How Does This Bodyweight Plan Bring Sexy Back

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This is The Stephane Andre and today I’m talking about how you can gain muscle anywhere and anytime. The solution, this bodyweight plan. Maybe you think you can’t gain a lot of muscle with it, but this is the first step to build a solid foundation.

When I decided to be in shape, I didn’t have the money to buy a gym membership. I used a bodyweight workout to be stronger and it learn me the basic movements to use gym equipment. When I am in a hotel and I don’t have the time to train, this is amazing. This kind of workout is very helpful for people who are under 16 years old and want to have a better body.

Do you know people who gained muscle years ago, and when you see them now, they gained fat instead? Generally, it’s because of a change in their life and they don’t have the time to train anymore. It’s sad.

It’s now or never to bring sexy back anytime, anywhere, no matter what changes in life.

Full bodyweight workout plan

Do this plan 2 to 3 times a week with at least one day of rest between. This workout plan can be done in 2 ways:

  1. For each exercise do 4 sets of the maximum repetitions you can do
  2. For each exercise do the maximum of repetition you can do for 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and go to the next exercise.

You can alternate these two training’s type in a week.

Start with a warmup of 20 jumping jacks

Jumping jacks

jumping jacks

Then

Mountain climber

mountain climber

Squat

squat

Lunge

lunge

Burpee

burpee

Crunch

crunch

Decline push up (chair or bench)

decline push up

Leg raises

leg raises

Push up

push up

Dips (chair or bench)

dips

Bicycle crunch

bicycle crunch

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-Steph

Body Under Construction 2019-08-31

body

Each month I do my body check to track my body’s evolution with photo, measurements and body fat(%) to reach my Golden Ratio.

I take my results in the morning with my stomach empty or just a glass of water.

I calculate my body fat ( %) with the 1 site skinfold measurement (fat caliper) and I use the caliper’s chart.

Current

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 80.3 kg (177.03 lbs)
  • Body fat(%) : 10.5 %
  • Waist : 87 cm (34.25 in)
  • Chest : 98 cm (38.58 in)
  • Arms : 33.5 cm (13.18 in)
  • Forearms : 28.5 cm (11.22 in)
  • Shoulders : 117 cm (46.06 in)
  • Hips : 97.5 cm (38.38 in)
  • Thighs : 60 cm (23.62 in)
  • Calves : 40.5 cm (15.94 in)
  • Neck : 38 cm (14.96 in)

Goals (Golden Ratio)

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 80 kg (176.37)
  • Body fat(%) : 8 %
  • Waist : 75.07 cm (29.55 in)
  • Chest : 107.25 cm (42.22 in)
  • Arms : 39.93 cm (15.72 in)
  • Forearms : 31.63 cm (12.45 in)
  • Shoulders : 121.47 cm (47.82 in)
  • Hips : 91.16 cm (35.88 in)
  • Thighs : 61 cm (24.01 in)
  • Calves : 39.61 cm (15.59 in)
  • Neck : 39.68 cm (15.62 in)

Websites where I found my Golden Ratio, it’s here .

Websites where I calculate my body fat(%), it’s here .

And you ? Have you set your goals ?

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-Steph

How Train Legs Made Me More Ambitious

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This is The Stephane Andre and today I will talk about train legs and ambition. When you practice a sport, you set a goal and you create a program with a deadline to reach it. This goal is your ambition. Once you reached it, your create a higher goal and on and on. More you goal is high, more is difficult. This is why it’s important to have the mind and the body connected to work well. I’m sure you know the motto: “No pain, no gain”, it means the pain is a part of the process and you can’t avoid it. Feel good in your body is a good help to go through the pain.

A video of my legs day

Resilience

resilience

What is the harder pain to handle, physical or mental? It’s mental pain. Train your body help you to be healthy, stronger and learn resilience. The resilience allow you to recover quickly from difficulties. You know the life, difficulties are everywhere, so you can use resilience outside of the gym. It helps you to set higher goal in your professional career or in your relationship.

Train Legs

train legs exercise

The first week when I started to train like an athlete to gain muscles, the worst day was legs day. You need to lift heavy weight to build legs and aches the following days are intense. I was afraid of squat and deadlift, you know. When you do these exercises with a bad form, you can have injuries. I forced myself to do legs day because I didn’t want to have chicken legs.

After 6 months, my friend Marcus noticed that my body changed and asked me if I knew Ronnie Coleman. I knew this name because he won 8 times the famous bodybuilding competition, Mr. Olympia, but not more. Marcus advised me to watch a documentary about Ronnie, “Cost Of Redemption”(2005). This documentary completely changed my mindset. Coleman is so enthusiast when he trains, it’s contagious. When he trains his legs day,it’s epic.

This legend showed me what means to be ambitious in this sport. Since I use the Ronnie’s motto: “Lightweight baby !” to encourage myself during my trainings. Little by little, I started to like legs day and I can tell you it’s my favorite day, now. Don’t forget train legs.

