Tyler McPeak
27Sep/120

Under 7 week out UPDATE

541319 3359031948406 1426629063 n Under 7 week out UPDATEThis morning I got up knocked out my 30 minutes of cardio on the stair climber.  After that I pretty much felt drained and out of it for most of the day.  I took the day off from weights and in between clients and client calls I managed to get a 30 minute nap in that was a life saver.  I was thinking to myself it's too early to start feeling this shitty lol considering I havn't even started my diet yet.  Cutting starts next Wednesday!  I will be posting my diet up on my members section.  The plan is to cut hard from the start then fill out leading up to the shoot.  EVERYTHING will be posted in the members blog.  I'm definitely not looking forward to feeling like shit all the time but the worse you feel usually the better you look lol.  It'll all be worth it though.  It's been over 2 years since my last shoot and I've NEVER gave a photo shoot 100 percent effort in prep so I can't wait to see the end result.  I've got a videographer that will be filming my workouts and lifestyle type of videos when I'm a couple weeks out from my shoots.

Yesterday was arm day and since I got such a ridiculous pump last week I decided to do the exact workout to see if the same pump would happen.  AND IT DID! That is by far one of my favorite arm workouts so definitely give that one a try and I guarantee your arms will be ballooned up! (workout posted in members blog) Tomorrow is Back day and the plan is to add some hamstrings at the end.  I'm skipping morning cardio and I'm going to run outside tomorrow afternoon.  That will most likely be one of the last time I run outside since I'll be keeping everything LOW INTENSITY starting next week.  I just won't have the energy to do that type of cardio with the calorie reduction.  One good thing about calorie reduction is a cheaper grocery bill lol.  Everyone keep it up!

26Jul/120

Consistency of doing the right shit is key!

july26 Consistency of doing the right shit is key!

7/26/2012 - I got to get 20 minutes of Sun today out back on my deck

"You string a bunch of days of quality, efficient action together, and you can be successful." - Kai Greene

That quote was taken from an article that I just read tonight and to me it couldn't have been said any better.  This is the number one reason I'm able to continuously make progress.  As I've said before consistency is key but it's consistency of doing the right shit that is key.  I had a discussion with one of my clients last night during our session and she is the type of person that always tells me that she wants this or wants that.  For example she wants a firmer and more shapely ass, better hamstrings, tighter midsection but her biggest obstacle is not being able to put the amount of work, sacrifice, and dedication to obtain these goals.  Nutrition and social drinking is her set back and I told her last night that she would be surprised at what she would look like if she just dedicated herself to burning the fat off.  Her response was that her nutrition was better and that during the week she eats healthy but on the weekends she eats whatever.  That's takeing one step forward but two steps back.  YOU CANNOT OUTWORK A POOR DIET.  I'm going to stop rambling on about this because I think you get the point that there are no shortcuts, no magic supplements you can take, and no other substitute for being consistent with doing the right shit day in and day out.

Some other news is that I'm in the process of setting up to shoot in South Africa!  Photographer Louis Botha and I have been in contact pretty much ever since I got started and we are finally going to make this happen!  I'm very excited and I'll be skyping with him this weekend to start the planning process but we are most likely going for the first week of November!

TMT-Phase 2 is coming together nicely! What I've designed thus far looks great on paper but I won't actually know if it's worth a damn until I start to apply it to myself next week.  I will give random updates of how that is going.  It will be a 12 week program again but like I said before it's TOTALLY DIFFERENT than phase one.  An update about my members section is that my webmaster is on vacation right now visiting family in Cali and he will be back to work on Monday so I'll know more and hopefully I can have a date by next week of when it will get started.  This weekend for my big cheat feast my girlfriend and I are going to Nashville's number 1 BBQ place.  It's called Jack's BBQ and if you know anything about TN we are known for BBQ.  I havn't had some BBQ in a while so I'm definitely looking forward to that after I trash my final cycle 3 ARM workout on Saturday.  Some new music that I've been listening to at the gym is the new Lloyd Banks mixtape called A6, new Mike Will singles from his latest mixtape, and new Rick Ross album God Forgives I Don't.  For today's workout though it was all of the band called Blindside..I was in a rock mood and it was getting me pretty hyped up.  Everyone have a great weekend!

