Because of Tryptophan? Maybe it’s a huge meal with a lot of carbs.
What is Tryptophan?
It’s an essential Amino Acid (Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein biosynthesis)
Tryptophan also raises Serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin does regulate a persons mood. It helps with memory and learning. Serotonin also converts into Melatonin, which can help with a deep sleep.
It has been used to treat depression. Sounds better than the advice from the guy who told me that if I was depressed I should squirt hot butter up my ass ( http://evolvemylife.com/2012/10/01/not-the-right-diet-for-me-but-a-great-story/ ).
You can find Tryptophan in other foods including: Chicken, Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp, Halibut, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Asparagus, Eggs.
Train with people who are where you want to be or train with people who are going to the same place that you are going. When you train with someone who is where you want to be, you might have a long way to go in order to catch up. But chasing them only adds to the motivation. You might not have the exact same goals but you want to be in the same place mentally.
After already finishing my transformation and getting into shape, I decided to step it up some more. So I went to Xtreme Speed in Plainfield, IL about 4 hours from my house in St. Louis, MO. I trained there for 3 days a week for 10 out of 12 weeks. I have been back about 10 times since. It’s amazing how far that I have come since I completed my transformation. These guys took me to a whole new level. The first time that I walked in the door and trained with these guys, I got my ass kicked. I failed at everything. I couldn’t keep up. I thought about how hard it was and how I knew that I could handle it. I did not have the muscle endurance to last during this kind of training. I was going to have to build it up. It’s ok to FAIL, but it’s not ok to QUIT!
I have seen a number of guys come through the doors, who wanted to try it out. After their first day, I never saw them again. It’s almost like a murder mystery. Come in and get tortured and disappear never to be heard from again.
I know exactly what these guys are going through. I went through it myself and still remember it very clearly. Toughest workouts ever. I also know that it is mostly psychological. I know that I am going to go through some pain and that my lungs are going to feel like they will bust through my chest on cardio day. I can still picture running on a treadmill at 12 MPH for 30 seconds for 10 sets, with 1 minute rest in between sets. Rest consists of doing 10 burpee bench hops. I’m on my 7th rep and still have 15 seconds on the treadmill. 3 more sets after this one, I feel like I’m drowning because I’m so out of breath that I can get enough air. I already pulled my shirt off just so I wouldn’t have my shirt restricting me. I’m getting yelled at for taking my shirt off because I’m dripping sweat all over the treadmill. I need to fight through it. I’ve got 15 seconds left out of my entire life and then I have another 90 seconds left split up in 3 sets, tied in with a total of 30 burpees for my rest. That’s not that long of a period of time, I know that I can do this but it’s a bitch. Now, I hear someone yelling, “Eisenberg, come on man, keep going”. So now I know if I stop I’m going to disappoint someone. I’m going to fail in front of them. Fuck that, I’m going to suck it up and finish.
Up until this point in my life, I have only had training partners who motivated me, while I was in high school, college and for a few years after college. Being able to train with the guys at Xtreme was/is amazing. The atmosphere and the people are what makes me stronger. They motivate me to do what I know is the hardest training program that I have ever done. The program works. It increases my level of conditioning, strength, endurance, with an additional focus on stabilizer muscles and hammers the CORE.
So I come home and train alone, because it’s almost impossible to find someone to train with me at the level at which I am training. I still hit it hard at home, but I’m still not at the intensity that I would be at Xtreme. However, whenever I go back, I know that I can handle it but it will be far from easy.
In the beginning of June, I found a new gym with a great atmosphere called Excel Training, in St. Peters, MO. It’s closer to my house than my old gym and it’s a Sports Performance Center. It’s all about training and they do sell memberships. The owners are part of the atmosphere. These guys are all in great shape and they know how to train people. About a week after joining Excel, I was at a party and met Chase Reynolds, a Running Back with the St. Louis Rams. We talked about nutrition for a while and I told him about Excel. I actually thought that it would be really cool to get Chase to train with me. Training with a professional athlete all the time would be great. He should be able to handle it. But he probably won’t want to train with some guy almost twice his age.
