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My Wobbly First Three Quarters of Weight and Exercise In 2015

December 2014….

I thought I had it all figured out. I had the perfect holiday plan. I was going to be visiting family for a couple of days, so I thought I would just embrace the holidays. Feasting here I come! Nothing too crazy but weight gain was to be expected along with a big ole smile!

I expected to gain about five pounds of water weight. My body easily gains water weight when eating sweets. No biggie, I would lose that weight within five days of eating like I normally eat.

January 1, 2015 I stepped on the scale and got a shock to see my body weight up at 220 lbs!

CURSE YOU HOLIDAY SEASON!!! YOU GOT ME AGAIN!!!!!

It was time to get back to work! Here’s what I did for the first three quarters of 2015.

 

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January

Start Weight: 220 lbs

I was on a major sugar high! The sweet stuff was my crack and all I wanted was more. It took a few weeks to finally kick my sugar habit!

I slowly started to get back into my normal routine throughout January. I expected to be around 210 lbs not 220 lbs in January. So I had my work cut out for me.

I had been reading about Vince Gironda style workouts and wanted to see if his methods worked. Vince Gironda was one of the original bodybuilding gurus. His plans involved isolating each muscle with one-two major exercises at a quick pace. No more then twenty seconds of rest.

I looked forward to the challenge. The only thing that sucked is during the early weeks of January; the gym is of course PACKED! There are too many people claiming their New Years Resolution. I try not to judge, but I make sure I see whom the new faces are. If they are still there by March, I know they are serious!

February

Start Weight: 203

Yup! You read that right. I had gotten down to 203 lbs. When I eat right amazing things happen. That’s why I preach that your diet is the key to losing weight. I was eating about 1,900 calories a night during that time frame. Here’s what a meal looked like.

Food log of what Michael V. Moore ate in January 2015

All I did was reduce the sweets down to about one cheat meal a week. Nothing too complicated; just good nutritional discipline. I was still following the same workout routine as well.

Vince’s program had me lifting weights six days a week. The days were broke down as:

Sunday: Chest, Back, and Shoulders
Monday: Biceps, Triceps, and Forearms
Tuesdays: Legs, Calves
Wednesday: Chest, Back, and Shoulders
Thursday: Biceps, Triceps, and Forearms
Friday: Legs, Calves

Each day lasted under 20 minutes due to the short rest periods. I also did not do any type of conditioning. The pace of the workout was all the conditioning you needed. Less than 20 seconds of rest is VERY exhaustive

March

Start Weight: 203

I eventually got down to 200 lbs the second week of March. I had been following Vince’s 8 sets of 8 routine with much success in January-February. Now it was time to switch up my workout plan.

I decided to go to a more traditional style bodybuilding template. Instead of hitting the muscle groups twice a week, I would be hitting them once a week. So my Four Day routine looked like:

Monday: Chest & Biceps
Tuesday: Back & Abs
Thursday: Shoulders, Triceps & Abs
Friday: Quads, Hamstrings & Calves

The rest tempo varied depending on the lift I was doing. Some exercises had 30 seconds rest while others had about 3-5 minutes of rest. Due to me being so light, I figured it was time to concentrate on building some muscle at this point in the year.

April

Start Weight: 212 lbs

I wish I could say that I gained 12 pounds of muscle but I did not. I think I got to ahead of myself. When I look back at my journals, I see I stopped recording what I was eating. In the previous months, I had always kept track of my eating. Not everyday, but at least a few times a week.

It’s amazing how something as simple as writing down what you eat keeps you in check. During the last couple weeks of March, I don’t have ANYTHING written down for March. I’m assuming that I ate too many foods I shouldn’t have been eating.

I continued with my Four Day workout routine. Only change I made was switching one body part exercise with another. No conditioning was done, just lifting weights.

May

Start Weight: 209

I noticed how my weight seemed to halt around 208-215 lbs. I determined that I needed to switch up the plan. I started a fat loss workout routine.

