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    Hi Skip,

    I have a question that kept me up last night. Right now I'm eating 11 meals every day and sleeping six hours every night, from a muscle building standpoint do you think it would be better to eat just 10 meals and sleep eight hours every night?

    Thank you coach!
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    Originally Posted by Samuli View Post
    Hi Skip,

    I have a question that kept me up last night. Right now I'm eating 11 meals every day and sleeping six hours every night, from a muscle building standpoint do you think it would be better to eat just 10 meals and sleep eight hours every night?

    Thank you coach!
    Hi Samuli.....

    Am I limited to only those two choices? LOL

    Are you only getting six hours sleep because you are eating 11 times a day?

    And, what are you doing with those extra two hours?

    I don't believe eating 11 meals a day is important to building muscle.

    I also would rather only sleep six hours a night and spend the other two hours being productive and/or enjoying life.

    But if those are my only two choices, I'd say sleep for eight hours and get you daily total calories in fewer meals.

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    Originally Posted by skiplacour View Post
    Hi Samuli.....

    Am I limited to only those two choices? LOL

    Are you only getting six hours sleep because you are eating 11 times a day?

    And, what are you doing with those extra two hours?

    I don't believe eating 11 meals a day is important to building muscle.

    I also would rather only sleep six hours a night and spend the other two hours being productive and/or enjoying life.

    But if those are my only two choices, I'd say sleep for eight hours and get you daily total calories in fewer meals.

    Train Hard. Think Big.
    Yes I am sleeping six hours so that I can eat 11 meals every day. My number one priority is to be the best damn drug free bodybuilder possible and I don't care much at anything else. =) So I'm going to try sleeping eight hours and see does that make any positive changes..
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    Just finished listening to Skip's podcast and am grateful to have a mentor that holds me accountable. He doesn't sugar coat things and makes sure you know what you need to work on. These are the characteristics of a great mentor. I must get back in the game and not give myself reasons to slack. Wasting time is the least thing I want to do and its exactly what I'm doing. Thanks for the mention in your podcast Skip!
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    Hey Skip, you what you should do? You should create a Mass Machine app with all the training routines, tips, workout logging, etc.

    I don't know, just thought it'd be cool if you did.
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    Originally Posted by Manslaughter View Post
    Hey Skip, you what you should do? You should create a Mass Machine app with all the training routines, tips, workout logging, etc.

    I don't know, just thought it'd be cool if you did.
    Hi Manslaughter.....

    I think that's a great idea.

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    Keep On Keepin' On!

    By Skip La Cour

    Are you simply unmotivated at times? Do your body and mind get sluggish every once in a while? Does it feel like your body is stuck to the chair or couch and, no matter how hard you try, you can't move? You can't get yourself going even when you must get up and get things done?

    Those can be frustrating times, can't they?



    Relax.

    Even the most productive people feel stagnant from time to time. Successful people do certain things with their bodies and minds during those challenging times that other people do not. They have a strategy to get themselves “unstuck.”

    Successful people have conditioned themselves to take action—any action. They force themselves to keep moving. Even if they don't know exactly what the “right” action to take during those unmotivated times may be, they push themselves to do something. They do anything that will stimulate their mind and body. Successful people understand that moving in any direction is usually better than not moving in any direction at all.

    Don't just sit there and think about how you can't get yourself going. Shake things up! What you need during these times is some mental, emotional, and physical stimulation!

    Go on a run. Take a hike. Go to the gym. Stand up and do 25 jumping jacks. Go into a private room; turn up some music; and dance like a wild and crazy person would! Read a chapter in an empowering book. Get in your car and drive some place you've never been before. Stop and talk to someone you don't know in a coffee shop. Go look at a new car—even if you don't need one. Make a phone call to someone you haven't talked to in a long time. Do anything out of your normal, everyday pattern.

    Stimulate your mind and body by doing something different. Condition your mind and body to take some type of action when you just don't feel like doing anything.

    What activity have you found that works best for you? While you are experimenting with different things that shake things up for you, make a list. Refer to that list of mind and body “rattlers” and choose one of your favorites every time you are feeling unmotivated.

    Keep on keepin' on!

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    BRAND NEW PODCAST!

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    I fell off the wagon!!!

