The Squat!

This week is all about every one's favorite and most hated exercise, the squat! There is no single movement that has more benefits than the squat and its arguably the most difficult to perform, but if you can muster up enough courage to put the weight of the world on your shoulders, squat down till your ass hits your heels and stand up again you will find that there's no better feeling in the world. 
  Squatting is painful there's no ifs, ands, or buts about it, that said it is the highest testosterone producing exercise, can build bone density, and if done correctly is much more than just a leg workout. Squatting builds mass PERIOD but it also builds something else, something more.. Character. 
Squatting like everything else in this world only works when its done correctly. Anyone can half-ass something at work, or put off cleaning the house just like anyone can put a couple plates on a bar and squat down two inches and stand up again. No progress will come from any of this. However if you can push yourself to your limits and find that full range of motion while performing the squat you will find success and you will see results. There's something about fighting the force of gravity and standing up with that bar across your shoulders that translates to everyday life, like some awesome iron bending metaphor. So on your next leg day if you don't already squat correctly I want you to swallow a little pride, take some weight off, and get that ass low. Do your squats correctly. Build that muscle. Build that character. 
Written by Jesse Archer Westtburgh: Facebook & Bodybuilding.com
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The Wall!

 The following blog was written by a great friend. 
 Right now I am allowing my team members to write up some info they think would be beneficial and motivating  
 for you guys.
I put a lot of thought into what to make my first blog entry about and after spending all day trying to decide what to talk about I finally decided to write about bodybuildings biggest enemy, "the wall". Every day someone tells me that I'm lucky to have great genetics or they tell me that I'm obsessed, but when I tell them how I didn't always look like  I do now and that they can look the same or better all I get is excuses. I don't have time, I hurt my knee in high school, my frames too small, my joints hurt, blah, blah, blah.
See what people want is some magical solution to hard work, well it doesn't exist. You have to be strict to your diet, you have to train with intensity, you have to sweat. The only way to get results is to push past your comfort zones. Everyone who has successfully undergone a significant transformation knows this. The easiest thing to do is to hit the gym and diet until it gets difficult and then just become content with the minor changes that you've made. Too many people come to "the wall" and stop, they start making excuses and then just flat out give up. Well if you're reading this I want to dare you to keep going. I want you to approach that wall and smash right through it! When things get hard, go harder! At that point you are so close to the biggest changes of your life and if you can just find the will to get past those mental barriers I promise you your entire outlook on life will change. 
Written by : Jesse Archer Westburgh
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