Tyler, what do you suggest to take to keep "regular"? I get roughly 30grams of fiber a day, but for some reason my stool (for lack of a better word) hasn't been getting along with me. Perhaps digestive enzymes or just a laxative? Thanks man
24 September 2012
Tyler - I've had the same trouble in the past when I go very low carb. Try out dieters tea that helped me out a lot. If that does't work for you try using some metamusil every day.
How long are your cardio sessions and how many times do you do it a week?
24 September 2012
Tyler - 5 days a week for 30 minutes. I either do the incline treadmill walk, stair climber, or stairs out side. Yesterday I ran outside so I might start doing that a couple times a week
Hi Tyler, when i work out my chest i find that i feel my front deltoids working more than my chest. I have tried pre-exhausting my chest with dumbbell flys and then move onto heavier pressing exercises but i still feel the same. Is this due to poor technique or is it normal as the deltoids are a smaller muscle?
23 September 2012
Tyler - It's most likely due to trying to use too much weight. Drop the weights down and really focus on just the the chest. Once you get a strong mind muscle connection you will start to be able to use heavier weight without feeling it in the majority of your delts.
know you hve moved on, great progress on yoru side, been inspiration for me in getting at the work, more than exercise but really work... like life is all in the same mind set thank you man really
19 September 2012
Tyler - Your welcome! glad I can help!
Hey Tyler, my typical mornings would be up at 6.30 with a strong black tea and then i'd prob have my first meal at 8am (way it is with work etc). I'm currently on a cut, but wondering if I should get some sort of protein in before 8 or if it makes little difference? How long do you normally have between waking and your first meal?
21 August 2012
Tyler - I suggest eating your first meal as soon as you wake up with your black tea. Your body has been fasting all night and in order to keep it anabolic you should give it nutrients as soon as you get up. On days that I don't do my morning cardio I eat as soon as I get up. On days that I do my cardio I'll take 10g of BCAA before doing cardio and directly after I'll have my first meal.
Hey Tyler, I am currently going through a workout crisis. I am currently on holiday and on my week 6 of TMT-Phase 1. Wasn't able to go to the gym on Monday and Tuesday it was closed. I might be able to hit the gym on Wednesday but then I have to skip 1 workout day for a rest day in between week 6 and 7. Should I just take a whole week off or just sacrifice 1 workout day for a rest day.
21 August 2012
Tyler - I would only take a full week off if you feel like your body needs a break. If my gym was closed Monday and Tuesday from a holiday but open for the rest of the week I would just train 5 days in a row to make sure I got all my days in still.
Vodka is a better option than beer if I want to protect my abs right? it has less carbs correct?
18 August 2012
Tyler - IMO Vodka is a better option than beer.
Hi Tyler, Your blog had been a true inspiration to me! I'm 34 now and untill à year ago I had real idea about training, nutrition, rest, mindsett, to be honest. Altough training for more than 10 years, being nicknamed the ' muscular nail' though, I have always been an ectomoph 'no gainer', weigthing 155 but never more... ( at 6'3 lenght and 10% bf. 6 months ago, I started to include the nutrition element and did take my fitness to another level.. Your blog and TMT Fase 1 did the rest.. Now I weigh 182 with bf 8%. Still lean but Much more mass. I have experienced it as à tough but very rewarding process! Keep up THE good work with your blog, Kind Regards, Henk, The Netherlands
18 August 2012
Tyler - Thanks for the update Henk! And congrats to all of your fitness success thus far..keep up the hard work and much more progress to come!
How do you do one arm t-bar rows? Between the legs or beside? Also, what are your thoughts on pwo cardio? Would you advise it after your TMT workouts? Thanks!
16 August 2012
Tyler - It's going to be beside your legs. I'll make a demo video of the exercise. Make sure to position yourself where you can get a full stretch of the lats. My thoughts on post workout cardio is depending on how long the session will be. If your only going to be doing 10-15 minutes then I would say that is fine. But if your going longer then that I would keep them done apart. Your main focus once getting done with weight training should be to start the rebuild process with flushing your body with the proper nutrients right away.
An awesome inspirational story from one of my friends growing up and after high school! Keep up the hard work Bryan and CONGRATS for overcoming your battles! Another example of what this lifestyle has to offer!