This required weight lifting three-four times a week. Each of those days would also have an additional conditioning session. It seemed like a good change of pace from me just focusing exclusively on lifting weights.

June

Start Weight: 210

I start measuring my weight loss more often, so you can see the steep curve during this month. Most months of me eating right look like this.

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At the end of the month, I switched my diet up just to see what would happen. I started to eat more like a professional bodybuilder preparing to go on stage. It was a seven day experiment before I went on a mini vacation.

I got the weight to drop down while doing it, but I personally was not a fan. Remember how I got down to 200 lbs back in March. That was much easier because it came naturally and was not forced.

July

Start Weight: 200

Those final weeks of prepping like I was going on a bodybuilding stage got me to 200 lbs before I went on a mini-vacation. Once back, I started another new exercise program. I started doing full body exercises, 3x a week. It was a cross between Vince Gironda’s system and a typical bodybuilding template. The weights would be lifted at a fast tempo with no additional conditioning.

August

Start Weight: 203

During these summer months, I wish I could say that I was 100% focused on my diet. But I was more like 75% focused. For me to see results, I need to eat according to my diet 90% of the time. When I do that I continue to achieve results.

August is an example of a month in which I was working out, but just not quite going that extra mile to go in the direction I wanted. Thus I kind of just stalled. Not good but not bad either.

September

Start Weight: 205

I decided to go back to a Vince Gironda style workout. Lose fat and build muscle at the same time the workout claims. This particular workout was called A Muscle Has Four Sides. This would require me to do the same six days a week workout schedule but TWICE in one day.

It appears intimidating but you actually spend about 40 minutes total at the gym each workout day. Brutal on paper but very effective at getting your in and out of the gym with muscles to pop.

I got all the way down to 202 lbs during this month. My eating was still on track. Not quite 90% but better than my summer months.

October

Start Weight: 205

At the end of September, I got down to 202 lbs before going on a mini-binge. I say mini binge because I ate some sort of pastry and/or ice cream every day. One good Oktoberfest cheat day turned into almost of week of continuing to eat sweets.

 

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Kim Kardashian (Dirndl/Dress: Lola Paltinger, Lollipop & Alenrock) visits the Oktoberfest 2010 at the Hippodrom tent at Theresienwiese during her Munich visit on September 22, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

I knew I would be going on a international business/vacation trip at the beginning of October, so I gave myself some leeway in not being as strict. The real test will begin once I start the trip. Hopefully I will not go overboard and come back around 207 lbs (or lighter!)

Once the trip is over, the real test will begin. In a previous article, I mentioned how my goal for 2015 was to lose 15 lbs of fat. For me, that means I need to get around 195 lbs. I figured that going from 220 lbs at the beginning of the year to 195 at the end would mean that I had lose about 15 lbs of fat.

So I have three more months to get that goal accomplished. Think I can do it? Will I learn from my past months? Will I repeat seasonal cravings from my past?

Tune in to this blog to find out!

Why I’m Finally Going To The Beach This Fall

“Rain, rain, please come back another day! I don’t want deju vu all over again!”

For three days straight it’s been nothing but cloudy, dark, grey and wet where I live. I’ve been so cooped up in my own world; I had not been paying attention to the weather reports. I finally decided to listen to the news and all I hear is about possible flooding in the area due to Hurricane Joaquin approaching the US from the Caribbean.

“Perfect!!! That’s just perfect!!!” I yell to myself. You see my wife and I are planning on flying to Thailand for our first real vacation this year. The last time we attempted to go on a min-vacation around Independence Day, it rained the entire time!

So as I look at the weather reports I’m hoping that the flight doesn’t get cancelled due to this hurricane. As of this morning I hear reports that the hurricane will not touch US soil. Who knows if that will change.

