Tyler McPeak
17May/13Off

Florida Champion Performance Trip

920505 377104492399919 628349326 o Florida Champion Performance TripIt's now a week after my recent trip to Ft Lauderdale Florida and I wanted to do a recap of my trip.  First off I want to say it was an awesome trip and experience to meet everyone at Champion Performance and they couldn't have made me feel more welcomed.

Tuesday May 7th the day before leaving I prepared all of my food I would need to have for my trip.  I know you might think what a pain in the ass that has to be and I'm not going to lie it kinda is but you have to do what you gotta do.  I've been traveling with my food like this ever since I started traveling for shoots, competition etc.  Of coarse it would be easy just to be able to hop on a plane and eat whatever you'd like whenever you'd like but with my body I can't do that.

922887 376726665771035 1509147360 n Florida Champion Performance TripWednesday I arrived in Florida around 11am and Ariella Palumbo another team member arrived at the same time.  IFBB Pro Lee Banks flight was delayed so he didn't meet up with us until team dinner.  We were greeted by Maryann, Camilla and Isaac from Champion and went straight to the offices.  We were in meetings throughout the day and we got to tour the plant where all the supplements are made starting from raw materials and each process after that.  It was pretty fascinating to see all of that because I never really think of the process of how something is made when I'm taking my supplements.  One of our meetings we had was about some upcoming new products that we will have that I can't wait for them to be released soon!  After we finished up at the Champion HQ we went back to our hotel for about an hour before we were picked up to go to team dinner.  I managed to get a quick pump workout in for about 30 min in the hotel gym :). We went to one of the hot spots on downtown Ft Lauderdale called YOLO and I had one of the best steaks in a LONG time.  After a long productive fun day I went straight to sleep once I got back to my room.

941235 376877265755975 77645380 n Florida Champion Performance TripThursday morning we were picked up and headed to our shoot that was at a gym in Lake Worth which was about a 45 min drive. We shot from 11am till about 5pm and I learned some new tips and tricks from Lee throughout the day.  At 5'8 and 240lb he makes me feel like I'm a stick figure lol.  After we finished up with a successful day of shooting it was cheat meal time! We ate at a restaurant right beside the beach and all ordered burgers, fries and had carrot cake for desert.  And oh yeah Lee and I split a quesadilla for an appetizer.

945923 377041582406210 548409885 n Florida Champion Performance TripFriday morning we were picked up and headed to a cross fit gym for our final shoot. We shot from 11am till about 3pm then had to head to the airport.  One of my favorite shots from this trip was taken here of me pulling a 200lb tire so I can't wait to see the final image of that! Once we got to the airport Lee and I had another cheat meal which was some pizza and a calzone sandwich and I had a couple candy bars.  Once I got back to Nashville I had one more cheat meal at Cheesecake Factory then got back on my normal diet on Saturday.  Overall it was such an awesome experience and made everything that much more real for me.  I feel so thankful and appreciative that I have this opportunity and being around the other team members and everyone at Champion Performance makes me want to work even harder!  This is only the beginning of one of the best chapters of my life!carrot Florida Champion Performance Trip

11Apr/13Off

My Supplement Regimen

championproducts My Supplement RegimenToday I received my first shipment of Champion Performance products and I can't wait to get them all started up tomorrow.  I felt like a little kid getting all excited when I brought the package into my place.  Before I get into my scheduling of each supplement I want to point at that in order to get the maximum benefit from supplements you need to be following a healthy nutrition plan along with exercise.  Since you follow my blog then I'm sure all of you do and your goals are to build muscle and burn fat!  So here is a break down of what my daily supplementation will be:

  • Taken with Meal 1 - Multi Vitamin + Energy,5 g  Power Glutamine
  • Taken with Preworkout Meal (Meal 3) - 10g  Power Glutamine
  • 20-30 min before workout - 3 scoops Adrenol8, 2 Performance BCAA
  • During Workout - 3 Performance BCAA
  • Directly Post Workout - 3 Performance BCAA, 5g Power Creatine, 5g Glutamine
  • 20-30 Min Post Workout - 2 scoops Pure Whey
  • Taken with Meal 6 - 5g Power Glutamine, 2 Performance BCAA

Multi Vitamin + Energy - Wellness Nutrition™ Multiple Vitamin + Energy delivers the most complete performance multiple vitamin for active individuals. Designed specifically for the nutritional demands of the athlete in-training.