"My weight is something that I have struggled with since I was 15 years old. When I was a kid I was always in great shape and very active in multiple sports. During high school I quit playing sports and got involved in drinking and drugs. After high school ended, I weighed about 225 pounds and got a tough physical job loading trucks at UPS. In less than a year I dropped down to 160 pounds, however, I did it in a very unhealthy way. I nearly starved myself sometimes and I would just kill myself at work and sweat everything off at work. I didn't develop any good habits of maintaining my weight. After less than 2 years around that weight I moved to a much easier job at UPS and got back into drinking heavily. My eating habits quickly returned to their old ways and before I knew it I had put all of the weight back on and then some. By age 25 I was up around 260 pounds. Tyler and I went to the same high school and we were very good friends. I watched him transform from a tall, skinny beanpole to becoming absolutely ripped. I saw his dedication and work ethic firsthand and worked out with him many times when we were 19-21 years old. I had never been much into lifting weights my whole life so I didn't take it too seriously and quickly fell out of it. Eventually because of depression I fell out of touch with Tyler over the next few years as my weight began to go up and he moved to Nashville, TN. About a year ago I found Tyler on Facebook and discovered his blog and workout videos. His blog about dealing with depression and his body image and weight during his modeling days really resonated with me as I was surprised to hear something like that from someone in such phenomenal shape. I really connected with his bouts with food addiction. I had been itching to start losing weight and getting into shape again, but I didn't want to do it the same way as last time. I wanted to do it the right way this time so about a year ago I started eating better, walking, and doing a little working out with dumbbells at home. In late January 2012 I joined a gym for the first time and watched every single one of Tyler's videos and began to emulate them. I really had no clue what the hell I was doing in the gym or how to even construct a workout routine. I had remembered from the times we worked out together in the past and also from his videos, that Tyler always preached lifting with proper form and doing things the right way as opposed to lifting with your ego. It was great for me to use this approach since I wasn't very strong in the gym anyway. I followed all of his videos for workout ideas and especially loved his explanations of technique and form for certain exercises. After only 6 months of lifting I had dropped down to 177 pounds and have more muscle on me than I've ever had in my life and I'm eating very healthy. I still eat a TON, just the right kind of foods. I'm learning to embrace the fitness lifestyle and I'm loving it. I just got Tyler's eBook, TMT Phase 1, and I can't wait to get started and see how much further I can progress. I'll be taking pictures of my progress. It is my hope that this testimonial will show to others that Tyler's methods aren't just for people that are already in great shape and just want to add more size or get more cuts and that they can be great even for the novice weight lifter like myself." - Bryan S
Tyler - cmon man you can't be serious lol.
nice shoes Tyler...but ur Jordan XI's r nicer lol
8 August 2012
Tyler - LOL thanks man...yeah I like my Jordan's as well but my Asics will be my training shoes
Tyler, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E is excellent for stretch marks. If you rub it, twice a week, into the area where the marks appear, they tend to fade in a few months. Pallmer's is sold K-mart, Wallmart, and most drug stores for about $5.00. It reallly works.
6 August 2012
Tyler - I've tried that before..I have sensitive skin and the Vitamin E ended up causing a crazy rash. That was a few years ago when I tried that so I don't know if it would still affect me that way but I don't want to chance it because it was nasty. Over time they fade.. Mine are fading as time goes on and they look a lot better now then when I first started to get them. Thanks for the info though!
Hey man, absolutely loving TMT Phase 1. I love the concept of training differently every week so as to keep the body always guessing. Thanks for the awesome program and thanks also for updating your blog keeping us all posted. You're a huge inspiration to me and many others. Right now my main concern is body fat loss and i was wondering whether or not I should stop mixing dextrose in with my post workout shake. Im having good results and a drop in bf% every week but was wondering if excluding the dextrose would help progress fat loss. I know how important post workout nutrition is and I would hate to compromise my results. Right now im taking about 30g of dextrose post workout with 40g whey protein. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
6 August 2012
Tyler - THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK! and your welcome too! this is my passion and I love the fact that I can inspire people from all over the world. As for your questions if your dropping body fat every week then I would stick with what your doing. You can experiment for 2 weeks without it and see how your body responds. It will not compromise your gains. But like I said if your consistently dropping fat every week then I would keep it in.
