Try Cardio Coach for Free?!

Cardio Coach Seekers … read the post below to get the latest update on how to get Volume 1 for free.

UPDATE:

Seems the coupon code has “expired.”  I’ve contacted support a couple of times now for that site.  In the meantime, if you send me an email, or put a comment below, I’ll add you to the shared Dropbox account I am using to host the Full Volume of Cardio Coach Volume 1 as promised.  If you use Dropbox, you’ll just get an invite code from me and you’ll see the folder.  If not, sign up as it’s free anyway and you can store and share files.

END UPDATE:

I used to hate doing any cardio until I heard my first Volume of Cardio Coach.  In my experience with high intensity interval training, nothing beats it.  Sean O’Malley has been in my “ear” for years giving me tips and instruction and the motivation I needed to keep pushing and finish strong.

For a limited time, you can download Volume 1A at no charge!  This version has extensive coaching for first-time users.

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Holy Grail Body Transformation Review

Holy Grail Body Transformation by Tom Venuto as Reviewed by Marc David

When I first grabbed my copy of The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program by Tom Venuto, I DID expect the best.  I have known Tom since I started by online fitness business several years ago.  With his original Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle, my nutrition knowledge was already top-notch.  The real reason I wanted to test out this body transformation program was simple.

I’m tired of the typical bulk and cut cycles that are preached on the Internet.  I’m tired of gaining fat in the off-season and having to work hard to burn it off and just hold pace during the rest of the year.  I also am a glutton for new challenges as I get bored easily. The ideas proposed by the Holy Grail Body Transformation Plan intrigued me on many levels.

Here’s your chance to read this Holy Grail Body Transformation Review and figure out if Tom Venuto’s Holy Grail Body Transformation System is something for you.

Holy Grail Body Transformation:  What You Can Expect

Part one starts out with the theory and science covering the Holy Grail Body Transformation program concepts.  While many people may want to breeze over this section, I guarantee you it is not overly scientific or boring.  You need to understand the physiological process of  a body transformation and how you gain muscle and burn fat.  The whole nutritional program is based upon your ability to manipulate your nutrition to achieve the results you desire.

“Should you decide to pursue the Holy Grail, you are about to embark on a challenging journey. ~ Tom Venuto

Part two gives you the Holy Grail Body Transformation nutritional techniques to make this into reality.  Nutrient timing and nutritional periodization are discussed.  Your choices for the cyclical nutrition plan is the absolute core of the Holy Grail Body Transformation Program.  If you don’t get this right, it’s the difference between making a little progress and significant.  Sounds complicated but it is not.

Part three covers the Holy Grail Body Transformation weight training aspect.  There’s a program called “The New Bodybuilding” or T.N.B. workout.  In a nutshell, it’s an upper and lower body routine, twice a week, with different rep ranges, sets and rest periods.  You will be focusing on strength training and muscle hypertrophy, twice a week.  I found this to be very unique for my style of training.  Being a typical bodybuilder, I focused on split routines and a single goal.  While I’ve mixed and matched rest periods, sets and weights, this upper and lower body concept was a breath of fresh air.  Granted, it’s not a new concept by any means and for many people, they have done this style but if you have never tried it before, it’s interesting.

  • Upper and Lower body workouts; twice a week
  • Focused strength and muscle growth priorities

While the Holy Grail workout is great, it’s limited.  You will find that after 3 cycles of this program, roughly 12 weeks, you want to change it up.  Maybe do something entirely different.  The exercises listed are top-notch but for those who workout at home or the gym does not have the correct setup, you will be forced to mix and match your own program.  That is not a problem for most but could be a limiting factor.

You can use the nutritional outline in this Holy Grail Body Transformation Guide with any workout program.  While it appears to be optimized for the T.N.B. workout, there is no barriers to using this concept with any other weight training program.  Which is the ultimate in mix and match in my opinion.

The Holy Grail Body Transformation report would benefit from a plug and go type exercise chart showing sample exercises, reps, sets and rest periods.  For example, list several exercises for each body part and the user can pick and choose what to do.  This still allows the concept of the T.N.B. program to be completed but it would give much needed options for those who may not be able to do or have access to that piece of equipment.  It’s the only flaw I see in the Holy Grail Body Transformation workout section.

