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Principles

Principles

 

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Never compromise your principles…This concept will always shadow my health and fitness philosophy, thanks to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a chubby, out-of-shape politician who somehow is one of my biggest workout influences. Before I carryon, let me non-regretfully admit that I heard him say this while watching his interview with Oprah Winfrey by myself, like Steven Glansberg eating ice cream alone in Superbad.

 

Having said that, I’ve tried various workout methods over the last few years, such as reps, how heavy and often to lift weights, sets and circuits, and how the hell to go about cardio. As I tried different styles, modifying my routines, I always maintained my FOUR WORKOUT PRINCIPLES.

 

Here we go:

 

  1. 1.     NO EXCUSES

 

  1. 2.     CARDIO BEFORE WEIGHTLIFTING

 

  1. 3.     BODYWEIGHT STRENGTH

 

  1. 4.     POUND-FOR-POUND WEIGHTLIFTING

 

 

These principles take precedence. They’re the four prerequisites to achieving my workout goals. Read on as I explain each one.

 

 

No Excuses

 

Your mind is your best muscle. Your attitude and mentality must permanently seek fitness success. That starts with saying, “No excuses,” because allowing one excuse leads to allowing several excuses.

 

Always show up to the gym on the days you say you will, and always get that shit done, no matter what.

 

There’s no excuse to do nothing. Every time I look for excuses not to workout, I’ll think about those who push through problems worse than mine. When I oversleep my morning workout, I’ll go at night, regardless of the time or my plans the next day. When I fractured my knee and was unable to run or lift lower body for 6 weeks, I still went to the gym and worked my uninjured body parts.

 

 

Cardio Before Weightlifting

 

Looking fit is better than looking just super strong, and that’s why cardio is crucial. I mean CARDIO, like running, stairs or biking. Minimal cardio, such as relying on circuit training or high reps. will knock your ass into worse shape. Those replicas of Humpty Dumpty in the World’s Strongest Man competitions may powerfully push cars forward, but aside from pushing things, they’re not well-mobile people.

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If I cannot run 6 miles at a 7:30 minute per mile average, then I increase my cardio routines so I can. (Do what you can for your goals).

 

About a year ago, I decreased my cardio to once a week, thinking circuit lifting and less rest between sets would make a valid substitute. My gains in benching, squatting, and deadlifting occurred at a much faster rate but meant jack-shit, since my body fat percentage increased correspondingly. REAL CARDIO is the best way to offset getting too bulky as you’re gaining muscle.

 

 

Bodyweight Strength

 

I’ve said it before, you’ve probably heard (or read) me say it, and I’ll keep saying it…anyone can push or pull weights, BUT not anyone can push or pull his or her own bodyweight.

 

You’ll grow bigger muscles through weightlifting, but bodyweight lifts better measure how fit you are. Bodyweight lifts truly grade your strength, because they’re narrowly tailored to you and the power within your body, without any help from anyone or anything. Assistance-based lifts, utilizing benches, machines, seats, spotters or something else I’ll probably dislike, will only tell you what you can push or pull with that amount of help.

 

If I cannot do 20 straight pull-ups and/or cannot do 60 straight chest-to-floor pushups, then I change my routines so I can.

 

Surely, it felt great 5 years ago to move around weights while lying down, sitting on something, or through the help of some gym-rat spotter, but BigBerg’s bloated body couldn’t even finish 30 proper pushups

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. Forget soaring through reps of 225lbs on the bench press when you can’t even rep out your own bodyweightthrough pushups. CrossFit athletes, for example, look incredible as they lift a shit ton of weight, while also annihilating all sorts of bodyweight exercises.

 

 

Pound-For-Pound Weightlifting

 

Cardio freaks, like myself, face the risk of looking like one of Jigsaw’s scrawny, weak victims from those Saw movies. (I’d beat all of Jigsaw’s traps…I swear to God). Weightlifting is essential to avoid that stick figure physique but in turn may deter cardio.

 

The solution to weightlifting in a way that maintains your cardio and bodyweight strength is pound-for-pound lifting. Heavy people who lift heavy usually struggle at cardio, while lighter people who strongly lift in relation to their bodyweight can improve weightlifting while maintaining cardio.

 

Produce gains while weighing no more than 165lbs, or else change the routines. (Pick a maximum bodyweight that works for your goals and is in accordance with your body type, since everyone’s body works and develops differently).

 

I picked 165lbs, because that’s the heaviest I can weigh without harming my cardio goals. It is indeed harder to make gains lifting this way, but the results are golden.

 

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As you piece together your own workout programs, know your goals and the principles needed to achieve them. Stick with those principles, do not compromise them, and it will be worth it!

 

Keep it up and see you next time – LeanBerg

 

Twitter/Instagram (if you dare) ~ @lean_berg

Email (if you double dare) ~ jordangreenberg32@gmail.com

 

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Self-Confidence Knocks Out Fear

Self-Confidence Knocks Out Fear

 

            Take a moment to guess what your body can achieve…YOU’RE WRONG, because you can do more. The first step is establishing whether or not you believe in yourself. Don’t expect me to spit out bullshit by saying you can do anything if you believe in yourself, because you can’t. Nobody can do everything, but if you’re self-confident, you’ll try more things and will be shocked as to how good you truly are.

Fear is inevitable. You will always be afraid of something. Self-confidence will fight its nemesis for eternity, so you must choose whether to fight for Team Self-Confidence or Team Fear.  

