) and I usually packed enough food
in my Lil Playmate cooler for my between meal feedings. The food for my
between meal feedings was things like IronMan or MetRx bars, whey protein
mixed with water or milk, cheese and crackers, cold chicken, dried beef,
cottage cheese, yogurt...foods that were high in complete protein but
easily transportable and could be eaten on the run. It really didn't take
much time to get this food together and pack in the cooler. I usually did
this before bed or I got up 15 minutes earlier than usual and did it before
I left the house. I don't really like to cook (I'm a true bachelor!) so I
selected foods that were ready-to-eat.
Was it worth it? I gained 4 pounds within a 3 week period even though I
had been stuck at my same bodyweight for almost a year! My energy level
was much more consistent throughout the day and I didn't run out of gas in
the middle of my workouts like before. I believe this was because that
eating protein foods every 3 hours was keeping my blood sugar levels much
My strength levels in most of my major exercises starting going up and I
had also been at a plateau in my strength levels for quite some time, too.
The biggest compliment came when one of the guys at my gym (who uses
steroids) said, "Man, you are really pumping up lately!" That confirmed
that I wasn't just thinking that I was looking bigger, but I actually was
I thought back to when I made the best gains of my life and remembered that
I was doing the same thing…eating a meal with high quality protein every 3
hours. That was when I first discovered the training and diet secrets that
I wrote about in my "How A Genetically Average Joe Can Gain 25 Pounds Of
Muscle In 8 Weeks" package. At first it was pretty inconvenient to drag
around a big thermos and a Lil Playmate cooler, but by following that
training and diet program I gained almost 25 pounds of solid bodyweight in
Since following my own advice again and seeing the benefits, I wondered why
I ever got away from it. The only conclusion I came to was…
LACK OF DISCIPLINE
For some of you who are training the CORRECT way for a natural or hard
gaining bodybuilder, (that's the subject of another newsletter…actually
many other newsletters) the only thing keeping you from making muscle gains
ABOUT 15 MINUTES OF PREPARATION!
Look, if I packed all the food and supplements you need to take with you
throughout the day so that you could eat every 3 hours, it would be pretty
easy for you to just do the eating, right? And I'm not talking about
gorging yourself on huge amounts either. Just small, enjoyable meals…foods
you like, that don't leave you feeling stuffed and bloated, just
consistently satisfied. You could do that, right? Especially if you knew
that it was going to get you sprouting muscles!
It only takes a few minutes of planning a day to do this. And you also
have to make a list of the things you need and do your grocery shopping
once a week. So that takes a little preparation and time, too…but not very
Trust me on this. The gains you make will FAR outweigh the extremely minor
inconvenience of following this nutritional program.
I've had a lot of people tell me that they can't afford to stock up on
IronMan or MetRx bars…or any of the other brands since they cost $1.50 to
$2.50 per bar. I know that adds up when you are eating several of those
throughout the day. But they are so convenient to take with you. I
usually eat one of those bars with milk or whey protein mixed with water or
milk for several of my meals. But I do admit, it can get expensive buying
several dozen of those bars every week.
In the next issue, I'm going to share a secret recipe for making these bars
at home that should save you a lot of money. For those of you who can't
wait, this recipe and several others are contained in "The Bodybuilders
Cookbook" at: http://members.tripod.com/~griffin1/STORE.HTM
Thank you for joining me in this first issue of the Genetically Average Joe
Bodybuilding Newsletter. I know that this will be a learning experience
for both you and I and I hope that you will learn some things to help you
advance in your bodybuilding efforts.
I can't guarantee that these techniques and strategies will always work,
but I can tell you that they won't ever work if you don't implement them.
To succeed in any endeavor, a great modern day philosopher once said…
JUST DO IT!
(OK, so it wasn't a great philosopher who said that…It was a Nike
commercial. But no truer words were ever spoken!)
All the best,