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What is more important for building your body: Nature or nurture?
In my opinion: Neither
I have seem, worked with and met people from all walks of life. And you know what? Every type of person can be successful and unsuccessful. So to me it is not about nature or nurture…
It’s about choice.
The people who are successful decide they are going to be successful. They make that choice.
And more imprtantly, they make other good choices as well. They decided to eat clean. They decided to train hard. They decided to wake up early and crush it. Not once, but everyday.
They choose who they want to become – they aren’t inhibited by nature or nurture. They overcome both.
The best part?
It’s never too late to make that choice. You are never too (insert excuse here) to decide where you are going to focus your efforts and push to make the most out of every situation.
Think about where you are going and choose.
Don’t let nature or nurture make you.
Choose to MAKE. YOUR. SELF.
Yesterday I was skimming through my emails and an ambitious action taker posed a question that got me thinking…
Here’s what he said –
Love reading your fitness advice daily – it has helped me lose over 27lbs of fat and reclaim the life I was destined to have. Girls can’t keep there hands of me and guys constantly ask me what’s my secret (I tell them it’s you haha!)
Anyways, I’ve been so close to getting six pack abs (I still have a four pack) but wondering how much longer I need to diet for until I get there?
I know it’s a process but it would be nice to have a timeline to know when I should expect my abs to finally POP.
James T., Arizona.
James, thank you for the kind words – and for steering souls in the right direction over here. Not all of them will stay, but those that do, will join us at the top!
To answer your question James, is a little but complicated.
Joining the six pack club requires two ingredients:
A) Low levels of body fat
B) Developed deep abdominal muscles.
One without the other is no good. It seems you have good deep ab work (since you have a 4 pack) but are lacking the last little bit of fat loss.
On average you can lose 1-2lbs of fat per week (closer to 1lb as we get closer to 6 pack status.) You’ll need to get down to a TRUE 10% body fat to guarantee you have six pack abs.
Here’s a handy chart to help you (and everyone else here).
Now a reminder, this is a guideline – you may achieve six pack status faster or slower depending on many lifestyle factors.
Just remember to never give up.
That’s how you are guaranteed to join the six pack club.
A friend of mine wanted to go back to school and learn how to write computer code. It was a 6 month commitment, to learn a skill he had wanted to learn for years.
But he was hesitant to take the class, thinking he didn’t have the time, maybe he should wait until she was ready.
In 6 months, you will either know how to code, or not. But that time is gonna pass by either way.
Might as well spend it doing something that matters do you.
What about you?
Where will you be in 6 months? What matters most to you right now?
And have you ever made the same excuses my friend was making?
“I don’t have the time”
“I’ll wait until I’m ready.”
Here’s a cold, hard truth that will make you a better person: You will never, ever be “ready” to do the things you wanna do.
You’ll never be ready to melt the tire around your waistline and start changing your life.
You’ll never be ready to approach that super hot girl.
You’ll never be ready to start piling on muscle and commanding respect and awe from everyone.
You’ll never be ready to get married and have kids.
Successful people don’t wait around until they feel “ready”…
They jump in with both feet and just get on with it.
I mean, come on, the woman or body of your dreams is never gonna just fall into your lap someday…
You already know you’ve got to go out there and make it happen…
So if you’re not taking steps to make it happen, you’re wasting time.
The tragedy is, when it comes to changing your body..
It’s not even that hard! It only seems that way before you take the first step.
But you gotta take action and go for what you want, no matter how “ready” you feel or how long it might take.
Time will pass by either way, you can’t stop that from happening.
And all of us are only getting older.
Where will you be in 6 months? Whatever your path leads, get started today.
Here’s one of the most important lessons I can give you about what it takes to get and keep a body and life you love…
Just. Keep. Chopping. Wood.
In other words, don’t pay attention to the noise, the setbacks, or all the micro-losses that happen during games.
This is the EXACT SAME RECIPE for success in getting a body and life you love.
Step #1: Install a process and culture based on sound fundamentals.
Step #2: Keep. Chopping. Wood.
It’s not about being perfect!
It’s about blocking out the noise and “making the main thing the main thing.”
That’s what my new NeuroType Muscle Building program is all about.
Sure, it includes the the latest discoveries in neuroscience, muscle building and peak performance – but more importantly It’s a culture.
It’s a process. It’s a way of life.
It’s won’t be ready for a few more weeks though. Only one 3 other people have seen the program. My biz partner and my private 10k clients.
One guy, Charlie emailed me and offered $1k to have access to it early.
I said no. It’s not fair to the other action takers here. But more importantly it’s just not up to my standards yet.
The important question is, will you be at the top of the pack when it comes to your body, health, and wellbeing for years to come?
Do you have a new process and a new culture that gives you the confidence to keep chopping wood?
Being elite is a lifestyle, as is being average. You might as well start now.
I’m a pretty positive person and don’t usually think that using fear is a great way to motivate people- but I want to bring that to your attention. People just don’t somehow end up that way either.
Their current situation is a result of choices they made/didn’t make EVERY DAY of their life.
This is why the NOT to do list was created.
It’s a list of all of the things you absolutely refuse to do, and then stick with it. I make one every year, but this year, I’m sharing it publicly for the first time.
1. Do NOT watch porn
Watching porn has been shown to crush your testosterone levels, screw up your brain chemistry, rob you of your time and basically make you an average sexless loser. If there is one habit to kick in 2018 it’s this.
2. DO NOT hit snooze. Ever.
You can sleep and continue to dream, get up and chase your dreams. You know which one I expect of you.
3. Failing to take consistent daily action
When you are truly and authentically serious about your goals, you will make them your #1 priority, day in and day out.
While it seems obvious, most people, consciously or unconsciously, make their #1 goal their 5th priority. Hanging out with friends, watching TV, surfing the web, all take precedent.
Even worse, some people read about their goals day in and day out. Studying is good, but not when it gets in the way of actually taking action.
To steal from one of my favorite writers…
Imagine if Lebron James spent more time reading about playing basketball, day dreaming about dunking, getting high with they crew, commenting/liking Facebook photos of their friends and watching ESPN.
They wouldn’t be shit. They wouldn’t even be in the NBA, not even Lebron.
Take ruthless, specific, directed action, every single day, no matter what.
4. DO NOT play excessive video game / Fantasy sports / watch TV
Do I even need to explain why this is bad?
5. DO NOT be fat/overweight
I’ve talked about being fat, one million times before. It will destroy the love of life. If you are starting off the year overweight, now is time to make the change.
6. DO NOT excessively drink
Moderate drinking is fine.
Excessive alcohol on the other hand is pollution. It lowers your testosterone level and stresses your adrenal system.
It’s also an escape. You drink because you’re hiding from something.
The best way to stay a loser is to crawl into a bottle of booze or wine and hide like a little boy afraid of the dark.
7. NOT knowing your baseline T-levels
Get this checked and know where you stand asap. It might be silently handicapping you.
The IMPERATIVE point of all this?
Just as it’s important to have those things in order to avoid building bad habits, it’s equally important to build good habits.
A NOT to-do list will help you do just that.
So my question is, whats on your NOT to do list?
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