Taking a multi vitamin is perhaps the most important single supplement that can be consumed by athletes and active individuals.

Multiple Vitamin + Energy is high-performance multi vitamin rich in phytonutrient concentrates, amino acids, and minerals that offer essential protection for performance and recovery.

Power Glutamine - HELP YOUR BODY'S RECOVERY MECHANISM

Research confirms what many in sports nutrition have believed for so long: L-glutamine is essential for protein synthesis, immune function, gastrointestinal health and recovery. Multiple scientific studies suggests that by taking supplemental L-glutamine, you can help your body prevent muscle protein loss due to intense stress or exercise.

Additionally, studies have found that consuming supplemental L-glutamine stimulates the release of growth hormone, volumizes your muscle cells and helps control toxic ammonia.

What's more, L-glutamine works in the gut helping to increase the absorption of other nutrients, such as creatine, potentially making them more effective.

Power Creatine - Creatine is an essential compound in the body's anaerobic energy cycle. It recycles the compound (ATP - from ADP) that directly provides the energy for intense muscular contraction. If creatine is not present in sufficient amounts, energy for intense exertion is both low and slower to recover. Supplementation of creatine increases available muscular energy for that set of squats, or that sprint, or that jump, or that play, or that swing, and so on. Likewise, creatine will enable quicker recovery for that next effort, just seconds away. The result is that you get stronger, bigger, and quicker.

Adrenol8 - is a complete pre-workout solution. ADRENOL8™ tops every other Nitric Oxide (N.O.) product in the market with its research for performance ingredients.

Champion Nutrition's ADRENOL8™ contains maximal amounts of the most effective performance-enhancing ingredients.

Designed with creatine enhancers, creatine effect multipliers, and the most absorbable form of creatine. ADRENOL8™ is for competitive bodybuilders and serious strength athletes ONLY!

Key Benefits:

Arginine

AKG and Arginine Pyroglutamate - provides enhanced potassium transporters and beta-oxidation inducers.

Dicreatine Malate and Creatine Monohydrate Dicreatine Malate

Even though it is less soluble than some other creatine compounds, it's absorbed more quickly. Plus, the inclusion of pure creatine monohydrate follows up over a longer period of time. The complete blend!

Cinnulin PF

Cinnamon extracts improves the uptake of creatine into muscle tissue.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine multiplies the effects of creatine and it's like creatine in the sense that it must accumulate in muscle over time, but within a week or two you will notice that you can do more sets before fatiguing, support more weight for longer sets, and recover faster.

Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

BCAAs reduce muscle breakdown, increase muscle synthesis, and shorten recovery time. And, ADRENOL8™ contains levels that are shown to produce results.

Performance BCAA - Stimulates Muscle Growth

When you're training to develop a stronger, more powerful body, it is essential to fuel your muscles at the cellular level.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine make up approximately 1/3 of muscle protein. Wellness Nutrition™ BCAAs delivers a 2:1:1 ratio reduction in muscle fatigue, speeds recovery, decreases the loss of other amino acids, and helps the body absorb protein.

BCAAs are rapidly depleted from the muscle when training and a deficiency in any one of them will cause muscle loss and catabolism.

Taking BCAAs before and/or during a workout provides the optimal muscle fuel to increase performance and reduce fatigue.

