Today, I have decided to do something that I have not done in a long time and actually write an article rather than let my demons beat me and simply do a review or interview. As much as I love doing them, I simply have struggled in months to write. Instead of facing my demons of feeling inferior and what not, I simply took the easier routes involved with product reviews and interviews – where the focus was on an external source and wasn’t dependant on my taping into the waterfall of creativity I know I have within.

Despite getting great feedback from others about my previous posts, I lost all faith in myself. I believed my articles were not good enough to warrant you to read them, that I was too poor an ‘expert’ to help others with the struggles I was facing and that compared to others I was cheeky to even consider myself a blogger/self development wizard and worthy of your attention.

However, the other day I watched one of my (excuse the awful English structure here) most favourite films of all time, namely ‘The Bourne Identity’. In ‘The Bourne Identity’ the main character Jason Bourne awakes on board a ship after being pulled aboard believed dead. He has no memory of his past, too many questions about who he is and goes on a quest to discover his identity by the few clues he has pieced together since his awakening on the vessel. He quickly encounters enemies in many disguises and must rely almost solely on himself to survive, relearn who he is and figure out why he is being targeted for extermination. Apart from the memory loss, I see a lot of parallels in our everyday lives, we have no idea what we are doing, why things happen to us but we must face each enemy as it comes and try and discover our path in life.

At the moment, I am working seriously hard in my ‘proper’ job. I’m experiencing a mixture of late nights, early starts, multiple demands, trying to build a social life, recover from a recent bout of depression, stay healthy, keep on at the gym and progress and run a household … all on my own. I have really noticed how strong my own self reliance is at the moment. However, I can always take it to the next level and Bourne is the ultimate role model for self reliance.

SO WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT

Film: ‘The Bourne Identity’

Character Focused On: Jason Bourne

Played By: Matt Damon

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Why is he a good character to look at: Bourne is found afloat in the sea. He has no recollection of who he is and how he got there. He starts the film trying to discover who he is, going on the few clues he has. As he progresses through the film he pieces together what he learns, utilising his skills and seeks answers. I believe that this is a great character to look at because he is the film version of what every man has to do in his life. Each of us begins life with no idea of who we are. We each progress through life trying to discover who we are, using the skills we acquire through life and discover a path for ourselves and leave our marks. Jason Bourne is different to a lot of characters in films as he has to rely almost solely on himself to accomplish his goals. Most other characters can rely on the type of allies that are actually hunting Bourne in ‘The Bourne Identity’. Bourne is a prime example of someone who relies solely on himself to get the job done and is therefore a great role model for us to watch and become like. He is the ultimate man, someone that we wish we could become like but instead we create excuses of why we couldn’t as it’s easier to rely on others for love, money, support etc. By looking at Bourne, I hope to teach how we can use a character like him to relearn how to rely on ourselves to accomplish our mission goals regardless of what they are and who they involve.

 

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SO WHAT SHOULD YOU WATCH OUT FOR

  • Bourne is being chased in the film by ‘mysterious forces’. He doesn’t know who he can trust, who’s an enemy and who is an ally. He has to listen to the voice inside for the majority of the film and work out what is happening by using his own skills and talents. As he can’t trust anyone at first, he can only trust himself and to succeed he knows that he cannot have any doubt in himself.  By listening to his gut, Bourne eliminates the social conditioning and lies we each face every day. Bourne can only rely on himself and by doing so learns that he is all he needs to succeed. No one is better than you to live your own life. Listen to that little voice inside yourself and make judgements and decisions in your life on what you really believe and not to simply fit in, look cool or what not. When you pretend to be someone that you really aren’t that is when a lot of guys drink heavy, take drugs or get into fights – to escape the feeling deep down that they are not being true to themselves. Bourne has overcome this by listening to himself and relying on himself only. Have you?

 

  • Bourne has a mission in the film, namely to find out who he is. Throughout the film, he learns various things about himself and his past and adapts his mission parameters as he goes through the film. Too many of us don’t know what they want from life or what they could achieve in life so they bounce from job to job that they hate, they allow social conditioning to define what they do, who they friend and where they go. Bourne is a great example of someone who has a purpose in life and stays on the path to achieving it. Pick a goal in your life and work towards it. Find something that makes you excited to get out of bed and work hard, putting in the hours if needed like Bourne has. No one will give this goal to you except yourself.

