General Stretching Of The Upper Body

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE ! I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Stand with your feet a little wider than your pelvis width and you back is straight :

  • Hold your ams vertically with your hands clasped and your fingers crossed. Your palms directed upwards :

  • Inhale to inflate your lungs to the maximum and stretch your intercostal muscles. Push your palms up keeping your back and head upright.

  • Exhale slowly by relaxing and starts again.

This stretching exercise stretches intercostal, rectus abdominis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, triceps. When you incline your torso laterally, you stretch more your external oblique and internal oblique, quadratus lumborum and the internal and medium part of your erectors spinae.

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Note

This stretch is great for relaxing the body after a training with heavyweights like leg press, squat, deadlift because the ribcage and spine have been compressed.

This movement may occasionally replace or supplement the stretching at the bar  to rebalance the pressure and tensions of the intervertebral joints.

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Universal And Unique Principles

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

I noticed that there is an approach to selling a service or product, especially used by coaches, which is based on the principle that « everyone is different ». Say like that, it’s hard not to agree with this principle because everyone is unique and everyone has their own characteristics.

When a person uses this philosophical principle, it’s easy to see his/her way of thinking and his/her actions. As many coaches use this principle, they try to set up a unique service for each person and each person evolves at his/her own pace.

It’s not a problem to use this principle but there are disadvantages. These people find no interest in methods that work for most people. For example, the McDonald’s method or school systems work in a universal way.

You have to realize that as a human being, there is a lot of common ground between us. There is 1% difference in our DNA compared to the DNA of a chimpanzee. So you see that the difference in genetics between several human beings is extremely ridiculous.

2 human beings coming from distant countries like a person from Botswana and a person from Norway have much more genetically in common than between a human being and a chimpanzee. All human beings all have a head, a body, hands, feet and we all have the ability to speak a language. It’s true that the language is different because it comes from culture but at the base, we all have the programming necessary to learn it.

When we understand that, we can see that there is a huge part of things that human beings have in common and that comes from DNA. DNA is a material like a hardware (computer, smartphone) and culture is like a software. Culture is the element that allows us to have different behaviors.

In the book « Influence : Science and Practice » by Robert Cialdini , he shows us several influencing factors that make people more likely to believe you, to listen to you when you ask them to do something. These factors are universal among all cultures. Cultures will just change the importance of certain things over others compared to other cultures.

Universal and unique

people diversity

Be careful not to let yourself be trapped in this principle. Yes, we’re all unique because we need to have things that correspond only to us. But there are methods that work for 99% of people. You can use a method that works for 99% of people and then customized products or services for people who want it.

You can meet coaches who use 100% this principle that everyone is unique and he often asks you the question : « Wait, you communicate to thousands of prospects and clients, how do you can do because each person is unique, etc ».

These coaches are right and wrong at the same time. It’s obvious that a customized product or a customized service so more effective, but if you can create a standard product or standard service, you can help 100 000 times more people.

For me, it’s necessary to use the 2 principles. You make a standard product or standard service and you make a customized product or a customized service for the people who ask it. With these 2 principles combined, you can really grow your business to build a legacy.

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Incline Leg Raises

incline leg raises

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Lying on the incline bench with your hands gripping the handles :

  • Raise your legs up to the horizontal

  • Raise your pelvis by rounding your spine to try to touch your head with your knees

This exercise works your muscles in 2 phases :

  1. When you raise your legs, it’s iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fasciae latae that work.

  2. When you round your back, it’s your abs, mainly the part under your navel of the rectus abdominis that work.

incline leg raises pelvic movement

Note

This exercise is great for people who have difficulty to feel the work on abs. As this movement is difficult, it’s advisable for beginners to adjust the bench with a low inclination.

incline leg raises

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Body Under Construction 2018 06 02

Each month I do my body check to track my body’s evolution with photo, measurements and body fat(%) to reach my Golden Ratio.

I take my results in the morning with my stomach empty or just a glass of water.

I calculate my body fat ( %) with the 1 site skin fold (fat caliper) and I use the caliper’s chart.

