This picture was tasken about two years ago in Puerto Rico. I was there for a week. Was a great time. This is before Hurricane Maria destroyed the island. I was at the highest point of Puerto Rico called El Torro Verde or “THE GREEN BULL”. It is a Zipline park that is no longer there. This Zipline that I am on is the longest highest and fastest zipline IN THE WOPRLD. It is located in the very interior part of the island. It took me an all day drive there with no cell service and just a paper map given to me from hotel. There were three phases nto the zipline. The first part was head first and the rest was feet first. There is a video now in the Bull pen with the head first phase. It was a great expierience and really sad that the park is gone now.

I’d definitely head back there. The people were amazing and so were the beaches although this is when Zika virus just broke out with mosquitos and the resort I was staying out took on all precautions and instead of suntan  and sunscreen they would spray us down with bug spray.

Back when I was competing in Strong Man and The Highland Games, hand, forearm and overall grip strength was imparitive to the sport. I trained my hands and forearms at least three times a week. Once you start getting stronger arms and grip strength your normal exercises become so much better. you are able to control the weight more, isolate more and build an overall denser muscle.

FOR EXAMPLE: This is my newest toy. Iron Bull Cannon Balls. This is like a handle that you would use at a gym. Except it is focused on your grip and forearm. I started my back workout tonight using them to pre-exhaust my grip and forearms but at same time I was isolating and warming up my back muscles. Of cours I couldn’t go really heavy but thats the point. building those smaller muscles and firing the isolated muscles to be worked for rest of workout. After I blew my wad and exausted the hands and forearms through functional back warm up, I then gave them a rest and relied on straps and not my hands for lifting heavy weight for my back exercises that were already fired from the pre-exhausted excersises before. My proven theory is that when you go back to the same pull down as shown in picture but with regular bar, you will hit back harder because of the grip strength aquired from this type of training. Straps should only be used this way in my opinion. Straps are a crutch and if not used properly, just an injury waiting to happen.

This was my bull Douglas. I had him up until 2015. He got too big to breed the herd. He’d mount them and was too heavy and end up hurting the cows. He knew how to fuck.  This is me feedin’ him an Oreo. We tease our happy bovine with some sugar. They devour them but I doubt they know how good it tastes dunked in milk. He is extremely docile but he tear’s through barbed fence to get to cows in heat on neighbors property. Too big for the farm.

So back to the picture. I was visiting the parents and was living in San Diego. I just torn the first of two biceps four years ago. you can see me in my sling in picture.He is a Brahma bull. It is a breed that has a hump on its neck and long ears. He was about 2,400 lbs here. I was 260.

THE HUMP: Just like the camel’s, that is a fat hump of tissue that stores water in arid conditions.

I did’nt know what to blog tonight because nothing amazing has happened since yesterday so I decided to try somthing new. I’ll pick a pic and talk about it.

This trip was a few years ago back when I was livin’ in San Diego. I and one of my best buds from Cali flew to Portland for a week. Great city. Very submissive. Stayed downtown and did’nt hear a peep. As a pedestrian you have the right of way anywhere in the city. Stayed in the PEARL district.

The city is cool but you got to get out of there at some point.  A road trip of 4 hours north into Washington statewill get you to Mt. St. Helens (shown here). Notice how high the clouds were. The valleys and canyons below. I was at an extreme elevation.

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Had a great weekend with more great weather and even better workouts. I hit chest and back and did some legs today before I went in to get bodywork done. Here you can see that I am being cupped. Cupping is a part of body work that uses suction to brimng the blood through all parts of the muscle improving circulation. This helps with recovery and also preparing the muscle for future lifts. I also had some scraping done on my traps. This breaks up and loosens the fascia in the muscle that keeps it hard and dense.

I have also been tracking everything I am eating and it has been great! Some days I have been undereating and had’nt known it. Now I plug in my meals and snacks int0 a food diary and I can hit a daily goal of calories, fats and protien in order to maintain muscle and drop some fat. This week I am set up for a body fat analysis. Cant wait to see numerically what a fat ass I am. Definantly taking this year to reach these goals

Another great weather day here in Austin, Texas. Was mid 70’s and its the middle litterally of January. Thank God for global warming. woke up ate me some breakfast and headed out for a haircut. Hit up the gym close to me for some HIIT and then home for some food and back again for leg day. I hit heavy legs today. High weight, low reps.

I have been steppin’ up my training in this new year. Consistancy with HIIT and really good workouts make me feel a lot better. It will be a whole year soon that I have had my surgery and I feel like I am just now at 100%. I have been doing 40lb curls but I havnt gone over 40lb. This weekend after a great birthday dinner, i went out to a Texas State Park, Enchanted Rock. I did some hiking up there and watched the sunset. It’s an hour west of Austin. Very steep climb in a lot of areas and really cool cactus and succulents. Natural sping water runs out of the top. This week going to keep up the good workout ethic.

Well today, January 10th is my B-Day. This picture was taken 8 years ago.I was in my second to last year competing in strongman. I was about 2 years into the fire dept. I have grown. LOL. Today I plan to get up early and enjoy this weather Texas is havin’. Hike around the lake or up a few hills here in Austin, I will be enjoying my day. I have dinner plans but thats more a surprise.  The picture here is my goal for the new year. To be more cockier like I was 8 years ago.

Had a great leg day tody and a hike around Town Lake here in Austin, TX. Weather holding out great here in the city. Legs so pumped they ache tonight. I love getting the day done early so I can relax and enjoy the evening but when you try to eat clean and cook your meals it is very time consuming. Had chicken tonight with a cup of whole wheat pasta and vegitables.

 

This weekend had great weather here in Austin. Friday night i went out to Trace, a restaurant here in ATX. My buddy is a bartender there so I visited him and had a few drinks and appetizers. Highly recomend Trace if ever in Austin. It is a higher end restaurant located in The W hotel. Had a great scotch there and if you saw my instagram story, you got to see the Ice Ball being formed.

Saturday I went up to a Golds Gym that I like up north of town. I like that gym specifically for back. It has the best back equiptment in Austin. Trimmed my back hair as well. I like to do it from time to time. I tend to get a lot hairier during winter. Besides the gym and eating I just watched movies and stayed in. I did have a meet and greet with a fan that was awesome. We visited a few hours and he has been following me for years. He had happened to be in town this weekend and it worked out great. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Today I trained and filmed at my favorite gym in the area, House of Gains. Definitely have a lot of content that i will br putting out and videos for The Bull Pen. Be sure to check out the site for updated content often. My birthday week kicks off tomorrow! This is going to be a great year!