Where I steal my BEST ideas from…

On several occasions I have been accused of “sealing”
the interesting ideas and perspectives I share in my
videos, from other people.

Well, the sneering haters who propound such sentiments
…are 100% correct.

I steal ALL of my ideas from various resources, including
books, mentors, seminars, coaches and even my friends!

In fact, there are very few brand new ideas anywhere…
unless you’re a quantum physicist.

But even some of their discoveries can be found in the
ancient Hermetic texts from the 3rd Century AD.

I love filling my mind with perspectives and ideas that I
wouldn’t otherwise gain… if I didn’t steal them from
other people.

Even more, I love stealing these ideas and re-mixing them
with each other, AND my personal experiences. In fact, I
believe that this is the BEST method for joining the
“learn-ed class of folks”!

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We live in greatest era of idea proliferation that has ever
existed. Heck, the mere fact that you can read this so-called
e-mail via the inter-net on your smart phone… is proof
enough.

The biggest problem we now have is… WHAT TO READ!?

Remember this…

Ideas influence your thoughts, thoughts influence your
attitude, your attitude shapes your activities… and your
life is built upon the activities you engage in!

So, what kind of ideas are you bringing into your head?

I can’t tell you what you should be reading or studying.
But what I can tell you is that whatever you are putting
in your mind right now, will bare the fruits of your future.

Will that fruit be sweet and juicy, or dry and rotten?

Anyway, in case you ever wonder what Elliott Hulse is
filling his mind with at the moment, you can always
take a peek at my reading list at the link below:

http://www.hulsestrength.com/reading-list

Also, if you wanna fill YOUR mind with my latest and
most interesting “re-mixed” ideas I’d invite you to join
me at either of the two live events I’m hosting in the
next few months.

You can learn more about those here:

http://www.hulsestrength.com/live-events

See ya soon.

Grow Stronger,
Elliott Hulse

Posted by Elliott - January 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

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Elliott Hulse – A video portrait by Frank Yang

I am so honored that my friend and fellow YouTube fitness publisher Frank Yang created this incredible video portrait of me, featuring aspects of my life that most people will never see.

The Elliott Hulse that you have come to know though my YouTube videos, both on fitness and on life, is only one part of what makes me whole.  The video above depicts parts of my personality, mind, family, hopes and dreams that fuel my daily work as a coach, speaker and publisher.

Here is another video that I created a while back that gives you a glimpse into my history and the circumstances in my life that have led to the way I live my life today.

I love reading your e mails and answering your questions though my YouTube channels.  This post is just a chance for you to see into my life and the place “Elliott Hulse” is coming from when I share my perspectives on fitness and life advice with you.

Keep Growing Stronger,

Elliott Hulse

Posted by Elliott - December 15, 2013 at 6:07 am

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Top 5 Supplments That DO Work

Guest post by Sol Orwell, co-author of The Supplement-Goals Reference Guide

A few months ago I had Sol from Examine.com come in and talk about 5 popular supplements that people take (and that just don’t work). As Examine.com as been on a tear lately (their editorial team has expanded to include a doctor, two PhDs, and a pharmD), I asked him if he would give us an update on some supplements that do work.

He came back with some interesting stuff:

Creatine

Creatine works. Athletes that take creatine will find benefits across the board. Creatine improves muscle growth, glycogen supplements, power output and hormonal levels. In fact, the only parameters creatine doesn’t help are fat burning and endurance sports.

Side-effects of creatine are limited to the nausea and stomach cramps (from taking too much and not drinking enough water). Anyone who fearmongers that creatine hurts your kidney or liver cannot be trusted. Initially, weight gain from creatine is water weight, but over the course of the maintenance period, that weight slowly becomes dry muscle mass.

There are also some lesser-known benefits of creatine supplementation. There is some early evidence that it is cardioprotective, reduces liver fat buildup and improves cognition in both sleep-deprived athletes, the elderly and vegetarians.

Creatine is one of the most reliable testosterone boosters on the market, though only to a slight degree, boosting testosterone levels by 10-20 percent.

Not only is creatine effective, reliable and safe, but it’s also cheap supplement that flat out works.

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Protein

Protein powder is a highly recommended supplement. You don’t need it if you manage to eat enough protein in your diet, but if you don’t, it’s easy and convenient (and also can be tasty!). To be honest, most protein powders are pretty much the same. While some proteins may get absorbed “faster” or may even be “pre-processed,” none of that matters unless you are a pro athlete.

Focus on taste, and don’t worry about whey vs casein vs whatever else.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine works best for athletes that exercise in the 60-240 second range. Beta-Alanine improves endurance performance in that range by about 5%. That kind of improvement may be too small for the average gymgoer, but it is definitely noticeable by athletes.

