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Mindset: The Difference Between Success and Failure

Mindset: The Difference Between Success and Failure

 

I have been in this business for a long time.

Since 2006 I have worked with athletes and different kinds of people from all walks of life.

Over the years most of my clients have made tremendous progress in their training and lifestyle.

But there are also those who have not.

As a coach, I take full responsibility for those who haven’t made the progress they had originally set out to. Maybe there is something I could have done differently to help them succeed.

However the one difference between those who have seen great success and those who have not may be different than you think.

Some may guess age, injuries or something along those lines.

But none of that is true. In fact, I have had great success with clients and athletes that were both older and dealing with an injury.

The one thing, the only thing holding people back from achieving their goals is their MINDSET.

I don’t care what obstacles there are to overcome, if you have the right mindset you will make tremendous progress in any realm of your life. If you don’t, well then it doesn’t matter if you’re training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, your results will suffer.

Mindset is one of the major factors in one fighter beating another, or one team collectively defeating another.

Your mindset can make all of the difference in any aspect of your life.

And unfortunately, most people do not have the right mindset for success.

Most people like to blame outside circumstances for their problems. They like to complain about things going on in the world that are out of their control. Or they will talk bad about people out of envy instead of being happy for someone else’s success.

Whether in training, sport or life the wrong mindset will set you up for failure and/or unhappiness and lack of fulfillment.

It is those who look at unfortunate circumstances as a challenge, and accept that challenge head on who see the most success. Because it doesn’t matter to them what anyone else is doing or the obstacles they need to overcome. What matters to them is the decisions they make and the actions they take.

They don’t get mad and piss and moan. They TAKE ACTION. And rather than have life happen to them they take life by the balls!

Worrying and complaining isn’t going to do anyone any good. It’s only going to create more stress and toxicity so avoid doing it and be sure to avoid the people who do it too.

Most of this negativity comes from self-doubt and insecurity. People don’t believe in themselves, so they try to knock others down for achieving the things that they feel they can’t.

They are too afraid to take chances so they will shit on others who have the guts to do what they want.

If you ever catch yourself criticizing someone else’s success, take a second and actually think about why you’re not happy for this person. Why would you rather shit on them than support them?

When you begin to peel back the layers of the onion you start to realize it’s because of your own lack of belief in yourself. If you fail to recognize that then it will be very difficult to ever truly live a fulfilled life.

The mindset of those who crush their goals and see success in all facets of their life are those who support other people.

Those who are nice to others and hope to see their success.

Successful people have an iron will. A never-say-die mentality which propels them to crushing their goals. They don’t hate on others, or ever make excuses as to why they can’t do something.

Successful people don’t have time to shit on others! They are too busy putting in the work it takes to achieve their dreams.

They simply dig down deep, get their hands dirty and work their fucking ass off.

All of the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and help get to the next level are those who are willing to roll the dice and take risks.

They may risk criticism from their peers for choosing a salad over a burger. Or maybe they take financial risks in a business endeavor. Or perhaps they risk being judged for making a decision that isn’t “the norm”.

People who achieve success understand that taking risks is necessary.

Fear is accepted for what it is. It’s important to understand fear and that it’s normal for any human being to feel it. You need to feel it, and do what the fuck you need to do anyway.

Go all in!

And most of whom I have worked with treat their training the same way that they treat their careers, relationships, hobbies and parenting.

There is no grey area. It’s either black or it’s white and they decide to give it their absolute best.

There is no missing training days or cheating on your diet for some BS reason.

When you decide to focus on the things you can control and give it your very best, you will achieve more success in fitness, business or whatever else.

You just have to fix your mind and do the work!

Trust yourself, trust the process, go all in and take fucking chances.

This is the one lifetime that we know is certain. Don’t live it with fear, anger and jealousy. Live it relentlessly and pursue your dreams while helping everyone around you do the same.

Shift your thinking and change your life!

I know that if I can do it you sure as hell can too.

Thanks for reading, guys.


3 VALUABLE LESSONS FROM FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

3 VALUABLE LESSONS FROM FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

Love him or hate him, it’s safe to say that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the greatest boxers of our time, if not ever.

You may not agree with his antics, or his actions outside of the ring. You may not even agree with his fighting style because let’s face it, his fights aren’t what you would necessarily call exciting.

But one thing that is undeniable is he is now 50-0. Fifty fights and zero losses. I don’t care what any of his critics say, that is pretty damn impressive.

After watching his recent fight with Conor McGregor, I noticed a few things about Floyd. Again I can’t say that I am a fan of his, however his skill is unquestionable and there are some valuable lessons to be learned here.

Lesson # 1

To be great, self belief is necessary.

I know what you’re thinking, he is one cocky son of a bitch. Call it what you like, there is no denying that Floyd Mayweather has more belief in himself than any other current fighter.

In order to get to 50-0 and be in the conversation about being one of the best of all time, Floyd has never showed any doubt in himself.

If you want to achieve greatness in your life, you need to have strong belief that you can achieve anything. No you don’t have to talk trash the way Floyd does when he’s trying to sell a fight, and you don’t need to put others down. But you do have to have a sense of confidence about yourself if you’re ever going to reach a level of greatness.

Michael Jordan, Steve Jobbs, Muhammad Ali… They all believed in themselves and in their mission. Without the belief that they had in themselves I highly doubt these men would have ever accomplished what they had .

Lesson # 2

To achieve greatness you must have an unrelenting work ethic.

Floyd Mayweather spends hours and hours mastering his craft. Putting in this type of work certainly does not come easy. He’s human, so there are days that he’s been tired, sore or just having a bad fucking day. But for twenty years the guy has put in the work, regardless of his circumstances.

