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10-Minute Workout with BOSS

THE WORKOUT

  • Scissor Step Ups
  • Pushup Walk Overs
  • Squat with Heel Touch
  • Resistance Band Curls
  • Flutter Toe Touches
  • 20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest

ABOUT BOSS
Ron ‘Boss’ Everline is an intensely motivated and energetic athlete who has tremendous experience training some of the entertainment industry's biggest names. But Boss was an athlete long before he became a trainer. He spent his early life dedicated to football and played throughout college with sights on the NFL. It wasn't until later that his love of fitness led him away from a football career and down the path of personal training. He established his training business ‘Just-Train’ alongside former NFL player, Ben Emmanuel II. Boss relies on his athletic background and focuses on workouts that are functional, efficient and creative. Boss is an ‘all or nothing’ kind of guy who strives for greatness in all areas of life.

 

CrossFit 101: A Beginner's Guide To Prepare For CrossFit

The CrossFit craze is getting stronger and stronger by the day. 

If you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon, you've probably at the very least considered it. CrossFit is a fun, albeit intense, way to get yourself in shape.

But, before you go diving headfirst, check out how to prepare for CrossFit with our beginner's guide below.

WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that, according to their official website, prides itself on being broad, general and inclusive.

CrossFit unapologetically works on making you proficient in ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.

IS CROSSFIT FOR YOU?
Understand that CrossFit, like every other discipline, carries with it risks and rewards. Watching it looks like fun, but is it really for you?

If you answer yes to the below questions, then you can be confident that you’ll reap the most benefits from CrossFit.

DO YOU ENJOY VARIETY AND GET BORED EASILY?
No two days or WODs (workout of the day) are likely to be the same in your progression through CrossFit training.

If the idea of hitting the same routine every session is enough to make you snooze, then you’ll be in your element here.

A dynamic mixture of weightlifting, cardio, calisthenics, strongman and whatever else your CrossFit coach wants to throw at you will keep you on your toes.

DO YOU ENJOY LEAVING EVERY LAST DROP OF ENERGY AT THE GYM?
Don’t kid yourself before your first session–CrossFit is intense.

If you haven't pushed yourself to the very edge of exhaustion before, prepare to be enlightened. There will be plenty of occasions where you’ve surpassed 100% effort, and the only thing pushing you further are fumes and the support of your fellow CrossFitters.

Speaking of which…

DO YOU ENJOY TRAINING IN A COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT?
You enjoy the supportive environment of fitness classes, but maybe you want a step-up intensity? CrossFit has got you covered.

Probably the most enticing aspect of CrossFit is the community bond and the inclusive atmosphere of their setups.

If being cheered on as you smash personal records sounds like the dream – CrossFit is that sport. It’s almost impossible to feel demotivated in that environment. 

ARE YOU A COMPETITIVE GYM RAT WHO CAN’T GET ENOUGH?
For some, it’s about cramming their workouts in three days a week.

For others, it’s almost therapy and the gym is their second home.

The comradery is awesome, but they need competition too.

If that’s you, welcome to CrossFit. 

WHY WOULDN’T CROSSFIT BE FOR YOU?
There are two potential drawbacks when it comes to CrossFit: you prefer to train alone, and you have a very specific physique and/or performance goal in mind.

If you have a sport-specific athletic goal, then a CrossFit WOD that isn’t customized to your sport won’t be optimal. Don’t get it twisted; it’ll likely help in most aspects of your fitness, but it won’t be as tailored.

Similarly, if your goals are to have bigger biceps and pecs, you’ll not be hitting 20 sets of bench press and 15 sets of curls at your CrossFit box every week.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR CROSSFIT SUCCESS?
START HERE...