 

  • He looks inside for the answers. Too many of us today let other people dictate where we go to school, where we work, what we wear and what we do for a social life governed by social conditioning. When you watch the film, you will see that Bourne asks himself questions and listens to the feedback he gets. He is always seeking the truth about himself. We all have hidden secrets within ourselves, relating to what our true purpose is and what we can achieve in life. Sadly few of us ever get out of the comfort zone and will go to the grave wondering what could have been. When Bourne receives an answer, he follows up on the facts he finds. He doesn’t listen to others or let others decide for him. He has his goal in mind and stays on the path to this.   

 

  • In scenes in the film we see hints that Bourne is fit and ready for battle. We see his fighting skills regularly, his running ability, his ability to scale buildings and other hints like his weight bench in his Paris flat. Something obvious about Bourne is that he is ready to go on a mission as soon as he is called. We see how the other agents can be texted or emailed in minutes and must respond and go on the mission assigned straight away. They do not have time to get ready, to bulk and cut like most modern men have. They do not have an off season. They must be ready. Bourne is in great shape. Whatever challenges are thrown at him he is ready to endure, to complete and bypass. To do this, Bourne maintains his fitness, physical and mental. Bourne is ready for any challenge. He trains to improve himself and develop his skills so he is primed and ready when called on a mission. Bourne is always learning and practising his languages, and other skills. He is always looking to better himself and practices his skills until they are automatic. Don’t wait until you need a skill and it is not at the level you need, simply build up it on a schedule and then you just need to maintain it. Ask anyone at a gym for example, maintaining muscle is a lot easier than building it. Don’t wait till you need it, have it in your arsenal ready, regardless of what the skill is. Your life (new gym PB, potential date etc) may depend on it!

 

  • Even Bourne knows he can’t do it all himself. He allows help from various people in the film(s) like Marie and the fishermen. Asking for help is not admitting defeat. Boldly forcing your way in pain etc is failing if there help available. You are not Bourne. You are not a Government built super soldier. It is OK to ask for help. What it is not OK is to allow others to control your life. Bourne keeps a great balance of protecting and looking out for his allies and getting a level of support from them but keeping on his mission path and relying on himself. 

 

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SO HOW CAN YOU BE LIKE HIM

  • Have a goal in your life. Jason Bourne spends the films trying to discover who he is and find peace from his enemies. You need to have a goal in your life. You need to wake every day with your mission on your mind and excitement to accomplish your mission parameters. It doesn’t matter what your goal is but you should always have one and be looking to achieve it. When you achieve one mission, assign yourself another one and work to achieve that. Then repeat. You don’t need to tell your goal to anyone. You just need to have one and chase it everyday. Life is for the taking but no one will do it for you. You need to man up, rely only on yourself and do the things you need to do to accomplish what you want in life. Simples!

 

  • Put yourself under stress. Obviously you won’t be fighting government assassins anytime soon but you need to be constantly challenging yourself. You need to be keep pushing your boundaries, learning new skills, maintaining the ones you have and seeking out the truth about yourself and what you can achieve in life (hint: it’s much MUCH more than you currently think). However, this all takes work. You won’t find it easily. You won’t find it in your comfort zone. By challenging yourself, you learn how you are stronger than you think and how you can rely on yourself more as you accomplish more and more of your goals.As your comfort zones shrinks you will seek out more challenges as you will crave them more. Bourne was always ready for the challenges he would face next and you need to be too. You haven’t got the luxury of people trying to kill you so you need to find other ways to put yourself under pressure and learn the real truth about yourself and you need to do this regularly. Start today. Pick a challenge and go for it. Sky-dive, abseil, ask out a hot girl, just do something. Start today. Start now. Then repeat when you ace it!

 

  • You never know what life or your mission will throw at you. You need to be fit and able to deal with the challenges you encounter, be it physical, emotional or mental challenges. As you won’t get time to prepare for most challenges, you need to be ready for anything. Simple ideas include Work out and Lift weights (stay off the machines as free weights give so many more advantages and better results in the gym), do DDP Yoga (see my review by clicking the link) and pick and learn new skills weekly, like a new language, juggling, walk on your hands, how to do interviews better, how to be more assertive etc. You need it all – Strength, speed, flexibility, endurance, mental belief in yourself and so on. Train for all the possibilities but hope you don’t need them. Be prepared and have the skills ready for use and you just need to maintain them. Learning a new skill is like pushing a car. It’s really hard to get going but once you start and build up some momentum, it becomes easy and then you just need to put in a little effort to maintain that skill. Learn a martial art. Work out, build muscle. Read up on subjects you may need to know about. You can’t be prepared for everything but you can definitely restrict potential problems in your life. As you learn new skills, you open up new possibilities in your life and your comfort zone shrinks and you want to do it all. In your down time get ready so when you have a mission you are like Bourne.

