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Discipline equals freedom is something I picked up from Jocko Willink author of Extreme Ownership, but I was taught it during my time in the Marines. I learned that having the discipline to wake up at a certain time everyday regardless of the situation would give me the freedom to do what I want. I accomplish this freedom by having that discipline to wake up and tackle the task I have set forth for the day. I have the discipline to eat all my meals and bring them with me when i travel so that i can still train hard and reach my goals. It is this day to day discipline that has giving me the freedom to own my life and do the things I want to do.I knew I wanted to fully focus on being the best powerlifter I could be, so I knew I had to travel and learn from the best. I could only accomplish this by creating a job that allowed me to travel and still make money. So I started my own online training and nutrition business so that i could always get my food in, travel, sleep and really focus on my goals as a strength athlete. I had to have a ton of discipline to create a business build my name up to the point where I could do this. Granted it took awhile to get to and it had its ups and downs but I had the discipline to stick with it and make it a success. I learned all this through the rigid schedule of the Marines and the discipline it took to be a good Marine. These lessons have molded me into the man I am today and I am extremely thankful for it. Here is a link to...

Week 5 is a wrap and I made a few changes to the exercise selection, as you'll see below. With such a long offseason I have the ability to work on a lot of things but I know I can't fix everything or to think I could fix everything would be very overwhelming and would cause a very sporadic and jumbled program. When you are programming for yourself, you have to pinpoint what you really need to fix. So really take the time to diagnose what needs the most work and just hammer that. Designing a plan to fix everything in one offseason would cause chaos in your training and you'll end up working out for 3-4 hours and in a week you'll be worn out and start dreading the gym. You can't fix everything in one workout or one training cycle.Diet update, as of today I my calories are up to 5000-5500 and one cheat meal a week. My weight is climbing pretty rapidly which is what i am going for this go around. I want to get to my weight and just sit there as long as possible so my body can get use to it and recomp from there. A big mistake I see a lot people make is they gain weight, get that weight and than immediately diet back down without letting their body get use to the new add size so they diet it off faster and will look the same every time. Its all about patience.Here is a recap of this weeks training:[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]-hnFqNOWtOA[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayDuffalo Bar Squats- 4x82" Block Sumo Pulls- 4x6Pause Squats- 4x5Leg Press- 4x8s/sAb Wheel- 4x10WednesdayCG BP- 5x6Tempo CG BP- 4x5, 3secs down, 3secs pause and...

I learned two things this week during training.I am really out of shape Getting back on track after a weekend getaway can be tougher than it sounds.During my first set of SSB squats I hit a good speed on the velocity device for the 1st 3 reps and the last 5 dropped off fast. This was a clear sign of the condition I am in and it didn't get any better the rest of the day but by the end of the week I was feeling really good. The 1st week or two is always rough when you are trying to pick up the pace and push the cardio, but it only takes 2 weeks of pain before you can see the end of the light at tunnel and by the 3rd week you are feeling good. During the LA trip I treated like a mini vacation and ate a bunch of food. I thought it would be easy getting back on track when I got home. I did get right back on track but it was a struggle all week with cravings. It was way tougher than I had imagined but my goals are more important than cravings so I just stayed focus on my goals, put my down, and kept on hammering.Here is a recap of this weeks training:MondaySSB Squats- 4x8Sumo Pulls- 4x6Belt Squats- 4x12Leg Extension and Curls- 3x12Ab Wheel- 3x10WednesdayCG BP- 5x7-8JM Press- 5x10-12Dips- 4x12-15s/sDB Curls- 4x12DB Tri Ext- 4x12s/sPreacher Curls- 4x20s/sBanded Abs- 4x15[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]iBCsLmRAAyM[/wpdevart_youtube]FridayConventional Deads- 4x6-8Tempo Squats Duffalo Bar- 4x3Leg Press- 4x12s/sIncline DB Rows- 4x10-12Banded DB Deadlifts- 3x10s/sHammer Strength Rows- 3x12SaturdayIncline BP- 5x8Behind the Neck Press- 5x10Machine OHP- 4x10s/sDB Rear Delts- 4x12Cable Flyes- 4x15s/sDB Side Raises- 4x12 [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385"...

Legs and Chest/Shoulders from this week[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]zGT5hsFBH-E[/wpdevart_youtube] Anytime I am in my offseason with no real meet in the near future I really enjoy traveling and training at other gyms or going to hiking destinations across the country. This weekend was no exception, I went down to LA to see one of my good friends get married and as soon as the airplane touched down I was headed to Barbell Brigade to meet up with Adam, Brandon, Mason, and Steve to train hangout and talk shop. Some of the best and most valuable gems of knowledge I've collected come from things like this so it is always a real treat.Decided to get into some barbell movements on this day to start reintroducing them into my training as everything was feel fresh and recovered. Worked on some touch and go bench press with competition grip, over the years of practicing pausing so much I can now safely say I can pause more then I can touch and go. So for now I will be hammering that down.Bench Press- 275lbs x8, 315lbs x2x8, 365lbs x2x8, 405lbs x7Close Grip Spoto Presses- 315lbs x4x8Rolling DB Tri Ext- 5x8-10s/sFace Pulls- 5x12DB Incline Tate Presses- 4x12s/sPreacher Curls- 4x12Straight Bar Pushdowns- 4x12s/sBent Over DB Rear Delts- 4x10-12 [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]mhDyXnj2vZ0[/wpdevart_youtube] The next day was the wedding so Kaylie and I decided to get a quick back session in at 24hr fitness and than go for a 2 hour hike to combat the amount of amazing food we were planning to consume while on a mini vacation.Speaking of diet, I like to stick to one 99% of the...

Deloading this week before I start my off season, I last competed on April 23rd and totaled 1846lbs at 242lbs. Video below[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]VH_uZ2sj1KI[/wpdevart_youtube]It was a disappointing performance for me, which means I just have to get to work this off season and get stronger.A little bit about my background and how I got where I am today. Let's start with at the age of 18 I joined the Marines and served 4 years with 2nd Recon Bn. After the military I decided to go to school and study in the field of Exercise Science at Florida Atlantic University. I was able to fast track through with taking on 16 credit hours each semester Fall, Spring, and Summer. During school I got into strongman and started buying a bunch of equipment and began training out of my garage for my first competition. I always wanted to open up my and with my garage overflowing with equipment I figured now is a great time to do that. So for the next 4 years at the ripe age of 22 I owned and operated a very successful warehouse gym and continued competing in strongman throughout the years.I focused on training high school, collegiate, and strength athletes for their respective sports and the NFL combine. A put a huge amount of time in working with and learning from some of the best strength coaches and nutritionist in the industry and not the social media famous ones, I mean the legit ones who spend more time on perfecting their craft than social media status. After 4 years of running the gym and pursuing strongman, I decided I wanted to travel and learn. So I switched focuses from strongman...