Key Ingredients:

Leucine

Leucine has many beneficial effects on sports performance. It helps preserve lean muscle tissue, it supplies the body with energy when engaging in athletic activity, it preserves muscle glycogen (glucose stored in muscle tissue used to power muscular contraction). It maintains nitrogen balance, and it enhances thinking abilities that can decline as physical activity becomes more intense.

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NEWS UPDATE:

This weekend I'll be filming new content for my youtube channel.  I have a videographer that will be doing a series so be on the look out for new videos!

7Mar/13Off

Questions – 3/7/2013

shoutbox7 300x180496 Questions   3/7/2013Adam
Have you ever tried or eard of Carb Backloading (CBL) or CarbNite? Its a program that allows you to only eat all your carbs after your workout, and those carbs are mainly simple carbs. It's a type of fatloss program as well. Wnated to know what your take is on it if so.
7 March 2013

Tyler - Nope I've never tried that.  Closest thing I have tried to that would be LeanGains. I say give it a try for a month and give it a chance to see if it works for your body or not.

Kirk
Hi Tyler, i have 2 questions i was hoping you could help me with. 1. Im currently carb-cycling for fat loss and was wondering if i should count my post workout shake carbs in my overall carb count? 2. When counting the total number of sets i've done for a given muscle group, should i include dropsets in that count? For example if 4 sets of bench press but i did 2 drop sets, should i count this as 6 total sets for my volume? Thanks in advance!
6 March 2013

Tyler - First question, yes count your post workout carbs from your shake in your total overall carb count. Second question, I don't count drop sets in my total volume.  I would consider that still 4 sets of bench press.

Jeremy
Hi Tyler, quick connection about taking naps. Im currently trying to trim out and i'm cycling my carbs. Some days when i get home from work, I like to take a nap, roughly 30-60 mins. However, my last meal prior to my nap is usually around 3pm and i would nap at around 6pm. My question is, is it a problem if i sleep through my next meal? I typically eat every 2-3 hours but in this case my meal would be "late" or missed. Is this a problem?
4 March 2013

Tyler - No it's not a problem, I wouldn't skip that meal just have it when you wake up from your nap and continue on with your normal meal schedule afterward.

Lance
What exercises would you recommend for a more fuller and thicker looking bicep? Also to help prononciate the horse shoe in the triceps? Thanks!
1 March 2013

Tyler - Kick your workout off with DB Hammer Curls for bicep thickness.  You can do a variety of different hammer styles.  Also nothing beats the good ol standing barbell curl.  I like to to dips and rope cable pressdowns to target the horse shoe of the tri

Jon
Tyler, if you had to pick only 4 foods for the rest of your life, which would they be and why ? (and how about supplements)
28 February 2013

Tyler - great question! ok let's see if it was 4 junk foods for the rest of my life it would be, burgers,pizza,fried chicken,cheese cake lol but I think your talking healthy foods. I would pick chicken and steak for protein sources just because I eat them every day now and my body seems to respond well to them and I love the taste.  Carb sources would be sweet potatoes and white rice.  Supplements : whey, creatine, bcaa, pre workout formula

Angel
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hey tyler. havent posted in the comment box in forever. been following u for 2 yrs now. ur buffalo chicken tenders recipe is awesome and thanks im now hooked on that popcorn seasoning...i put it on rice, eggs, veggies. hope all is great!
27 February 2013

Tyler - Great to hear!

James
Hey Tyler... I've been taking supplements for a while now, including but not limited too BCAA, glutamine, karboiyn, fish oil capsules, pre-workout powders with beta-alanine, creatine and such, etc.... i havent ever really cycled off of anything for longer then a week and it doesn happen very often. Are there any supplements you know of that i really should be cycling off of more frequently? Or should i just stop everything for a solid 1-2 months and come back on to it?
26 February 2013

Tyler -  I come off of everything when I'm taking a break for 4 weeks minimum

Jesse
Tyler,what are your thoughts on carb backloading/inter fasting? I knew that you have tried it before. Is that what Gregg Plitt does? Reading things on him,thats what it sounds like to me,him only eating a huge meal once a day.
18 February 2013

Tyler - Not sure what Greg does.  I've tried LeanGains which is inter fasting and I didn't like it.  My thoughts are give it a try and see if you like it.  Try it out for a minimum of 4 weeks and see how your body responds.

