Drop down and give me 50 pushups...
While driving 15 hours to Florida on our winter vacation, the author, Vince Flynn was playing just about non-stop. We listened to books on CD all the way there and back. The main character was Mitch Rapp. Mitch was in shape. Good shape. Every morning he would drop down and do pushups and sit ups. When he ran on the treadmill it was all out. Full tilt. Sweat flying. I was psyched up. After the 15 hour drive back home listening to another book with Mitch doing pushups and sit-ups, guess what? I broke down and did a few. Boy-style, that is. I got about 6-7. Not too bad, not too good either. I haven't done real pushups in years. I started doing them every morning just like Mitch. Skip going to the coffee maker... wait to let the dog out... just get up out of bed, drop down and let 'em rip. Gets your blood running heavy and your muscles all pumped!!! Wow I have really been missing out on the fun stuff. Roger saw me doing them. Secretly... I was really trying to hide the fact that I was doing that exercise all together. Two reasons... One for sheer embarrassment that it took a character from a V. Flynn book to make me drop down and bust a move, and secondly I felt unworthy and UN fit. I am HUMBLED.
Since then, I have worked up to 12-15. Roger added pushups, planks, and situps to our new training program. Now remember we train heavy and for the most part hard. We do the basics with a little bit of fun cable work mixed in. This additive with the push up was a real live one. Who knew that Roger could even do a push up? He had that total shoulder replacement about 5 years ago. PT told him that he would never be able to do a full push up again. I saw him whip out 30 on the shipping floor at Beverly. I was impressed. No doubt... he's probably been secretly doing them too!! Funniest thing... for Christmas I got an entire Vince Flynn library collection. Eleven books with Mitch doing pushups. Now that I think about it, I really think that Roger bought them for me because he wanted me to be inspired to keep doing pushups just like Mitch! Men!!
Here are the areas that have improved on me since
starting my pushup regimen.
- Hands, forearms, biceps, triceps
- Shoulders, traps, upper back, lower back
- Abs and core strength
- Hamstrings, quads, calf, feet
- My heart and discipline (this is for sure)
The Push UP will work for you too, I'll bet my full pay check at Beverly on it!
FYI: Here's the rest of our current workout.
Bench Press (4-5 sets)
Row (Roger uses "fat bar") (4-5 sets)
1 Arm Military Press (4-5 sets)
Lat Pulldown (4-5 sets)
Push-ups (4 sets)
Situps (4 sets)
Sunday (Heavy) / Thursday (Light)
Isolateral Leg Press (4-5 sets)
Leg Curl (2-3 sets)
Trap Bar Deadlift (Squat) 4-5 sets
Shrug (2 sets)
Curl (4-5 sets)
Close Grip Bench Press 4-5 sets
Plank 2 sets
Do you feel lost and alone in the kitchen? Are your self made workouts just not cutting the mustard? Give IFBB Figure Pro, Shala Singer, www.shalasinger.com, a call or email. Beginner, pro, or somewhere in between, she is ready to help you achieve your physique and fitness goals.
Fresno California has a new gym owner. Natural Pro female bodybuilder, Terri Reeves is the new owner of "Body Temple Fitness"!! She grew up in NJ, a skinnyfat Tomboy. She became interested in restructuring her life and body, put a high priority on healthy eating, and fell in love with bodybuilding! She’s now been a BEVERLY champion for many years. Owning her own gym has been a long-time goal. She wants to help others reach optimal health!! Contact her for nutrition help and BEVERLY supplements! Contact info: [email protected]
Sean Lynch is the new owner of Extreme Solutions, in Riverside/Corona CA. Sean specializes in REAL training and REAL nutrition for serious people with an emphasis on competitive bodybuilding and powerlifting.
Sean has been a Beverly advocate for 14 years!
Sean started powerlifting at his childhood best friend's house with his step dad 24 years ago. He switched to bodybuilding 6 years later, the rest is history. He now has his own training facility. Dalton Payton is his VP and with Sean's help competed and won his first show last summer. Sean has a true passion to help people and hopes to pass on what he's learned to others.
New Recipes anyone??
If you read our December E-Newsletter you saw some great tips from figure competitor, Judy Weichman. Here's the protein bar recipe she mentioned.
4 scoops vanilla Muscle Provider
1/2 cup Smuckers natural peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1-3/4 cup Quaker quick oats
Cinnamon, I put a lot in :)
Sometimes I put walnut pecan pieces for something different.
