“For the longest I didn’t want to share this. I was afraid, ashamed and horrified about myself but the only thing that will set me free is the truth.”
Those pictures up there are of me.
From 2012 -> 2015 -> 2017 (In August)
I wanna share the story of how I went from skinny to fit to fat with you.
2 years ago (in 2015) I was fit. I had gained muscle from training hard and went from a skinny 140 pound kid to a strong 150 pounds in 2 years.
I was making regular youtube videos, sharing my workouts and all the things I was learning with you guys and that is how you found me.
Life was great back then. I had lots of time to train, create and learn but I wasn’t making a lot of money so I had to find a job.
I quickly got a job and that led into having 2 jobs. This was great and now I had a lot more cash that I could invest into my food, my education and gym memberships.
I joined a powerlifting gym at this point and my strength gains were increasing too fast.
I went from deadlifting 225 to hitting a one rep max of 405 in less than 3 months.
I felt on top of the world. I was making a lot of money and also getting stronger.
During this time some of my friends were really big into craft beer. I had never been into beer before but little by little after hanging out with them I started to really enjoy beer (specially stout and sour beers)
After a few months of hanging out with them I became obsessed with beer. Not because I liked to get drunk or feel buzzed but because there was so many styles of beer out there and I simply wanted to try them all. It was a new art form that I was excited to discover.
Eventually I got to the point where I was going out 3-4 times a week to drink and have fun at festivals and breweries. I had a lot of fun but this new passion destroyed my body.
I was working a lot and after work it was either go to the gym and train or go out with friends and drink. At first it was an easy choice:
I’ll just do it all – Work, go workout and then go out. And that worked out great for the first year.
But eventually the more I went out the less I started to train simply because I felt like S#!t. I was eating junk food all the time, sleeping super late (2:30AM-3AM) and was constantly in a state of drunkness.
Fast forwarding to 2016 I had put on over 10 pounds of fat and had lost a lot of my muscle. I was depressed and felt ashamed.
I once was known for being an energetic guy that all I wanted to do was workout and hang from trees. And now I was a skinny fat guy that was overworked and his definition of fun was going to get a few cold ones with the boys.
I had hit rock bottom.
At the beginning of the year I had made the resolution of training again to get stronger.
During January I moved out with my best friend. We had a cool apartment and I started meal prepping again. I brought my gymnastic rings and kettlebell to train with me.
“I didn’t have a place to hand the rings in the house so I wrapped them around the stairs next to the elevator”
Since I had to pay rent I stopped going out regularly. I was cooking, going to work and when I came back home I was either working out or doing some computer work.
My life was slowly getting back some structure.
Our lease ended in April and I moved back with my parents.
During this time I got lazy again; since I didn’t have to pay rent anymore I could go out and spend money again so I started going to eat a lot of restaurants and trying out crazy fat food like bacon wrapped burritos and ice cream chicken sandwiches.
It was fun discovering fun new foods but again this was wrecking my health and energy levels.
After eating all kinds of Instagram worthy foods I started to feel dissatisfied. The fun that I once had trying new foods got boring and everything tasted the same: Just cool looking grease balls.
After the summer I found some pictures of my old self when I was fit and also some older ones when I was skin and bones. I saw that I had made a huge transformation and started to self reflect on my life.
What was I doing with my life?
I was just consuming and not really contributing much to this world. I taught back when I was making YouTube videos on the regular and that is when I felt the most ALIVE. That is when I was motivating people to take action and change their bodies.
Here I was a once strong guy that had everything going for him and now I am looking in the mirror and my abs are covered by an abundance of constant beer, bacon and donuts.
I felt disgusted into what I had transformed into.
Finally on August 8 I woke up dissatisfied and joined a gym. It had just opened a month ago and the place had all kinds of monkey bars to hang from.
I nervously go there to sign up and start going there almost everyday.
Whitin the first week of training there I meet some guys doing crazy calisthenics movements: 360 Muscle Ups, Levers and Handstands on rings.
I was able to do a muscle up before but these guys were frestyling on the bars and basically flying.
After that training session I felt alive. I wanted to get stronger and I knew that if I wanted to do crazy skills like these guys then I needed to start training with them.
For the past 2 months I’ve been training to get my muscle up and I am able to do them again. But after gaining weight and getting weaker this movement is a lot harder.
I’ve decided to re-start my calisthenics journey and here we are now. I am writing emails to help you guys and making regular YouTube content again.
