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You’re Fat! 10 steps towards never hearing those words again!

You’re fat! Is a painful statement for most people. Developing good habits to get and stay lean seems complicated and difficult because of the amount of do this and don’t do that information out there.

So I wanted to give 10 simple steps to get you on track and keep you there. Consistency is key. If you make a mistake get right back on the plan. The net benefit of 5 days of good habits will not be totally undone in a weekend! Increasing carbohydrates on one day will make you retain water you will appear puffy and you can gain pounds. But not to worry! Increase water intake to flush excess water and get back on the carb cycle and ride!

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1) Workout early Forget the studies that say workout at this time or that. Go to bed early. Get up early and get it done! Working out early on an empty stomach makes you tap into your fat stores period. The bonus is you are now awake and you won’t skip your workout at the end of a rough work day. Give yourself a month to get used to it you won’t regret it!

2) Workout without carbs Skip the sports drinks  or pre -workout carb meal. You have plenty of energy stored in you muscles in the form of glycogen and once glycogen is depleted your body goes after fat cells for energy. If you feel like you tank during your workout ingest a little MCT oil or coconut oil in your coffee 45 minutes-1 hour before your workout. (1-2 tablespoons only! More can cause stomach upset.)

3) Eat fat to lose fat  Sounds crazy right? Wrong! healthy fats from coconut oils, seeds, olive oil, fatty fish, free range and grass fed animal sources. When going lower carb eat plenty of good fats and your body will learn to use them more efficiently as an energy source. Your body also uses these fats for .7651679180_d481a73587_n building hormones and cells

4) Plan Ahead More people fall off the nutrition wagon during social events than anywhere. The good news is most social events are planned. So you should have a plan as well. Try to find out what food they will be serving, eat before going, or make it your cheat day, and jump back in when it’s over. No need to feel left out just remember this is a life plan not a diet.

5) Pack your food Buy a cooler and pack an ample amount of the foods you need to eat to stay trim and satisfied. Pack things like lean protein, fibrous veggies, and nuts for that crunch. Throw in a square or two of dark chocolate if you get ravenous cravings for sweets when you’re stressed. It is a far better choice than a commercial candy bar

6)  Leave the money at home  In order to avoid the temptation of the snack machine.  Take your cooler to work or on trips to avoid the drive thru window. The rule is if it comes from a box, bag, or window it’s not for you!

7) Cycle Carbohydrates  I am a huge fan of carb cycling. Eating fairly low carbs for up to 3 days and then cycling off for a couple of days is a very simple way to carb cycle. Increase good fats and lean protein on your low carb days to keep your energy up. Used in a Paleo diet scheme this works very well. I have done constant carb cycling for years to keep the fat off. It is very gratifying to have those carbs to look forward to after three low carb days.

 8) Drink Water Duh right? Not really understand being dehydrated slows metabolic function (fat burning for one) and makes you retain water so metabolic function can continue in order to keep you alive.

9) Workout Intensely  Training Tabata style 20 seconds of all out effort with 10 seconds of rest for 8 rounds has been shown the most effective method for torching fat in short order.Working out intensely is the way to go for fat burning.14407578424_6499f1080e_t

10) Lift heavy weights Lifting heavy weights will not make you huge. Cupcakes make you huge! Lifting heavy weight makes dense muscle, not voluminous muscle which burns more calories at rest. Lifting heavy weight spurs bone growth as well giving you the added bonus of osteoporosis protection.3890281501_7bf88c1e51_t

 

Most importantly don’t give up! Get knocked down once and get up swinging! look toward the long term goal you can do this!

Your Fitness Minion,

Dave Bittner

 

 

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What is Paleo and is it for me?

What is Paleo? Paleo is short for Paleolithic which is a period of time when humans lived before the agricultural revolution; basically our Hunter–Gatherer ancestors. While many confuse Paleo for just being a diet; it is much more. Paleo is a movement and belief that the agricultural revolution has taken mankind so far from our nature that it weakens us in every conceivable way. The dietary arguments for the Paleo diet are that foods closest to nature are the healthiest (hard to argue with) However, things like grains, legumes, and Dairy are prohibited. (This gets confusing and lines get blurred, but we’ll get back to that)
Here are some excerpts from http://www.hunter-gatherers.org/what-hunter-gatherers-eat.html :

