When was the last time you got so shredded and LEAN that this actually happened to you?
Do you ever turn heads?
The sad fact is that most people out there will NEVER reach this level with their physique.
You know what I mean…that level where people begin to take notice and start asking you a ton of questions about your training regiment and diet.
The fact is that most people will NEVER improve to the point where their body looks like the fitness models you see gracing the magazine covers or even good enough to turn a single head when they are in a swim suit at the beach or pool.
Its SAD. Because it should happen more often.
Despite their most dedicated and focused efforts to nutrition, weight training, supplementation, and most importantly – a burning desire and the un-quenchable thirst to be the best they can be – most still never get past an embarrassingly average physique.
It’s an all to common story and there are countless reasons most people fail this way. If you asked me why this happens in person, I would reply by shaking my head and tell you:
“Most people fail because they don’t have a clue what they’re doing.”
Allow me to elaborate.
Most people I know all think of their training with this simple concept in mind: I’ll just hit the weights tonight and hope good things happen. If I work hard, sweat, and get tired I did good. If eat healthy food I will get leaner. If I cut calories and do more cardio I will lose fat. If I stay positive I will reach my goals.
I say no you won’t. That’s all a bunch of BS.
Because getting ripped takes a strategy. And most people fail because they either have no strategy or their strategy sucks…
Are your INSULIN levels in check? What about your CORTISOL? What role is your workout playing in manipulating these two hormones to your advantage?
Do you know ESTROGEN’S role in the body? What is it? How can you use estrogen to lose MORE fat?
And don’t even get me started on ALDOSTERONE! If you don’t know how to manipulate this hormone you will NEVER get shredded, EVER. This is the one hormone all top fitness models and bodybuilders tweak in order to get super lean for photo shoots and contests!
If you don’t know any of the answers chances are you can’t see your abs yet. And I bet you probably have stubborn fat deposits in one or more places on your body…
Sure you may have lost SOME fat…but now you’re stuck.
You have reached a plateau and just can’t seem to lose that last 5, 10, or more pounds that would put your physique into an elite category.
But all of that changes today. And here’s why:
For the past 3 months I have been experimenting with some new “weird” hormone manipulation workouts to help me cut down to 4% bodyfat…
And I STOLE them from my buddy John Romaniello.
The workouts are called MRT, or metabolic resistance training … and this stuff is a hot topic these days.
Even hotter than the random chick to the right. (ok maybe not)
Cardio is also a hot topic.
A few years ago, it seemed like nearly every trainer in the world had made it his quest to tell everyone under the sun that “slow-go” or long-duration and moderate intensity cardiovascular was a waste of time, and that harder was smarter.
At that time, it seemed that High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)—a protocol involving alternating short but intense periods of work with even short periods of rest—was the best option for cardio.
As it turns out, we were only half right.
Supported by both research and empirical evidence, it seems that cardiovascular exercise done with weights (MRT) is actually superior even to interval training.
I’m sure you have heard me say this countless times before…but I usually replace traditional cardio with this type of “cardio” in my own workouts.
Here are just a few reasons why metabolic resistance training is better (in my opinion) than traditional cardio to burn fat:
1) Increased Excess Post-exercises Oxygen Consumption (EPOC)
2) Higher caloric expenditure when compared minute to minute
3) Increased stimulation of muscle, helping to hold onto LBM when dieting
Many people believe MRT to be nothing more than fast paced lifting.
That is partially true…
The best way to do metabolic resistance training is to use non-competing circuits—that is, set up a circuit of exercises during which you alternate opposing muscle groups.
Examples would include doing a chest exercise followed by a back exercise, or alternating an upper body exercise with a lower body one, you allow the opposing muscle group to rest.
By setting your workouts up like this, you can move faster, rest less frequently, and get a great total result.
Here is a sample MRT (fat busting) workout you can try out:
Perform exercises 1 through 7 sequentially, and only rest 45 seconds between sets. Complete this circuit 4 times.
Exercise Reps Rest
1) Thrusters 12 25 seconds or less
2) Inverted Row 12 25 seconds or less
3) Ab Wheel 15 10 seconds or less
4) Jump Squat 10 25 seconds or less
5) Power Clean 10 25 seconds or less
6) Pullups 10 10 seconds or less
7) Burpees 10 N/A
Enjoy the workout and let me know how you did with it.
But you want to know how can you take your fat loss to the next level…you want to know how can you get those “cover model abs” right? Well that all comes down to hormone manipulation.
I asked my friend, fitness model, and fat loss expert John Romaniello what his best tricks were to manipulate hormones to lose fat.
He told me:
1) The exact hormone most responsible for stubborn belly fat
2) The one hormone no one talks about that you NEED more of to fight off the hormone from #1
3) A new, unusual training style that has been shown to increase the hormone from #2
Check out what he had to say below:
Like many people, you probably suffer from regional fat storage issues. That is, while you store fat over your entire body, it’s probably most noticeable in certain areas, and it’s from these areas in which we struggle most to lose fat. You know–the problem areas.
