Bodybuilding for Real People and Real Life Results

Bodybuilding for Real People and Real Life Results

Introduction In my first article, I discussed training and the importance of generating high intensity while utilizing proper form and getting adequate rest. As important as training is, it is only a small piece of the overall pie that delivers success and progression in Real Life Bodybuilding. A much larger percentage of that pie is Nutrition. Nutrition is by far the most important factor and is almost always responsible for both success and failure in bodybuilding, and for that matter…

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10 Success Strategies to Transform Your Body

10 Success Strategies to Transform Your Body

Make a conscious decision to change! Why do so many people, who say they want to change, remain the same, year after year? I will tell you why. It is because they overlook the essential first step – the step which begins to close the gap between knowing and doing. That step is… making a conscious decision to make a change. I am not talking about making ambiguous claims like, “Yeah… this year I’m gonna get in shape.” Most people…

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5 Biggest Nutrition Mistakes

5 Biggest Nutrition Mistakes

Too Much Fat & Sugar The twin demons of nutrition. Fat is calorically the densest of all nutrients, with nine calories per gram. Fat is hard to digest and is the body’s preferred storage material. Though a certain amount of fat is needed for brain and other bodily functions, the little that’s required is easily acquired through regular low fat eating. Excess sugar is easily converted to fat once in the body. Buyer beware: A food may be advertised as…

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3 Big Mistakes in Nutrition

3 Big Mistakes in Nutrition

Insufficient Protein The fact remains: Protein is the single most important nutrient for muscle regeneration and building. The trick is to use only lean protein. Protein and fat usually coexist in food sources. Meat, fish, fowl, dairy, these primary sources all can have much fat content. In the old days, we did not worry about such inconveniences. As a result, heavy protein consumers developed nasty clogged arteries and astronomical cholesterol rates. The fault wasn’t in the protein, but the fat…

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Two Biggest Eating Mistakes of Bodybuilders

Two Biggest Eating Mistakes of Bodybuilders

Eating Too Much We all know the biology. Excess calories are stored as bodyfat. For overeating to be at the top of the nutritional false move list is no mistake. Building muscle is the number one goal of bodybuilding and bodyfat is the bodybuilder’s number one enemy. What’s the sense of working an impressive set of muscles requiring much blood, sweat and tears, if it’s obscured by a layer of lard? May I suggest the obvious? If you are overweight,…

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Seven Steps Toward Establishing Yourself As A Bodybuilding And Fitness Professional

Seven Steps Toward Establishing Yourself As A Bodybuilding And Fitness Professional

Do you have aspirations of becoming a bodybuilding and fitness professional someday? Although my journey has not been an easy one, I’m fortunate enough to earn a living doing what I love to do. I want to save you some of the pain and frustration that I suffered through by offering my insights. I want to share with you what I’ve learned, help you succeed, and achieve your dreams: Develop, create, or invent a “turnkey-type” system or structured plan (i.e….

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Dedication

Dedication

This website is dedicated to all of my teachers,particularly Shaykh Taner Ansari and Pendekar Herman Suwanda (May God protect his Secret). The treasure you find in my teachings is here because of the love, guidance, and attention they have given to me. What is coarse and unfinished comes from this one. I dedicate myself to train harder so that, as they have taught me, my every movement brings praise to the Divine. Thanks are also due to the students who…

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Lineage

Lineage

Primary Studies & Teachers Pencak Silat Mande Muda (’81-97) Pendekar Herman Suwanda, Ibu Ike Suwanda, Maha Guru Rita Suwanda, Pak Tholib, Pak Dadang Gunawan Pusaka Agama Kuring (’84, ’87, ’92, ’97) Ibu Mimi Rukmini, Ibu Fatima, Ibu Mimi Hendra Qadiri Rifai Sufism (’92-03) Shaykh Taner Ansari Yoga Iyengar Yoga (’96-04) Mitra Other studies Special Forces combatives (’72-73) Budd Saunders Nisei Goju Ryu (’77-80) Chaka Zulu (Sensei Earl Monroe) Sil Lum Pai/Choi Li Fut (’81) Sifu Ron Silat Batak (’94-95) Guru…

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Chivalry 2

Chivalry 2

Some suggestions Bow to the school when you enter and when you leave. Leave your shoes at the door. Perform ablutions (ritual washing) before beginning class. Maintain good personal hygiene as a courtesy to your teachers and training partners. This includes keeping your fingernails and toenails trimmed, your breath fresh, and managing any body odor you may have. Bow to your workout partner before you hit each other. Keep contact intense but peaceful. When listening to an instructor or when…

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Chivalry 1

Chivalry 1

Chivalry and Adab Adab (good manners) are the foundation of chivalry and are essential qualities on the path to peace and self development. Adab means to treat people with courtesy and politeness, to be refined in your actions and humble in your speech and also to be respectful of your elders and teachers. It means to be helpful to others beyond your own needs. If you have good manners you greatly lessen your chances of getting into fights. Good manners…

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