Here’s Your Testosterone Fix

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Testosterone levels have always started to dip as men age, but in the over-40 crowd, low-T levels are becoming a big problem. Luckily, there is a testosterone fix that doesn’t involve expensive—and potentially dangerous—testosterone replacement therapy.

It’s a scary truth, but low testosterone is becoming an epidemic for men in their 40s, and it gets even worse as you get into your 50s, 60s, or 70s. And I’m not talking about the normal and expected decrease in hormone production… Men’s T levels have been demolished in recent decades. This is because of ever-increasing stress levels, exposure to phytoestrogens, and other emasculating factors in modern life. [Read more…]

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Eat More Fat

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If you’re on a mission to lose fat, chances are high that you’re on a typical low-fat diet. If so, you’re doing it wrong. There’s a good chance you actually need to eat more fat, but it’s the type of fat that matters.

Anything fried or processed isn’t on the list of foods that are okay to eat. Fat obviously has more calories per gram than protein or carbohydrates (9 calories per gram of fat vs. 4 calories for protein or carbs), so you do need to be aware of how much fat you eat, but non-fat meal planning is rarely a good idea. [Read more…]

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Delts, Back, Arms (good pump!)

If only every bodypart would feel as insanely good as delts and arms feel with a good pump – I might never leave the gym! Luckily the pump lasts a while, but this must be the feeling that crack and meth addicts are always after, right? LOL… [Read more…]

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Legs (Quad Quake)

I had a false tornado warning on my phone yesterday (not a cloud in the sky!), but the quad quake this morning was the real deal. Legs felt great, and calves were still a bit sore from last workout, but I still managed to pump those chumps… [Read more…]

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Delts, Back, Arms (crack of thunder)

Nothing like a good thunderstorm to wake you up at a ridiculous hour. The first crack of thunder was at 3:00 a.m. this morning, and that was the last time I felt the joy of sleep. By 3:45 I figured I might as well get up and be productive. Sure enough, I actually had a great workout, too… [Read more…]

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Chest, Lats, Triceps, Abs (extreme focus)

Don’t you love it when everything just feels right in the gym. It was a great workout and I had extreme focus. And that was with staying up too late last night. Maybe I need less sleep, not more? Nah, I’ll call it a fluke… [Read more…]

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Delts, Midback, Arms (growth day)

For those following along closely, yes, I did miss yesterday. Oops! That’s the problem with trying to get a work project completed in the morning – the next thing you know it’s afternoon already. Counted it as a bonus growth day, however, and back with the program today… [Read more…]

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Leg Day

There was a time when it was always Monday leg day, and now I remember why. Sure, in a busy gym it’s nice because NO one else is doing legs on Monday, but it’s also early in the week when your energy is (hopefully) high. Only real change to today’s workout was bumping calf work to the front… [Read more…]

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Chest, Lats, Tris, Abs (fat-burning furnace)

Late start today despite waking up plenty early. Real life always gets in the way. LOL! I refused to skip or condense, so that meant limited rest periods and a whole lot of heavy breathing. Just what the fat-burning furnace ordered…

Chest: Incline presses (2×15,10 + X Reps); Incline flyes (1×15 + X Reps); Dips–rest-pause (2×12(8) + X Reps); DB flyes–double drop (1×12(10)(6) + X Reps)
Lats: Chins (1×12 + X Reps); Undergrip chins (1×10 + X Reps); Pullovers (1×10 + X Reps) ss Undergrip rows (1×12); Undergrip rows–stage (1×10)
Triceps: Lying extensions (2×15,10 + X Reps); Overhead extensions (2×10,8 + X Reps) ss Bench dips (2×12,9 + X Reps)
Abs: Kneeups (1×18) ss Full-range crunches (1×25 + X Fade) ss Planks (1×60 sec) ss Bench V-ups (1×15 + X Reps)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the X-Rep Mass-Detail Workout in the Ultimate Mass Workout e-book.

Summary: Rest periods were minimal because I got started so late. No appointments to get to, but I didn’t want my training time to get in the way of work for the rest of the day. It was great! Sure, my lungs were on fire, but it was a good fire, and it burned in every bodypart, too. Aside from the very short rest periods, there were only a couple of slight changes: went back to Incline flyes simply for the sake of saving time, all ab exercises were done back-to-back rather than having a rest before Bench V-ups. I’ll probably stick with that, as it seemed more efficient and felt pretty darn good.
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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Delts, Midback, Arms (thunderstruck)

Pretty outstanding workout considering the lack of sleep last night from being thunderstruck. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good thunderstorm – just not when it rolls in at 3 a.m. The thunder itself wasn’t so bad, but the volume of rain and wind was almost deafening…

Delts: DB upright rows (3×15,12,8 + X Reps); Seated laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Wide DB upright rows (1×12 + X Reps); Standing DB presses (1×10 + X Reps); Seated DB presses (1×12 + X Reps); Incline one-arm laterals (1×12 + X Reps) ss Leaning one-arm laterals (1×12 + X Reps); Bent-over laterals–drop set (1×10(7) + X top)
Midback: Chest-supported DB rows (2×12,10 + X Reps); Bent-arm bent-over laterals–drop set (1×10(8) + X Reps); Forward-lean shrugs (1×15 + X Reps) ss Shrugs (1×15 + X Fade)
Biceps: Standing DB curls (2×12,10 + X Reps); Concentration curls–drop set (1×12(8) + X Reps); One-arm spider curls (1×10 + X Fade)
Forearms: Incline hammer curls (1×12 + X Reps) ss Standing close-grip hammer curls (1×8 + X Reps); Wrist curls (2×12,10 + X Reps) ss Reverse wrist curls (2×10,10 + X Reps); Forearm rockers (1×15 + X Reps)
Note: My current PowerBlock gym split is based on the X-Rep Mass-Detail Workout in the Ultimate Mass Workout e-book.

Summary: A slightly late and slow start to the workout, but it was surprisingly good all things considered. Just as good as Monday, really. The only change today was the sequence on forearms: I did supersets of wrist curls with reverse wrist curls rather than drop sets on each, and changed it up to have flexor work first. Also went to a slightly different angle on the Incline hammer curls before that. Made for a monstrous forearm pump and a difficult time opening the door to get out of the gym. LOL!
Diet, Supplements & Nutrient Timing: For meal-by-meal diets plus training and nutrition info, see the X-treme Lean e-book.

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