Tyler McPeak
31Mar/120

Week 2 Progress

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March 30 2012 - Nashville

22 more days till my shoot and I'm happy with this weeks progress.  The right numbers are continuing to drop and I'm very happy with my current program since I don't feel like total shit and I'm not miserable lol.  Something that I've spoken about in previous past is listening to your body and taking rest days when needed.  That is exactly the big difference in now then when I pushed to get ripped through the holidays.  Back then I was doing 2 cardio sessions a day 7 days a week regardless of how I felt I pushed through it.  Needless to say I started to burn out and the end product was flat and I just looked tired and over worked and my body quit burning fat.  This time around I'm still doing cardio 7 days a week but for instance on Wednesday I took my afternoon cardio session off and then this morning I took my first session off but will hit it hard after my weights.  Just by doing this I feel healthy and not over worked and mentally I'm still very strong ready to keep pushing forward and get to my goal of 4 percent bodyfat!  This week I lost another lb and an inch off my waist!

Weight - 215.3

  • Neck - 15
  • Chest - 45 1/4
  • Shoulder - 53 1/4
  • Waist - 33 1/4
  • Ass - 41 1/4
  • Upper leg - 25
  • Calf - 16 1/4
  • Arm - 15 (not sure why this measured a quarter of an inch bigger..I havn't trained arms since the start of the week)

Bodyfat - 6.7 (7 point test with digital calipers)

  • Tricep - 5
  • Chest - 3
  • Axilla - 6
  • Suprailiac - 7
  • Abdomen - 10
  • Thigh - 8
  • Subscapula - 11
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March 31 2012

 

30Mar/120

23 Days Out

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23 days until I go to NYC to shoot for Silver Models. In this video I explain different techniques for chest and shoulder exercises. At the end of the video I show a couple reps of my HIIT cardio done outside...Hill Sprints.

Incline DB Press - 3x8-12
Flat DB press - 3x8-12
Incline DB Fly - 3x8-12
Incline Barbell Press - 2x8-12
Pec Dec - 3x8-12
Giant Set Standing Laterals - 2 sets
Rope standing Cable Front Raise - 3x8-12

25Mar/120

Week 1 Progress

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3/25/2012 28 days till shoot

With 28 days left until I get back in from of the camera I have to make each and every day count!  This week I made some great progress and was happy with all of the numbers from my assessment.  Still have a ways to go but it seems like I'm changing pretty quickly.  Last Friday I was 222lb on an empty stomach and now I'm 216lb.  All of my workouts were great up until yesterday afternoon I could tell it was the end of a hard week and my body had the low carb blues lol.  Here is my updates: My waist dropped 3/4 of an inch and my ass came down a half an inch. A total of 6lb lost.

Weight - 216

  • Neck - 15
  • Chest - 45 1/4
  • Shoulder - 53 1/4
  • Waist - 34 1/4
  • Ass - 41/ 1/2
  • Upper Leg - 25
  • Calf - 16 1/4
  • Arm - 14 3/4

Body Fat 7.3 (again I don't think this is very accurate but it's still a way of tracking progress - digital calipers)

  • Tricep - 5
  • Chest - 4
  • Axilla - 7
  • Suprailiac - 8
  • Abdomen - 11
  • Thigh - 8
  • Subscapula - 11
22Mar/120

Day 7

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Quick stop by Nutrishop and the grocery today

Seven days into my cutting phase and things are going great!  I'm getting used to being hungry now and since my stomach should continue to shrink down hopefully that will start to ease up.  Workouts have been very intense!  I thought I was training my ass off before but I've stepped it up a notch and I've made some solid progress this week so far.  My weight this morning was 217lb that's down another lb.  I'm looking forward to doing my assessment on Saturday to see if any of the numbers have changed.  Yesterday I did some abs and cardio and today was back.  The lower calories and cardio has not effected my strength at all and the goal is for it to stay that way.  Some of the numbers I remember from today were 200lb cable pulldowns and 120lb standing db rows.  A couple of nutritional changes I made today are cutting back a bit on my sodium (just with my seasonings using sodium free now), switching over to gluten free rolled oats, and changing from natural peanut butter to organic almond butter.  Right now my current split that I'm doing is

  • Monday - Chest/Bicep
  • Tuesday - Legs
  • Wednesday - Abs
  • Thursday - Back/Calf
  • Friday - Shoulders/Tricep
  • Saturday - Abs/Calf
  • Sunday - off
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Costco trip this past 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

8Mar/120

Growseason is officially OVER!

