Muscle and joint pain can be crippling and few remedies really help, but DMSO does work for many. DMSO is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory solvent (which means it penetrates) that is derived from wood processing. Although the FDA has never approved DMSO for topical human use, it is well studied to be safe and highly effectively in relieving arthritis, carpal tunnel, joint pain, swelling and muscle strain. We’ve used it for the past 100 years on race horses, and bodybuilders have lived on it since the 70’s. You won’t find DMSO in stores, but it’s easy and inexpensive to procure over the internet. Just soak it up with a cotton ball and liberally apply it to the affected areas.
My brother Chris said it worked miracles on his knees….better than anything he’s tried. Dena suffers arthritis in her thumbs. Injections didn’t help but DMSO did provide some relief. I get boxer’s wrist and I think it works magic. If you try it, let me know what you think.
Diamond shaped calves are critical to athletic symmetry and everyone wants them, but most fail to employ a comprehensive and strategic attack for developing them. So here’s an example of a correct calf workout:
1. On the seated calf machine, perform 8 sets. For the first set, point your toes inward to develop the inner hood. On the second set, point your toes out to develop the outer hood. Alternate toe direction with each set – toes in toes out. Also, when you reach failure, grab the vertical handles above the thigh pad and jerk back to help yourself bust out more reps. (There is a photo below illustrating these handles)
2. On the standing calf machine, conduct 4 sets with a light weight for 25-35 reps. This is a burnout drill, so go fast and burn them out! Rest only long enough to shake off the burn.
3. Find a step or box 8-18 inches tall that can support your weight. Now, spring up onto the box with both feet, and then back to the ground. These are called ply metrics. Go until it doesn’t feel safe. Then take adequate rest. Conduct 4 rounds.
4. Return to the calf machine of your choice and perform another 4 sets with the heaviest weight you can manage. Now hobble home:)
This is a legitimate and comprehensive workout. But, be creative in developing your own workouts. Avoid routine. Always perform 12-20+ sets on your calves, and always shift toe direction.
These handles allow the user to assist with extra reps. For a more comprehensive listing of all body exercises, please check out our free ebook. It’s located on the toolbar under Free eBook.
1. Although cost is of no concern to the jet-setter, it’s still worth mentioning that GF is 1/5th to 1/10th the cost of HGH depending on what brand of HGH one is taking.
2. If you’re travelling on your own private jet, prescription HGH isn’t a problem, but if you’re forced to fly first class commercial – oh darn, you’ll have to carry your HGH prescription with you; however GF is legal in all 50 states and will slide through customs in almost any country.
3. If you travel with HGH, you’ll have to cart along a bunch of needles, one more hassle to explain at each stop. GF does not require needles. It comes in a dropper bottle. Both product and consumption tool are conveniently combined.
4. HGH has to be refrigerated before and during your trip, however GF does not have to be refrigerated. It’s excellent for those travelling fast and light.
5. If you’re travelling for more than 2 weeks, you’ll have to keep a second bottle of HGH with you. GF is sustainable for years and one bottle will last a month.
6. Many jet-setters have converted to Growth Factor, and not just because it’s convenient. It works better. They like the results.
Wannabe jet-setters:) With Dena and family.
People are constantly saying to me – I would eat some beets and carrots but they’re so high in sugar… It makes me want to pull my freaking hair out! The difference between good sugars and bad sugars is night and day. They should have completely different names for good and bad sugars but regrettably they don’t, so here’s how to tell the difference. Good sugars have a low glycemic index so they don’t affect blood sugar – hence no crash, no storing fat, no suppression of growth hormone production. We desperately need good sugars for energy and full muscles. Anything with a glycemic index under 35 is awesome! So eat your veggies and instead worry about those other sugars in your life – like the cake, candy, muffins and sauces that goop up your foods and waistline.
Many people navigate life with a knot in their gut; feeling as if at any second doom will be upon them. Their savings will be lost. They will be stricken with cancer. Immigrants will finish bankrupting our country. Dread is no way to go through life. Setbacks will happen, and correctly adjusted people will take correct actions at those times, but feelings of impending doom are about faith – or rather a lack of faith. For those lacking faith, I say look backwards before looking forward. Has the Lord not carried you safely along thus far? Why doubt him in the other direction? Remember, there is no such thing as time. Einstein showed us it bends. It’s circular. There is only now. So base your faith on the evidence before you. It’s all good!
