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Today’s my 25th birthday and I thought it would be fun to reflect on a few pieces of wisdom I’ve learned and used. 

But I don’t want to share a generic list of self-help diarrhea that most fake guru’s vomit from their mouth…

I want to give you the information that has moved the needle for me. The LAWS that have actually made a difference in my life…

But first, I want to apologize. 

I want to apologize for not being around.

For being an absentee. 

For failing you. 

See, over the past year I’ve been hiding in my secret lab, working with my team… and refining our strategy for total world domination, in this infopolluted atmosphere. 

Why?

Because I’ve noticed a horrible trend. 

Everyone seems to be drowning in information, but starving for results…

And at the end of the day, results are what matter. So over the past 9 months, my team and I have been refining the strategy, focusing on one thing:

HONESTY

Giving you the information that actually works,even (and especially) if it’s difficult to swallow.

So you get results. Period. For now, though, let’s jump into 10 lessons from 25 years of living.

In no particular order…

1. Invest in yourself – 

this is the only investment that has consistently returned 10x for my mentors and I, year after year after year. Do not underestimate its power.

2. Keep it simple

Counting calories + training = fat loss/muscle gain

Look good + talk to girls = get laid

Solve a problem = money 

Stop with the tricks, hacks and tips. 

Just follow a formula, and DO THE WORK.

3. There is no excuse for being fat 

Spend 6-12 months counting your calories, get in shape and then cruise

Life will be better, I promise. 

4. Have skin in the game

Most people will tell you to get a mentor for free. They’re wrong. 

The greeks have a saying, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. People, especially successful people, don’t give something for nothing. 

By paying mentors, you achieve too things: 

1. You show them you are serious about learning, and they will teach you properly

2. You have skin in the game – which is often the missing ingredient to success

5. Money is not the only currency you need to build. 

Influence, status, and your network are all extremely valuable currencies that can be traded

You need to build them all

Your network is your net worth, is a tried and true fact.

6. There’s no plan B, only Plan A

By far the #1 regret in life is NOT trying and being afraid to fail.

Follow your instincts. They are correct. Don’t settle for plan B, when you have a plan A. It’s just a distraction.

Be all in – even if you fail, you won’t regret it. I promise.

7. Have fun 

If you are reading this, you are probably not normal. It’s a good thing, most of the time. The problem I see, and have myself, is not being able to let go and have fun.

This can take a significant toll on your mental health and ever performance. Not to mention, it’s good to have fun. We only get one life.

So here’s my prescription…

At least 2x a month, SCHEDULE SOME FUN.

This can be a new activity, experience, or just somethign you like to do. But you have to schedule it, stick to it and execute it. It doesn’t have to be crazy, but it should be memorable. Your goal(s) can wait until tomorrow.

As a good friend of mine once said:

Make sure you are alive and not just breathing.

8. Insecurity is your best friend

Let it motivate you, and help you burn the midnight oil. Because one day you won’t be insecure…

And while security is a nice feeling, it doesn’t get you going in the morning.

9. Every little bit counts

You will have days that you are just “on”. Everything is clicking, and you are CRUSHING your goals with 110% effort and enthusiasm.

Other days the magic will be gone. That’s okay. Not everyday is supposed to be perfect.

The trick is to make sure you just do something on those days. It’s better than doing nothing and then regretting it.

Because the fact is this, having a day where you give 25% effort is still better than nothing. In fact, it’s far more compounding than that.

If your #1 goal is to [BLANK] – doing [something] is better than doing nothing that day.

Don’t confuse laziness with needing a rest day.

Earn your rest days.

10. Take action

I hate vomiting cliché personal development advice, but taking action is the #1 secret to getting anything and everything you want in life.

Pick a goal or two, and put as much time, effort, energy, and thought into achieving it as you can. Obsesses over it. Trim the fat; the toxic relationships, the time wasting video games…

I’ll even go as far as to say STOP READING ABOUT IT

Reading about something isn’t taking action

It’s not even considered learning, because learning is part of experience

And experience is a by-product of ACTION

So stop reading my blog

AND GO BUILD AN EPIC LIFE!

