After I broke my foot my sophomore year of high school playing football, I started training on my own at a local gym and caught the iron bug and have not stopped since.
Over training and under eating, trying advanced workouts for seasoned lifters instead of just sticking to the basics.
Having a workout partner helps, you don't want to let him or her down by not showing up. Writing down short term and long term goals also helps, having a vision of what you want can help keep you going in the right direction.
Depending on my mood I like to listen to House, Hip-hop and Rock.
Nothing other then squeezing it out, it's like tunnel vision.
If I'm getting ready for an event I start to reduce my carbohydrate intake and increase my protein and fats. When I don't have anything coming up is when I try and pack on some more size by consuming more carbs and healthy fats and taking in about 1.5-2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Each week I try and switch up my training using different exercises and training techniques. I also do more cardio when getting ready for something as needed.
I'm proud of my consistency and work ethic, proving to myself that hard work brings results.
I stay relatively lean year round, no reason to pack on a bunch of fat because it's the "offseason".
I do both HIT cardio and conventional. I think they both have their place.
Right now I'm training two days on one day off, before that I was doing a 5 day split. My week would look something like this:
Wednesday: Back and biceps
Thursday: Shoulders and triceps
I hit Abs and Calves every other day as well. I typically start off with 1 or 2 compound exercises like the Squat, Bench and Deadlift doing 5 or 6 sets of 5 to 6 reps and then the rest of my workout is more volume using isolation exercises for 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps or for legs 3-4 sets of 15-20 reps.
For cardio I like using the stair master for HIT cardio or I'll ride my bicycle around town for more conventional type cardio. I also like doing sprints as we'll. If I'm doing a 5 day split I take the weekend off or I do two days on one day off.
The guys that inspired me were the old school bodybuilders back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s. But I'm still a fan, the're a lot of great physiques out there.
I always use BCAA's, by far my favorite supplement. Helps keep your body in an anabolic state throughout the day between meals.
Cody James Redmond
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