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The Path of the Awakened Warriors

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

By Brandon Cook

“Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both….and surpass the result.”
- Tien T’ai

Brandon Cook

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha

What’s up BIG guy? Hope you’re doing great and enjoying life! ;)

If you’re new here, I’d like to personally welcome you! This blog is a journey into transformation, evolution and personal growth… mine, my brothers and more importantly YOURS!  Not just on a physical front, mind you, but also mentally, spiritually and beyond.

Our ultimate goal for this blog is to create a tribe of Awakened Warriors that are following this enlightened path to health, fitness and personal development.

At the end of the day, we want you to achieve your highest potential in life and enjoy the process of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

If you’re not growing, you’re dying and so we have to force ourselves to keep striving for excellence. We have to get comfortable, being uncomfortable and that means challenging ourselves in new ways and experiencing life to the fullest.

If you’re a long time reader of this site, then let me stop right now and say THANK YOU for returning to this site and blog and checking out the information and insights we’ve been sharing. I really hope this website has added some value to your life because that’s our ultimate purpose here. (more…)

Think & Grow HUGE! Part 2 – Mastermind Alliance

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“When a group of individual minds are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual in the group.” -Napoleon Hill

“No man can become a permanent success without taking others along with him.” -Napoleon Hill

In this second video by Napoleon Hill you learned that a mastermind alliance consists of two or more minds working together in perfect harmony toward a common and definite objective. By creating a mastermind alliance you can harness the wisdom, experience, training and knowledge of other people, as if it were your own. In this way, both you and the people in your alliance may benefit from combining all of your talents to achieve your goals and purpose in your life.

After watching the video be sure to read on and learn how to apply this principle to your muscle building goals. (more…)

Part 4: The Original Contrarian Bodybuilder (Vince Gironda)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

 “You don’t build a muscle until you ‘build’ the nerve pathway. What comes first? It starts INSIDE. The muscle is only a BADGE for something else. Look. You’re talkin’ to a guy that is not genetically superior; I’ve always been a hard-gainer. I’ve got every reason to be believed.” – Vince Gironda

Vince GirondaBeing a Contrarian Bodybuilder isn’t always easy and no one knows that more than Vince Gironda. If you didn’t recognize him right away, he is the man in the picture on the left.

Vince was a legendary bodybuilding icon. His training methods contrasted greatly with the accepted practices of that era and he was very controversial.

Vince is the Original Contrarian Bodybuilder!

Vince “Iron Guru” Gironda was perhaps at the pinnacle of fame in the “Golden Years” of bodybuilding, the 1960’s. During that time, Vince dominated the scene and Vince’s gym, was known as the Mecca of bodybuilding.

Not only champion bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane trained at Vince’s Gym, but movie stars were also regular visitors to seek Vince’s training advice. People like Eric Estrada, Clint Eastwood, Clint Walker and many others. Hollywood studios used Vince and his gym to shape up their stars. (more…)

Part 3: Twenty Ways to Become a Contrarian Bodybuilder

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“Most people want to believe rather than to know, to take for granted rather than to find out.”- James Thurber

 Steve ReevesIn Part 1, we learned that a “contrarian” is a person with a preference for taking a position in opposition to the majority.

In Part 2, we covered the first 10 Ways to Become a Contrarian Bodybuilder by doing the opposite of what most people do.

In this killer post I’ll cover the next 10 Ways to succeed at building the body of your dreams by doing the opposite of what most trainees are doing. Then I’ll segue into revealing the highly controversial and Original Contrarian Bodybuilder! You’ll definitely want to read this all the way to the end. ;) (more…)

Part 2: Twenty Ways to Become a Contrarian Bodybuilder

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

By Brandon Cook

All fixed, set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”– Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee In Part 1, we learned that a “contrarian” is a person with a preference for taking a position in opposition to the majority. We also discussed why this may be an intelligent thing to do, despite the fact you may be considered a freak, a lunatic and/or put on house arrest for the remainder of your life.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about… you probably didn’t read Part 1 and should go do so immediately! Part 2 will still be here when you finish. lol

In this post we are going to cover the first Ten Ways You Can Become a Contrarian Bodybuilder. I’ll start off each point with what the majority of the people do when they first begin training and then explain how you should approach your training from the Contrarian perspective. Capiche’?!?!