I feel excited to train and share. I am still not at the level I want to be but I am excited to train everyday.
I will be sending regular emails to help you get stronger based on everything I know and learn.
It’s been a long email and I just wanna say thank you for being subscriber. Thank you for being here for me and reading my story. It was tough to share all this personal information but the truth is what will set us both free.
If you are in a similar situation or needed a kick in the ass to go train then I hope that my story inspires you into action.
I am here for you so feel free to drop a comment and ask m anything.
Can’t wait to see how much progress we make together.
Last week I was working 12 hour shifts back to back and I am sure many of you are familiar with those schedules.
The little sleep, the constant to do and not having much of a break.
In those moments you need to either be prepared with meal prepping or make healthy choices when it’s time to eat.
I was working at hotel and was fortunate to get breakfast and lunch for the most part by the hotel so I was eating eggs & potatoes for breakfast and salad, beans and chicken or turkey.
For dinner I usually just went to Chipotle since it was convenient. I just made simple choices and didn’t overthink my eating schedule.
When we are busy is better to keep things as simple as possible and if that means having the same meal over and over then let it be. As longs as it is not something greasy or fried for the most part you should feel fine.
Last week I also didn’t get much time to workout or train but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t moving. My job was very active so I was constantly moving and pushing carts with heavy items on them.<
On the times I had a break I got my coworkers involved into doing a few reps of dips, push ups, pull ups and L-sits on chairs, the carts we were pushing or anywhere there was a corner.
It’s fun how many people will follow you into working out when you show them that it is easy and that things don’t have to be perfect. Specially with bodyweight exercises since they don’t require any equipment and can be done anywhere, most people will see it as a challenge and will join you to see if they can do the skill.
Yesterday I had a call with a new friend of mine and we talked all about opportunistic workouts and how he didn’t have access to a bar where he can practice muscle ups so this is what i told him:
Find any bar outside and do pull ups there to practice your muscle up:
Use the bars on shopping carts to do pull ups or dips
Any store will have rails that you can use as a bar (check out the guy below)
Use any wall to practice a pull up
Use any bar at the playground and if there is no good pull up bar then buy gymnastic rings and practice ring dips and the muscle up there. Hang them on the swings, a thick tree branch or somewhere safe and sturdy.
There was a lot more examples I shared but the point was to open his eyes to the fact that there are opportunities in every day life. It’s just up to you to keep your mind open and attack when you see an opportunity.
Lots of pictures today but I hope they motivate you and get the point across:
Keep nutrition simple and find opportunistic workouts anywhere you can.
I still remember the first time I decided to do a dumbbell clean & jerk with a 45 pound DB at LA Fitness – feels like it just happened yesterday.
I was doing my typical bodybuilding workout – 4 sets of 12 reps & body part splits – today was shoulder day & I had been consuming training advice from from this bald guy named Zach Even-Esh.
His style of training was unconventional – using tires, rocks, ropes and playgrounds as workout material. It was a little crazy for me back then since I was used to just going to the commercial gym and training there like everyone else. But one of the exercises that Zach kept repeating over and over was overhead presses with rock and dumbbell clean and jerks.
So while at the gym I decided to do a DB clean & jerk & since then I haven’t trained the same. The explosiveness of that movement hooked me & I needed more aggressive training.
Slowly I learned more & more from Zach until my training evolved into being part underground – training with an aggressive attitude & not making excuses.
If you have ever wondered why I train at playgrounds, use sandbags, rocks, playgrounds & love to simply train with anything – it is all because Zach injected me with his Underground Strength DNA ever since I started incorporating his training style.
This week he released his first published book & I am stocked! I just ordered & can’t wait to attack it.
Check out the trailer – it will make you wanna go tear it up!
There are some bonuses you can get if you purchase by tonight, but knowing Zach’s quality of products the bonuses are just extra icing on the cake – the book alone is worth it & I highly recommend you get it.
“Everything you need to know about getting stronger and mentally tough is covered in detail in this book. If you are looking for a shortcut, or don’t have a true desire to work as hard as possible, this book is not for you. This book is all about embracing the effort, doing your best, inspiring everyone around you, and being the consummate leader of your social circle, all while becoming the strongest version of yourself.
This book is loaded with inspirational stories and informational programs that work. Zach’s training methods are intense and his passion is unparalleled; if you want to succeed, this book is for you.”—MATT WICHLINSKI, Strength Coach, WWE Performance Center
Attack Life & Get Stronger
— Luis Carrillo
P.S. If you get the book at anytime, forward me your receipt to beastlifestyle [at] gmail.com & I’ll give you my book: 15 No Excuses Workouts as a bonus.