 

  • Listen to your inner voice. Sadly, we live in a world where we are used to instant feedback, from text messages, to chats on social media and so on. We now need that high from hearing that ping or see our inboxes light up. As fun as this can be, sadly it also means that we do not believe in ourselves unless we see our actions validated by others in terms of retweets, likes and other BS methods. You can actually see the panic in some people’s eyes as the new outfit or news they thought people would fawn over causes little reaction and they panic or retreat into their shell. Don’t be the person where it is no longer OK for just you to like something, you need others to tell you it is OK – that is when you fail at life. No one is better than you. No one is better at being you than you are. If you like something or want to live your life a particular way, do it. You don’t need permission from anyone. Just don’t hurt anyone and all is good. No longer do we listen to that inner version of ourselves who only has our best interests at heart and knows how to keep us out of trouble and danger – instead most to that sad mate you wants to keep you at his level or the girlfriend who wants to shape you into her ideal version of a boyfriend but not what you really want or listen to that pushy parent that just wants to show off to their friend. Believe in yourself, listen to yourself and live your life on your own terms, following your own path and make your own successes and failures. You need to recalibrate that voice and learn to listen to it. Try a Media fast (no internet for a week unless it is needed for work or school). Stop asking questions to others on what you should do about x,y or z (unless work stuff) and instead listen to what you think is the right course to do. It may work out great or you may fail. However, you will do it on your terms, no one elses. As you do it more and more, you start to notice little signals from your senses and will make better judgements. Eventually you learn yourself and what makes you the best version of yourself and hit that next level. That’s when life gets good. Become mates with yourself again and hit that next level only he can bring!

 

  • Leave your ego at the door. To become like Bourne, you need to work. You will fail. You will have the odd bruise and sore limbs from the gym. You will struggle to learn that new language or be rejected by that girl but slowly you learn from them. You learn about what worked and what didn’t. You notice things that don’t work, like certain body language, lack of faith, getting into your head too much before trying a new pb at the gym and so on. You learn what doesn’t work and what you need to cut out of your prep and execution to ensure best chances of success. You will stay fail sometimes as you can’t control other people and every scenario is different but you will have a lot more success as you develop yourself and hit that next level. However, to do this you need to forget everything you think you know. Become like the old Chinese saying – become the empty vessel. Some one who thinks they know it all is like a cup with a lot of water in it. You can’t fill it up more as they won’t absorb the information. Someone who allows themselves to be a beginner, learn from others, ask questions and uses the information will succeed, they are like the empty vessel, which can be filled up with a lot of liquid information. Leave the ego at the door. Yes, there will be bigger guys at the gym for instance who can lift more weights but they are perfect allies to ask nutrition and lifting tips from. The same in any scenario. Identify the allies in everything you do, ask questions and listen to your own internal feedback and adapt your attack plan as needed. Bourne is always learning and you need to be too.

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS 

Yes, Jason Bourne is a government built super soldier, with greatly developed physical and cognitive levels compared to the average guy but that’s it. He is no more different than you or me. The main difference is that Bourne has supreme in himself. He has to rely on himself as he knows no one else will come to save him. Currently at my work, I work across three departments assisting all staff with operational and infrastructure work. I juggle many priorities a day and have conflicting demands. I have to be self assured and rely solely on myself as no one will do the work for me.

You shouldn’t always try to be on your own and live by yourself, it’s OK to have friends and family help and support but to be a modern man, you need to rely on yourself to meet your goals. No one else will. You need to put in the work to get the life you want. If not, you’ll end up in a job you hate, with a life you don’t want and wondering what could have been. No one else will give you the life you want. You need to chase your dreams and to do that you need to rely on the only person that you can change, develop and control in life … yourself!

Watch Bourne, he is the ultimate role model in self reliance and take your skill in this area to the next level!

Let me know what you think of this in the comment section below.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (or for when it comes in your area)!!!

