AN INTRODUCTION

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Getting a down signal from the ref at the 2014 USPA National Championships in Irvine, California. I pulled a 391 lb. deadlift at 168 lb. body weight. Started the day with 2 cups of butter coffee.

Many have delved into the world of body building, and have experienced shortcomings from pain, exhaustion, and mental fatigue.

To the select few who realize this is not acceptable, I welcome you to join me in being strong, clear minded, and living a life of quality.

My story began with a change in the way I looked at training and exercise. I played football and rugby through high school and college, and I was ripped, athletic, and fast most of my life. I had done the workouts for team sports, the men’s magazine lifting programs, and was a dedicated gym rat with a three day a week work out schedule. I looked good and was happy with that for a while, but this didn’t satisfy me. 

I was tired of feeling sore, achy from previous sports injuries, and not really knowing if I was any stronger than a week or month prior.  I also had a hard time keeping on muscle. If I didn’t go to the gym every other day, I would see pounds of weight drop, and strength decline. I tried changing sets and reps and exercise programs to keep my body guessing, as this was supposed to encourage growth. It was a lot to maintain and I had a hard time doing so.

I started looking for a training program that focused on real strength. This led me to powerlifting and progression philosophy. I adopted a 5×5 training method that focused on incremental strength gains, not drastic program switches. I started from the very beginning, lifting only the bar on some exercises.

I felt better from the decreased stress on my body, and I saw a steady increase in my strength. Lifting lighter weights gave me the luxury of refining my form. I achieved a 370 lb. squat and 391 lb. deadlift after one year of training this way, at 168 lb. body weight. It was a massive success for me.

The training wasn’t the only factor to my increased performance. Food was the other part of it. In fact, without the changes in diet that I had come upon shortly after starting the strength training, I would not have progressed to this level so quickly, if at all.

I had met a buddy at the gym who just so happened to have started the same training as I had, at almost the same time. We talked about our common satisfaction with the progression philosophy, and the value of putting our ego aside to learn proper form at lower weights. This is when he mentioned, almost in passing, something called BULLETPROOF® Coffee.

It was coffee with grass fed butter and MCT oil blended together. A strange concoction, but I was fascinated by the high level of focus my friend described. I went home and tried it.

With the first few sips of the coffee, I was amazed by the mental clarity and brain energy I had. It was delicious, too. I found better quality butter and MCT oil, and relished in the enhanced effects. Not only did I possess a higher degree of focus, but I was able to retain that mental energy for hours longer.

It changed the game for me. I was an overnight shift lead at a call center, and had dragged through the long nights in two hour spurts, jittery with sugar-filled coffee-machine drinks. Once I started my days with high quality butter and MCT oil, I was sharper and more resilient to fatigue by multiple factors. Cravings for sugar diminished, and I could go until dinner without food. I was taking lunch breaks for the break, not for the lunch.

I had always been an avid coffee drinker, and I used it to enhance my strength training sessions and overall performance. Naturally, I wanted to know what it would be like to strength train after drinking some of this powerful concoction.

I started to drink butter coffee before strength training sessions, and again I never turned back. The energy it gave me was different from that of traditional nutrition like carbs. Unlike carbs, the good fats provided me with a sustained high level of energy and mental focus. It lasted through the entire training session without any sort of energy crash.

I was so focused that I could control myself better, like not drinking water until after sets, breathing calmly under the bar, and paying absolute attention to form during my heaviest lifts. I was regularly in a flow state, and I tapped into the predator mode of mind and body that was only attainable with such nutrition as quality fat.

This was my intro to the world of eating good fat. I slowly added grass fed butter and MCT oil into everything I ate. Carbs weren’t needed until the end of the day. I learned how gluten affected me and significantly reduced it from my diet.

I started to experience better and more stable mood, and more consistent body fat and muscle levels. My joint pain from previous injuries faded. I was no longer pacing my kitchen ten minutes after waking up to shake off debilitating low back pain.

Being satiated with true nutrition freed me from cravings, mood swings, and exhaustion. Before I discovered good fats and progression training, I would work, work out, crash into exhausted sleep, and awake with rage, pain, and frustration.

Misery used to be normal life for me. The people I loved hated waking me up. I believe the research that connects certain substances to inflammation, and thus joint pain and brain impairment. When I started to avoid food that causes inflammation, I noticed these incredible improvements in my body and my mind.

This transformed the way I looked at eating and I started to learn what foods I really did and didn’t need. I tested my diet changes against my strength training and mental focus. I was surprised that even without tons of bread, protein shakes, and pounds of chicken breast every week, I was getting stronger and clearer than ever.

With these initial changes I feel the best and strongest I have ever felt in my life. You want just as much as I do to be clear minded and strong. You want to be the best person you can be, making the sharpest decisions and acting in accordance with your values.

Intelligent and resilient people like you and me can engage our potential to become the brilliant beasts that we are. I welcome you to join me in discovering what it is to be more fully human.

To powerful living,

Steve

MMXIV

The Brilliant Beast Blog Daily

2 thoughts on “AN INTRODUCTION”

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