 

14Mar/120

Past 5 Days

motivation 300x300 Past 5 Days5 days in a row of workouts and my body is officially worn out.  Since Brian was in town I wanted to take him through all muscle groups except the only one we didn't hit together was quads.  Here is a rundown of what we did the past 5 days.. We used a lot of different techniques with partials,negatives,high reps,low reps, pre-exhaust,super sets,fst-7.

  • Friday - Chest/Biceps
  • Saturday - Hamstrings/Calf
  • Sunday - Back
  • Monday - Abs/Shoulders/Calf
  • Tuesday - Arms

I have a slow day with clients so I'm going to use this time to just recover.  I speak with Hany on Friday to find out what the game plan is now that I have to be prepared to shoot within 4-6 weeks so I know everything is about to get kicked into high gear.  I can't wait to see what the final product looks like and I'll post more once I know more of when I'm going to NYC etc.  One thing I know that will change is no more cheat meals until I'm done with my shoots.  On a different note the weather has been awesome here and I'm hoping this spring weather is here to stay!weather 200x300 Past 5 Days

7Mar/120

Questions 3/7/2012

shoutbox7 300x1809 Questions 3/7/2012Angel
hey tyler i tried not taking any pre workout drink my last workout, and i found myself very tired and fatigued during the workout? whats ur best advice to keep energy levels up without taking tge pre work out stuff? also what pre workout supp worked best for u?
7 March 2012

Tyler - If you have been taking a stim based pre-workout supplement then it can take a week or so before you will lose the lethargic feeling since your adrenal glands are getting back to normal.  My suggestion is just to cycle off for 4-8 weeks and then once you take them again it'll be like you've never taken it before.  My favorite pre-workout supplements have been Stimulant based - superpump max, non stim - Evogen EVP.

Cal
Tyler my man, what exercises do you do typically do for hamstrings, I feel I do alot more quad exercies than hamstring ones when leg day comes around!
7 March 2012

Tyler - Try splitting them up and training quads one day and hams later in the week. Here was my most recent Ham workout

  • Lying leg curls - 4x8-12
  • Seated leg curls - 4x8-12
  • Deadlifts - 135x10,225lbx10,315lbx20,405lbx10,405lbx8,315lbx15
  • Standing One leg curl - 4x12-15 superset standing calf raise
  • one leg leg press calf raise - 4x12

Richard
Hey Tyler, can I take protein powder without a liquid or is it less effective?
7 March 2012

Tyler - No as long as your ingesting it it doesn't matter if you use liquid or not....but how are you going to be taking it? just eating the powder?

James
Tyler, why you were "filling out" with Hany's program, approximiately how many carbs were you taking in on you carb up day and how little did you take on your carb down days? Also, how did you cycle it? i.e. 3 low 1 high? Im working on putting on size but i find i tend to begin looking smooth and bloated if i eat moderate to high carbs everyday.
6 March 2012

Tyler - My carbs are still very high right now.  I'll be posting my daily food logs again once my members section launches so you will be able to follow my exact diet every day.

Nick
Hey McPeak!!! You offer so much value... I would love to offer something back. Maybe I can help you out with your marketing? Beyond that... I have a question regarding your lean-gains/warrior diet you did a few months back. i've been on it for about 4 month. i'm starting to look ripped but seem to have dropped in appearance? weight is the same, but I seem to look smaller.. what are your thoughts? thanks bud.
6 March 2012

Tyler - Lean-gains wasn't good for my body.  It sounds like your muscles are just extremely flat.  I had the same problem when I did that I thinned out quick.  Not sure what to tell you other than I didn't like it and I would never go back to it.  I prefer 6 meals a day and keeps my muscles full constantly.

mike
hey ty i am 6'4" and have pretty well defined muscle due to my ectomorph body. i am not strictly ectomorph. i need to gain mass while keeping my definition. Where would be a good spot to start following your workouts? i love your physique and would like to get very close to that. great job btw and keep it up!
6 March 2012

Tyler - Any of my workouts I've posted since September 2011 till now would be good.  They are all designed for strength and mass gain.