His motto is “hard work and dedication” and that has helped lead to 50 victories. His conditioning has been second to none for the last twenty years, which is a direct reflection of his work ethic.

If you want to get to the next level and achieve greatness in your life, then you can’t be afraid of hard work.

Passion for what you do isn’t good enough. You have to master your craft, by putting in hours and hours of hard, gritty work.

There is a price to be paid for greatness, and the check is written with blood and sweat.

Lesson # 3

To achieve greatness, you must have a singular focus.

Floyd Mayweather is a boxer. He has mastered the art of boxing at such a high level that he has barely been in danger in fifty fights.

Throughout his career, Floyd did not say he wanted to also be the best actor of all time, or the best rap artist.

He boxed, and focused solely on that.

We often get distracted in what it is we want to do. I have come across many people who one day want to be a lawyer, then the next week want to be a cop, then an entrepreneur.

Fast forward 5 years and these people are still having the same conversations. Still unsure what it is they want to do with their lives. If they would have just made a decision and went all in then there’s a good chance that they would have gotten to the next level.

You want to start a business? Go all in!

You want to lose 50 lbs? Go all in!

If you say you’re going to lose 50 lbs, but also want to gain 30 lbs. of muscle, and also want to run a marathon, how the hell are you ever going to get anywhere?

Just DECIDE on what it is you want and then never look back. Greatness is never achieved through multitasking.

For more on this topic I HIGHLY recommend the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.

People who try to do too many unrelated things will never achieve the level of greatness that Floyd Mayweather has. Forget about the money and fame, that’s not what I’m talking about.

I am talking about the kind of greatness it takes to achieve fifty professional victories and zero losses.

 I’m talking about the drive to train everyday at 3 AM.

If Floyd focused on more than becoming the greatest boxer ever, he would have been mediocre.

Don’t waste your time trying to do too many things. Pick the one thing that you want to do and become fucking great at it.

Put in those late nights and early mornings and achieve what those who are unwilling will not.

The only way to get to the highest level possible is to focus on YOUR one thing.

The jack of all trades and master of none lives a life of mediocrity. Don’t settle for being basic. Focus and achieve the level of greatness in which you are capable.

Instead of arguing over the things you disagree with about Floyd Mayweather, learn from what he has done right. Learn from the things that have gotten him into the conversation of being the greatest of all time and one of the few athletes that has earned over one BILLION dollars over the course of his career.

You don’t get to that level without the belief, work ethic and singular focus that Floyd Mayweather has shown over the years. Understand that, and start to apply these values into your own life.

I guarantee that if you do it long enough, you will be in a better place in one year from now.

Give it a shot and go be fucking great.


Stop Destroying Yourself and Make Better Gains

Stop Destroying Yourself and Make Better Gains

Guys like us have goals.

We’re determined to get bigger and stronger as fast as possible.

So we go 110 mph all the time, in the constant pursuit of making gains.

If you played sports, you probably carryover that same mindset to the weight room. You have the mentality that you have to go as hard as possible, all the time.

Although this can be a great attitude to have, it can actually leave us beat up and over trained with lesser strength and hypertrophy gains.

Ever see the guy in the gym using a weight that he’s absolutely struggling with? He’s usually not the most jacked guy in the gym.

On the other hand, the most jacked dudes are actually doing the opposite. They’re using a challenging weight that they can handle for the prescribed rep range and leave one or two reps in the tank on sets. Just check out The Rock’s IG for example.

If you are a genetically average, drug free lifter training to failure is actually going to do the exact opposite of what you’re training for. Over time you’ll get weaker, smaller, frustrated and burned out.

If you’re not sure what it means to train to failure then check this out.

Training to failure means that if you are doing a set of bench press for 6-8 reps for example and your last rep you either go for and can’t get it up or you get it but it literally takes every single thing you got to get it up. The last rep is painfully slow and you could not have gotten one more if you had a gun to your head. Either way is hitting failure.

When you train to failure day in and day out a few things happen.

  • Technique breaks down and your movement quality goes to shit. Leading to excess joint stress and overcompensation.
  • Your Central Nervous System gets absolutely fried which makes your workout very difficult to recover from and leads to systemic fatigue.
  • Underdevelopment of muscular strength and growth due to what I mentioned above and the fact that you aren’t going to be able to follow the progressive overload principle. To add, you’ll constantly be missing reps.

Although our egos can lead us to training to failure time and time again we have to keep that shit in check. We have to constantly remind ourselves that trying to do too much is going to lead to the exact opposite of what we want.

Here’s how to avoid training to failure.

  • If you are healthy enough for the big lifts (bench, squat, deadlift) find your 3 or 5RM on those movements. Then use percentages of your max for certain rep ranges. For instance, if your 5 rep max is 275 lbs. on the bench press and the following week you are going to bench press for a set of 6-8 reps, you can take 85% of your 5RM (230 lbs. in this case) and use that weight for your sets of 6-8. Prilepin’s Chart can help you out with this.
  • If you are doing a body weight exercise like chin-ups, imagine during your set that if you had a gun to your head and can only do one more rep, you’re going to stop and leave that rep in the tank. So if with a gun to my head I can do 15 chin-ups, I’m going to stop at 14.

  • If you are using dumbbells or doing an exercise you can’t take a percentage with, select a weight that you can do about two more reps with than the prescribed rep range. So if I am doing a dumbbell row for a set of 10 and I know that I can get the 100’s for 12, I’m going to use the 100’s for my set of 10.

If you follow these guidelines you’ll be able to follow the progressive overload principle and make more weekly progress in your training.

Training to failure is very difficult to recover from and will only impede your gains and performance, so be smart about your weight selection.

