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The Most Anabolic Foods Known to Man

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

By Brandon Cook

“Every major food company now has an organic division. There’s more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.” – Michael Pollan

Juicy Steak

Living a successful life and building the physique of your dreams, all comes down to choices.

And your local supermarket has a TON of foods for you to choose from.

Unfortunately, what is stocked on most of the shelves are crappy, processed foods that are manufactured in a lab somewhere. If you’re smart you’ll avoid 95% of anything that comes in a bag, box or can.

The late Jack Lalanne wisely reminded us that “If man made it, don’t eat it.”

As for the small percentage of foods you may get in such packaging… the fewer ingredients on the label the better! You do read the labels, right?

Today I want to eliminate some of the confusion by covering some of the most anabolic foods you can select. I should also mention that you should choose organic 100% of the time if it is available and you can afford to do so.

Don’t be like most people who buy the cheapest food they can find. This isn’t a commodity item… we’re talking about making an investment in your health and future life experience.

What you spend now could possibly save you thousands of dollars later on in pharmaceuticals and hospital bills… not to mention unnecessary suffering! :( (more…)

Guest Post: The Superiority of Functional Strength Versus Gym Strength

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

By Mike Westerdal,
the Founder of Critical Bench

“Personally I’m not against the gym. I love bench pressing, squatting and deadlifting and I’m not going to give that up to perform strictly hybrid cardio workouts by themselves. What I am doing is replacing boring ass traditional cardio (like the stationary bike and the treadmill) with resistance conditioning so I can burn fat and build muscle at the same time.” -Mike Westerdal

Mike Westerdal

You know, going to the gym and working out isn’t the only way to get strong. There’s actually a huge difference between being gym strong versus real-life strong.

It’s completely possible to be in good shape and strong (I mean really strong) without ever having stepped inside a gym.

How is this possible? Are these guys just genetic freaks? Let me tell you that it is possible and no, you do not have to be a genetic anomaly to be in great shape and what I like to call “real-life strong.”

My own dad is a great example of a guy who is really strong and yet he’s never worked out a day in his life. He has however, done a lot of manual labor.

He was always working on things outside in the yard, building stuff, working with wood or any number of other things. Then on the flip side… there’s me! I have been working out since I was in high school in Connecticut.

When I really started to get serious about training, I finally started growing and getting stronger. By the time I hit my senior year and was playing football I was able to bench 275 pounds and was really proud of myself.

It was all put into perspective one day when my dad needed my help to get rid of some large rocks and boulders sticking out of the grass. (more…)

Guest Post: Hybrid Muscle Training For Athletes and Martial Artists

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

By Mike Westerdal,
the Founder of Critical Bench

“When it comes to building the ‘Warrior Physique’ you’re going to need to train like a warrior and that involves stepping out of your comfort zone and performing activities that build muscle and burn fat at the same time like resistance cardio or conditioning.”
-Mike Westerdal

Mike Westerdal

Regardless of your body type or the type of training that your body responds to best, hybrid muscle training is all around, the most effective way to build muscle and get lean.

Often times, guys ask me how hybrid training carries over into sports.

Well, regardless of the sport, hybrid muscle training can help you be at the top of your game.

But did you know that there are also sports that by their very nature help you develop hybrid muscle?

Actually, any sport that simultaneously incorporates resistance and cardio can be considered a hybrid activity. There are a number of sports that do this-let’s talk about some of them now. (more…)

Guest Post: It’s Time to Get Primal!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

By Mike Westerdal,
the Founder of Critical Bench

Make sure you read all the way to the end to get your FREE REPORTS!

“We’ve moved away from living the way nature intended us to live. To get really healthy and get the bodies we want we need to exercise the way our ancestors lived by getting primal in our workouts.” -Mike Westerdal

Mike Westerdal

Nature is amazing. Plants, animals, humans, insects and ecosystems, left on their own, over time adapt to their environment to not just exist, but to thrive. Each species is designed to do whatever it does best. For example, carnivores like wolves, lions and tigers are built to hunt and kill.

They’re strong and fast with sharp teeth and powerful jaws. And all this happens naturally. When they are born, their parents don’t sit them down and explain to them what they have to do to become skilled hunters-they just go about living their lives and they develop that way naturally.

Animals in nature don’t go to the gym. They don’t lift weights, they don’t do cardio, they don’t read about the latest hot training routine and they don’t go on diets. Yet despite the fact that they don’t do any of these things, wolf cubs, lion cubs and others grow up to be skilled hunters with lean but incredibly strong bodies. Why? (more…)

The Standard American Diet Will Kill You!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

By Brandon Cook

“We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.”
~ Jeff Arder

Standard American Diet

“Be careful about reading health books.  You may die of a misprint.”
~ Mark Twain

Growing up I ate the Standard American Diet, which forms the somewhat humorous (and at the same time depressing) acronym S.A.D. This consisted of sugary breakfast cereals, lunch meat sandwiches, gummy fruit snacks, spaghetti O’s, macaroni and cheese, lots of sweets and candies, potato chips, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, french fries, pizza, hot dogs and hot pockets and all the things “kids love!”

Maybe you can relate? Is this the diet you grew up on too or may still be eating? (more…)

Not-So-Skinny Vinny Turns 30… Happy Birthday, Big Guy!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

“If you focus on being successful you will be and you are already one step closer to becoming the person you really want to be.” –Vince Delmonte


“Tomorrow does not exist. It is not promised and it is not guaranteed. Tomorrow only exists in the minds of dreamers and procrastinators.” –Vince Delmonte

That’s right, Vince Delmonte just turned “The Dirty Thirty” as he likes to call it. To celebrate it he’s “getting wild and crazy” and having a  Four Day Blow Out sale on his 9 disc DVD series. Although, I’m a little late getting this posted, so it’s more like a Three Day Blow Out Sale! :)

I’m not here to try to sell you on it, this deal sells itself. I’m only a messenger and a satisfied customer who owns and uses Vince’s products. I’m also here to motivate you to get off the fence and take charge of your life once and for all. (more…)

Body Transformation Part II: Reflections of the Present Moment

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

By Brandon Cook

“In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”
-Robert Collier

Brandons Body Transformation Progress

“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not frighten them, but to challenge them.”
-Woodrow Wilson
In Body Transformation Part I, we peered through a window into my past to get a better understanding of the challenges and adversity I experienced early on. It was these trials that eventually led me to training, and the desire to transform my body and my life.

We will all face the heaviness of life at some point or another. The question is will we learn to grow, adapt, and overcome it or collapse under its pressure? (more…)

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