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Sergio Oliva Tribute to The Myth

Posted in Blog, Motivation on November 13, 2012 by John David Reynolds III

November 12, 2012 the bodybuilding legend Sergio Oliva has died at the age of 71 years. He is said to have been suffering for some time from kidney disease.

Sergio Oliva

After many years as an activity that served mainly as a backdrop for weightlifting competition, bodybuilding in the 1960’s was emerging as a sport in its own right and one man from this era created a physique that set, for all time, the standard in physical excellence. 40 years later and the size and shape he created then has, in the eyes of many people, yet to be

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Posted in Motivation with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

Turnier der Meister 2006, Gymnastics World Cup...
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“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

 – Robert Kiyosaki

I wanted so bad to compete in this year in Brazilian Jiujitsu, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen, injuries and life had other plans for me. This is the way things go, you have to be ready for disappointment, then you have to be able to get back up and punch life right back in the mouth.

Yeah a violent reference, but if you are not ready to get up and fight for the things that inspire you, that you strive to achieve, and you desire to have in your life.

Today is March 8, 2010.  I am going to be sure that I handle my disappointments, I answer for them, and I respond accordingly. That is something that I haven’t done lately and I really let life get me down about it.

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Posted in Motivation with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

A Greco-Roman wrestling match in the United States
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So last night I went to wrestling Practice, for two whole long hours, well not really it was more of a feeler class. Kind of like a jock get to know you session. Who’s got a good single, double, spiral ride, bulldog, and so on.

Well OuCH! OuCH! OUch!

The next couple of months are going to be very important for me as I prepare for the 2010 PanAms in Bjj, I am so ready to be in some serious discomfort with a six day a week training schedule, and having to train through minor injuries, bumps, and bruises. It will all be worth it even if I do not win gold, but OF COURSE GOLD is the GOAL.

I was taught early on to set goals. It goes without saying that to reach a goal you have to first take a step in that direction. You have to have a process to get to where you are going. Here is what I am going to be doing in prep for the PanAms.

  1. Train Skills 6 days a week. Brazilian Jiujitsu (Bjj) Monday thru Saturday Mornings.
  2. Wrestling Tuesday and Thursday (Until March 11).
  3. EVERYDAY, Resistance Band Flexibility Training and Self-Myofacial Release.
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  4. Monday,Wednesday, and Friday Strength training.
  5. Tuesday/Thursday Conditioning Workouts.
  6. Then up to the PanAms two day Bjj training twice a week.
  7. Compete at the PanAm.

After that I will rinse and repeat as I will have the World Championships and the American Cup left to compete in as well as possibly going to the No-GI championships later on this year, too. I have a lot of work to do, but that is what I am working on. My Gold medal depends on this.

This year, do not just make goals, but make a plan and a process to achieve those goals with a certainty. The lack of preparation can be the biggest downfall to anyone. It is wise to be prepared.

In the sense that this is the time that people make resolutions,I just got permission to give out Craig Ballantyne’s Top 10 Fat Loss Perfictions for 2010. It is jammed with fitness gems and trends to look forward to in 2010, and it will give a couple ideas of what you may expect from me in some future posts and videos down the line.  So feel free to check out the Ebook.

Click Here to Read the Top 10 Fat Loss Predictions for 2010

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No Excuses…Carry Like Crazy!

Posted in Motivation, Strength & Conditioning with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

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There is never any reason to back out of a workout, Seriously, so I am sitting here thinking to myself what the heck why not go pick something up.

I looked around, I saw my couch. Well no body will know, lol. So instinctively I began to deadlift the end of the couch, it was a good idea, so I went for 100 reps.

100reps of deadlifts, Oh I love the deadlift, but I was not satisfied. So then I took that same end of the couch and started pressing it, and super setted that with some clapping push ups. 20 reps of presses and clapping pushups for 5, by 5 sets. Oh yeah, I was on a roll then. So NEXT, I decided to finish off my workout with 30 burpees.

It was an awesome workout that just came from nowhere… while I was waiting on the new episode of Fringe to come on.

Enjoy the following Article..


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Carry Like Crazy!

By Zach Even – Esh

The simplest movements can often yield the most powerful results. Is this why I never saw anyone doing farmer walks with the 180 lb dumbbells at some gyms I’ve been to?

Or heavy rack pulls, heavy squats, heavy military presses (standing not seated) or heavy barbell rows?

These movements pack on the real muscle and make you stronger than a Bull! What about farmer walks with the farmer walk bars?

I snagged a great pair of farmer handles from

I used the econo farmer bars and they arrived 2 days later! These long bars make the carries much harder and really hammer the lower body. Normally we used our 130 lb dumbbells or heavy kettlebells but these long bars were different and better for full body work!

You can also perform the other basic carries with dumbbells and sandbags. These movements will develop full body strength and you want to include these HEAVY in your workouts on a regular basis. These are the basics. After the basics you can start getting more advanced by using cross carries or mixed carries. I’m talking about zercher carries and bear hug carries using sandbags or carrying a stone around the backyard in between sets of kettlebell work.

The cross carries can be used with dumbbells, kettlebells and even sandbags. All you need to do is hold them in two different positions. This awkward loading of the body strengthens the muscles and the body from unique angles that don’t get worked through traditional movements.

Some more of my favorite are rack walk + overhead carries or overhead and farmer walk mixed together.

Carrying heavy objects of any type are awesome for full body strength development and work capacity.

In addition, the first rep of every set is some form of a power clean and / or deadlift just to get the weight off the ground. Putting the weights down requires control, so no dropping, only squatting / deadlifting the weights down under control.