Although you still want to train hard and never train like a total softy, you also have to be smart and avoid failure. Doing so is only going to save your joints and leave you bigger, stronger and feeling better.

So leave your ego aside and choose an appropriate weight. The longer you’re in the game the more gains you’ll be able to make.

I hope this helps, guys.

Thanks for reading!

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Do the Work!

Do the Work!

Over the years I have toyed with many types of training templates. From bodybuilding splits to powerlifting, from Strongman to HIIT, I have spent countless hours playing around with many different training modalities. Only to try and configure the best training program around that produces the best results.

What I have found is that every style of training can work if you use it properly. The style you choose should depend on what your goals are.

If you want to be the next Mr. Olympia, well you should be following some kind of bodybuilding split.

If you are a college wrestler and want to get strong as hell without putting on additional bodyweight we need to take that into consideration.

If you are a regular dude that wants to get jacked and shredded but still have the ability to play some pick-up basketball you can do that too.

Your goals will dictate your programming.

However, I am about to share with you the type of program we use at Tutela Training Systems in Clark, NJ that have proven to produce incredible results time and time again.

But first let me kick it off with my story and how I developed this system and got into training in the first place.

Ambition to become the king of arm wrestling

My training career truly started when I was 13 years old. I was challenged to an arm wrestling match back in the 7th grade by a kid named Mark. Mark was probably about half my size, but the kid used to destroy everyone in arm wrestling. I took the challenge and he literally laughed at me mid-match, right before he nearly ripped my arm off. All the kids that surrounded us laughed hysterically, which left me humiliated, pissed off, and more importantly, determined.

The next day I walked my ass down to the Modell’s about a mile from my house and purchased one hexagon 20 lb. dumbbell . 13 years old and about 140 lbs, I was barely able to carry this thing back to my house. And naturally, I did the one exercise that I knew, for probably about 20,000 reps.

The bicep curl.

I was determined to never lose another arm wrestling match in my life. I challenged Mark almost every day at school, and took beating after beating. Until, 8th grade came around and about 9,000,000 bicep curls later, I was finally able to beat that SOB!

That was my first taste of getting stronger and seeing first hand results.

Welcome to high school football

The summer going into my freshman year of high school my friends talked me into playing football. Only a few of us 8th graders were committed to the 8-AM workouts at the field house that summer.

This was my first experience in a true weight room environment and it was incredible.

Like all typical teenagers, I was immediately attracted to the bench press. So, I benched, I curled, I squatted, leg pressed, deadlifted and cleaned, with what was probably the worst form anyone has ever seen. Luckily, despite the fact that I had no clue what I was doing, I never got injured and actually saw some results. That summer I grew from 150 lbs-165 lbs.

Making the game

After four years of lifting for high school football, I started to get even more serious with my training after football my senior year. The first book I bought on training was Triple H’s “Making the Game” where it took you through his workouts with all kinds of exercises and pictures.

I spent hours in the gym, literally 3 or 4 a night.

I knew very little about training at that time. So what I did was follow a typical bodybuilding split. Monday chest and tri’s, Tuesday legs, Thursday back and bi’s, Friday shoulders, arms and calves.

Any of you that have been following me for a while know that I wouldn’t typically recommend this type of split for any genetically average hard gainer like myself. But initially I did make some progress, until I eventually plateaued and couldn’t get any bigger or stronger.

During a family get-together that year I was talking training with my cousin and mentor, John Alvino, who is one of the best in the strength and conditioning business.

I remember being so excited and proud to tell him about all of the work I have been putting in.

When I did his reply was simple.

“You gotta stop wasting your time.”

I was shocked! What the hell do you mean?! I have been putting in hours almost everyday!

“Come to my gym on Monday” was all he said.

The start of a new career

The name of my cousin’s training facility was called Iron Athletes. As soon as I walked in I was immediately hooked. He had all types of equipment that I had never seen before.

Naturally our first session together was leg day. And naturally, I puked all over the place and nearly passed out.

Regardless of all the puke and outer body experiences I loved training there. The atmosphere, the music, the guys pushing you…everything about it. I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

While training at Iron Athletes I started training more like an athlete, using less isolation movements and more multi-joint stuff. Military presses, squats, deadlifts, bench presses and all kinds of assistance exercises that I had never used.

Over the summer I went from 175 lbs. to 190 lbs! I was also the strongest I have ever been in my life, benching 305 lbs, squatting 400 and deadlifting 425!

It wasn’t until then that I learned the benefits of combining powerlifting, bodybuilding, bodyweight and strongman training. This combination known as powerbuilding gets you big as hell and brutally strong!

The birth of Tutela Training Systems

After working under John Alvino for nearly three years I decided to open up my own training business. So in March of 2009 I opened up TTS as a contractor at a private gym in Clark, NJ.

From 2009-2012  I became obsessed withnot only getting people bigger and stronger but getting them shredded. During this time I played around with a lot of metabolic conditioning stuff. If you’re unsure what that is, Met Con is strength training exercises put together in a circuit to create more of a conditioning effect.

Typically we did 3 full body days per week.

Although these workouts are extremely effective for getting people lean, they are also pretty taxing and become tough to recover from when you do them long enough.

I found that most guys who are more advanced and already strong don’t typically enjoy this style of training; however beginners and women tend to love it.

This is due to the fact that advanced trainees have more strength and muscle, which requires a greater demand for oxygen. This makes it much more taxing with a much greater conditioning effect for advanced guys and girls.

The biggest bang for your buck

The way I train myself and most of my clients and athletes now after opening my brick and mortar location in 2012 has been proven to give us all the biggest bang for our buck!