Part four talks about Holy Grail Body Transformation lifestyle factors that will and can effect your progress.

  • Sleep
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

Part five is a question and answer section specific to the Holy Grail Body Transformation report.  After the first version of the Holy Grail Body Transformation manual which was done and completed during a Burn the Fat Inner Circle challenge, Tom Venuto took the hundreds of e-mails and put them into a Q&A format.  The latest version really drills down into things that are covered but maybe overlooked the first go around.  This turns out to be an immensely helpful chapter of the Holy Grail Body Transformation e-book.

In the Holy Grail Body Transformation appendix sections, you will find things like:

  • Sample Holy Grail Body Transformation meal plans
  • Calorie calculators
  • Burn the Fat 2.0 food database
  • The T.N.B. workout program to be used with the Holy Grail Body Transformation

Please understand that if you aren’t versed in nutrition or just a beginner, this program may be a little too complex.  The Holy Grail Body Transformation does have sample meal plans but you don’t find an in depth coverage of nutrition for a lifestyle and the workouts assume you can handle yourself in the gym as far as knowing when and how to push yourself past limitations.  A person without 6 months of solid weight lifting experience would be best to stick with a more generalized program and not worry about body composition changes as described in the Holy Grail Body Transformation that are left to a more advanced athlete.  That being said, if you are dedicated and one of the exceptions to the rule, as a beginner you could make some significant progress on such a plan.

The Holy Grail Body Transformation Bottom Line

In summary, the Holy Grail Body Transformation program is one of the most fun and nutritionally challenging programs I’ve tried in a decade.  I’ve seen my own body fat go from the lower end of average (14%) for a bodybuilder to a lean, 7.47% with a small amount of muscle gain, significant fat loss and gains in overall strength.  The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program bills itself as a body composition changer and if followed to the letter, it will do just that without making you feel starving for food or in such a low carbohydrate deficit you are walking around like a zombie with a constant low sugar, low carb headache.

Over the course of 8 weeks using the Holy Grail Body Transformation, I personally have received many questions about this program myself.  So I’ve developed my own question and answer section that pertains to the Holy Grail Body Transformation program.

Holy Grail Body Transformation:  Question and Answer

QUESTION:

What kind of diet do you go on, in terms of calories, protein, fat, and carb ratios when doing the Holy Grail Body Transformation program?

ANSWER:

Your calorie calculation requires you to figure out how many calories a day you will need for weight gain, maintenance and weight loss.  You will use either the Harris-Benedict Formula or the Katch-Mcardle Formula.  Nothing out of the ordinary here.  The reason you will want to know all three is that depending on the cylindrical diet plan you choose, you will have different calorie targets.

This Holy Grail Body Transformation plan revolves around the concept of Zig-Zag nutrition.  That’s where you have a few days below maintenance, then you follow it up with a maintenance or above maintenance calorie day.  You might choose the plan called the 3:1 Cycle.

That’s 3 days of 15%-20% below maintenance and 1 day in a surplus or 15% above.  Or you might choose a 3 day of surplus and 3 days of a calorie deficit.  There’s a few options depending on what your primary goal is for your macrocycle.  Meaning…

Are you trying to primary build muscle and burn some fat, or burn fat as a priority but keep muscle or maybe.. do the unthinkable and get leaner while gaining muscle which is the crux of the Holy Grail Body Transformation.  The nutrition portion of the Holy Grail Body Transformation plan will guide you through all 3 options very nicely.

Proteins, Fats and Carbs will be in the standard.. 45%, 35%, 20% .  Focus for the Holy Grail Body Transformation is on higher protein for muscle retention and satiety.  The lower carbs is very comfortable with emphasis on carb tappering and burning fat without sending you into low or zero carb mode where you feel like a zombie.  The fats are there to keep your intake in-line with recommendations.

