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Bad habits – we all have them.

Some are worse than others. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve put your life on hold because of them.

You didn’t even know it – Then, one day, you were short a few friends and you didn’t come any closer to achieving your dreams.

I know that feeling all too well, gentlemen. It’s time to address it.

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We’re going over 7 bad habits in men to avoid like the plague.


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  1. NEVER allowing disrespect
  2. ignoring the risks
  3. Using women to validate yourself
  4. Excessive partying
  5. Comparing yourself to others
  6. Intimidating people
  7. NEVER admitting defeat

Bad Habit 1. NEVER Allowing Disrespect

This one might surprise you.

There you are – the quintessential alpha male. Your greatest prize is the recognition of your authority. Caligula’s refrain “let them hate, so long as they obey” resonates just fine with you.

What does this get you? Stagnation. The men and women who work for you will never feel they can take the initiative out of fear. As a result, you could be stifling brilliance.

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A great leader makes his employees feel heard.

A good leader allows discord to an extent. I always tell my team the following phrase: Beg for forgiveness instead of asking for permission.

It means taking the initiative. Not waiting on the approval of a manager or even myself. If you can’t reach anyone, then go for it.

As far as bad habits go, this one is all-too-common among leaders.


Bad Habit 2. Ignoring The Risks

Some of the greatest feats in history have been taken with colossal risks. However, many of those men had nothing to lose.

Caesar was in massive debt when he invaded Gaul, and Hannibal had no ties home when he crossed the Alps.

A bad habit in a lot of guys lies in our propensity to ignore risk – because acknowledging it and hesitating is weakness, right?

Wrong, it’s being smart.

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Bust out the sticky notes and develop a pros and cons list for the scariest decisions.

True, the timid don’t tread – but there is a balance. If you are a father, remember that there are people who depend on you for everything.

Do not put yourself in needless danger simply to make a point. This can go for any scenario – from braving the fall off a cliff to considering a major financial investment.

Weigh the pros and cons – make a list depending on the severity of the task at hand. Most of all, do not be afraid to say NO.

It takes a bigger man to say no than to agree to everything. This is the core tenet of Essentialism.


Bad Habit 3. Using Women To Validate Yourself

We fall into this during our high school days, if not before. We get told that social prestige goes hand-in-hand with the number of women we sleep with.

Women are not currency. They are people.

Times are changing. The image of the promiscuous man is shifting from something to be praised to something childish. The player is now the manwhore.

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Nowadays, objectification is a sure way to get rejected.

Get with the times, gentlemen. Your success has nothing to do with how many numbers you get at the bar, or how many ladies you seduce.

What gets by these days is respect – both to yourself and to those around you. Stop treating the ladies like chump change.


Bad Habit 4. Excessive Partying

One of the worst habits…

How easily are you distracted from work?

How often do you sit there with your eyes on that half-finished report thinking about all the beers you’re going to slam with your bros this weekend?

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Snap out of it.

When you let yourself procrastinate, your work suffers. If you’re having trouble focusing, there are steps you can take.

Slap on some headphones and blast some jams to get you in the zone. Work through 20 minutes of intense focus while giving yourself a 10-minute break. Give YOURSELF a deadline to stay accountable.

Otherwise? Your work and play will seem to blend in together. You’ll feel like there’s no escape and deprive yourself both ways.


Bad Habit 5. Comparing Yourself To Others

Depending on how much you do it, this can lead to serious depressive issues.

Do not be fooled by the Instagram pictures featuring the gorgeous wife, the stylish car, and the big house.

You have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

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More often than not, constant boasting is the symptom of some dee-seeded insecurities.

Everyone meets success in their own way. It’s not a contest. Sure, your friends might be ahead of you now, but your big break is yet to come.

Stay on the ball – dedicate a little time each day to building that business, to finishing that project. Forget about what everyone else has going on.


Bad Habit 6. Intimidating People

This isn’t just about bad habits, it’s about outright toxicity.