That is using an upper/lower split most of the time with a powerbuilding type of template. On off days you can do your conditioning work. You can use met con, HIIT, sprints or play a sport or martial arts on your higher intensity days.

On low intensity days go for a walk, bike ride, hike, swim or do some type of low level activity to break a sweat.

These days I typically strength train 3 days per week. One week is upper, lower, upper and the next week is lower upper, lower.

I do martial arts twice per week, sprint once per week and do something with low intensity once per week.

I also walk everyday first thing in the morning every day on an empty stomach to get my head right for the day and to burn some fat.

I have used this split for myself and for many clients over the years and have had tremendous success.

Putting it all together

As you can see from my training experience throughout the years, I didn’t do everything right. I actually had no idea what I was doing at first. But I did the work and saw results.

Once I stopped seeing results I tried something new, then I saw more results. One that stopped I tried something new, and saw more results!

My point is if you’re constantly looking for the next best thing, you’ll never know what works and what doesn’t. You’ll waste more time and energy looking for the best training program rather than just putting in the damn work.

The time may not be perfect, you may not be sure what to do, you may think there is a better way… but if you just stop thinking and DO THE WORK you’ll find that is what actually produces results. Regardless of how shitty your program looks on paper.

Because if you have the best training program on paper but always second guess it and change what you’re doing your results will suffer.

Just get in the trenches and start doing SOMETHING!

That’s the only way you’ll find out how to achieve real-world results.

I hope this helps guys.

Drop a comment below or shoot me an email to let me know what you think.


Built Like an Athlete

Built Like an Athlete

These days, there is a huge misconception with what it actually means to train for athletic performance.

You may scroll through your Instagram feed and see some “performance” gurus that crawl around all day mimicking every level of the food chain in the animal kingdom.

Some coaches will have their athletes do about 7 hours of mobility work and send them home.

But is this what you should be doing if you want to look like a shredded MMA fighter or NFL wide receiver?

Having worked with athletes and regular guys that want to get jacked and shredded with the strength to back it up for the last 12 years, I have experimented with every training program  under the sun.

Through experimentation on my clients and myself over the years, I put together a blend of the best stuff from each training modality that I have played around with.

Regardless if you are still a competitive athlete or just someone who is looking to get strong, jacked, lean and athletic, following the steps I am about to give you can help get you to your goals faster.

Listed below are the steps you can follow to finally achieve the look of a strong, shredded athlete with the health and performance to back it up!

So let’s get started.

PREHAB

Just before the start of your training session is a perfect time to work on your flexibility and SMR (Self Myofascial Release). For your flexibility work I like to address severely tight areas (typically the hamstrings, glutes, hip rotators and flexors, pecs and lats) and the muscles that we will be training that day.

In the past static stretching prior to training was frowned upon. However I have been doing this for years and never had an issue. In fact, some of my clients who were extremely tight were able to get into certain positions they normally couldn’t have after some light static stretching pre-workout.

SMR is a great way to relax tight musculature prior to training. Foam rolling and using a lacrosse ball are my go to just before I begin my warm-up. Typically I prescribe massaging the back, glutes, hips, I.T. bands and quads for most of the people I work with.

DYNAMIC WARM-UP/CNS ACTIVATION

I have talked about the importance of a thorough dynamic warm-up plenty of times in previous articles so I won’t beat a dead horse. Just make sure you go through a body weight circuit prior to the start of your strength work. This will help increase your heart rate and core temperature, improve mobility and flexibility, lubricate your joints and put you in a safer state to train in.

A good dynamic warm-up can take 10-15 minutes.

Once you complete your mobility circuit then I like to prime the CNS or Central Nervous System just before your strength work. 

JUMP, THROW AND SPRINT

Now is a good time to work on your power. Since you are in a warmed-up, fresh state this is the best time for your explosive movements.

Jumping, throwing and sprinting aren’t just great for developing power. They are also some of the most athletic things that you can do. Use different variations of all three.

 

Doing some type of jump, throw or sprint just before your strength work is also great for priming your CNS before you hit your heavy lift for the day. Just be sure that you don’t turn this into a conditioning routine and fry yourself out. That’s the opposite of what you want.

Typically on jumps and throws you can do about 3-5 sets of 1-5 reps. For sprints you can do 3-5 sets of 10-25 yards tops.

LIFT HEAVY

 

Here we are focusing on strength. Which means we are focusing on either increasing weight or reps you accomplish with a particular load over the course of your training cycle.

For the most part, your big lifts like the squat, bench, deadlift, overhead press, chin-ups and their variations are programmed here.

Keep in mind that your big, compound movements are what’s going to help get you strong as shit and pack on the most muscle from head to toe. But keep in mind that if you are a little older and/or beat up you don’t have to stick strictly to a barbell. You can certainly use variations of each movement that can be done a bit safer.

For instance, if you have access to specialty bars at your gym you can replace a barbell squat with a safety bar squat. Or a straight bar deadlift with a trap bar.

Otherwise, you can use a dumbbell or kettlebell for exercises like the goblet squat instead of using a back squat. Or you can stick to a neutral grip DB press on an incline instead of a straight bar bench press if you have beat up shoulders.

The possibilities are endless. The important thing is that you are mimicking each particular movement pattern with a variation that you can handle.

PUSH, DRAG, CRAWL, CARRY

The best way to look like an athlete is to do athletic shit. Jump, throw, sprint, carry, drag, crawl and lift heavy.

 

Pushing or dragging a heavy sled is tremendous for lower body strength. It’s also a great way to hit the lower body without loading the spine.

Another great thing about sled work is that you won’t get sore from it since there is no eccentric component.

This way you can drop a B.M. without any additional discomfort. Lord knows we can all use some more comfort during a B.M.