    I have lost 3 weeks of recording my caloric intake and my workouts. I have been traning in the gym but I lost my direction.
    I listened to podcast 17 and after reading Tyler's post I have decided to get back to my routines.
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    Skip I have a questions on muscle mind connection when doing calves. The problem I get is when I am using heavy weight sometimes my knees come into play. I try to keep my knees only slightly bent. I try to go heavy as possible and do the extra push at the end of the rep like on your mass machine dvd. It just seems like when I try to go heavier and increase every workout my knees feel like their doing a lot of work because I loose that feeling of directly hitting the calves.
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    Originally Posted by ihelpmotivate View Post
    Skip I have a questions on muscle mind connection when doing calves. The problem I get is when I am using heavy weight sometimes my knees come into play. I try to keep my knees only slightly bent. I try to go heavy as possible and do the extra push at the end of the rep like on your mass machine dvd. It just seems like when I try to go heavier and increase every workout my knees feel like their doing a lot of work because I loose that feeling of directly hitting the calves.
    Hi ihelpmotivate.....

    What I understand you telling me is that, up to a certain weight, you do a GREAT job of feeling the calves being stimulated and have GREAT mind muscle connection with your knees slightly bent.

    Is that correct?
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    Originally Posted by skiplacour View Post
    Hi ihelpmotivate.....

    What I understand you telling me is that, up to a certain weight, you do a GREAT job of feeling the calves being stimulated and have GREAT mind muscle connection with your knees slightly bent.

    Is that correct?
    Yes, Lower weight I can extend better and flex my feet totally out. However my reps are higher and I feel like I could also add more weight. I have my knees slight bent honestly because I thought I heard you say that in your dvd.

    My main calf exercises are stiff leg leg press machine and seated calf machine. I don't have standing calf machine in my gym. I have tried on smith machine with a block of wood but I seemed to have same muscle stimulation issue as with leg press.

    Maybe obvious answer is stay at 10-12 rep range but I didn't know if there was anything I could do keep in the max ot rep range and continue to challenge my self.

    Thanks for the help
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    Originally Posted by ihelpmotivate View Post
    Yes, Lower weight I can extend better and flex my feet totally out. However my reps are higher and I feel like I could also add more weight. I have my knees slight bent honestly because I thought I heard you say that in your dvd.

    My main calf exercises are stiff leg leg press machine and seated calf machine. I don't have standing calf machine in my gym. I have tried on smith machine with a block of wood but I seemed to have same muscle stimulation issue as with leg press.

    Maybe obvious answer is stay at 10-12 rep range but I didn't know if there was anything I could do keep in the max ot rep range and continue to challenge my self.

    Thanks for the help
    Hi ihelpmotivate....

    I am unclear as to what your question is or questions are.

    If you can feel great stimulation performing any exercise a certain way with a certain amount of weight--but lose that great feeling when you add more weight--you have to either one of two things:

    1. Don't add more weight and always get the great feel and stimulation.

    2. Sacrifice some of the great feel and stimulation until your body and mind learn how to become just as effective with the added weight. This may take time. Just as with any skill you want to acquire, you will not always be great at it immediately.

    There have been many times when I challenged myself to lift heavier weight--and sucked at doing it at first.

    During the process, I had some real eye opening experiences. Many times I said to myself afterward......

    ....."Hey! I may not have done that as effectively as I wanted--but it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I KNOW I'll eventually get it right with this amount of weight with enough time and effort."

    On many occasions, I eventually did. Sometimes, I never did and I had to lower the weight back down in order to be effective.

    That's just how the process of taking yourself to higher levels works.

    If you feel you given it enough time and effort with the heavier weight, then maybe it's just too heavy--for you.

    I hope I understood your question to give you the answer you needed.

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    What would be an easy job for a high school student to get that could support his bodybuilding/athletic lifestyle?
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    Originally Posted by hamworld05 View Post
    What would be an easy job for a high school student to get that could support his bodybuilding/athletic lifestyle?
    Hi hamworld05......

    Any job that has a predictable work schedule would be great. You'll have fewer variables to deal with when it comes to following though with your training and eating schedules. That type of job also works best to support anything else you do in life.

    A job that you'll use more of your "brain" than your "brawn" would be great too. The fewer calories you are forced to physically burn at your job can save more of that energy for your intense, taxing training sessions.

    Regardless of your job, however, there is a way to make any situation work.

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    Here's a challenge (or a version of this challenge) that I am asked about frequently. Can you relate?