Where it gets REAL INTERESTING specific to the Holy Grail Body Transformation system is the carbohydrate tappering plans (carbs specifically around workouts) and post-workout nutrition that makes the Holy Grail Body Transformation program stand out a bit from others.  Rather than just having a standard set meal plan, the focus is on lowered carbs overall (200g per day) with a focus on most of those carbs coming into play before and after the workout.  This allows you to have plenty of energy for that specific time when you need  it most.  Most plans don’t take this into account.  It makes it a bit more specific to your goals.

Being on a continued lower calorie plan is a good way to lose muscle.  Being in a surplus too long and you gain fat.  This Holy Grail Body Transformation 3:1 style along with the others is just easy enough to follow without making every single day a “new” meal plan and overly complicated.

Nutrition in the Holy Grail Body Transformation Program is a top priority.  Get this right and you are almost guaranteed some significant results.

QUESTION:

What does the T.N.B. workout consist of?  Heavyweights 8-10 reps, light weight 12-15 reps?

ANSWER:

Called the T.N.B. (the new bodybuilding) workout is an upper body, lower body workout, done twice a week and is included in the Holy Grail Body Transformation program.  The focus is on strength and muscle growth and that is accomplished by variable sets, rep ranges and rest periods.  Loading periods are cycled so that each week, you aim to be personal bests.  Your ranges for strength will be in the 5-6 rep range and muscle growth in the typical 8-12 range.  Strength phases will use a 5×5 method which is quite good for raw strength gains. Lower volume will be used for higher rep ranges.  While you can use any program with the Holy Grail Body Transformation system, I’d recommend at least trying the included T.N.B. workouts to the letter before making any switches or determinations.

Week 1: Introductory loading

Week 2:  Base loading

Week 3: Overloading

Week 4: Shock loading

Week 5: Begin a new cycle of the Holy Grail Body Transformation

After 3 cycles of this Holy Grail Body Transformation, you’ll need to switch up the exercises.  It’s a very detailed program that covers what most bodybuilders want. Strength with significant muscle growth.  And while it may not be new to some (upper and lower body routines) it creates a nice foundation in which you can build upon to further create your own workouts.  The only thing I’d wish for is some easier method to create these sticking to the principles outlined. It’s far too easy to start adding new exercises to the original Holy Grail Body Transformation program and you’ll end up in the gym for 2 hours.

In the current form, you can do this Holy Grail Body Transformation routine in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

After the third (3rd) round of the Holy Grail Body Transformation workout, Tom recommends switching to a new program or continue to use the weekly workout schedule, set/rep parameters while changing some or all of the exercises.

QUESTION:

I work out at 3:45am everyday Monday thru Friday and it drives me insane when everyone’s diet never takes into account for people like me that workout first thing when they get up because tons of bodybuilders and trainers do that.  All the diets start out about eating breakfast, then a snack, etc then talk about working out at night. Some of us get up early and workout.

ANSWER:

Even if you do your weight workouts when you get up.. it’s IMPERATIVE to eat.  While cardio can be done on an empty stomach (but there’s really no added fat burning benefit), weight training should not.  You need fuel for those workouts.  If you get up early, you should have some type of high protein, high carbohydrate breakfast and give yourself 30 minutes to digest the food.  You may need more time, maybe less.  Personally, I can eat a full meal and be ready to go in about 30 minutes.  But you need to be fueled for those workouts.

Many bodybuilders do workout early.  But if  you want to build muscle, you’ve got to fuel yourself.  Even the individuals I know who hit the gym at 5:00am still make time for a quick breakfast at 4:30am.  This breakfast can be as simple as raw uncooked oats, protein powder and an orange.  Plenty of carbs and protein for a weight training workout.

There are less benefits to weight training without adequate nutrition.  After being asleep and potentially catabolic with lower nitrogen levels, the last thing you want to do is induce more stress via weight training without proper pre-workout nutritional support.  Take the time for a short, quick breakfast to get some fuel into your system so you can attack the weights.  After that, support yourself with proper post-workout nutrition.

QUESTION:

Can you give like maybe a 2 day complete sample diet of what you eat on the Holy Grail Body Transformation quest to give some new ideas of what to eat.   Right now I’m stuck on protein drinks, grilled chicken breast, green beans, and egg whites for pretty much my entire day.

