Bodybuilding is pretty fun.
You get to lift weights like an animal, you get to eat tons of really great food, and you get to look like a Greek god.
Every man should have a gym membership, especially in this day and age where very little physical effort is required of us.
If you don’t work out, you’ll slowly turn into a fat slob.
I’ve learned many lessons from the gym.
Some of them were quick to hit me (like don’t lift more than you can handle), and others took years to realize (like the value of discipline).
Overall, bodybuilding has made me a better man, and it can do the same for you.
Here’s 10 badass bodybuilding tips I learned from my skinny to buff transformation.
“How can I go from skinny to buff?” I remember thinking, as my 14-year-old brain scoured the internet looking for any and all advice I could find. It seemed like everyone was contradicting themselves, and I had no idea what to do.
“Do intermittent fasting! It’s great for your hormone levels,” some would say. “Eat every single 2 hours, you’ve got to get big!” others would tell me. The power lifters told me to focus on strength training, the bodybuilders told me to focus on building mass…just about everyone had their own thoughts on getting from skinny to buff.
The problem is that I didn’t want thoughts…I wanted results. I was a scrawny little kid and was desperate for attention from women, and respect from other men. I wanted to be strong, I wanted to be big, and I wanted to be buff.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but this feeling set me down a path that would take me on one of the wildest rides of my life. Like many of us, working out and putting on muscle is a journey, that teaches us about inner strength, courage, discipline, and of course, our own biology.
The other day I was browsing through some old family photos, and stumbled upon one of myself in high school.
I was a beanpole. I was stick-thin. Scrawny. Skinny. 125 pounds soaking wet.
This got me thinking—I’ve changed a lot over the years, but what was it that really set me off? What was the one thing I did that really began to transform my life?
…and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was obvious, as clear as day. Embarking on the gym rat’s journey is what changed my life. Here’s how.
Bodybuilding can be pretty expensive. From buying whey protein to pre-workouts to BCAA’s and the latest “must have” supplement, it’s pretty obvious that you need some deep pockets if you’re going to take it seriously.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there’s plenty of cheap bodybuilding meals out there that cost only a dollar or two, and that take only a few minutes to make. Dirty bulking costs even less.
While dirty bulking isn’t necessarily the best “long term,” solution, for all of you broke hard gainers out there trying to get jacked…here’s my advice.
There’s a million different diets out there. From paleo to gluten-free to vegan to vegetarian to tea cleanses, every other “health expert,” has a different recommendation.
It can be hard to know the truth about dieting when you’re first starting out. Believe me, I’ve been there.
One diet that’s surrounded by an ENORMOUS amount of confusion is the steak and eggs diet.
Some people think it’s horrible for you, some say it’s great for you…well in this article, I’m going to expose the truth about the steak and eggs diet.
Most people, when they consider getting into really good shape, do it for “health concerns.” They do it to lower their cholesterol, they do it to get a better hormonal profile, and they do it to increase their lifespan.
However in my opinion, some of the GREATEST benefits of working out aren’t even physical. Some of them are social, some of them are emotional, and some of them are even financial.
I’ve been actively engaged in the fitness community for the past decade, and I can, without a doubt, say that getting jacked completely transformed my life in unexpected ways. Here’s how.
I’ve had a lot of guys ask me about the “Chris Pratt Workout,” lately…and it isn’t hard to see why.
In just a short time span, he went from being at least 18% bodyfat and 25 pounds overweight, to being around 10% bodyfat with his abs showing. This is a pretty impressive transformation.
And while technically nobody knows what Chris Pratt did to prepare for his Guardians of the Galaxy role, aside from his personal trainer, it still isn’t that hard to guess if you’ve been involved in the fitness industry for a while.
Chris Pratt’s physique is toned and lean—a nice, muscular swimmer’s build, but not overly bulky. A lot of guys want a physique like this, and today, I’m going to break down how I think Mr. Pratt attained his.
I get a lot of guys asking how they can look like Daniel Craig from the modern James Bond series.
…and it’s not hard to see why. Daniel Craig has brought a lean, dense physique to Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and most recently, Spectre.
Nobody knows what workout routine Mr. Craig follows, aside from him and his personal trainer, but from my 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, it isn’t hard to guess.
Daniel Craig’s physique is dense and lean—a sort of “macho,” but not overly shredded appearance. A lot of guys crave a physique like this, and today, I’m going to break down how I think Daniel Craig attained it.
“When do you take creatine?” “How much creatine do you take?” “Is creatine a steroid?”
Questions circle around the newbie’s mind like angry hornets circling around a bear that unwittingly bumped into their nest—and who can blame him?
Upon getting into the world of bodybuilding, naive newbies are bombarded with offers from everyone and his uncle:
It’s hard to know what’s truth and what’s bullshit in the fitness industry, so today I’m going to cover something that EVERYONE should know about: creatine.
It’s no secret that having high, healthy testosterone levels is crucial for your happiness as a man.
Low testosterone has been linked to depression, low energy, low libido, and worst of all, low levels of success. In fact, studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between how much testosterone a man has, and how much money he makes.
So clearly, you want the highest testosterone levels possible—your entire life depends on it.
Most people focus on how to boost testosterone levels, which is important, but do you know what’s even MORE important? Avoiding things that are KILLING your testosterone! Just by cutting these foods out of your diet, you can expect to raise your testosterone levels by at least 20%.