Genetics, College and Supplements

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Question:

I have been bodybuilding for about a year now, and really seem to be getting into it quite a while. It is amazing to find out how big the bodybuilding base is when you are actually getting to be a part of it. I had a few questions. The Mr. universe or Arnold qualifiers is it there lives to do that?

Having a job and kids and family seems too much for competitors. If you want to look like that, is it more than dedication ….you eat breath sleep bodybuilding!

I have come realize that most supplements are a scam, and eating is so hard at college, especially clean and frequently.

My genetics seem to be at a disadvantage too.

- Jake S.

Answer:

Quit worrying about genetics, supplements and how hard it will be and make small changes over the course of a year to ensure that things become a routine.

I receive all types of replies from skinny guys, women, older guys who give me a LAUNDRY list of why they can’t do something but they really want to look like such and such a fitness pro or model.

You can’t.

If you can’t train like a pro, eat like a pro and be dedicated like a pro, you can’t be a pro.  If you enjoy swimming but can only give 2 hours a week maximum and sometimes have to skip your workouts to pick up the kids, you won’t be the next Michael Phelps contender.

That doesn’t mean you can’t look awesome!

These guys don’t have to live/breath/eat bodybuilding but I’ll tell you what they do.

1) Consistency
2) Dedication
3) Determination
4) Over many years

They don’t skip meals. They don’t skip workouts. They are determined to make it work thru preparation and hardwork.  They don’t make excuses.  They overcome injuries and obstacles that would sideline the average person and keep pushing forward.  They hit a roadblock and work to get over or around it.

In the case of Usain Bolt and the Men’s 200m Semi-finals, the guy doesn’t even think about times, precise meal planning, he just does it.  He wants to win so he simply runs faster than anybody else.

They don’t worry about the supplement of the month. Most of them are either on steroids among other things or just use the basics like creatine and protein.

All these other things are for the confused guys who are looking for the answer in a bottle while the professional already know the answers.  Hard work equals great results.

Hard work over a period of time will beat out any dude who trains half-assed or inconsistently or uses some supplement of the month in hopes that he’ll look like a pro but have to put in less work.

Eating at college is hard!

In fact, I just all but skipped out on that. I just ate my 3 meals a day and worked out when I could. My goal in college was to get in and get out with a degree. Looking huge and ripped wasn’t even on my mind. I just exercised and kept active and didn’t concern myself with that.

I could have but it would have been very difficult and required a ton of planning and buying food. I didn’t have the room, the time or the will to eat 5-6 times a day when I was in school. It just wasn’t my priority.

If you want it to be, then you’ll just make it work. You’ll buy food. You’ll get a small fridge. You’ll prep meals and carry them to class because that’s what guys do in college when they need meals and are always on the go.

My tips would be to first figure out what you want and then start making small changes to make it happen.

Make things routine.

For example, take a look at your breakfast.

Is it perfect?

If not, how can you make it so. What can you do every single day to have the best darn bodybuilding breakfast on campus. If not, then you can’t possibly have a lifestyle if you can’t make a simple change to your breakfast.

Then look at your training. How can you make it consistent. 4 or 5 days a week in addition to classes? No breaks for finals. NO breaks to get hammered on Friday night. You can’t get to 10% body fat and look ripped when you get ripped right? Some guys can but most guys can’t.

Focus on what you can do and less on what you can’t.

Start small. Make your breakfast the best. If you can’t even do that for 2 weeks, then don’t bother making a significant lifestyle change as you won’t be able to keep the pace.

But you don’t have to live, breathe and eat this stuff to be a superstar. With some hardwork, consistency and dedication, you can kick butt!

Stax System

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Meal Plans Need Not Be Difficult

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Meal variety sucks and how that can be the single factor that leads you away from yourmeal planning goals.

Pull up a chair and hear me out please.

“Variety Sucks!” – he said.

My eyes were wide open like a kid who just heard his first swear word when I heard that. In fact, stunned because many people who I’ve run across told me that variety in my meals is the KEY to success.

You know what I mean don’t you?

“No not that kind of variety,” he said. “Meal variety. When you change your meals all the time. Everything has to be new for each meal. You get bored right? So you always have to have something different. That sucks.”

 

Photo Credit: by helenjane

Again, I couldn’t believe my ears and yet, he was right.

You probably already know this…

What if you continually change your meals all the time, so it’s always a new meal every day. Of course you won’t be bored but what you will find impossible to do is stick with your plan and maintain a steady goal.

Obviously you can understand that makes perfect sense!

You’re probably wondering if most professional bodybuilders and those who you admire have pretty boring diets.

Let’s take an example of Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any number of other commercial diets on the market today.

Okay, you’re probably wondering…

What do they all have in common?

Face it… they are all using pre-planned meals!

Don’t miss a word of this…

You are never guessing at what to eat or making hasty choices without full well knowing exactly how many calories are in that meal, the protein, carb and fat contents too.

Knowing this is critical to keeping your meals targeted towards your goals. The more variety you have, the harder it will be to stick with a set meal plan to ensure you are getting the proper nutrients as well as enough calories.

And now you begin to realize that variety does suck.

Do you ever try and create a meal on the fly?

No planning just go to a restaurant and pick something off the menu only to track your meal later and find out you were way over your goal or you aren’t close to your calories for the day and have to literally stuff yourself later?

Here’s my confession…

My greatest success in terms of nutrition have come from a variety of pre-planned meals. 7 day meal plans where I know what I’m going to eat, what to shop for and all of them laser targeted towards my goal.

You see, variety in the food choices isn’t a bad thing at all. Variety ensures we are getting the proper nutrients and ratios. It helps to have several pre-planned meals so that you aren’t too bored but you know what’s ahead.

Pre-planning your meals for the week lets you go shopping for the foods you need as well.

Think of how impossible it will be to just “eat” if you don’t give some thought into the meals you are having to reach your goals.

Grocery shopping would be a nightmare if I didn’t already know my meals well in advance.

I know your boring alarm is going off right now but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Plan out your meals. The more pre-planned meals you have, the easier it will be to shop. The faster you can put together something that meets your needs.

The people who simply must have a new breakfast, lunch and dinner so they don’t get bored with foods, are the ones always counting calories. They are always guessing at what meal they are about to eat if it fits their goals. They find out AFTER they have eaten it.

The successful people know before the food hits their mouth what the meal is doing for them. They already know how many calories. They know the portions. Calorie counting only had to happen once.

Think about this for a minute.

If you want variety in everything you eat and you don’t want to have pre-planned meals because that just sounds too boring, then realize that might be why you aren’t reaching your goals.

I’m not saying meals have to be boring and bland but you should know before hand what you are going to eat.

That’s a pre-planned meal.

That’s why variety in one sense of the meaning sucks!

Meal planning does not have to be complicated. If you want pre-designed, bodybuilding meal plans in a variety of calories ranges and the ability to create future unlimited combinations, take a look at the meal plans in the NoBull Bodybuilding Program.

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