  1. Research 'boxes' in your community to get a sense of which ones are top of the line with coaches who are certified.
  2. Introduce yourself to the coach on your first day and be completely honest about your level. Most CrossFit coaches will be friendly, thorough and professional to ensure your safety.
  3. Don’t be shy – say hello to all the other kids. Make some friends. That's what CrossFit is about
  4. It’s tempting to push yourself and get lost in the amazing hyped atmosphere, but be honest with yourself. Most coaches will see your form breaking down and advise you to stop, but if you can notice it yourself, or feel any pain – just stop. An injury will take the fun out of your experience really fast.
  5. Many WODs will include complex multi-joint movements. Your coach will take you through the technique, but if you’re struggling, be sure to get some one-on-one attention. Better to pester until you get it right than to do yourself harm.
  6. Enjoy yourself. Don’t be put off after your first session. You might even lose your lunch; persevere. You’ll get fit, fast. 

Take these steps as a CrossFit rookie and you'll be on your way to maximizing the CrossFit experience, as well as your newfound fitness.

 

 

C4 Ultimate: Advanced Guide to Building Ultimate Muscle
 
If you’ve long mastered the art of building muscle but have hit the dreaded plateau, it might be time to take things up a notch.
 
It’s time for the muscle-building master to become the student again and to push yourself beyond your perceived boundaries.
 
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s time to take your physique from good to great.
 
ULTIMATE TRAINING
Going from beginner to intermediate is one thing – going from intermediate to advanced? A completely different ball game.
 
There is no margin for error here if you want further growth. The more advanced you are, the more volume your muscles will need to grow further.
 
But if you’re already using high volume, you’re fatigued and your progress has stopped, it might be time to scale back and concentrate on your intensity.
 
Let’s look at both modes:
 
Volume
 
As the name suggests, the idea here is to go to town on your muscles with more sets and reps. The reason being that your body adapts to a certain amount of volume and you’ll gradually need more with time to continue to grow.
 
Some advocates of very high volumes of training include Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’d gladly spend hours in the gym smashing his muscles to pieces. This is all well and good, and it’s hard to argue with a legend, but more is only better to a point.
 
Go as high volume as you can recover from. Dig yourself a hole too big, and you’ll find your muscles unable to climb out and grow.
 
So naturally, “how many sets is optimal?” is the question.
 
This depends on a number of factors including genetics, recovery capacity, lifestyle factors, and nutrition.
 
Dr. Brad Schoenfeld performed a meta-analysis and found that 10+ weekly sets per muscle group built twice as much muscle as 5 weekly sets per muscle group. The top end wasn’t discussed, though. So starting with 10 sets and building anywhere up to 20 sets per body part, per week is a decent number to aim for. 
 
Intensity
 
Intensity can be quite an ambiguous term in fitness, but when it comes to lifting, intensity generally refers to the load or % of 1 rep max of each set. The higher your lifting intensity gets, your volume tends to go the other way and take a hit.
 
This less-is-more approach’s most notorious advocate is Dorian Yates – six-time Mr. Olympia. Fans of a low-volume, high-intensity system like Yates and Mike Mentzer, get in the gym – hit it hard – then leave.
 
The theory here is that your muscles only require a heavy set or two, maximum, taken to failure in order to see muscle growth.
 
If you’re a fan of vegetating on the couch outside of the gym, then this protocol is right up your alley. Rest days are encouraged for recovery so Netflix, food, and chill can be enjoyed for your downtime.
 
Hybrid of Volume and Intensity
 
Some forms of lifting combine the two.
 
‘Powerbuilding’ programs tend to focus on both shirt-busting muscle gains, alongside Hulk-like strength. The way to make this work without beating your body up too much is to have specific, goal-focused days.
 
One day could be a high-volume bodybuilding style workout and the next, a higher-intensity powerlifting style session.
 
These type of programs are popular with advanced athletes.
 
Making your pick
 
This isn’t a black or white decision.
 
Both volume and intensity are important for building maximum muscle. You need enough volume lifted with enough intensity. It’s not rocket science.
 
It’s hard work, consistently, with no room for error.
 
Especially at your advanced level.
 
ULTIMATE NUTRITION
An upgraded workout needs to be tag-teamed with upgraded nutrition to push your physique into the ‘elite’ category.
 