I’d just like to wish you all the very best for 2014!

I have some major news coming shortly, I am just waiting for it to appear before I can start working on it. I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for being a loyal reader and helping me through some tough times by following this blog and giving me motivation when I was down. I hope this blog has helped you when you needed it.

I hope you had a brilliant 2013 and will take your life to the next level in 2014!

Talk soon,

Ian

Today’s post is a question I received from a reader about scars and how to overcome being concerned about what people will think. The advice I give is mostly focused towards keloids but is transferable so that you can adapt the advice to deal with any inner demons you have on your body image issues.

For those who don’t know, keloid scars are raised benign tumours caused by the body overproducing collagen to wound sites. On a normal wound, the majority of people’s bodies know when to stop putting collagen to a wound site to repair it. However, with people who have keloids, their bodies dont know and produce (what some see as) unsightly, red, itchy and painful lumps.

Reader: LS

Question: I just watched your interview with Patrick Chase and you mentioned you had keloid scares. I also have keloid scares and had inner game issues as to whether women would accept me. Glad to hear you have overcome some of this. How did women deal with your keloids? Have you been able to meet high quality women? Thanks, LS

My Answer: Hey LS, Yes, I have keloid scars, some on my hips, back, shoulder and arms. They can’t be hidden and unsightly. I am white and have keloids so you can imagine how few girls know what they are as keloids tend to be mostly on african carribean men. I haven’t met a girl who is put off by them if I’m honest. A few have asked what they are but just wanted to know. One went to a chemist to ask if there was anything I could take for them! 

Only shallow girls really had a problem. A friends girlfriend commented on them but she was young and insecure.

Women will accept you. However, that is not a good way to look at it. You don’t need to be accepted – you are a great guy who has a lot to offer and is a valuable high quality guy. You should look at it like you are the buyer, not the women. Women should have to earn your interest. You only deserve the best. Why pick someone who judges you on a physical attribute rather than who you are as a person?!

There are a lot of women who may comment but why waste your time on them. More women will love you, fancy you and want to sleep with you, keloids and all. I can’t hide my scars nor get anymore treatment for them but I have accepted them. I see them as my own personal tattoos that noone else can EVER have. Anyone can get the same tattoo as another, no one will ever have the same keloids as you! Be proud of that uniqueness!

You can either let things beat you or you can embrace them and let them enhance and better you by what they teach and develop within yourself. Learn to be at peace with yourself and women will love you as they sense your confidence and manliness. Stop thinking of what you have to offer a woman. Look at who you are as a person and how you can better yourself – go to the gym, learn a new language, buy clothes etc, whatever change you like and always look to improve. By adapting and developing yourself, you will become a happier, more confident person who is happy with himself inside and out and girls will be drawn to and attracted to that.

It takes time but it can happen mate. Feel free to chat about this with me more.

All the best and keep in touch,

Ian

Hi all,

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2014.

This year has been great for me. I’ve had my downs like everyone else as well but I’ve achieved many things I would never have imagined I could have when the first few seconds of this year started ticking. I hope that you can say the same.

We have a lot of major interviews, thorough product reviews and articles coming in what remains this year and throughout 2014.

As this is a time for family, this will be the last article until Christmas. Please take the time to review how your year has gone. Look at what worked, what didn’t and what you’d like to achieve for next year. This will allow you to make a plan of action for next year.  Then eat a lot of lovely, sugary foods, drink and enjoy the festives with family.

Enjoy this time and get ready to bring your life to the Next Level!

All the best,

Ian

Yep, it’s that time of the year again fellas … Christmas! You’ll notice the women in your life are naturally built to buy presents. However, guys, even Next Level Guy can struggle to pick presents for family and friends.

So, I thought I’d send you some present ideas for that Next Level Guy in your life (or yourself if you want to treat yourself!). Please note that if you want to buy any of these, clicking on the links in this email will take you to the site through my affiliate links. This means that I will get a small fee for sending the payment to them. If you’d rather not do this, please click the home page button on the respective site to shop non-affiliate style!

So less waffle, more present ideas:

 


DDP Yoga – An amazing workout for men. Takes Yoga to the Next Level by helping you get into awesome shape, better in bed and looking amazing – by making Yoga suitable for men and cool! I reviewed it here if you want to know more:
DDP Yoga Review.