Because hunter-gatherers have lived in all kinds of environments, from deserts, to high mountains, to the arctic, to rainforests, to prairies, and to tropical islands, they have necessarily had to adjust their diet to the available foods around them.  They hunt and fish and collect foods that they learn, over thousands of years, how to find and prepare and eat.
Some of the problems we have that hunter-gatherers are generally not afflicted with are:
1.  Diabetes
2.  Hypertension
3.  Dental Decay and Periodontal Disease (caused by sugar and refined carbs)
4.  High Blood Pressure
5.  High serum cholesterol levels (even though h-g’ers consume a lot of dietary cholesterol.
6.  artherosclerosis and coronary heart disease/heart attack
7.  obesity
8.  some cancers, such as lung (probably because of smoking in modern societies), colon (because of high fat consumption and low fiber in the diet), breast cancer (far less for h-g women).
9.  Communicative Diseases (contact with the outside world was far rarer for h-ger’s, until recently, keeping these diseases much less common).
What health problems affect hunter-gatherers?
Hunter-gatherers typically can live longs lives, but many have their lives cut shorter because of certain problems, such as childbirth problems, traumatic injuries, long exposure to harsh environments, and many genetic or other kinds of diseases for which they have had no cure, such as appendicitis.  Though less common, viral and bacterial diseases can be devastating to a population because they have no adequate way to combat the spread throughout the population.

I chose these excerpts because they adequately summarize the arguments for the Paleo lifestyle. One of the greatest concerns to me is the belief among many Paleo dieters is they feel this lifestyle is a ticket to unlimited bacon when in reality meat among true hunter gatherers is typically only eaten once per week. With a big shout out to the ladies that even in these societies they were always doing our grocery shopping!

Because of the great variety of environments and available foods of hunter-gatherers, each group can be studied separately as to what they ate, how the foods were collected, and how they were prepared.  In general, though, it is the men who do the hunting of game and fishing, and the women who gather the plant foods.  Grubs and other insects and worms are also eaten.
Some have said that the typical equality of women found in h-g groups owes to the fact that women actually bring to the group more food and more calories than the men in most h-g societies.  There is great importance attached to hunting, and meat is desired by all and is important for general nutrition, but it seems that the men only infrequently, maybe once or twice in a week, go hunting, while women forage daily and do the cooking.

 

But if we were hunter gatherers can we eat bananas in Michigan and Apples in Florida? Hard to say, but genetically you ancestry may play a role more than your current location. If you are of Northern European descent bananas may not be a good choice and if you are of African or South American descent an Apple a day might not keep the Doctor away! But, that is a debate for another time. See the excerpts below from Scientific American regarding Modern day real hunter gatherers.paleo-diet-half-baked_3