ANSWER:

Oddly enough, the meal plans that come with the program are nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, they actually matched my target calorie goals for both a deficit and surplus.  While it’s hard to believe, I have stuck with the defaults for two reasons:

  1. It makes life simple
  2. It makes life really simple

All joking aside, the one thing that had me pulling my hair out was the constant switching of high and low calorie days too often or different meals for every day.  While the variety was welcomed, it made it frustrating to grocery shop quickly and it made bulk cooking and planning an event not worth pursuing anymore after a couple of weeks.  This Holy Grail Body Transformation plan is not much more than eggs, chicken, fish, occasional beef, and vegetables.  It makes shopping a breeze.  It makes eating dull.

Now there’s options as the Holy Grail Body Transformation program comes with the standard Burn the Fat 2.0 food database.  Meaning, you have a list of foods in which you can substitute for any of the items.  Tired of Salmon?  Switch it for Tilapia.  Tired of turkey?  Switch it for Venison.

Bottom line, the Holy Grail Body Transformation program comes with several sample meal plans for men and women, based upon some basic calorie goals.  There is a nice one that shows you the carb tappering method of nutrition that is discussed in detail.  Meaning, a fair amount of carbs before and after your training.  But not too much before and after. Thus, you can keep a reasonably low carb plan but have plenty of energy specific for the workouts.  This is something missing in most meal plans today.  They hit macro-nutrient ratios and calories with a wide variety of foods but they don’t necessarily target those calories specific to a workout.  Just seeing the concept is enough for you to adjust any of the sample plans to whatever you might need.

Got a question about the Holy Grail Body Transformation program general or specific? Feel free to ask.  Tried this program?  Let others know your experience in the comment section if you have used the Holy Grail Body Transformation program by Tom Venuto.

Update:  I’ve gone back to using the nutrition concepts outlined in the Holy Grail Body Transformation system but switched my weight workouts to 2 days a week full body heavy lifts and 2 day a week using TRX.  I’m pleased the results.

- marc david

P.S. - Not sure?  Here’s your chance to get the Holy Grail Body Transformation Free Download PDF reports that cover these details and more.

“OPERATION MOTIVATION” – too good to miss

If you’ve been with us for very long, you’ve noticed that I am not the bandwagon type when it comes to recommending products. It’s not just because I am picky about what I approve, it’s because I’ve reviewed many programs and systems that just don’t hold enough true value. This is one opportunity that I am fully behind and strongly support. This is the solution for anyone, male or female, who has ever fallen off the workout wagon or succumbed to diet relapse, binges or just too much over-indulgence.

It’s called, “OPERATION MOTIVATION”, a simple system that gives you a proven, practical and scientifically-verified solution to every type of motivation problem and “I CAN”T STICK WITH IT” problem.

If you’ve ever been stumped, baffled, frustrated or downright MAD because you just couldn’t motivate yourself to get up early and hit the gym or eat healthy meals consistently all week long, then this is something you do NOT want to miss.

“Operation Motivation” is the latest from fat loss expert, Tom Venuto. Inside the 7 special PDF ebooks and reports, you’ll learn exactly HOW to setup a motivational propulsion system, and why you need to get your mind working for you before you even start a diet or workout program.

Tom should know. Not only is he one of the most respected fat loss and nutrition experts in the industry today, he is also a META level Neuro-Linguistic-Programming Master, having studied under some of the top motivation and psychology mentors in the world. This isn’t pop psychology, mumbo-jumbo. It’s scientifically-confirmed
strategies for building a motivational plan for life.

So when a guy like Tom speaks about motivation, you definitely want to hear what he has to say. This is a small sampling of what you’ll learn from him:

* MOTIVATIONAL PROPULSION SYSTEMS: How to program your mind to
automatically and habitually exercise your body (If this doesn’t
light a FIRE under your butt, nothing will).

* THE NEW VISUALIZATION BREAKTHROUGH: Take advantage of the
mind-body connection with the techniques sports psychologists have
been teaching for decades, along with 1 new twist.

* SUCCESS SEMANTICS: The psychological explanation for how Words
can enhance or destroy your health and how to turn failure talk
into success talk.