Here is another email that I received from Callum out of Australia. Another success story as to what this lifestyle has to offer. Train hard feel good! This is just another reason I love doing what I do! Keep up the hard work Callum!
Tyler - Not sure what your really asking here but if your trying to lose 10kg I suggest focus on your diet and cardio regimen.
wonder if a three day rotation works in exercising giving muscles more time to recover
2 June 2012
Tyler - 3 days a week? If your schedule only permits that amount of gym time then you should do that but me personally wouldn't be able to only workout three days a week.
What is your cutting ratio like? Protein:Carb:Fat?
1 June 2012
Tyler - right now it fluctuates. but my carbs are pretty low. i will post my diet up soon
Any suggestions on how I can get my chest to really pop? Thanks Tyler! Huge inspiration!!!
31 May 2012
Tyler - Chest training is an area I think most people get caught up in how much weight they can push instead of using their chest for every rep. Try to really focus on squeezing and contracting the chest every single rep of every single set and if that means lowering the weight then do so.
hey bro, quick question, if i decide to do an empty stomach cardio in the morning for bout 35-40min, would i need a post workout meal after that or would breakfast count as the "post workout meal"? i know you also recommended taking BCAA's before morning cardio, which i will be doing, your advice would be great
29 May 2012
Tyler - Your first meal of the day (breakfast) would be considered your post workout meal. I would try to get that meal in as soon as you get cleaned up from cardio.
What kind of cardio do you recommend? HIIT or low intensity?
28 May 2012
Tyler - I think they both have there place. I love the way high intensity give me the endorphin rush afterward but it is very taxing on your central nervous system. I'm choosing to do all low intensity right now. If your going to do HIIT make sure to give your body plenty of rest. I suggest doing HIIT only on the days off that your not weight training.
Hey Tyler, quick question about my split... would two chest days in the same week be bad? Say if I did chest on monday and then on Friday also? Thanks a ton for everything Tyler!
27 May 2012
Tyler - I wouldn't say it's a bad thing. I gave that a try for about 6 months. What you want to keep in mind though is that if you train it every week on monday and friday your going giving your chest 2 days break every week from friday to monday's session. What I suggest doing is training chest every 4th day. That will require you to move some of your days around. Or if you insist on training every week monday and friday use one session for more of a pump workout and the other for your heavy stuff.
Hey Tyler man your an inspiration but i was looking for tips for a beginning bulk. Should i stick with a certain macro ratio or just go 1.5g of protein per pound I weigh?
26 May 2012
Tyler - Adding quality mass is more than just a protein concern. Your going to need a good amount of carbs and fats as well. If I were to bulk up right now I would follow a protocol like this. Protein 1.5g-2g per body lb, Carbs 2g per body lb, and Fats a little over half a gram per lb. Also once or twice a week I would throw in some cheat meals too.
SORRY FOR THE DELAY ON THIS. I AM BACK TO BEING HEALTHY AGAIN AND THEIR WILL NO LONGER BE DELAYS. THANKS FOR THE CONTINUOUS SUPPORT!
Tyler, it's great to hear about your working your way back to your oldself after neumonia. You continue to be an inspiration no matter what comes your way. Daniel
27 April 2012
Tyler - Thanks for the support Daniel!
Tyler:Don't let the few burden you..you are looking great and on the mend... .Do know you will soon be bigger and better..you have fine lines and good sculpture..YITB...
26 April 2012
Tyler - Thanks for the support Will!
I'm 17, been working out for about 2 years, look almost as good as you. But just got Out of depression w/ binges, any advice to avoid them?
24 April 2012
Tyler - First off that is awesome that you've only been working out for 2 years and at 17 have already built a physique. My advice to avoid binging is don't starve yourself. Have a good meal plan that allows you enough food to not have the urge to binge. Stay positive and try to have other hobbies or interests that doesn't involve the thought of food.
Tyler, For some reason i don't get sore the next day like i use too. I still get awesome pumps when im in the gym. Ive tried everything that i can think of. Ive changed my routine, mixed up my sets and reps, thrown in negatives and drop sets. My diet has not changed other than my carb intake from week to week. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks man. Stay Healthy Man !