Working in different crawls like Gator Walks and Bear Crawls are great for the core and shoulders so make sure you work those in too.

Loaded carry’s like Farmers Walks are great for developing the muscles that make up the core, hands, forearms and can pack on slabs of muscle to the traps.

PLAY

Once you’re doing all that then the one missing piece is to play as often as possible. Softball, basketball, martial arts, biking, hiking, tennis, swimming…whatever. Just be active, play and compete as often as possible.

Being competitive is great for overall well-being.

Competition is a fun way to get your “cardio” in and is great for testosterone production, which will help you build more muscle and burn more fat.

Plus, it’s never a good look to walk around all jacked but look like a total schlub as soon as your buddy throws you a basketball.

Take advantage of the summer and all of the activities that go along with it.

 

NUTRITION

If you want to look like an athlete then you better be eating like one. If you aren’t sure how to do that then check out this article I wrote that shows you how to eat for health and longevity with the physique to back it up.

http://www.tutelatraining.com/single-post/2017/03/20/Eat-for-Life

Now that you know the steps to get on your way to looking and performing like an athlete, it is up to you to follow them.

I hope this article helps you achieve the results you’ve been looking for. Have fun and do whatever it takes to look and perform the way you have always wanted.

Kick ass this summer, guys!


Built Like an Athlete

These days, there is a huge misconception with what it actually means to train for athletic performance.
You may scroll through your Instagram feed and see some "performance" gurus that crawl around all day mimicking every level of the food chain in the animal kingdom.
Some coaches will have their athletes do about 7 hours of mobility work and send them home.
But is this what you should be doing if you want to look like a shredded MMA fighter or NFL wide receiver?
Having worked with athletes and regular guys that want to get jacked and shredded with the strength to back it up for the last 12 years, I have experimented with every training program  under the sun.
Through experimentation on my clients and myself over the years, I put together a blend of the best stuff from each training modality that I have played around with.
Regardless if you are still a competitive athlete or just someone who is looking to get strong, jacked, lean and athletic, following the steps I am about to give you can help get you to your goals faster.
Listed below are the steps you can follow to finally achieve the look of a strong, shredded athlete with the health and performance to back it up!
So let’s get started.
PREHAB
Just before the start of your training session is a perfect time to work on your flexibility and SMR (Self Myofascial Release). For your flexibility work I like to address severely tight areas (typically the hamstrings, glutes, hip rotators and flexors, pecs and lats) and the muscles that we will be training that day.
In the past static stretching prior to training was frowned upon. However I have been doing this for years and never had an issue. In fact, some of my clients who were extremely tight were able to get into certain positions they normally couldn’t have after some light static stretching pre-workout.
SMR is a great way to relax tight musculature prior to training. Foam rolling and using a lacrosse ball are my go to just before I begin my warm-up. Typically I prescribe massaging the back, glutes, hips, I.T. bands and quads for most of the people I work with.
DYNAMIC WARM-UP/CNS ACTIVATION
I have talked about the importance of a thorough dynamic warm-up plenty of times in previous articles so I won’t beat a dead horse. Just make sure you go through a body weight circuit prior to the start of your strength work. This will help increase your heart rate and core temperature, improve mobility and flexibility, lubricate your joints and put you in a safer state to train in.
A good dynamic warm-up can take 10-15 minutes.
Once you complete your mobility circuit then I like to prime the CNS or Central Nervous System just before your strength work. 
JUMP, THROW AND SPRINT
Now is a good time to work on your power. Since you are in a warmed-up, fresh state this is the best time for your explosive movements.
Jumping, throwing and sprinting aren’t just great for developing power. They are also some of the most athletic things that you can do. Use different variations of all three.

Doing some type of jump, throw or sprint just before your strength work is also great for priming your CNS before you hit your heavy lift for the day. Just be sure that you don’t turn this into a conditioning routine and fry yourself out. That’s the opposite of what you want.
Typically on jumps and throws you can do about 3-5 sets of 1-5 reps. For sprints you can do 3-5 sets of 10-25 yards tops.
LIFT HEAVY
Here we are focusing on strength. Which means we are focusing on either increasing weight or reps you accomplish with a particular load over the course of your training cycle.
For the most part, your big lifts like the squat, bench, deadlift, overhead press, chin-ups and their variations are programmed here.
Keep in mind that your big, compound movements are what’s going to help get you strong as shit and pack on the most muscle from head to toe. But keep in mind that if you are a little older and/or beat up you don’t have to stick strictly to a barbell. You can certainly use variations of each movement that can be done a bit safer.
For instance, if you have access to specialty bars at your gym you can replace a barbell squat with a safety bar squat. Or a straight bar deadlift with a trap bar.
Otherwise, you can use a dumbbell or kettlebell for exercises like the goblet squat instead of using a back squat. Or you can stick to a neutral grip DB press on an incline instead of a straight bar bench press if you have beat up shoulders.
The possibilities are endless. The important thing is that you are mimicking each particular movement pattern with a variation that you can handle.
PUSH, DRAG, CRAWL, CARRY
The best way to look like an athlete is to do athletic shit. Jump, throw, sprint, carry, drag, crawl and lift heavy.

