When you are dieting down to get shredded and look like a cover model it takes a lot of time, energy, and effort.
For 95%+ of people it sucks.
If it was easy, you’d come across a lot more guys and gals looking like they can be on the cover of ‘Muscle And Fitness Magazine’.
When you want to go from lean to shredded you will eventually get to a point where have to increase your activity level more than what is comfortable… and in most cases, what is ‘healthy.’
There will be low-intensity work sprinkled in there, and you’ll be eating like a hungry chipmunk. At least I was and most people I know who do this have the same feelings.
At the time was doing more cardio than I did in the last 4 years combined, and I was lifting 5x per week. But I was pretty shredded.
For someone who normally walks around at 10-13% body fat (I love my Samoas ice cream and fish tacos), getting down to 6-7% body fat isn’t the worst thing ever but it’s definitely a grind and will test your patience and willpower.
So I threw my daily dose of Yohimbe HCL and caffeine down the hatch and set foot on my journey from 47th St up Lexington Ave to 72nd street.
Killing Two Birds With One Stone.
It was a cool and crisp Friday morning in New York City and I was making my trek to the gym to train a few clients.
There’s something special about being awake at 5 am in a city that never stops. Cars zooming up the streets but the honking is non-existent.
Instead, you’ll find birds chirping, dogs walking, and drunk people stumbling home and barfing up their last 4 Red Bulls Vodkas and 4 slices 99 cent slices of pizza from Two Bros.
I know what you’re thinking “5 am, is this guy kidding me?”
Actually no — I get up anywhere from 4:30-5:30 am Monday-Friday and have been doing so for a little over a year now.
Do I enjoy waking up that early? Nope, what I do enjoy is the pure selfishness and ego-driven feeling of getting in an hour (or a few) of studying, reading, writing, or whatever else I am learning before most people are up.
For me, the feeling of being up early in the morning is something I enjoy doing for the moment because it’s one of the few times I get important things done without distractions.
Back to my walk.
On my fasted cardio session (aka my 30 min walk to the gym), I stumbled upon a gold mine.
A pile of what most would consider junk: pictures, a blue chair with torn upholstery, ragged old clothes, and…books.
“Free Books!” I said to myself, in between bouts of catching my breath from my fasted cardio session.
I love books. I have a weird obsession with them where I keep buying ones I want but then have 1 million other things to do that I never get around to it.
At any point in time, you can bet money that I have 3-6 books that I “am going to read next.” Which is another reason why I’ve been doing some speed reading lessons to up my reading game son!
Avoiding A Shark Attack Can Teach You About Getting Into Great Shape
I bent over, stuck out my moist hand and grabbed one…
‘The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.’
“What in the hell is this?” I thought to myself. So I opened the cover to take a look at the table of contents. Animal encounters, Great escapes, Illness and injury, Social disasters, Domestic dangers. Out and about…
I didn’t need to read another word — I tucked the book under my arm and continued to journey to work (and shred town. Not only does this book have great solutions for serious and not so serious life shenanigans, but it taught me how to not get eaten by a shark. Which is important now that I’m officially a surfer-brah…
Ok, to be fair I’ve only done it 3 times my entire life but there’s a good chance I’ll move closer to a beach so I can actually get really good at it.
What’s even more awesome is that this book that teaches you how to not get eaten by a shark is even more comparable to losing fat.
So without further ado, I would love to show you how.
Rule #1. Stay In Groups
If you want to get in awesome shape it’s important for someone to have your back (a training buddy, accountability partner or coach). Sharks are far more likely to attack an individual than they are a group of people. You don’t go into shark infested water alone. You just don’t.
One of the biggest factors of getting into great shape is accountability. Having someone there to report to and make proud.
That is something that I tell all my new students when they start my Average To Action Hero transformation program.
Have some sort of accountability like getting a great training partner, hiring a coach or joining a group is essential for getting into great shape.
These will keep you on track when you aren’t feeling well, to get you unstuck when you don’t know what to do, and they are there to work through mental barriers that are holding you back.
Get someone to make sure you are doing this aligned with your goals.
… This is especially important when you hit a fat loss plateau so you have someone to work through the troubles with — a good coach will know how to do this.
“Strong people perform better with support and accountability from others. The ones who try to conquer things on their own, end up coming up short.”
Rule 2. DO NOT Stray Too Far From Shore
Don’t be a loner, don’t try and be different, and don’t try to do something weird, crazy, and never done before if you have no idea what you are doing.
There are tons of diets and training programs out there that have proven themselves to be effective so DO NOT wander too far from shore away from all the waves into a calm waveless ocean — or you are going to be a very tasty treat for a big hungry shark.
