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  1. Yup. I just had some with vanilla OEProtein, blueberries, and cinnamon a few minutes ago. I haven't tried mixing it with aminos though.
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  2. On vacation I was doing blueberry amino IV mixed with Greek yogurt as a snack. Spread on rice cakes was hnnnnng. Gonna try watermelon. Gains flavored yogurt!
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Yup. I just had some with vanilla OEProtein, blueberries, and cinnamon a few minutes ago. I haven't tried mixing it with aminos though.
    How much weight were you using with the dumbbell squats, 50s?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by aceroni View Post
    How much weight were you using with the dumbbell squats, 50s?
    55's. I think that was the first time I've gone over 50 and it got tough pretty fast. I've only done them as the second exercise in a superset as well.
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  5. I made a last minute decision to throw in a secondary back session this morning. I didn't have anything planned before I got to the gym and chose exercises on the fly. Here's some clips of the entire session, besides some cable shrugs at the very end.


    HS Unilateral Leg Press Rows: I think I posted a banded version of these when I first got the idea. Either way, they're great. If you set up right, the path of the arms allow for a perfect rowing motion.





    Giant Sets: This was a solid combo that hit every inch of my back. Weight was added each round and my back was painfully pumped by the end. I think the video shows rounds 1 and 3 of 4.





    Banded HS Pulldown Variation: These were a great way to really stretch my lats towards the end of the session.

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  6. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    I made a last minute decision to throw in a secondary back session this morning. I didn't have anything planned before I got to the gym and chose exercises on the fly. Here's some clips of the entire session, besides some cable shrugs at the very end.

    HS Unilateral Leg Press Rows: I think I posted a banded version of these when I first got the idea. Either way, they're great. If you set up right, the path of the arms allow for a perfect rowing motion.

    Video Link: http://youtu.be/CfS_EEL0WBg

    Giant Sets: This was a solid combo that hit every inch of my back. Weight was added each round and my back was painfully pumped by the end. I think the video shows rounds 1 and 3 of 4.

    Video Link: http://youtu.be/BUrobRPhLYA

    Banded HS Pulldown Variation: These were a great way to really stretch my lats towards the end of the session.

    Video Link: http://youtu.be/a35NJAzGKO4
    I love the leg press rows breezy. The movement pattern on them is perfect for smashing the lats.

    Excellent idea man.

  7. Subscribed to your channel.

    In your opinion Breezy, for the sake of conversation, what's been the biggest thing since you've been following this Meadow's style of training that's made the biggest difference? I've started incorporating bands/tension stuff and it's insane how much more I'll feel it the next day. It's humbling in terms of strength but it's crazy how all the variations effect the muscle in different ways.

    What's been your biggest success in getting your legs to grow as well?

    If I wasn't poor broke former college student I'd love to sign up for John's training program lol

  8. Quote Originally Posted by aceroni View Post
    I love the leg press rows breezy. The movement pattern on them is perfect for smashing the lats.

    Excellent idea man.
    Thanks man. Yeah, the way the arms of the machine swing back basically forces you to do a perfect row.


    Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    Subscribed to your channel.

    In your opinion Breezy, for the sake of conversation, what's been the biggest thing since you've been following this Meadow's style of training that's made the biggest difference? I've started incorporating bands/tension stuff and it's insane how much more I'll feel it the next day. It's humbling in terms of strength but it's crazy how all the variations effect the muscle in different ways.

    What's been your biggest success in getting your legs to grow as well?

    If I wasn't poor broke former college student I'd love to sign up for John's training program lol
    Nice. Let me know if you have questions about any of the videos.

    Tough question. The creativity and intensity of the training has helped my progress quite a bit. That said, I was at a point in my training where the change was needed to keep seeing consistent progress. If someone can make solid progress with a more basic approach, than that's probably what they should do. Like with dieting, you ideally want to get the most out of the least. This is why Meadows won't take on training clients without enough experience. It's important for someone to build a strong foundation and master basic movements before adding a bunch of variations and making things more complicated. Bands are a great tool, but not something you want to overdo, as they could end up doing more harm than good. He works in bands and other intensity techniques strategically, so you don't end up beating yourself into the ground. For example, I had a stretch of banded leg press work where the resistance increased (# of bands/weight) for a few weeks, but it's been 3 weeks since I've used them (for leg press).

    Meadows' thoughts on nutrition have been valuable as well. I had already followed a very similar diet, but he helped reinforce how much of an impact it can have on results. I believe in eating for health as opposed to just hitting my macros (my food still tastes delicious too ). Someone with optimal health will most likely have greater performance in the gym and be better suited to build muscle and burn fat efficiently. I don't see anything wrong with enjoying some less than ideal foods at times either; cheat and "live your life" meals are fine if under control. His ideas on peri-workout nutrition are obviously something I find very helpful as well.


    Hockey made my legs grow more than weight training has ever done. Having a pissed off coach make you sprint the ice for an hour long practice is a lot more brutal than any leg session (today's was close though lol). I think that all the years of hockey have actually made it tougher to get my legs to respond to weight training, which is another reason Mtn. Dog has been so valuable at this point. I actually heard Dusty Hanshaw talking about this recently and agree. Besides that, I'd have to say a lot of squats. They were the base of my leg training for many years and produced solid results.