ToughMudder - LeanBerg_ThumbsUpHere’s my attempted Batman metaphor:

I’m a diehard Batman fan (no, not because Heath Ledger died). Being trapped in a dark hole with bats swarming everywhere really frazzled the crapshoot out of young Bruce Wayne. However, after growing up angry and afraid of bats, Bruce Wayne finally grew that pair of balls needed to defeat his fear. In short, he became Batman, embracing the Bat-Suit, Bat-Symbol, and most importantly, the Bat-Cave. Bats scatter throughout the Bat-Cave, but this time, Bruce Wayne owns them, not the other way around. Batman’s confidence outweighs his fears.

I’m not saying you should pick your most-feared animal, make a suit of that animal, and then fight crime. BUT what I am saying is acknowledge your fears in a way where they enhance your confidence, embrace them, and go accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

You’re better off going for your goals than letting fear stop you. If you get your ass kicked like Batman did when Bane broke his back, the worst that can happen is you’ll have to fight harder next time. Trust me…there’s very few feelings of success that can compare to breaking through your fear and coming out more confident.  

 

Here’s where I relate this to my recent Tough Mudder experience:

Last Saturday, I participated in Tough Mudder with five other brave souls for Team Mind Over Mudder. We wore these sick-ass shirts, thanks to Fitness Wear, Inc. Wearing their shirts made me want to workout, so running 12 miles in deep mud, while pushing through 22 brutal obstacles was a blast.

Running, crawling, climbing, carrying, and pushing are fine, BUT I’m scared shitless of heights and electric shock. Knowing that one slip would cause me to fall far to injury makes me nauseous, and the thought of a sudden jolt causing uncontrollable, bodily twitches is discomforting.

However, the LeanBerg self-confidence refuses to grant fear the satisfaction of sending me home defeated. My Mind was Over the Mudder. (I had to link this theme with the team name somehow).

So what if I’m afraid? That didn’t stop me from completing the following obstacles (we nailed all of them but here’s a few of the milestone ones):

ü  EVEREST. We sprinted up a tall, steep, and muddy quarter-pipe. I ran like the Tasmanian Devil. (That’s a GreenbergRippedPicLooney Tunes reference).

 

ü  ELECTRIC EEL. We crawled through ice-cold water and mud, just inches under live, electric wires. I took some shots in the arms. Oh, they twitched, but the pain was minimal. Thank God I didn’t get hit in the head or neck.

 

ü  WALK THE PLANK. We jumped off a 15+ foot cliff into freezing water. Saying, “screw you,” and jumping anyways lead to a glorious feeling of knocking out one of my biggest fears.   

 

ü  ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY. We ran through a field of live wires. We had to keep our eyes open or else we’d trip over the scattered hay bales into deep mud. Regardless, we showed our guts charging through that field, got shocked, thrown back on our behinds, but got back up and crossed the finish line with success.

 

            WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER. Tough Mudder was a success! BigBerg’s fear would have prevented him from even showing up to such a challenge. But that wimpy attitude is different today, thanks to self-confidence.

Whether it’s heights, electricity, bats, or whatever, I know what my fears are, but I’m confident that I can break through them. It’s an awesome feeling when that happens, and I hope you all can enjoy it too.

Don’t let your fears stop you. Control your fears. You got this.

Oh, and by the way, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram @lean_berg. If you follow me, I’ll feel good about myself…plus I’d love to hear about your workouts, progress, advice, critiques, and answer any questions. You can also email me at jordangreenberg32@gmail.com. The world is your oyster.

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Till next time – LeanBerg

 
 

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Chicken Legs

37291489            Chicken legs suck and don’t look good. That’s the moral of this post. Legs make up half of your body and are practically everything’s necessity. If you don’t work them, you’ll look disproportionate with a big upper body and tiny lower body.

WORKOUT YOUR LEGS TWICE A WEEK…OR IN A 7-DAY SPAN. Like any big risk, leg workouts produce the biggest rewards (that’s my cliché for the day). It’s an amazing feeling after getting through an exhausting leg workout and your upper body lifts will improve at a substantially higher rate too.

My preferred method is making a solo leg day and pairing legs with an upper body muscle within a 7-day span. I’ll usually pair legs with either shoulders or back, but I’ve paired them with chest and arms as well. Another method would be breaking up leg muscles into different routines, such as gluteus with hamstrings and quads with calves.

leg-day-1Ask people with chicken legs why they constantly ignore leg workouts like redheaded stepchildren and they’ll all spew out the same bullshit. For my magic trick today, I shall bullet point some notable excuses, checkmark some of my favorite lifts for legs, and then share somewhere between 1-350 of my leg routines.

Here are some chicken shit excuses:

 

  • “I work my legs enough from cardio.” Cardio is critical to workout success and bikes do provide some resistance, but you better lift weights for legs just as much as you do for upper body. People just make these claims, because working legs is too challenging. Discrimination is wrong, so don’t segregate your legs from the weight room. BOOM.
  • “I don’t need to work my legs, because they’re naturally muscular and strong.” You’re better off producing big legs from badass workouts at the gym, instead of a Burger King fetish. Believe me, I know, and I’ve been there.
  • “Nobody sees your legs, so nobody cares.” This one is not as common, but I’ve heard it. It’s just another thing people say to avoid a challenge.
  • “I have bad knees.” This is overused. I don’t have much experience with this excuse, so just ask Derrick Rose (too soon?). His knees are cleared to play basketball, yet he’s still not using them. He might have some insight on this one.