I’m King of the Rut – work – train – eat every 2 hours, never break the schedule, drive myself into the ground and then keep going. I suspect many of you are the same, neurotic about routine and near panic when it’s threatened. I’ve only taken one textbook vacation since 1993, so it’s no wonder I live in such a tight crack. Don’t be like me. If you need a vacation – get out and take one! But if you’re pampered and your whole life is a vacation – then I’m not talking to you – go get a workout!
Functional strength means being strong in the real world, lifting heavy, lopsided objects at bazaar angles to difficult heights. To best develop this strength, one must work the entire body spectrum – lifting something from the floor to over the head. This may consist of flipping heavy tractor tires, performing kettlebell snatches or just old fashion clean and presses. Unlike most weight training, we’re not attempting to isolate a muscle, tear it down and make it grow bigger. We’re moving a weight from the floor to the ceiling using every muscle in the body. And these movements require MOMENTUM. That means they require “quasi” explosive force. We’ve got to get that weight moving or it’s not going to reach its destination. There’s no way to cheat on these exercises. You either make it happen or it doesn’t. Athletes who integrate this form of training into their routines are – explosive – well conditioned – and always the strongest. They also have the greatest muscle density.
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Testosterone therapy is big business these days but levels over 700 can cause serious side effects. First off, most doctors are over-dosing their patients and failing to prescribe estrogen blockers. When testosterone levels shoot over 700 the excess converts to estrogen which is called aromizing. High estrogen levels lead to symptoms such as night sweats, the red look, water retention (the puffy look), limp erections, irritability, and muscle loss and weakness. Estrogen blockers such as Arimidex, Clomid and Tamoxafin will alleviate these symptoms – if your doctor will prescribe them. But regardless of high estrogen, high testosterone can cause other more serious side effects – like thickening of the blood. And this could lead to a stroke or heart attack. When your blood is too thick it gets sticky which causes high glucose levels (blood sugar) and high cholesterol – even if you’re eating a perfect diet! This is because your blood is too sticky to get rid of them – and sticky blood means less oxygen transfer and more retained toxins. If you’re on testosterone therapy and your hematocrit (red blood count/iron levels) is high, immediately cut back on your dosage and donate blood. High test is not a good thing!
Note: It’s good to donate blood every few months. It’s not only life giving, your body will replenish itself with fresh clean blood. There are Carter Blood Care centers everywhere.
Today is Dena’s 47th birthday so I’m going to brag on her. Dena has a performing arts background but she had never lifted weights nor worried about diet until she met me just over 3 years ago. Since then, Dena has made veggie shakes every single morning – drank them throughout the day, lifted wieghts in accordance with the philosophy set forth in our free ebook and taken Growth Factor. She is testimony that living correctly pays off. If you look at her pictures in the ebook which are 2 years old, you can really see how much she’s transformed since then.
What’s up Birthday Girl!!
To achieve and maintain your fitness goals, you must stick with your program forever, so its not surprising that many highly motivated individuals eventually fall off the wagon. The other day a good friend asked me what’s the best way to stay motivated. I believe the answer lies in COMPETITION – however that may manifest itself – whether in sports, against illness or oneself. Training for a sport provides an athletic identity and purpose which will ground you to the fitness lifestyle. And there are many sports to choose from, even at my age. For example – rock climbing, boxing, tennis, cycling, kettlebell Sport and CrossFit. Also, making friends in your sport will further cement you to the fitness lifestyle. If your buddies are going to the rock climbing wall – then you’ll be going to the rock climbing wall. Conversely, if your friends are going to the local bar – you know the rest of that story. But competition doesn’t have to be confined to sports. If you have a health issue – get mad – get resolute – and get competitive with that health issue. If you’ve got type II diabetes, make it a fight – beat it! And don’t forget those silent competitions against other people which harken to the adage – Living Well is the Best Revenge. We all know people against whom we silently compete. Well beat those people! Look better. Be better. Outlive them. Make them swallow your passive aggressive pill of victory. (Women – you totally know what I’m talking about:) Yea, I know that sounds twisted – but it’s reality. Ultimately, if you wanna stay the course, you have to stay competitive – even if it’s with yourself.