 


Onnit – the Supplement company for real life. Embracing the concept of Total Human Optimization, they offer flagship cognitive enhancers, unique nutrient dense foods and functional strength fitness equipment to provide key assets the mind and body can utilize.

 


My Protein is a great Supplement and Nutrition company. They offer a high range of products where the nutrition can be tailored to fit your very own personal circumstances. From innovative flavoring of supplements to making massive savings when buying in bulk, they give you the choices so you never have to compromise on your nutrition, or your goals.

 

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2 Girls Teach Sex is a revolutionary concept in sexual learning. Basically they sell DVD’s where the girls (and guys) demonstrate sex from all angles. They teach awesome techniques on foreplay, how to stimulate your partner (or future ones) and how to give them the best orgasms of their life (no matter ‘how’ you do it!). Probably don’t need to say this but please remember that this site is not Safe for Work!!!

 


Amazon is an entertainment warehouse, that ships DVDs, toys, games, clothes and everything else direct to your mailbox. If you want the latest moves etc, Amazon sell them first. They really are the number one place to buy what you want, cheap or expensive and have it sent straight to you without having to even go outside!

 


Mankind
 is the market leader in male grooming products. Their philosophy is to select the very best and most innovative shaving, skin and hair care brands made for men and offer them in a way that makes buying simple, fast and fun.

 

These are the Christmas products I’d recommend. Have a look and let me know what you think!

Have a great Christmas everyone!

All the best,
Ian

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Today we have a Guest Post from Myke Macapinlac on a beginner’s guide to attracting women without the cliche lines or pick up routines. Myke has an awesome new book coming out shortly and as I am a major fan of his blog, I asked him to put together a list of what he considers the most important points of interest a beginner needs when they seek to attract more women into their awesome life. I’ll be reviewing Myke’s book too when it is released.

Enter Myke ….

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Learning to be suave with the ladies is a skill that could be learned systematically just like anything else. If you’ve learned how to play an instrument or get good at any sport, then you have what it takes to attract the kind of woman you want. With enough time, effort and repetition, success will be inevitable.

First of all, you have to understand the fundamentals. In this article, we’re going to talk about all the basic things you need to be aware of with regards to dating.

 

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Mindset

I know for myself, after a devastating break up with my long-term girlfriend, this as an area of my life that needed to be handled. I wanted options. I never wanted to be in a situation where I don’t have the ability to choose and decide for myself.

Before you even go out and try to meet women, ask yourself “why.” What is your purpose for learning this skill? Why do you want to be good with women? Find that emotional attachment.

Everything is hard in the beginning before it gets easier. By knowing your reason, whatever that may be, that will fuel you to get over the learning curve. It doesn’t matter what your reason is. Learn it, know it and internalize it.

Communication

The way men and women communicate are very different. You have to know and understand that. Men are logical. Women are emotional. How you talk with your guy friends on a Friday night while drinking beer will not work if you’re on a date.

Women respond better to how things feel. They are more emotionally sensitive. The mistake that most men commit is they try to logically convince women that they are a catch. They think money and cars are what women look for.

No.

While those things matter, it does very little for attraction. Women desire to be taken by a man who is confident and self-assured. They want to align themselves with someone who has a strong identity. Communicate to women that you are that guy and you’ll be ahead than 99% of other men.

Appearance

Whoever told you looks don’t matter is probably blind or not good looking themselves. Of course it does. Do you go up to a woman you’ve need met before and compliment her personality right away? Of course not.

What if you don’t look like a Hollywood celebrity or a runway model from Milan? That’s not what I’m talking about. If you weren’t born with good looks, fear not. Women just want you to be well-groomed and somewhat in shape.

As long as you don’t have a protruding belly, body odour or unkept facial hair then you’re good. Just look like you care and put in a bit of effort with your appearance. Designer clothes and bulging muscles are not necessary.

First impression matters. When you meet a woman for the first time, her attraction towards you will either be there or not. Take care of these fundamentals and you’ll increase your probability of her wanting to get to know you more.

You deserve to be with the kind of woman you want for yourself. Being in a happy and fulfilling relationship has to be one of the best things any man will ever experience in his lifetime.

 

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For more detailed and in depth information about dating, make sure to check out Magnetic Dating, a gentleman’s guide to attracting his ideal woman the honest way.

