-seller of any online fitness stuff.  They are a very good company with a stellar reputation.  Money back guarantees are a given and they always honor them.  As the consumer, it’s very difficult to be screwed over by them.
  • There will be LESS gyms and MORE fitness conscious people.  The January effect which typically makes your gym more crowded for a month or two will continue longer as there’s just less gym options.  Corporate Real Estate is expensive and cash is limited.  Making opening more gyms less likely as some major chains file for bankruptcy… again.
  • People will shy away from long sales pages about a product and be more open to Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts and other methods of learning about the fitness expert they follow.  You can hire a copywriter to write your sales pages and e-mails.  But it’s much harder to hide your true personality in a Web 2.0 world.
  • More of the same.  Whatever worked in 2008 for Six Pack Abs will still work in 2009.  If you have the tools from last year, then save some $$$ and break out the ebooks and vow to read them.  Follow them.  Get them printed if it makes it easier to read.  If this is the first year for you, then 2009 will be awesome as there’s lots of products to choose from that will fit your lifestyle and goals.
  • Tom Venuto’s The Body Fat Solution will be a success because it teaches principles and doesn’t use a topical gimmick or current fad or some latest discovery.

Let’s not get too carried away with peering into the Crystal Ball for 2009.  It’s going to be slightly different in some aspects but overall, more of the same.  More ways to distract you from your goals and several more ways to overload you with so much information that ultimately you will be as confused or more confused than when you started.

It’s all good.  Keep training and train harder in 2009 than you did in 2008 and the changes you want will come by default.

Remember:

  1. Consistency
  2. Dedication
  3. Determination

That’s about the only secret to getting the body of your dreams.  Hard work applied consistently over a period of years and your friends will be asking you how you did it soon enough.

Here’s wishing you a better 2009 than 2008.

Sincerely,

Marc C. David
The NoBull Muscle Guy
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

Update 1/2/2009: Everybody will have a bodybuilding teleseminar including and not limited to, one of my cats.  Where it will be a collection of decent information but then packaged up and sold to you in some MP3/CD set.  If you miss one, don’t worry there will be at least 5 other opportunities.

Update 1/2/2009: More and more parrots and mentions of how awful it is to do cardio workouts.  2008 could have been coined “I hate cardio!”  2009 will be the same except add the tag line of “and you should too!”

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Don’t Lie About Improving Your Sex Life!

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See You in 25 Bob

Smiling Bob Gets a 25 Year Jail Sentence

While I’m not a fan of lying, cheating or scamming in any way when it comes to supplements, I’m always intrigued that the playing field isn’t level.

It’s perfectly fine to make up some new Creatine molecule structure (CE3)or tell people they can gain 20 lbs of solid muscle in 4 weeks using this product.  Or maybe that a new weight loss supplement taps into your body and burns fat without changing your diet or increasing exercise.

In a nutshell…

Message here is that it’s bad enough if you lie about your products potential for weight loss or muscle building, but don’t you dare lie about improving sex life!

Regards,

Marc C. David

P.S. - If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the last few months, I can assure you I’m alive and well.  There’s a new NoBull Bodybuilding membership site in the works!

P.S.S. - Until the economy improves (significantly) there will be no extra charges for the membership site.  It will be part of the NoBull Bodybuilding System.

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Secrets to Award Winning Physiques Revealed

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No Shortcuts to Your Physique

Do you wish you could build muscle quickly without having to put in the hard work?  Are you short on time but want the results?  If so, lump yourself in with the majority

Today I received the following from somebody I’d consider very typical when it comes to fitness.

I don’t have time to read your book because I am very busy with my work. I ask you to give me medicine to increase my muscles. - Name Withheld

And that’s just the beginning.  But in order to make this short and sweet, I’ll divvy out the solution.  It’s worked for me, it’s worked for thousands before and and it will work for thousands after me.  This solution will work for any human being regardless of race, gender or political preference.

THE SOLUTION:

  1. Hard Work
  2. Consistency
  3. Time

Without going into the complex details of training variety, periodization, zig-zag nutrition manipulation, rest periods, number of sets, etc… these 3 fundamentals are common among anybody that I’ve ever know in my entire 17 years of natural bodybuilding.

These are also the same things that happen when somebody is overweight.  It’s not like you put on 100 lbs of extra weight overnight right?  It was work, consistenly, over a long period of time.  If you only gain 10 lbs a year, in 4 years of a desk job, you’ve now got 40 lbs of extra weight and that’s pretty damn significant!

These concepts go both ways.  It’s how you change your physique.

THE BREAKDOWN:

  • Every person who’s changed their physique put forth significant effort.
  • Every person did so with consistency (they kept at it).
  • Every person gave it more than 8 months.

I can’t tell you how many times somebody will write to me with a detailed nutritional plan and training program and the very last sentence goes like… “I’ve done this for 8 weeks, non-stop and to the letter and I’m not seeing significant results!”

If you’ve tried your routine for the average lifespan of a Coral Reef Golby and are about to throw in the towel becuase you aren’t seeing results, keep in mind it takes YEARS to see incredible results and months to see significant results.

For most people, 6 months is a good time frame if you are doing the above 3 things to see some fair results of your work.  Your body doesn’t change overnight.  Well it does but not things you can see.

Take a chill pill my friend.  If you cannot devote the time now, then at least make two promises to yourself until work settles down.

Promise #1:

I will eat the best healthy breakfast I can that’s sustaining for my day.

Promise #2:

I will make it a point to get up from my desk or take a break and move about during the day.

Promise #3:

I’ll drink more water.