Hurricane Joaquin

As I hear the rain thumping on my roof all I can selfishly think about is the last time I been to a beach. You see when in Thailand, my wife and I will be staying at a beach resort for most of the trip. I imagine crystal blue waters and beautiful specs of sand between my toes during this trip. As I envision this, I find it very hard to think about the last time I been on a real vacation.

My last real vacation…?

The trip we took around Independence Day was more of a business trip than personal vacation. The hotel we stayed at was supposed to be a resort but it was definitely over hyped. Due to the rain, I never got to go swimming at the resort. They had an indoor pool as well, but it was engulfed by family reunions the entire time. Sadly, my swim trunks never got the chance to get wet. So tragic!

As the wind howls outside, I try to remember the last time I truly had a relaxing vacation. It took a good twenty minutes to finally remember the last time I had one. In May, 2014 my mother wanted to go on a retirement cruise. On that cruise I was able to hang out on a couple Caribbean beaches.

I actually got in the water, swam with the waves, and went snorkeling. It was a good time. I’ve come to realize that I had been working almost non-stop for the past year and half.

Vacation in Fall?

Most families use the summer time to get their beach vacation in. Here it is in Autumn, and I would finally be getting to the beach. Wow! The time of year in which my body normally starts to regress.

When this trip popped up, I was hoping to have this picturesque beach body. But reality has set in, and I’m not exactly there. I look good but not as good as I know I’m capable of looking. I can’t say it’s for lack of trying. When I set back, I truly believe that my progress hasn’t been amplified due to my desperate need of a vacation.

Mr. I-N-D-E-P-E-N-T..Do you know what that mean?

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I had been pursuing working for myself since the beginning of summer 2015. Anyone that has gone the entrepreneur route can tell you it’s not easy! There’s lots of stress at the beginning. I have so much work that I wanted to accomplish that my entire summer just flashed by.

Now that it’s October, I realized just how stressed I been. This vacation comes at a perfect time. This month will have all sorts of excitements. I have my first book, Release The Beast, coming out on October 25th 2015. Also, I’ll be making my online fitness services available to the public. This is the month where all my hard work will pay off!

I strongly think that by taking this vacation, I will come back strong and ready to finish my year up with my goals in mind. Sometimes all it takes is one relaxing break from your normal routine to get you past that last hump. My last hump is my final 10 pounds to get towards my goal of losing 15 lbs of fat in 2015.

But first……….Rain, Rain go away………..

My 12 Ambitious Goals To Look Good In 2015

Have you seen those Direct TV ads with a celebrity impersonating themselves. A good example is the one’s with Rob Lowe. You have normal Rob Lowe and then you have creepy Rob Lowe.

While pursuing the body you want to achieve you have to make sure you check in with yourself and give yourself evaluations. Those evaluations can be in the form of tracking statistics in a weight loss journal.

You could also keep track inside a spreadsheet that marks down all the workouts you’ve done with in a year. To continually improve it’s crucial that you perform check-ins. If you don’t, you’ll forever be going around in circles with no real progress. You’ll look like the “creepy” or “loser” version of yourself instead of the winner version.

To help keep me on target for 2015, I created twelve goals that I wanted to achieve. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to hit all of them in only one year, but it served as my motivation. Here’s the goals:

Consistent Waist Under 35 Inches

The easiest way to know if your weight loss plan is working is by measuring your waist. I noticed this pattern over the years. It’s definitely not the scale that tells you, it’s your waist!

When I was at my peak in 2010, my waist was slightly less than 33 inches. At that time, I knew that a waist size of 33 inches was not realistic for me to keep in the long term. Remember I was thin but not really strong. Due to me wanting more muscle, I knew my waist would have to be bigger.

On the exact opposite, the largest my waist has ever been was 39 inches. When I looked at my waist numbers over the years I’ve seen it hover around 36-37 inches. That’s pretty far from that super thin 33 inches.

So I decided on a simple target weight of 35 inches as ideal. I knew if I stayed under 35 inches my body would look good without my shirt on. Maybe not ripped status, but “not ashamed” status was fine with me.

