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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Fitness 2

We have had such a great response to the fitness blog I'd like to continue with it. With us in this blog, we have Tjader Harris - a real life personal trainer and bodybuilder. (Pictured Above - need I say more?) Tjader doesn't have to resort to enhancement drugs, steroids, or diuretics to give him his amazing results. He is completely natural and clear in his approach to diet and the fit lifestyle.

Here is your opportunity
to ask a real bodybuilder and fitness professional any fitness questions you can think up.

Ohhh, me first!!

Tjader, this week is the kick-off for the holiday season here. If I want to build an amazing lean physique like yours, do I have to forego all the wonderful yum-yums that go along with the holidays? What do you suggest as substitutions and practices for dealing with all these temptations?

All Things Possible!


  • At 7:25 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger Tjader said...

    Gee, Chris, thanx for asking ME to come up with an answer for the single most popular day of over indulgence known to mankind. My answer is a bit long, and two-fold to boot, so bear with me. First, if you're just starting your dieting regime, I urge you to be as strict as possible during the holidays. Often times, I'll use the holidays as "buckle down" time because it's unbelieveably impowering to persevere through this period and has a way of setting the tone for the upcoming year by confirming your intentions for yourself. The bottom line is that these foods are always available to us and we just choose to over indulge on this day because "Hey, it's Thanksgiving". Not good enough. The commitment is to yourself... KEEP IT. Now, for those of you who've been eating well for some time, here's your reward. EAT! Don't over do it but pick a day and enjoy yourselves. Even pro body builders will usually choose one day a week to have what they want and it can actually make you leaner by tricking your metabolism into thinking there are more calories available to burn. Plus, it's much easier to be strict when you know you have a regular cheat day coming. Try it and let me know how it works!

  • At 11:27 AM, November 24, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Tjader - your abs are INSANE! What do you do to get cuts like that other than dieting?


  • At 11:31 AM, November 24, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm a working mom and I use to be in great shape before I had my kids. What suggestions do you have for someone like me to start getting back into shape? I can't seem to get rid of these thighs!

  • At 11:36 AM, November 24, 2005 , Anonymous HotRod said...

    Hey Tjader-

    I saw your pictures up there - impressive! I'm trying to get HUGE but I can't seem to put on weight. I work out a lot but I just can't get big. I'm 23 and I work at a desk. A friend of mine told me that my body type won't hold much mass unless I do steroids. Is that true?


  • At 4:22 PM, November 24, 2005 , Anonymous JRP said...

    Tjader - I'm over 60...5'9", 140...I have good endurance from bunking lumber, but not much natural strength. What should I do for strength training at my age?

  • At 9:54 PM, November 25, 2005 , Blogger Tjader said...

    Basically, CHRIS, I follow the same advice you gave earlier. I wait one hour after my morning workout then start my day with a Champion Nutrition shake around 8:30 a.m.. Around 11a.m. I'll have my next meal which consists of about 25 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and a half liter of water. I eat every 2-3 hours after that(basically the same as meal 2) until my final meal, half a shake, at around 7-7:30. Then I'm in bed by 9p.m. so that, hopefully, I can get enough rest to keep my psychotic training partner at bay the next morning.

    ANONYMOUS, consider yourself lucky, those who HAVE found a way to get rid of their thighs found walking quite difficult. I say keep your thighs and use them against themselves. Walk, hike, ride a bike, whatever you enjoy just get started. The first two weeks are usually the hardest so stay focused, the energy and peace of mind gained will pay big dividends later. You didn't say how old your kids were but quite a few gyms offer child care these days. If a training partner is what you lack, you might mention to your spouse that if he's just going to sit there the least he could do is watch the kids - that's usually enough to motivate any man into the gym! Good Luck!

    Okay, ROD, here's the scoop. While it's true that certain body types find it harder to gain muscle mass it's not impossible and steroids definetly aren't the answer - unless, of course, you're thinking HUGE like Ronnie Coleman HUGE. I, myself, am primarily an ectomorph (no doubt, the body type your friend was referring to) but, like all humans, possess traits from the other two body types as well. You've said that you work out a lot but one thing you have to remember is that the body DOES NOT grow during the training phase but during the recovery phase. Obviously, I don't know what your splits are or even if you have them but if you're working a large muscle group like chest, back, legs, etc., more than once every four or five days you could be overtraining. MORE isn't always better but SMARTER is. The OVER- train is an E ticket ride to small, weak, and injured so if you're on it, get off now. (Clever, eh?)

    Hi JRP, "bunking lumber" sounds like a good way to get splinters in places YOU DON'T want them - butt to answer you question... (get it?) First, consult your doctor, if everything checks out, then find yourself a GOOD private trainer. Yes, they're expensive but a good one is worth it. They'll explain correct form, monitor your progress and answer any questions you have... and you SHOULD have plenty. I've had many clients over fifty and I usually find myself having to reel them in instead of pushing them. If you start slow and have competent guidance it won't be long before you hear your trainer saying things like, slowdown, calmdown, put her down! :-) Good on ya!