These problem areas are influenced heavily by your hormonal environment, and where you store that last bit of fat is determined by which of your hormones are most out of whack (and yes, sometimes it’s quite a few of them).
Today I’m going to talk to you about belly fat specifically.
One of the things that has been talked about quite a bit in fitness media lately is the relationship between belly fat and a hormone called “cortisol.”
To put it simply, the higher your cortisol levels, the more belly fat you’re likely to have.
By the same token, if you have a good deal of belly fat, it’s reasonable to assume that you have high cortisol.
Having high cortisol is detrimental for other reasons, but for our purposes, let’s focus on the fact that cortisol is keeping you not-so-little in the middle.
Rather than just suffer through this, the obvious solution is to try to lower cortisol levels and resultantly lower belly fat. And I’ll tell you, lowering cortisol is a LOT trickier than you might think.
I’m sure you’ve seen the late night TV ads trying to sell you anti-cortisol pills. Even if they worked (they don’t), it’s a hormone like cortisol can’t be fooled by a little pill.
Besides, wouldn’t it be much more effective to find a solution without taking expensive pills? Something that is also going to help you burn fat overall?
Well, that’s actually possible.
You see, I’m big on using certain hormones to tame other hormones. Essentially, you CAN actually fight hormones WITH hormones. Clever, I know. It’s just a matter of finding which hormones work well against one another. When it comes to cortisol (and belly fat), you need look no further than Growth Hormone.
Also known as Human Growth Hormone or simply GH, growth hormones is produced in the pituitary gland and is responsible for growth (obviously) among other things. More specific to this writing, growth hormones is actually one of the most effective things in the world to offset cortisol.
Put simply, if you want less cortisol, just make more growth hormone.
Just tell your body to do it. Make a few calls.
Okay okay, it’s not that simple…but I have some really good news.
Did you know that there are certain types of training that are actually exceedingly effective at producing growth hormone?
You see, growth hormone is normally produced and released in response to something, and in the case of training, GH is released as a response to the production of something called lactic acid. Lactic acid is a waste byproduct of some of the chemical and metabolic processes that happen during exercise.
So, if you do exercise in a specific way, you can produce MORE lactic acid, which will then produce tremendous amounts of growth hormone as a result. That growth hormone surge will also help to work against your high cortisol levels. And as we’ve established, that will absolutely assist you in getting rid of your stubborn belly fat.
Of course, you’re wondering: how to I do it!? It’s easy. While lactic acid is produced in most forms of intense exercise, there is an unusual style of exercise that can actually produce even MORE lactic acid than is generally possible with other types of exericse. Appropriately (and not-so-cleverly) called “lactic acid training,” this type of training uses slow lifting speeds and fast lowering speeds.
The reason for the structure is that lactic acid is primarily produced during the “concentric” or positive/lifting phase of an exercise, and not so much during the “eccentric” or negative/lowering phase. To take advantage of this and produce more lactic acid, we simply–with apologies to Bing Crosby–accentuate the positive and (almost but not quite) eliminate the negative of each rep on all of our exercises.
To quantify it a bit, for each rep, you’d lift it over a period of about 4 seconds, and lower the weight extremely quickly, but safely.
If you were squatting, you’d drop down to the bottom position relatively quickly, and push slowly back to the top. In an overhead press, you’d lower the dumbbells quickly but safely, and press them back over your head over a period of 4-6 seconds.
Performing exercises with these extended concentric movements is going to create a tremendous amount of lactic acid, which in turn is going to prompt your body to produce fantastic amounts of growth hormone. And that growth hormone is going to help you manage cortisol and fight belly fat.
And if all THAT wasn’t enough, lactic acid training is also just a great fat loss training methods, so you’ll lose fat overall.
If you want to fight your cortisol issues, you need growth hormone. And for that you need lactic acid training. Utilizing this method, you’re one step closer to fighting off your belly fat for good.
Brilliant right? You see, John is a MASTER at pinning “good” hormones and specific exercise up against the “bad” hormones that cause regional fat storage.
And in his new program (which is available at a full 52% OFF until midnight tonight), Final Phase Fat Loss 2.0, provides you with specific types of exercises and workouts to combat:
1. Estrogen, “man boobs” and lower-body fat (combatted with “Density” training and Testosterone)
2. Insulin, and your “love handles (combatted with “Dynamic” training and IGF-1)
3. And of course, Cortisol and belly fat (combatted with specific “Lactic Acid” training and Growth Hormone)
If you struggle with annoying “problem area” fat storage, I highly recommend you check out John’s program. You simply won’t find a better program out there to FIX this problem. And right now, it’s still 52% OFF (but only until midnight tonight).
This is nothing like the rehashed, un-original, boring stuff you’ll find in most fitness magazines.
This stuff is LEGIT. And it will kick your butt.
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