* THE GOAL ACHIEVER’S SECRET WEAPON: How a cheap little “tool” can
install positive success programming into your mind.

* END EMOTIONAL EATING: Eating to cope with stress, depression or
other feelings, or eating for the wrong reasons can totally
undermine the best nutrition plan. Learn the 5-step formula to stop
it once and for all.

* SELF IMAGE SECRETS: How the hidden image you hold of yourself in
your mind is the prime reason for diet sabotage (and the same
reason that 90% of lottery winners blow their winnings).

From now until Midnight (PST), July 17th,
you can get a copy of the “Operation Motivation” bonuses in PDF ebook transcripts when you purchase Tom’s Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle e-book from:

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Tom and I set high standards because there is such a lack of high quality products for fitness seekers and bodybuilders.

I can tell you without hesitation that Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle is 100% real. The testimonials and results are absolutely phenomenal, verified, and undeniable. It hasn’t been a best-seller since 2003 for no reason.

The people behind it are part of the “quiet giants” club. Far different from the “boys club” or brat pack, this club is reserved only for the best and brightest among us – people who succeed time and time again.

On the few occasions that I do promote, it is because I’ve picked the rare finds we think is one of the most important, if not THE most important tools you should own.

Take a look at the offer Tom Venuto is holding until Friday, July 17th, 2009 at midnight PST.

Burn The Fat is often referred to as “the bible of fat burning nutrition” and if you don’t have a copy yet, then this is a better opportunity than ever because you will get the Operation Motivation as a bonus along with the Burn The Fat program.

This offer is almost over, so I highly recommend you visit the Burn The Fat website today and jump on this deal while you still can.

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Enjoy. I mean it!

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. This is your absolute last chance to get these 7 motivation books and reports. The deadline is tonight, Friday, July 17th, 2009 at midnight.

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Ten Timeless Burn Fat and Build Muscle Techniques

On a day sort of like this on out here in California, eighteen years ago, I started working out in my bedroom with a Sears plastic weight set and no clue of what I needed to do.  Passion drove me and the hunger to build muscle, become stronger and change my body serve as the fuel for massive change in the future.  A senior in high school without a clue except that I desired a different body image and I desperately wanted to change.

At the time, my mind overflowed with ambitious dreams of the future.

There are techniques that can make your quest easier and your journey more compelling. While this list is in no way comprehensive, these 10 strategies are used quite a bit because they work.

Repetition

Frankly… it’s the foundation of my own fitness program.  In order to see results, you’ve got to give your program time to work and it needs to be applied over a period of weeks.  Since bodies don’t change overnight, most don’t, repetition is key and if you can keep repeating something over and over even as simple as going to the gym, ultimately you’ll be better off today than you were yesterday.

Most fitness experts won’t tell you this but even if it’s the WRONG thing to do (e.g. 60 minutes of low intensity cardio for some) it’s still better than doing nothing or being frustrated and staying home.  Go to the gym, repeat the steps over and over and learn along the way.  Then adjust.  As you repeat the process, it becomes routine.  Ingrained in your daily life and that is exact point when missing a workout feels strange.  Because you’ve repeated it so many times it’s part of your life.  Repetition.

Reasons Why

During the months of October 2008 – December 2008, I lost my reasons why.  Reasons why I went to the gym.  I’m already healthy, I eat right and I workout.  For those 3 months, I was focused on the Stock Market, my portfolio that was taking a beating and it’s when I learned something about trading options and changing my perspective on investing.

But my reasons why for going to the gym were back-burnered.  I didn’t go much.  My workouts were ho-hum and sub-par.  I felt like the reason of the mindless crowd that shows up.  Looks around and then tries to figure out what to do.  Does some stuff and leaves unsatisfied.  Reminded me of the college days when I had no time either!

The strategy itself does make sense if you think about it. We don’t like to be told things or asked to take action without a reasonable explanation.  You need to give yourself a reason why.  It will help you stay focused and enable repetition to become common place.

Consistency

Dave Draper once said…

If there’s a secret, it’s consistency. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe bad exercise, badly executed consistently is far better than no exercise at all.