This is one of my go to workouts whenever I’m travelling or can’t access the gym. 

Or when the world shuts down because of a super bug…

The most INSANE bodyweight workout

  • Push-Ups x 100
  • Jump Squats x 100
  • Knee Grab Sit-Ups x 100
  • Pike Push-Ups x 100
  • Lunges x 100 (50 per leg)

Start a timer. Complete 100 reps, then move on to the next exercise. 

Your goal is to do it in the shortest amount of time possible. 

Once you complete this once, recored your time.

And then beat it.

A general fitness test I have some of my clients do is how many push ups can they do in a row.

A good number is 50.

It demonstrates a mix of power, strength and endurance. If you can’t do 50 pushups in a row

THAT’S OK…

Because it’s not where you start, but where you finish.

Here’s a foolproof action plan to get you there in 30 days flat.

The 30 day 50 pushup challenge…

(each number represents the number of push ups to do and each ” | ” represents a rest period. Rest as little as needed)

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My grandmother, my dad’s mom, passed away in February of 2018. She had been declining for a long time; dementia, in a wheelchair, had to be put into assisted living.

She was a shell of herself when she passed away, and could no longer speak. She had a full life, had great successes, has grown children and grand children. 

But at the end of her life, and the way she came to her end, she had no idea what was going on anymore. My Mother, she asked me before she passed away, “Why do you think she declined so fast?”

My answer-“Gravity”. As ridiculous as it may sound, that is why. 

Gravity and health

Gravity is an omnipresent force, it is pulling us down closer to the earth every second of our lives.

Understanding this is a “First Principle” to understanding your health. I am not describing things in analogies, but as they actually are. Gravity is why the human body has muscle, it is why organisms grow UP towards the sky.

Its also why your heart must be strong enough to pump blood throughout your body, it is why your bones are as strong they are. It is why we develop arthritis as we age, and why it becomes harder to stand upright the weaker we become. Gravity is why our bodies have WEIGHT that is measurable.

Gravity is why excess weight is damaging to our skeletons and internal health. It becomes clear why a lack of exercise, muscle, and physical strength are so debilitating.

It becomes clear why hours and hours of sitting is not good for us. Not only does it dramatically lower our metabolism, but in the long term, it degrades our ability to move. 

Your cells don’t count time

How do you counteract gravity then? 

You build muscle and develop strength. Muscle is the Holy Grail of Health.The more muscular and stronger you are, the more resistant your body is to gravity and the effects of aging.

Aging, more often that not is a lack of muscle to resist gravity, instead of the “time” you have been on earth. 

Your cells do not know time. Which means that you can be 80, while looking and feeling like 50, or 40 or even 30. 

Remember that, next time you think about skipping the gym.

There’s a question I’ve gotten quite a bit recently from some of my private clients. 

“Peter, what is the most important thing in life: health, wealth or relationships?”

Here’s what I think. 

All of them are extremely important. 

They all play a factor in quality of life and your overall happiness. 

However, if I had to choose one, it would be health.

Yesterday, my brother was driving through the snowy lands of Canada when he hit black ice.

His car spun out of control on the free way, a hit the guard rail, hard. 

Three air bags explode to protect him, while he prays that his car doesn’t get hit by any of the cars traveling 60/mph along the freeway. 

Thankfully, no overtly serious health problems came out of it all. 

But it taught me the value of health and why nothing matters more than it. 

How would your life would be if you were the richest person in the world, but couldn’t get out of bed and have to commit every hour from your chemotherapy treatments. 

Or if you had the greatest kids in the world, but you were too fat to play with them.

Or you died suddenly because of avoidable health issues, robbing them of years of bonding. 

How would your life be if you had the greatest friend group, but could never party with them or hang out because you were always battling colds, the flu or injuries?

You don’t want to be the richest man in the graveyard. 

So take care of you health. 

Make it a priority now so that one day you won’t suffer the consequences. 

