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Andrea & Friends 008 – Lawrence Judd

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Lawrence is the director of operations at Shredded by Science, which is probably the most kick-ass place for the education and betterment of personal trainers and coaches on the internet.

Aside from that, he is just one of my damn good friends and has an incredible sense of humor and a pretty neat outlook on the world which I love hearing about.

This convo is just a catch-up sesh between friends, but it covers quite a large array of topics.

We chat about how he structures his entire work day, his job responsibilities within Shredded By science and how that company runs, our personal business struggles, his trip to Vietnam, the new products and plans for De Novo Nutrition (which is a supplement company that Shredded By Science is now partnering up with), and a whole lot about his current transition from powerlifting to weightlifting.

Towards the end of our talk, we over a TON of resources and websites that helped me when I was first learning the snatch and the clean and jerk. I hope you guys can find a lot of that useful as well.— Read More…

The Books That Always Set Me Straight

I totally forgot I said this, but apparently in my podcast episode with Eric Helms I referred to a list of books that help me figure myself out when I lose my shit.

Here is the reminder from one of my awesome Instagram followers brought this to my attention:

So here’s my reply — the books that set me straight (turns out it was more than 5), separated by the sort of predicament I tend to use them for.

WHEN I’M NOT MAKING SHIT HAPPEN AS FAST AS I SHOULD BE

These are the books that slap me in the face, kick me in the ass, make me feel like I’m being a pansy and give me a jet-boost of “get shit done” energy. They help me both as an athlete and as a human who wants to do cool stuff in my lifetime.— Read More…

Andrea & Friends 007 – LS McClain

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In this conversation, I’m talking to my good friend and World Champion Powerlifter, LS McClain.

LS was actually one of my coaches at cheerleading camp in college!

We didn’t meet again until the end of 2015 at the Olympia expo and have become closer and closer ever since. Especially because he is one of my boyfriend’s best friends and a part of the close-knit family we hang around with quite often.

In this particular chat, we talk about his upcoming meet at USAPL Raw Nationals, his career as a cheerleading coach at Texas State University, his YouTube channel, his clothing line (McClain & Crcl), his life as an online powerlifting coach, and a whole bunch more.— Read More…

Hard Work Will Always Be Hard Without Love

About three months ago, 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina was the 8th pick in the NBA draft. He signed with the New York Knicks to begin his third year of professional basketball after two previous seasons in French and European leagues.

As you might have guessed, this was an absolute dream come true for the teenager who was raised in France after his Rwandan family members fled their home country to escape the dangers of war.

I read about his story in an autobiographical article Frank wrote to share the best piece of advice he ever received.— Read More…

Muscle Growth Is Slow – Try This Instead

This post originally appeared on the 3D Muscle Journey blog in May 2017.

One of the most common detriments to physique and strength athletes is their impatience.

Everybody wants to be ten times more aesthetic and strong than they currently are, and they want it to have been achieved yesterday.

You might even have a very solid nutritional and training plan in place to ensure muscle growth over time, but still not look the way you want to look or lift the way you want to lift.

So what gives? Why do you feel like nothing is happening and you are spinning your wheels and wasting your time? Why aren’t you “there” yet?

In essence, if you’ve given your sport a good amount of time and effort, why hasn’t it rewarded you in return?

Well, I’d like to argue that your reward system might be a little messed up.— Read More…