Pushing or dragging a heavy sled is tremendous for lower body strength. It’s also a great way to hit the lower body without loading the spine.
Another great thing about sled work is that you won’t get sore from it since there is no eccentric component.
This way you can drop a B.M. without any additional discomfort. Lord knows we can all use some more comfort during a B.M.
Working in different crawls like Gator Walks and Bear Crawls are great for the core and shoulders so make sure you work those in too.
Loaded carry’s like Farmers Walks are great for developing the muscles that make up the core, hands, forearms and can pack on slabs of muscle to the traps.
PLAY
Once you’re doing all that then the one missing piece is to play as often as possible. Softball, basketball, martial arts, biking, hiking, tennis, swimming…whatever. Just be active, play and compete as often as possible.
Being competitive is great for overall well-being.
Competition is a fun way to get your “cardio” in and is great for testosterone production, which will help you build more muscle and burn more fat.
Plus, it’s never a good look to walk around all jacked but look like a total schlub as soon as your buddy throws you a basketball.
Take advantage of the summer and all of the activities that go along with it.

NUTRITION
If you want to look like an athlete then you better be eating like one. If you aren’t sure how to do that then check out this article I wrote that shows you how to eat for health and longevity with the physique to back it up.
http://www.tutelatraining.com/single-post/2017/03/20/Eat-for-Life
Now that you know the steps to get on your way to looking and performing like an athlete, it is up to you to follow them.
I hope this article helps you achieve the results you’ve been looking for. Have fun and do whatever it takes to look and perform the way you have always wanted.
Kick ass this summer, guys!

Have You Discovered How to Win?

Have You Discovered How to Win?

Some people are natural winners. They are talented, make the right decisions and always know to work hard enough to put themselves in the right position to capitalize on the opportunities in front of them.

Others make poor choices. They make excuses and point their fingers at everyone else around them as to why they aren’t getting what they want out of life. They have poor values and only care about themselves with total disregard to the people around them.

Then there are those who have NOT YET discovered how to win. These are good people. People who care about others and are as kind as could be. Yet they just never seem to get ahead. They are stuck in a never-ending rut, and regardless of how well intentioned they are they just never seem to be able to take that step in their lives that can propel them to the success they deserve.

Winners win, losers lose, but those who have not discovered how to win are somehow trapped in this grey area of a life of mediocrity. And in my opinion that is due to several reasons.

They say YES too often

Remember that whenever you say “yes” to something you are saying “no” to something else. Even though your “yes” may be well intentioned, you may be saying “no” to something that is essential to your success.

For example, you may say yes to picking up a friend from the airport, but since you have to pick up your friend you skip out on starting the project you have been planning. Skipping that project just once can lead to you skipping it again and again. This snowball effect leads to you never getting your important work done.

You develop a habit of putting others before your own personal dreams or goals.

This may seem selfish, and in a way, it is. But it is imperative to your own success and happiness.

I am not saying that you can never do favors for people. You certainly should always be willing to lend a helping hand. However that should not come at the expense of you holding yourself back. So be sure to prioritize and make time for you.

Then only say yes to things that are important to you.

They give in to instant gratification

Cookies are awesome. Ice cream is awesome, as is pizza, burgers, fries and alcohol.

But if we give in to eating something just because it tastes good, with total disregard to our health then you will never be truly happy.

If you are happily married with children but you decide to risk that to bang hookers on the weekend then you are acting solely out of impulse without any thought of the consequences.

You have to keep your thoughts set on the bigger picture and what will ultimately make you happy. Not just react to fill an emotional need. If you keep your eyes on the prize and keep your actions aligned with your values then you will most likely come out on top more often than not. And I don’t mean on hookers.

They start their day on someone else’s terms

Many people wake up and the first thing they do is check their email, text messages and social media.

They immediately start their day by being reactive rather than proactive. Instead of taking time to better themselves first, they spend time reacting to their ex-girlfriend’s Instagram picture of the new guy she’s been banging.

That ain’t gonna do shit for your productivity.

Having a morning routine has literally changed my life.

Meditating, walking, reading, journaling and reading my goals first thing every morning has kept me focused and starts my day off with a few small victories. Doing so builds momentum for the rest of the day.

You need to make time for the shit you say you don’t have time for.

No time to work out? Bullshit.

Wake up an hour earlier and get it done! Even if it’s a 15 minute workout. Push-ups, sit-ups, body weight squats and burpees in your living room or backyard for 15 minutes is much better than doing nothing.   

 

Start your day on YOUR TERMS without checking your phone.

You will soon realize how life changing this can be.

They aren’t aware of their true purpose

I have worked with a lot of people over the years. Some of the best people I know that can’t seem to get ahead are those who have never put any real thought into what their true purpose on this planet is.

They work, raise a family and prepare for retirement and death.

There’s no vision, no goals and no happiness.

I am not saying this is an easy task, nor am I saying that this means you have to quit your job (if you enjoy it) and start your own business in hopes that you found your passion.

I’m saying to spend time thinking about who it is you truly want to be. Write down your goals and ask yourself why that goal is even important to you in the first place.

You want to make more money? Well how much more? And WHY? To buy a cool car?

Or will money give you the opportunity to start a new business venture that will give you a platform to help more people?

You need to be specific and you need to know why. Putting the time in to think differently than everyone else will give you the passion and that burning desire to pursue your dreams, instead of just going through life’s motions.

Because going through the motions is the best way to achieve a mediocre life. And like Ray Lewis said, “I don’t know no man who’s ok with being just basic”.

 

Don’t be ok with being basic.

Find what lights your fire and put your time into becoming the greatest you that you can possibly be. Money is great, but it isn’t everything. Robin Williams is a perfect example of that.

What makes you tick? What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?

Figure that out and you will be destined for greatness.

I’ll catch you guys next week.


Have You Discovered How To Win?

