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Drink Some Tea (Energy Booster)


Drink Some Tea
Energy Booster

Energy, yo. Energy. People ask about Energy all the time- “How do I boost Energy pre workout? How about in the morning?”

The thing about energy is that we already “have it”. We just need to turn that switch on and then use it. Then we have more of it. A morning drink can help with that little switch…

Heres a a potent energy formula that gives you a gradual increase in ENERGY and FOCUS. This is what you want. Not a jolt and then a big crash.

The benefits of drinking Tea in the morning?

- Turn that switch on and feel that energy flow.
– Get focused and feel good.
– Improve digestion/detox
– Load your body with vitamins and nutrients for the day.

 And it’s easy as fuck to make…

1) Buy some Green Tea
2) Buy some Yerba Mate
3) Boil some water
4) Put the mixture in a tea strainer and make that tea
5) Drink that shit

Easy, right?

I recomended this combo to people for pre workout and for early morning to get in the ZONE.

****OPTION: You can also add ginger to this or raw honey for the taste. Green Tea and Yerba Mate are the two baseline ingrents.

Under A Microscope…

Green Tea contains TONS of antioxidants. All of which keep your body lean, strong and healthy. Antioxidants can slow down and even reverse damage in your body. THEY’RE ESSENTIAL. It also contains Theanine. Theanine is a relaxing amino acid. This is why you feel a sense of calm when you drink it. The little bit of caffeine plus theanine will get you feeling alert, yet calm and focused. A perfect combo for working out or getting work done.

THIS. Drink this. Yerba Mate has tons of health benefits. It contains 15 amino acids (the building blocks of muscle) and tons of vitamins. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

Try this and see how it works. Let me know. The goal is to GET IN THE ZONE early and dominate you day. Tap the inner champion, yo.


“Remember, progress is a process. Results are seen and appreciated over time. Success comes from habits. Wake up, drink some Ron Tea and focus on YOUR VISION. Whatever the fuck that might be.”


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Just Push It- It’s All Heart And Soul

Just Push It- It’s All Heart And Soul


“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Your workouts are what develop you as a human being. They provide the challenge you need to push through barriers. They allow you to confront limiting beliefs and mental weakness. And it’s the ability to feel that pain and still push on, growing stronger and stronger… that’s what matters in life.

As a personal trainer, one of the most common things I hear is “some days I just can’t do it. I don’t have the strength.”

When I hear this, I’m thinking two things: 1) Physically, the body is drained. It’s struggling a little bit. So yeah, let’s look at nutrition, stretching and breathing, sleep, etc. Get some of the vitality back. 2) The mind has been FOOLED and there’s a belief that the body is the only thing at work during these workouts.

What we have to constantly remind ourselves of is that our mind and body are pushing through these workouts as one force. But more importantly, there’s a higher aspect of heart and soul behind the whole entire thing.

Heart and soul is what separates you into two categories. One is doing “alright” in the gym and with your journey of personal growth. The other is absolutely cruising to a better, stronger, and more resilient place in your life.

We often hit our final reps like this: We feel our bodies and the fatigue. Becoming aware of the fatigue switches our mindset to slowing down and getting ready to stop. We feel like we can handle 2 or 3 more reps. Believing that’s the case, we make it happen. 2 or 3 reps and we’re done.

But the elite athlete, the champion, the one who’s been through all the pain will tell you this: It’s just a belief. When you feel your body getting tired, you DECIDE to do more reps. If you stay focused and keep the bar high, you’ll be amazed at what you’re able to pull out in those final parts of the set or the workout.

It’s all heart and soul. That’s all it is. And if you allow yourself to be carried by heart and soul, your workouts will get better, your body will get stronger, and you’ll become unstoppable. Heart and soul is what carries you when your body is too weak. When things in your life aren’t going so well, it’s heart and soul that keeps you strong.

As you evolve, just remember that you have this force behind you at all times. It’s past the mind and body, past the feelings of pain and fatigue. Let that carry you through any situation where you feel weak, tired, or held back.