Exercise applied consistently over a period of years will lead to results.  Even the guys in my gym that do the worst form, the sloppiest stuff and are all over the board at still 100x in better shape than those who do nothing and figure it’s not worth their time.  These guys and gals are at least consistent in their efforts.  Over time, they can learn and change.  But it’s the repetition of going to the gym and making an appearance and then applying sound principles consistently over time that makes a person’s physique change.

Expand Your Social Support

Some people need personal trainers.  Others need a training partner.  And with Web 2.0 stuff becoming more and more mainstream to the point of Twitter updates on your cell phone mid-set, you can do something Adam Waters has said before.

There is a need for positive pressure to make accountability work.

My friend Mike Mahony wrote a 2 part post about Social Networking 101.  He’s using it to provide accountability for himself in his muscle building goals and current fat loss endeavors.  Instead of paying for a trainer in this case, he’s getting support from friends and making himself more accountable for his daily efforts by posting his results, his thoughts and his discoveries along the way.

Maybe you can use Social Media in some way to connect with like-minded people today that have similar goals?  The power of the group is more than enough fuel when you don’t seem to have the energy yourself.

Other ways to expand your social support courtesy of The Body Fat Solution pages 211 – 215 :

  • hire a trainer
  • enroll in group classes
  • locate a training partner
  • find a mentor
  • join a health club
  • join an internet forum or community

Learning New Things

When somebody has the machine you want or the squat cage has a line longer than opening night of a hit movie, you need to have an arsenal of other exercises you can do.  No matter the gym I step into, I’ve got a Plan A and a Plan B.  If a station is taken or somebody steals my thunder during a super-set, I can switch it up quickly.  Don’t worry…

You won’t have to learn every exercise in the book but it helps to have options.  Sticking to a single plan for the rest of your life is not the way to go.  Try new programs.  See what works.  Toss out what doesn’t.  Learn new exercises.  The more you have at  your disposal, the faster you can keep challenging your body to grow.

Having an open mind will propel you to your goals so fast your head will spin.  And in the event things don’t go your way, you’ll have options.  I’ve know 2 people in my journey so far that literally left the gym when the only squat bar was in use.  They had no other options to stimulate leg growth!  Don’t be like that.

One such resource is Nick Nilsson and his Powerful Training Secrets.  I have no idea how Nick comes up with all these exercises.  It”s an amazing resource of exercises, mainstream and not for every body part.

Address Objections

Once you’ve got some reasons why at any point in your quest, it’s equally important to address any objections you might have to starting a new program, a new gym or anything else.

If you start to think “yeah but…”

You’ll stray off the path.  Figure out any issues up front and tackle them head-on.  Here’s an example.

You purchase a new fat burning or muscle building program.  You print it out and immediately pick it apart.  “Yeah but squats and deadlifts on the same day?  I read that’s not good.”

For starters, you’ve put yourself in a negative mindset and it’s doubtful the program will work for you.  Before you start something, address those objections up front and get over it.  If you can’t, then find another alternative.  I’ve seen too many people download, print or purchase a program only to tweak the living heck out of it before Day 1 and in less than 2 weeks, they have determined the program isn’t any good.

They failed to address their personal objections up front Day 1.

Learn to Deal with Information Overload

15 years ago, all you had for fitness information came from the mainstream publications of professional bodybuilders.  Doing those routines would eliminate the average person.  Not a lot existed at the time to get quality information out to the masses for the natural bodybuilder.

There’s so much information out there that over time, you are just as confused as you were before you had any.

  • Cardio is bad?
  • No wait, low intensity cadio is bad.
  • Wait.. cardio over 45 minutes is bad but I see really ripped bodybuilders doing it and it’s working for them?!
  • Squat below parallel are bad for the knees but this guy says that’s not true?
  • 1g of protein per lb of bodyweight.  Or is that 1.43?  Or 2 g?  Or as much as possible?
  • Carbs before 7pm is bad.  That’s a myth.  No wait it is true if I go to be at 5pm.  But…
  • Creatine works!  Creatine doesn’t work.