Current

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)

  • Weight : 85.5 kg (188.49 lbs)

  • body fat(%) : 12.7 %

  • Waist : 93.5 cm (36.81 in)

  • Chest : 99 cm (38.97 in)

  • Arms : 34.5 cm (13.38 in)

  • Forearms : 30 cm (11.81 in)

  • Shoulders : 119 cm (78.34 in)

  • Hips : 99 cm (38.97 in)

  • Thighs : 62.5 cm (24.60 in)

  • Calves : 41 cm (16.14 in)

  • Neck : 38 cm (14.96 in)

Goals (Golden Ratio)

  • Height : 175 cm (5 ft 8.8 in)

  • Weight : 80 kg (176.37)

  • body fat(%) : 8 %

  • Waist : 75.07 cm (29.55 in)

  • Chest : 107.25 cm (42.22 in)

  • Arms : 39.93 cm (15.72 in)

  • Forearms : 31.63 cm (12.45 in)

  • Shoulders : 121.47 cm (47.82 in)

  • Hips : 91.16 cm (35.88 in)

  • Thighs : 61 cm (24.01 in)

  • Calves : 39.61 cm (15.59 in)

  • Neck : 39.68 cm (15.62 in)

Websites where I found my Golden Ratio, it’s here .

Websites where I calculate my body fat(%), it’s here .

And you ? Have you set your goals ?

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Challenge Your Intelligence

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff :

Have you ever heard that : « If you’re smart and you’re always surrounded by idiots, you’ll always be right ».

Sincerely, there is a deep truth in it. This corresponds to this quote « If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room ». We are human beings and it’s easy to follow your ego. It’s easy to stay in an environment where we’re always right because subconsciously we want to be around people who adulate us or put us on a pedestal.

When we look around, we see people who are successful and who stay in a bubble where they’re surrounded themselves with people who will always agree with them. It’s in our human nature not to like the contradiction of what we are and the values we defend. All of this is logical, we have success, we developed values and a life approach that we tested in the field and we don’t know others ways.

It doesn’t mean that in any case it works and that doesn’t mean that there are not other ways to succeed.

A group of intelligent people

 

mastermind group

When was the last time you were in a room where you felt that you weren’t the smartest person in the room and that you learned new things ?

What is interesting when yo participate in a mastermind group is that you’re surrounded by brilliant people who don’t hesitate to say when there are obvious things in you and you don’t see them. It allows you to change your point of view and forces you to face your own limiting beliefs.

Often during a mastermind group, there is a « hot seat ». A « hot seat » is when you share a specific problem and a specific question to the group. What is surprising is that we always see the same pattern that repeats itself. There is a person who shares a problem and a question and we see a lot of obvious things about the limiting beliefs of this person, how much that person has locked himself/herself into a part of the problem. From the outside, we see that there are other ways to attack the problem and we also see obvious solutions.

What’s interesting is that it seems extremely obvious for a person who is in the group to help find the solution but when you share your problem and your question, the group offers you things that you have never seen by yourself.

We all need a moment to take out our trash. We all need to share with a group what doesn’t work and what problems we have. Whenever we do that, we realize that we all have blind spots. Things that seem obvious to everyone but seem hard to see. It’s like seeing the flaws of another person but we don’t see ourselves our flaws.

Here’s an example, I’m ticklish. I can try to tickle myself, I can’t laugh but if someone else tickles me, I laugh immediately.

I can’t be at the window and see me walking in the street at the same time. So if you’re an entrepreneur and you feel isolated, break this situation. Go to events, try to meet other entrepreneurs because it will help you a lot.

You can’t know how many mistakes you make each day without realizing it. Only someone else can show you, your mistakes if you allow him/her to do so in a caring way. It’s not a matter of showing mistakes by accusing but in a kindly way to help you move forward. If you can participate in a mastermind group to be in a collective spirit of brilliant people, do it. It’s a great place to no longer be the smartest person in the room and learn new things to improve yourself.

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Machine Crunch

machine crunches

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Sitting on the machine with your hands holding the handles. Your feet wedged under the pads :

  • Inhale and round your back to bring your torso to your thighs.