Take a hard look at your current diet, and be honest.
 
Is what you’re currently eating creating a conducive environment for muscles to grow?
 
Calories
 
What gets measured, gets managed, so download a calorie and macronutrient tracker to your phone like MyFitnessPal or similar.
 
Start with this simple formula:
 
  • Sedentary lifestyle: 14 x your bodyweight in lbs
  • Light/moderately active job: 16 x your bodyweight in lbs
  • Active/laboring job: 18x your bodyweight in lbs
Someone with a moderately active job and a bodyweight of 180lbs would have a maintenance calorie intake of 2880 calories. Add 10% to this number since we don’t want to maintain – we want to make some gains.
 
This brings your initial calorie number to 3168 calories (2880 + 288).
 
Start with a baseline and adjust up or down if you're gaining fat too quickly. Cut your calories back by 5% if this is happening. 
 
Macronutrients
 
Protein: 4 calories per gram
 
Carbs: 4 calories per gram
 
Fats: 9 calories per gram
 
Protein: set your protein to around 0.7-0.8g per lb of your bodyweight.
 
Why not 1g per lb? That’s a common recommendation as it’s an easy, whole number to advise.
 
But while more protein is recommended in a calorie deficit, as an advanced muscle-builder you’re going to be anything but. You’ll be in a calorie surplus so 0.8g of protein per lb is more than enough to build the muscle you crave.
 
Carbs: glorious carbs.
 
Carbs are pretty easy to set. After you’ve calculated your calories for proteins and fats, just fill the rest of your calories up with carbs. These bad boys aid in gym performance and taste pretty damn good too.
 
Fats: the highest calorie macro so keep them at a reasonable level.
 
You’ll want fats at a minimum of 0.3g per lb of your bodyweight. You can go reasonably higher, just remember that you lose about 2 grams of carbs for every gram of fat you increase. Find which carb and fat ratio works best for your gym performance and day-to-day energy levels.
 
Food staples
 
If 80% of your foods come from the below sources or similar, then you’ll be moving into elite physique territory, performing in the gym, optimizing your health, and enjoying yourself along the way.
 
Quality Proteins
 
  • Whey protein
  • Lean meats
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Fish

Carbs + Fiber

  • Oats
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Beans

Healthy Fats

  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Healthy oils (coconut, olive etc)
  • Nut butters
  • Oily fish 
ULTIMATE SUPPLEMENTATION
Just know that to build next-level muscle, you’re going to need to put forth next-level intensity and work ethic into your workouts. There won’t be room for bad days or lackluster workouts.
 
That’s where a pre-workout supplement for advanced trainees makes the difference. Don’t just pick up the one that gives you a false sense of efficacy because of a cheap caffeine overdose.
 
As an advanced athlete, you’re looking for these ingredients in scientifically proven doses:
 
Arginine 
A widely popular ingredient for pre-workouts – it converts to nitric oxide (NO) in the body, helping out with those insane pumps you love.
 
Arginine (an amino acid) has also been shown to increase blood flow to reduce inflammation from your hardcore workouts.
 
Beta-Alanine 
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. Research shows that beta-alanine in supplement form is beneficial because it has the ability to delay fatigue, improve endurance and increase the time to exhaustion.
 
Look for at least 3.2g of CarnoSyn® beta-alanine – a clinical dose that supports muscular endurance. 
 
Citrulline Malate 
A combination of two amino acids, L-citrulline and malic acid, citrulline malate increases energy (ATP) by removing lactic acid and ammonia from the body, resulting in reduced fatigue, improved gym performance, and recovery.
 
If you’re after skin-splitting pumps, citrulline malate also improves nitric oxide metabolism. For ultimate pumps, look for 6g per serving. 
 
Taurine 
What more could the advanced athlete need than ingredients to improve physical training? Mental performance.
 
Taurine is an amino acid that works in synergy with caffeine and B-vitamins to support a boost in mental performance. Aim for 500mg to 2g. 
 