Some people fear all potatoes because they have carbs (but carbs aren’t the enemy).

Others think that only sweet potatoes are OK because white potatoes are…well…I’m not all that sure why they fear white potatoes.

Probably because of some irrational fear that “white” foods are more likely to make you fat.

(They don’t.)

But, potatoes — of all varieties — are arguably one of the best foods you can eat (and that goes for both white and sweet varieties).

Instead of worrying about sweet vs. white, you should focus on how both can play a part in your diet.

Potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, contain antioxidants (in vitamin C and E), and — maybe best of all for your weight concerns — are a super carb.

That’s because they contain resistant starch, which means the carbs are broken down differently in your body (the name comes from the fact that the type of carbs resists the digestion process).

In other words, because of the way the resistant starch is processed (it’s not fully absorbed in your small intestine, and, instead, it’s processed and fermented by bacteria in your large intestine), you don’t digest all of the calories.

Some research suggests you might process half as many calories per gram of carb.

And white potatoes have even more resistant starch than sweet potatoes (and about a third of the sugar).

So while potatoes are carbohydrates, you might process fewer calories from them and — because they are a starch — they are likely to keep you full.

Filling, nutrient dense, and not a calorie bomb?

Hard to argue against that in any diet plan.

I eat them nearly everyday.

So should you.

The nutrition world is confusing… especially for men. 

Eat carbs in the AM. No the PM is better. High fat, kept diets are better. Skip breakfast. Have a massive breakfast.

Eat 3 meals a day. Eat 1 big meal a day. Eat 6-12 smaller meals a day.

Just thinking about all of it is making me confused!

So after years of research and trial & error…

The 7 deadly sins of modern male nutrition

1. Using Diets Made for Sedentary Women

2.Taking “You Gotta Eat Big to Get Big” Too Far

3. Eating Like a Pro Bodybuilder

4. Drinking Too Much Beer

5. Thinking You Can Eat Like Your Teenaged Self Forever

6. “Cutting” When There’s Nothing Underneath to Show Off

7. Becoming Complacent

Unfortunately too many men are committing more than half of these sins on a daily basis… and it’s silently destroying their testosterone and life.  

What I continually hear from guys is that they have a body resistant to building muscle or burning fat.

I hear them (maybe you) talk about bad genetics…

Too many guys think they have bodies that cannot build muscle or burn fat.

The truth is this: They’re just lacking the right fuel for their body to optimize their male hormonal profile.

That’s the magic of eating like a man.

I want you to imagine two people: Person A and Person B. 

Person A hits the gym six times per week, only eats ‘clean’, spends hundreds of cashmonies on the newest shiny supplements, oh, and that new celebrity workout plan?

You best believe he’s done it.

Person B, on the other hand, makes it to the gym four times per week, sometimes only three. And while he generally eats healthy, he also makes room for the foods he enjoys. He goes out with friends, has a social life, and isn’t afraid to indulge here and there.

Got the image? Good.

Now, let me ask you: Who do you think is in better shape? 

Person A or Person B?

If you’re like most people (me included), you probably picked Person A.

Well, you’re wrong – and so was I. 

Because I was person A.

See, when I first began my fitness journey I was busting my ass – I trained hard every day. I gave up my favourite foods and only ate ‘clean’. Heck, I didn’t even go to parties or family gatherings, fearing the ‘bad’ food would derail my progress.

Despite all this hard work: I didn’t look any different than when I’d started. 

Even friends and family would comment, “Erm, don’t you, like, eat super healthy and train all the time? Shouldn’t you, uh, look like you’re…you know…in shape?”

And while I’d angrily brush these comments off with, “This stuff takes time, OK!?”

Deep down I knew they were right. By all means and measures I was doing everything right – I was working insanely hard.

I was entirely dedicated. SO WHY WAS I NOT GETTING RESULTS?

Hard work, on it’s own, is not enough. 

As a society we put a lot of weight on hard work – glorify it, even. We look on in awe at those who work 80 hour weeks, hustling and grinding their face off.