18 April 2012
Tyler - I've gone through the same thing. Don't worry about this. Just because you aren't getting sore doesn't mean you still aren't progressing with gains. Some muscle groups I can never get sore. So don't use DOMS as a sign of progressing or not. Only other suggestion i would say try is drop the weights one day and just really focus hard and get a strong mind muscle connection and squeeze the muscle as hard as you can on every rep. I've done this before as a switch up to the heavier weight and I did get sore the next day.
hey, i just wanna thank you, for your posts nd to my questions that uve taken the time to reply. nd thank you mostly cause ive gain my first 2 kilos and something of muscle. i wanna thank you so much for that. I saw on twitter that uve been sick, its awful to hear that. ive got a cold nd i couldnt do workout for like a week. Nd i felt so frustrated cause your website has kept me so motivated your an inspiration to me nd to other ones too. get better soon ☺
18 April 2012
Tyler - Congrats on your weight gain! Thanks for the support Sebastian keep up the hard work!
in your opinion, how often should you include or change excercise in specific muscle group, not necessarily weight/reps or sets, just excerices?
17 April 2012
Tyler - I change the order around almost every workout but I do keep specific exercises in my routines I'll just hit them at different times of the workout.
hey tyler- in general for people in the fitness industry - how long does it take for them to get ripped and in the best condition? Usually i see bodybuilders doing a 8-16 week diet... is it the same for fitness models getting ready for a shoot? and how important is it to have patience when trying to get lean?I I am on my first legitimate plan and the time is killing me!
17 April 2012
Tyler - Bodybuilders do the 8-16 weeks some even longer depending where their body fat is and if they are using drugs or not. After there shows they go back to their old ways and put all the body fat and bloat back on until their next show. If your trying to live the fitness lifestyle and stay in good shape year round then once you get yourself to a certain level of conditioning it will not be hard to maintain as long as you don't go and screw it up by eating a ton of junk for several days. As for your plan goes if your not seeing your body change each week then it's time to change something. I can't give you a specific time frame because everyone is different.
"Success is a state of mind, if you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." - Unknown
Tyler, from my experience with web designers, I learned to expect delays and broken promises unless you go with a very high end company. Still, I'm looking forward to becoming a member. Your present site gives daily inspiration.
Tyler - Thanks for you patience...I can't wait till it gets up and running!
Tyler, When you say that you wil never put on extra body fat, does that mean you will not be doing anymore "bulking phases" in the near future with Hanny?
29 March 2012
Tyler - Well what I'm hoping for since I'm pushing to get all the fat off around my midsection which I've never been able to accomplish (especially my lower abs..I've always gotten to a certain point then screwed it all up) before it will be easy to maintain. What I meant by that comment is that I never want to add as much fat in that area again. Once I reach the point where I want to be I do want to continue to keep improving but once I get done shooting I'm not going to do what I've done in the past and eat everything in sight and gain 20+ pounds in a couple of days. I will let Hany guide me on what to do if I will be able to slowly add calories or what not.
Do you have any recommendations for someone who may be looking into getting into fitness modeling? Where do you start? Is there any way you can submit pictures of yourself to certain companies as a way to get noticed ?
27 March 2012
Tyler - You can submit photos to an agency such as Silver Models or Wilhelmina has a fitness division. If they like your look then you will be contacted. I wouldn't just stop there or rely on that though. You should consider competing to get your face out there and start getting recognition. I competed in 2007 at Universe Weekend and that is where I met Adam Silver of Silver Models. If that had not happened then I would've most likely kept competing.
How do you properly warm up for heavy squats? I can do 10 reps of 315lbs, but i feel like my warm up to get there isn't at its best. Should i be doing a few sets with short rest periods? or start my weight low and go up and increments of 50lbs with 10 reps of each set until i get to the 315? Im trying to warm up enough to get my joing and blood pumping in my legs but not so much that im too tired to lift the heavy weight!
24 February 2012
Tyler - That is some good weight your moving right there! keep up the hard work! I always start my leg session off with 5-10 minutes on the recumbent bike. I'll do 3-5 warm up sets before I get into my working sets keeping the reps low though so I don't fatigue resting about a minute in between warm ups. Depending how heavy i'm going that day I'll only do 5 reps or so on each warm up set. Hope this helps...all that being said I usually hit squats now at the end of my quad workout because the mechanics feel better and my knees don't ache.