Ambitious

ambitious

Sport is a good place to learn ambition because it’s a competitive environment. If you want to be in the top 3, you need to have a plan and have key actions to reach it. In my case, Taekwondo taught me to be patient, consistent and be responsible of my losses. Once I was in Miami with a cousin and we met a successful black man who told us to consider life as a sport. It sounded weird, but it looked cool to see life like that. When I worked for the first time during my summer’s holidays, I saw a lot of co-workers who didn’t like their job. They told me to have nice grades at school to have the choice to have the job of my dream.

At the time of my parents having a bachelor or a master guarantee you a nice job for life. Today, the global economy is changing a lot and fast because of new technologies. Jobs disappear and new type of jobs are creating, this is make the job market very competitive like a sport.

Mindset

When you set a goal in a sport, it’s ambitious because you’re going in a uncomfortable situation. You do it to have access to the benefit of this success. Once you reached it, what do you do ? Do you stay here or do you go to the next level? The competition in this world is harder year after year, you can’t stay here. Soon, somebody will take your place and you will lose the benefit you earned.

I don’t know if this world will be less competitive in the future. I hope, but today it’s not the case. Think about sport. Each year, the championship start again and the champion can lose the title. Some rules in the game change too. It means every year the athletes need to be better. This is why they have a special, personal program to be on the top and it’s flexible. Nobody knows what can happen during the season.

Athletes learn new things and practice everyday to have the best performance. These ambitious are a virtuous circle.

Life changes

new life

Sometimes you have a great goal and coming from nowhere, a problem comes and changes a lot of things in your life. Is it a reason to stop to reach your goal ? Do you think an athlete can stop to play in the middle of a season because he/she have a problem in his/her private life ? No. Do you think I stopped to do squat because I learned 6 months ago that my father has Alzheimer’s disease ? No, even if I know one day, my father will not recognize me.

I decided to go to the next level. In fact, I have a bigger ambitious than I had never thought before. I can’t stay in this place, I can’t keep this lifestyle, I can’t. The more my father loses his memory and the more life will become more complicated for all the family. I have new problems in my private life and in my family. People outside are jealous and want to destroy my life. The truth is athletes live the same thing and I’m sure you too, so what do you do?

-Steph

Body Under Construction 2019-04-28

bodyfat

Each month I do my body check to track my body’s evolution with photo, measurements and body fat(%) to reach my Golden Ratio.

I take my results in the morning with my stomach empty or just a glass of water.

I calculate my body fat ( %) with the 1 site skin fold (fat caliper) and I use the caliper’s chart.

Current

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 84.5 kg (186.29 lbs)
  • Body fat(%) : 12.7 %
  • Waist : 89.5 cm (35.23 in)
  • Chest : 98 cm (38.58 in)
  • Arms : 34.5 cm (13.58 in)
  • Forearms : 29.5 cm (11.61 in)
  • Shoulders : 121 cm (47.63 in)
  • Hips : 96 cm (37.79 in)
  • Thighs : 63 cm (24.80 in)
  • Calves : 41 cm (16.14 in)
  • Neck : 38 cm (14.96 in)

Goals (Golden Ratio)

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 80 kg (176.37)
  • Body fat(%) : 8 %
  • Waist : 75.07 cm (29.55 in)
  • Chest : 107.25 cm (42.22 in)
  • Arms : 39.93 cm (15.72 in)
  • Forearms : 31.63 cm (12.45 in)
  • Shoulders : 121.47 cm (47.82 in)
  • Hips : 91.16 cm (35.88 in)
  • Thighs : 61 cm (24.01 in)
  • Calves : 39.61 cm (15.59 in)
  • Neck : 39.68 cm (15.62 in)

Websites where I found my Golden Ratio, it’s here .

Websites where I calculate my body fat(%), it’s here .

And you ? Have you set your goals ?

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-Steph

P.S. If you’re in Miami and you like Caribbean food, go to my cousin’s restaurant to eat Haitian food, click here.

Protein (Part 3)

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Before read Part 3, be sure you read Part 1  and Part 2 .

Protein supplements

In training program, there is always a nutritional plan because to build muscle lifting weights isn’t enough. The good quantity of protein in relation to your bodyweight is an extremely important element. But as you’ve noticed, it’s difficult to eat enough protein without eating too much fat. Protein supplements are a solution.

Protein supplements can increase protein intake without increasing the fat’s amount in your body and ease protein intake several times a day. Eating several times a day is essential for a bodybuilder and having tips to make it easier is appreciated.

There is an incredible variety of protein supplements and they really have a dessert’s taste. What’s interesting is that they’re more and more rich in nutrients with vitamins and minerals and in macronutrients with proteins and carbohydrates. Find a protein supplement that meets your nutritional needs and tastes can be a help in your nutritional plan.

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As there is an incredible amount of protein supplement, there are several things to check to help you choose. First, reading the label is important because there are some that really contain too much carbohydrate. It’s good to know that carbohydrate improve the conversion of food protein to muscle protein but an excess of carbohydrate creates an excess of calories which prevents your body from easily burning fat. Therefore, it’s necessary to count the number of carbohydrate on the label.