This is the man who crosses his arms, who gets up in your face, who speaks harshly every time, who always bullies.

Coming across sternly is one thing, deliberately scaring people is another.

Intimidation only gets you so far – sooner or later, people will see through the self-doubt.

It doesn’t always work, either. A more insightful person might interpret your rampant bullying as a sign of some embedded insecurities. They might be right!

Trust me, gentlemen – it goes back to point 1. If you keep trying to scare people and pretend to be an alpha, you’ll come home to an empty house one day.


Bad Habit 7. NEVER Admitting Defeat

I left the most important for last.

A 2002 Psychology Today article put it best…

An apology isn’t just a social norm. It’s a way to show empathy and respect to a person. It prevents a problem that could damage a relationship from festering.

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A simple apology today can prevent damage tomorrow.

It’s a way to alleviate others of their rage and prevent any more mishaps.

Most importantly, it’s the gesture of a real man. A man who recognizes when he is in the wrong, who understands those he wronged matter, who has the courage to say he’s sorry?

Gentlemen, that takes balls.


Summary – Bad Habits

There’s a theme here: courage.

Every single one of these bad habits requires you to man up and recognize them. Recognition is the first step toward the solution.

What’s more, it takes courage to follow a comprehensive plan to eradicate them. It doesn’t matter how bad they are, gentlemen. If you overcome your demons, you are one badass dude.


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Ripped Leg Blast for Carved Thighs



Powerful and thick thighs require gut-busting exercises like squats and leg presses. However, once you have acquired adequate thigh mass and strength, you should consider adding some balance and sharpness to the muscle bellies in your thighs. Although tough to accomplish, leg extensions provide a great way to carve the separations between the muscle bellies, and to accentuate the “teardrop” shape of the four quadriceps muscles of the anterior thigh.

Active Muscles in Leg Extensions

The three vasti muscles comprise most of the anterior thigh.1 The vastus medialis covers the medial (inner) part of the femur bone (thigh bone). When it is well developed, it forms a teardrop-like shape over the medial side of the knee joint. The vastus lateralis muscle attaches to the lateral (outer) part of the femur bone. The vastus intermedius connects to the femur bone between the vastus lateralis and the vastus medialis muscles. The fibers of all three vasti muscles come together at the quadriceps tendon, which crosses the patella (kneecap) to attach to the tibia bone just below the knee.1

Together, the three vasti muscles extend the leg at the knee joint, although the vastus intermedius may be more fatigue resistant than the vastus lateralis.2 The vastus medialis oblique (VMO), which is a small part of the vastus medialis muscle, attaches to the medial part of the patella. It is thought to help the patella track properly during movement of the knee. Improper tracking can increase the likelihood for knee injury.

The vastus medialis and especially the VMO part of this muscle are primarily responsible for tibial rotation (rotation of the tibia bone of the lower leg on the femur) during knee extension. This rotation or “twist” has been shown to increase the activation of the VMO portion of the vastus lateralis even more than doing knee extensions with the hip adducted (thigh rotated so that the medial portion of the knee is facing mostly upwards).3 Dorsiflexion of the foot (moving the ankles so the toes are pointing towards your head) also increases the activation of the VMO by more than 20 percent.4 Likely this is because the dorsiflexor muscles stabilize the tibia during knee flexion and resist rotation of the tibia on the femur as the knee straightens.

The fourth muscle of the quadriceps group is the rectus femoris muscle. It attaches to the anterior part of the hip bone just above the hip joint.1 The largest bulk of the muscle fibers are located on the upper three-quarters of the thigh, whereas the largest belly of the vastus medialis and vastus lateralis are more inferior (i.e., closer to the knee). The distal end of the rectus femoris muscle becomes tendinous and it creates a deep valley between the lateral and medial vastus muscles as it approaches the knee.1 It assists the other quadriceps muscles by extending the leg at the knee joint, although it is less effective when the hip is flexed than if it is straight.