After doing A LOT of thinking over the past couple of weeks and more so in the past day I've made the decision that my grow season is OVER.  Or in other terms I'm not going to try to put on size anymore.  It's time to get lean and ripped up again but maintain the new size I have put on.  As for my workouts I'm switching a few things around and going back to some of my old techniques I've used in the past.  It's a lot of stuff that I miss doing to be more athletic.  With summer right around the corner I want you all to follow along and get ripped up too!   Brian my webmaster is coming down to Nashville this weekend to visit some of his family but we will also be doing some work as well (and I'm going to kick his ass in the gym).  I'm going to see if it's possible that we can get the members side launched this week  because I will be posting my detailed workouts daily, supplementation in detail, and my daily diet.  You will be able to follow my progress and ask questions on how to adjust your diet in order to get the same results I will.  And of coarse if your goal is to add mass I'll have my mass building diet posted as well that I've been following for the past 6 months that took me from 210-222lb.  Here are my measurements I took (no pump or flexing)  just now along with my body fat measurement that we redid (Suzanne wasn't pinching hard enough the other day)

Current Weight - 222lb on an empty stomach in AM

  • Neck (directly above adams apple) - 15
  • Chest - 45 1/4
  • Shoulders - 53 1/4
  • Waist (belly button - 35
  • Ass - 42
  • Upper leg (mid point between knee and hip) - 25 1/4
  • Calf - 16 1/4
  • Arm - 14 3/4

Body Fat 7 point Test with Digital Calipers - 8.6%

  • Tricep - 5
  • Chest - 5
  • Axilla - 9
  • Suprailiac - 9
  • Abdomen - 13
  • Thigh - 10
  • Subscapula - 11

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28Feb/120

Pre-Exhaust Sets

Invented in 1968 by MuscleMag's own Robert Kennedy, pre-exhaust sets help eliminate the problem of the "the weakest link in the chain."  Most exercises involve more than one muscle group, even if the exercise is considered to be targeting a single muscle.  For example, most chest exercises involve the triceps and shoulders.  These muscles often tire before the pectorals.  The theory behind pre-exhaust sets is to fatigue the primary muscle as much as possible by using an isolation exercise (or as close to an isolation exercise as you can get), and then perform a compound movement that utilizes fresh muscles to take the fatigued muscle to greater depths of stimulation.

dbfly Pre Exhaust SetsOne of the best examples of pre-exhaust principle is flat-bench flyes followed by barbell bench presses.  the bench press is called a chest exercise, but the triceps and shoulders receive tremendous stress as well.  Often it's the smaller triceps that give out first.  To get around this difficulty,  first perform an isolation exercise like dumbbell flyes,  which places little stress on the triceps.  This will 'pre-exhaust" the chest muscles, leaving the triceps in a stronger state.  now when you perform bench presses, the triceps are no longer the weak link in the chain.  The relatively stronger triceps can be used to push the chest muscles to failure.