Square Powerful Chest

I’ve always had a stronger lower body than upper body. When bodybuilding you want to bring up your strong points to achieve a well balanced body. For me I knew I needed to focus more on my chest.

I always thought of my chest as more round than square. In the comic books you always see the perfectly square chests. It was as sign of power. Getting a square chest requires isolating the pectoral muscles with excellent technique.

Over the years, I noticed that I never felt out my pectoral muscles while doing chest exercises. I just went with the flow. It was time for me to actually think about that muscle moving while lifting the weight.

15 inch Arms

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What guy doesn’t want bigger arms! Like I said previously, I have always had a weaker upper body. When losing weight my arms are always the first parts of my body to thin out. When gaining weight of course my arms are always the last to get bigger!

For years it seems like I couldn’t win so I never really bothered to get them bigger. I would focus on the Big Lifts (Squats, Overhead Press, Deadlifts,Bench Press) and just add some dips and chin ups in as accessory work. That was the entire stimulus my arms would get through the years.

I still think that’s a good idea. A person should get better at the basic lifts if they want to have a well-developed body. But I wanted to grow my 13-inch biceps more. With the bodybuilding templates I would be following they would be getting some direct work, so 15 inches seemed like a good number to reach for.

Seven to Ten Hours Of Sleep A  Night

I had a horrible sleeping experience in 2014. Every since I moved back to Virginia from living in Las Vegas, my sleep habits have been crappy. I know it had to deal with getting up super early to beat the traffic for work. In my Las Vegas lifestyle, I had a more relaxed work schedule.

Back in Virginia, I became too stressed out with the projects I was on. Every morning I would see darker and darker backs under my eyes. I never had that before in my life! I knew it was time to get back to getting 7+ hours of sleep a night. I feel so much more energized when I get sleep. Plus my body looks healthier. It was time to get back to that.

No Chronic Joint Pain (knees, back, spine, etc.)

I’ve had chondromalacia patella for about twenty years. Whenever my knees are in a bending motion I experience pain. So if I’m sitting for long periods of time, my knees hurt. If I try to play basketball, I can’t jump and run as much as I would like because of my knee pain. I’ve learned how to avoid the pain over the years.

I started getting involved in work projects that triggered my chondromalica patella in 2014. Plus I was squatting for personal records at the gym so I would be in pain more often than normal. For 2015, I wanted to make sure I got back to avoiding the pain.

Have Less Than 20 lbs Of Fat On My Body

I use to be obsessed with body fat percentage numbers in the past. I would hear that the ideal body fat percentage for men was under 15%. Other experts would say fewer than 12%. My body fat has always hovered between 13-20% according to my calculations.

I didn’t want to be obsessed over body fat calculations anymore. I just did the simple math. If I had thirty pounds of fat on my body, I wanted to lose half of that which would leave me with 15 pounds of fat.

I would expect a slight rebound effect so I added five more pounds. If my body fat percentage were between 12-20%, reducing my fat in half would get me to under 15% body fat. Nothing complicated.

No Eating Excuses While Traveling

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I had a brutal travel schedule in 2014. There were too many travel sessions in which I would be at the mercy of other people’s schedule. I pride myself on eating correctly while traveling but I was eating like the folks I was working with. None of them wanted to same type of body I wanted, so why should I eat like them?

I wanted to get back to the old me and take control over my eating again. There should be no excuses for eating right while on the road. It’s never going to be perfect, but that still didn’t mean I shouldn’t at least try.

Eat Around 175 Grams Of Protein A Day

This was another easy calculation. My lean body mass was somewhere between 170-180 lbs. If I want to keep the muscle I need to eat an adequate amount of protein. For maintaining muscle I knew I needed approximately 0.8-1 grams of protein per lean mass.