Leg Extensions

The three vastus muscles of the anterior thigh are strongly activated by single-leg knee extensions. The rectus femoris is not activated as strongly, but it does undergo some overload when the anterior thigh is under contractile effort, about halfway up to the top of each repetition.

1. You should always warm up your knees with some stationary cycling prior to getting into leg extensions. Furthermore, the resistance on your first set should be fairly light to allow the joint to fully warm up before you get to the heavier stuff.

2. Adjust the knee extension machine so that the pivot point of the lifting arm is directly adjacent to the center of the side of your knee joint.

3. Position the ankle roller/leg pad over the lower part of the leg (above the ankle joint).

4. Take about three seconds to slowly extend (straighten) both leg so that the weight is lifted upward from the stack.

5. Continue upwards until the tibia and the femur bones form a straight line and the knee angle is straight. Hold this for two seconds at the top.

6. Slowly lower the weight (about four seconds down) towards the starting position. Once the knee has reached 90 degrees, start the upwards extension phase again. Continue for 12-15 repetitions for the first set. Lower the number of repetitions but increase the resistance for subsequent sets.

7. On the next sets, lift the weight upwards until the knee joint becomes almost straight, but just slightly short of a total knee lockout. Be careful that you do not “jam” the knee joint into a fully locked out position, because this could cause knee cartilage damage5, especially with heavy weights. Hold the top position for a count of three before lowering the weight.

8. Lower the weight slowly (four to five seconds) towards the starting position where your knee is flexed to 90 degrees. Just before the weight stack contacts the remaining plates at the bottom, start lifting it upward for the next repetition.

The downward movement should be slower than the upward phase because you are resisting the pull of gravity. The slow lowering of the weight stretches the muscle under a resistance and this is a great stimulus to improve muscle shape and size.6

Make sure that you do not hold your breath during the lift upwards.7 Rather take a breath at the bottom (start) of the lift, and exhale as you extend the knees/legs. Take another breath at the top and slowly exhale as the weight is lowered. Take another breath at the bottom and repeat the sequence.

This is a mechanically simply exercise, but it really can be very challenging and blood depriving8,9, especially if you try to control the weight as it is moving up and down. However, if you are willing to work through some discomfort, you will be soon enjoying your new shape and slabs of carved thighs.

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1. Moore K.L. Clinically Orientated Anatomy. Third Edition. Williams & Willkins, Baltimore, 1995; pp 373-500.

2. Watanabe K, Akima H. Neuromuscular activation of vastus intermedius muscle during fatiguing exercise. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2010;20:661-666.

3. Stoutenberg M, Pluchino AP, Ma F et al. The impact of foot position on electromyographical activity of the superficial quadriceps muscles during leg extension. J Strength Cond Res 2005;19:931-938.

4. Coburn JW, Housh TJ, Cramer JT et al. Mechanomyographic and electromyographic responses of the vastus medialis muscle during isometric and concentric muscle actions. J Strength Cond Res 2005; 19:412-420.

5. Senter C, Hame SL. Biomechanical analysis of tibial torque and knee flexion angle: implications for understanding knee injury. Sports Med 2006;36:635-641.

6. Alway SE, Winchester PK, Davis ME et al. Regionalized adaptations and muscle fiber proliferation in stretch- induced enlargement. J Appl Physiol 1989;66:771-781.

7. Garber CE, Blissmer B, Deschenes MR et al. American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: guidance for prescribing exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2011;43:1334-1359.

8. Denis R, Bringard A, Perrey S. Vastus lateralis oxygenation dynamics during maximal fatiguing concentric and eccentric isokinetic muscle actions. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2011;21:276-282.

9. Ueda C, Kagaya A. Muscle reoxygenation difference between superficial and deep regions of the muscles during static knee extension. Adv Exp Med Biol 2010;662:329-334.

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