I’ve met some seriously strong men who never touch free weights, their strength came from manual labor carrying objects, lifting them, throwing them, power cleaning them into truck beds, etc.

The guy who used to pick up our garbage when we were remodeling our house had an old pick up truck, it seriously looked like Steve Justa’s truck!

This guy’s name was Tony. Tony picked up junk for people as a side job, but it was always heavy stuff. Odd objects that makes you stronger than a freight train.

He would pick up all our stuff: toilet bowls, dish washers, heavy contractor bags filled with sheet rock, an old deck and more! I remember talking to him about strength training (as I always did) while we were loading his pick up with 20 + bags of sheet rock. He was holding one bag with a straight arm as he causally spoke with me! I was using two arms and my entire body to heave those bags up and I was starting to sweat bullets.

Tony was used to carrying car parts, scrap metal and other seriously heavy and odd objects. Essentially, all he did was carry junk. But, remember, like I said, when you carry objects, you power clean them up / down as well as deadlift the weight up / down.

It can’t get any simpler than that!

Now it’s time you begin to carry some odd objects!

About the Author

Zach Even – Esh is a Strength & Performance Coach from Edison, NJ and is the owner of The Underground Strength Gym and creator of the Underground Strength Manual. Zach’s Underground methods have spanned the globe and have helped men and women of all ages to dramatically improve athletic performance, pack on rugged muscle and develop brute strength. Zach is the Strength & Conditioning advisor for TapOuT Magazine and is also a featured writer for Men’s Fitness Magazine. To learn more about Zach and his methods visit

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Results Start with No More Workouts

Posted in Fat Loss, Motivation with tags , , , , on January 19, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

That’s right, I said it, No More workouts.

A big problem I have seen with gym goers, friends, family, and of course my clients is they hate working out. Well that is fine, because quite frankly I do not believe in working out. Neither should you.

Matter of fact, just quit working out all together. I tell my clients they do not come to me to workout, they come to me to do one thing, Train. I am a coach, a motivator, and my job is to train my clients to Perform.

You too should, quit working out and start TRAINING.

For what, well that is something you have to ask yourself, but it will be something that will motivate you to get up and work harder than you ever have. Here are a few examples of what to train for :

  • As a busy mom it is about having the strength and energy to for when you are juggling the schedule of work and keeping up with day to day tasks of a family.
  • For those dad’s it’s about not letting your teenage son kicked you a$# on the driveway basketball court every Saturday
  • For the energetic grandmother or grandfather it was about being able to enjoy the grand kids and not having to sit on the porch and just watch.

You have to find that reason to train, quit working out, have something to live for to love to desire.

It is about time YOU took care of YOU, and took the 90 minutes a week to help ensure your health, happiness, and well being.

Train to be the you that you dream to be from this day forward.

Throwing out the Garbage

John David Reynolds III,CPT

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Why Hire a Personal Trainer!

Posted in Motivation with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

Often there is a lot of discussion about why is it that someone would hire a personal trainer, it only takes a person to make up their mind and decide to set  a plan for themselves for them to achieve.

Well, a personal trainer should Coach you to develop your goals, develop a map for you to get there, and inspire the best in you to come out to the surface. When clients come to me asking, “Why should I… Or I like…I don’t want to…” then I take the time to understand their why, but only after I make sure that they understand that if they are reverting to their self-doubt or they are giving in to settling for being unsuccessful in their goals, due to discomfort eating only 2 scoops of ice cream instead of the carton, then I guess my services are not for them.

Serious Minded. Motivated. People need only apply for the Results I GUARANTEE to deliver, and I say that with confidence because I have helped enough people to know that if you look past your doubt and you fight reverting back to what made you unhappy, unhealthy, and unsatisfied with your life to the point you thought you wanted to make a change as opposed to DECIDED to, I know that you will succeed at getting the Body you feel that you deserve.

Don’t Quit, on your dreams. Find that person that motivates you, trains you, that inspires you when you need to go two more steps but the weight of the world is getting pretty heavy and quitting is sounding pretty tasty.

If you are looking for a Personal Trainer, be sure that you know what it is that you want, be sure that he provides you with all the tools that you will need to succeed, and that they instill in you the confidence that they can help you achieve you goals.

Let’s Get it!
John David Reynolds III, CPT

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Uncomfortable is No Excuse

Posted in Motivation with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by John David Reynolds III

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968)
I am sitting up late at night watching the movie, Talk to Me, the bio pic of Petey Green an ex-con disc jockey of the 1960s era. A great movie that I recommend everyone to check out. While watching it this movie and listening to the soul soundtrack it got to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and they depicted the riots of Washington,D.C. where he closes off air at 2AM and he closes with the quote at the top of this post. It got me to thinking.
People really hate to workout, they want to lose weight. They want to just wake up tomorrow and have what they THINK came natural for some other people with perfect circumstances and genetics… what not.
Well how about this, don’t work out… Don’t even think about working out. I want you to get up today and find out what it is that YOU, REALLY WANT.
Decide Right now to take a stand in 2010 and get up and go out about making things happen.
Wilma Rudolph Statue
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Decide that you are going to TRAIN for what every it is that you REALLY WANT and if losing as much weight as inhumanly possible is what you are training for then you better be sure of a few things, don’t just make some dumb goal, but make it a process and have a reason, a passion for what you are looking to do.

If it requires you to be UNCOMFORTABLE, so what. You want results be ready to get Uncomfortable and work hard, ready to sweat, and ready to dig deep in yourself to get the results that you want. It is UP To YOU to make that decision.
To Leave your your comfort zone and earn what is rightfully yours.
Until Next time.
John David Reynolds III, CPT
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