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Still not a fan of Scooby but this is actually one of his best videos, can’t help myself but actually agree with him on this one! “Eat Real Food”!!!

When I first started bodybuilding & lifting weights, I used to obsess with supplements and protein powders. I used to spend a lot of money on them month after month. I used to believe supplements and protein powders were the way to go in order to get ripped and get big muscle. Now I avoid supplements and protein powders like the plague and I don’t do that shit anymore.

I agree with Scoob 100% that so many bodybuilders and other types of lifters are so brainwashed into thinking that supplements are the way to go. A lot of them have so many chemicals in them that can be dangerous for your body, anyway. Some of them can be loaded with sugars and they can make you fat as well.

Since I gave up supplements completely, I now prefer to build muscle from real food. Eating good and clean is not hard. To get protein all you need to do is eat that from meats like chicken breast, pork, steak, ground turkey, fish, etc. When it comes to chicken and protein, the only chicken you want is chick breast. You want to stay away from fried chicken, chicken legs, bbq chicken, chicken wings, etc. ’cause they are too fatty. Chicken breast is the best way to go. Another good protein source is a few dairy products like lowfat cottage cheese and greek yogurt which I also eat a lot of. Get protein from eggs or egg whites as well.

You still need your good carbs ’cause you don’t want to eat just a high protein diet only… you gotta have your complex carbs like fruits, vegetables and whole grains which I eat a lot of.

You also need your good fats like nuts (preferably almonds), avocado and natural peanut butter.

It’s not hard to eat clean at all and what I listed above is all you pretty much need. I eat a mostly clean nutrition and from mostly real food.

I do have cheat meals ’cause you don’t want to avoid junk food completely ’cause you gotta have balance. I don’t go too crazy with junk food. Only junk food I still like to have is ice cream, sometimes fast food, chinese and pizza. I also consider Cliff Bars a cheat meal ’cause I like those too.

I hate that so many lifters and gym goers are so naive into thinking that supplements are the way to go. The reason so many buy a lot of supplements and brainwashed by it ’cause of sites like bodybuilding.com and tnation that does nothing but ram supplements down our throats. The same with the muscle and bodybuilding magazines that are out there, they promote supplements heavily too.

Another reason I stopped buying supplement’s ’cause they are overpriced. They can be pretty costly around $25 – $35 or over and I can’t afford to buy them on a monthly basis when I run out. What’s even crazier is that you’ll see a lot of lifters using more than one supplement product which is dangerous for your body, in my opinion.

I can’t take supplements anyways ’cause my doctor gave me orders to stop using them for my own health reasons which I will not get into details about. That’s okay, though ’cause supplements are a waste of time and money.

The only supplement I need for my workouts is a nice hot cup of green tea and drink cold water throughout the day which I do both of those.

I agree with Scoob, “Eat Real Food”. Finally, Scoob posted a great video which I agree with totally on. You can still build some serious muscle by eating real food. I’ve been doing it and it works wonders for me. You should try it too.

Kev

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Why do people with bodybuilder like physiques get so much flak for being shirtless??? I don’t get it…

You see it online and you see it in the real world in person. People with bodybuilder like physiques getting so much flak for wanting to be shirtless all the time. It’s a real problem with male bodybuilders in today’s society anyway. When a man with a great physique that wants to be shirtless then chances are he’s gonna get told by someone to put a shirt on.

We’re now in an age where people find it offensive that men with great bodies wanting to show it all off. Yet when overweight fat asses and chubby men take their shirts off, nobody says anything and that is accepted. That’s how fucked up this is.

When us men with the great physiques wanna show off… people say it’s offensive and they call us egotistical attention whores for wanting to do it too. Us men get into a lot of trouble for wanting to show off our big pecs and six pack abs.

It’s unfair, ya know? That’s how society is nowadays. You just have to learn to accept it. Yes, I too get some flak and some backlash for wanting to show off my physique but all successful bodybuilders go through it too. I don’t know why we get so much flak and negativity for wanting to show off after busting our asses for years of hard work.

I think a big part of the reason people don’t want to see muscular bodies is ’cause jealousy is a major part of that, absolutely. There’s that word again ’cause it’s gotta be jealousy. I think it’s because some people want the physique we have and they don’t have that yet. So instead of treating us like heroes, they treat the fat asses trying to lose weight heroes than us.

That’s what I don’t like about the bodybuilding world. It’s all the negativity and drama that surrounds it. In my opinion, I think it’s amazing that so many successful bodybuilders wanna show off their hard work ’cause I think it’s wrong to hide it, ya know? That’s just my opinion and I’m sticking with it.