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercise is excellent because it allows you to adjust the weight relative to your level. You can use lightweights if you’re a beginner or heavyweights, without risk, if you’re an athlete.

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Combine 2 charts

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I have just enrolled in a Data Science course on Udemy  and I learned good stuff.

We’ll move to the next level. We’ll work with 2 bar charts in parallel to have a more efficient data mining. In a previous article, we created 2 different bar charts. The 1st was an A/B test (actually, it’s a classification test) that told us in which age range the clients were most likely to leave the bank. The 2nd was a bar chart showing the age distribution of clients in our sample of 10 000 clients.

Let’s go. We’re going to have an A/B test with age range and we’ll add a bar chart of the client distribution below. To add a bar chart, we must start by choosing what we want to keep and what we want to add. In our case, we want to keep the columns because they’re the same in the 2 bar charts.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

And we just want to add a new line so we will add a new variable in « Rows ». As we want to add a bar chart of distribution, we will use the variable which corresponds to the number of observation « Number of Records ».

In « Measures » moves the variable « Number of Records » in « Rows » to the right of « SUM(Number of Records).

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

We have a 2nd bar chart below the 1st bar chart. As you can see, these 2 bar charts are in one column. « Columns » is « Age(bins) ». These 2 bar charts are in 2 different lines which are the lines that correspond to the 2 « SUM(Number of Records) » in « Rows ».

The space on the left has also changed. There is « All » which represents the 2 bar charts at the same time. It means, when your select « All », you make change in the 2 bar charts.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Below this tab « All » we have 2 tabs. The 1st tab represents the 1st bar chart so the 1st « SUM(Number of Records) » in « Rows » and the 2nd tab represents the 2nd bar chart so the 2nd « SUM(Number of Records) » in « Rows ».

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Which means that if you want to make changes on the 2 bar charts at the same time, you make the changes in the tab « All ». If you want to make changes only in the first bar chart, you select the first tab below « All ». If you want to make changes only in the 2nd bar chart, you select the second tab below « All ».

So if you change the color in tab « All », our 2 bar charts will be colored by the same color.

Select the « All » tab and click on « Colors ».

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Click on « Edit Colors… » and select « Stayed ». Select the green color and click on the « OK » button.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

As you can see, the color changed in the 2 bar charts.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Click on the tab of the 2nd bar chart.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Removes the « Exited » variable from « Colors » to remove colors only in the 2nd bar chart.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Removes the « SUM(Number of Records) » variable from « Label » to remove the labels only in the 2nd bar chart.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

We will add color on this 2nd bar chart. Click on « Colors », click on « More colors… » and select the blue color. Click on the « OK » button.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Now, we would like to see the colors vary in intensity depending on the number of observations. Take « SUM(Number of Records) » from the 2nd line in « Rows » and holding « Ctrl » or « Command », move it to « Colors ».

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Cool ! We will take care of the 1st bar chart. Select the tab of the 1st bar chart.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Click on « Colors ». Click on « Edit Colors… ». Select « Stayed ». Select the brown color and click on the « OK » button.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

For more clarity, we will add labels in 2nd bar chart. Click on the tab of the 2nd bar chart. Take « SUM(Number of Records) » from « Colors » and holding « Ctrl » or « Command » and move it to « Labels ».

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

Perfect. Now we will change the location of the bar chart. We will put the 2nd bar chart instead of the 1st bar chart. According to the logic of « Rows » and « Columns », simply put the 2nd line « SUM(Number of Records) » to the left to pass in 1st line.

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

tableau chart compare paralell data mining science

BOOM, the bar chart of the age distribution is going over because it’s in the 1st line in « Rows ». With these changes, tabs to change the bar charts have changed order.

Observation

What we can observe with these bar chart is that we see on the 1st bar chart that the majority of bank’s clients are in the age group of 30 to 34 years old and 35 to 39 years old. In these 2 age groups, we see on the 2nd bar chart that client of 30 to 34 years old are less likely to leave the bank than clients between 35 and 39 years old. Look at ages 30 to 34, the rate of clients leaving the bank is 8% while in the 35 to 39 age group, the number of clients leaving the bank is 13%.