Sunny
Hey Ty, what do you suggest for upper chest development? My Chest has responded really well to FLAT bench press and is well developed, however i feel like i have a dip in my upper inner chest. I want to bring it out to balance the rest of my chest as wel as make it look more cut (look good in a V-Neck shirt cut) up there. My mid and lower chest have it. So far i've been trying DB incline bench superset with DB incline flys.
13 February 2013

Tyler - I would ALWAYS start your workouts off with an incline movement.  Any type of incline movement targets that upper chest.  Pick one that you feel that area working the most.

7Feb/13Off

Boost Your Testosterone!

vitamind 1 1 300x171 Boost Your Testosterone!As men we all know there are several health benefits to having a higher level of testosterone in and out of the gym.  Below are the three main supplements I use in order to give myself a short term boost of natural test production:

  • Vitamin D3- You know that vitamin D is a critical supplement, not just for your health but also for your muscle size and strength, and for burning bodyfat.That’s right, D can also help you get stronger, increase muscle protein synthesis, reduce bodyfat and raise testosterone levels. FLEX recommends getting in a good 2,000–5,000 international units of vitamin D per day, but not just any ol’ D will do. You need to make sure you are taking vitamin D3, known as cholecalciferol. In a recent study from Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) subjects took approximately 7,000 IU of vitamin D2 or vitamin D3 per day for 12 weeks. They reported in a 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism that D3 was about 90% more potent at raising levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the storage form of vitamin D in the body, than vitamin D2. It also increased stored levels of the vitamin three times more than D2 did.
  • Tribulus - Tribulus Terrestris is a vine plant that has a long history of uses. People around the world have turned to Tribulus to promote overall health and encourage muscle development.*

    When taken on a regular basis tribulus may be an excellent source for promoting the muscle gains competitors look for.* Tribulus is suggested to support healthy levels of the body's main muscle building hormone, testosterone.* Some of the main benefits of taking tribulus may include:

    • Support energy levels*
    • Promote hormonal balance*
    • Support testosterone release*
    • Promote recovery time*
    • Enhanced muscle mass and definition*

    When most people hear the word tribulus they immediately think of a supplement for males that enhances muscle growth.* While that is definitely an accurate statement, that's not all its good for!

    Tribulus may also be great supplement to take to support sexual health and improve your athletic performance.* If you're involved in a sport that requires power and focus, tribulus may help.*

    Additionally, anyone who wants to support healthy body composition may also want to consider using the tribulus supplement.*

  • D-Aspartic Acid (DAA)- is a non-essential amino acid. That means your body produces a functional amount of it internally.
    • Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and serve various functions in the body during childhood development and throughout adulthood. D-Aspartic Acid plays a role in metabolic support.* According to one study, D-AA supplementation may also support increased testosterone levels.*
    • D-AA is formed when the enzyme aspartate racemase converts an L-Aspartic Acid into D-AA in the testes and glands. It is one of 20 proteinogenic amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It was discovered in 1827 by Plisson, a French pharmacist, by boiling asparagus and treating it with hydrochloric acid. (Crazy, right?)