Most nutritionists consent that the Paleo diet gets at least one thing right—cutting down on processed foods that have been highly modified from their raw state through various methods of preservation. Examples include white bread and other refined flour products, artificial cheese, certain cold cuts and packaged meats, potato chips, and sugary cereals. Such processed foods often offer less protein, fiber and iron than their unprocessed equivalents, and some are packed with sodium and preservatives that may increase the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Note: This Scientific American article gives a good deal of pros and cons. Please read it here:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-paleo-diet-half-baked-how-hunter-gatherer-really-eat/
Fact: Most of us are NOT hunter gatherers whether we play that way or not. So, where do some of the lines get blurred.
“Paleo” convenience foods. An entire industry has started around Paleo just like any other popular trend. If you are dogmatic about it, these are out. If not: I would read the ingredients to make sure there are no thickeners or gums with names like carangeenan, and xanthan gum because they are suspect. Make sure your meets are grass fed and everything is Non GMO.
Dairy. While Paleo says dairy is out many will still consume grass fed butter, ghee, and sometimes grass fed cheeses. I personally consume Grass Fed butter and small amounts of Grass Fed cheese. (both from Kerry Gold)
Grains. One of the main arguments of Paleo against grains is gut damage and gluten. Einkorn is a grain that is the original form of wheat and as not been hybrid and does not cause such issues with the gut and is pretty low in gluten. (Where man tampers lurks peril!) Buckwheat, often mistaken for a grain, is indeed a berry and causes no such issues either. Buckwheat (not contaminated) DOES NOT contain gluten. Indeed Buckwheat has been shown to help reverse leaky gut damage.
Tubers. Not sure why there is controversy here. Except for the fact that too many white potatoes are not good for you (high sugar) Where hunter gatherers could dig roots they did. Period. (See the above graphic)
Minion opinion: Personally my family eats paleo-ish 80-20 to 90 -10. Strict Paleo simply does not support my training, and there are some foods that are worth having on occasion. I do not eat copious amounts of bacon, but I do eat an abundance of vegetables and some fruit. Live life and don’t freak out! You are best served to eat close to nature. If it comes from a box a bag or a window it’s voodoo food. Stay away from GMO’s and chemical additives. (Especially check your supplements) Eat organic, grass fed, and pastured. Research the clean 15 for foods that do not have to be organic. Side Note: fermented foods like Kim Chi and Sauerkraut can help heal your gut.
Moving Paleo style:
Chairs are the work of the devil and tech toys are his little demons!
This part will be brief and to the point. Paleo is right here. We do not move like we should. Sitting too much causes all of the muscles of the leg to shorten, and worst of all the Iliopsoas which is the strongest flexor of the hip and bends you at the waist it attaches to the upper femur is fused at the pelvic crest region and attaches in the low back. This causes a vast array of functional issues and Low Back Pain. Working at desks and computers, or chronic smart phone use will cause rounded shoulders, short Pectoralis muscles, lengthened, and weakened upper back muscles, and abnormal curvature of the neck which will later lead to shoulder, and neck problems.
Minion opinion: Ditch the chair. Get a standing work station, or make one.
I put this one together for about $35 with small step stools from Northern Tool.
Move your Butt. Don’t stay stationary too long. Move when you can go here and there to the restroom the water cooler, whatever!
Workout! Work out in full range of motion. Move heavy stuff, climb, play, work, lift odd objects, and practice yoga.
Get Outside. Get Outside get fresh air and vitamin D from the sun!
Minion Dave’s recommended resources:
Loren Cordain – The Paleo Diet http://thepaleodiet.com/
Robb Wolff – The Paleo Solution http://robbwolf.com/ Paleo Solution Podcast
Mark Sisson – The Primal Blue Print http://www.marksdailyapple.com/about-2/mark-sisson/ Primal Blue Print Podcast
Diane Sanfilippo – Practical Paleo http://balancedbites.com/
Leslie Klenke – Paleo Girl (for the young ladies!) http://leslieklenke.com/
Ben Greenfield fitness Podcast http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/
Dave Asprey – Bulletproof Radio Podcast https://www.bulletproofexec.com/
Disclaimer: This blog contains my opinions and those of others and is no way intended for anything beyond information and entertainment. I am prescribing nothing. –Cheers! Your Minion Dave Bittner

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The Real “Training Secrets”

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Wherever you go people are looking for the secret sauce for everything. The realm of performance and fitness is certainly no different and is probably a dominating force in the sale of “Secrets”. Everyone wants to know what there favorite athlete or star does to stand out above the crowd. I am going to present you with the methods most of these folks use to be at the top of their game. Notice I said the top of THEIR game. Most of us are not out to win the CrossFit games or insert your favorite endeavor here_______ but, we do want to be at the top of OUR game and perform and look our very best. If you are looking for a magic bullet or top secret supplement read no further. I will discuss supplements but only in a small way. I will cover the rules,habits, and techniques most of…

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The Real “Training Secrets”

Wherever you go people are looking for the secret sauce for everything. The realm of performance and fitness is certainly no different and is probably a dominating force in the sale of “Secrets”. Everyone wants to know what there favorite athlete or star does to stand out above the crowd. I am going to present you with the methods most of these folks use to be at the top of their game. Notice I said the top of THEIR game. Most of us are not out to win the CrossFit games or insert your favorite endeavor here_______ but, we do want to be at the top of OUR game and perform and look our very best. If you are looking for a magic bullet or top secret supplement read no further. I will discuss supplements but only in a small way. I will cover the rules,habits, and techniques most of these folks use and the ones they don’t they would fare well to.

 Rules & Habits:

# 1) Breathing: Done right? I mean we breathe all of the time without thinking about it right? Wrong!Most people, particularly in developed countries of the west breathe from the chest and not the diaphragm, they breathe through their mouths and not their noses. When studying top athletes an outstanding commonality is the ability to breathe calmly and correctly. This gives them a greater capacity to do work longer. Breathing through the nose not only filters and warms air nitric oxide a vasodilator which aids in carrying more oxygen and nutrients in the blood stream. Panicked labored mouth breathing during exercise will gas you Quick. Yoga, martial arts, and meditation teach proper breathing or visit sealfit.com and see what Former Seal Team 1 commander Mark Divine has to say about breathing.