There is even some evidence that b-a can help build muscle and burn fat in athletic people, but we still need to do more research on that.

Nitrates

Nitrates are the nitrogen-compounds found in beet root and leafy green vegetables. They have been shown to improve physical performance in both aerobic and anaerobic endurance scenarios.

Early NO Boosters had bad absorption or other side effects (l-arginine can cause diarrhea), and were also not very potent. They were also marketed as “enhancing nutrient delivery,” though that was also not true.

What NO boosters can do is enhance blood flow, and potentially increase muscle protein synthesis. And of all of the options, the cheapest and most effective way to boost nitric oxide in the body is actually consuming nitrate rich food products in your preworkout meal (if you do buy beet roots, make sure you don’t buy the ones that are doused in sugar).

Sleep Aids

Cheat a bit here – not a specific supplement, but a group. Sleep aids can be awesome, but they get personalized.

One thing before I start – ZMA is not a sleep aid. If you are deficient in magnesium (common), it can be slightly sedative (and thus helps you go to sleep).

The sleep aids that are actually likely to benefit you are as follows:

Melatonin or lemon balm will help people that have trouble falling asleep. If you’re tired but can’t fall asleep, take melatonin. If you’re wide awake, go for lemon balm. Note – these supplements will only help you fall asleep.
If you can fall asleep fine but wake up feeling tired, check out glycine. It is cheap and worth trying.

Do not take any of these before a workout (obviously). And sleep supplements should only be taken if you have the basics covered – blackout curtains (no light when you sleep) and quiet (any kind of distracting noise makes it extremely difficult for your brain to properly fall asleep).

As you can see, Sol doesn’t just go out pimping every single supplement there is. When he talks about supplements, he talks about taking supplements for specific reasons. His favorite example is how berberine is pharmaceutical-grade in helping with your blood sugar levels.

They are doing a quick sale until the end of this week on their awesome Supplement-Goals Reference Guide. If you want to find out which supplements actually work (and which are just a waste of your money), you need this guide.

Oh, and it’s a lifetime product. Whatever new research comes out, they’ll be all over it.

 

Posted by Elliott - November 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

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Eric Cressey High Performance Handbook Review

A lot of people have been asking my thoughts on Eric Cressey’s new High Performance Handbook.  So, I asked him for a review copy in order to check it out and give you my honest opinion.

First, is one of the most comprehensive training manuals I have ever seen, it’s on par with many of the Paul Chek courses I studied when I was becoming a coach.  If you are left with any questions after reading this manual, you didn’t read it carefully enough the first time.  But, I feel that it was written more for coaches and serious “strength geeks”, than dudes just looking for some gains.

One of the first things that struck me as unique is that Cressey immediately acknowledges and addresses that all athletes are starting from a different point even if their goal is the same. Too often, I have seen athletes dive into programs that have them lifting near maximal weights only to wind up injured in a couple weeks because they did not first address their dysfunctional motor patterns and joint problems.

The High Performance Handbook prevents this by beginning with an assessment of posture and joint quality, and then provides a template to correct any dysfunctions. This is something that really impressed me because it is something that I do with my private clients and have rarely seen addressed in other training manuals.

Here are just a few pics demonstrating the common postural distortions amongst most athletes.  I often speak about this in my videos, and refer to the first type as (extension) “Donald Duck” and second type (flexion) as “Pink Panther” posture.

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The next thing that really got my attention was how thorough and comprehensive the nutrition manual is. It covers all the bases regardless if you are trying to bulk up, cut weight, or maintain. It even addresses different diets such as intermittent fasting or the Paleo Diet complete with sample menus and grocery lists. The attention to detail, science, and practicality is superb.

I have always said, “You can create the best diet in the world, but if it is difficult and impractical to follow, no one will follow it, and no one will benefit from it.” The High Performance Handbook Nutrition Guide does an amazing job of outlining and detailing a diet that is not only effective and scientifically backed, but also easy to follow and implement.

Finally, and that part you’re probably most interested in, the training program is direct, easy to understand, and doesn’t require any unusual equipment. You should be able tofind everything you need at your local gym. No wacky contraptions or gimmicks here.

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 9.46.42 AMThe training template is clearly defined and explained. It covers everything, there are videos demonstrating all of the exercises, and there are substitutions recommended for anything that you might not be able to do at your gym. The program is well balanced and intelligently planned to maintain flexibility and joint mobility while still increasing strength and performance.

Overall, The High Performance Handbook is a no nonsense, straightforward, clearly explained, and effective comprehensive program that addresses strength, mobility, motor dysfunction, and nutrition in a logical and methodical plan. I would highly recommend to coaches and strength geeks seeking to improve their health, strength, and body composition.  But probably not the best choice for regular guys trying to look good at the club.

Posted by Elliott - October 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

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