“What it comes down to is passion, how passionate are you about what you do?” - Simeon Panda
“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dedicate a considerable amount of time to improving an activity. Initially the progress will be exponential. But what happens when it slows? My biggest attribute is patience. I’m completely at peace with the length of this journey, I embrace it.
It is that, that separates those who think they want it from those who owned it from the very first time the idea was conceived.” - Simeon Panda
“No ones going to help you, you have to get up and do it yourself. You really have to put the work in. No one out there is going to carry you.” - Simeon Panda
“I’m not going to sugarcoat this, anyone struggling to stay consistent you simply don’t want it hard enough; you cannot teach someone drive and ambition.” - Simeon Panda
“I can’t roar, I can’t growl in everyday society but here, here my beast is woken, here is where I thrive!” - Simeon Panda
“I found solace, I found my peace in something that allows me to express aggression, determination, resilience, I’m in my zone. In this environment i’m truly living.” - Simeon Panda
“I plan my meals in the supermarket as I’m buying the ingredients, I know exactly what my body needs.” ~ simeon panda
I started getting serious about training when I was 20, I was getting ready for my first MMA fight.
I had 3 botched surgeries in a row a few years ago which resulted in all of my internal organs shutting down, and I no longer have small intestines.
So getting and staying in shape is significantly tougher for me than most people.
I never took no for an answer. If doctors told me I couldn’t or shouldn’t be able to reach a goal, I would just stay up all night researching as much as I can to find a way to reach my goals. Now that I’ve gained 100lbs without intestines I think it’s safe to say I proved all the doctors wrong.
Remember that someday your life can depend on it.
I typically stick with heavy compound lifts to start off each session, then finish off with moderate weight for a lot of volume for isolated work.
Because of the nutrient malabsorption I have it is crucial for me to maintain an extremely high calorie diet. Mainly high carbs, because I absorb less than 20% of the carbohydrates I consume.
So roughly 10,000 calories a day just to maintain my body weight.
For me, I really need to feel how my body is handling/responding to the food I just consumed so I really need to choose what I eat on the fly. For training I stick with a 5 day split. Legs/Calves/Biceps, Chest/Abs/Triceps, Back/Biceps/Calves, Shoulders/triceps/Abs, and Rest Day
Furious Pete for sure, like me he has had his share of medical set backs and is still making great progress.
And Stefi Cohen, because she is a physical therapist, and I now have so much respect for physical therapists because I wouldn’t even be walking right now if it wasn’t for them. Plus she is showing people that you can be a power lifter and still have a physique that looks good.
I really don’t use many supplements, but for now I am in love with Beyond Raw’s Lit preworkout
It all started as a New Year’s Resolution and a bet. Now here I am years later still winning that bet!
Honestly, I have had had ups and downs with motivation, but what keeps me motivated now is my passion and drive to be a powerful athlete someday. I love the feeling of moving iron all while working off stress and anxiety I sometimes get.
No cardio for me right now! Maybe going on a walk with my husband and our two pups, but nothing too strenuous.
When I do cardio for a competition prep I prefer the stair climber or windmill sprints to keep the booty lifted!
During bulking season I’m way more flexible with my eating, so no real prepping.
During a cut for a show I do meal prep and found that on my last prep I really enjoyed cooked spaghetti squash and would throw cooked ground turkey with some light marinara sauce on there!
Currently my nutrition consists of high amounts of carbs and calories because I’m looking to bring up my numbers in bench press, squats, and deadlifts for a powerlifting meet.
My playlist currently consists of old rock, like Dokken, or some newer rock like Avenged Sevenfold and Korn!
I just started with a powerlifting coach and so I typically train 5-6x/wk, mainly focusing on the 3 powerlifting lifts along with accessory work, like hamstrings and glutes.
My short term goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, but my long term goal is to deadlift 450lbs or more!
I suffer from depression which makes it harder on some days when I’m in “those moods.” I’ve combated this by taking time to meditate and keep a list on my phone of why I have certain goals to remind myself to keep trying to better myself.
My first athlete is Stefi Cohen. She’s a beast at powerlifting and shows you can still look amazing while moving heavy weight!
Dana Linn Bailey comes in at a close second and she was the first athlete who inspired me to get into Figure bodybuilding.
Lastly, Larry Wheels because he proves you can compete in both the bodybuilding world and powerlifting world.
At this moment I literally only drink Bang Energy drinks as a “supplement” for my preworkout. Here and there I’ll have Quest protein cookies, but that’s it.
1st tip would be to understand your body structure, so for instance I have narrow hips so I “build an illusion” of having wider hips through certain exercises.
2nd tip would be to build a ground of strength, mainly because I firmly believe in order to build, you need some sort of strength to be able to move adequate weight.
3rd tip is that in order to transform yourself you must learn about yourself and to learn to love where you are currently at and through each phase of your journey.
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"If you have discipline, drive and determination... Nothing is impossible" - Dana Linn Bailey
"My Advice to everybody is to never feel like you are better than anyone else. At some point. We were all beginners!" - Dana Linn Bailey
"...That's what I want to do. I want to get out there and I want to show girls it's ok to have a little bit of muscle, it's ok to be strong... Be confident in exactly who you are. The sexiest thing a girl can ever possess is confidence...And I rock that sh*t hard" - Dana Linn Bailey
Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
Form the mixture into two patties.
Place patties on a lightly greased skillet. On medium heat, cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for another 5 minutes until browned.
If you aren't tracking your calorie input somehow, then how do you know if you're eating a surplus of calories each day? You need bricks to build a house. Think yourself lucky you're able to eat lots!
Yeah - you read this in fitness/bodybuiding magazines but rep range is the loading parameter that should be varied most often! To fully stimulate fast and slow twitch fibres, 10 reps won't cut it after a few weeks sorry.
Yes it hurts. Yes it's a major stimulus to muscle building. No you can't just bash out your reps. Consider using sets of at least 40s length to really create a hypertrophic response!
Time your rest periods and stick to a predetermined time. You'll never know if that extra couple of reps was genuinely increased strength or just because you had a bit more time chatting. Measure and manage!
Did you know you build and repair muscle when you're resting? Most of us simply won't get enough recovery time if we train 7 days a week (especially with the reduced sleeping hours so many of us suffer from!)
Written By James Alexander Ellis