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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…)

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…)

The Foundation of a Mass Building Workout Routine Part III

Monday, June 13th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”Herschel Walker

“The mistake most trainees make is that they try to move too quickly for complex movements before getting the form down. But greatness resides in those who have the patience to master the patterns first, then add complexity later.” –Dan John

In Part I we learned that Squats and Deadlifts should be the cornerstone of your workout routine because they are two of the most effective exercises for building muscle mass known to man. We covered 9 tips to help you prepare your body to perform these exercises and greatly reduce any risk of injury.

In Part II we learned the importance of having a healthy level of respect for the iron and thus a strong focus on lifting with proper form and technique. I also revealed three different progressions for safely working up to a top end lift.

In this final installment, I plan to cover several variations of the squat and deadlift that you can pick and choose to use in your training programs.  These variations offer many benefits:

  • Allow you to learn proper form and technique
  • Work your way into more advanced variations of the lifts
  • Prevent muscle imbalances and overuse injuries
  • Stave off boredom by rotating them in and out of your program
  • Select certain variations that correlate with your goals
  • Choose variations that work best with your structure and biomechanics
  • (more…)

The Foundation of Mass Building Workout Routines Part II

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

“He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.” –Lao Tzu

Man Deadlifting

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a single weight-training movement that’s more “complete” than the deadlift. It’s not just an upper or lower back exercise, or a grip exercise, or a posterior chain exercise, or a core exercise; it’s an every thing exercise. To that end, it’s a must-have in any lifter, athlete, or weekend warrior’s training arsenal.” –Eric Cressey

In Part I we learned that Squats and Deadlifts should form the foundation of your work out routines because they are two of the most effective exercises for building muscle mass known to man.

They’re also two of the hardest!!! That’s why we also covered 9 tips to minimize your risk of injury. If you haven’t read Part I- you probably should!

Now, one thing that I must confess is that I am far from a squat and deadlift master. I’m not incredibly strong in either lift and will probably never be breaking any world records. On the other hand, I am getting stronger every day and am doing my best to practice what I preach by “leading from the front” as Zach Even-Esh likes say.

Remember, this blog is my brother’s and my journey to size, strength and living an awesome life as we learn from the strength coaches and other experts we recommend on the website. You and I are on the same path… so I guess that makes you pretty cool too! :cool:

Everything that I share here comes from my personal experience, years of research and my desire to apply and share what I’m learning with you (while continually improving and growing as a person.) (more…)

The Foundation of Mass Building Work Out Routines Part I

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“For a hard gainer to get big, strong and very impressive is a truly great achievement – one done against the odds. It demands an indomitable spirit and hard-gainer character.” - Stuart McRobert

Dave Draper Front Squatting


“Very few movements require the same degree of dedication, desire and determination as heavy squats. Squats are more than a physical strength builder and may be the only movement that builds a person’s character. Life is about standing up AFTER a heavy load takes you down.”
– Dave Tate

Ever been to the gym and seen a skinny guy doing barbell curls in this weird metal cage looking thingy?

If you didn’t know, that’s called a Power Cage or Squat Rack… and it’s NOT for barbell curls… it’s for SQUATS!  :roll:

My point is that sometimes we’re in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time. Yes, I stole that from a song!

The skinny guy doing barbell curls in the Power Cage IS in the right place… but it’s NOT the time for barbell curls; it’s time for squats and lots of them!

What the misinformed hardgainer doesn’t understand is that the foundation of mass building work out routines should revolve around two main exercises (that is if your goal is to get big and strong as fast as possible.)

These two basic strength exercises:

  • Give you the most bang for your buck
  • Stimulate the biggest muscle fibers on your body
  • Flood your body with pure, unbridled Testosterone
  • Make you physically and mentally stronger
  • Create the demand for new muscle growth
  • Dramatically increase your power and athleticism
  • Make women want you and men want to be you
  • And overall just make you one, bad-ass dude!

Anyway, if you haven’t guessed by now, the two exercises I’m referring to are…. (more…)

The Awakened Warrior Unleashed…

Monday, March 21st, 2011

By Brandon Cook

When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.” - Morihei Ueshiba

A Warrior

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.”

- Morihei Ueshiba

Every man must balance the paradox that is the mystery of life and death. One must choose his own purpose in life and train to refine the body and the mind. He must train, so that one day, he may achieve his full potential. Each of us must follow his own path…and so… I continue mine.

Here’s the program and the path that I’ve been following:

=====>>> The Path of the Awakened Warrior <<<======

This is the program I’ve been using since January and have been getting great results. So, naturally, I’d like to share it with you in hopes that you can make the same or better progress. (more…)

How to Adapt Hybrid Training for Ectomorphs Struggling to Build Muscle

Monday, February 28th, 2011

By Brandon Cook

“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strongest. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.” – Unknown

Push-Ups

While we know Hybrid Muscle Training is Awwwesome for athletes and martial artists OR even your average weekend warrior (who wants to be as strong as he looks)… YOU might be wondering if this type of training is appropriate for the ectomorph, whose main purpose is to put some meat on his bones!

I mean, after all is said and done…. Elliott Hulse and Mike Westerdal (the creators of Lean Hybrid Muscle Program) are NOT ectomorphs. In fact, they are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They are endomorphs and basically have the opposite problem of your average hardgainer. Meaning… instead of finding it difficult to build muscle, these guys find it easy to gain weight… muscle and fat. The difficulty for the endomorph is staying lean as they can gain fat just by looking at a donut! ;) (more…)


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