A couple weeks later the Rams ended their Off-Season Conditioning program and Chase came over to Excel to check the gym out. I asked him if he wanted to try out my program. He said that he didn’t have anyone to train with, so he was up for it. This program consists of non-stop circuits and super-sets. We beat the crap out of one or two muscle groups during our circuits. Each circuit could last between 3 to 6 rounds. So with most of this stuff we are not using a lot of weight but we were doing high reps. (15 to 30. Sometimes more). I never really filled Chase in on this, I figured that he was better learning about it based on trail. We had a four station circuit set up for 5 rounds. It included DB Bench. Each time we hit bench we would do something a little different. For instance, hold one weight up while benching with the opposite are for 5 reps. Switch arms, and then bench 5 more reps with both arms together. The other sets would include things like raising legs off of the ground to activate the Core. Rotate weight as we come down so that we have an underhand grip. Do 1/3 of a rep, followed by 2/3 of a rep, followed by a full rep and that is 1 total rep. We would do 10 of those. The second exercise was Dynamic Push-Ups. We started off with both hands on separate 18 inch platforms and would drop to the ground. Push-Up hard enough to land on the boxes and finish the push-up. Only 10 reps of that. Next was one type of raise for 15 reps and single arm bent over rows for 30 reps.
Training this way with someone new to it could almost be funny. After doing the first set, Chase told me that he was going to move up on the next round. He was using about 5 lbs. more than me. I guess I knew something that he didn’t. I almost laughed but said ok. If he did what he said when we got back I would have been impressed. Well the Dynamic Push-Ups put to rest any ideas, that he had of moving up. Instead he was forced to drop weight. I could tell that Chase was strong but I also could tell that he didn’t have the muscle endurance to handle this type of training.
I started to wonder how much Will Power this guy had? I’m thinking he has a lot because he made it to the NFL because of hard work. Well either way, I’m about to find out because, I am going to see if he quits. Not that I wanted him to quit but if I can make it a little bit out of his reach he is going to have to work that much harder to make it. Now for the motivation. And this works both ways. I am going to work my ass off and make this look easy. I’ll be out of breath and I’ll be tearing up my muscles, but I am not stopping. I have a pro-athlete training with me and I’m not going to let him keep up. I have an advantage. I’ve been training this way for about 8 months and he has never trained this way. If you can make it psychologically, than you can not only survive but progress pretty quickly. What’s going through his head? My guess, “How the hell is the guy going through this same workout and not even having a problem with it? He is kicking my ass? This guy is old, he’s in his mid or late 40’s. He’s not a pro-athlete. I’m getting beat by an old man. I’m not quitting. This stuff sucks.” I’m watching this guy hitting it hard, but starting to struggle, so I start getting fired up. I don’t want him to quit, but I want him to come close. I start yelling at him while we are training. “Get up!!! Come on man!!! 2 Minute offense. No huddle, Get up!!! I know exactly what he is going through, I’ve been there. He gets up. He finishes his set an is off to the next thing. I’m getting down and getting in his face in between my sets. Even during my sets, I’m going off on him. Every time that I yell he responds. My motivation is through the roof. I can tell that his is also, but he is still dealing with the shock of a style of training that he has never done before. I don’t want to bring anything negative into it. I even decided not to remind him of my age. I had some great jokes about having to get back to the retirement center. I didn’t know him that well yet. (I had to wait until our 2nd workout together before I reminded him) I’m going to just keep pushing him with the positives of what he will accomplish this year. How much better condition and how much stronger can he be going into camp? Shit this is his first day I don’t even know if he will be back. We got done with his beat down after about 4 circuits including one with Ball Walks and Spider Man Walks which both can not only fatigue you and burn your muscle out within the first half of the first of 6 sets. It’s rare to find someone who has the Core strength to get through it very easily the first time. This exercise is one that can actually make you sick.
I think that first workout really put things into perspective for him. I wasn’t 100% sure that we were going to be working out on a regular basis. I found out real quickly, when he told me that he was coming the next day for Leg/Cardio day, which was another day of torture for him. By the beginning of week 3 he had already had some huge gains. For instance his Core gets better every day. Like I said the Ball Walks are a great indicator. He almost caught me on them the other day. That actually made me get fired up to go harder. He is getting more and more competitive and refuses to quit. I tell him to give me one more rep or one more set when we would have been done. Except that he was coming close to failure. It’s this point where you go for that extra 10%. For those that don’t believe in 110%, they have never gotten to this point. This is what separates someone who can control the psychological side of things. This is where I am going to tell him that I know his mind better than he does. His mind may be telling him to quit, but his body can keep going. One more set of pushing a Weighted Down Prowler Sled in the rain (sleds don’t slide well in the rain. 20 times harder). After he finished, I asked him if he knew why I added a 6th set up. He said, “No”. And I said because you almost quit at 5.
We talk about our workouts and both of us love them. It’s different. It’s challenging. It’s competitive and getting more competitive. I’m not going to let him beat me and he’s not going to let me stay ahead of him. He has proven that he has the Will Power to dominate these workouts.