Here are amazing lifts for legs:

ü  FORM > WEIGHT. Put your pride aside, because lighter weight with proper form produces better results than heavy weight with shit form. Also, aside from my machine section, EVERYTHING IS DONE WITH FREE WEIGHTS. Less assistance creates faster, better, and stronger results.

ü  Bar Back Squats. Bar back squats will nail your quads the most, while also requiring strong gluteus, back, and core. For the best results, squat BELOW 90-DEGREES, while staying on your heals and not hunching your back.

 

ü  Bar Deadlifts. Deadlifts nail your hamstrings, while also working your quads, gluteus, hips, arms, forearms, core, and lower back. The main issue is that deadlifts scream injuries, so you cannot get away with crap form.

ü  Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squats. This one is a burner. In short, hold two dumbbells, get in a lunge position with one leg back on a bench instead of the ground, and then squat BELOW 90-DEGREES with the other leg, using your core to stabilize and balance. This lift will isolate the hell out of whichever leg is on active duty. Bulgarian split squats may be hell’s version of hell, but it’s one of the best definition producing mechanisms.

ü  Lunge Variations. You all know what lunges are, so do them. I switch up lunge variations every few weeks with bars, dumbbells, walking lunges, standing in place and alternating lunges, forward lunges, backwards lunges, jumping lunges with weights or no weights, and the list goes on.

ü  Machines For Bonus Sets. Machines make for good set-adders, and they’re great to circuit with the bigger, free weight lifts. Some notable machines are leg press, hack squat, leg extensions and leg curls.

ü  Do Weighted Calve Raises Or Something Like That. Enough said there.

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You’ll be hearing about leg workouts and my distaste for chicken legs plenty more from me. You cannot go ALL IN without treating your legs the same way you do your upper body. Order yourselves Campus Protein’s awesome FUEL pre-workout before the next time you work legs. It’s a fantastic energy booster and will get you in the zone.

Below are three leg workouts. You absolutely can these. I’ll see y’all next week and please read. I’m putting off a lot of studying for finals to write these, so if I fail law school, it’d at least be nice to know one or two people read.

–       LeanBerg

Legs Workout A

  • 10 Round Superset!!
    • Bar Back Squats 8-10 reps rounds 1-3, 5-6 reps rounds 4-5, 10-12 reps rounds 6-7, 15-20 reps rounds 8-10
    • Leg Curl Machine 8-15 reps
    • 3 Round Circuit
      • Leg Curls 10-15 reps
      • Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise 10-15 reps
      • Bar Alternating Lunges 10-12 reps each leg (10-24 total reps)
      • 3 Round Abs Circuit
        • Weighted Jackknife Situps 20-30 reps
        • Cable Crunches 20-30 reps
        • Lying Down Leg Lifts While Holding Up Plate 20-30 reps

Leg Workout B

  • 4 Round Superset
    • Deadlifts 10-15 reps
    • Leg Extension Machine 10-15 reps
    • 4 Round Circuit
      • Leg Press Machine 15 reps
      • Frog Situps 30-50 reps
      • Seated Calf Raise Machine 10-15 reps
      • 4 Sets
        • Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squats 15, 12, 10, 8 reps each leg
        • Run 3 Miles (LOVE CARDIO ON LEG DAYS!)

 

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  • 4 Round Circuit
    • Deadlifts 20, 15, 10, 6 reps
    • Sitting Dumbbell Arnold Press 10-15 reps
    • Standing Dumbbell Side Raise 10-15 reps
    • 4 Round Circuit
      • Dumbbell Squats (resting on your shoulders) Followed With A Shoulder Press 8-12 reps
      • Leg Curl Machine 10-12 reps
      • Bar Upright Row 10-15 reps
      • Abs – 100 Weighed Jackknives Situps As Fast As Possible
      • Abs – 100 Situps on Decline Bench As Fast As Possible
      • Run 3 Miles
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Chest Day Rest Day

“Lie down on this bench and push that bar upwards.” That’s a chest day for y’all, and those are actually great instructions for most chest workouts.  

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While necessary for a strong physique, people often overuse chest days, leading to a disproportionate body. If your chest is stronger than your back, Disney fanatics will worship you as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (too mean?).

 

Chest workouts are easy with their lack of conditioning prerequisites, since it’s not hard to push something while you’re lying or sitting down. Whether done with free weights or by a machine, flat, incline, and decline bench presses require that resting support. The same goes with pectoral fly exercises. A lot of people perform standing cable fly variations, but that’s shitty if it’s the one I have to refer to as “the standing chest exercise.” 

 

People seem to measure each other’s strength by how much a person benches. That’s completely false. Even though I’m Jewish, I hope for next Christmas that Santa will shut those people up. Most fat people can bench more than me, because they’re fat and heavy. Simply put, fat people bench a lot, because they’re fat and heavy. Their bodyweight/bench ratio sucks, though.

 

Bench pressing is a narrow lift, hitting mostly chest, while indirectly working shoulders and triceps. Full body lifts, such as deadlifts, squats, and STANDING rows, demand more physicality by also requiring your back, quadriceps, hamstrings, shoulders, arms, traps, and core.