I like to keep it simple and just round it up to 1 gram of protein per lean mass. So 1 x 175 lbs = 175 grams of protein a day I would need.

Eat Vegetables at every meal

If I want to be healthy I got to eat my veggies! I’ve been eating them with every meal for a very very very long time now. So this was a pretty easy goal. Just a friendly reminder to keep doing it!

Make Rice and Potatoes My Main Carbohydrate Sources

I was going to be lifting weights so I knew I would need good carbohydrate sources. Supplement companies make it seem that you can only lose or gain weight by drinking their products. That’s not the case! For more workout fuel I would just be eating whole foods.

When eating whole foods, I prefer to eat my carbohydrate sources. Rice and potatoes are the simplest carbs you could eat. They digest properly and provide the energy needed to replenish your muscles.

Build My Beach Body THEN Get Stronger With That Physique

No big surprise here. It was time to show off the muscles on my body in addition to getting stronger. Instead of chasing both rabbits at once, I wanted to smartly pursue one at a time. This was just a nice reminder of my why for 2015.

No More Yo-Yo Seasonal Eating.

Kids playing with yo yos

Every season I would give into pro-long binge eating weeks. Heck I talk about the fall cravings here. To keep the progress going I needed to make sure that the binge sessions were cut down. I came up with this 2015 plan around the 2014 holidays when I saw how much weight I gained.

All it took was more than two days of treats and my weight jumped up 15 lbs.  I did not want to keep experiencing that every season.

 

 

Five Reality Checks That Helped Me Plan A Successful 2015 Training Plan

In 2015 I was in need of a change. The years of doing exclusively powerlifting workouts left my body in a state that did not fit my ideal body. I needed the strength but I wanted my dream body even more. That’s why I decided to try a bodybuilding routine for my primary exercise routine in 2015.

I talked about how I went from out of shape to in shape to strong but fat. It was time for some consistency in my body and goals. It was time for those two worlds to meet.

BEGINNING STATS

Coming into 2015 my stats were as follows:

Weight: 220 lbs.
Waist: 37 inches

My best rep numbrs in the major four lifts were:

Squat: 250 lbs x 7 reps
Bench Press: 220 lbs x 10 reps
Press: 155 lbs x 1 rep l
Deadlift: 295 lbs x 10 reps

I worked hard to get those numbers up.   I knew it was time to change my game. Here’s some cold hard facts I had to tell myself:

NOT AN ATHLETE

No matter how much I love to fantasize, the reality is I’m not an athlete. There are so many great exercise programs geared towards athletes. That is why in the last five years the world has seen the explosion of Olympic style weightlifting.

Cross Fit competition with Chrisw Camille about to do a deadlift motion

 

That’s why the CrossFit gyms have taken off. They took an old school philosophy that had been around for years and made it hip. Not only in America, but in countries around the globe you can see people following the Workout of The Day.

I’m a fan of Olympic Style weightlifting. The problem that I have with CrossFit is the randomness of exercises. Olympic Style weightlifting is a skill that needs to develop over time to perform it correctly. Cross Fitters who don’t pay attention to technique are destined to get a injury sooner than later. That’s my biggest grip with Cross Fit.

Getting back to the point, I’m not an athlete. Therefore I shouldn’t be trying to do lifts that will make me jump higher, or increase my explosiveness. For a change of workout pace sure. It’s always good to change your workout every now and then. But those types of workouts should not be my core routines.   Sometimes we really got to sit back and think about why we are doing the workouts we are doing.

STILL HAD SOME BODY FAT TO LOSE

Being on a diet for an extended period of time can become annoying. While I was strength training I attempted to restrict my calories but didn’t stick with it long enough. I let my mind tell me that I was small enough and I should just embrace getting big again.

No more calorie restrictions! Yes, sign me up! The truth is that it would have been better to lose as much fat as possible before putting on the weight. During that period, I lost scale weight but I can’t say I lost fat.