When bodybuilders get a successful ripped and buff physique, gotta be ready for some criticism and some haters ’cause you’re going to get those whether you like it or not. You’re going to get people accusing you of using steroids and blah blah blah blah.

It’s all unfair and wrong. I think we have every right to show off our body ’cause it’s OUR fucking body and not yours so you have no right to tell us what we can and cannot do. This is what bodybuilding is here for… looking great and showing off your hard work.

Anyway, here’s me doing a little bodybuilding posing for fun at a beach in Cape Cod.

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Here’s my latest deadlift video… me going for a 285 lb. heavy single… felt good and easy…

Man, today was a killer deadlift session. Today, I’ve done 2 sets of 255 lbs. for 5 reps each. Then I did 260 for 3 reps and then 265 for three reps. For the next set, I did 280 for a heavy single which felt easy and then ended my deadlift session with a 285 single.

This is my last deadlift session for a long while ’cause I’m going on vacation next week which means that next week, I’ll be taking a full week off of weight lifting. I really need it. I haven’t had a week off of weight lifting in a real long time so next week is a perfect week to take one.

Just two more days of workouts this week and then I’ll be done working out for a while ’cause I need a break from it. Next week, take a full week off from the gym totally.

Some of you may think that’s bad but it’s not. You may ask will I lose muscle and lose strength? No. In fact, I will get a lot more of both ’cause you’re giving your body time to rest and heal which is what I need pretty badly. When I come back from vacation, I’ll probably be a lot stronger.

It’s okay to take a week off from weightlifting once in a blue moon, just don’t over do it, ya know? I take a week off from weightlifting in the gym like once or twice a year. Not a whole lot.

Just gonna do leg day and arm day this week and that’s it for a while.

Today was a killer deadlift session and I’m on fire again. Since I was able to smash a 285 lb. single then my estimated p.r. on deadlift would probably be 300. I’m trying to get to 300 lbs. for more reps but I’ll get there soon. Hopefully I get there this Aug. if lucky enough.

I am feeling stronger and stronger on the big three: squat, bench and deadlift. It feels amazing. Glad I got into powerlifting!

Kev

People who don’t re-rack their weights at public gyms are pieces of shits… oh yes they are!!!

Yep, people refusing to re-rack their weights at public gyms has been a real problem like a decade or over. It’s a big problem at pretty much all gyms across America and even the rest of the world. People refusing to pick up after themselves is real annoying, I know. At the local gym that I go to in my hometown, it’s the same thing. People refusing to re-rack their weights each time I go.

When they leave weight plates on bars and machines, I don’t say anything ’cause that’s NOT my job but I do go around putting the weights back even if I didn’t use them. I pick up after people all the time. Why do I do this? It’s not only that I like to show respect to a public gym which is what it’s all about but also showing respect to the staff that work there. Sometimes the staff  at the gym are not strong enough to go around picking up 45 lb. weight plates.

At the local gym I go to, there is a guy that works there who goes around picking up after people but he seems to have stopped for some reason and he’s hardly ever around when I’m there anyways. There is a manager/director of the gym but this person is hardly ever around to take care of the place which is ridiculous, in my eyes.

I used to love my local gym that I go to but it’s gone downhill fast. I continue to go ’cause it’s the only gym closer to home so I have no choice but to continue to use it.

People who refuse to re-rack weights just suck and I’m not afraid to say it.

Why do people do it? Well for a lot of reasons… they’re just dumb and not smart, they are egotistical/narcissistic, selfish, etc. I think some people just do it to piss gym goers off on purpose, honestly.

This is a real problem all over and it’s gotta stop.

The reason it’s not a polite thing to do is ’cause it’s a lot of work to remove a bunch of 45 lb. weight plates which is a waste of energy for your workout, ya know? Plus, not everyone in the gym is that strong to lift it.

People in gyms suck in general, though. That’s why I keep to myself and try not to socialize with people in the gym. Just throw my headphones on, don’t make eye contact with people while I’m working out and then I’m good.

I go there to get a good workout in and build muscle and that’s it. I don’t have time for bullshit.

Kev

Powerlifters who act like that’s the only way to lift in their definition are really getting on my nerves!!!

Whenever I post a video of my lifting, sometimes other powerlifters will always try to point a mistake that I might of done. In other words, they would try to critique my form and that usually happens when I upload a lifting video for all to see. They would tell me to do this and do that, don’t do this and don’t do that… blah blah blah. They would critique every aspect of my lifting and would try to get me to lift their way.