      One human study testing D-Aspartic Acid suggested that the amino acid boosted testosterone and luteinizing hormone release when taken over a 12-day period.*

      D-Aspartic Acid is found naturally in the testes, pituitary gland and hypothalamus, all of which are involved in hormone production. The study found that D-AA has a role in the regulation of the release and synthesis of LH and testosterone in humans.*

    • Aspartic acid comes in two forms, L and D. The l-aminos build tissue. But when l-aspartic acid combines with enzymes in the testes, it becomes a d-aspartic acid, which supports testosterone levels in the blood and prompts production of more.*

      A study discovered that D-Aspartic acid has specific effects on testosterone levels.* The patients in the study took 3 grams of D-AA per day for 6 days, then for 12 days. Researchers surmised that testosterone levels increased in all individuals who the compound being researched.*

      Sources - Bodybuilding.com, Flexonline.com

20Jan/13Off

Questions – 1/20/2013

shoutbox7 300x180494 Questions   1/20/2013Jamie
Hi Tyler, im currently on a bulk type cycle, eating enough excess calories to gain mass and i was just wondering what the best way to avoid or ger rid of bloat is? I know it may be typical to be bloated sometimes because of the large influx of calories, mainly carbs, but is there something i can to not atleast not have my stomach look like a baloon?
18 January 2013

Tyler - Your body doesn't need that large of an increase in calories in order to gain lean muscle tissue that will cause your stomach to be bloated.  You do need to be over your maintence calories but you are setting yourself up for a lot more work when it comes time to lean back down.  My only suggestion would be to lower you overall calorie intake to get rid of the bloat.

Craig
Tyler, hypothetically, in your opinion... what Leg routine would burn more calories: A routine where you did 4 exercises (BB squat etc) each exercises consisting of 3 sets of 12-15 reps OR a routine where you did the same number and type of exercises however each exercise only consisted of 3 sets of 5 (heavy). Essentially, what burns more calories, high reps or low reps, assuming that no other variables have changed?
17 January 2013

Tyler - I would say higher reps.  You still want to be doing enough weight where you are close to failing out at 12-15.  My heart rate always spikes up anytime I'm doing higher reps rather than 5 rep sets.  This is going to boil down to what you want from your physique though.  The 5 rep range is going to be more strength and power building while the higher reps are more for muscle growth and pump.

James
Tyler, i was wondering how to counteract the effects of too much protein for the kidneys. I weight 180 (16% bf) and take in about 200g protein a day while lifting weights 3-5x a week. Is there a supplement you know of? Do i even need it?
14 January 2013

Tyler - There is no supplement to take.  If your worried about protein being harsh on your kidneys then I suggest just lowering your protein intake.  200g a day at 180lb really isn't that much.  I wouldn't go any lower then 1g per body pound if your really trying to make progress with your physique.

Andrew
Hey Ty, was wondering do you cycle creatine? If you do what is the most ideal cycle or how do you cycle it? Also, what other kind of supplements do I have to cycle? (sorry newbie here)
12 January 2013

Tyler - Don't be sorry everyone has to start somewhere.  If you are just getting started though I suggest not worrying about supplements right now and focus on making your nutrition 100 percent along with training at 100 percent.  If you are dead set on starting to use supplements now though you can stay on creatine for several months.  I'll take short 4-8 week breaks from it but other then that I'll stay on it most of the year.

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Questions – 1/8/2013

shoutbox7 300x180492 Questions   1/8/2013Jamal
When you would ever incporate Machine or Cable work during a workout? When would be a good time do so? My workouts consist of all free weights and i read that using cable exercises could be a good shock for my muscles, especially my shoulders.
7 January 2013

Tyler - I incorporate cable work at any point of my workout.  Beginning, Midway, Or end.  I believe in the muscle confusion principle so I never do the same workout twice because I feel that it's the best way to shock your muscles by doing something different each time you step in the gym.  My suggestion is definitely throw some cable work into your workouts.  For shoulders some of my favorites are behind the back cable one arm laterals, and seated rope face pulls.  Check out my members section if you want full detailed workouts that I do.