Dre
Hey T, You plan on bringing back rap beats into your videos again? That was dope!
5 March 2012

Tyler - appreciate it..but I doubt it..I don't have the time anymore to put into that.

Eric
Hey Tyler... I started my cut 2 weeks ago today at 190 I am already 185. Do you think I might be losing weight to fast? I am eating 6 whole food meals a day and doing cardio every day. I am afraid that I am going to lose the muscle I worked hard to put on over the last year. Do you think I should cut down on the cardio?
5 March 2012

Tyler - First off 5lb in 2 weeks isn't too bad because usually people will lose quick in the beginning when your losing some of that water weight at first.  As long as your strength is staying the same and not decreasing then that is a clear sign that your holding onto your muscle.  That being said I do suggest cutting down on the cardio and giving your body two days rest during the week.

2Mar/120

Hams/Calf

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Paul Reitz - NYC December 5 2010

Yesterday was by far the most intense hamstring session I think I've ever had.  I told myself once I got home that I need to be training my hamstrings that hard every single week.   For the past 6 months I've consistently done stiff leg deadlifts but after reading and watching several different videos I decided to just do traditional deadlifts for high reps because in the higher reps is when your hamstrings and glutes get recruited the most.  So after I did my leg curls I made it over to the deadlift area and my friend Dion from the gym was training back so he linked up with me on deads.  So my whole concept of doing high reps got thrown out the window for 2 sets lol.  This guy is a monster he's around 260 my height and ripped.  It was definitely motivational for me to train with him.  My first set with 315lb for 20 reps shot my heart rate up through the roof and my whole body was feeling crazy at that point.  He knocked his set out no straps for 12 reps.  I rested for 2 minutes then asked him if he wanted to do another plate.  At 405lb I got 10 reps.  Then another set for 8. After that he moved on and I dropped it back down to 315lb for 15 reps.  Needless to say my hams and lower back are trashed today along with my rear traps.  Here is my complete day of workouts

  1. 8am - 45 minutes cardio
  2. 2:30pm - Hams/Calf
  3. 4:30pm - 25 min dog walk..very slow
  • Lying leg curls - 4x8-12
  • Seated leg curls - 4x8-12
  • Deadlifts - 135x10,225lbx10,315lbx20,405lbx10,405lbx8,315lbx15
  • Standing One leg curl - 4x12-15 superset standing calf raise
  • one leg leg press calf raise - 4x12

In my members section there will be posts like this with even more detail every day of my workouts.

 

16Mar/110

Legs

WORKOUT13 300x12034 Legs I planned on splitting up quads in the am and hams in the afternoon but my schedule did not allow me to train twice today.  I had a great workout but had a slight pain in my right knee that comes and goes and for some reason today it was irritated.  I started to feel it on squats and then on my last set of lunges.  I went on to do standing one leg leg curl and I couldn't complete a set.  At that point I ended my leg workout and just did some abs.  My point here is to listen to your body and be very in tune with it.  I could have pushed through the pain if I wanted to but that would only lead to more of an injury.  Despite the knee issue today I still managed to have a good one.

  1. Leg Ext - 4x15,12,12,10
  2. Squats - 5x12,10,8,4,10
  3. Leg Press - 4x12,12,10,8 (worked up to 8 plates on each side for last set)
  4. Walking Lunges - 3x20 steps each way total of 40 steps each set
  5. Lying leg raise - 2xfailure
  6. Rope crunches - 2x12

Here is the combo of  what I'm currently seasoning all of my meats with. I do not use any seasoning with sodium.

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Black Pepper, Mrs Dash Table Blend, Basil Leaves

21Feb/110

Legs/Cardio

  1. WORKOUT13 300x12020 Legs/CardioLeg Ext warm ups 4x15 very light
  2. Leg Press superset Hack Squats - 4x12 2 dropsets on the last set of leg press
  3. Squats superset stationary reverse db lunges - 4x10-12
  4. Leg Ext FST-7 - 7x12
  5. Seated Calve Raise - 4x12
  6. Step Mill - 30minutes
11Feb/110

LEGS = TRASHED

WORKOUT13 300x12013 LEGS = TRASHEDBefore heading to the gym today I watched Jay Cutler's Undisputed DVD  Leg workout for some inspiration.  I followed his routine to the best I could but had to make a couple of substitutions for the lack of gym equipment at GYM 5 icon sad LEGS = TRASHED   It still turned out to be a crazy intense workout that I'm still not physically feeling right from.  Don't you just love leg day?

  1. Leg Ext - 1 warm up set to 15 - 3x12
  2. Leg Press - 4x10-12 final set was 8 plates on each side for 10 reps
  3. Smith Machine Squats - 4x10-12
  4. Front Squats - 3x10 (first time i've done these in a long time)
  5. Leg Ext FST-7 - 7x12 (same technique as I did in my shoulder video from this past weekend click here for shoulder video)
  6. Lying Leg Curl - 3x12
  7. Seated Leg Curl - 3x12
  8. Hyper Ext hamstring and glute squeezes (first time i've ever tried these)
  9. seated calve raise superset standing body weight raises - 4x12 weighted 20 for body weight raises
30Jan/110

Legs/ABS/Heavy Bag

WORKOUT13 300x1202 Legs/ABS/Heavy Bag

  • Leg Ext - 2 warm up sets followed by 3 working sets 12 reps each set
  • Smith machine Squats - 4x8-10 (took a close foot stance)
  • leg press - 3x10 one lighter set at the end to really focus on the negative for 10 reps
  • seated leg curl - 3x12
  • stiff leg deadlifts - 3x10
  • standing calve raise - 4x10-12
  • bench leg raises - 3x20
  • one arm oblique cable crunches 3x12
  • heavy bag 10 minutes
    7Jan/112

    -Workout- Legs/ABs/Cardio

    Maryanne (another trainer at the gym I work at) and I trashed legs tonight.  It was the first time she worked out with me so I had to step it up a notch to make sure it was a good one icon smile Workout Legs/ABs/Cardio   Tonight's focus was on Glutes & Hamstrings although quads were not taken lightly at all.  For my warm up I rode my bike to the gym which is about 1.5 miles.  Despite the cold weather I've still been enjoying these rides because it wakes me right up and gets me nice and warmed up for the weights.

    1. Leg press - 2 warm up sets to 15 then 3 working sets on the last set did 3 drop sets all rep ranges 8-15
    2. Stiff leg Deadlifts - 3x12 one dropset on last set
    3. Squats superset walking DB lunges - one drop set on the last set of squats 3x5-12 - walking lunges 20 steps total
    4. lying leg curl superset leg ext - 3x12-15 one dropset on each exercise on last set
    5. one leg smith machine squats superset stationary reverse lunges - 3x12
    6. seated calve machine - 3x12 2 dropsets on the last set
    7. standing calve raise - 3x12 one dropset on the last set
    8. jump rope 1 minute intervals superset rope crunches 3x12
    9. jump rope 1 minute interval superset standing one arm cable oblique crunches 3x12
    10. 10 minutes stair climber intervals level 4.0 for recovery 30 seconds to 1 minute level 8.0-9.0

    Tomorrow is chest day icon smile Workout Legs/ABs/Cardio