 

This is all because Chest Day is a Rest Day. I’m living proof of that. Overloading chest workouts is a fantastic idea for lazy people like BigBerg.  A couch potato can bench press while being a couch potato. Rest on a couch or a bench…it’s still resting!  

 

GreenbergRippedPicBut when done right, chest days can enhance your physical abilities. So allow me the honor of sharing just a few of my dos and don’ts for chest workouts, followed by two different chest-working routines.

 

Chest Days Should Not Be Your Focus

 

There’s a time and place for chest days. Registering for chest workouts should be done for the same reasons why college students register for blow off classes: they’re easy credits to earn and help ease the steam as you exercise your mind in the difficult classes.

 

Chest day is a blow off day and should be utilized to recover from the more difficult days, while earning some extra, easier workout credits at the same time. My favorite time to work chest is the day before longs runs, such as my 17-miler last Sunday (7:36 minute per mile average, baby). This allowed me to still workout the day before running, while also resting most of my body. You can do the same thing with arm workouts, but you know that already.

 

To toughen up chest workouts, take advantage of fatiguing that upper body by circuiting the hell out of your chest lifts, coupled with pushup variations. I prefer 8-15 rep-ranges for my chest workouts. If that’s a no-go due to your hard-on for heavy lifting, make rep pyramids, such as 15, 10, 6, 6, 10, 15.  

 

The 90-Degree Form IS More Bullshit Than Actual Bull Shit

 

Today, you’re going to end that “bring the bar 90-degres down” crap. Why the hell would you do anything halfway? Half-ass form will lead to half-ass results, and you will not be satisfied. It’s like driving to Potbelly to purchase a chicken sandwich for lunch, stopping midway, saying, “fuck it,” and then driving home without that lunch. 

 

So take those presses down to your chest every single time, unless there’s some injury or medical reason (that’s my disclaimer). This may require dropping the weight, but do it right and you’ll be seeing those gains in no time. Plus, you’ll look better!

 

Bouncing The Weight On Your Chest Is Bad News Bears

 

Bars and dumbbells are not bouncy balls, so a lifter shouldn’t bounce it on his chest to gain momentum per each press. The hardest part of benching is pressing the weight from your chest to halfway up, and that unnecessary momentum disallows maximizing your strength. Rather, you want the kind of momentum that gets your ass in the gym nearly every day, not the cheating kind that bakes shit reps faster than an Easy Bake Oven. BOOM.  

 

Proper form increases difficulty and forces you to use lighter weight, but the results are better. So instead, touch the bar to your chest and pause for a second. By preventing yourself from bouncing the weight, your chest muscles will finally have the chance to press without assistance. Give your chest the opportunity it deserves, and it won’t let you down.

 

Pressing Like A Speed Demon Is Pointless

 

Applicable to any lift for any muscle, slow reps produce more pleasing results. I’m not going to cite stuff or bullshit you, because I don’t have data. But what I do have is knowledge from trial and error. Fast reps go in the error section, while slow reps go in the success section. Slow reps burn more, there’s more contraction, and muscles will build at substantially higher rate.

 

So when you’re pressing, count no less than 3-seconds down and then 3-seconds up. And for each pectoral fly, when you bring the weights in, hold it there for no less than 3-seconds. Soreness will be a bitch, but after a full recovery you’ll be stronger the next round of chest.  Don’t count this way every time, as you should mix it up every few weeks, but this count serves as a good base.

 

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Moral of the story: Chest Days make for good Rest Days. They’re useful, but not useful enough to become a priority. Don’t let your chest workouts mess you up. Do it right, nail your back, legs, and shoulders, focus on those full body lifts, and you’ll walk strong with a better posture than any chest day junkie.

 

Below are two sample chest workouts, one a solo chest day and the other paired with back. Expect some sort of leg workout rave next week. Until then, thanks for reading and go hit the gym. And man, I really don’t want to study for these fuckin’ law school finals.

 

Use your flaws in a positive way to exceed your potential – LeanBerg.

 

 

Chest and Back

  • 6 Round Circuit
    • Dumbbell Flat Bench Press while doing a Leg Lift with each Press 20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 reps
    • Standing Bar Rows with Overhand Grip 20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 reps
    • Lat Pulldown Machine 10-15 reps
  • 4 Round Circuit
    • Bar Incline Bench Press 15, 12, 10, 8 reps
    • Standing Dumbbell Rows with Underhand Grip 10-15 reps
    • Dumbbell Flies on Flat Bench 20, 15, 12, 10 reps
  • 4 Round Superset
    • Reverse Fly Machine 12-15 reps
    • Standing Cable Flies with Underhand Grip 12-20 reps
  • 3 Sets
    • Chinups till Failure (do as many as you can, then rest a minute)
  • Run 3 Miles (LOVE CARDIO BABY)

 

Chest Day Rest Day

  • 6 Round Superset
    • Dumbbell Incline Bench Press 12-20 reps rounds 1-3, then 6-10 reps rounds 4-6
    • Dumbbell Flies on Decline Bench 15-20 reps rounds 1-3, then 8-12 reps rounds 4-6
  • 4 Round Circuit:
    • Bar Flat Bench Press 10-15 reps
    • Abs – Weighted Lying Down Legs Lifts with HANDS TO SIDES, not under your ass (hold dumbbell between ankles) 20-30 reps
    • Pec Fly Machine 15, 10, 10, 15 reps
    • Abs – Frog Situps 30-50 reps
    • Diamond Pushups till Failure
  • As Fast As You Can (hit total number of reps as fast as possible, only resting when you absolutely must, and make sure to touch your chest to the floor each time)
    • Decline Pushups with Feet on Ball 100 reps

 

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Multi-Dimensional Strength Training Starts Now

My routines are a mind-fucking, physical challenge that will get you to do things you never thought your body was capable of doing, and you’ll feel a high better than any drug.

