Thanks Ampa

I often get asked “what do I take” to get big and/or muscular and I respond nothing really, bananas maybe? I’ve been doing free-weights since I was a kid, then got into distance running back in 2007 and got hooked. I was sorta’ big back then but not as muscular since I primarily just ran, averaging 35kms a week just to stay in running form. Unfortunately back in 2015 my body finally broke after running for several years with nagging injuries I didn’t address properly: a torn hamstring, IT Band problems, knee pain, then finally lower back problems to name a few. It got so bad that I couldn’t even bend over to tie my shoes anymore much less run.

in 2016 I decided to start power lifting to fix my posture and to get strong over-all, then I got hooked then the rest is history! I bought my own barbell and plates and started taking it more seriously. This is where I gained a lot of muscle over the course of a year. I am new to the strength game so I guess you can attribute my growth to newbie-gains. Though majority of people are to jaded to believe my answer when they ask me, which is sad really.

I do not do any isolation movements, I focus on the big 4 movements:

  • Squat
  • Bench-Press
  • Deadlift
  • Overhead Press

…and accessory movements to reinforce those primary movements:

  • weight pull-ups
  • weighted dips
  • dumbbell rows
  • Bulgarian Split Squats
  • lunges
  • and other movements to many to mention

My goal is to be as strong as I can at my walking weight of 70-73kg and not on size or aesthetics. A long term goal would be to be proficient in Olympic lifts and probably compete down the line. I do not go to any commercial gyms, I never paid for commercial gym memberships really, though I do visit commercial gyms when they have free trials… yes, I am a cheapskate.

I use YouTube as my primary source for research and coaching. I follow these people and owe most of my gains to them: shout out to Scooby, I’ve been freezing my bananas for over a decade now 🙂

Long story short, I guess I am lucky in terms of genes which I probably got from my Ampa (Grand Father). I really don’t have to do those curls or crunches to get ripped. Haters gonna hate, but if anything I do hope I inspire other people in any way, shape or form.

Thanks Ampa!

Voodoo Floss Bands review

The name says it all, it’s Voodoo! I was skeptical at first, how can a band of latex fix my
Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow).

(tennis elbow) and tight/inflamed knee? But it came down to either this 2,000PHP (40USD) or going to a physician who will most-likely prescribe some drug or operation to pseudo-fix the pain… until you break it again for 1,500PHP (30USD). SO I went the former.

It didn’t cure my tennis elbow so to speak, but the relief is significant and noticeable. So much so that it allowed me to train and properly address the issue by training the muscles and ligaments properly to permanently address the issue. I’ve been training consistently for a decade now, and wear and tear injuries are an inevitability, and I am so stoked that this product, as simple as it seems allows me to therapeutically deal with my injuries and teach myself more about my body as I grow older.

The bands are cheaper if you live in the US (19USD) from Rogue Fitness, but since I’m from the Philippines you need to pay extra for shipping and taxes. If anyone is interested, I got mine from Ken Tan of The Rack PH.