A very powerful idea is presented in this video: that the elements which comprise our bodies are the very same elements from which this universe and the galaxies were spawned. Amid the vastness and entropy of the universe, there is a level of intimacy and connectivity among all things that exist.
This is quite possibly one of the most inspirational speech/video montage combinations I’ve ever seen. I encourage you to ruminate on the ideas presented in this speech and apply them to your own thinking. Oftentimes, we proceed through life with our noses down, blindly following directions from arbitrary figures of authority. We should ultimately seek to find our own personal truth and discover what makes us truly happy.
Watch this video that explains how myostatin levels are linked to muscular growth potential (aka how people are genetically predisposed to gaining muscle)
Also, Happy Father’s Day to all those #SwoleDADs out there in the world! Check out this father-son duo smashing iron together and competing for Mr. America title in their respective age classes. This will be me and my son one day.
Get educated on the ill effects that running for long distances as your sole form of exercise, on a consistent basis, can have on your metabolism. Women, especially, have a huge misconception about how to properly lose weight and get a proper physique.
Main takeaway: if you know any women whose primary goal is getting a “lean and toned” physique while still maintaining a normal diet, make them aware of this. They should be doing weight training (especially circuit training), not running themselves to death every day in combination with a starvation diet!
Seriously though, don’t do anything strenuous on your rest day. Or really anything at all.
MWOD (Mental Workout Of the Day)
Watch this video of former Navy SEAL turned coach Mark Divine, the creator of SealFIT and the “Unbeatable Mind” program, as he explains the different concepts of visualization.
Believe it or not, perception is literally reality. Knowing this, it follows that success originates from the mind.
To those who are saying, “Yeaaaah right, this is a bunch of bullshit,” I say to you, “Don’t knock it, til you’ve tried it, friend.” Envisioning true success (which itself must be practiced, you can’t just do it once and expect results) will improve your results and your life as a whole. It just will.
Rest Day (Physical)
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY. Today’s physical prescription: do nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Squat*.
Go to church, sit in front of the tv all day, or just snapchat your friends close up shots of your traps. I recommend enhancing this shot by drawing some climbers on said trap(s) as if they’re scaling Mount Everest (which for me they pretty much are).
*Not actual squats
MWOD (Mental Workout Of the Day)
I recently stumbled onto the YouTube channel of Dr. Layne Norton, a:
Pro natural bodybuilder
Powerlifter who has achieved an Elite ‘Raw’ total classification (617 lb squat, 386 lb bench press, 700lb deadlift in 220lb class)
Nutritional Sciences PHD who did his dissertation on the relation of meal frequency to muscle protein synthesis (aka does eating more/less often affect muscle gain)
So far, he is the most credible, unbiased source I’ve found on the Internet (let me know in the comments if there is anyone else I should be following). Below is a great video where he debunks a lot of common myths surrounding protein: