Archive for October, 2010
Am gonna take a slightly different route than I usually take with today’s blog post.
Today, I wanna talk about something that all of us can take advantage of, but very few ever really do…
I could get all ‘new-agey’ on you here, and talk about the power of the mind, how visualization can improve your state of being, and even how certain techniques can help program your subconscious (in a matter of speaking) to attain success, almost w/o you having to actively think about it.
But I’m not gonna go that route. Not b/c I don’t believe any of those things – b/c I believe every last one of them.
Instead, I wanna talk about how your own mind can be your own biggest stumbling block.
Know that old saying, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right?” Well, that’s kinda what I’m talking about.
Lemme diverge for a minute…
Take a second, and picture in your mind the color green. Got it? Cool.
Wasn’t hard was it? You know what green looks like.
But how do you really? (Yeah, I know – dumb question. Just stick w/me for a minute…)
How do you know what color is actually green? I mean, you know what color you perceive and know to be green as “green”, but how do you know that you and I both see and perceive and know the same color as green to be “green”? How do you know that the color you know as “green” isn’t actually what I know as “red”?
Simple – b/c from a very young age, you were taught that the color we all see and perceive and know to be green was called “green”. That knowledge has then been reinforced through countless instances of outside affirmations – teachers in school calling the same color as green, friends talking about stuff that was green in color, the announcer on TV talking about the green grass on the football or baseball field.
There’s been no reason for you to suspect anything other than what we all know to be green as ‘green’.
You still with me?
Well, just for conversation’s sake, let’s say we had a kid that was born and raised in the mountains. No outside contact outside of his folks – no TV, no radio, no intrawebs, no other people – nothing.
Now, let’s say that he was taught that the color we all know to be red was called ‘green’, and that the color we all know to be green was called ‘red’.
Say he’d been taught this his whole life, and had nothing but affirmations in his life that this was indeed true.
Well, say he was all of a sudden thrust into society in his 20s. He’d be in a state of shock when he found out that the entire world knew all the colors he knew, but knew they all by different names. He’d have a *very* hard time adjusting to the actual truth. And why is this?
Simple – b/c he’d been presented with a truth for as long as he could remember, and had nothing but affirmation for/to it, so after literally decades of affirming this truth, it would be ingrained in his mind what was ‘true’…it’d be very hard for him to imagine things any other way.
Ok, by now, I know there’s a bunch of you wondering WTF this has to do with training, your workouts, and why I’m going on about it…
I’m going on about it b/c too many times we put limitations on ourselves that are nothing more than self-imposed imitations. It’s not that something isn’t possible or doable or even a bad idea…it’s just that we have this self-imposed limitation as to what we’re “supposed” to be able to do, so that’s what we stick to.
Exercise methods seem to take these RADICAL shifts over the years. One of the shifts that the exercise, fitness, and strength & conditioning industries are in now is that low volume workouts are better, and one of the reasons why is that the body can only handle so much work in a given period of time.
But my question is…why?
Everybody likes to point to the insanely volume-heavy workouts that bodybuilders did back in the ’70s. Training bodyparts 3x/week, marathon workouts that lasted 3+ hours, or training 1.5-2 hours twice/day, etc. We say there’s no way anybody could survive that kind of training.
Why not? Plenty of guys did then. Why can’t they now?
Ahhh…of course. Steroids. All the big-name bodybuilders then were on drugs. Well…DUH. No kidding. Are you trying to say that today’s big-name bodybuilders aren’t? They’re on massive amounts of drugs – more drugs, stronger drugs, more of them, etc.
So why could they do it then, and we can’t now?
There is no physical answer. The answer why we can’t now is “because (insert ‘expert’ name here) said so”.
(NOTE – I’m not saying the super-volume heavy programs of back then were optimal. Far from it. I’m just making a point.)
If somebody wanted to do this kind of volume heavy program, could they? Not right away – the volume would kill them. But could they work up to it? Of course – plenty of others did, and still made great gains.
The reason why nobody “can” now is that like the colors example above, they’ve been told for as long as they can remember that they can’t or shouldn’t, and everywhere they turn, be it a magazine, website, or whatever, they’re being affirmed that they can’t. So their mind believes it as truth…whether they really can or not.
It’s self-imposed limitation.
Again, I’m not saying we should all go out and buy Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, join the local chain gym, and start in on the marathon workouts 6x/week. That’s not it.