 

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Who: Mike Robertson

Where is he Normally: Mike’s site is here: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/ Trust me, you won’t be sorry for clicking this link!

Why should you care about this: I love Mike’s site. I can honestly say that Mike’s site is the first thing I check when I am seeking either a definitive guide for an exercise or a way to improve my performance of the exercise. Mike’s posts are highly detailed, no fluff and really give you an insight into the topic and how to progress from beginner level to elite. Mike’s posts have thousands of words and very instructional videos too. He covers a wide range of topics but thankfully, Mike doesn’t just give you the usual BS training advice. Where others just give the same training programme for anyone, regardless of the level, Mike breaks down the truth. He writes posts not only about how to do exercises but also about why you can’t do something and what you may need to look at and correct. For example his informative post on front squats helped me add 10kg to my lift recently. If you lift weights, play sports or even just want to be a bit healthier, I feel you are doing yourself a disservice by not checking out Mike’s site.

 

SO WHAT DID HE HAVE TO SAY?

NLG: Can you tell me about your journey from normal dude to Fitness Wizard? What started your journey on being the ultimate performance coach? Was there a defining moment that caused it? 

MR: I’m not sure there was one single thing that started it. I was an above average but not great athlete that loved sports. The summer between my sophomore and junior years, I started lifting weights and saw an immediate improvement in my performance.

Fast forward to my senior year of college, and I’m interning in the athletic weight room at Ball State. I got the opportunity to merge my passion for athletics with my love of strength training. It was truly a match made in heaven!

 

NLG: Recovery is a dirty word for most gym goer’s, who think to get fit, you need to do more in the gym not less. Can you explain what foam rolling is and how to do it? What benefit does foam rolling do to anyone who does it?

MR: Foam rolling is like massage you can do on yourself. Using a big piece of dense foam, you roll over stiff or tight tissues, it hurts like hell, but when you stand up and move around you have an immediate increase in flexibility or mobility.

And keep in mind, using a foam roller is just one piece of equipment you can use. At our gym Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (or IFAST) for short, we use foam rollers, lacrosse balls, tennis balls, The Stick, and numerous other tools.

As far as benefits go, it doesn’t tear down scar tissue or remodel muscles or anything, but it does send a signal to your brain that says “hey, we’re pretty tight down here – time to loosen up.”

And over time, you body obliges and you improve flexibility and mobility.

 

NLG: Great way to describe it. I’ve tried it and thankfully the benefits do outway the pain at first! Can you tell me any tips for working out that you have found that shouldn’t work but do, the ones that sound so stupid and absurd that go against what people traditionally think works but it gets results? 

MR: The most obvious example I have is that you should spend less time worrying about your workout, and more time focusing on how you recover.

Many of my athletes use what’s called heart rate variability (HRV) to track their recovery. What we find is that we can crush them in the gym, but if they are doing the right things outside the gym, they can recover quite well.

But, if they go out for a big night on the town, or simply have a horrible nights rest, that’s when you see their recovery crash and burn.

Quite simply, people are so focused on training they often forget about how important it is to recover well. Switch the emphasis and I bet you’ll see even better results in and out of the gym.

 

NLG: For someone just about to start the gym, what tips would you give to ensure they recover efficiently from the gym and prevent injuries? How can they avoid doing the stupid, ego driven moves that all the others do (bad form, mirror muscles only etc)

MR: Well, there’s really two questions here, so I’ll avoid both.

If you’re focused on recovery (which you should be), it doesn’t have to be expensive or high-tech. Foam roll and stretch 4-5 times per week before bed, get 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and work on your breathing whenever possible.

Maybe that’s why no one talks about recovery – at a base level, it’s just not that sexy!

As far as preventing injuries and not doing stupid moves, I have a general rule I apply with newbies:

  • Perform twice as much work for the upper back as you do the chest. In other words, twice as many sets of rows and chins versus bench or overhead press.
  • Perform twice as much work for the posterior chain as you do the anterior chain. In other words, twice as many sets of RDL’s, deadlifts, etc. over squats.
  • Last but not least, include anterior core work every day. Contrary to popular belief, it’s rare that I see a “weak” lower back. Instead what you see is a lower back that’s doing all the work, because the anterior core (abs, obliques), can’t do it’s fair share of the work.

 

NLG: I don’t believe myself a gym newbie but I’ll be installing the above into my normal routine as it is epic advice! A big part of my site is using guys as role models and adopting their techniques as part of your own life. I’m very interested in Who you consider role models in your life? From the entertainment world as well as real life and why they inspire you?