    Today's leg session was extremely tough. One of the highlights was working up to a heavy 10 on leg press and adding 20 walking lunges per leg at the end of the final set. I crumbled and got back up a few times, but made it through. A trainer thought I was injured until he realized I was trying to lunge my way back to the leg press lol. Working up with sets of 8 on deep squats came later in the session, which was torture after everything else.
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  9. thank you for the detailed response!

    yeah i don't plan on overdoing it, and i just wanna progress but it is nice to mix it up. not that it gets boring but the new challenge can be motivating / exciting. i actually did a couple of back exercises today after perusing through your videos, so thanks man. i appreciate all the advice, helps to have someone be able to guide you when they've been through it all. much appreciated broheim!

  10. breezy for president!

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    thank you for the detailed response!

    yeah i don't plan on overdoing it, and i just wanna progress but it is nice to mix it up. not that it gets boring but the new challenge can be motivating / exciting. i actually did a couple of back exercises today after perusing through your videos, so thanks man. i appreciate all the advice, helps to have someone be able to guide you when they've been through it all. much appreciated broheim!
    No problem. Awesome, always glad to help brother. I'm still learning daily myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    breezy for president!
    lol
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Hockey made my legs grow more than weight training has ever done. Having a pissed off coach make you sprint the ice for an hour long practice is a lot more brutal than any leg session
    Agree with this 110%

    ...Just wanted to add, the time and thought that goes into your responses helps us all Matt... thanks man.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    breezy for president!
    Captain of The Dreamboat last I heard!

  14. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Thanks man. Yeah, the way the arms of the machine swing back basically forces you to do a perfect row. Nice. Let me know if you have questions about any of the videos. Tough question. The creativity and intensity of the training has helped my progress quite a bit. That said, I was at a point in my training where the change was needed to keep seeing consistent progress. If someone can make solid progress with a more basic approach, than that's probably what they should do. Like with dieting, you ideally want to get the most out of the least. This is why Meadows won't take on training clients without enough experience. It's important for someone to build a strong foundation and master basic movements before adding a bunch of variations and making things more complicated. Bands are a great tool, but not something you want to overdo, as they could end up doing more harm than good. He works in bands and other intensity techniques strategically, so you don't end up beating yourself into the ground. For example, I had a stretch of banded leg press work where the resistance increased (# of bands/weight) for a few weeks, but it's been 3 weeks since I've used them (for leg press). Meadows' thoughts on nutrition have been valuable as well. I had already followed a very similar diet, but he helped reinforce how much of an impact it can have on results. I believe in eating for health as opposed to just hitting my macros (my food still tastes delicious too ). Someone with optimal health will most likely have greater performance in the gym and be better suited to build muscle and burn fat efficiently. I don't see anything wrong with enjoying some less than ideal foods at times either; cheat and "live your life" meals are fine if under control. His ideas on peri-workout nutrition are obviously something I find very helpful as well. Hockey made my legs grow more than weight training has ever done. Having a pissed off coach make you sprint the ice for an hour long practice is a lot more brutal than any leg session (today's was close though lol). I think that all the years of hockey have actually made it tougher to get my legs to respond to weight training, which is another reason Mtn. Dog has been so valuable at this point. I actually heard Dusty Hanshaw talking about this recently and agree. Besides that, I'd have to say a lot of squats. They were the base of my leg training for many years and produced solid results. Today's leg session was extremely tough. One of the highlights was working up to a heavy 10 on leg press and adding 20 walking lunges per leg at the end of the final set. I crumbled and got back up a few times, but made it through. A trainer thought I was injured until he realized I was trying to lunge my way back to the leg press lol. Working up with sets of 8 on deep squats came later in the session, which was torture after everything else.
    Great info man. Hockey is wicked on the legs. A burn that can't be unfelt ha
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by wasme View Post
    Agree with this 110%

    ...Just wanted to add, the time and thought that goes into your responses helps us all Matt... thanks man.

    Much appreciated Simon. It's great hearing that I'm able to help.

    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    Captain of The Dreamboat last I heard!
    Lol. All aboard!

    Quote Originally Posted by booneman77 View Post
    Great info man. Hockey is wicked on the legs. A burn that can't be unfelt ha
    Thanks brother. Yeah, one shift will do the trick.




    Pretty excited to add this to tonight's pre-workout CoR:

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  16. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post

    Trader Joe's... does it again. lol


    Do you still use Quest bars / pb cups?
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  17. Quote Originally Posted by wasme View Post
    Trader Joe's... does it again. lol


    Do you still use Quest bars / pb cups?
    Haha and it's awesome.


    The last time I had one was the week that Cookies and Cream was released. I'd just rather spend that money on more meat, which I'm going through like crazy. I get up early every morning and start cooking pounds of chicken, grass fed beef, and turkey to bring to work.



