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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…

Andrea & Friends 006 – Abdullah Zeinab

In this conversation, I’m talking to the wisest 23 year old I know, Abdullah Zeinab.

He’s a former 3DMJ athlete and a big YouTube personality, whose days consist of waking up at 2am, delivering food, and making endurance cycling documentaries.

Abdullah is a very dear friend of the entire 3DMJ crew, and he’s such a breathe of fresh air in a world filled with over planning, over thinking, and overly obsessing about how we’re perceived by other people.— Read More…

Andrea & Friends 005 – Eric Helms

Eric, along with yours truly, is one of the 5 natural bodybuilding and powerlifting coaches with 3D Muscle Journey. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, and is a strength and conditioning PhD candidate at AUT in New Zealand.

Aside from all that fancy stuff, he is a dear personal friend and one of the most interesting people I have the opportunity of speaking with on a regular basis.

This episode is very special to me because it’s the first time he’s being interviewed about anything that is NOT fitness, bodybuilding, or research. I feel honored for the opportunity, and I hope you guys like it too 🙂— Read More…

Why I Follow The Work Of Very Few People

While I can totally appreciate a good one-liner, I live for deep explanations.

If the explainer is someone I admire, give me a 3-hour podcast over a 10-min radio interview any day. I’ll take a 500-page book over a 4-sentence social media post with every chance I get.

I want to learn about their process. This way I can try it on, see how it feels, keep what I like, and move on. This feedback loop of mimicking work and curating it for my personal taste is far more useful to me than simply accepting advice “because someone said so”.

I don’t follow people for prescriptions. I don’t need someone to tell me what to do. I need them to set examples, tell stories, and open mental doors.— Read More…