Last week, I introduced my origin story. Today’s post will show you what my fitness side is all about. I’m going to start you off with a Five-Day-Split Workout Plan of my choosing and then I’ll provide an excerpt from my Workout Handbook.

Multi-Dimensional Strength: my correct theory that will improve everything in your fitness

It’s wrong to define strength as how heavy a person can lift. Strength deserves to be a broader concept that grasps FITNESS IN ITS ENTIRETY:  heavy weights, but also lighter to middle weights, cardio, endurance, stamina, conditioning, mentality, pound-for-pound power, and more.

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Back in the BigBerg days, weighing-in at roughly 200lbs of saturated fat, my strength was one-dimensional: lifting heavy weights for low repetition. After a few pats on the back, nobody gave a shit that I used 5 seconds of energy to bench 300lbs for just one rep.

But today, weighing-in at roughly 160lbs of lean muscle and low body fat, I’m a professional practitioner of Multi-Dimensional Strength. I’m pound-for-pound the strongest I’ve ever been, while also able to run like hell. Most prominent lifters suck at running, and I’m proud not to be a member of that club. 

Follow my lead to become the next Hulk and know that you’re better off better at everything than good at just one thing.

Routines

Below is a sample Five-Day-Split workout plan. Do all five workouts in order, each on a different day, and then start over from the beginning. Do your best, and do what you can. This is the real deal. Perform each lift back-to-back for the specified number of rounds, resting 60-90 seconds between each round. The numbers next to each lift are the reps, given either at a range or strict number, correlating with however many rounds there are.

I cannot sit and type explanations for each lift. I assume most of you reading will understand most of the lifts, but if not, they’re easy to lookup. A rest day is okay, but do not rest two days in a row.

Five-Day-Split

 

Workout 1: Back & Triceps

  • 6 Round Circuit
    • Standing Bent Over Underhand Bar Rows: 25-30, 15-20, 12-15, 12-15, 10-12, 10-12
    • Lat Pulldown Machine 15-20, 15-20, 12-15, 12-15, 10-12, 10-12
    • Standing Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Flies 10-15
  • 4 Round Superset:
    • Weighted Dips 10-15 (hold a dumbbell between your ankles and dip slightly below a 90-degree angle)
    • V-Up Crunches holding a Dumbbell 20
  • 4 Round Circuit:
    • Bar Reverse Skull Crushers 10, 10, 15-20, 15-20
    • Bar Close-Grip Bench Press while Holding a Straight, 45-Degree Angle Leg Lift 10-15
    • Wide V-Bar Row Machine 10-15
  • Run 4 Miles (Just get the distance and try not to walk)

 

Workout 2: Legs

  • 6 Round Superset:
    • Bar Deep Back Squats 8-15 (you better squat below 90-degrees)
    • Leg Curl Machine 8-15
  • 4 Round Circuit:
    • Bar Alternating Backwards Lunges 8-12 each leg (16-24 total)
    • Leg Extensions Machine 15, 12, 12, 10
    • Seated Calf Raise Machine 10-15
  • 3 Round Superset:
    • Kettleball Swings 20
    • Weighted Situps on Decline Bench 20-30 (hold a plate along your chest)

 

Workout 3: Shoulders & Traps

  • 6 Round Circuit:
    • Standing Bar Overhead Press 15, 12, 12, 8, 8, 15
    • Standing Dumbbell Front Raise 20, 15, 15, 10, 10, 25
    • Standing Dumbbell Shrugs 10-15
  • 4 Round Circuit:
    • Straight Bar Shrugs 10-15
    • Standing Dumbbell Side Raise 10-15
    • Standing Dumbbell Military Press 10-15, 10-15, 10-15, 25 
  • Run 3 Miles

 

Workout 4: Chest & Biceps

  • 5 Round Circuit
    • Dumbbell Incline Bench 25, 8, 8, 8, 20 (HIT YOUR CHEST)
    • Standing Dumbbell Straight Curls 20-25, 8-12, 8-12, 8-12, 20-25
    • Dumbbell Flies on a Ball 25, 8-12, 8-12, 8-12, 20
  • 5 Round Superset
    • Standing Straight Bar Close-Grip Curl 8-15
    • Dumbbell Bench lying on Ball 8-15 (HIT YOUR CHEST)
  • 5 Round Superset
    • Standing Dumbbell Hammer Curls 12-20
    • Standing Underhand Cable Flies 12-20
  • 4 Round ABS CIRCUIT
    • Lying Down Leg Lifts with Dumbbell between Ankles 20
    • Cable Crunches 20-30
    • Slow Crunches on Ball 30-50

 

Workout 5: CARDIO DAY

  • MINUMUM of 45-Minutes of Straight Cardio…..this is where I do long runs (17 miles next week). I recommend you do my version of HIIT, which is high intensity interval training by jogging and running. Do your best not to walk, because we walk enough throughout the day (like me walking to class), so why incorporate that in our workouts? 