What’ I’m saying is don’t be afraid to ‘buck the system’ a little bit. Don’t be restricted to what everybody else says you can or can’t, should or shouldn’t be able to do. If you’ve got something you think makes sense, and want to work your way into it – then give it a shot. Be smart about it, do the proper research, and don’t expect the impossible.
But don’t be afraid to go for something, even if status-quo says it’s a dumb idea…esp if people in the past have done similar.
Don’t accept self-imposed limitations.
Have a great Sunday.
Tags: self imposed limitations
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Holy cow…I was *so* not expecting that! I mean, I just got ripped a new one!
Ok, so here is what happened…
Yesterday evening, I’m talking to a buddy of mine. This guy is a full-time marketer, and *really* knows his stuff. As in this guy spends more on cigars and fine whiskey than I make in a month. The dude is smart.
Anyway, he’s on my newsletter list (told you he was smart – LOL), and he saw the one I sent out the other day about how I was raising the price on Body Armor this coming Monday…as in just a few days from now.
So, wanting to know my plan (we’re good friends, plus he’s nosy like that), he calls me up to find out why. And I proceed to tell him what I’ve got coming down the pike and how I plan on going about it. And in turn, why it had to lead to a price increase.
He sits there, patiently listening to me, quietly.
(I knew he was thinking and rolling it all around in his mind.)
I finish up, and ask him what he thinks, excited to hear what he thinks about my grand plan. What are the first words out of his mouth?
“You’re a f@cking idiot.”
Yeah…now THAT is the encouragement I was looking for.
He goes onto tell me that raising the price on Body Armor is a dumb idea…which I think is crazy, as he’s been telling me forever that I needed to charge more! After all, how many other muscle building workouts:
-are 12-weeks long
-get you stronger, increase power, and more explosive…all at the same time, and all with one set/rep scheme (no more doing the same exercise 2-3x in one week to get all the different kind of work in)
-give you the flexibility of picking most of your own exercises
-have you do intense conditioning to keep you lean
-include not only the strength & size stuff, but also specific pre-hab exercises to keep you healthy and bodyweight movements to keep you athletic
-are some 30-40 bucks CHEAPER than most of all the other comparable programs out there (which aren’t as good)
Yeah…none of them. He’s been telling me since Day 1 I was nuts for not charging a minimum of $67 (he actually said more). Now I finally take his advice, and I’m an idiot? What gives?
Then he laid a bomb on me. He says:
“You’re an idiot for keeping the product on the market. Come November 1st, that has to come off the shelves, pronto.”
He then goes into a bunch of reasons why…and I gotta admit, he was pretty convincing.
So now I don’t know WHAT I’m gotta do. Got a ton of thinking and planning to do this weekend – I know that.
But here’s the punchline for you – if you don’t have your own copy of Body Armor, you damn well better =>CLICK HERE and get your hot little hands on it before Monday. Because if you don’t, the best case scenario is when you finally decide to catch up to everybody else and get a copy, it’s gonna cost you a lot more cashola than it does now.
Worst case scenario is that after Monday, well, it doesn’t matter how much coin you try to throw down – you’re never gonna get a chance to get it.
So here’s what you should do – click on the link below, get your copy of Body Armor while it’s still cheap and available, and then not have to worry about what happens…you’ll be set either way.
Tags: body armor
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Got some good news, some bad news, and some more good news for you.
First, some good news – been doing some planning, testing, business restructuring, and a bunch of other stuff like that, and there is gonna be A LOT of really cool, bitchin’ stuff coming you way in the not too distant future.
(And a whole bunch of it is gonna be absolutely free!)
Now, some bad news – it’s gonna mean I have to increase my prices on the products I sell. Yeah, that sucks – I know. But it’s gotta happen.
And now for more good news – the price increases ain’t gonna happen across the board, and not right away. So, if there’s some of my stuff you’ve been wanting, but haven’t gotten it yet, you’ve got a little bit of time.
BUT – there is a deadline here.
The first product that gets the price hike is my set of muscle building programs “Body Armor”.
Deal is this: this Monday, 01-Nov-10, the price goes up. Not sure how much yet, but it’s going up.
So, if you haven’t gotten Body Armor yet, and wanna get it before the price increase, then you need to do it now.
(Unless, that is, you *want* to spend more money…which is totally up to you. Just sayin’…)
Tags: body armor
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You ever get into an argument with somebody, and they go out of their way to make a point that just has you scratching your head wondering WTF they’re talking about?
