I recently became friends with a 18 year old genius named Ryan. Ryan was highly encouraging me to utilize my following to teach and really give people insight on how to train and do nutrition (to lose weight or gain/bulk.) I've always loved teaching and I've realized I've already repeated myself 1000x to friends about how to start training/track macros..... and maybe additional 1000x when I'm drunk off of soju LOL #sojugains #royhuh.
In conclusion, I want to provide free content to give all my friends and not have to explain myself over and over. Thanks Ryan! AND I think this will be the best way to give back to the lifting community that has given me so much already #silentmike #paulrevelia #albertonunez #jeffalberts #jeffnippard #alanaragon #laynenorton #omarassmuff #markbell
I genuinely believe learning how to lift and nutrition shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to access (because there is already so much free content online) but I also believe the individual that wants to learn MUST do their due diligence to be proactive and learn (so great job if you're here to learn!)
With that being said, WHO AM I? I'm a 26 year old, 6'0 ft, 190 pound online coach from LA/OC.
A lot of people assume that I was born ripped, more muscular than others, or have genetics of a god. Which is completely false. What I post on IG is literally my highlight reel and only the best lighting of lightings so don't be fooled by my illusions bahah.
I actually was a really chubby kid growing up. My friends made fun of me because I couldn't make eye contact during conversations because I'd be staring at their food (tru story LOL.)
So I first started working out with a good friend of my named Justin Yang (who was in high school at the time) when I was 13 and he taught me the basics of bodybuilding and we really bro'd it out. I didn't make any sizable gains but it really gave me the momentum to train through out high school while I played water polo and swam. BUT I hit a point where I felt really lost after I gained my freshman 15 in 1 month (fuk.)
BUT God is good. I met my good friend @churroochoa at a local gym in my hometown Downey, CA and Churro really enlightened me with bro science knowledge. I love you Churro! In hindsight, we didn't know jack shit about nutrition, training and probably made ALL THE MISTAKES you can think of. Socking each others abs as we are doing an overhead press to achieve muscle confusion LOL but even then through this bro-magical experiences, it really taught us discipline and the work ethic to train hard (which in my opinion is the most difficult thing to achieve.)
SO WHAT? Yes Serro, you learned how to bro science and learned discipline with your friends. WHO CARES? Well chill out, let me get to it. Then my senior year of college, I got really lucky and got the awesome opportunity to work for Barbell Brigade and this was truly a life changing experience. Barbell Brigade started off as a small warehouse gym that blew up very quickly (in size, exposure and business) and with the growth we got to network with some of the strongest, most ripped and even some of the most knowledgeable people in the fitness industry, which game sharked the shit out of us in terms of learning.
While at Barbell Brigade, I was training and learning under Bart Kwan and we were training 6 days a week (I only made it to 5.5 days on average cus I'm a bitch LOL) and we were doing a mixture of strength training, crossfit and of course a shat ton of body building. We were also doing the ketogenic diet (little to no carbs and high fat/protein diet) and my physique was NOT bad (weighing it around 190.)
BUT I hit a point on my 22nd birthday, I broke my ketogenic diet by drinking beer, eating a shit ton of pizza and enjoying life. Then I accidentally bulked up to 212 from 190 within a span of 2 months (which is not lean gains or anything I'd recommend for anyone.)
So as you can see from this point in my lifting journey from when I was 13 to 22, my gains and weight has always been fluctuating.. WHICH was the biggest problem for me. I couldn't sustain any of my gains and my lifestyle was either super robotic with tracking/training or let loose like a fat ass and just gained everything back (essentially losing everything I worked on.) Then one day while working at BB, I met Tyler Yasuda who was a young pro natural bodybuilder/elite powerlifter and an online coach. He offered me the best coaching package (cheap AF) to coach me on how to learn how to track macros which changed my life (no joke, forever thankful.)
Through Bart's work out programming and Tyler's very much hands on nutrition coaching, I was able to go from 212 pounds to a solid 180 in a span of 14 weeks or so. It was hard AF, but then again I was only able to do this because I built the discipline and work ethic from training hard in my past lifting experiences with Justin and Churro. Told you I'd tie it back together hahaha.
After training with Bart and Tyler for about 4 years, I started to help my closest friends lose weight/train and eventually started online coaching people from all over the world with my good friend @royhuh who I had not even met in person at the time. My experiences from the past 5 years has brought me to this blog post to share what I've seen, what I've tried and to give some key insights on how to succeed in nutrition and strength training. And I do want to say, no I am not a scientist or have a PHD in nutrition or strength training or in anything. Everything that is shared here is through my own experiences and in research (:
Hope this explained a little bit about me and I hope that ultimately I can help you! My next blog post most will most likely cover the expectations of what an individual must have and what your mindset should be like when you're trying to achieve a fitness goal. Then we'll move into the technical stuff (how to squat, bench, how to track macros and etc.) In my opinion, setting the foundation of work ethic/mindset is probably key to succeeding because even if you have all the life hacks/tricks and knowledge to lifting and dieting but can't execute shit, you'll be going nowhere fast.
Love you guys,