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Excerpt From LeanBerg’s Workout Handbook

  • PROTEIN, PROTEIN, AND PROTEIN. Gold Standard Whey is an awesome, affordable post-workout product. Drink 1-2 servings of that shit immediately after every workout.
  • PRE-WORKOUTS HELP. Many of my workouts start as early as 4:45AM. C4 is the most well know pre workout out there and has helped me get through those drowsy mornings. Also, rumor has it that Campus Protein came out with their own pre workout
    $20.00 for a Month Supply!

    $20.00 for a Month Supply!

    thats even better than C4 (had to do it lol).

  • CREATINE HELPS BUILD MUSCLE Cellucor and Muscle Pharm both do a great job with their products.  But if you don’t do your cardio while taking creatine, you’ll become a tubby, overly bloated weirdo.
  • ARM DAYS ARE FUN, but they’re easier workouts. Don’t heavily rely on them.
  • CHEST DAYS ARE REST DAYS, because working out while lying down is still resting. I’m lying down during naptime too.
  • ALL HAIL LEG WORKOUTS, but they’re also good to pair with shoulders so you can add presses to your squats, lunges, and split-squats.

 

  • SUPERSETS, CIRCUITS…OH MY GOSH! Single-set lifting is too easy. You just pick shit up and put shit back down, whereas my style produces Multi-Dimensional Strength.
  • DON’T WORRY ABOUT WEIGHT. Gains will come.  Producing gains with higher reps is indeed more difficult, but also more awarding with definition and muscles that actually pop out.
  • FOCUS MORE ON MID-HIGH REPS. Reps are Thor’s hammer in directing the body’s shape and composition. Don’t be one of those fat, 1-rep max lifters. Those guys really look like disguised donut gurus rather than physically fit.
  • INCORPORATE EVERY-GODDAMN-THING IN SOME WAY. You name it, and I do it. I had a dream that all kinds of workouts were treated equally, and now that dream is part of my reality While I just said to focus more on mid-high reps, adding in lower reps is good to mix things up or create rep pyramids.
  • LIFT EVERY SET TO FAILURE. Don’t ever stop when you can do more reps. You need full fatigue to get the best results.
  • DO YOUR CARDIO, BECAUSE LIFTING SHAPES YOUR BODY WHILE CARDIO SHAPES YOUR CONDITIONING! I’d have a lot more body fat if I did everything I do now minus the cardio. Cardio is the Holy Grail, and running is God.
  • DON’T NEGELCT YOUR ABS. Too many people say lifting works enough of their abs, but that’s false. It’s usually the people with no abs saying that. The best way is either by an abs circuit/superset or including abs within lifting circuits/supersets.

 

  • WEIGHTED ABS > CRUNCHES.  Treat your abs like you treat any normal muscle, and they’ll respond by showing more. My biceps are not going to bulge out if I do air bicep curls.
  • To have Multi-Dimensional Strength, hold tightly and grasp onto the most important formula of the day:

CONDITIONING > STRENGTH, and that’s the bottom line because LeanBerg (not Stone Cold) said so.

…………….

Going ALL IN is a commitment, so EMBRACE THIS SHIT.

I’ll see you next Wednesday when I detail stuff that I feel like detailing. I don’t know what yet, but I promise I’ll know when I know. Best of luck to anyone who begins the Five-Day-Split. Stick to it and you won’t regret it.

Do not forget where you came from, but always strive to get better! – Leanberg

Before/After

Before/After

 
 

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Unconventional Mentality

ALL ABOUT MENTALITY

Hi. My name is Jordan Greenberg, I am currently finishing up my second year at The John Marshall Law School, and I had a fat stage in my life.

Before/After

Before/After

From this before/after picture, there’s a fat, insecure guy on the left and a lean, more confident guy on the right, clearly capturing the extremes at both ends of the spectrum.

AND THEY’RE BOTH ME!!

Was I strong? Hell yes. That was the strongest I’ve ever been in my life. Of course you can naturally lift heavier when you weigh so much more. But pound-for-pound, I was absolute garbage, and this was the most out of shape I’ve ever been in.

But that’s not the end of things, because I’m lean and shredded in the after picture. I had to get there somehow, and it wasn’t easy one bit. I’m so grateful that I reached an extremely low, self-depreciating point, because it forced me to find a way to put all that aggression into something that would eventually change my life forever.

So, can I please share a brief overview of my story? Thanks!

There are actually two stories: 1) BigBerg’s Story and 2) LeanBerg’s Story. Each version of myself possessed a different mentality, so they respectfully deserve their own stories.

BigBerg’s Story

A few months before my junior year at Indiana University, I hit an all-time low. I literally swam through an ocean of negative thoughts every damn day. I was getting in stupid fights, boozing too much, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco when I was not smoking cigarettes, eating Burger King like it was my full-time job, eating McDonald’s when I was not eating Burger King, and I think you get the point now.

There once was an extended weekend when I didn’t even leave my apartment. Luckily, I got some exercise by walking to my door to generously tip the pizza guy. However, like any short-lived, glorified moment such as opening your door to see a smiley, bicycle helmet-wearing pizza guy graciously hand you 3,000 calories of greasy crap, all temporary things come to an end.

Like any fat person, I would go through phases where I thought I was going to get back into fitness and health. I’d try these temporary workout plans and diets, only to see zero results. Something was fudged up in my head. I didn’t eat too many paint chips as a child so it’s not that, but I lacked dedication.