It is Monday, another start of the week to kick ass!
A few months ago I put up a video, sharing how to do pull ups with just a door
You can see it here:
Got some fun comments about it on Facebook, but my goal with this video was to make you see how lack of equipment is not a valid excuse for you to not get results.
How when you have nothing, all you can do is rely in your creativity to find a way to make things happen!
One of the things that always fires me up is seeing beasts training outside their houses with just a simple bench, a barbell and some rusty plates – No Mirrors, No Towels, No Rules
Just moving heavy iron, sweating buckets & playing loud music!
Why can’t there be more people with this attitude?
But at least You Get It!
You don’t make lame excuses as to why you can’t do something
You just put in the work & constantly seek improvement, never conforming to the idea that you are strong enough. You might reach your current goal, but there is always another bigger & scarier goal waiting right after that one.
This is a never ending journey of growth & the sooner you comprehend that, the more you can enjoy the pain, sweat & blood that comes from training.
That’s it for today: Never conform & always seek to be better than yesterday!
2 years ago I dislocated my shoulder while doing a Kettlebell Press. It was my first time using a KB, it had just arrived in the mail & I was excited to use it ASAP, so I did. I didn’t know proper technique, nor had I warmed up, but I didn’t care.
I get the bell & as soon as I press it up I realized how different the weight distribution on KB’s are from standard dumbbells. As I pressed the bell down I extended my shoulder to wide(as opposed to keeping it close to your body) & felt a pop on my shoulder. I didn’t think much of this but I stopped using the bell for that day.
My shoulder kept bothering for the next 3 months & I didn’t know I had dislocated it until I was in Florida, in a chiropractor’s office where Elliott Hulse took us as part of his Strengthology Workshop. It was there that the chiropractor told me in a very calm & relaxed tone “Oh yeah, you dislocated your shoulder”
My Un-healing discomfort finally made sense after that day & to top it off I also had developed back pain & tightness from driving daily for 8hrs a day. So at this stage my body was what you would call “Fucked Up” & I needed to fix this somehow.
Since weightlifting was uncomfortable at this stage (from all my imbalances) I decided that I would only focus on doing bodyweight exercises for the next 3 weeks.
My goal was only to take 3 weeks off from lifting & then get back into it, but the results I got from doing only bodyweight workouts, made me workout with only bodyweight training for the next 3 months!
During this time I also:
Did a lot mobility work, foam rolling & stretching
Strengthened my shoulder big time thanks to handstands
Got rid of my back tightness
Eliminated my shoulder discomfort
Improved my posture
Improved cardiovascular health (since I did more running)
Gained 5 pounds of muscle
Increased my strength with pull ups
Had lots of energy which I used to work on my online biz
And developed my no excuses workout anywhere attitude (since you can train anywhere with your own body)
My goal was to on reset my Bodyweight foundation & take break from the stress of heavy weights
And in turn developed a passion for bodyweight training & reconstructed my whole body physically & mentally for the better.
If you currently are somebody that has always lifted weights, I would highly recommend that you take 2-3 weeks off from the weights & just focus on doing bodyweight only. You will not loose any strength (quite the opposite actually since you will improve you stabilizer muscles & use your whole as a unit in order to get stronger) & your joints & ligaments will feel awesome afterwards!
The worst thing that could happen is that your upper, lower & middle back, shoulders, legs, arms & core will get stronger, You will increase core stabilization, & become more flexible and mobile (Not that bad right?)
If you need a Done For You Bodyweight Program that will work, then click here & get ready to feel & be awesome!
And If you have any questions regarding my bodyweight journey, drop them below. I will be glad to answer them.
Earlier this week I posted a video showing how you can do pull ups in many different places at the park.
Not just in the obvious monkey bars, but with swings, trees, metal pipes and anywhere I could hang in the playground area.
I’ve been getting good feedback with this video so I will do more like these showing you how you can workout and do different exercises anywhere.
“If you can bypass looking at the obvious then you’ll find opportunities everywhere!”
I would love to see more people having this “opportunistic” way of looking at exercise, so I am exited to make more videos.
If you have any specific exercise you wanna see let me know so I can make it happen…and if you have a video of you doing any type of of opportunist exercises or street workouts (with or without weights) drop the link in the comments below, I’d love to share it on my Facebook Page to get more people fired up!