Caffeine 
The most popular stimulant in the world.
 
It’s no surprise either when you consider its power in keeping you alert when you’re feeling drowsy and lethargic. It’s easily accessible in your day-to-day life in coffee form. But, if you’re a serial coffee drinker, you’ll find yourself having built up a tolerance for it.
 
A decent pre-workout supplement can shatter this tolerance and provide the gym performance benefits that caffeine alone cannot. Aim for anywhere between 200-400mg if you've got a high tolerance for stims. 
 
C4 Ultimate is an example of a pre-workout that contains all of these quality ingredients in their effective doses.
 
On top of that, the advanced athlete will appreciate the added creatine nitrate, betaine, theacrine, and tyrosine. There’s a reason it’s called “Ultimate”.
 
 
ULTIMATE WORKOUT
This hypertrophy workout will last you four to eight weeks.
 
Aim to push yourself every week: either by getting more reps or, if you’re getting to the top of the rep range, by adding weight.
 
Choose your rest days where they suit you.
 
C4 Ultimate will help provide you with the boundless energy and performance you need for these explosive sessions.
 
Its formula features twice as much caffeine, more focus and more endurance than C4 Original, helping you get up and go, inching you ever closer to elite territory.
 
Workout 1: Chest/Triceps
 
In this phase, you’re switching up your bench technique to more effectively target the triceps. There’s still plenty of pec work here, though: lean forward on those dips to really target the area. Gut it out through the push-and-plank.
 
Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rests
Narrow-grip bench press 4 10 4110 90-120s
Dumbbell bench press 3 12 3010 60-90s
Pec dip 2 15 2020

0s

Incline dumbbell fly 2 10 4110 90s
Triceps pushdowns 2 12 2110 60s
***5 Push-and-planks        

 

 
Workout 2: Legs (Quads)
 
Today you’re graduating from the jump squat to the box jump: try to keep your legs relatively straight throughout the jump to make it an explosive movement rather than a test of your flexibility. Focus on movement quality in the plate bridges: you’re aiming to activate your glutes for the rest of the workout.
 
Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rests
Box Jump 3 15 N/A 0s
Plate hip thrust 3 10 2110 30s
Front squat 3 10 4010

90-120s

Leg press 3 10 1010 90-120s
***4 Lunge-clean-squat        
       
 
Workout 3: Back/Biceps 
 
The band deadlift increases mid and upper-back activation compared with the standard variation of the move: to get the most from it, focus on keeping your shoulder blades pulled back as hard as possible throughout the lift. You might also want to use straps so that your grip doesn’t become the weak link. On the Kroc row, use the same weight each week and strive to beat your previous best max. 
 
Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rests
Band deadlift 4 8 4010 90s
Hammer-grip chin-up 4 6 4010 120s
Bent row 3 8 2010

60-90s

Wide-grip lat pulldown 3 12 3010 60-90s
Kroc row - Run the rack
 
Workout 4: Shoulders, Arms & Traps
 
For this workout, you’re moving to the standing shoulder press, which puts a greater demand on your core muscles. Stay braced through your abs and glutes and you’ll be able to move more weight – but keep that tempo strict. 
 
Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rests
Shoulder press 3 15 2010 90s
Seated lateral raises 3 10 2010 90s
Seated Scott press 3 10 2010

60s

Reverse flyes 3 10 2020 60s
Face pulls 2 12 4010 60s
 
Workout 5: Legs (Hamstrings) & Abs
 
Things are getting tough: 12-rep back squats with a decent weight are no fun at all. Check your form to maximize your gains – feet slightly turned out, knees driving out. If the ab wheel rollouts are getting too easy, add reps or do them with a weight vest on.
 
Exercise Sets Reps Tempo Rests
Back squat 4 12 4010 90-120s
Straight-legged deadlifts 3 12 2020 60-90s
Kettlebell swing 4 10 N/A

0s

Kettlebell goblet squat 4 10 2010 60s
Ab wheel rollout 4 10 1010 60s