You see, I don’t usually lift the same way other powerlifters do. I just go by what the instructional videos through youtube and the internet tells me, ya know? And another thing, just because powerlifters are very experienced and have won a lot of trophies and broke a lot of records doesn’t necessarily mean they know what they’re doing. I mean, I’ve seen some of the greatest powerlifters and veterans lift with the shittiest form I’ve ever seen. Go watch some powerlifting competitions through youtube for proof on that. For example, when they go start up at the deadlift, they have some of the worst startups I’ve ever seen when they go walk up to the bar.

Many powerlifters even the great ones deadlift with rounded backs, they stand too far from the bar or they lean too far over the bar, etc. I’ve seen it all, it’s crazy. There are also too many deadlifters who lean far back on their lockouts meaning hyper-extending the back which is bad. Many powerlifters tell me to deadlift with your head looking straight forward but no, I think it’s better to deadlift with the head being neutral. Other powerlifters told me a way to deadlift is that the butt needs to be pointing down to the floor with the chest aiming up at the ceiling. I’ve tried that and it’s uncomfortable for me.

The way I like to deadlift is that I like to stand narrow, I reach down to the bar without lowering my hips at all ’cause the hips needs to be higher than the knees and the bar needs to be over mid-foot. You need to straighten your back and making sure everything is tight then you’re ready to make the pull.

Also, speaking of pulling… so many deadlifters make the mistake that it’s just a pull movement only when it’s not. When you deadlift, you think of it as being a leg press as well so when the bar comes off the floor, you use a lot of leg drive to lock it out. Using leg drive by pushing the legs to the floor as hard as you can like a leg press. That’s how I always deadlift.

I’m pretty sick of the egos in the powerlifting world acting like it’s the only way to lift and it’s getting tiresome. As long as you’re following the commands in powerlifting competitions, it doesn’t matter how you lift. You should just lift whatever works for you. You don’t have to lift how others lift. Just gotta listen to your body and lift what’s right. That’s the way my attitude always been. I’ve always done things my way.

I prefer to be a self-taught lifter. I never really enjoyed learning from other lifters. I’ve always felt comfortable doing my own thing. Every lifter is different… gotta respect that. I may not like other lifters form and technique but I just shut my mouth and let them do their own thing.

I think people critique my form ’cause they know I’m new to the powerlifting game and they’re afraid that I might be better than them and they don’t want that. They give me advice on my form and once I correct it for them, it’s always something else that’s wrong. It’s bullshit. So I just say, fuck ’em and do things my way, ya know? That’s the way to be.

Kev

Feeling really strong on bench lately, wow… today I just did a 160 lb. heavy single… feels good!

I’ve been killing it on the bench and my numbers on bench have been going up lately. Feels great to be killing it on bench. Earlier at the gym this morning, I’m starting to do 135 lbs. for more reps finally. Since today, I just did a 150 lb. for a triple, I thought to myself: “If I can smash a 150 lb. for a triple, I could probably do 160 for a single so lets try that”.

I ended my bench session with a 160 lbs. single. I did that number for two sets and both of them were easy.

Yep. I’m on the road to a 200 lb. bench and I might be able to make it in time before the Aug. 30th powerlifting meet at Albany Strength. We’ll see.

If I can do a 160 lb. heavy single then my estimated pr. could be about 170 lbs. so I’m just about there at 200 lbs.

I used to hate benching but I’ve been loving it more and more. Will I be able to make it to a 200 lb. bench this summer? I’m gonna try but we’ll see how it goes. Just gotta keep working and working, stay consistent.

Enjoy the video.

Kev

 

Powerlifting training is really helping my physique and getting more muscle gains… so glad I got into it…

Man… doing all this powerlifting training which I have been doing for about a year now has been really paying off. I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten some major chest gains since I’ve gotten into bench pressing full time. For flat bench, I do strength training for like 1 – 5 reps on each set but I do hypertrophy training for like 8 – 12 reps on incline bench and cable crossovers for muscle gains. If you’re going to train for strength, I figure it’s important to build muscle too. Building muscle helps get you stronger, believe it or not.

I’m getting some major gains on the lower body ’cause I do a lot more lower body stuff than the upper body. My quads feel like they’re getting bigger. My calves are finally developing too. Although I train the calves with standing and seated calves, I also train the calves with all the barbell squatting and deadlifting that I do too. Doing barbell squats and deadlifting, they both work the calves too. My calves are getting slightly bigger finally.

I always knew that getting into powerlifting training full time would help my physique even more and it’s happening. I’m soon going to be posing for bodybuilding pics so you can see what I’m talking about.

Powerlifting training really can give you muscle gains. Heavy lifting can really help. I’m proud to get into strength training finally and I’m definitely getting stronger on the big three lifts too. It’s going to take some more time for me to get to the bigger numbers but I’ll get there soon.

There’s a lot of great benefits in powerlifting, it’s quite a ride really. I’m having a blast doing it.

Kev