    I'm working late tonight and will hopefully get in an arm session before the gym closes (10:30).
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  18. Thought this was pretty good and true:

    Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes

    11 hours ago


    There is a slippery slope to a cheat meal>cheat day>cheat weekend>Cheat week>cheat month because I need a break from dieting>Wow I got fat this offseason.

    A little planning on this can go a long way...

    "Check yo self before you wreck yo self"

    ~Ice Cube~
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  19. You don't pick a day to prep meals for the week, Matt?

  20. Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    You don't pick a day to prep meals for the week, Matt?
    Not usually. It can be a pain, but I like to have my meals as fresh as possible. I cooked up just enough to get me through work and will cook again when I get home tonight.
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  21. Here's a good read on the benefits of the Mtn. Dog diet and many of the foods I eat:

    http://articles.elitefts.com/nutriti...uscle-or-both/

    I'm not sure if he mentions organic Red Palm oil in this article, but it's an excellent fat source as well.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Here's a good read on the benefits of the Mtn. Dog diet and many of the foods I eat:

    http://articles.elitefts.com/nutriti...uscle-or-both/

    I'm not sure if he mentions organic Red Palm oil in this article, but it's an excellent fat source as well.
    Awesome article, especially regarding fat intake. Towards the end of my cut when it got lower I was starting to feel a difference. And I'm in the market to get rid of nuts lol gonna look into red palm oil. Or avocado oil. I love MCTs and Natty PB but need to spice it up

  23. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Here's a good read on the benefits of the Mtn. Dog diet and many of the foods I eat:

    http://articles.elitefts.com/nutriti...uscle-or-both/

    I'm not sure if he mentions organic Red Palm oil in this article, but it's an excellent fat source as well.
    Great article. I like how he recommends macaroons ;D

  24. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Here's a good read on the benefits of the Mtn. Dog diet and many of the foods I eat:

    http://articles.elitefts.com/nutriti...uscle-or-both/

    I'm not sure if he mentions organic Red Palm oil in this article, but it's an excellent fat source as well.
    Great read. Fats make so much of a difference for me as well. I felt better on full keto at the end of my cut then I ever did with more cals on a normal bro split.
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    Awesome article, especially regarding fat intake. Towards the end of my cut when it got lower I was starting to feel a difference. And I'm in the market to get rid of nuts lol gonna look into red palm oil. Or avocado oil. I love MCTs and Natty PB but need to spice it up
    Definitely check out all the benefits of red palm. I usually have at least a tbsp. each of organic red palm oil and unrefined coconut oil daily. Sometimes I alternate days where I use one or the other.



    Quote Originally Posted by gokix811 View Post
    Great article. I like how he recommends macaroons ;D
    Yup, it's a few years old, but his recommendations haven't changed much. Check yo self.

    Quote Originally Posted by booneman77 View Post
    Great read. Fats make so much of a difference for me as well. I felt better on full keto at the end of my cut then I ever did with more cals on a normal bro split.
    Yeah, getting the right fats in your diet can be very beneficial. I wouldn't consider the MD Diet a high fat one though. He doesn't have set macros that he uses when putting diets together either; they just end up that way once everything is in place.
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  26. I had a very busy first half of the week, which is thankfully starting to slow down. This morning's session was secondary legs, with a focus on hamstrings. Here's a little of everything that was done, besides some calve work.


    Hamstring Dominant Giant Sets: None of these were taken to complete failure, as the main goal was to fill my legs with blood and get a strong pump. I did 3 warm-up rounds to get loose and bump up the weights, followed by 4 working rounds. Stiff-legged deads were done with constant tension to around 3/4 lockout. I could've increased the ROM slightly, but stopped when my head tapped the top of the machine. For the Smith squats, my feet were kept wide and toes were pointed out, which helped involve the adductors. A slow eccentric was used on these as well.

    warm-up round:




    3rd work round:






    Occluded Lying Leg Curls: I did 4 rounds with about 30 seconds between each (20,15,15,15). 2 sets of standard lying leg curls were down before the occlusion work.

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  27. Just got avocado oil cause I couldn't fine red palm :/ im doing 1/2 tbsp of that and MCT oil before bed with select froyo

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Swolbraham View Post
    Just got avocado oil cause I couldn't fine red palm :/ im doing 1/2 tbsp of that and MCT oil before bed with select froyo
    That's too bad. You can definitely find it a Whole Foods if that's an option for you. I use Nutiva Organic Red Palm. I don't think I've actually used avocado oil before.
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  29. I worked light chest/shoulders this morning. It was a pretty quick session, but felt effective.


    The entire chest portion was going to be 8x8 (after working to a tough 8) on a chest press machine with band over and backs between sets, but I added in a couple sets of this upper chest combo. I've been trying to experiment with movements where the impact is greatly felt on my upper/inner chest, and this has been my go-to for a couple weeks.





    Part of my shoulder work included cage presses. I was originally going to stay around 185 or below and focus solely on explosiveness, but strength and the added weight felt great, so I went with it. I'm not sure that I've gone this heavy with these before, at least not without using a good amount of momentum to drive the weight.

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  30. Quote Originally Posted by breezy11 View Post
    Yup, it's a few years old, but his recommendations haven't changed much. Check yo self.
    :O Say that to my face!
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