    My question relates to a particular challenge that I have been dealing with in my training since I started my work in the gym. For some reason that I cannot explain, as I have continued to add mass to my pectoral muscles, I have noticed that the left one is slightly "disfigured" and the tissues are in fact attached in areas different from and not symmetrical to my right, more traditionally formed and developing pectoral muscle.

    I do my absolute best to keep this from becoming a limiting belief in my bodybuilding and training efforts and my strength gains have remained consistent, yet this left side refuses to develop nearly as quickly as the right and is quite noticeable as I get even bigger, even with a shirt on! Also, another incongruence exists between my left and right arm bicep and tricep muscles. My left bicep and tricep (on the side of the "disfigured" pec) are maturing and growing at a much faster rate than those on my right arm. I believe this challenge to be connected directly to the pectoral imbalance and happening as a result of compensation by my left side for the lack of development in that major left chest muscle.


    Here's my response;

    Keep in mind that, although it may not be noticeable to everyone, I have one pec that's bigger and shaped differently than the other; one tricep that's bigger and shaped differently than the other; and one calf that's bigger and shaped differently than the other.

    We all have to make the most with what we have. Unless you are performing an exercise totally improperly, there's not a whole lot you can do but become the best version of you possible.




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    Confidently Execute the Strategy You Have Chosen Because You WILL Benefit From It!

    It can be really frustrating when you are getting results--but you are constantly told you are "doing it wrong." You should always be looking for more effective and efficient strategies--as long as you don't get so distracted that you don't commit to and follow through with any single plan.

    No one who has mastered their bodybuilding and training efforts started out only using the "best" strategies. Everyone who has gone before you has had to go through some experimentation. One of the keys to their success is they persevered and eventually found the ones that work best for them. Your journey will be no different.




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    Everyone wants a ripped six pack set of abs--but many people are confused just how to get them......

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    Hi Skip,

    My wrist has started to hurt when I do straight bar curls in the 4-6 rep range. I remember Tyrus Reed and Tyler Lee"WhatWasIt"Neck had the same problem, was there a solution for it? I can handle the pain but my wrist just goes numb and won't work.. I don't get any pain from dumbbell curls or curl bar curls.
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    Originally Posted by Samuli View Post
    Hi Skip,

    My wrist has started to hurt when I do straight bar curls in the 4-6 rep range. I remember Tyrus Reed and Tyler Lee"WhatWasIt"Neck had the same problem, was there a solution for it? I can handle the pain but my wrist just goes numb and won't work.. I don't get any pain from dumbbell curls or curl bar curls.
    Hi Samuli......

    The one suggestion that Tyrus got over and over again was to use wrist straps. I'm not sure if that did much good--but it might be worth you giving a try.

    Working through it with the hopes that it doesn't exasperate in problem, giving your wrists a break with the hopes that it heals, or avoiding that exercise altogether are a few of your options.

    Good luck and let me know how it works out for you.

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    Strategies Without The Effort Will Not Help You Lose Your Body Fat

    When it comes to dieting to lose body fat, there's no substitute for hard work

    Believe me, I really wish this were not the case. Unfortunately, however, you must burn more calories than you ingest every day to lose that stubborn body fat.

    Low-fat diets, high-fat, carefully watching your fat intake, hitting you macros, intermittent strategies, or paying close attention to the glycemic index in your foods—it doesn't matter. When the day is done, you must burn more calories than you eat. It doesn't even matter if all the food you eat is healthy, non-junk food, or “clean,” it's total must be lower than your maintenance level.

    As I always say, “There's a price-tag on everything.” If you've accumulated some body fat and desperately want to get rid of it, you are going to have to pay the price. The price may be spending more time sweating on a treadmill, feeling hungry on occasion, or both. Whatever method you choose, there will be some pain involved. I would be lying to you if I told you any differently.



    Anyone who tells you differently is just flat-out misleading you! I firmly believe it is our desire to discover some painless alternative that we mistakenly believe is “somewhere out there” which prevents us from dieting the way we must in order to accomplish our goal of losing body fat.

    There are several ways to burn more calories than you eat. You can add more cardiovascular work to your training regimen, simply eat less food throughout the day, or even do a combination of more cardiovascular training and eating less food.

    So, let's quit looking for a magic solution when comes to losing body fat and get to work!