Hey Tyler, i've been following Hany's "GET JACKED" program and so far my chest and back days are phenomenal, im getting great workouts from it. My Shouler day however, feels like its not being stimulated enough. It might be becasue of all the isolation exercises that im not used to, im not sure. One exercise involves doing front raises on an incline bench, face down; this is an FST-7 technique as well. I feel like i cant quote get a proper pump in my front delt from this exercise, im not sure what angle the bench should be at and if it should be bringing my arms parallel to my body or parallel to the floor. When i have workouts where my pumps are just "okay", i tend to second guess my postworkout shake consisting of 50g carbs... im on th evogen stack as well. Let me know if you can offer any advice about the Incline bench exercise and taking in postworkout carbs for moderate workout days. Thanks!
24 February 2012
Tyler - First off don't second guess yourself on the post workout drinks. We all have those days where you don't get a good full pump and it kinda just puts a damper on the rest of your day. Happened to me yesterday. As for the incline front raises put the bench on a 45 degree angle or so..most incline are numbered and i usually put it on 4 or 5. It's a great exercise maybe just drop the weight a little and really focus on the feeling going slower with your reps until you get the mind muscle connection down. If that doesn't help I would just substitute that exercise for another front raise exercise and hit the fst with a rope front raise.
Do you do a protien shake after your Cell Kem? What do you put in it?
23 February 2012
Tyler - No..30 minutes after I take Cell Kem and glycoject I have a whole food meal
Hey Tyler can you tell me some examples of your favorite clean meals? like chicken and sweet potato, or what are your favorite sources of carbs and such?
23 February 2012
Tyler - I'll be posting my daily food logs in the members section so you will see exactly what I'm eating every day.
Hey Ty, i feel like i cant get proper posture/footing when doing one arm rows on a flat bench, i feel like my lower back gets involved or my back doesnt get stimulated enough, im not sure if maybe my foot is to close to the bench or if i should be bending my knee. Any advice on one arm rows? I'[ve tried to lighted the weight and i make sure im always looking forward.
23 February 2012
Tyler - This will be something you will have to play around with to get the best feeling for you. Whenever I do them I have a bend in my knee is its close to the bench. Part of my members section videos I describe how to properly preform each exercise and where you should feel it.
When you say supplement hiatus, does that include whey and casein? Or is it just eliminating pre workout, creatine, etc? Great page by the way, looking forward to the members section.
23 February 2012
Tyler - It's just eliminating pre workout,creatine, and the pre and post carbohydrate drink.
How much water do you drink during your workout? If I am smaller I should drink less right?
22 February 2012
Tyler - I drink about a half gallon during my workout and a half gallon leading up to my workout. I would say a liter pre workout and a liter during workout would be sufficient.
Have you ever heard of or used "Animal" products i.e. Animal Stak, Animal Cuts, etc.? Do you know anything anout this supplement
22 February 2012
Tyler - I've used the mutli vitamin and the animal cuts before. I used the cuts when I was going through my eating disorder in nyc so i can't give a valid review on them since i wasn't on a proper exercise and nutrition plan. I will say one thing I didn't like about the product was that it had a diuretic in it. I don't think it's safe to take diuretics daily.
...a 27 minute-long workout on video? O.K., Tyler, you got me. I going to become a member. Glad to see you decided to create a members only section of your site. You deserve it for all the inspiration and advice you give.give inspiration
22 February 2012
Tyler - Thanks You!
Hey Ty. ive got such a passion and drive for health and fitness, and really want to get into the field and study it more in depth. wanted to know how you got into personal training, and if you have any advice for the likes of myself wanting to get more involved and persue a career in fitness and nutrition? you're a huge inspiration to me, and get alot of motivation from your videos and articles. thnx.
22 February 2012
Tyler - First off thanks for the compliments...I got into personal training when I was 20 years old. I had gotten a job at a gym being the "house keeping" staff. I cleaned toilets and did laundry etc. I became friends with one of the personal trainers there and after speaking with him this seemed like something I wanted to try out. It took me about 4 months to get my first certification (ISSA) and every two years you have to get continued education courses.