#2) Sleep: Sleep comes in a close 2nd. While sleeping your body and brain repair and rejuvenate. Important hormonal function happen during sleep, Growth hormone builds muscle and burns fat, and is spit out during the Rem cycles of deep sleep about every 2 hours you are snoozing. 6-9 hours of sleep are not optional to be at the top of your game and to be healthy and fit.

#3) Pure clean Drinking Water: Drinking plenty of pure clean water free of chlorine and contaminants will cleanse the body and is necessary for all metabolic function, and will also keep your muscle pliable and less susceptible to injury. Drink plenty of water, but not so much that your urine is totally clear or you could be flushing out necessary minerals.

#4) Proper Nutrition: In order to recover from hard workouts Proper nutrition is vital. Everyone complicate this. It is really as simple as this. If it comes from a box, bag, or window you should not eat it. Stay with as much natural whole food as possible. Eat Grass fed and pastured meats, plenty of leafy fibrous vegetables, nuts and seeds, good oils like coconut, and olive oils, Fatty wild caught fish like Salmon and Sardines, a little starch, and NO sugar.

#5) Consistency and patience: These 2 walk hand and hand. Show up, work hard, follow these guide posts, be realistic, and the results will come. They will come fastest by putting effort and attention to detail when it comes to all I have listed above.

#6) Planning and Goal Setting: Set your goals and come up with a plan. Use Periodization. Periodization is breaking your short and long term goals into manageable blocks in order to achieve a sum result. One trip to Google will tell you all about Periodization.

Techniques:

#1) Intensity: For fat burning use Tabata, CrossFit, and High intensity interval training. Tighten up your diet and increase your water to strip fat and increase endurance.

#2) Diet: Carb Cycling and Zig-Zag dieting. (look these up or DM me @myfitnessminion on InstaGram) Eat light on days of low activity and eat more on days of high physical stress fuel your workouts not your TV watching time. Taper off food consumption as the day wears on Eat breakfast like a Queen (or King you get it) eat lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper. If you are overly hungry at night eat a high protein low carb snack. Include a cheat day or meal. This actually resets, and fires up your metabolism as well as allowing you to have something to look forward to and share a treat with loved ones.Use Cold Thermogenesis to increase fat burning.(for more  contact me)

#3) Strength First! In order to perform better and decrease your risk of injury develop strength first using simple compound movements in the 3-5 repetition range for 8-5 sets. Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Shoulder press, and Bent Rows. I also recommend Olympic weightlifting techniques for more balance and flexibility. Use 10 -15 Repetition range for muscle Growth, and 15 and above for strength endurance.

#4) Keep it Simple, Keep it Fresh! You can build the performance and physique you want with a barbell, dumbbells, and or body weight exercises employing the proper technique. The Best trainers know simple is best and everything else is helpful and fun but not necessary. Change your training often to keep it fresh and to keep your body guessing.

If you would like instruction on these techniques. Get a coach There are so many methods of training and most have merit and each person responses somewhat differently, but the above rules and techniques are essential basics. Another name for a Master of the Basics is Black Belt!

Cheers!

Your Fitness Minion,

Dave Bittner

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The Fitness Renaissance : Programs, Systems, and Inspiration

