The Strong Survive!
By IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson
Sponsored by ALLMAX
Q: I have a big chest and huge legs, but I look like a T-Rex because my arms are pretty sad in comparison. Actually, my biceps aren’t that bad, it’s my triceps that are embarrassing. Would you recommend close-grip bench press as the bread and butter to bigger tri’s, or another compound movement?
When I was a kid, my older brother, the late Willie Parker, showed me this exercise and told me it would not only get my triceps huge, but it would also help me bench press more weight. Boy, was he right on both counts! Weighted dips are also right up there, but I would rate the close-grip bench press even higher. Don’t take the meaning of the exercise too literally, though. I’ve seen some guys with their hands just a couple of inches apart on the bar. That will wreck your wrists, and it’s not a position where you’ll be able to handle much weight. There is no magic grip width number to follow, but you should be about a hand’s width closer on each side than shoulder width. For a guy of average arm length and shoulder width, that has your hands about a foot apart, but play around with it until you feel your triceps muscle fibers really firing. You can also try a reverse grip. Some guys feel their triceps working more on those. Last tip: you can do these on chest day after chest, or else on a day you only train arms, as long as chest doesn’t fall the day before or after. You might get more out of them training them fresh like that.
Contest Prep: Pain and Suffering
Q: How different is the whole contest-prep process for you now as a veteran pro versus many years ago when you were an amateur, in terms of whether it’s a fun challenge or just a job? I can’t imagine it’s easy to be as excited about getting ready for a show when you’ve done it 50 times!
It was never a “fun challenge” for me. Honestly, dieting was an excruciating process for me from day one, and it still is. It was a little easier in the early days because it was still so new to me. After a while, I knew what to expect, especially in the brutal final weeks, and I started to dread it. It’s like stabbing yourself – you are willingly subjecting yourself to pain and suffering! But I do it because it’s part of being a pro bodybuilder, and it still is cool to see what you look like with all the fat and water stripped away. But fun? Come on now. Anyone that says dieting is fun is out of his or her mind, or else they enjoy suffering.
‘Do you work out?’
Q: Being that you are so heavily muscled that there is just no way you could hide your development even if you wanted to, how often do you get stared at when you are out and about in the world of “normal people”? Do you get silly questions and comments, or are people too intimidated by your appearance?
It’s constant, every day! When you look very different from most people, whether it’s a lot more muscle mass, or if you’re super tall or overly obese’ you’re going to stand out and people will stare. You just have to learn to deal with it and not let it aggravate you, even when the questions are so incredibly dumb, like “Do you work out?” Come on, do they really think someone can just look like this by accident, without any training at all? And of course, I get asked how much I can bench press all the time. I’m one of the best deadlifters in the USA, but no one ever asks me how much I can deadlift!
The only time I get annoyed is when the questions or comments are so random that I wonder what possesses the person to even say anything to me. I was outside the car wash I go to a little while back, sitting at this table while I waited for my car to be done. This guy comes down and sits across from me. Without saying hi or introducing himself or anything, he said, “My buddy can lift 650 pounds, that’s pretty good, right?” He didn’t say what the lift was: a bench press, a squat, a leg press, a shrug? Who knows. He probably didn’t even know, and I really didn’t feel like getting into a deep conversation about it so I just nodded and said, “Yep, that’s real good.”
Running at a Track vs. Machines
Q: I read an old article about you where it said you did actual running at a track for your contest cardio. Do you still do that? If not, why did you stop?
I do it every once in a while because I really do enjoy it, plus it’s nice just to change things up once in a while from the machines and actually go somewhere instead of running in place on a treadmill or climbing stairs that never end! It also depends on the weather. If it’s nice out, I am usually more inclined to want to be outside. There’s a track not too far from where I live, and I will usually do a mile. That takes me 16-17 minutes now. Back in the Army I did a mile in eight minutes, but that was when I was lighter and also because I was running every day.
1 scoop Impact Pump (helps increase blood flow and transportation of nutrients while significantly helping the focus for mind-muscle connection)
1 scoop Aminocore (prevents muscle tissue breakdown during training)
10g Glutamine (helps with DOMS, insulin sensitivity, gut health, and immune system)
5g Creatine (for that fast-acting, explosive power needed to push weights and helps with muscle hydration)
1 scoop Carbion (50g carbs) (really helps with energy and endurance during workout by giving your body carbs that don’t have to be digested, therefore they are readily available for fuel)
2 scoops IsoFlex (fast-digesting protein with essential amino acids to start the building or repairing process immediately)
10g Glutamine again (helps with DOMS, insulin sensitivity, gut health and immune system)
Give these a try and watch your energy, intensity and pumps dramatically increase in the gym.
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Published Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2023 16:00:42 +0000
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Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success
Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.
TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.
TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.
Never Rest On Your Laurels
Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).
In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.
This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.
TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.
Embracing The Journey
To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.
The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.
So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.
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Title: Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success
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Published Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2023 18:53:06 +0000
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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset
By Marc Lobliner
‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’
I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.
Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.
It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.
You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.
On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.
First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.
You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.
We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.
After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.
14-0 in two offensive plays.s
Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.
We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.
Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.
It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.
We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.
Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.
The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.
This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.
THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO MANAGE!
Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:
Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.
Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.
Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.
Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.
Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at Tigerfitness.com where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!
Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.
Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.
Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.
Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.
Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.
How about parenting?
Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.
As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”
And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”
Be positive and be a winner!
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Published Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2023 19:37:20 +0000
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