The trick is to learn from quality sources and filter out the noise.  If you listen to everybody and believe the hype, you’ll end up in the same position today as yesterday.  Unable to move.  Unable to make a decision.  And more confused than ever before with the slew of information coming at you.

I’ve often said that unless your job is a personal trainer, a freelance writer or you have a passion for learning this stuff, there’s simply no point in learning all the minor details if whatever you are doing is working for you today.

In fact, some of the most brilliant minds in nutrition today don’t have the bodies to prove it.  The reverse is true, some of the most gifted natural bodybuilders that work hard day in and day out and follow the basics, couldn’t tell you too much about Cortisol or how fat is stored.  They don’t care, they just know how to burn it.

It does not take a degree in exercise physiology or a Masters in Nutrition to get this right.  Learn what you need to know for your own personal goals and then apply those fundamentals consistently, over time with hard work and dedication.  That’s how the job gets done.

Know Thyself or The Experiment of One

Carlos DeJesus said…

The experiment of one is essentially the Discovery of self.

Learning is awesome.  Knowing fact from fiction is important.  Following the fundamentals is the ultimate key to success.  But the end result is you and you alone.  What works for you and whatever gets you the results you desire.

I’ve read too many articles that tell me don’t use this machine.  I’ve written articles myself that tell you to avoid 2 exercises if you value your lower back and shoulders.  There’s plenty of research to support Brand X supplement.

Quick Action Plan:

  • Listen less to others opinions
  • Listen more to yourself

You can read more about The Experiment of One over at Carlos DeJesus site.

Agitate and Solve

A bit skinny?  A bit overweight?  Don’t avoid those issues if they bother you.  Deal with them directly and learn how to solve them.  I spent eighteen years dealing with the Skinny Guy issue but with repetition, consistency, being bugged by the problem and trying to solve it.  I made plenty of mistakes along the way.  But I got there and if I gave up years ago, I’d still have my personal issue that bothered me and I’d not be anywhere close to my goal.

Learn from Mistakes; Don’t Dwell on Them

It’s okay to miss a gym day.  As I type out this blog skipping breakfast while being burned on a trade I place earlier today, once again I’m reminded that it’s okay to make mistakes.  So what if I skipped breakfast just today?  Big deal.  I’ll live.  I won’t lose 10 lbs of muscle and I will still have a kick butt gym day.

Now if I did that every single day, we’d have a problem.

Too many people beat themselves up for the smallest things.  They will ruin an entire 12 hour day because they missed 45 minutes of the gym.  I literally worked half-asses for 3 months while I focused on something else, I ate like the normal person and didn’t drink enough water.

I didn’t get much weaker.  I didn’t lose much mass.  And my entire body didn’t gain 12+ body fat.  I’m not bragging about my lack of reasons why or my consistency in the gym.  I only wish to prove that it’s okay to stumble a bit in your journey forward.  If you beat yourself up over the minor mistakes, you end up being so negative you quit going altogether and that is a mistake you should dwell on!

Allow yourself to make some mistakes.  Fitness is the quest of a lifetime.  Give yourself room to breathe so you can focus on the important stuff and keep making the small steps forward.

If this resonates with you, feel free to drop me a comment below or add in a techinque I missed that has made all the difference in your life.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of The NoBull Bodybuilding Program

So, what do you think?

Weight Loss Secrets for Real People

Mike Mahony “The Fat Burning Machine” interviews Marc David “The NoBull Muscle Guy”
about training, nutrition and program evaluation.

[tag-tec]Mike Mahony[/tag-tec] knows exactly what’s it’s like to be overweight and start a mission to burn fat. He’s called “The Fat Burning Machine” and is part of the Adam Waters “Real-Time Physique” shredders group. A group of dedicated individuals that are determined to transform their bodies.

This interview covers:

* Can you really expect the same gains year after year like a beginner?

* Marc’s thoughts on pre-fabricated workouts.

* When should you cut and when should you bulk?

* Tips on how to increase your bench press.

* Why separating your cardio from your weights might be just what you need to burn more fat.

* What supplements work and how you can keep your budget to $30 or less and make fantastic progress.

If you want to know how to burn more fat, lose weight or begin a body transformation, you’ll want to listen to this call.
MP3 File