In the age group of 40 to 54 years old, we see on the 2nd bar chart that the rate of clients leaving the bank is increasing and is above of the average rate of clients leaving the bank (20%). But we see in the 1st bar chart that the number of clients in the age group of 40 to 54 years old decrease with the age groups.

Do you remember the potential for anomalies in age groups 75, 85 and 90 ? We’ll check it. In the 1st bar chart we can see that there are 11 clients in the age group of 80 to 84 years old, 2 clients in the age group of 85 to 89 years old and 2 clients in the age group of 90 to 94 years old. We can conclude that these observations in age group of 80, 85 and 90 aren’t very significant from a statistical point of view because 2 clients is something negligible in this sample of 10 000 clients.

In the first age group of 15 to 19 years old, we can see that there are 49 clients, which is not very significant.

Compare these 2 bar chart in parallel allows us to have additional insights.

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How To Reduce Stress (Part 2)

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

If you didn’t read Part 1, click here

3rd step – organize yourself and communicate

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Organize

Managing your schedule helps limit stress and to do that, here’s what you can do :

  • Prevent an additional 10 to 20 minutes on your travel times.

  • Make a list of priority tasks to do and not to do.

  • Identify bad habits, tasks to eliminate and tasks to delegate.

  • Automatize a maximum of tasks.

  • Focus on taks that immediately bring visible results

  • Avoid to scatter you.

  • Stop these time consuming habits like reading your emails as soon as they arrive of watching your smartphone as soon as there is a notification. Tamagochi  is a toy, not a lifestyle.

  • Do things in their time. Each task, even minimum, must be completed before moving on the next one. This method allows you to improve your concentration and the satisfaction of having completed a task is very motivating.

  • Pause during the day and cultivate your patience. In a situation where you have to wait, take the time to relax instead of sighing and complaining. For example in a queue for a counter, use that : Wait = relax and breathe deeply. Concentrate on yourself in a positive way and on the present moment.

Communicate

  • Stress is often born from the fact that we don’t know what our interlocutors expect from us. We can’t read people’s minds, so don’t hesitate to ask clearly what people expect of you. Dare to ask questions and create a direct communication. Banish your ego and think that you aren’t absolutely right. You can also avoid sensitive topics.

  • Say « no ». If you can’t render a service someone asks you because you have no time or no resources or you don’t want to take additional responsibilities, then explain that to your interlocutor. Your interlocutors will understand the situation and you will find an arrangement. It’s better to say « no » from the start than to force yourself to keep your commitments. With this attitude, you will avoid being overwhelmed.

4th step – turn away or adapt and accept

 

turn away

 

accept

 

  • Avoid the trigger elements of stress. Limit your contact with people who stress you. Be aware of your environment and control that. For example, use an alternative road to avoid traffic jams. Turn off TV to avoid listening to information that makes you anxious. If you did the analysis of 20% of sources that bring you 80% your stress, you know the people that you must see the minimum or eliminate them from your contacts.

  • Adjust yourself by being willing to compromise. Be assertive by adapting your requirements and avoiding perfectionism.

  • Reframe conflicts by analyzing the problem in a positive way. Look at good things and find benefits of the situation. Focus on positive elements.

  • Accept the trigger of stress and admit that you can’t control everything.

  • Looking for opportunities to improve yourself. Concentrate on what this stressful situation can teach you. Follow the principle of this quote : « What doesn’t kill you , make you stronger » and ask yourself these questions : « How can I get better with this experience ? What did I learn ? ».

  • Forgive. Accept that others make mistakes (because you also make mistakes) and try to evacuate any feeling of anger. When you free yourself from all this negative energy, it’s easy to resume your projects.

In summary « The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another » as William James said.

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High Pulley Crunch

high pulley crunches

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Kneeling with the bar behind your neck :

  • Inhale and round your back to bring your torso toward your thighs

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

rectus abdominis

This movement is never done with heavyweights. The goal is to focus on the sensation to better target the work on abs and mainly rectus abdominis.