I don’t respect him because he plays in the NFL, I respect him because he worked his ass off to get there and he is working his ass off even harder to improve. He has been successful at everything that he has been involved in, by focusing on it and working hard to not only be good at it but be great at it, whether it was football, track, basketball, motocross or wrestling. He has a lot of other qualities, including participating in charitable programs. He is a good person who works for what he has earned. I’m honored to have him as a training partner and I’m proud to call him a friend. I have never had a better training partner. The funny thing is that I couldn’t be happier to lose him as a training partner, so that he could go into camp with the St. Louis Rams. Hopefully, we wouldn’t be training together until the end of the NFL Season. Getting the call from him at the end of training camp, telling me that he made the 53 man roster was one of the best calls that I ever had. He has his own team, but when we train together we are a team. We both work together towards his goal. He removed his limitations, he reconditioned his body and he made a Promise not to Quit. Mentally we are in the same place.
Have you ever talked with someone about what each of you thought when you first met? We did talk about our first day of training together and told each other what we thought. I guess I was somewhat close but his initial response to me was, “I thought that you were making stuff up as you went along. I thought you were only trying to get me to quit. I wasn’t going too.”
4 Lbs Shrimp
2 Juice from Lemon
10 Pearl Onions
4 Green Onions finely chopped
5 Garlic Cloves
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 TBS Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Capers
4 Bay Leaves
I TBS Coriander
1 TBS Red Pepper Flakes
1 TBS Ground Pepper
3 Cups Farro (can substitute rice or quinoa)
Put Farro into crock pot next add shrimp. Add all other ingredients. Set Crock Pot on low and cook for 4 hours.
Fights Cancer (Prostate).
Good for skin, hair and nails.
Promotes red blood cell production.
Good for the thyroid.
Stabilizes blood sugar
Anti Blood Clotting properties
Good for Bones
Good for Connective Tissue
Good for the liver
Thins blood, reduces risk of blood clots
Fights Hay Fever
Reduces risk of stomach cancer
Detoxify the body of heavy metals
Attacks free radicals
Fights Colds and Flu
Acts as a natural antibiotic (bacteria doesn’t grow resistant to it)
Red Pepper Flakes
Good for Eyes
Decreases Chances of Developing Blood Clots
Great for Circulation
High in Vitamins and Minerals
Helps the body become Alkaline by increasing PH
High in Vitamin C
Strengthens Blood Vessels
Great for the Heart
Good for Teeth and Bones
*Lemon Juice can destroy tooth enamel. Dilute with water or something else.
Helps rid the body of kidney stones and other kidney and bladder problems
Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial.
Great for the digestive Tract.
Reduces Gas in the intestines.
Speeds up metabolism.
Supports weight loss.
Fights fat by breaking down the fat cells.
Relief from respiratory problems
Alkalizes the Body
Good for the Cardiovascular System
Good for the Brain
Good for the Skin
Important for Hydration
Boosts Immune System
Helps maintain Sugar Levels (good for Diabetes)
Prevents Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Reduces Inflammation in respiratory system (Good for Asthma)
Improves Blood Vessel Function
Boosts the immune system
Fights Heart Disease
Regulates Blood Pressure
May help fight Obesity
May fight cancer.
Aids in Digestion.
Good for the nervous system.
Good for Cardiovascular system
Lowers Blood Sugar
Lowers LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
Increased HDL (Good) Cholesterol
Fights Free Radicals
High in Iron
Aids in digestion
High in Fiber
High in Magnesium
Low Glycemic Index
Increases Immune System
Rich (one of my buddies who has been training with us) tried working out with me and Chase Reynolds (RB – St Louis Rams) a while back and had a big problem hanging with us. We busted his balls every day after that and he refused to try it again. This was after he watched us for weeks and decided that, “Oh that’s not so hard. I can do that.” He actually showed up at the gym and came over to us and says, “I’m going to workout with you today.” We said ok and jumped into a single exercise, which we rarely go with. One solo exercise, not a circuit not a superset. It was a chest bounce exercise with no weight (We are in a plank position – push up position. Workout bands around the hands looped through a squat rack behind us – causing resistance. Hands are on separate platforms. We bounce on hands and feet from one end of the platform to the other. 10 bounces each direction. This is done several times non stop.). Next we did 4 or 5 rounds of a 4 or 5 station circuit, nonstop. Rich didn’t like hearing the words nonstop. When we finished he looked out of it and he said he was going to get some work down. Chase said, “Are you kidding? Are you done?” I said, “Rich, this w as a light workout and we aren’t even a quarter of the way done.” That simple workout was enough to make him decide that it was not for him.
