Work-Fitness Balance: How to Manage Fitness When You’re Busy

Leading a busy career and working on your feet for long hours can make working out a difficult idea to consider. Impossible, even! On day’s that your feet feel sore, it can be easy, even excusable to skip the gym for a day. But, after awhile, that soon becomes an everyday thing: “I’ll just go tomorrow, I’m too sore today”. Yeah, I’ve been there too. It SUCKS. It could take months to get back into the full swing of things, so the easiest thing to do is to take note from someone who knows. A man with a plan, Marcus is a busy Chef in a busy city, and makes time for his own fitness. In this video, the Chef takes us on a run-through of his workout routine, and how he manages fitness-work balance. Watch it, and see how you can do the same in your life! Enjoy!

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Gym Entry #1: Back Day!

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Gym Entry #1

Back Routine:

Dual Lat Pull Down-

For this exercise, I focused on achieving full contraction and held each rep for 3 seconds each. Doing this not only achieves higher contraction, but also goes a very long way to growing a higher rate of motor neuron connectivity. Doing this promotes far more growth of muscle than doing 100 reps with no hold. I also sat reverse from the cable machine, to target more of the upper lats. In bodybuilding, this position is best affiliated with the rear double bicep pose where the upper lats are squeezed.

5×8-10 with 3 second hold each rep

Reverse Grip Bent Over Barbell Row-

Now, for years I have done bent over rows with hands over the bar. This has always resulted in a strong back, and some great definition and size. However, my lower lats are still too high. So, to bring those lats down more, and create even more size WITH definition, I opted to try the reverse grip. I must say, this really changed the exercise! For one, reversing your grip on the bar limits the range of motion. Rather than being a negative, this limit actually ENHANCES the exercise! There was 100 times more contraction as the weight held constant tension, and the squeeze at the top was complete. I usually do about 185ibs to 315ibs on this exercise with hands over, but with reverse grip, or supine grip, I only did 125ibs for higher reps. I’m going for size, and not maximum one rep record breaking! Incredible exercise, and I highly, highly recommend you try it out!

4×8-12 with complete hold on top and slow on negative

T- Bar Row-

This exercise is for lowering the lats and creating thickness in the back. Primarily, it works the middle back, but also works all other muscles of the back, as well as, the biceps. An incredible exercise, this one does not require a lot of weight to be effective! Focus on the full squeeze and range of each rep and REAP THE BENEFITS! This is personally one of my favorite back exercises, and you most definitely should give it a try.

5×8-10 hold on top 2 seconds and slow on the negative

Wide Grip Lat Pull Down-

Normally I would perform this exercise with the standard cable pull, but my gym recently gained a newer free weight machine that I had to try. Nothing wrong with experimenting with new equipment! So this machine moves with the body. Some of you are probably familiar with these. Rather than being stationary, they allow for fuller contraction by allowing the seat move with the user. So I hopped on, and gave it a go. IM GLAD I DID! All my doubts were tossed out the window, my friends. I started slow, light, and focused on full contracting with really slow negatives. Then I had to break this machine in with some heavier weight! blasted with two plates each side, 2 or 3 second hold on the squeeze for each rep, and a brutal 5 second hold on the final rep of each set. REALLY CRUSHED IT! Since the feel of the machine allowed for fuller contraction, I switched things up a bit. First 5 or so reps I would do short range, full tension, slower reps, then switched to normal pace and normal range reps for the final count. This really got down to those fibers that are normally neglected by standard pull downs, and go a long way to creating size and definition.

7×6-10

And that was my back workout for the weekend. I normally do one arm dumbbell rows, but this particular night, I really wanted to go for the full squeeze and try some new techniques out. If you want more tips or questions on your current routine or want help structuring one out, contact me!

For more tips and exercises, check out my iBook: GymMutt Fitness 5 Easy Steps to Losing Weight

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New Workout Plan!

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Summer is coming, and it is time to kick into gear! I have relaxed way too much this winter, and used most of my energies to writing these first two GymMutt Fitness iBooks, and now it is time to double down on my own workout. My goal is pack on the muscle, and shred up. Below is a rough outline of my weekly split. Each line is a separate session. Each day, a double workout. Its serious game on now. More on specific exercises and daily workouts will be posted here as I go, so check back for more details on reps and super sets! Meal plan will be the usual bodybuilder cookbook: fresh, fresh, and lots of meat, whey, and casein. Creatine will be a major feature in my diet, as well. I suspect I will be taking in roughly 5,000-7,000 calories a day. Typically I aim for no less than 4,800 calories for a single split routine, but I’m going for doubles. So no time to be shy! 

Massive Hypertrophy Weekly Double Split

Monday
Chest/ Shoulders
Traps/ Triceps
Tuesday
Legs= Hamstrings and Quads
Wednesday
Biceps/ Forearms
Neck
Thursday
Chest
Shoulders
Friday
Back/ Traps
Biceps/ Triceps
Saturday
Off
Sunday
– Abs/ Neck/ Forearms

4 Hours of Exams Can’t Stop This!

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4 Hours of Exams Can't Stop This!

This Tuesday I had four brutal hours of exams to march through. All essays, and all kinds of difficult. My stress meter was a whopping 1 billion knots. Yeah, my stress was so bad I’m surprised I didn’t just drop. But the exams went without any “oh crap I don’t know what to write” moments, and they were over before I knew it.

I felt like I had been through a mosh pit, but I was still standing!

So, you know me. I couldn’t just go home and sleep. Nah. I had to get my sweat suit on. I had a mission at hand. Yeah buddy. Time to workout! It had been awhile-too long- since I last had a great back workout. So lats, delta, and arms were on the menu.

2x light dumbbell rotator cuff rotation warm up
2x light dumbbell shoulder press warm up
3x progressive dumbbell hammer curl warm up
2x progressive dumbbell bicep curl warm up

Done with that warm up. Now the real work…

3x lat pull downs- 100ibs, 135ibs, 165ibs. 8-10 each.
3x one arm dumbbell row- 55ibs, 65ibs, 75ibs. 4-6 each.
Chin ups- 4x for 2

Alternating dumbbell lateral raises- 25ibs, 45ibs, 55ibs. 8-10 each
One arm cable lateral raise- 10ibs, 25ibs, 35ibs. 4-6 each
Dumbbell shoulder press- 25ibs, 35ibs, 45ibs. 5 each

Cable rope tricep extensions- 45ibs, 75ibs, 125ibs. 6-10 each
Overhead one arm dumbbell tricep extension- 15ibs, 25ibs. 5 each

Cable bar bicep curls- 65ibs, 85ibs, 125ibs. 10 each
Alternating Dumbbell curls- 45ibs, 55ibs, 65ibs. 6 or 7 each.
Dumbbell negative curls- 15ibs, 20ibs, 25ibs. 4 each.

Then I was toast. Completely toast. So I went outside in the nice weather and walked 2 miles on a trail. Relaxing, and oxygen richness I just couldn’t pass up! Then went and ate two meals. BAM.

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morning-nutrition-7-muscle-building-breakfasts_d morning-nutrition-7-muscle-building-breakfasts_bAwesome Recipes to Feed the Fit!

Make no mistake about it, our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym. Give your body the nutrition it needs to build muscle and perform at its best. These recipes will provide the taste and macros you’re looking for!

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/morning-nutrition-7-muscle-building-breakfasts.html?mcid=facenutrition