Second, protein supplement that is consumed pure, without a meal or without carbohydrate, isn’t metabolized effectively. Research shows that for the protein to be used for protein synthesis, it must be consumed with calories, especially those from carbohydrate. Otherwise protein and used as energy production.

On the other hand, if you’re on a low carbohydrate diet and you increase your protein intake for energy (to compensate the lack of carbohydrates), it may be a good idea.

Third, the protein source of protein supplements comes from 3 foods :

  • Milk protein (whey, milk protein concentrate and caseinate)
  • Egg protein
  • Soy protein

All these proteins are of high quality. For the moment, no scientific studies show that there is one protein better than the other. Protein supplements made from milk and eggs are the most popular among bodybuilders. Soy protein has a specificity because it can reduce serum cholesterol rate in some people. This may be advisable for people with cholesterol problems but it’s careful because it’s possible to find a lot of GMOs in soy.

It’s important to remember that protein supplements aren’t created to be the only source of food protein. A balanced diet consisting of whole foods is essential for a healthy diet and building muscles.

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-Steph

P.S. If you’re in Miami and you like Caribbean food, go to my cousin’s bistro to eat Haitian food, click here.

Body Under Construction 2019-04-01

Each month I do my body check to track my body’s evolution with photo, measurements and body fat(%) to reach my Golden Ratio.

I take my results in the morning with my stomach empty or just a glass of water.

I calculate my body fat ( %) with the 1 site skin fold (fat caliper) and I use the caliper’s chart.

Current

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 84.8 kg (186.95 lbs)
  • Body fat(%) : 12.7 %
  • Waist : 91 cm (35.82 in)
  • Chest : 99 cm (38.97 in)
  • Arms : 34.5 cm (13.58 in)
  • Forearms : 29.5 cm (11.61 in)
  • Shoulders : 121 cm (47.63 in)
  • Hips : 98 cm (38.58 in)
  • Thighs : 63 cm (24.80 in)
  • Calves : 41 cm (16.14 in)
  • Neck : 38 cm (14.96 in)

Goals (Golden Ratio)

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)
  • Weight : 80 kg (176.37)
  • Body fat(%) : 8 %
  • Waist : 75.07 cm (29.55 in)
  • Chest : 107.25 cm (42.22 in)
  • Arms : 39.93 cm (15.72 in)
  • Forearms : 31.63 cm (12.45 in)
  • Shoulders : 121.47 cm (47.82 in)
  • Hips : 91.16 cm (35.88 in)
  • Thighs : 61 cm (24.01 in)
  • Calves : 39.61 cm (15.59 in)
  • Neck : 39.68 cm (15.62 in)

Websites where I found my Golden Ratio, it’s here .

Websites where I calculate my body fat(%), it’s here .

And you ? Have you set your goals ?

Subscribe to my newsletter and share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

P.S. If you’re in Miami and you like Caribbean food, go to my cousin’s restaurant to eat Haitian food, click here .

Protein (Part 1)

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE. With my training, I’m interested in nutrition to stay in shape. I read some advices from Arnold Schwarzenegger and I learned some good stuff.

Your body uses protein to build, repair and maintain muscle tissue. Bodybuilders have a great knowledge of nutrition, especially the protein for building muscle. Since they want to consume much more muscle than the average person, they consume more protein than average.

Your body uses protein to build muscle only if all the necessary amino acids are available. The small problem is that your body doesn’t produce by itself all the necessary amino acids. Amino acids that your body can’t produce are called essential amino acids and fortunately they’re available in foods.

Proteins are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen like other macronutrients, but proteins have one more element, nitrogen. Bodybuilders often explain that they have a positive or negative nitrogen balance, which means that they’re in an anabolic state (muscle gain) or in a catabolic state (loss of muscle).

Food and protein

There are foods called complete proteins, which means that they provide all the amino acids needed to create usable proteins. Milk, eggs, meat, fish and many vegetable products have complete proteins. Be careful because these foods don’t have the same amount of usable protein by weight. For example a food that contains 10 grams of protein, your body can use only 7 grams.

Here is a table that shows the amount of protein by weight and the protein’s amount used in your body as a percentage for the most common foods :

Food% Protein by weight% Net Protein Utilization
Eggs1294
Milk482
Fish18-2580
Cheese22-3670
Brown rice870
Meat and flowl19-3168
Soybean flour4261

(Whey is a byproduct of milk that contain much more protein than eggs)

This table tells us that an egg contains only 12% protein by weight. Despite this small percentage, an egg contains an amino acids balance that allows your body to use 94% of it. However, the table tells us that soy flour contains 42% protein by weight. But because of the amino acids composition, your body can use only 61%. This shows us that there is a difference between the protein’s amount in a food and the protein’s amount your body can use.

This is the end of Part 1.In Part 2, I show you that in cases where you don’t have complete protein foods, it’s possible to make combination of food to have the maximum protein used by your body.

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-Steph

P.S. If you’re in Miami and you like Caribbean food, go to my cousin’s bistro to eat Haitian food, click here .