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By IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson

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Q: Johnnie, I read about how you do weighted wide-grip chins and I just don’t know how you do it and still hit your lats. I can do sets of 10-12 reps with my bodyweight and really squeeze, but when I try to add weight, I need to cheat my ass off to get the reps up and I don’t end up feeling anything except my biceps and a little rear delts, I think. Should I stick to bodyweight chins, or do you have any suggestions as to how I can do them weighted and get more out of them?

A: My first question is, how much weight were you adding? I am guessing you must have tried a 45-pound plate, which was too much. If you can do good chins with your bodyweight, you should start out by adding just 5-10 pounds and stick with that for a few weeks, then go 15, 20, 25, etc. It’s like anything else. You don’t go from squatting 135 to 315 right away, so why would you make such a big jump on chins?

Another issue that may or not apply to you, and I can’t say because I don’t know how you’re doing them, is going too wide. Unless you’re well over 6 feet and have arms as long as a chimp, you shouldn’t be gripping the bar at the very ends. Going that wide cuts your range of motion too short, and also puts your biceps in a very weak position – which would cause them to fail really fast, long before the lats got a damn thing out of the chins. Try gripping right where the bar bends on both sides, which should be about shoulder width. Your biceps will be in a stronger pulling position to assist the lats, and your range of motion will be complete.

Respect for All Bodybuilders

Q: I’ve wanted to ask you this for a while. Being that you are the world’s strongest bodybuilder, do you have more respect for bodybuilders who are also very strong? And do you have any less respect for those who are not? We have all seen huge guys who are very powerful, and others who aren’t as strong as you would think they are by looking at them.

A: I respect strength in powerlifters, and I respect physiques in bodybuilding. Even though I compete in both sports, I am well aware that they are completely different. The way you look has nothing to do with your success in powerlifting, and the weights you use in the gym ultimately have nothing to do with your success in bodybuilding. If you’re a bodybuilder, do what you need to do and train the way you need to train. Obviously, I have been beaten in bodybuilding many times by men who can’t handle anywhere near the weights I can. I think it’s more the fans who pay attention to that than the actual competitors. A lot of guys train both to look good and to be strong, but for IFBB Pros who compete as our job, it’s all about the physique. Some pros aren’t very strong compared to others, but I respect each and every one of them. Bodybuilding is an incredibly difficult sport to succeed in, and it only gets harder the higher up the ranks you get. It’s a 24/7 commitment of training hard, eating clean meals every two to three hours you are awake every single day, and making sure you get enough rest at all times. And once you start talking about what it takes to diet down to the point where your glutes and hams are striated, forget about it. Most people will never come close to that level of effort, sacrifice, and discipline. So definitely, I respect all my fellow bodybuilders whether they can bench press 225 or 600 pounds.

Vibram Shoes for Leg Training

Q: I see a lot of guys in the gym now wearing those finger shoes by Vibram. They are supposed to be awesome for leg workouts, and even more so for training calves. Have you ever tried them, and if not, would you?

A: I actually do own a pair of those, just because I thought they looked cool so I figured I would see what they were like. You can definitely get a better contraction on calf exercises. For the legs, they’re OK but I don’t think they are necessarily any better than anything else with a flat sole, like wrestling shoes. My feet are flat, so I need shoes with an arch to them. Boots are what I prefer on leg day, also because they give you more solid support for things like heavy squats and leg presses.

The other thing about Vibrams you should know is that they are fine to wear for a short time, but I would recommend bringing another pair of sneakers to change into if you have to go anywhere after the gym that involves a lot of walking. The toes on the Vibrams grip the ground very well, too well actually. One time I had to go to the mall after the gym with those on, and pretty soon my toes were killing me!

Overtraining Will Prevent Growth

Q: Do you believe overtraining is a real thing? I once heard it said that “there is no such thing as overtraining – only under-eating.” Do you agree with that?

A: No, I do not. If you buy into that, then you have to believe that there’s virtually an unlimited amount of food your body can process and absorb. Even if you could somehow manage to put down some ridiculous daily total like 1,000 grams of protein and 3,000 grams of carbs for a total of 16,000 calories (not including any dietary fat), there is just no way your body could digest it all and utilize it. High volume is one thing, but don’t think you can train for eight hours a day or something ridiculous like that and possibly recover. The bottom line is always going to be that you stimulate a muscle to grow by training it, but it’s only going to grow if you let it rest and recover. It doesn’t matter how much you eat if you never let the muscles rest – you won’t grow.

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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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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.

Positivity wins.

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.

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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 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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