(…and dudes, you *know* that most of your arguments w/your wives or girlfriends end up that way…LOL)
That’s how yesterday’s newsletter turned out.
See, I talked about how Brock Lesnar got beat by Cain Velasquez this past Saturday at UFC 121, and all of a sudden the MMA fanboys were either rejoicing that Brock got beat or crying that the ‘unstoppable frate trane’ got derailed. And then a bunch of them hopped on the intrawebs forums and talked about how Brock being big, strong, and powerful was so useless.
Which is just stupid.
But then I get a bunch of hate mail from people who keep telling me that I need to “give Cain credit” for beating Brock.
When did I take anything away from Cain? He was the better man that night, and he flat out beat the piss outta Brock. There’s no disputing that. As far as the HW division goes in the UFC, Cain is “the man”.
And I never disputed that.
What I was trying to say is that being big, strong, powerful, explosive, etc is NOT a BAD thing!
It kinda reminds me back to the early days of the UFC, and you had guys that were either Ken Shamrock fans or Royce Gracie fans.
Even though Royce had much more success in the Octagon, and has a win over Shammy, many of the Royce fans always seemed butt-hurt over the fact that Shammy used his strength, size, and athleticism to his advantage to help him utilize his own skill-set to win his fights.
The talk always seemed to come down to “strength and size” vs “technique”.
Here’s the thing I never got – why not…you know…go for…
Call me crazy, but is there some sorta unwritten rule in MMA lore that says you either have to have awesome technique OR have to be strong and explosive?
Not that I know of.
Now, could a guy like Shammy have had the technique that Royce did. Prolly not – the difference in their builds would’ve likely prevented it. But if Shammy could’ve developed his own skill-set, albeit a different one, to be on the same level as Royce had…
Or if Royce could’ve developed the same sorta strength & power Shammy had…
Do you see where I’m going w/this?
Listen peeps – being big, strong, powerful, explosive, etc is NOT a BAD thing.
Don’t believe anybody that tries to tell you otherwise.
And if you wanna get big, strong, and explosive, as well as be in fantastic condition, have great cardio, and an awesome gas tank, then the “Championship Edition 2.0″ workout is exactly what you’re looking for.
Tags: championship edition, mma workouts, royce gracie vs ken shamrock, ufc 121
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Well by now, I’m sure you know that Brock Lesnar got beat and lost his UFC HW title belt on Saturday night.
And MMA fanboys everywhere are either rejoicing b/c that “pro wrassler” finally got “exposed” or they’re crying in their cheerios b/c their latest hero was dethroned.
I could honestly care less what the fanboys are saying, as most MMA fanboys are worse than a bunch of gossiping little tweener girls at a Miley Cyrus concert.
Wah. Wah. Wah.
Like I said – whatever.
The thing that I *do* think is critically stupid, though, is that I see a lot of Brock ‘haters’ talking about how they’re glad to see that Brock got beat b/c they didn’t like seeing a guy who was big, muscular, strong, super-powerful, etc as their champ.
So having an awesome athlete as your #1 guy is a *bad* thing? LOL – whatever you say. (Though nobody really says that about GSP… *shrug*)
I mean, if Brock was just a meathead that couldn’t really move or be athletic (I can’t decide if the Bob Sapp comparisons I keep seeing are funny, ludicrous, or just plain stupid), then that would be one thing. But he wasn’t. Far from it.
Was he a lot bigger and stronger than everybody else? In some cases. Mir tried to get bigger to match Brock. Didn’t work too well. Carwin is a sizable dude – he didn’t do well, either.
Yet we’re all supposed to believe Brock was a flash in the pan that relied solely on just overpowering his opponents.
LOL. Ok. Yeah, and I’m a shoe-in for the next presidential election. (As if!
Believe what you want, but myself, even if I wasn’t a fighter, I’d still be interested in being:
-muscular and lean
-strong and super-explosive
-have power-conditioning that allowed me to have a monster gas tank
-work capacity that outworks everybody I know
-able to not only get in all my intense strength & conditioning workouts, but all my other physical activity, too (be it MMA skills work, a manual labor job, or whatever else I was busy doing)
In other words, I’d be all about doing the kinda stuff that the Championship Edition 2.0 workout trains you to be able to do.
Wanna find out more?
Tags: brock lesnar, cain velasquez, mma workouts, ufc 121
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