Your body will look more muscular when you have less fat on it. Once the fat drips away, that hard earned muscle begins to shine. I kept getting so close to my 2010 years but seem to stop just before reaching that promise land. I didn’t want that in 2015.

At the beginning of 2015 I had about 30 lbs of fat on my body. I determined that if I lost half of that weight, I would be in a good body fat range. So I made up my mind that I needed to lose about 15 lbs of fat in 2015.

WAIST IS THE LAST TO GO

My years of yo-yoing between big and small provided me with some good analytical information. My body has shown time and time again that the last place I lose weight is in my waist. When taking caliper skinfold measurements the biggest sites on my body is my abdominal and suprailiac regions.

The first places I lose weight is my face and arms. That’s why I always appear thinner to people then I really any. The most visible parts of my body are my arms and face. I use to wear a lot of baggy clothes so my face and arms stood out even more.

In the perfect world I could just take the fat from my waist and attach it to my arms. <Poof> I would have the biceps I always wanted! But that’s not reality. In 2015 I knew I would have to get my waist to a place under 35” to achieve the 15 lbs of fat loss.

I WANT TO LOOK SEXY

With all those years invested in the gym and at the grocery store it was time to reap the benefits! I just wanted to look good! I didn’t need to be the next Phil Heath, but I just wanted to look good without my shirt!

Phil Heath Posing at a competition
Phil Heath

When you have been overweight and/or skinny fat, you tend to shy away from revealing your body in public. My mind is in a much better place where I could care less. If I work hard at it and carry the right mental attitude, I know my body will follow. So I wanted my 2015 to start to reflect that. It may not be everyone else’s dream body, but it’s mine!

GOTTA BODYBUILD

I do not want to be a professional bodybuilder. I’m a realistic guy. I know that it will take years for me to put on the type of muscle to professionally compete. What I do want from those guys is to master their gym and nutritional habits to get a muscular physique. Whither that physique is 185 pounds or 225 pounds, I don’t care!

Here’s what I determined success for me in 2015 would be:

  • Consistent waist under 35 inches
  • Square powerful chest
  • Arms great than 15 inches
  • No bags under my eyes from lack of sleep (so 7-10 hrs sleep a night)
  • No chronic joint pain (knees, back, spine, etc.)
  • Have less than 20 lbs of fat on my body
  • No travel excuses for eating right
  • Approx. 175 grams of Protein a day
  • Veggies at every meal
  • Carbohydrate sources mainly from rice and potato sources.
  • Build my beach body THEN get stronger with that physique
  • No more yo-yo seasonal eating. Avoid the unhealthy relationship with wheat/fat/sugar/processed foods!!

I’ll break down those success marks next time!

How I Discovered What Type Of Training I Currently Need

I loved getting stronger and actually being able to do something with the muscles I had on my body.  In the previous post I mentioned how I followed a powerlifting prototype for many years after my dramatic fat loss (see: My Yearly Struggle Between Being Thin and Weak OR Strong But Fat).   As far as weight gain, I did not care. As long as I was making progress in strength, my body could weigh whatever it wanted to and I was OK with it.

The honest truth is that I REALLY don’t care how much I weigh.  Even now I really don’t care.  That is just a number on the scale.  I refuse to let it totally define me.  Too many people let the scale be the only way to measure progress. I prefer to let mirrors and pictures be my true measurement systems.

Portrait of a sexy young beautiful woman checking her waist in the mirror

It was using those two methods that I started to figure out that my strength training was going in the wrong direction for the body I wanted to achieve.  Here I was, lifting heavy weight but still not having the body I wanted.  What was I doing wrong?

EATING

One of the biggest derailments was my eating.  No matter if you want to gain or lose muscle, your diet is the key.  A diet can make you lose 10 pounds of fat OR gain 10 pounds of solid muscle.  The more you are in tune with your nutrition, the better the results. When you are not in tune, you’ll experience fat loss stalls and more fat gained than muscle when putting on weight.