You know, if you can just do those 3 things now, it’s better than looking for shortcuts to building muscle when none exist.  It will end your frustration, you’ll be better off for it now and when you get the time to put forth the effort, you’ll be in a mental mindset to do the right thing.

Until then, nothing is worse than dreaming of becoming somebody with a physique you could have and then never putting forth the effort required to do so.  You’ll never reach your goal and the mental anguish is excruciating.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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That’s NOT Revolutionary!

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Seriously… can that word even be used next to “bodybuilding” without laughing hysterically?

What in bodybuilding today is truly revolutionary? Think about it for a moment. For the sake of argument, let’s just agree that Creatine was the last revolutionary thing to hit the bodybuilding market. Well documented, over 300 peer reviewed research studies. (If you didn’t count supplements, I can’t think of anything recently that would classify!)

That was some time ago.

Since then, nothing has truly been revolutionary.

Not HIIT, not high volume, not supersets, not one set to failure, not body weight exercises, not rest-pause, not instinctive training, not tri-sets, bi-sets and giant sets. Or drop sets. You get my point.. all good stuff though.

Today we have “fitness experts” that describe an exercise in vast detail and slap their names on the movements. You’d think at first glance, they invented this exercise!

In fact, many of the unusual exercises today are just from the 1950’s.

Ever heard of a “Bench Press to the Neck?”

Not new. Vince Gironda documented that one back in 1950 something.
How about in using dumbbells for the bench, you turn your palms inward?

Revolutionary?

Nope. Vince again.

Photo Credit:ryanhartsock

My intent of this blog is to point out stuff that works from the fitness experts of the past and the modified stuff we find today with more modern modifications that work from what we’ve learned to get the BEST possible combination in which to choose from.

It would be a shame to lose the history of the great bodybuilders who forged this path and gave us some really fantastic exercises and philosophies when it comes to bodybuilding.

If at all possible, I always quote or mention where I got it. I’d sure like to be revolutionary but in all honestly, I’ll just point out what works, where you can find the best information and I hope you’ll keep me honest.

After 17 years of natural bodybuilding, I know a thing or two. Experience does count for something.

Revolutionary… it still makes me giggle.

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This Really Ticks Me Off!

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I got an email recently from a big shot that claimed that he could help me build muscle, tone my body, and all of the other body building related practices. This is not the bad part…Read on.

Here is what really gets to me about people like this.

The thing is, I happen to know that the person claiming the above has no experience in the subject at hand. He has never successfully created or developed the body of his dreams. There is a rumor floating around that the book he is selling was ghostwritten, in other words he did not even write it himself. Which would explain why you could never find any pictures of him on his website or anywhere else.

It really makes me sick Unfortunately we live in a world where people like the one mentioned above could make millions of dollars on selling a product that may not even work. It may be true that there are some “REAL” people out there selling real products, that is not hard to do. They may even be selling the real products online that are not hard to do either. Then again, how much do they really practice what they teach? How much muscle have their gained or how much fat have they lost? Are they working extremely hard and have truly created a great life for themselves?

Now it may be hard to know who to trust sometimes, some may have excellent strategies for selling their products, but are they really worth the money that is asked? How can you tell what is real and who is just trying to make a quick buck. To start, you can ask these five simple questions that you can read below.

1. Have the even ever practiced what they are teaching?

There are many people out there who are great reporters. In other words, they collect information and then share it. This is ok for those of you who just want to do a little research on the subject at hand. However, if you are the kind of person who really wants to make changes in your life or business, these people are not good for you. You want and need to learn something from someone who knows what they are talking about.

2. Do they continue to practice what they are trying to teach you?

It is obvious that anyone can make a quick buck teaching what he or she knows rather than doing what he or she knows. There are many big shots that have had success and have been enjoying the benefits of that success by teaching how they achieved that success over and over again. However, just because one person had success doing something in the gym at one point in time does not mean that that same program will work for someone today. It is best to learn from someone who is still practicing what they are preaching.

3. If they are still doing what they teach, are they doing it successfully?

This may seem like a “Duh” question but it would truly amaze you to know that many people make tons of money teaching something they do but are not very good at. You should be sure to snoop around to be positive that this person not only does what they are trying to teach by does it successfully.

4. Do they have proof that what they are teaching really works?

If the person you are looking at to be your next mentor will not share things with you then they probably are not the real deal. If they can not be open and honest then their product is probably nothing but talk. I have shared things openly because I want people to know that I AM the real deal.

For example, I have shown step by step progress pictures on the information page of my NoBull Bodybuilding Program web page. I do this because anyone who is willing to spend money on learning what I have to teach deserves to know for sure that my program works.

5. Are they practicing it in a way that would suit your and your goals?

This may not be talked about all too often but you should want to learn from someone who practices in a manner that suits you and your goals. Here is an example for you: one of my clients says that you choose me over someone else she was considering mainly because I have a relaxed and fun feel to my program.

When you find a mentor that is right for you, stick with them.

Once you have decided upon your mentor you should ignore all the others for a while.

Why?

Because the number one enemy of any bodybuilder is distraction. It can be quite easy for one to jump around from program to program depending on what is new and “in” at the current time. You need to choose one mentor and stick to them for at least 6 months. This should be plenty of time for you to see if their program is working for you or not. I can personally guarantee that you will move ahead easier and faster if you follow this advice.

If you want it, you’ll have to do what it takes,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. - 6 months is a rough estimate.  Anything you try, you’ll need to be committed and give it a fair shot.  That way you’ll know if it works for you or not.  I’ve seen too many people try a new twist to their nutrition or a new training program for 7 days only to give up.  Folks, that isn’t enough time.  Give it a fair shot.  If it doesn’t work, you’ll know and never have to wait another second.

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