Saturday, March 11, 2017

5 Arnold Classic Pro Tips

The Arnold Classic has come and gone yet one more time and TeamEvilGSP was in the mix once again. Rather than pen a wrap-up type piece I thought perhaps I'd give you a few tips and tricks we've picked up over the last decade of ASF going.

First and foremost when booking your lodging look at the outlying towns. Towns like Dublin are only 10-15 minutes from the downtown and Expo center and are always cheaper and easier to book.

Second tip, study the ASF website to learn the layout and schedule of the attractions you see most interested in. Walking blind into the unadulterated mayhem that is the Arnold Classic is never an effective plan.



Third, take advantage of the FREE parking shuttles. One of the very best tips I can offer you is to park at one of the many satellite location around town like the fairgrounds and take the FREE shuttles to all the other locations. The shuttles are full-sized tour buses and get priority on the roadway, they will get you to your destination faster than you can on your own!

Fourth, pack some bottles of water (or whatever you care for) and some travel-friendly food like protein bars. The few food vendors in the expo are INSANELY BIZZY and fairly high priced. Bringing even a simple snack can save you a ton of time and money.

The fifth tip is a big one, stay for Sunday. Intact try to plan on Sunday bring the day you shop the Expo booths. Sunday you will find the crowds much smaller and more manageable. In addition, the expo vendors are more receptive to negotiation rather than face repacking and shipping product a second time. This is the day for the real deals if you take the time and work the room.

A quick bonus tip, network, network, network! It's easy to be overwhelmed by the size and scope of the event, take steps to ensure you make introductions. If you don't have already, print biz cards and hand them out liberally. Vendors love to get access to potential clients so it's never an imposition, and just might be the potential dialog you need in the future.


B."EvilGenius"Chavez

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Don't Be An "A"Hole

Alternate Title:
Don't call yourself a strongman if you are NOT!!!


The inescapable theme pervading modern strength training is the idea of "work Your Weaknesses". Very good and practical advice for elite lifters and strength athletes, however for the less advanced it may, in fact, be problematic at best.


   ...…...How can addressing your weaknesses ever be a "bad" idea you ask.......


Let's say Strongman "A" is new to strongman and new to strength sports in general. "A" competes in a local event and does well in the NOVICE division. After reviewing his performance "A" identifies overhead pressing as his prevailing weakness.
   
        ………...Sounds Logical So Far You Say.................


"A' now prioritizes his training to bring up his OHP to the standards of his other events
(strengths), But remember "A" is a novice and his "good" events are likely abysmal by national standards! So now after a full training cycle "A" is (potentially) a rounded novice.............not MY idea of a well developed long term goal!




I submit that "A's" better course of action would be to implement a more basic and rounded training protocol with the goal of bringing up  his body weight and general strength to a more "nationally" competitive level. It is my experience as a coach that often just training to be STRONG for an extended period of time has the unexpected (too many) effect of "smoothing out" weaknesses!


So many times an "A" type lifter will come to me for coaching and say something like "I'm 100kg and my OHP (or whatever) isn't as good as the other 105kg guys" My response is always YOU NEED 5kg BEFORE YOU CAN MAKE A COMPARISON! 5kg is a WHOPPING pile of muscle, even in unrelated/ correlated muscle groups it will have a measurable impact on OHP performance! Trust me as a coach, no amount of shoulder specialization will pile on 5kg of raw muscle!!!!


My goal here is not to question the value of knowing and evaluation your weaknesses, but rather to question the standard (the prevailing standard that is) definition of weakness!


As a rough guide, I'd say if you do not have a minimum of a double bodyweight squat and deadlift and perhaps a bodyweight or better bench press you may not use the term "Strongman" to describe yourself no matter how many times you've competed!.


