This is my post today in my members section blog. Every workout is posted daily along with my supplementation and nutritional plans, tips, etc. There is also a forum where you can post and ask any questions pertaining to your diet and workouts etc.
I could definitely feel the effects of dieting and no days off from cardio yesterday. I was feeling pretty drained and depleted but still had a VERY good training session with Erik. It's been really nice to have training partners for almost every workout because I'm pushing myself harder than I would if I was just by myself at this point. Skin is getting thinner by the day. I'm seeing new vascularity and for the first time ever I'm seeing veins coming out the side of my glutes. When I spoke with my coach Tad Inoue on Wednesday he told me that he couldn't believe that I was dropping at the rate I am with the amount of food he has me on. This amount of food is allowing me to keep my volume very high with weight training which I love! My strength has not dipped down at all. 19 more days till I shoot! The only changes as of today that I'm making is no more sugar free popsicles or my celery and cucumber snacks. Only my meals. I've dropped a total of 6lb so far during this dieting process and I can't wait to see what I look like when I dry out! I got to have my last cheat meal last night and Amber told me that I ate enough to feed a family lol. I started off at my place with a glass of red wine (I'm a pinot drinker) and a glass on the way to Cheesecake Factory (she drove) Those 2 glasses of wine gave me a very nice buzz and it was much needed because for the past few days I've been getting HIGHLY irritable. The dumbest shit has been pissing me off and my temper has been very short lol. We started off with buffalo chicken wings and a chicken quesadilla. I ate 3 of the 4 quesadilla slices and not sure how many wings I had but it was the majority We both ordered burgers and I got the classic burger with bacon,one egg,cheese, and avocado added along with fries. She got the BBQ burger and could only eat half so I finished off her half as well. For desert we got 2 slices of cheese cake. Chocolate cookie dough and Reese's peanut butter. She had a few bites and I pretty much ate both pieces ha. If you've been reading my facebook posts at all you'll know that my sleep has been so screwed up during this process. Last night was even worse. The cheat meal kept me heated all night and I couldn't use the covers and my place is set on 69 degrees. We fell asleep around 11 and I woke up at 2am wide awake ready to go thinking it was 6am. I basically was only able to take short naps for the rest of the night. The reason this happens is because the cheat meal throws your body into shock when your depleted and it speeds up your metabolism where it's in overdrive all night long. Despite lack of sleep after all that food today I feel replenished and actually feel normal again. This will only last for today because tomorrow I'll be feeling depleted again Today is back day and I can't wait to train! Here is yesterday's workout
- Standing reverse cable flys (for rear delt) 3x20 warm ups (10,20,20 each side) (3x15) 30lb each side
- Reverse Pec Dec Flys - (for rear delts) 4x12,12,10,10 one dropset on last set (130lb,160lb,160lb,160lb,drop to 100lb)
- Smith Machine overhead press - (for overall delt) 4x15,12,10,8 2 drops on last set (100lb total,120lb,140lb,140lb, then dropped 40lb, then 50lb)
- Standing DB Laterals (for side delts) - 4x12 with 2 drops on last set (25lb each hand,35lb each hand,40lb,40lb, then drops 25lb,15lb,5lb)
- Barbell Front Raise - 4x12 (50lb,60lb,70lb,80lb)
- Barbell Shrugs - 4x12 (225lb all sets)
- Smith Machine Behind the Back Shrugs (135lb all sets) 3x15
- 15 min HIIT cardio on stair climber level 5.0 for 1 min followed by 1 min of 7.0. at the 13 min mark I finished with 2 min of 7.0
This video pretty much explains how I feel
Here is a short glimpse of my BACK workout from cycle 2 of TMT-PHASE TWO!
