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Archive for the ‘Proper Mindset’ Category

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…)

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…)

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…)

10 Tips for How to Gain Weight Fast

Friday, November 5th, 2010

By Brandon Cook

“We are all brainwashed to believe that you can get bigger and stronger and leaner in a very short time, with very little effort and even less dedication. But nothing could be further from the truth, my friends.” – Jason Ferruggia

Skinny Guy

If you want to gain weight fast and have made up your mind to transform your body once and for all, then you’re in luck.

Today, I’m going over the top 10 tips that I’m personally using to gain another twenty-thirty pounds of muscle. These tips may seem simple and that’s because they are. However, applying them to your life is definitely not easy.

If you want to gain muscle fast, then you need to make this your primary mission (at least for a little while.)

I used to weigh 130lbs at 5’11” tall and through training, persistence and hard work I’ve gotten my weight up to 165lbs. However, adding another 20-30 pounds of muscle would be pretty awesome. That’s why I’ve made that one of my prime missions in life.

This blog exists to keep me focused and accountable to that mission and so that I can share with you what I’m learning along the way.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to gain weight fast, then let’s do this! (more…)


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