Motivation needs to be permanent if you’re seeking a lifestyle change. Temporary motivation will only change you temporarily, and then you’ll go back to being that person you hated. Yeah, I would prance like a bitch on the treadmill and try to bench a shit load of weight, but that did nothing. Additionally, I thought I could cheat more on eating if I spent more time at the gym. That’s bullshit. Period.

My workout attempts failed, my diet attempts failed, my don’t drink to blackout attempts failed, my don’t fight people attempts failed, my don’t love nicotine so much attempts failed, and for the worst attempt grand finale, I failed to be happy.

Special Note To Dieting: while I regret to announce this, the Fresco Menu at Taco Bell is not healthy, placing fruit in ice cream is not smart thinking, McDonald’s salads are not good for you, and cutting calories does not mirror decreasing your daily desert dosage. You need to cut the right calories, and everything I did at this time was the opposite.

I would constantly get pissed off and blame other people. But finally, a big influence in my life pointed out that I was the common denominator in every occurrence. That was hard to soak in, but it was true. Finally for once, I was angry at myself. I needed to be angry at myself to this degree in order to light the fire and get that motivation going.

This sentence is my transition to my second story.

LeanBerg’s Story

 

So now it’s summer, and I’m still fat. LeanBerg doesn’t begin when I become lean. It was never about that nor will it ever be.

It’s All ABOUT MENTALITIY, and LeanBerg was beginning to emerge immediately after I finally took responsibility. You cannot rely on these workout and diet plans to fix you. Sure, they can improve your physique for some time, but they’ll likely not become a ritual in your lifestyle. I needed the latter, not just some physical improvement. I needed a mentality fix more than anything.

The event that stands out most is when I signed up for a private boxing lesson nearby my house. I didn’t put much thought into it. I just decided to sign up, and that was that.

I go in at 7:00AM (that’s sleeping-in for me today), and the guy hands over a jump rope, hits the buzzer, and says I have two minutes until my next breather.

I couldn’t do it. I literally could not jump rope for two minutes during a warm-up and that really got to me. It was pathetic and symbolizes how pathetic I allowed myself to get. It’s just 120 seconds, and it was too hard.

Something happened that day where I realized I’ve been such a pussy lately. I finally acknowledged that I had to go All IN and work hard for something other than placing the perfect fast-food order. I needed to stand toe-to-toe with a physical challenge and not let it get the best of me.

WOAH, THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF LEANBERG.

There’s a major correlation with fitness, health and wellbeing. That’s why they’re grouped together. Not so your Health teachers could feel good that their textbooks are dense, but because they really do correlate.

I, now LegBerg, figured that if I kept working out and dieted by my own research rather than looking up FADs, something good would rise, and it would get me to believe in myself, helping with everything else life offers. I didn’t know it’d lead to an intense addiction that I’m really passionate and proud about, but hey, “It could happen.” (That was my Angels In The Outfield reference, starring Danny Glover).

It’s been uphill from there, and I’ll bullet point it, since I haven’t shown off my formatting skills yet. Think of the training montages in the Rocky movies while you read through this.

  • That summer in 2009, I cut around 60-70lbs just from intense boxing, building up my running, and barely drinking alcohol, and ACTUALLY eating healthy. I did not eat fast-food, limited my carbs, ate lots of lean protein, and didn’t binge eat at night. Those are the basics, and they were enough then.
  • While studying abroad in London for three months, I literally ran 6-8 miles six or seven days a week and became a force at running. The runner’s high is real!
  • In summer 2010, I ran the Soldier Field 10 Mile in a 7:12 minute per mile average. The was a big one, because I made the commitment to run that at my grandfather’s funeral, so thank the lord I didn’t bail on that one. That wouldn’t have been nice and would have resulted in a lifetime of cranky karma.
  • I then finally got into lifting weights. I have such a passion for weightlifting and have developed my own style that I’ll guarantee works for anyone. I’m all about high intensity supersets/circuits with middle to high rep ranges, every set till failure, usually working multiple muscles a day, often topped off with running a few miles at the end. Conditioning is more important than strength. Fat people, like BigBerg, are strong. Anyone can lift weights, but not everyone can do it in a way that forces topnotch conditioning.
  • Currently, I’m training for the 2013 Chicago Marathon, still lifting five or six days a week, and happy as can be. There are still setbacks, but that goes with anything. I ran 16 miles this week in a 7:50 minute average and know I can do more.

Like I said, it’s ALL ABOUT MENTALITY. Everything put together, from losing fat to jump roping to weightlifting to running to dieting to not drinking as much and more, they all are just factors into becoming happy, altering your lifestyle for the better, and changing your mentality permanently.

Fitness-wise, when you put your body through hell, suffering excruciating exhaustion, sweat and fatigue, the end result is that you know you just went ALL IN for the day and nobody can ever take that away from you. It makes you believe in yourself, and when that’s in your mind, you’re an unstoppable force. Any strength gain or advance in definition is a bonus.

After finally jump roping for two minutes and years of trial and error figuring this stuff out, I know what works. I write every single one of my workout plans and do it all my way. I have final cut, and every decision is pursuant to my discretion. As for dieting, the most important work is done in the kitchen. If you eat shit, you’ll become shit, no matter how hard you workout. Get ready to hear that a lot.

I went ALL IN, and I have not been out since. I love what I do, but the best part of it now is sharing with people and also learning from others. Are you ready to go ALL IN too?