Towards the end of TMT-PHASE ONE I started to crave the feeling of lifting heavier weights. Now before I go into any further detail I want to address that the words heavier weight is a relative term. Meaning your muscles don't know X amount of poundage that your lifting so that being said I NEVER WANT YOU TO SACRIFICE YOUR FORM FOR TRYING TO MOVE TOO MUCH WEIGHT. As you will see this program is designed to increase strength and really target those fast twitch muscle fibers for the first 4 weeks. It has been years since I've done this low of repetitions and I was curious to see what would happen and the result was getting stronger and my muscles got thicker so be ready to beat the shit out of your body but please be careful. The low rep schemes on certain lifts does not mean that you want to throw form out the window and lose focus of the target muscle. Keep in mind this is still a bodybuilding program and not a powerlifting contest. One of the goals here is to increase your strength during the first 4 weeks by getting a feel for the heavier weight so once weeks 5-8 roll around you should be able to use heavier weights for the higher rep sets that you were not able to use before. The reason for only doing low reps heavier weight for 4 week is to let your joints rest and heal up because you can't continuously try to push your body with maximum poundage and stay healthy. You don't want to be sidelined with an injury that will keep you out of the gym. Even though Cycle 1 is geared towards moving the poundage up and gaining strength each week there are still intensity techniques involved to flush as much blood into the muscle so you are guaranteed to get great pumps! For cycle 2, the purpose is to volumize the muscle with higher reps and target the slow twitch muscle fibers. You will not only get great pumps but also your muscle endurance will really be tested during this phase. More supersets and giant sets are involved during this cycle so be prepared to mentally have to push past the pain of the lactic acid build up. The more lactic acid build up equals a larger amount of growth hormone released! So without further ado welcome to TMT-PHASE TWO!
ty - i know you dont like anything but fitnes questions, however, i dont know how to contact you directly. i also care about you to encourage you vs. only taking from you (e.g. asking questions). anyway, as you make the final push to the next shoot this is when it is important to buckle down. you dont have much longer...so very very few cheat meals and make them twice a week and very small (e.g. kids meal frm outback cheesburger, fries and salad). that will be better than eating for 45mins. you can do it and you will do it.
18 September 2012
Tyler - I've already cut cheat meals out completely
Tyler, anyway you can tell us your increases on your core lifts from TMT Phase 2 , I am curious because this program is also to make you stronger. Thanks
18 September 2012
Tyler - for Deadlifts throughout Phase One I was only using 405lb. Just last weekend I did 500lb for 4 reps along with other heavier sets. check out the youtube video. Squats increased by being able to do 315lb for more sets and reps, As for all of my other lifts everything has increased along with adding new muscle. When I started phase 1 I was weighing 209lb and measuring 8% body fat. Now i'm weighing 213lb measuring 4.91% body fat
Hi Tyler, do we, members of your site, have to buy the TMT Phase 2, or is it free in the member section ? thanks a lot
17 September 2012
Tyler - Yes you still have to buy Phase 2. Phase 3 has already started and I'm posting my daily workouts leading up to my shoots for members. At the end of phase 3 I will still be putting it together as an ebook and will be available for free download to memembers.
Tyler, do you use CLA while cutting or is it just a big hype?
17 September 2012
Tyler - I do use CLA. It's nothing magical that if you start taking it you will start burning fat but it does help if everything else is 100 percent (diet,training)
I am currently cutting and at week 10 of the TMT Phase 1 and I am looking into TMT phase 2, however I am not sure if it will help with my cutting phase?
17 September 2012
Tyler - "cutting" really depends on 2 factors..how you are eating and the amount of cardio you are doing. weight training programs really don't determine this. Phase 2 the first 4 weeks is strength building but as a whole the program is very high volume still as phase 1 was. Volume training is in my opinion the best way to build a physque
Hey Tyler, I'm looking try bulking a cutting phases this coming year when I get Phase 2. Right now I have been using Isopure and I like the results, but since I am going to be bulking I wanted to know would something like Monster Milk be good?
16 September 2012
Tyler - the type of protein you get really is going to be a personal preference. There is a lot more factors that go into nutrition to try to add lean mass rather than just protein choice.