Some people are natural winners. They are talented, make the right decisions and always know to work hard enough to put themselves in the right position to capitalize on the opportunities in front of them.
Others make poor choices. They make excuses and point their fingers at everyone else around them as to why they aren’t getting what they want out of life. They have poor values and only care about themselves with total disregard to the people around them.
Then there are those who have NOT YET discovered how to win. These are good people. People who care about others and are as kind as could be. Yet they just never seem to get ahead. They are stuck in a never-ending rut, and regardless of how well intentioned they are they just never seem to be able to take that step in their lives that can propel them to the success they deserve.
Winners win, losers lose, but those who have not discovered how to win are somehow trapped in this grey area of a life of mediocrity. And in my opinion that is due to several reasons.
They say YES too often
Remember that whenever you say “yes” to something you are saying “no” to something else. Even though your “yes” may be well intentioned, you may be saying “no” to something that is essential to your success.
For example, you may say yes to picking up a friend from the airport, but since you have to pick up your friend you skip out on starting the project you have been planning. Skipping that project just once can lead to you skipping it again and again. This snowball effect leads to you never getting your important work done.
You develop a habit of putting others before your own personal dreams or goals.
This may seem selfish, and in a way, it is. But it is imperative to your own success and happiness.
I am not saying that you can never do favors for people. You certainly should always be willing to lend a helping hand. However that should not come at the expense of you holding yourself back. So be sure to prioritize and make time for you.
Then only say yes to things that are important to you.
They give in to instant gratification
Cookies are awesome. Ice cream is awesome, as is pizza, burgers, fries and alcohol.
But if we give in to eating something just because it tastes good, with total disregard to our health then you will never be truly happy.
If you are happily married with children but you decide to risk that to bang hookers on the weekend then you are acting solely out of impulse without any thought of the consequences.
You have to keep your thoughts set on the bigger picture and what will ultimately make you happy. Not just react to fill an emotional need. If you keep your eyes on the prize and keep your actions aligned with your values then you will most likely come out on top more often than not. And I don’t mean on hookers.
They start their day on someone else’s terms
Many people wake up and the first thing they do is check their email, text messages and social media.
They immediately start their day by being reactive rather than proactive. Instead of taking time to better themselves first, they spend time reacting to their ex-girlfriend’s Instagram picture of the new guy she’s been banging.
That ain’t gonna do shit for your productivity.
Having a morning routine has literally changed my life.
Meditating, walking, reading, journaling and reading my goals first thing every morning has kept me focused and starts my day off with a few small victories. Doing so builds momentum for the rest of the day.
You need to make time for the shit you say you don’t have time for.
No time to work out? Bullshit.
Wake up an hour earlier and get it done! Even if it’s a 15 minute workout. Push-ups, sit-ups, body weight squats and burpees in your living room or backyard for 15 minutes is much better than doing nothing.   

Start your day on YOUR TERMS without checking your phone.
You will soon realize how life changing this can be.
They aren’t aware of their true purpose
I have worked with a lot of people over the years. Some of the best people I know that can’t seem to get ahead are those who have never put any real thought into what their true purpose on this planet is.
They work, raise a family and prepare for retirement and death.
There’s no vision, no goals and no happiness.
I am not saying this is an easy task, nor am I saying that this means you have to quit your job (if you enjoy it) and start your own business in hopes that you found your passion.
I’m saying to spend time thinking about who it is you truly want to be. Write down your goals and ask yourself why that goal is even important to you in the first place.
You want to make more money? Well how much more? And WHY? To buy a cool car?
Or will money give you the opportunity to start a new business venture that will give you a platform to help more people?
You need to be specific and you need to know why. Putting the time in to think differently than everyone else will give you the passion and that burning desire to pursue your dreams, instead of just going through life’s motions.
Because going through the motions is the best way to achieve a mediocre life. And like Ray Lewis said, “I don’t know no man who’s ok with being just basic”.

Don’t be ok with being basic.
Find what lights your fire and put your time into becoming the greatest you that you can possibly be. Money is great, but it isn’t everything. Robin Williams is a perfect example of that.
What makes you tick? What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
Figure that out and you will be destined for greatness.
I’ll catch you guys next week.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Guy at the bar: “What is the best training program I can do that will get me the best results possible in the fastest amount of time?”

Me: “The one that you feel works best for you.”

Guy at the bar: “OK, well here is what I eat everyday.”

Literally goes through everything he has consumed in the last 24 hours even though I stopped listening at “here’s my breakfast”.

“What should I be eating to get abs?”

Me: “Food that’s healthy and you enjoy.”

I cannot tell you how many people overcomplicate the hell out of getting in shape.

Most are always looking for new advanced ways to do this or do that, but  always seem to overlook what has worked for decades regardless of the proven results they have produced.

Here’s the truth…

There is no “worlds greatest” training or nutrition program that is going to magically get you jacked and shredded overnight.

Sure, there are advanced methods and things you can be doing that are ahead of the curve.

But even those methods are useless if you do not already have a foundation of strength, muscle and power. And the best way to build that foundation is by doing the following:

1. Training 3-4 days per week consistently for at least one year

2.  Getting really good at basic strength training movements.

The bench, squat, deadlift and their variations, vertical and horizontal pulling, jumping, throwing heavy objects, loaded carries, vertical pressing, sled pushing and dragging, body weight movements, sprinting, and unilateral (single limb) exercises.

 

3. Consistently eating healthy foods with enough lean proteins, unprocessed carbohydrates, healthy fats and vegetables

4. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night

5. Drink enough water (at least half of your bodyweight in ounces daily)

Sounds pretty simple, huh?

Well, it is!

It’s staying disciplined that is difficult.

Building muscle and strength takes time so you have to be disciplined to stay consistent long enough to actually achieve the results you’re going for.

No need for 10 zillion fancy machines and equipment.

A squat rack with bars and plates, a bench, dumbbells, chin-up bar, a sandbag and a sled is all you will really need.