Jake
Tyler, do you usually cycle of your supplements (i.e. creatine) when doing on a photo shoot? Are there specific supplements you use prior to a photo shoot (short term)?
7 January 2013

Tyler - I stopped creatine use about 5 days before my shoot.  There are no specific supps I use short term prior to a shoot. I didn't use any diuretics for my Jason Ellis shoot.

asad
Hi Tyler, As you know most of the Multi vitamins out their in market have insane dosages of vitamins in them like 10000 IU of vitamin A where RDA of vitamin a is 3000 IU. I just want to know how do you choose Multi for yourself or can you recommend any good Multi.
7 January 2013

Tyler - Most of the sports specific or bodybuilding catered multi vitamins have more in them since our bodies are put through a lot more than the average person.  The recommended dose from the government is for average people that aren't training their ass off in the gym every week.  I suggest going to bodybuilding.com and using one of the top supplement companies version of multi vitamin

Adam
When is it best to do use the drop set technique? The last set of the last exercise of the muscle group? Beginning of the workout as a pre exhaustion technique? Last set of ever exercise you do?
5 January 2013

Tyler - You have answered your own question.  My belief is the muscle confusion principle so I say try them all!  See what works best for you and see how your body feels.  I like to do them a couple time throughout the workout and it really just varies on the exercise I pick do them with.  Sometimes it's on the first exercise other times is several exercises.  Check out my  members section for my detailed workouts and you will be able to see exactly how many I do etc for each workout.

Shaun
Hey Tyler, just want to seek your professional opinion. I just got out of surgery a couple of weeks ago and I can't workout for a month. I am going to be doing TMT-Phase 2 when I get back for the first 4 weeks while waiting for your new e-book to be released. However, do you think I should try to bulk up to make up for the 1 month break or just resume my cutting phase?
1 January 2013

Tyler - That depends on what your trying to do with your body.  I assume that after surgery and being down for a month you might lose weight.  I would get back on a regular eating plan in order to bring your weight back to where it was and the assess the situation from there.  My new ebook will be out very soon!

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Questions – 8/27/2012

shoutbox7 300x18039 Questions   8/27/2012Kyle
Hey Tyler, a question about Cardio. If you are sore from a leg workout (doms) the next day or the day after that, is it okay to fight it and do your cardio, considering you can barely walk straight? Also, how long should you wait if you do morning cardio and have a weight training session later that afternoon? Thanks!
27 August 2012

Tyler - I would say it depends on what type of cardio your doing.  I always do cardio the days after legs I feel that it actually helps speed up the recovery process.  If your just doing low intensity you shouldn't have a problem and once you get moving and blood flows to them you shouldn't feel the soreness too bad. To answer your second questions I would say 4-6hrs is a good rest time in between cardio and weights.  It's really going to be up to you and your schedule and personal preference as to how long to wait but I like to keep mine at about 6hrs apart.

daniel g
hey tyler what is a good creatine product that will get me bigger and stronger alot thanks
27 August 2012

Tyler - Micronized Creapure Creatine Monohydrate

Dylan
hey Tyler, I'm a big fan of your work! I'm a shift worker and lately I have been working from 4am-1:30pm with 2 days a week where I finish at 4:30pm and a day off every now and again! I find it hard to go to the gym at 1:30 some days! Is it better to push through and go to the gym or have a nap then head to the gym! Am going to buy all the supplements for your ore workout shake in tmt phase 1 today! Thanks a lot, also am loving phase 1!!
26 August 2012

Tyler - Thanks for checking my book out!  I would most definitely take a nap before the gym.  Don't force yourself to go if your not feeling like up for it.  You want your workouts to be as productive as possible and forcing yourself to go when your worn down is not a good idea.  Good luck and keep up the hard work!

Brandon
Hey Tyler, I have a very serious question. I've been working out non-stop for the past few months. I'm really starting to see the definition. The guys in my gym class keep saying that the bigger my muscles get, the smaller my penis will be. I don't really see how that's possible, but I wanted to ask a trained expert. Are there things I can do to prevent such a thing if it exists?
25 August 2012

Tyler - I'm not sure if your joking or not but lifting weights does not affect that one bit.