SO HAPPY AND VERY PROUD OF MY CLIENT NORMAN. HE'S BEEN WORKING WITH ME FOR 8 WEEKS AND HAS LOST A TOTAL OF 25LB! THIS IS JUST ANOTHER REASON I LOVE MY JOB AND MAKES ME FEEL SO GOOD TO HELP PEOPLE REACH THEIR GOALS. NORMAN AND I STILL HAVE WORK TO DO ONCE HE GETS BACK FROM TRAVELING OVERSEAS!
"After doing Weight Watchers for a 1 year and working out with a trainer at the health club I belong to; Ifelt that I had hit a plateau and needed to do something to jump start my weight lost. Just to give you some back story in 2011 I weighed in at 343 lbs and after a year I was down to 270 lbs, but struggling to lose more. I decided to look into working with a different trainer and after speaking with trainers in my area I didn't feel inspired by any of them. One day while on YouTube I came across one of Tyler's videos and was pretty much impressed by his body, knowledge in regards to workouts and his willingness to share this information with the public. I checked out Tyler's blog and read about his own issues with food when he was younger. I was amazed that he was being so open about his struggles and the fact that he was able to overcome all that and transform his body into what it is today.
At this point I figured I would reach out to in regards to him in regards to working with me to help me achieve my weight/health goals. I was a little concerned as to how it would be possible for someone to train me when he has never met or spoken with me. After exchanging emails with Tyler I could tell that I had made the right decision to work with him. From week 1 to week 8 Tyler provided me with detail information in regards to a meal plan that would increase my metabloism and a workout plan that would help me burn fat and build muscles. I won't lie and say that it has been an easy 8 weeks; it is tough to stick to the meal plan and to get up every morning and do the required cardio, but I did it because I knew that if I wanted to achieve the goals I have for myself I had to be dedicated to the plan Tyler laid out for me. I had to put the hard work and time in. During those difficult times Tyler was very supportive and kept me motivated. I am more than grateful to Tyler for all his help over the last 8 weeks and I look forward to working with him going forward. He is the real deal! For those out there who are concerned about working with a trainer virtual let me tell you that if you work with Tyler those concerns will disappear the moment you have a conversation with him.
Also, I want to say that his ebook TMT-PHASE 1 is pretty awesome. While I can't do all of the workouts in the ebook just yet I have done a number of them and I have noticed a difference; especially with my arms. So if you aren't looking for a trainer, but looking to take your workout to the next level I recommend you get Tyler's ebook." - Norman
With my members section launching very soon I wanted to give a preview of what you will have access to. My daily workout's will be posted along with my daily diet. Here is today's workout. I decided to do a throwback workout. This was how I used to train in my early 20's when I would max out week after week on deadlifts. Just like I said in my previous post about getting ballsy and trying to go heavy I went ahead and went for it today. 500lb actually didn't feel too heavy and next time I do this style of workout which won't be for a little while I'm going to attempt 600lb which is my all time best.
- Deadlifts - Several warm up sets, 135,225,315,405, first working set 455x3, 500x4, then I did drop sets.. 405lbx8, 315lbx10, 225lbx15 see video below
- Overhand barbell row - 3x12,12,10 (started with 135 and added 20lb each set)
- Reverse grip pulldown - 3x12 (135,150,150)
- Standing one arm db row - 3x12 (60,65,70)
- Seated Row superset standing rope pulldowns - 3x10 (seated row 150lb) , 3x12 (standing rope 80lb)
Needless to say it was one of my best sessions in a while and there is something about picking up heavy ass weight that gets me all fired up! I love the nervous butterfly feeling I get right before I'm about to pick up some heavy ass weight! Here shortly I'll be getting my keys to my new place and was originally intending on moving some of my stuff today but after that crazy back workout I won't be doing much of shit for the rest of the day lol. No cheat meal for me tonight just my normal diet which you will be able to see in my members section.