Risk The Ordinary!

jim rohn

I heard a DOPE quote from someone today. “If you aren’t willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn knows the deal. There’s a great deal of risk involved in achieving goals. Whether you’re just trying to lost 20 pounds or you’re a business owner planning to increase revenue… you’ll risk the usual.

We don’t change or grow by doing the same things. And this is why too much routine can be bad. People often get stuck in routines that don’t serve them and then wonder why things aren’t changing.

Einstein said something similar: “You can’t solve a problem on the same level it was created on.” Same thing with personal growth and enhancing your life. You can’t get more than the ordinary by staying on the that same level.

So as you move forward in your own direction, remember that quote and this one fact: It’s a continuous process. If your “usual” is yielding no results, it’s a no brainer. SWITCH SOME SHIT UP! Initially it might feel uncomfortable to get out of the routine, but once you see that it’s yielding better results, you’ll feel good. We’re wired to respond to novelty too, so that new habit, routine, or way of being will inherently feel good. Trust that process.


How to Gain Size and Strength: Staying Lean and Choosing Carbs

I got a question today from a member of the Train Hard Tribe. There were two parts to it: 1) How do I gain size and strength but stay lean. And 2) What carbs are okay to eat?

These are two good questions and both topics can be confusing if you’re just starting out with this stuff. Obviously, when you’re working harder and expending energy, you need more food. Your goal is to gain size and strength, and I want you to hit that goal. Take a smart, balanced approach to it. Let’s look at the two parts to the question…

Part 1: How do I gain size and strength but stay lean.
So you want to start what’s called a lean bulk. Here’s what you’ll have to learn to accept: You won’t be able to gain JUST muscle. As a beginner, you might be able to for a short time- this is debatable. But the human body gains size in times of caloric surplus. If you’re lifting heavy weights, some of that size will be muscle… and some will be fat. I know, that sucks right? If the 6 pack is that important to you, you’ll cut later on, after you’ve gained size and strength. Strive for minimizing fat gain and maximizing muscle gain.

To maximize the muscle and minimize the fat, let’s look at this from two angles…
1) Lifting: The human body is FUCKIN INCREDIBLE. It adapts to it’s environment as long as it has the time and raw materials to do so. As long as you’re lifting heavy ass weights and getting out of your comfort zone, you’ll gain muscle. The goal is to send signals to the body that the environment calls for it to be bigger and stronger. You do this by using heavy, compound movements: squats, deadlifts, pullups, bench presses, etc. As you eat more, your body will recover from each workout stronger so it can deal with the “environment” (the workouts).

2) Nutrition: Don’t jack up your blood sugar all day every day. Aside from fuckin up your entire system and brain, you’ll gain more fat and less muscle as you progress. Lifting or not- don’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels multiple times a day- our bodies are not meant for that. We’re built to get a bigger dose of sugar just once in a while… not all day long.

Keep your blood sugar stable by sticking with complex carbohydrates most of the time: my go to’s for size and strength carbs were sweet potatoes and oatmeal. I’d eat that shit all the time. Post workout is the time you can get your blood sugar up. A banana or other sugary fruit will do that. Your muscles will pull in that glucose along with other nutrients in your blood- it’ll use those nutrients for repair and growth.

Part 2: What carbs are okay to eat?
Again, my go to’s were always sweet potatoes and oatmeal- I felt like these ones worked for me. You can try some rice too if you want. Try to get most of your carbohydrates from paleo friendly foods. Sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, peas, carrots, fruits. A lot of other carbohydrate sources contain anti nutrients (a good article on non paleo carbohydrates). By stuffing your face with either processed carbohydrates or anti-nutrients, you’re causing severe stress and inflammation inside your body. Aim for a healthy body and mind as much as possible. Mother Earth gave you carbohydrates, feel free to eat as much of those as you need to hit your size and strength goals.

Lessons: You WON’T stay super lean AND gain significant size and strength. And by trying, you’re sending your body two different signals. Either give it the command to grow or the command to get smaller. Otherwise, you’ll stay the same. Secondly, eat more natural carbohydrates. Anti-nutrients, gluten, and processed carbohydrates can cause massive inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the beginning of a multitude of problems.

No goal is too big. Strive for it, work for it. Be smart about it and make sure you take care of yourself first, always.


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