Saturday, February 26, 2011

Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight, But it Builds Each Day

Below is an excerpt from my book "Inside the Mind of a Champion." This passage talks about the importance of setting goals and working towards those goals each and every day. As I always say great things happen with the continual execution of a smart plan.

"....You can’t expect results to happen overnight but what you do today will definitely affect tomorrow and you can shorten the process by how intelligently you approach your training and nutrition. That is why you need to equip yourself with information and proven strategies. Then you need to execute those strategies consistently over a span of time. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to put in your time but the smarter you go about things, the faster your results will come.

There are times when I speak with people and they want me to tell them exactly how long it will take before they see results. I always feel like telling them, “Let me dust off my crystal ball and I’ll let you know”, but I bite my tongue and try to explain that is impossible for me to speculate because there are way too many variables to consider. I have no idea how intense this person is training, how well they are eating, or what supplement program they are following, not to mention their genetic propensity to build muscle. So unless I am a fortune teller, there is no way I can say.

I try to explain that the better you approach all aspects of your training, the better and faster your results will be. I don’t want to throw out some mythical number that you should reach in four weeks because if you don’t hit that number you will be discouraged for no reason or I might limit you with the number I say and you may have been able to blow right past it.

I don’t think trying to figure out how much you can gain in the first four weeks of training is the best way to start. Instead, work hard each day and see how far you can go.

You need to set your goals and work towards them daily. Keep in mind the bigger picture and the end results you want but realize that you get to that point by what you do on a daily basis, even if you can’t always see it. Just because you’re not at your destination tomorrow, doesn’t mean you won’t get there as long as you keep moving in that direction...."

(This passage can be read in its entirety in my book "Inside the Mind of a Champion")

Believe. Achieve.

Friday, February 18, 2011

"That Guy" to Screen at Arnold Sports Film Fest!

Our documentary "I Want to Look Like That Guy" has been chosen to screen at the 1st annual Arnold Sports Film Festival.

“I am happy to inform you that your film has been chosen to screen at the Arnold Sports Film Festival!

Your film will screen in one of several screenings throughout the weekend of March 4, 5, 6. The first screenings will begin Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday afternoon's awards ceremony, where Mr. Schwarzenegger will be on-hand."

I want to take this opportunity to extend a "thank you" to all who have supported our efforts by purchasing a copy of "I Want to Look Like That Guy". We are thrilled to be included in this event and excited about the doors this could open for our film!

Believe. Achieve.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Why So Many Supplements?

A common question I get from people who view my "Lost Logs" ebook or watch Stu's amazing transformation unfold in "I Want to Look Like That Guy" is why do I choose to have so much of my nutrients coming from supplementation rather than whole food? Here's the method to my madness:

Nutrient Density Maximized - A quality meal replacement typically maximizes nutrient density better than a whole food meal. This keeps protein and nutrients high with total calories low.

Convenience - Shaking up a meal replacement can happen pretty much anywhere and any time. It is not always as easy to break open the Tupperware and start eating your chicken and green beans. Meal replacements over the years have helped me stay 100% on track with my plan in a variety of situations.

Easy to Measure - Meal replacements make it very easy to measure your intake and consequently make adjustments to your diet as you skim away calories. Measuring the cuts with supplements is very easy and accurate.

This is not to say you can't construct an effective nutrition plan with the use of more whole food. This is simply my preference and the reasons why.

Believe. Achieve.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Arnold Sports Film Festival - "That Guy" Documentary Makes Second Round of Judging!

This is the inaugural year for the Arnold Sports Film Festival which is run in conjunction withe the Arnold Classic weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

We entered our documentary, I Want To Look Like That Guy, and I am happy to announce that we have made it to the second round of judging. This means we have a chance for our film to be one of the select few out of thousands of entrants to be part of an official screening during the Arnold Classic weekend.

The official announcement will be made later this month but either way we are honored to make it this far in the process considering the high level of competition we are against.

Believe. Achieve.

Does Soreness Matter?

The answer to this common question is no.

Muscle soreness or lack there of is not an indicator of the success of your workout. Remember the goal of each weight training workout is to overload the muscle with a heavy weight (Max-OT style) and therefore initiate the best muscle growth response.

You have probably found there are certain muscle groups that always get a little sore and some muscle groups that never do. I think this is normal based on my own experience and the feedback from many others. I wouldn't put much stock into it one way or the other.

As you go forward with your workouts I would suggest not placing emphasis on your degree of muscle soreness and certainly don't use it to gauge the success of your workout.

Believe. Achieve.