“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
-John C. Maxwell
That is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C. Maxwell. I like it because it is so simple yet speaks volumes. I’m a huge believer in personal development. Some people aren’t because they think that it’s only for those who are down in the dumps and they see it as a weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth! Are you perfect? I’m absolutely not. I think it is vital to grow both personally and physically. Over the past two years I have read some really great books from some really great authors including: John C. Maxwell, Napoleon Hill, Jeff Olsen, Seth Godin, Brian Tracy, and Darren Hardy to name a few.
And these authors among others have challenged me to grow physically, financially, spiritually, and mentally. They have challenged me to see what’s really important to help build myself and have helped give me the motivation to do so. After all, my aim here is to help as many people as I can reach their health and fitness goals so I better be working on myself to be able to help others.
Where to begin
I’d suggest the book I am currently re-reading. “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olsen. I highly recommend it for anyone how is trying to make changes, big or small. The main premise is that the difference between success and failure is some small actions. Let’s relate this to health and fitness since that’s my passion. Suppose you wake up in the morning, eat a breakfast of waffles and bacon, then head off to work. Now suppose that you wake up, decide to press play and get a 30 minute P90X3 routine done, eat a healthy breakfast of plain oatmeal with banana, and go off to work. What difference is there between these two situations? Will doing the former make you immediately unhealthy and cause you to have a heart attack on the way to work? Nope. Will doing the latter make you immediately ripped from head to toe? Absolutely not. But compounded over time taking one of these paths will diverge drastically. Pressing play in the morning and eating clean is easy to do. The kicker is that the simple act is also easy not to do. You have to decide which path you are going to take!
I hope you choose the latter and jump in to help CHANGE THE WORLD! #EndTheTrend
So you’ve been pressing play and are continuing to dial in your nutrition. Great job! But now you are wondering if there is anything else to help you on your way. Are there any supplements out there that are worth taking? Absolutely! Supplementing is a great way to maximize your results and get the shredded body you want. Below are some of my favorite supplements that I have used during my transformation.
The following are the TWO that I have used from the beginning and I believe were essential for getting me to where I am. But experiment for yourself and see what works for you!
1) Shakeology is of course my overall favorite supplement. If I have to chooses between it and #2 on my list, Shakeology wins hands down. I first decided to try it after hearing so much about it from the challenge group I was in. And heck with a 30 Day money-back bottom-of-the-bag guarantee, who wouldn’t give it a go? From the first month I was hooked and have been taking it ever since. You just can’t beat the nutritional value that it delivers. Sure it does cost more than the average, run-of-the-mill meal replacement or whey protein, but it has so many nutrients and superfoods inside there really is no comparison. You’ll have to decide if it’s right for you and your budget. Click HERE for more info.
2) Whey Protein is great for fueling your muscles and getting in you protein requirement for the day, especially if you are on the Fat Shredder plan. Of course, if you are eating enough lean meats during the day, whey protein powder may not be necessary. As a note, if you are using store-bought jerky to boost your protein intake, be careful because that sodium will add up in a hurry! I have used many different protein powders during the past 2 years. Dymatize Iso 100, GNC’s Amplified Wheybolic, Optimum Nutritions Standard Whey, and MusclePharm Assault to name a few. Overall, I think MusclePharm tastes the best in my opinion and is what I am currently using.
This concludes my list of essentials, but I have used the following supplements as well on a regular basis.
3) Pre-workouts are a great supplement to really jack up the intensity of a workout. Pre-workouts have differing effects from person to person so preference will vary. I have tried several including: C4, NO Xplode, 1MR, and Muscle Pharm Assault. Overall I would have to say that C4 is my favorite and has a myriad of tasty flavors to choose from.
4) Creatine essentially draws fluid into muscles so that more nutrients are delivered which helps with both building and recovery. It also aids in short term increased in energy and strength. I use micronized creatine monohydrate from Optimum Nutrition.
I am currently evaluating Intraworkouts and Results and Recovery Formula and will post my opinion soon!
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What’s happening guys? Still pushing play everyday? I sure hope so! To me, this is the best time of the year to workout since it’s so nice outside. As a bonus, it’s grillin’ season so slap some chicken breasts on the fire. I love cooking 8-10 at a time for ready-made lunches for the week. Can’t beat that! This time of year also seems to provide extra motivation with beach trips and other outdoor activities. But, it’s also really easy to get lazy and stop doing workouts this time of year for the same reasons. There will always be something else more exciting to do than workout and eat clean and that’s why it’s important to remember why you started in the first place. So what do you do when you’ve slipped up and missed a week of working out or eating poorly? No worries! You can either pick up where you left off in the program or start completely fresh (which if you’ve missed a week or more is what I recommend). Also, don’t forget to keep tracking your food intake. You hear it all the time, but abs are made in the KITCHEN! Just be sure to ask yourself what changes you need to make to prevent future slips. If you haven’t been slipping with workouts and nutrition keep up the good work!
Regardless of what group you find yourself in, commit to putting in 100% this week. I promise, the results will speak for themselves!
A little quick update about my current fitness plan. As you may know, my wife and I have been doing Body Beast and we both love it! There’s nothing like getting in a great lifting workout and feeling the pump. As a plus, the workouts aren’t terribly long either, especially in the second phase (Bulk). We did take a “rest” week last week because we were at Disney World for our 2nd anniversary. It wasn’t much of a rest though with all the walking! This past weekend, we ran the Warrior Dash. I was a little nervous about how I would do with my shoulder impingement coupled with the week off of working out. I did way better than I expected and thankfully there weren’t many obstacles that required overhead lifting. My wife will continue on with Body Beast this week, but sadly I won’t be doing it with her. Lately I have been having lots of trouble with my left shoulder (some kind of impingement) which is causing most upper body movements to be poor. So instead of sacrificing form, I will be rehabbing my shoulder and doing the Ultimate Reset and will keep you guys posted on how it goes. After that is finished, hopefully my shoulder will be completely healed and ready to start Body Beast again.
Anyways, keep up the good work gang and CRUSH this week!