MR: Wow this is a really great question, and it would be really hard to narrow this down. Instead, let me give you a principle that I follow.

On any given day I could be learning in numerous areas (training, marketing, personal development, writing, etc.) and to do this, I make it a goal to find the best of the best in that area and learn everything possible from them.

For instance when it comes to writing, I really like Dan Kennedy’s stuff. So I consume everything possible from him.

For personal development, I like Robin Sharma and Jim Rohn.

Then you can move into training. For energy system development and conditioning, I love Joel Jamieson’s stuff.

For multi-directional speed and agility, I love Lee Taft.

So that’s how I go about learning and assimilating. I go to someone I consider to be best in class, learn everything possible, and then mold and adapt their teachings into my overall philosophy or belief-system.

 

NLG: We share a lot of common in that respect! What do you think modern day men need to do more of in the gym? Is there 1 – 3 things that you’d recommend all men should incorporate into their training to become fitter, more athletic and just generally healthier? 

MR: Another great question. I think there are three things that everyone should focus on at times throughout the year:

1 – Movement

2 – Strength

3 – The Aerobic Base

Movement is literally the base of our pyramid. If you move like crap (poor mobility, poor stability, or an inability to do basic moves like squats, step-ups, lunges, and push-ups) then you’re going to struggling doing just about anything with resistance or athletic looking.

Instead, work to rebuild your foundation first.

From there, strength is another big ticket item. If you get stronger, there’s carryover there to numerous other physical qualities – speed, power, agility, etc. Maximal strength is just so vital, and I think most men would do well to focus on it for at least 3-4 months out of every year.

Last but not least, the aerobic energy system gets a bad rap because most would assume the goal is to look like and train like a marathon runner.

I hate to break it to you, but if you believe this, you’ve been lied to.

Virtually every team sport relies on the aerobic energy system. Furthermore, developing the aerobic energy system can help you chill out, relax and be even more awesome than you are right now.

It’s a huge topic, and one you can learn more about here if you’re interested.

Please link to http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/long-duration-low-intensity-cardio/

 

NLG: I’m a massive fan of your site but there is a lot of great posts fighting for your attention when you first run along the internet pathway to your URL! Which three of your videos/podcasts are you most proud and why? Please send me the URL links and I will include them in the post.

MR: Well let’s use the post above, because I think there are tons of misconceptions about the aerobic energy system, and I want to put those to rest once and for all.

Second, I can’t talk about lifting heavy things and not talk about the deadlift. Here’s an all-encompassing post about the deadlift – how to do it, why it’s important, and a bunch of other ninja tips and tricks to help you move more weight.

http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/deadlift/

Last but not least, as far as products go, my Bulletproof Athlete is by far the most comprehensive resource I’ve ever created. It’s 16-weeks of done for you programming, with three different programs to choose from based on where you’re starting and where you want to go.

Last but not least, I have an extensive video database included as well. Every single exercise is demonstrated with me coaching the lift.

Last but not least, I included weekly nutrition and recovery challenges to help you make long-term lifestyle changes.

You can find all about BPA at BulletproofAthlete.com

 

NLG: I’m a big fan of your straightforward and thought out advice, so I wonder what you really want to say to all men –  if you were to talk to all of men at once, what would you say – what motivation or telling off would you say? If you could give all men a final message what would it be?

MR: Here’s what I’d say…

Don’t sell yourself short. While women tend to be all warm, fuzzy and emphathetic, I see so many men nowadays who are lost.

You have no idea of how powerful you can be, but you must believe in yourself first and have a clear vision as to where you’re going.

Consider this…

If you could be the perfect husband/boyfriend/significant other, how would that change your life?

If you could have your perfect, ideal body how would that change your life?

If you worked a job you were passionate about, something that you would do for free, how would that change your life?

Dare to dream.

Envision what your “perfect reality” is, and then set about to create it.

And last but not least, don’t sell yourself short.

There’s so much untapped potential in all of us, when you start to realize your potential and what you can accomplish, it’s a very powerful and energizing feeling.

 

NLG: Brilliant. Just a brilliant answer! Thanks Mike, I’ve learnt a lot and hopefully my readers are ready to take their fitness to the Next Level after your words of gold!

 

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