Source - MuscleMag - Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding

27Feb/120

Questions – 2/27/2012

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Joseph
Hey there, mate. I am curious as to what you might suggest for gaining the cut-look underneath the pec, to help round that out. My upper pecs are full, but I would like underneath the pec to be a bit more shaped. Is this primarily a decline, press/fly movement, or is there anything else to that? Thanks!
27 February 2012

Tyler - Dips and cable flys will target that area as well.  I suggest prioritizing this into your chest workouts. Example workout I would do would be

  1. Decline Press
  2. Dips
  3. Decline Fly
  4. Flat Press
  5. Cable Fly

Yaseen
Hey Tyler this might seem like a confusing question but have you noticed your face changing as your weight changes? When I am at my leanest, my jawline is much more pronounced and i Just feel as if I look different whereas when I have put on excess weight my face is also different. I also see that bodybuilders and their faces are much different when they are dieting for a show and in the offseason. Thoughts?
27 February 2012

Tyler - Yeah it just has to do with body fat fluctuations.  I remember when I was at my heaviest at 255lb my cheeks were very full and puffy looking.  Now since my body fat doesn't ever get high my face stays lean.

Shawn
My bad this is my first time using this and I hit return by mistake. As I was saying, I am just coming back to the gym after a back injury. I don't want to use supplements. I want to work out natutal. No store brought proteins none of that. Just fresh fruits,vegetables and nuts. No red meat fish and chicken. Now, you and I are the same height 6'3, can I achieve muscle growth naturally w/o using supplements?
27 February 2012

Tyler - You can just make sure your are eating enough protein and getting enough rest.  I suggest 1.5g to 2g per body pound of protein.

Cal
Tyler, when or if you take creatine on your non training days, do you mix it with jiuce or just in your protein shakes?
27 February 2012

Tyler - The only creatine I take is what's in Cell K.E.M. and I still take it on my off days before I go to bed

Henry
Hello Ty ! I can't wait to suscribe your member section !! Do you think you 'll have a paypal mean of payment for your international fans ?? thanks and stay the BEST !
27 February 2012

Tyler - Thanks man! yeah it'll be set up through paypal anyone from all over the world will be able to join.

Frank
Do you swim at all? Swimming is good for cutting right?
27 February 2012

Tyler - A few years ago in 2009 when I was trying to lost a bunch of weight to try out fashion modeling I swam several times a week. It will get you into great shape and the shittier of a swimmer you are the more you will get out of it because it is HARD.  What kept happening to me was that I would get swimmers ear.  Even though I wore ear plugs too...so make sure to wear ear plugs because swimmers ear is very annoying

Randall
What is the first song that is on ur shoulders Feb. 17 vid?
26 February 2012

Tyler - Plump DJs - Light Fantastic

Daniel
Tyler, if you are looking for suggestions to cover in the members section, I would love to see stiff-leg deadlifts. It's pretty advanced, and I would love to hear your advice on how to do it correctly.
24 February 2012

Tyler - thanks Daniel will do!

25Feb/120

Chest/Calf

Yesterday I took a full day off  from cardio and weights and it paid off because today I had an extremely good chest workout.  This morning when I got up MD had uploaded a new chest workout video from Evan Centopani a couple of weeks out from the Arnold.  It was something that I never tried before and it worked very well.  It was pre exhausting with 2 fly movements.  Granted when you do this you won't be able to press as much weight but when I made it to my presses especially on the incline db press I had a totally different feeling then when I would kick the workout off with them.  I suggest giving this a try for your next chest workout and don't worry that your poundage will decrease because it feels awesome already having a chest full of blood before hitting the presses.

  1. Pec Dec - 3x15 (warmup), 4x8-10
  2. Flat DB Fly - 3x8-10
  3. Flat Barbell bench press - 4x8
  4. Incline DB Press - 3x8
  5. Assisted dip machine - 3x12 (I used the assist on this because I wanted to put full focus on my chest rather than using my shoulders and arms to do the work)
  6. leg press single leg calf raise - 4x15
  7. seated calf raise - 4x15

Here is an updated progress pic I took today since I speak with Hany on Monday

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2/25/2012 - 222lb on an empty stomach

21Feb/120

Shoulders/Traps – 2/17/2012

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Standing DB Lateral Raise - 4x8-12
Seated Db Press - 4x8-12
Reverse Pec Dec - 3x8-12
Behind the Back cable Lateral - 3x8-12
Dips - 3x10-12
DB Shrugs - 4x15-20