B.Chavez
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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!:
Oats and whey are fundamental elements of an athlete's diet. Naturally low in sugar, oats supply slow-burning complex carbohydrates and hunger-filling dietary fiber. Whey proteins are readily digested and provide considerable amounts of essential amino acids, especially the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Optimum Nutrition's Natural 100% Oats & Whey combines the benefits of these nutritional powerhouses in a smooth, drinkable shake that's quick to prepare and equally easy to clean up after. Each serving packs in 24 grams of all-whey protein and as much fiber as a big bowl of oatmeal. Better yet, it tastes great, and it goes down easy. As the name suggests, Natural 100% Oats & Whey is free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. So naturally, it's great for breakfast, after workouts, and anytime that you're looking for an on-the-go meal.




One of the very few products that I (B.Chavez) spend my money on! This product is a simple, delicious meal replacement!


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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: All Things Gym Youtube Channel


This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!



All Things Gym Youtube Channel:
Endless Olympic Lifting In an Interesting Enjoyable Format!


https://www.youtube.com/user/allthingsgym


B.Chavez
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Little Things,...............Or Are They?

Every single training / programming / consult I do ultimately ends in an near endless barrage questions regarding OTC “supplements”.


Alternate Title: 
Your Precious F’ing Protein Shake!
Original artwork by John Minka Of Bewitched Tattoo!

For those of you who are not Are not familiar with me or my methods let me be painfully clear on this point 99.5% of all OTC products or other worthless or not supplements at all but extremely expensive processed foods.That being said (and true) let me point out a few little things that you can implement that have real, proven science-supported benefit with extremely little cost or effort!


  • LT#1 (Little Thing # 1):
    Add live yogurt to your precious F’ing protein shake! The benefits to digestion and gut health associated with live cultures has been noted and documented for 100s if not 1000s of years!!



  • LT#2:
    Drink Freshly brewed green tea everyday! EGCG (the active ingredient in green Tea) has a list of scientifically supported benefits longer than my C*CK leg! Why buy a commercial refined product when Tea is cheap,  easy and delicious? If for some reason you truly don't like the taste  of green tea brew it, freeze it and use it as ice in your precious F’ing protein shake



  • LT#3:
    Stop buying expensive (potentially dangerous) pre-workout potions and buy a few pounds of high-quality coffee and a decent Brewing device. Coffee is the new darling of nutritional research nearly every week you can find a new study pointing to coffee as a “Wonder Food”! Even if you truly don't like coffee you can Brew, it chill it and use it as the base for your precious F’ing protein shake!


Before spending your hard-earned dollars on potentially worthless products or at the very best financially enriching very undeserving criminals. think about “the little things”!


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Monday, June 13, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things:The RumbleRoller

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things". 

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

 B.Chavez 

The RumbleRoller:
In my opinion the very best "foam roller" available!




The RumbleRoller:
The RumbleRoller Manipulates Soft Tissue - Like a Massage Therapist!
The surface of the RumbleRoller contains specially designed bumps that are firm, but flexible, much like the thumbs of a massage therapist.

As you roll over the top of the RumbleRoller, the bumps continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain. By design, the RumbleRoller's bumps are firmer than muscle tissue but much softer than bone, so they deflect out of the way if they contact your spine or other bony protrusions. 

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Monday, June 6, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things". 

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

 B.Chavez 

MET-Rx :
One of the only "supplements" I ever spend my own dollars on! Quality protein in a filling good tasting shake!

 MET-Rx®
“The ORIGINAL” MEAL REPLACEMENT revolutionized sports nutrition with the METAMYOSYN® Protein Blend! The “Original” MET-Rx® Protein Meal Replacement nutrition shake, is back and better than ever with an upgraded formula that is free of aspartame and hydrogenated fats while still featuring the exclusive METAMYOSYN® Protein Blend. COMPLETE PROTEIN BLEND TO SUPPORT LEAN MUSCLE* Originally developed by a physician, METAMYOSYN® protein is based on metabolic research to help support lean muscle mass.* METAMYOSYN® combines Milk Protein with slow-acting casein, plus L-Glutamine. Milk Protein is a natural source of whey and casein, for fast and slow digesting properties, and each protein source within METAMYOSYN® provides naturally occurring Branched Chain Amino Acids - Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine. The precise combination of proteins in METAMYOSYN® offers a sustained release of amino acids and provides your body with a highly bioavailable fuel that helps support lean muscle mass and strength.* 

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