Kyle
Tyler, i was wondering if 6oz chicken with 5oz sweet potatoes and half an avocado is OK pwo. This is also the last meal of the day and taken an hour after my pwo shake (25g karbolyn and bcaa). Thanks!
24 August 2012

Tyler - That sounds good.  I would actually eat that 30 minutes after your pwo shake if possible.

Edwin Adams
Tyler, what'st the best online or book information source to get a good overalll understanding of fitness nutrition? From vitamins to proteins to carbs....where is it all explained in simple terms?
21 August 2012

Tyler - Well there is several different ways to skin a cat.  That being said it all depends on what type of diet/nutrition approach you are interested in.  I've tried several different dieting approaches and what I'm currently doing right now is by far the easiest diet I've ever done and I feel that I look my all time best.  Check into bodybuilding.com and just search through some nutritional articles.

27Aug/12Off

Philly Trip Recap

What an awesome experience!  A short vacation to visit my good friend Anthony was just what I needed.  On Friday my day got started at 3:50am Nashville time since I had to be at the airport by 5am.  It wasn't a direct flight so my layover was in Chicago.  The first flight was hideous since it was one of those tiny regional planes and the guy sitting beside me was my height as well.  Needless to say it was a cramped 1hr flight.  I was able to get a 20 minute or so nap on the next flight to Philly and I arrived at 12pm.  Once I got in we relaxed for a couple hours then went to the Sports Club and trained some DELTS!  Ridiculous workout! I brought up some NOXplode 2.0 since I had some free samples and it was a lot easier then bringing up all my supplements.  This was the first time I had taken this stuff in years and it had me tweaking in the gym lol.  I'm not a fan of that feeling and what I mean by tweaking is that it had me so hyped up I didn't want to stop moving and mentally just not a good feeling to have in the gym IMO.  After that went back to the apt and knocked down a couple more meals before we headed out for drinks.  We went to a few different places that night.   The Continental, Morgans Pier, and Ladder 15.  It was a great night and even though I only was running on a couple of hours I was a trooper and made it all night.  One of his friends that he works with Ryan also joined up with us and I havn't had this much fun IN A WHILE!  The city life is something that I do miss because Philly reminded me a lot of NYC.  Just a scaled down smaller version.  The next day we got up and I still had a buzz from the night before for the majority of the day lol.  We did a few things around the city and then it was that time again to get a workout in.  We got after some ARMS and it was a crazy workout.  Sick pump and it was the first time I'd ever gotten nauseous from an arm workout.  Now I don't know if it was because of the partying or the intensity of the workout...most likely a combination of both.  By the time we finished up our workout and got cleaned up we headed to dinner and ate at a place called Devon.  Amazing seafood restaurant that's right beside of one of the main parks in the city so we sat outside to do some people watching.  I got a 10pc ahi tuna sushi roll and tomato basil salad for appetizer.  Crab cakes, mashed potatoes, and asparagus for my main coarse.  Desert was a mojito :)  As you can see this was a very scaled down version of my normal cheats but I wanted to be able to go out and have more drinks and not be totally stuffed.  Later on we ended up back at Ladder 15 and had a blast!  Yesterday for lunch we got some Philly Cheese steaks!  I couldn't go to Philly without trying one!  It was delicious icon smile Philly Trip Recap Overall it was a great trip.  A much needed trip since now it's time to crack down for the next 11.5 weeks to get in the best shape of my life for my upcoming shoots.  So that means I pretty much will not be doing anything social until I'm done shooting.  It was great hanging out and catching up with Anthony and making a new friend Ryan.  We talked about all taking a trip to Vegas together at some point and they are going to come down and visit me here in Nashville as well.  I know that's gonna be one hell of a time!