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Stop To Be Shredded Everytime

black shredded athlete

black shredded athlete

I watched a Jamcore DZ’s video  and I learned good stuff.

Spring is here and I see that everyone wants to be shredded to show off this summer. I think it’s interesting to explain the difference between be shredded or cutting phase and losing weight.

Be shredded or cutting phase comes from the bodybuilding’s field. After taking muscle mass, be shredded allows to show your muscles striated in detail.

People confuse be shredded or cutting phase and a loss of weight. When you do a good weight loss, you lose water and fat without losing muscle mass and bone mass. When you’re shredded or cutting phase, you lower your bodyfat to 5% to see your muscles in detail as a bodybuilder competing.

Please, women and girls, stop saying that you are shredded or cutting phase. Naturally you have more fat than men and that’s normal because it’s to feed the baby when you will be pregnant. Your body programmed for that and that’s normal. For a woman or a girl to be shredded, it’s necessary to take steroids like women who participate in bodybuilding competitions. A clean weight loss is excellent and sufficient for toning and having a beautiful body.

Let’s talk about weight loss. There are plenty of stupid draconian weight loss programs. These programs cause loss of muscle mass, loss of bone mass, slow down metabolism and create health problems. I wrote 2 articles about it, click here  and there for Part 1  and Part 2 .

Wait

body under construction

I agree with this point of view and I think it’s necessary to be patient before be shredded or cutting phase. Wait 5 years before doing your first cutting phase. Make a clean mass gain for 5 years. Jamcore DZ waited 7 years before to participate in his 1st competition. At the 2nd competition, he felt like he was flat net to his competitors. He waited 3 years before participate in his 3rd competition. 10 years to gain muscle clean with a healthy nutrition to have nice muscle mass when he’s shredded.

So wait at least 5 years to have a healty muscle mass gain before to be shredded or cutting phase. Maybe you find that long but see the reasons :

  • 1st reason : Learn and understand how your body works.

  • 2nd reason : Learn the art of patience. You’re going to have trouble but all the best things are hard to get. You will realize each summer with your friends who will show off but your friends are flat. They believe that they have muscle mass but in fact they’re thin and dry and you arrive and BOOOOM !

  • 3rd reason : After 5 years when you’re shredded, it will encourage you for the next cutting phase. You know that you have to rest your body for several years by gaining muscles in a healthy way to have a better body for the next time. I know that there are people who want to be shredded after 2 years but the results are poor : less experience and more muscle loss because there aren’t enough muscles that was built so a small muscle mass visible. Me, the first time I was shredded, I was disgusted, I felt flat because I had a small muscle mass visible.

    It’s depressing and most people when they’re in this situation, they think to take steroids to show off with pictures on social media. This is happening right now on social media.

  • 4th reason : The more you’re shredded, the more you will regress because you lose more and more muscles. When you’re shredded, you lose some of your muscles, this is the process. So if you do this every years or every 6 months, you lose each time a part of the muscles that you have built.

The most common question

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To start, people who tell you that you can do this all your life are liars. When you start training, you do something new to your body several times a week. It’s like a romantic relationship with a girl. It’s beautiful and after 6 months, she starts to piss you off, you start to piss her off and after you breakup. For muscle mass, it’s the same principle. At first you’ll build muscles and you’ll change your composition’s body, it’s normal.

After a while (2-3 years), your body starts to adapt and you stagnate. That’s when you’re looking for a training system that suits you, you focus on muscle isolation during an exercise, you improve your recovery and you evolve slowly. Gaining healthy muscle takes time and you have to accept it.

At the beginning of your training, you’ll lose fat and water and gain muscle at the same time for 2-3 years and then you’ll stagnate. Most of people who gain muscle get fat because they eat too much and don’t do cardio. Cardio all year is important to help control your weight. When I say doing cardio, it means doing cardio at a middle level, not cardio at a high level to be shredded. Doing cardio while you’re gaining muscle helps you progress because you keep a metabolism that works.

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