I explain the technique that I have been using that has yielded some great overall development to my upper chest. Give this a try! Remember it's not about how much you can lift it's how you lift the weight. Make sure your feeling your chest do the work not your shoulders and triceps. There are several guys at my gym that are A LOT stronger then me on pressing movements but they have no chest development. If your goal is to develop a chest then focus on the mind muscle connection and get strong contractions and don't worry about the weight.
I give a couple tips on how to perform the High Cable Curl! This is a excellent finisher for the biceps. Give this a try the next time you train biceps and flex your arm as hard as you can every rep at peak contraction!
That was one hell of a week! The workouts are crazy intense and so far so good as for being just as good as they look on paper. There was only a couple minor tweaks that I made to perfect it. Today my friend Brian joined up with me and we got after some arms! I've already started filming my workouts and I've done 2 videos this week which I'll be putting out once the book is released in September. This morning I didn't do any cardio except take the dogs for a 30 minutes walk a couple hours after my first meal. I did my second session of HIIT cardio for the week after trashing arms and today I did 5 minutes on the spin bike by doing 1 min at a decent pace then a 30 second sprint (extremely painful leg pumps). After the 5 grueling minutes were done I went on to the stair climber and did 2 minutes level 7.0 then 1 minute 8.0 and that wrapped up my workout for today. Tonight I was completely ravenous and for my cheat meal Suzanne and I went to my favorite burger spot here in East Nashville called The Pharmacy. I had the Farm Burger which has egg,ham and bacon on it and the cheeseburger which has 3 different types of cheese on it along with sweet potato fries and tots. I washed it all down with a German beer that was 12% alcohol content (that one beer gave me a nice buzz). After we finished that up I just wasn't feeling full or satisfied so I stopped by Burger King and tried the Texas BBQ Whopper and finished everything off with some ice cream when I got home
So after A LOT of thinking I've decided against going to South Africa or NYC in the near future to shoot. I know I'm a very indecisive person sometimes lol but I just want to make sure I'm making the correct moves in order to further my progress towards my goals. That being said the reasoning behind this is that I've really only been doing the correct nutrition,training, and supplementation for about 13 weeks now. Yeah I built up my body for the first 6 years by training correctly and taking supplements but my nutrition was always horrible. Then I had the 1.5 years away from my passion where I completely threw everything away to try to be a fashion model. Then after I got over that I was still in a confused state of mind of what exactly I wanted to do with my career and body. Fast forward till recently it wasn't until I got very sick with pneumonia that it was a life changing experience for me. If you've been following my site for a while then you will remember my ups and downs...my downs being where I wouldn't post ANYTHING for weeks on end...during those times I was very down on myself for the fact that I was always stressing out about my nutrition and could never accomplish the type of shape that I'm in now. I was continuously spinning my wheels and the thought of quitting and giving everything up was constantly on my mind. I was thinking of just getting a different job and going back to school for who knows what. So the gist of the story is that I want to give my body more time to improve. I've never seen it change weekly like it is and I've never done an "off season" style of nutrition and training correctly. I feel this is the best time for me to do this since my head is on straight and my priorities are in the right place. My plan now is to take the next 5 months and really focus on making solid improvements to my physique before I get back in front of the camera. This will allow me to maintain where my body fat is now and make solid gains where I need to and not have to diet hard to get down to 3-3.5% body fat for a shoot (which is the percent I want to be for my next shoot) There is one photographer in particular that I am going to set a shoot up with that is famous for just FITNESS shots. I plan on doing this at the beginning of 2013! Until then I will continue putting out plenty of content on here and my youtube channel! Thanks again for the continuous support! Everyone keep training hard and stay focused on your goals!
During my most recent visit to my hometown Roanoke,VA my close friend and old training partner Ben Bowles came in town for the weekend to train some ARMS! We trained at Lancerlot which was the very first gym I ever joined. Ben was 18 weeks out from his first show competing as a bodybuilder. He's doing the NPC Mid Atlantic Grand Prix. This is my longest video I've done and I wanted to let you guys see and hear us hyping each other up and some of our convo in between sets. Give this workout a try on your next arm day!