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    Hey Skip, It's Adam again (atw1552). I have been consuming 2600-2700 calories a day, doing the 30%/ 40% /30% for 10 days now. It was really only a minor adjustment (i.e. healthy fat increase, carb increase, protein decrease from my previous ratios). Now I know it has not been 1 month but I really am itching to know, how do I keep my ratios (if i have to), cut calories, and get "cut, shredded, ripped". Do I keep the same ratio 30/40/30 and just cut 250 calories to go to 2450 calories, 2350 calories? Is this a progressive cut, like cutting 300 calories the next week (from 2700)? Thanks ahead of time Skip.
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    Originally Posted by atw1552 View Post
    Hey Skip, It's Adam again (atw1552). I have been consuming 2600-2700 calories a day, doing the 30%/ 40% /30% for 10 days now. It was really only a minor adjustment (i.e. healthy fat increase, carb increase, protein decrease from my previous ratios). Now I know it has not been 1 month but I really am itching to know, how do I keep my ratios (if i have to), cut calories, and get "cut, shredded, ripped". Do I keep the same ratio 30/40/30 and just cut 250 calories to go to 2450 calories, 2350 calories? Is this a progressive cut, like cutting 300 calories the next week (from 2700)? Thanks ahead of time Skip.
    Hi Adam.....

    Great job being consistent for the last 10 days. You should be getting a better understanding of how all this works. You can ONLY get this level of understanding from executing your plan on a consistent basis.

    Don't be too eager reduce your calories. You shouldn't do that yet. The trick is it to "eat as many calories as possible" while still getting lean. Anyone can just drastically reduce their calories and get some short term benefits--but they will eventually back themselves up in a corner with nowhere to go. If you can get lean eating 2,700 calories a day (just an example), it's better to do it that way than just go straight to 1,700 calories.

    Are you seeing your body change with the higher priority you are putting on your eating habits--even though you are eating 2,600 to 2,700 calories a day? If you are, there's no reason to make any changes.

    The same macronutrient breakdown that keeps you healthy, promotes muscle growth, and reduces body fat will be the same macronutrient breakdown that you'll use to get to the next level. So, yes, you'll keep the same ratios.

    Yes. When you start reducing your calories, they will be reduced gradually. I would suggest a reduction of only 150 to 250 calories a day. Whether you do this every week, every two weeks, or every three weeks will depend on your goals and progress.

    Remember, the EASIEST thing to do to get SHORT TERM results would be to drastically reduce your calories. That, however, will more than likely compromise your long term progress.

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    Originally Posted by skiplacour View Post
    Hi Adam.....

    Great job being consistent for the last 10 days. You should be getting a better understanding of how all this works. You can ONLY get this level of understanding from executing your plan on a consistent basis.

    Don't be too eager reduce your calories. You shouldn't do that yet. The trick is it to "eat as many calories as possible" while still getting lean. Anyone can just drastically reduce their calories and get some short term benefits--but they will eventually back themselves up in a corner with nowhere to go. If you can get lean eating 2,700 calories a day (just an example), it's better to do it that way than just go straight to 1,700 calories.

    Are you seeing your body change with the higher priority you are putting on your eating habits--even though you are eating 2,600 to 2,700 calories a day? If you are, there's no reason to make any changes.

    The same macronutrient breakdown that keeps you healthy, promotes muscle growth, and reduces body fat will be the same macronutrient breakdown that you'll use to get to the next level. So, yes, you'll keep the same ratios.

    Yes. When you start reducing your calories, they will be reduced gradually. I would suggest a reduction of only 150 to 250 calories a day. Whether you do this every week, every two weeks, or every three weeks will depend on your goals and progress.

    Remember, the EASIEST thing to do to get SHORT TERM results would be to drastically reduce your calories. That, however, will more than likely compromise your long term progress.

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    If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you walk me through the steps on performing a proper dead lift? I want to make sure that at the various points in the lift I am using/stressing the correct muscles. I am enjoying adding this to my routine and am looking to avoid injury. Any info or tips would be appreciated.
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    Hey Skip this is the caller from your show again. You said something right before the show ended that I am a little confused about. When I told you I was getting about 2500 calories a day. You said to keep going for 3 months and then adjust from there. However, you said that it could possibly be that it might be better for calories to be at 2800. I will do what you said and keep doing what I'm doing for 3 months. I just don't understand how that works to add calories and possibly loose more weight or get more cut. Could explain or give an example of this. Also, maybe touch on it in a future podcast if you haven't already.

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