Stir up in bowl. Put into 8x8 pan and refrigerate.
Cut into bars when they stiffen up a little.
Yummy...You can double batch and freeze some!
...Teresa Giordano, Power of Fitness, offers a sneak recipe from her second cook book!!
Banana protein chocolate pancakes:
In a blender combine:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 small banana
1/3 c 1% fat whipped cottage cheese
1/2 scoop chocolate Beverly Protein powder (UMP or MP - your choice)
5 egg whites (or ¾ cup liquid whites) Puree until smooth.
Cook each pancake in a nonstick skillet with ¼ tsp coconut oil over medium heat. Makes 2 large pancakes, Calories 273, protein 30 grams. In a hurry, normally skip breakfast? Make them ahead of time, refrigerate, then pop in the microwave for 20 seconds. Add a tablespoon of nut butter and wrap it like a Taco. Enjoy!
...Meet Erica WOW!! George...
I just wanted to say THANKS... your products ROCK!!!
I’ve been using BI products for years and recently became a private distributor. Beverly supplements were an integral part in my preparation for my first figure competition, the OCB Midwest States. I competed in 3 Divisions (Masters, Novice, and Open) with 1st places in Masters and Novice and 2nd in the Open. It was like a dream come true.
I’m 35 years old, with 2 children and married to my wonderful husband, Tony. I’ve been working out 15 years and wanting to compete for 10 of them. I looked up to Monica Brandt, Cory Everson, and Mia Finnegan. But, the time never seemed to be right. This year... it was finally the perfect time!! Now, I'm 'bitten by the bug'. I cannot wait for my next show! - Erica George
Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all of the wonderful emails and testimonials. You, our clients are wonderful people. We appreciate you more than words can say. There could never be a better business for Roger and myself.
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What does a Half Marathoner, Bike Racer, and Pro Basketball player have in common?
This is what Sean thinks of Quadracarn and Creatine..
I just wanted to let you know the great results I have seen from Quadracarn and your new Creatine with beta-alanine. We recently had our 3rd girl and my wife wanted to train for and run the Flying Pig Half Marathon to get back in shape. I reluctantly agreed to train with her and be a supportive husband! I didn't want to lose any muscle and did not want to miss out on my bodybuilding training, so I did both. Right at the right time, you sent out a "heads up" that if I was attending the Arnold Classic, to register for a drawing on Beverly supplements at the Nutrition X booth. Surprisingly I won ... $1000 dollars in Beverly supplements. This was my chance to try some new ones in addition to my usual Beverly supplements. I stocked up on Quadracarn and Creatine Select. The results were fantastic. While training for a half marathon, I actually got stronger and leaner at the same time. I'm not real big on numbers, but I squatted my all time best of 500 lbs for 4 reps on a Tuesday and ran 10 miles the following Saturday!! I think this is a great testament to your supplement brand and I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know. Talk to you soon. Sincerely, Sean Young
Category 1 Bike Racer, Martin Sanders
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Of course discipline and determination played a big role in my results, but ultimately I believe that it was the Mass Maker and the other Beverly supplements that aided recovery and gave me the nutrition I needed to make this happen. Thank You Beverly!!!!
Here's how NBA Pro, Tyler Hansbrough, trains to add strength and power in preparation for the long NBA season.
Tyler's BI supplements for recovery and strength:
Dynamic warm up (skips, arm swings, backwards running, running drills)
Short Hill sprints (2 sets of 6) with a minute rest in between
Power cleans off a block (8 sets)
Romanian Dead Lift into a pull (4 sets) paired
Barbell squats (4 sets)
Day #2 General strength circuit (situps and pushups - 12 sets each). There's those situps and pushups again...
Medicine ball work - 400 reps
Hurdle mobility work (stepping over hurdles) paired with some dynamic flexibility exercises
Dumbbell low incline press (4 sets) paired with Pull ups (4 sets) One arm cable rows paired with dips (4 sets)
Rotator cuff work
Dynamic warm up (see Day 1)
Lateral change of direction work on a sand volleyball court
Hang cleans (6 sets)
Medicine ball dunks (4 sets)
Squats (8 sets of 3)
Leg extension and curls
Pedestal work. Swiss ball work. Isometric stabilization exercises
Accentuated bank sit ups (reach over head come back down)
Alternate dumbbell military presses standing (4 sets) paired with close grip chin ups with a fat bar (for grip strength)
Arm work (fat grip barbell curls paired with barbell skull crushers)
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