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Questions – 8/15/2012

shoutbox7 300x18037 Questions   8/15/2012daniel g
hey tyler am having a hard time finding a supplement with L arginine so do u know of any good supplements with that ingrediant that also gives massive pumps thanks
15 August 2012

Tyler - I would go with AAKG - http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/prima/aakg.html

Nick
Hey Tyler, you are making some insane progress! Can't wait to start Phase 2 next month! I have a quick question about joint pain. I'm on week 8, cycle 2, and just did day 2 (Back/Hamstrings). During the first half of the workout with pulldowns I was experiencing a lot of pain in my left shoulder and left elbow. This has been a constant thing that I usually feel the most on back days and arms days. Usually I just push through the pain but I'm only 19 so I don't want to do any permanent damage or even be forced to stop training due to an injury. So my question is: is there any advice you could offer for me? Like is there some nutrient or food that I should be getting more of to help with the joint pain? Or maybe should I lighten the weight?... Thanks a ton for all you do man, you've kept my drive alive for over a year and a half! Keep up the good work and all the best!
14 August 2012

Tyler - Thanks Man! I've never made progress like this before and I'm excited to get hammering away on the daily grind..I've got a HUNGER FOR MORE!  Joint pain at 19 is not good..When I was your age I ran into the same issues and continued to train the same way.  I ended up having to get a cortizone shot in my shoulder and that worked but to avoid that route and save money you should learn how to work around it and do exercises as substitutes for whats on the program in order to be pain free.  Trust me I have had plenty of pain issues myself it's part of beating the shit out of your body but you do need to lighten the weight up and figure out different angles or exercises that you can do where you don't feel pain.  Don't keep pushing through the pain because the injury will only get worse.  I suggest icing it every night.  20 minutes on 20 minutes off back in forth for a few rotations this will help out a lot.  Anytime I feel any type of aching pain I always automatically start icing asap to speed up the recovery process.  Hope this helps!

Ash
Hey man, this mite be a confusing or even odd question. but stomach flab (the wobbly stuff) will that tighten with a lean muscle gaining eating plan or a cutting/weight loss eating plan, just confused on which route to take. cos its my main goal/concern at the moment. and its not just on my stomach. any bit of help or advice (hint) will be a big help. thanks bro. all the best.!
14 August 2012

Tyler - To get rid of your ab fat your will have to be on  a cutting style nutrition plan.

rudy
Hello Ty ! Grat news for your shooting session ! I can't wait to see the pictures !! I'd like to know with your phase 1 and 2 programs what is the time you spend in a normal workout at the gym ?? thanks and remain the BEST for all of us
14 August 2012

Tyler - Thanks Rudy! I can't wait to shoot again! I spend about 1hr to 1hr in a half at the most.  Usually they run about 1hr and 15 minutes

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Do you have any experience with Stretch Marks, or any advice on the best way to treat/prevent them?
5 August 2012

Tyler - I have them.  Keep the areas moisturized is about the only thing I know to tell you.  I started getting them after my first year of lifting.  I think if your prone to getting them there is nothing you can do.

Joseph
After finding out that, unfortunately, the WBFF does NOT drug test and yet they call themselves a Natural Bodybuiilding Federation, I am feeling a bit disillusioned about the whoie scene. Who are some of the individuals that you look up to for motiviation that you know are working drug-free to enhance their physiques such as yourself? Thanks for the daily motifvation man. Keep doing your thing!
5 August 2012

Tyler - I follow professional bodybuilders.  It doesn't bother me that they use massive amounts of drugs.  The drugs aren't doing the work for them and making the sacrifice it takes to be at that level.  I have friends that use steroids.   At this point in my life my biggest motivator is myself but I've always followed the freaks!  I've done one cycle myself in 2008 and that was enough for me.  I don't regret doing it and it was a great experience but my health is my priority and I'm very happy with the progress I'm making being natural.

Mike
Hey Tyler...could you post pictures of your clean cheat meals?...really interested in seeing what the WW waffles,pancakes, and 2 pbandj sandwhiches looked like portion wise.
3 August 2012

Tyler - Yeah I will post pictures along with measurements

John
Are you taking any supplements do you take on your off days?
3 August 2012

Tyler - Yeah I take all my supporting supplements.  I only take my pre and intra shakes on days I train.