Let’s do this!  8) (more…)

Part 1: It’s Time to Become a Contrarian Bodybuilder

Monday, September 19th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”  –George Bernard Shaw

Guy on the Rings

A contrarian, according to Wikipedia, is a person with a preference for taking a position opposed to that of the majority.

In simple terms, they do the opposite of what everybody else is doing.

Most commonly, the label is used in the investing world. You have, more likely than not, heard of a ‘contrarian investor.’

 

Warren Buffet said, “What the wise man does at the beginning, the fool does in the end.”

The best time to buy stocks is when the market has crashed, the price is low and the stock is undervalued. The best time to sell is when the stock price is at its highest peak, everything is going great and the stock is becoming overvalued.

This is a common contrarian investing strategy, yet why is it that the majority of investors buy in and jump on the band wagon when everybody else is buying the latest and the greatest, hopes are high and so is the rising price?

Then bad news hits and things begin to take a turn for the worse. The majority of investors ride the market down hoping that it will turn around. Surprise, it doesn’t… and then even more bad news hits. Everyone panics and suddenly decides to get out after the market has already tanked and now fear losing it all.

Read the quote by Warren Buffet again for the answer! (more…)

Think & Grow HUGE! Part 1 – Definiteness of Purpose

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

Successful people move on their own initiative but they know where they are going before they start.”–Napoleon Hill

Decide what you want, find out how to get it, and then take daily action toward achieving your goal.”–Napoleon Hill

 

In this first video by Napoleon Hill you will learn the starting point of all human achievement and why it is absolutely vital to have a clear vision of what you intend to achieve in life. Dr. Hill has explained that lack of this definite purpose is like being a ship without a rudder, both powerless and directionless.

After watching the video be sure to read on and learn how to apply this principle to your muscle building goals. (more…)

Think & Grow HUGE! Introduction to Napoleon Hill

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”–Napoleon Hill

Think & Grow Huge

“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.” – Napoleon Hill

 

Hey there, hope you’re doing great! I’m pretty excited because this is the first post, in a series of posts, I’m doing on one of my favorite authors and ‘virtual’ mentors Napoleon Hill. Now, if you’re familiar with Napoleon Hill, you know that he is the author of the classic literary work entitled “Think and Grow Rich.”

Napoleon Hill is largely considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time on the subject of success and achievement and many even consider him to be the pioneer of the field of personal development.

Think & Grow Rich

His book, “Think and Grow Rich”, was first published in 1937 and has gone on to be one of the best-selling books of all time, selling over 20 million copies by the time of his death in 1970. That number is probably a lot larger now!

These past couple weeks at breakfast I’ve been watching a series of short video recordings where Napoleon Hill is explaining his success principles. Then all of a sudden, the desire  to share them with you came over me. A large percentage of you have expressed interest in personal growth and development, wealth building and success strategies and so I think you will find these posts rather interesting and enlightening.

Even so, the majority of readers coming to this site express the desire to grow muscle and therefore I want to tie it back to this goal of ours. For that reason, I took the liberty of adding a little twist to Hill’s original title calling this series of posts THINK & GROW HUGE!!! (more…)

YOU Can Learn How to Gain Muscle!!!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“What one man can do, another can do.” – Anthony Hopkins

The Edge

The only limits to what we can create are the ones that we have imposed upon ourselves.” – Brandon Cook

Read the quote above from the movie the Edge, “What one man can do, another can do.” In this movie, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin’s characters are forced to survive in the wilderness after a plane crash. As they seek to find their way back to civilization, a grizzly bear begins stalking and hunting them down.

After several close encounters with the bear, Hopkins realizes that their only chance to survive is to face the bear and kill it using a spear technique he read about in book.

This technique is very risky and must be executed precisely as the bear rears up on its hind legs and comes down to claim his kill aka YOU!. At that exact moment you wedge the spear into the ground or rocks behind you and allow the bear to impale itself upon the long spear and hope that it doesn’t survive or crush you.

So yeah, it’s pretty risky… but whatchya gonna do when a huge Kodiak bear wants to turn you into a mid-day snack, huh? (more…)

Now’s the Time to Live the Dream Life

Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Brandon Cook

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” - Harvey MacKay

“Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.” -John C. Maxwell

Well, we’re two weeks into the New Year 2010. For many people the motivation has started to fade to black. Their new habits are beginning to seem like false hopes, while their old habits are beckoning them back into the shadows and comforts of their former selves.

In another week they’ll be dropping like flies from gyms around the nation…. as Metallica used to scream “Sad but true.” (more…)


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