Well I guess it stirred something in the back of his head, because a few months ago, he started working out with me and the other guys. This dude has come a long way. His workouts were pretty similar to what I did before working out the way that we currently train. (Now: No rest, lots of reps, 4 or more rounds, lots of functional movements, and lots of core. We beat down the same muscles over and over again in our workouts. We work a lot with increasing muscle stabilizers and muscle endurance.) (Before – Mixing heavy weights and also adding some High Intensity Interval Training (nothing like the HIIT that we do now). Rich decided that he wanted to challenge himself and has been coming in with us and improving every day. Not bad for another guy in his mid 40’s who never trained this way. It’s not like he has to train this way. When asked why he does it, he said, that he wants to be in better shape (he was already in “good shape” based on what he thought) and he likes challenging himself. Our training has not only gotten him into better shape, but has help him get rid of back, shoulder and elbow pain. I love finding his weak spots, just to make him suffer. His suffering will be gone soon, since he is improving every day.
Like I said he really has no reason to train the way that we do and honestly neither do I. We are around the same age and both of us come from athletic backgrounds. Both of us also went through our own transformations and both of us like helping other people achieve theirs. Since he is one of the owners of Excel Training (the gym where I train), he is involved with changing all kinds of people’s lives. Helping people live healthy lifestyles and kids train to be better athletes. Now that he is one of my training partners, he joins me in putting college and professional athletes who are half of our age in a form of torture that only helps them improve. A big part of our workouts are psychological. Push yourself harder, push yourself further.
Our reason for training this way: We have the satisfaction of being able to compete on a daily basis with professional athletes (our workouts have a competitive nature tied into them). We Challenge ourselves every day. We can prove that if you BELIEVE it, that you can do it. We take pride in being able to do something a lot of people would walk away from. We take more pride when one of those people who does walk away comes back and FINISHES WHAT THEY STARTED!!!
When we train, our entire group is constantly motivating each other, but we also talk a lot of crap to each other. If you come in last in something or you mess up somewhere along the line, you will hear about it. Rich is probably the most fun person to pick on. No matter what, I know it motivates him. I hear my fair share.
Rich doesn’t know how to read, so if you know him, please don’t tell him that I wrote this. I will just deny it.
I was out in Colorado on business. I love traveling out there because there are so many cool outdoor things to do. I go out to Red Rocks (an outdoor amphitheater built into the rocks) and workout. The views are amazing and you can get a great workout by going up and down about 100 rows of seats.
I was getting my workout in and it was a really nice day. I had started out with a run. I started at the top and went across each row and when I would get to the end I would drop down a row and run across that one. I did this until I got to the bottom. Next I did some bounding up and down the seats.
There was a group of kids from one of the local YMCA’s. They were all sitting at the top of the amphitheater, checking out the view and watching people workout. Some people come up with some cool things here. If you watch them you can definitely pick some good stuff up. When I passed these kids I heard a couple of them making some comment about having a lot of muscle. The next time I passed, this one kid asks me my name. I said, “Eric. What’s yours?”. He said, “I’m Arnold. Arnold Schwarzenegger.” I left and kept going. I was about to go onto my next exercise. I stopped and went back over to “Arnold”. I said, “hey, do you want to finish my workout with me.” The kid gets this big grin on his face and he says, “Yeah, that would be awesome.” Some other kids jumped up and asked if they could jump in also. I told them that they could. These kids are all between 8 and 12. They asked what we were going to do. “First thing that we will do is dips. 3 dips on each row all the way down.” We would put our hands on the seats of one row and feet on the seats below us. Knock out 3 dips and crawl down to the next level. These kids all lined up and went down the entire thing with me.
As we went I could hear a couple of them saying how hard it was, but they kept going. It wasn’t like they were really complaining, just saying what they felt. We get to the bottom and “Arnold” says, “How are we getting back up?” I said, “push-ups. 3 push ups for every row and then crawl to the next.” He says, “Ok, can we rest first?” I said, “Sure…Ready, let’s go.” I guess he needed more time than that. I gave them a couple of minutes and then we got back to work. We go within 20 seats from the top and I added 2 more push-ups per seat. When we got 10 rows out, I said, “Alright we now have 10 push-ups per row until we finish.” At this point there were at least 50 people at the top of amphitheater watching us. When we got to the top, all these people started to cheer for the kids. We are all high fiving each other. I said, “Do you guys know how many push-ups you just did?” They all said, “No”. My response was, “Over 300”. They all were a little freaked out and excited about that. More than likely they had never come close to that number in a day.
There were probably 20 kids that jumped in and out during the whole workout. 3 of them were there the whole time. These kids jumped into my workout, because it was different and because I invited them into it. It’s amazing what someone can do when they don’t look at as a hurdle. The old me would have ignored these kids. Don’t be a spectator.