 
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Are You Spring Break Ready?

Hello people.

So, in honor of the super bowl and the ridiculous amount of wings and beer you all consumed on that given Sunday, I am going to start my spring break diet/workout with y’all. It’s NEVER too early for beach season.

Now, this spring break segment is not going to be covered all in 1 shot. It’s a process. Each section will be written as you progress and keep up with my plan. It’s supposed to get harder and harder as the segments go on, so keep up, if you can.

Let’s get started.

It is SOO important to have a workout and food schedule. You want to be organized and aware of what you’re doing each and every day. Try and write out a schedule each and every Monday. Kind of like a food/workout log. Record what you eat and do at the gym. Keep the same workouts for a few weeks and then switch them up to confuse your muscles. Record what you eat at every meal. Make up a points system and set a goal for the day/week. Make a game out of it.

Spring Break Ready!

Spring Break Ready!

No one said this couldn’t be fun!

Try and be consistent with your meal plan. Stick to a light breakfast (fruits, yogurt, egg white, protein shakes) and take your vitamins. Then have a nice snack in between meals (fruit, nuts). For lunch you want to also keep it light. A salad or fruit platter. Maybe even some greek yogurt and granola. Mix it up so you don’t get bored but keep it within your limits. You can cheat here and there but if you’re dedicated on that “spring break body” then id think twice before engulfing that chipotle burrito. Between lunch and dinner, I like to sip on some coffee and nibble on a banana. Both are filling and give me energy to workout and last me until dinner. You can also sip on a protein shake and blend the fruit in it if that floats your boat. Protein bars are not my favorite for this time. They hold too many calories and carbs. Most of them aren’t great for snacks. They make for good meal replacements if that’s what you want, but not snacks. But that’s just my opinion. Dinner is my favorite. I usually start off with a protein shake on my way back from the gym and enjoy things like turkey burgers (no bun; 1 piece of whole wheat or rye bread, if that), roasted chicken, london broil, and salmon. Try some variations, and get on a consistent schedule with your meats. Try to stay away from red meats. You can have them from time to time because you need the iron, but I’d limit it to about 2-3 per month. It’s sometimes very high in fat.

That’s just a general diet plan. I’ll get into more depth another time.

For this blog I’m only going to start to go into the workout routine and give you some pointers in order to get the best results. Like I said before, this is the first of many spring break workout blogs. You need to build up and earn the next level of this blog.

First off, the name of the game is CARDIO. I’ve said this before. If you want to shed some lbs, the only way you’re going to do that is by stepping up your cardio game. And NO I don’t mean the elliptical or stair master, I

Beach Body

Beach Body

mean HIIT (high intensity interval training) and cross-fit. Mix in some of those routines into your everyday workout. You want to keep your heart rate up because that’s the only way you’re going to burn fat. Yes you can run on the treadmill, but mix it up. Play with the speed and incline and don’t just run at the same incline for 20-30 minutes; Jog uphill, then run. Alternate the speeds. Mix in some jump rope as well. I like to jump rope in between sets sometimes. It keeps my heart rate going and feels incredible!

Next you want to focus on strength and interval training. It’s the best if you want to see long term results. It will help make your muscles and bones stronger while increasing your metabolism. If you need help figuring out which strength and interval trainings are good for you, then look them up. I’m no guru. (Lazy piece of ^#*@)

Don’t waste your time doing ineffective moves. You don’t need to do 100 crunches in order to get rock hard abs. That only works 1 section of your abs. You need to focus on your abs as a whole, this goes for every muscle group, in order to get the best results. Mix up your exercises. Confuse your muscles, but allow them the proper rest.

For your abs, try the stability ball plank, woodchoppers, bicycle, and mountain climbers. These will help target your entire mid section. But don’t just limit your routine to these. For arms try triceps dips, overhead press, bicep curls and lateral raises.

Want more? Your gonna have to wait….

Try group classes like Soul cycle, Billy’s Boot Camp, yoga, CrossFit. They all have their pros (and con$). Exercising with a group can be fun and motivating. Its something new and different from what your usually use to. Don’t be a baby, try them out. I guarantee you’ll have fun

Before I go, I want to share another recipe with you guys. It’s amazing. I’m going to attempt to cook it this week.

Its Mac and Cheese style Cauliflower! Only 273 calories, 16g of protein, 16g of fat, 18g of carbs and 6g of sugar. When prepared the right way, it’s a great post workout meal.

8 cups of cauliflower florets

2 tbs of butter or margarine

3 tbs of flour

2 cups of low-fat milk

1 garlic clove minced (1 tsp)

2 cups of reduced fat Cheddar cheese (or any cheese you want. I recommend Edam cheese)

½ cup nutritional yeast

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

2 egg yolks

1 ½ of fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and add the cauliflowers and boil 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid, and set aside.

Melt the butter in the same pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Mix in the milk, garlic, and reserved cooking liquid and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper and eggs until cheese is melted. Fold in cauliflower.

Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread the cauliflower mixture in dish, and sprinkle the breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes until crisp and brown. AND THEN ENJOY! If you get a chance to make it be  sure to upload it on facebook or twitter and tag @campusprotein and @andrewbrauny!

Use these to reach your goal FASTER

Use these to reach your goal FASTER

Well, I’m done,

Until next time…

Peace. Love. Protein. @CP

@AndrewBrauny

Sources: AndrewBrauny, YogaJournal, HerCampus

 
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