  • At 6:58 AM, November 27, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tjader -

    Thank you for the thoughts. I'll check out some of the gyms in my town and see if any of them offer day care. My kids are 5 and 2 - not quite old enough to get a gym membership yet. And yes, I'm grateful that I have thighs, thanks for reminding me. I have just been abundantly blessed lately!

    Thanks again!

  • At 7:29 PM, November 27, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Tjader - I have to agree that your pictures are impressive and thanks for taking time to answer questions.

    I have a fairly basic one - what strategy do you recommend for folks that might be carrying a little too much mass (i.e. fat) but would still like to build muscle - getting the fat off first and then concentrating on muscle building or building muscle and losing fat at the same time, or something I haven't thought of at all?



  • At 11:36 PM, November 28, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello Tjader,

    what is your best idea for getting started, if you are a bit on the heavy side. Im working 16hrs. a day,two and three days a week. monte

  • At 11:04 PM, November 29, 2005 , Blogger Tjader said...

    Hi ANONYMOUS, let me know if you'd like some assistance working out a program for yourself. It's possible to get EXCELLENT results in as little as half an hour a day, five days a week. You just need to commit.


    I'm glad you asked this DAVE! Unless you're dangerously overweight, trying to lose fat before you put on muscle is one of the quickest ways to confound yourself. Why? Because when humans shed weight naturally(not via liposuction)it's NEVER just fat. It's fat, carbohydrates, protein (muscle), water, etc.. Yes, carbohydrates and fat are our bodies primary sources of energy but our bodies will also burn muscle for energy. In fact, the more weight you lose via dieting only, the higher the percentage of those calories will be comprised of muscle tissue because your body will want to hold on to the tissue with the highest amount of nutrients. Everything else becomes expendable(survival mode). The problem is that you need your muscle tissue to effectively burn your fat stores. People who lose weight ONLY by dieting will often times find that though they've lost 10, 20, 30, pounds, their body composition hasn't really changed. The objective, in theory, should be to go from 230 pounds and 40 percent body fat to 210 pounds and 12 percent body. And remember, the scale is not necessarily your friend. Muscle weighs more than fat so if you have a target WEIGHT, you may be setting yourself up to fail. So to answer your question... you will find it MUCH easier to shed fat if you combine your dieting with exercises and supplements that help you retain muscle mass.

  • At 12:09 AM, November 30, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Tjader -

    This has been an awesome forum!! Thank you so much for hosting this week! Before we close on this blog, are there any final thoughts you may have for us? And if our readers have further questions, is there a way to reach you?

    Also, I know that you are involved in a multitude of other competitive sports like Rock Climbing, Motorcycle Racing, and Archery to name a few. Are there any events that we may see you in in the near future?

    You are an excellent example that All Things are Possible!


  • At 11:45 AM, December 01, 2005 , Blogger Tjader said...

    Thank you, Chris! It's been a great experience! In closing I'd like to thank everyone who wrote in and say that changing the way we look and feel about ourselves is one of the few things in our lives that we have COMPLETE control over. So often we complain about feeling slighted in this way or less than fulfilled in that way but when we take a pro-active approach toward our own wellbeing there's a DIRECT and immediate correlation between the effort and the result. Keeping in mind that when I say "Effort" I'm referring to all the tangible, as well as intangible, ingredients that make up a successful training program. Again, work out smarter, not harder. YOU MUST plan ahead. For example; Prepare your meals ahead of time and take them with you, if necesarry. That way, when meal time rolls around you're not sitting around empty handed and stressing. I'm 44 years old and it took me quite a few of those years to wrap my mind around the fact that I, and I alone, change me. I'll let Chris know how to get in contact with me if anyone needs assistance. And finally, this year, instead of making a New Year's resolution, make a New LIFE resolution. Do that and, I promise you, this time next year you'll have reason to thank Chris Showerman for something other than being a great guy and wonderful actor!


  • At 4:41 PM, December 01, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Tjader -

    You're 44?!? Now I do have some new inspiration - thanks!


  • At 6:52 PM, December 01, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How does one detox or cleanse the body from carbon monoxide poisoning??(torn exhaust manifold gasket) Do you think there is a correlation with uterine fibroids and women who do not get laid??

  • At 10:59 AM, December 02, 2005 , Blogger Tjader said...

    Thanks Dave, I appreciate that!

    Okay, so I'm fairly certain this IS NOT the same ANONYMOUS that wrote in before. As far as the carbon monoxide poisoning... I would go someplace with clean air (Palm Springs, for instance) and relax... if that doesn't do it, you may have to seek a blood cleansing. (Sounds worse than it is) Now, while I'll admit that I'm not up on my uterine fibroids, I'd say that Hawaii should fit the bill on both accounts. Why? Because the air is clean and it's the only place on earth where you're virtually assured of getting lei'd the second you step off the plane! :-)


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