Wandering far from sure isolates you and creates the danger of being too far for help. Plus there are not even any waves out there, so I don’t even understand what you’re doing out there. Luckily, there aren’t many things in life that people haven’t done before — that makes it easy to reverse engineer their success for our own.
There are best practices you should follow if you want to get great results. Period. End of story (well not this story.) I use the practices that I use because everything in my life up until this point (life, school, work, study, experimentation, experience, etc) has all lead me to believe these are the most beneficial.
There are the exact process and tools I give in my transformation program that you can take an inside look at…
In each of those guides, videos, and free gifts above, I give you the best strategies and tactics to use to get to where you want to go. I’m not Chris Angel and I can’t magic your way to results but what I can do is give you the best damn information possible and we can go from there.
All you need to do is execute these things consistently and reap the rewards.
I find a lot of people try to major in the minor things and completely blow off the most important factors for them making progress.
Someone whose main goal is to lose body fat has to create a calorie deficit. They can do that one of three ways:
- Diet and training
For the best body changing transformation, you should stick with #3 — a combination of diet and training.
A healthy and results-proven the method to lose fat, add muscle, and look better.
- Should you be eating chicken or fish?
- How about brown rice or white rice?
- Are you even eating in a calorie deficit?
- Should you do hammer curls or bicep curls?
- How about squats first or second in my workout?
I understand how confusing this stuff can be, I dealt with this for a long time. But one thing that helps is when someone lays everything out for you and still gives you the option to choose which you like best.
This is exactly what I teach in the Average To Action Hero Transformation which is why people love it so much.
We focus on the big rocks that are going to give you the best progress. Those are the things that are going to produce body-transforming results.
Get a plan that is smart, attainable and going to be the easiest for you to stick to. That way you are never ‘too far from shore for help.
Rule 3. Don’t Be Bleeding Everywhere
Come on, make yourself presentable and stop bleeding all over the carpet. You’re embarrassing me.
You’re not going to get into the water if you’ve got a gash in your leg that’s gushing blood like a waterfall, right?
The sharks will sense this and have a fleshy human snack (aka they will eat your ass.) Just like you’re not going to dive into the ocean while bleeding your heart out, when it comes to looking awesome you Do Not want to train THROUGH injuries.
Instead, you want to train around injuries. Yes, there is a difference between working ‘around an injury’ and working ‘through an injury.’
We (you and I) are smart people…obviously because you’re reading this.
Training around an injury allows us to still make progress but not hurt ourselves even more. Training through an injury makes the problem even worse and brings us back to square 1 without allowing us to pass go and collect $200.
If you have shoulder pain so bad your handshakes and you can’t straighten your arm when you do weighted chin-ups — yet do them any way you are swimming with an open wound in shark-infested water. You’re begging for a more serious injury or even worse tears, pops, and other bad shit that will leave you unable to train for quite some time.
These are things that old lifters complain about when they say
“Don’t deadlift or you’ll blow out your back like me….”
It’s not the exercise or method that’s the problem. It’s the piss poor execution.
Nine times out ten these were the guys that training through injuries, and to add fuel to the fire, poor form. By the way, if you want to learn how to deadlift like a fucking boss read ‘The 10 Deadlift Commandments’.
This is where having a good coach or training partner that knows some biomechanics, anatomy, and really good strength training is a savior.
Making small (seemingly simple) adjustments to an exercise can make a world of difference and make the pain disappear.
If you aren’t sure what you should be doing to workout around pain and improve your condition start here. If you want more one on one coaching, shoot me an email and I may know someone in your area that’s good. If you need help finding one in your area email and I’ll scour my connections of awesome people all over the world.
Also… Learn how to back-off when you are sick. Beating yourself into the ground won’t make anything better and will only move you further from your goals.
Beating yourself into the ground won’t make anything better and will only move you further from your goals. If you aren’t feeling well but still want to do something make it low intensity and use your judgment. The quicker you can get back to feeling better the quicker you’ll be able to up your intensity.
Before I set you off into the ocean of gains I encourage you to download The Badass Body Handbook because this is going to speed up your progress even more.
Be sure to use this limb saving article to not only keep you from getting eating by sharks but to get the most results from your workouts and diet.
- Get a training buddy, accountability partner, hire a coach (or solve it ALL here)
- Stick with things that will have the greatest impact
- Do not train through injuries
If you’re seriously interested in losing fat I highly recommend you take a deeper look into the Average To Action Hero transformation.
It works, and it works really well.
… which is why I offer my 100% money back guarantee within the first 30 days. You are 30 times more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a shark –Wasps, snakes, and bees kill far more people every year than sharks.
Those odds are pretty good, and if you use this article as a guide to transforming your body, I guarantee way better odds than that.
Time to catch some gains and get into great shape.
Thank you for reading, and I hope I see you inside the transformation program.
-Joey ‘Surfer Bro’ Percia
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