Let’s get this out of the way. I’m an old guy. There I said it. I bought my first set of vinyl and concrete weights in 1979 with some money I had saved up from doing various odd jobs like cutting grass and used an old buffet for a bench. In 1979 fitness was running. Only wing nut, lunk headed weirdoes were trying to get muscles. “You don’t want to look all freaky like that do you?” Well things certainly have changed! In the late 80’s Bodybuilding was gaining momentum because of the new action star Arnold Schwarzenegger and muscles started to be cool. Being strong was always cool, but Powerlifting and Olympic lifting were not what Arnold and other Bodybuilding stars were doing and none of this was even remotely regarded as athleticism not even Oly lifting which was, well in the Olympics. All of these modalities were compartmentalized and each very Dogmatic in their views. Very few crossovers were happening. Until some bodybuilders noticed how thick some of the old school strong men were and Power lifters had admirable development. So some started incorporate more compound moves in rep schemes and weight similar to powerlifting and some even called it “Power Bodybuilding” Pyramids and Bill Starr’s 5×5 training. But high volume Arnold-esque training reigned supreme. But for the average teenager like me, the realization of that kind of results just were not there. In fact in hindsight my best results were achieved with bare bones lower volume old school training from Reg Park’s book and Randall Strossen’s Super Squats. Fact is high volume without “special supplements” wasn’t going to get it. But slow as we are enthusiast started to figure it out, and so did Scott Chinery from Lakewood, New Jersey.
Programs & Systems
In the late 80’s L&S Research founded by Scott Chinery was born under the name” Cybergenics Total Bodybuilding System” Cybergenics was a wildly popular bodybuilding program in a box that offered steroid like results by using a scientifically researched methods and supplements.
For those of you who remember or even used Cybergenics the results were not quite steroid like, but if you actually used the product as directed (as I had 4 times) the results were definitely remarkable to say the least. I myself was at one point 200lbs at 5% body fat at 6’1 and had a 29”waist. But those who thought they could lift very little and take the 7 included supplement and follow none of the guidelines there was disappointment and anger. As we know the squeaky wheel gets the grease in 1994 (coincidentally with the emergence of Bill Phillips’ Muscle Media 2000’s miracle find –creatine) Cybergenics was sued by the FTC for false claims about their products results: http://www.casewatch.org/ftc/news/1994/l&sdietclaims.shtml
Here is where I agree & disagree. Cybergenics definitely did the old Before and after switch-a-roo which we still see today, but here is where I think they got it right: Intensity (any one that did this program will tell you ouch!)( Drop sets to + & – failure) Carb Cycling (we all know that works) Training in a fasted state, Using music to drive you, Psyching up with angry thoughts before a lift, getting enough sleep, Supplements B-12 & Leucine pre workout, heavy doses of antioxidants, zinc, magnesium and amino acids. Many of these have been touted 20 years later as cutting edge science! Most importantly it was a comprehensive program that laid it all out and became so popular other companies followed suit. The next best of the bunch being Fred Hatfield and Vince McMahon’s (yup the wrestling guy) IcoPro which was a Periodization plan, supplements, and aroma therapy. (btw Fred Hatfield is an awesome guy I did the ISSA cert with Dr. Squat!) Take away Programs and systems = success
Enter Muscle Media 2000 started by failed bodybuilder turned savvy entrepreneur Bill Phillips who started Mile High publishing in his mother’s garage on $180 he got from cutting lawns and published a newsletter on how to use steroids. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Phillips_(author)
Phillips used MM2K to promote products first Met –RX, then EAS products like Phosphagen, and HMB. No matter what his motives or beginnings Phillips is a genius and popularized some of the most effective supplements on the market today. But how could Phillips possibly prove these things worked? He would let his MM2K readers prove it for him with a transformation challenge dated receipts of EAS products purchased and before and after pictures with dated newspapers, chronicle the whole thing in a documentary, live the code by looking great, and give away your awesome sports car as the prize. And a legend was born. Bill parleyed the whole thing into (you guessed it!) A SYSTEM! Bill wrote the book “Body for Life” and the rest is history.
Bodybuilding Magazines always have the newest program and are hawking some gimmicky supplements. Well because programs work maybe not for everyone or optimally for anyone but is you have a plan and adhere to a system it works.
Enter The Anti Program – Program and the Renaissance of fitness In 1996 former gymnast Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai came up with the idea for a gym which would be akin to the JEET-KUNE-DO of fitness where getting rid of all the garbage and combining the best aspects of all the best expressions of physical endeavor and actually putting a definition on what fitness is “Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains”. They opened their first gym in Santa Cruz California. Glassman and Jenai founded the company CrossFit inc. in 2000. CrossFit uses Constantly varied Functional movements and includes elements of gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, Power lifting, calisthenics, cardio, Plyometrics , and whatever else the CrossFit coaches in the now more than 10,000 CrossFit gyms worldwide believe will make their athletes (as all participants are called) Generally physically prepared. Although controversy exists CrossFit has become hugely successful and I would argue when administered under good coaches it is because it is VERY effective.
A 2010 U.S. Army study conducted during a 6-week period produced an average power output increase of 20% among participants, measured by benchmark WODs. The average one repetition maximum weight deadlift increased by 21.11%.[37]
A 2013 study by exercise scientists at Ohio State University revealed that participation in a CrossFit program significantly improved VO2 max and decreased body fat percentage in both males and females across all levels of fitness.[38]
(SOURCE WIKEPEDIA) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossFit
CrossFit Headquarters exists in cyberspace
Enter The computer age with the current ubiquity of smart phones and computers you can get fitness ala cart and find some real crap, but plenty of real gems as well. We also are seeing human potential pushed by the social media audiences into the realm of superhuman. It is not uncommon to witness superhuman lifts and box jumps over 60 inches, not to mention Parkour and insanely talented martial artists.
I myself am a fitness information junkie and when my former partner, Tae Kwon Do master and still good friend introduced me to The Barbell Shrugged Podcast I was hooked. Barbell shrugged introduced me to all of the podcasts I listen to now. Here are my favorites. (But warning if you read muscle magazines for information listening to these guys is like waking up from the Matrix!)
Barbell Shrugged, Ben Greenfield, Bulletproof Radio, Zach Even-Esh Strong Cast, The Barbell Life, Barbell Business, Spartan Up, The Unbeatable Mind.
It is a brave new world of fitness out there! Although I’m getting along in my days I am more fit than ever and excited everyday to be a part of it! THE FITNESS RENAISSANCE IS NOW!