While doing strength training I should have kept my calories lower for longer cycles.   I did attempt to keep the calories low in certain periods of time during my strength training years but I would let articles convince me to keep them up higher so I could stay lifting heavier weights. I should have known better. If I wanted a leaner look, the calories should have came down more often.

BODY IMAGE

If I was doing powerlifting movements, eating like a powerlifting and not doing lots of cardio like a powerlifter….guess what I would look like?  A powerlifter!

For some reason it didn’t click in my head.  I would read articles explaining how I was a “wuss” for not being strong.  I let all those powerlifter articles fool me into thinking that getting strong was the only thing I should be pursuing. That was only partially true because there was more to it than that.

My AH HA Moment

One day I came across a bodybuilding article that made me really think.  It was written by Nate Miyaki.  In it he mentioned to “Find what you’re fighting for?”.  I had to re-read it several times before I got the message.  Basically he was asking the readers why are you doing this for?

When I sat back and analyze how I first got involved into working out at the gym I realized that I did all this mainly to look good.  As narcissistic as that sounds, that’s the truth.  I want to have a body where I can take my shirt off and feel comfortable.  When we all dig deep down into why we work out, the answer sometimes is as vain as mine was.

So if I wanted to look good, what would be the easiest way to get to that path?  The easiest way is to workout like a bodybuilder.

BODYBUILDING

When we think of bodybuilding we get images of Incredible Hulk looking guys on covers of muscle magazines.  There’s no denying these guys have defined bodies.  Now that we are inn the steroid and drug enhancement era, some bodybuilders have too much muscle going on that starts to look sickening!

Guy posing in the mirror looking like he may take steroids due to how big his muscles are

But there’s no question that bodybuilders have developed techniques that will get you to the body you want.  When your goal is to look good in front of a mirror, bodybuilding templates are the way to go.

Don’t let those hulk images fool you, the real essence of bodybuilding is to isolate and shape the body.  It’s a totally different concept than powerlifiing.  To an outsider, they think that lifting weights is just lifting weights.  But if you were to compare a powerlifter to a bodybuilder’s training routine.  You would see a night and day difference.

I spent too many years foolishly glossing over bodybuilding workouts.  I treated the workouts just as another workout. I did not actually feel the weight through the reps to make sure the muscle did all the work.  In my youth it was all about just moving the heaviest weight the fastest.

In bodybuilding, you want to maximize the tension in the muscle no matter what the weight is!  That tension causes blood to pump into your muscles, which in turn help make the muscle shapelier.  In other words, your physique starts to look like a Greek God vs. Greek yogurt!

When you put your ego to the side and do the workout properly, you will see great results. It doesn’t take a lot of weight to make your muscles pump up. What it does take is patience and focus. I’m no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I see the difference in my body in less than one week while following a bodybuilding routine.

BODYBUILDING DIET

When following a bodybuilding routine the workout is actually secondary to your diet. The primary way to get your desired body is still through nutrition. Bodybuilders are some of the most dedicated nutritionist on the planet! It’s amazing at the attention to macronutrients and calories that bodybuilders do when prepping there daily meals.

Bodybuilders have been on the leading edge of nutrition for years. Most of the eating habits that the diet experts try to tell people they should be eating originally came from experienced bodybuilders years ago. A great example is how carbohydrates and fats should not be combined in high portions during the same meal if you wanted an ideal body composition. The “experts” just call this the Atkins Diet or Paleo Diet or whatever the next craze will be.

WHY IS MICHAEL DOING THIS?

So when I analyzed “why I was doing this”, I knew that I needed to make every gym session count. I needed to make sure that all the nutritional foods I ate would be properly processed for the body I wanted. I determined that I should be following a bodybuilding program in 2015 to get towards my dream body. Once I had that dream body, then I would go back to strength training. That was my plan for 2015.

Sounds good but is that what I did in 2015?  That’s a story for next time!