Motivation Monday: Layne Norton Bodybuilding and Figure VIP Camp day 3

If this does not make you run through walls on your way to the gym, you need to seriously check your pulse

Huge hat tip to Layne and everyone there that made is his Bodybuilding and Figure VIP Camp amazing.

I was not there, but I heard from several people that attended how amazing it was in person.

I know Layne put a ton of effort and passion plus real hardcore science into it.   I love to see the blend of real science, experience and passion.

Awesome

If you need some motivation today, watch the video and hit the gym

Rock on

Mike T Nelson

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Hip Pain, Fat Loss, Metabolic Flexibility, Strict Diets, and More – An Interview with Mike T Nelson

I know you are interested in new ways to get fat loss results even faster.

While it is a long term process, their are small things you can do to dramatically speed up your fat loss results.

My buddy Kyle from the The Art of Physical Fitness Show interviewed me the other day and I wanted to share this with you.

Restriction is NOT the answer!

Enjoy the video above where I talk about hip pain, intermittent fasting, why strict diets suck and are not needed, metabolic flexibility and much more!

Let me know what you think!

Rock on

Mike N

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5 New Ways To Use Lifting Straps For More Muscle And Strength

My good buddy Adam Glass has a great video below that shows you 5 ways to use lifting straps.

If you are using them just to hold on to the bar, check out these alternatives


Adam Glass Showing You 5 Cool Options With Lifting Straps

My notes

I am not a big fan of a false grip on the bench press unless you are in a rack that is set appropriately. Adam shows you a better way to do this if you still want to use a false/thumbless grip.

Looking for a new squat variation? Chin up variation or even deadlift variations? They are all in the video above.

Summary

Lifting straps can serve many purposes and I would agree with Adam that they are not useless. I do feel that if you use them ALL the time, that is not ideal and variety is a good thing in the quest to get stronger.

Rock on
Mike N

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Personal Updates on Lifting and Life

I’ve had several questions about what I am doing in my own training, so I thought I would drop a short update here.

Keep in mind, this is geared toward MY goals, and your training will probably look different since you have different goals, and that is the way it should work.

As you know, my schedule is nuts late due to teaching 2 classes at the University of St Thomas and teaching 2 different classes for Globe University, work, training and nutrition consulting for clients (who are the best ever and doing awesome) and research. Trying as hard as I can to get this crazy PhD wrapped up, but the data is not working out. It will be finished though and I am did not invest 6+ years and literal blood, sweat and tears into it to stop now. I will finish it!

In short, I dad to drop a few sessions more than I wanted due to lack of sleep and literally no time as many days I was up at 5:50am teaching, work, train, prep for the next day, fall into bed, rinse and repeat!

Sounds like I am complaining but I am not and just trying to be more realistic with my stress levels and what I can recover from. Opted to nap in my car for 40 min instead of training a few times–heresy I know to most hardcore people but I’ve realized that I can’t solve every issue with more coffee and metal music Still tracking recovery metrics such as AM heart rate, AM weight, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), protein intake, caffeine intake, and sleep (quality and quantity) and a few other new things.

Having said all of that, most times I get in 5 days per week still training.

Recent PRs

Main goal: Farmers Walks 200 lbs per hand for 200 feet at once.

Getting close, but weather has been an issue lately here in MN with rain and friggin snow!

I found that doing farmers walks on even wet asphalt is harder than I though! Still got 175 per hand x 200 feet, many repeats at 100 feet too. Working to bring my grip up to hold on to them for the entire time (about 45 seconds to do 200 feet).

Farmers Bar Deadlifts

490 lbs (total) for a single last week.

April 1 it was 390 lbs x 1, so pretty happy with that, even though I only trained them a handful of times. I guess carrying weight for distance has a nice positive transfer to picking up heavy shit. Go figure!

Dinne Stone Training

Took about 2 months off from direct training on it to work on grip and overall
“core strength” via farmers walks. Figured it should have a nice positive transfer to Dinnies and I was right.
Pulled 555 lbs x 2 (300 lb front and 255 lbs rear)

Other random stuff

Working on more ring work and can finally go inverted on a daily basis without feeling like the world is spinning for minutes afterwards.

Front Lever Practice

Jefferson DL w Eagle Loops at 615 x 1

Even though I was not directly working on it, I will take it

Good times and onward and upward! What are some of your recent PRs (personal records)? Post them in the comments below. Remember, the exact numbers are not important. What is important is that YOU are getting better than your old self!

Rock on
Mike T Nelson

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Kettlebell Juggling for Fun, Strength and Fat Loss

I know you are like me and always looking for the best way to get leaner and stronger, but don’t want to be bored out of your skull in the process.

Is is possible to do all 3 at once? Yep! Sounds insane and impossible, I know, but it can be done! How?

Find out below Leaner, Stronger, and Have Fun? <–find out how

I’ve been doing this for 3.5 years now and it is my go to when I feel like I am a in a bit of funk and just don’t want to do anything.

Even after the first few reps, 95% of the time I feel much much better.

My clients love it too and I was just talking to one of them about it this past Saturday night – I know, I know, I am geek and talk training on a Sat night, but I did get out to a concert that night still which was fun.

Ok, where was I now. Oh yeah, fun!

This type of exercise is tons of fun.

What is this fun exercise for crazy results you speak of?
Fun Exercise For Crazy Results <—find out here

I highly encourage you to give kettlebell juggling a go. A source that got me started is from my good friend Logan Christopher.

He is offering The Definitive Guide to Kettlebell Juggling 2.0 at a crazy low price.

How low?

How about $1

Yep, 1 George Washington

What is the catch?

After Tuesday Nov 13 at midnight, the doors close for several months and the crazy $1 offer will also disappear for good (just like any boredom you had with exercise before).

Go here Crazy Results at a Crazy Price! <–this is crazy

This is a no brainer and George Washington approves. I heard him say it. Really I did! Ok, so maybe my ears are still ringing a bit from the concert.

Rock on
Mike T Nelson

PS -Why not have fun while getting in the best shape of your life?

You get all 21 Modules on Kettlebell Juggling.

You get the Kettlebell Games.

You get the Crush the Rankings Videos.

You get access to the Private Kettlebell Juggling Community.

You get the bonus interviews

You get the Workout Guide.

All for only $1, so start today!

Seriously, I love me some KB juggling and have holes in my front
lawn to prove it :)

Crazy Results at a Crazy Price! <–ends very soon!

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