But here’s what nobody tells you – Just because you’re working hard, doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to succeed or be guaranteed results (just ask 17-year old Peter.) 

Here’s why: We all have a limited supply of energy.

You can work your face off but if you’re working on the wrong thing(s) – you’re going to waste that limited energy and make no progress.

This is the biggest mistake I see people make when it comes to changing their body – they work hard on the WRONG things. 

Now, just to be clear, and to ensure my point isn’t misconstrued – I’m not saying hard work is pointless. That would be both silly and a lie, because I’m all about dat hard work.

What I’m trying to make you understand is this:

Hard work is only effective when combined with a clear plan of action.

Let me ask you:

If you had an exact plan laid out for you, so you knew:

• What to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat;

• What exercises you should be performing and how exactly you should be performing them;

• What supplements you should be taking (and what ones are a waste of money);

• How to fit your fitness goals in with the rest of your life (and not vice versa).

Do you think you’d succeed? 

Do you think you could divert all that time and energy you waste trying to figure all this stuff out on your own toward getting actual results?

If you answered yes (and I hope that was all of you, otherwise I’d be worried) then you might just finally get it

Another Q&A today with my boy Anthony J.

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PETE!

Your stuff is fantastic. Since implementing your stuff my life has EXPLODED. Girls can’t get enough of me, I’ve gotten a raise at work and I feel freakin’ awesome all the time. No aches, no energy crashes – just pure badassary. 

Thank you. 

Here’s my question: I’m struggling to lose the last 10 pounds, forever. I have dieted down before and gotten in great shape, but I always out it back on. So, how the heck do I lose those last 10 pounds… FOREVER.

Thanks,

AJ

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AJ, my man… way to take action brother!

You have become a true symbol for everything I preach here at fitness advice daily.

What your asking for the answer to mastering your own body. And here’s the secret…

Figure out what is SUSTAINABLE.

Those who achieve their body composition goal and maintain it are those who can stick with the changes they make in the long run.

Sure, you can cut huge amounts of carbs and fats, basically surviving on only protein and stimulants, and you’ll lose fat pretty fast. 

But such an approach can’t be sustained, and it’ll make you feel like crap.Then once you’ve had enough you’ll rebound the other way – the yo-yo phenomenon.

Instead, choose an eating structure that fits your natural tendencies, and find foods that’ll help you reach a better body comp while being enjoyable.

I like to be in a calorie deficit and very strict monday to friday mod day so then I can splurge the friday – sunday night. My clients also enjoy that method as well. 

Another thing I have been testing is that, we (my clients and I) complete a lengthy reverse dieting phase – which has given amazing health benefits and seems to guarantee that the fat loss is indeed forever.

While you probably only thing about them when you are dipping them in melted butter, lobsters have an important lesson to teach us when it comes to wining the game of fitness and life. 

In territorial battles, lobsters have ways of avoiding combat – because it can end poorly for both parties. 

However when combat happens, the winning lobster sometimes develops a new brain and it’s reflected in their postures.

They stand up straight extending it’s appendages looking tall and dangerous. This is due to the neurochemistry in the new brain. The new winners brain allows the lobster to get the best women, food and territory.

When a defeated lobster regains courage to fight its more likely to lose because of it’s new brain chemistry. 

The winning lobster on the other hand, is more likely to win due to its new and improved brain chemistry.

Humans brains can also rewire to a winning lobster’s brain (and they don’t have to be from beating up an opponent.)  

The easiest way?

Stand up straight with your shoulders back. 

This posture will cause serotonin to flow through your body – making you calmer, stronger and more resilient. 

People will start to assume you are competent and able. 

Embolded by the new positive responses you are now receiving, you will become less anxious, you’re conversations will flow better and you will meet and impress more people. 

As a result better things will happen to you feeding the new winning feedback loop.

You will take better care of yourself, attract better mates and end up making more money. 

And it’s a simple as the wisdom from the 350 million year old wining lobster’s brain. 

Stand up straight with your shoulders back.