Some Good News and Some Bad News

/ Posted 11.01.2011

Good News:  My new E-book, The Texas Shredder Mass Workout is selling like freakin’ hot cakes and they’re on sale right now.  Just go to

http://www.x-workouts.com/#anchor_shredder

Good News:  Look up at the right hand corner of your screen and you can download my Ironman Ab Training vid and my Ironman Bench Press program for free (I think).

Good News:  Haloween is fun.

Diana and I decked out for Haloween

Good News:  Although it’s alot of work, it’s fun to judge and have booths at the bodybuilding shows.  This past weekend we did both at the NPC Central Texas Showdown.  Congrats to all of the athletes!  And, congrats to Bob and Laura Johnson who have done a terrific job growing this contest over the past 3 years!

With my client and bikini competitor Rosemary Calcese

Melanie Lewis, Diana Hurley, Briesen Cooper, and Rosemary Calcese at the Shredderbuilt booth

NPC competitor Giovanna Medina and IFBB Pro Bernadette Galvan at the NPC Texas Championships

Good News:  My head is not mis-shapen!  Well…not too much

Bleach the eyebrows and put a white shirt on me and you have Mr. Clean!

Good News:  At this point we have well over 130 athletes (not counting crossovers)registered for our NPC Texas State Natural Championships.  With 18 days to go we have surpassed our goal of 125 and I think we will hit our dream number of 150 competitors.  The theater should sell out and the house will be rockin’ for the final NPC Texas contest of 2011.  To purchase tickets, enter or sign up for a booth online go to www.TexasStateNaturals.com

Now the Bad News:  I’ve had trouble with my right wrist off and on for years, as I injured it in a bicycle wreck 17 years ago.  I visited a hand specialist who told me after viewing the x-ray that it looks like I have a torn ligament that he can’t repair.  The best option was to have it scoped and clean it up, but it’s not going to fix it.  He said, “think about an old car engine that isn’t running well.  You can take it apart clean it all up and put it back together.  It will run better for a while, but it’s still an old engine.”

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My new secret weapon

/ Posted 03.10.2011

     Well, for everyone that was hoping that I would keep up with my resolution to post on my blog at least 3 times per week….I’m sorry!  There just doesn’t seem to ever be enough hours in the day.  Which explains why I’m just getting to it at 10:30pm when I should really be in bed already, since I have to be back at the gym for my first client at 6am tomorrow.  Never the less, I’m making the effort because I’ve been stringing out my Facebook followers concerning my new “secret weapon”. 

      Sometime around mid-January I received a package at my office.  Inside was an UnderArmour mouthpeice, a letter to me, and some literature on the product.  The letter asked that I contact representatives at ArmourBite because they wanted to give me the opportunity to try out their product.  Cutting straight to the chase….what both you and I are interested in….the literature basically said that wearing this mouthpeice during training would increase strength.  I was skeptical, but I called the number and spoke to the company representatives who scheduled an appointmen tfor me with a local dentist (Dr. Nussbaum) so that a custom performance mouthpeice could be made for me.  It took about 2 weeks for the product to come in.  Again, I was a bit skeptical, but I figured the worst case scenario was that it would keep me from grinding my teeth during training.  Well, I remembered to use it during sleeping, but for a couple weeks I kept forgetting to wear the device during my workout.  For about the last 2 1/2 weeks I’ve worn the mouthpeice consistently during training and my strength has gone up dramatically on my basic lifts….squat, bench press, incline press and deadlift.  I had to do at least 2 workouts for each major bodypart to make sure that it wasn’t just a fluke.  But, after doing so, I can tell you for sure that it makes a tremendous difference!  I know, it sounds hokie.  That’s what I thought too!  I’m not going to go into the full explanation of why it works….I’ll let you check out the website for yourself.  http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/accessories?cid=DA|Armourbite

But, it has to do with the proper alignment of the jaw and reducing the cortisol response that happens when you clench your jaw.  The bottom line though is that it will increase your strength!

     Also, my girlfriend reports that wearing it at night has almost completely stopped my snoring.  I have to take her word on that.  But, I know for sure that she’s pretty happy about it!

     Now, you may be wondering why I felt compelled to unveil this “secret” on my Ironman blog.  It’s because somehow Armourbite was referred to me by someone at Ironman Magazine.  To whoever did that, THANK YOU!!!!

     Yes, I know it sounds too good to be true.  But, I am now a believer!  And, I’m not getting a penny from Armourbite.  All I got was a free performance mouthpeice….which I’m very thankful for!!!  Check it out!

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