Your Fitness Minion,
Dave Bittner

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My Best Mass Program Ever

If you are reading this blog post and decide to use my program for gaining mass consider yourself privileged. I was never going to just give this program away because I got so huge on it. But, as time goes by I realize I have learned so much in these 30 plus years I have plenty of service to offer at a premium, and can still share some of my very best information for absolutely FREE!
First a little background about this program. I had been lifting many years loving to get big and strong in fact I just got down right nerdy about it. About 8 years ago I decided I was getting older and never had reached my full potential size. Sure I’d been very strong in my youth and had achieved single digit fat levels, but did I get as massive as possible without steroids? No. So I decided to sit down and use my collective knowledge of more than 20 years to design what I thought might be the best collection of movements, volume, and recovery to become massive and strong. Over the years I collected at information from top bodybuilders, and powerlifters at convention and alike fused them with my own experience and voila! I gained about 20 pounds in 12 weeks I went from 240lbs to 260lbs.
Beginning measurements were neck 17 ½” arms 17 ½” Chest 48” Quads 26”
Calves 18” Waist 38” End measurements were neck 19 ½” arms 19 ½” Chest 52” Quads 29” Calves 19 1/2” Waist 38” I am not guaranteeing results like this for everyone, but mine were pretty astounding I got pretty strong too. My Bench was 255 for sets of 6-8 (always weak on the bench) Squats were 320 for 9-10 as were Deadlifts. I would call that a pretty good result. As for diet I just ate, but as much good quality protein as possible and as a rule I ate 3 eggs and a cup of oatmeal twice a day between meals for protein and hormone support as well as slow burning carbs from oats. My supplements were creatine 5 grams, ZMA as directed, amino shooters pre – workout, protein powder (total protein was 1 gram per lb scale weight) and a multivitamin.
The Program is 2 days on 1 off 2 on 2 off. All work should be finished in 1 hour if possible, but should never take more than an hour and a half. Start with a weight at around the 5 rep range and increase the weight once you can do 12 clean reps with it for one of your sets. (unless otherwise directed)
Never sacrifice safety have a spotter when you need one, and learn proper technique from someone qualified if you are unsure. Keep a log to track progress and do this workout for 10-12 weeks during a mass cycle.

Monday

Incline Bench press- 4 sets (refer to bold print above for rep schemes)
Flat Bench press – 4 sets
Decline Bench press – 2 sets
Pec Deck Fly 2 Sets
Barbell Curl – 4 Sets
Preacher Curl – 3 sets

Tuesday

Deadlifts – 5 sets
Good Mornings – 3 sets
Leg Curl 21’s – 2 sets (Like bicep curl 21’s non stop 7 reps half way down 7 half way up and 7 all the way through I thought of this application myself and got huge hammies!)
Bent Row – 4 sets
Lat Pull down – 4 sets
Cable Rows – 4 sets
Calf raises – 4 sets
Seated Calf raises – 3 sets

Thursday

Barbell Shrugs – 4 Sets
Hise Shrugs – 2 Sets go 15 reps here (Barbell on your shoulders in back squat fashion and shrug your shoulders)
Hang Cleans – 4 Sets
Seated Shoulder press – 4 sets
Lateral raises – 4 sets (go 10-20 reps here)
Reverse Cable Crossover – 4 sets

Friday

Squats – 4 Sets
Sissy Squats – 4 sets
Leg Extensions – 2 sets
Sumo Squats – 2
Close Grip Bench press – 3 sets
French Curls with triceps Bomber – 3 sets
Rope extensions over head our rope push downs – 3 sets

There it is! If you want size try this workout! Take before and after pictures and show them to @MinionDave720 on twitter and @MyFitnessMinion on Instagram. Eat Right, Sleep tight, and grow Big in the morning light!