 

Sure specialty bars are great, especially if you have a pre-existing injury or limitation, but they aren’t absolutely necessary for getting you the best results if you are still a beginner.

If you don’t know how to do the exercises I mentioned then I highly recommend hiring a qualified professional that can teach you.

It’s funny to me how so many people I talk to say they want results but are too cheap to pay for it.

I’ve learned that if someone has the answers to something you want you should be willing to pay that person for what they offer. Whether that be in fitness, business or life in general you should always be willing to invest in yourself instead of wasting your hard earned cash on booze and shitty food.

With that said, once you learn how to move properly don’t waste time in the gym.

Keep your workouts short and efficient.

45-60 minutes is all you need.

Here are some set/rep schemes that can help you with designing your program.

For hypertrophy (increase in muscular size) typically the prescription is 3-4 working sets for 8-12 reps with approximately 60-90 seconds rest.

For strength, 3-5 sets of 6-8 reps with 120-180 seconds rest.

And for power, 3-6 sets of 1-6 reps with full recovery in between sets.

So say it’s a lower body training day, maybe you’ll begin with a box jump for 5 sets of 1 to work on power development.

Then you can move on to a back squat for 5 sets of 6 for your strength work.

Then move down to Romanian Deadlifts and DB split squats for 3 sets of 12.

Finish off the day with some sled pushing or loaded carries and you have had yourself a pretty productive training day.

Remember that for the most part, your power work will come first in your routine so you can work on its development when you are still fresh and can produce the most force.

Strength work should typically come right after your power stuff then followed by your hypertrophy work.

Simple, yet extremely effective.

 

I hope this post helps with any plateaus you may be facing.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at info@tutelatraining.com and I will be happy to give you an hand.

If you are interested in seeing how we get it done at our facility, Tutela Training Systems in Clark, NJ, I am currently offering a free week of training and a free nutrition consultation for you  loyal readers!

Just shoot us an email to the above address and we will get you set up!

Until then, train hard and stay focused my friends!


Keep It Simple, Stupid

Guy at the bar: "What is the best training program I can do that will get me the best results possible in the fastest amount of time?"
Me: "The one that you feel works best for you."
Guy at the bar: "OK, well here is what I eat everyday."
Literally goes through everything he has consumed in the last 24 hours even though I stopped listening at "here’s my breakfast".
"What should I be eating to get abs?"
Me: "Food that’s healthy and you enjoy."
I cannot tell you how many people overcomplicate the hell out of getting in shape.
Most are always looking for new advanced ways to do this or do that, but  always seem to overlook what has worked for decades regardless of the proven results they have produced.
Here’s the truth…
There is no "worlds greatest" training or nutrition program that is going to magically get you jacked and shredded overnight.
Sure, there are advanced methods and things you can be doing that are ahead of the curve.
But even those methods are useless if you do not already have a foundation of strength, muscle and power. And the best way to build that foundation is by doing the following:
1. Training 3-4 days per week consistently for at least one year
2.  Getting really good at basic strength training movements.
The bench, squat, deadlift and their variations, vertical and horizontal pulling, jumping, throwing heavy objects, loaded carries, vertical pressing, sled pushing and dragging, body weight movements, sprinting, and unilateral (single limb) exercises.

3. Consistently eating healthy foods with enough lean proteins, unprocessed carbohydrates, healthy fats and vegetables
4. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night
5. Drink enough water (at least half of your bodyweight in ounces daily)
Sounds pretty simple, huh?
Well, it is!
It’s staying disciplined that is difficult.
Building muscle and strength takes time so you have to be disciplined to stay consistent long enough to actually achieve the results you’re going for.
No need for 10 zillion fancy machines and equipment.
A squat rack with bars and plates, a bench, dumbbells, chin-up bar, a sandbag and a sled is all you will really need.

Sure specialty bars are great, especially if you have a pre-existing injury or limitation, but they aren’t absolutely necessary for getting you the best results if you are still a beginner.
If you don’t know how to do the exercises I mentioned then I highly recommend hiring a qualified professional that can teach you.
It’s funny to me how so many people I talk to say they want results but are too cheap to pay for it.
I’ve learned that if someone has the answers to something you want you should be willing to pay that person for what they offer. Whether that be in fitness, business or life in general you should always be willing to invest in yourself instead of wasting your hard earned cash on booze and shitty food.
With that said, once you learn how to move properly don’t waste time in the gym.
Keep your workouts short and efficient.
45-60 minutes is all you need.
Here are some set/rep schemes that can help you with designing your program.
For hypertrophy (increase in muscular size) typically the prescription is 3-4 working sets for 8-12 reps with approximately 60-90 seconds rest.
For strength, 3-5 sets of 6-8 reps with 120-180 seconds rest.
And for power, 3-6 sets of 1-6 reps with full recovery in between sets.
So say it’s a lower body training day, maybe you’ll begin with a box jump for 5 sets of 1 to work on power development.
Then you can move on to a back squat for 5 sets of 6 for your strength work.
Then move down to Romanian Deadlifts and DB split squats for 3 sets of 12.
Finish off the day with some sled pushing or loaded carries and you have had yourself a pretty productive training day.
Remember that for the most part, your power work will come first in your routine so you can work on its development when you are still fresh and can produce the most force.
Strength work should typically come right after your power stuff then followed by your hypertrophy work.
Simple, yet extremely effective.

I hope this post helps with any plateaus you may be facing.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at info@tutelatraining.com and I will be happy to give you an hand.
If you are interested in seeing how we get it done at our facility, Tutela Training Systems in Clark, NJ, I am currently offering a free week of training and a free nutrition consultation for you  loyal readers!
Just shoot us an email to the above address and we will get you set up!
Until then, train hard and stay focused my friends!