Dave Bittner
http://www.myfitnessminion.com

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Proprioception and Physical Excellence

Proprioception and Physical Excellence

  • Proprioception (/ˌproʊpri.ɵˈsɛpʃən/ PRO-pree-o-SEP-shən), from Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own”, “individual” and perception, is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.[1] It is provided by proprioceptors in skeletal striated muscles and in joints. It is distinguished from exteroception, by which one perceives the outside world, and interoception, by which one perceives pain, hunger, etc., and the movement of internal organs. The brain integrates information from proprioception and from the vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration. The word kinesthesia or kinæsthesia (kinesthetic sense) has been used inconsistently to refer either to proprioception alone or to the brain’s integration of proprioceptive and vestibular inputs

After reading the above paragraph you should begin to understand why proprioception is important to athletic performance, but as you will soon learn it goes far beyond that. In many instances it functions almost like a sixth sense. Proprioception tells your body where it is in space as well helping you judge distance and sense when someone is behind you. Balnce and accuracy are absolutely reliant upon proprioception.

Here is the good news; you can train yourself for improved proprioception!  So, you ask how does that apply to me and my sport? Well here are some examples of where good proprioception is vitally important to high level achievement.

    • Golf Foot position and weight distribution a paramount especially for a good putt. Since the largest concentration of proprioceptors are in your ankles Training your ankles on unstable surfaces can literally be a came changer as well as wrist, shoulders, and elbows.
  • Wrestling/Grappling– Knowing exact joint position of yourself and in relationship to your opponent is vital, not to mention telling your brain to engage those joints to obtain optimal leverage.
  • Martial Arts/Boxing-Foot position, single foot balance, striking distance, and evading are all necessary skills to master in these sports.
  • Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer – The list goes on and on

Simply put if you want to be better at your sport regardless what it is you need to train your proprioceptors! So how do you do this? Here are some suggestions for achieving better proprioception with little or no equipment at all.

Here is an excerpt from www.footeducation.com

Perform a graduated program that works to improve proprioception until both the right and left sides have equal propriceptive ability (assuming one side is uninjured). Compare to your uninjured side (do exercises on both sides until each side is equal). Consider the following guidelines:

  1. Do exercises daily
  2. Do exercises for 30 seconds and repeat for 5-10 repetitions
  3. Gradually progress the complexity of the exercises:

Basic Exercise

  • Stand on one foot on a flat surface with your eyes open (30 seconds)

Higher difficulty

  • Stand on one foot on a flat surface with your eyes closed (30 seconds). Have something available to grab if you lose your balance.

Even higher difficulty

  • Stand on one foot on a flat surface with your eyes closed and move your head from side to side (30 seconds). Have something available to grab if you lose your balance.

Highest difficulty

  • Stand on one foot on a soft surface (ex. a pillow or bed) with your eyes closed and move your head from side to side (30 seconds). Have something available to grab if you lose your balance.

Also employ balance boards, Bosu balls, Swiss balls, or any other modality to get you off balance.  Also try standing on one foot while drawing out the ABC’s with the other and then with your eyes closed (be careful not to fall!)

For wrist, elbow, and shoulder:

  • Figure 8’s – Holding a lightly weighted object such as a piece of pipe or heavy wood draw small figure 8’s with your wrist for 10 then a little larger allowing the elbow to move in and out for ten and finally larger using the entire shoulder
  • Medicine ball push-ups- 10 with one hand on the ball for each repetition .
  • Swiss ball or inflatable ball plank hold- Both hands on the ball feet on the floor plank for 30 seconds.
  • Punch the leaf – Pick a leaf at different levels and punch at it. Endeavor to touch the leaf with a full speed punch, but only barely.

Incorporate these and some other techniques into your training for a few moths and see how you performance improves!

Your fitness Minion,

Dave Bittner

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