Anabolic Energizing

Anabolic Energizers!

Johnny slams his sister in the back of her head with a balled up pillow sunk down to the far end of the pillow case and knocks her off of her bed — flat on her face!  When Johnny’s dad scolds him and asked, “Johnny, you know better… why the heck did you do that?”.

Johnny admits that he knows better, but has absolutely no good reason why he would “go off on the deep end” like that, he just “forgot”.

I think what really happened was that Johnny allowed his most primal (and un-evolved self) to get a moment in the sun.  This “primal urge”, to do what we know we shouldn’t do, comes to all of us at some time or another.  We “know better”, but yet we get carried away in the moment and allow instinct to rule our better judgment.

One area where I’ve made this, “Elliott, you know better!” mistake has been with the way I train and how I failed to follow up my excruciating, catabolic tirades with Anabolic Energizing exercises and  lifestyle habits.

This imbalance digs deep into our physiology and disrupts the natural balance of the nervous and endocrine system.  Leaving us over stimulated and under nourished.

Here is how it works…

So, there is a branch of your central nervous system called your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Your ANS is responsible for all of the nervous functions that you don’t have to think about.  This includes hart rate, digestion, the release of hormones, breathing and sweating… among many other things.

Within your ANS you have two opposing branches… your Sympathetic (SNS) and Parasympathetic (PSN) Nervous Branches. Each branch acts as two ends of a see-saw.  As one side is stimulated the other side is suppressed.

Both sides have their benefits…

The SNS stimulates the Catabolic Hormones Adrenaline and Cortisol. Both of these hormones are essential for getting you up and going in the morning, getting you fired up to train heavy and giving you energy in a stressful situation (think about being chased by an angry baboon!)

The PNS stimulates the release of Anabolic and Sex Hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone… your body’s own natural source of natural anabolic steroids!

The problem is that most people have a severe imbalance between theses two branches.  It is this imbalance that makes us ill, tired, fat and old!

So if you haven’t figured it out yet… many of us are Sympathetically Overloaded – this means that our SNS is over stimulated and in turn we are in a constant state of fight or flight.  When in this type of predicament, you can rest assured that all of the anabolic hormones that are associated with the PNS are suppressed…

This leads to:

Decreased Strength & Vitality
Poor Concentration
Chronic Fatigue
Foggy Headedness
Decreased Sex Drive
Night Sweats
Orgasm / Genital Inhibition
Waking Un-Rest
Fungal Infection
Digestive Disorders
Rashes & Skin Problems
Decreased Immunity
Increased Risk For Injury
Poor Sleeping Patterns – Wake Up With Cold Sweats
An Overall Loss In You Capacity To Realize Your True Potential & Become The Strongest Version Of You!

Does any of this sound familiar to you? If you are experiencing 2 or more of the symptoms described above… you suffer from an imbalance and need to read the following VERY carefully!

You can take all of the supplements, eat healthy organic diet, exercise regularly and still be getting nowhere.  This is due to a fundamental issue that has not been addressed… balancing your nervous system. If your nervous system is dysfunctional – so is everything else!

So, How Did I Get Like This?

The simple answer is poor lifestyle and nutrition choices… you eat shitty food, don’t drink enough water, your wife pisses you off, your boss is a jerk, you don’t get to sleep on time and don’t get enough sleep, you abuse alcohol and caffeine , OVER TRAINING shall I continue?

Excessive Stress Hormones Are Secreted Because Of:

Financial Stress
Poor Food Quality
Eating Wrong For Your Metabolic Type
Relationship Problems
Sex Problems
A Toxic Environment
Dirty Air
Chlorinated Water
Poor Sleeping Patterns
Negative Thoughts, Words and Deeds
Improper Exercise Application, or OVER Exercising (like me)

“So, What Can I Do About It?

What Is Stressing Your Out? – If you figure this out you half way there.  Most of your primary stresses will probably come from Security (survival, financial) Sustenance, or Sex issues.

Do Something About It – I can hear you “Elliott, don’t you think I would have already done something about this crazy wife and credit card bills?”  — NO, you haven’t done anything because you have not set it as a goal and you have not made a plan for its accomplishment…. Otherwise it would no longer be a stressor.

Remember, “Same Old = Same Old” – it is not until YOU decide to take decisive action to rid yourself of the primary stressors in your life that they will go away.  It is no one else’s responsibility!

And you MUST do this!  I really don’t want to hear any of the tired old excuses that people use in order to continue living their sick, sad, dysfunctional lives.  Drastic results call for drastic measures… just do it!

Eat Right – Make sure that you are adequately prepared to deal with stress by filling your body with nutritious foods.  Drink plenty of water. Eat more fats and proteins during stressful times.  Take a Cod Liver Oil Supplement.  Avoid toxic foods and processed foods.  Eat right for your metabolic type.  .

It is when you are most stressed out that you need the most nutritious foods… it is also the time when junk food seems most appealing, be mindful!

Exercise, Properly! –
Over exercising, particularly aerobic exercises can cause more damage than good.  In fact, “over-aerobicizing “ can lead to an increase in catabolic hormones (remember the SNS) such as Cortisol and Glucocordicoids.

Make sure that you include sufficient anaerobic exercises into your program.  This would include weight training (less than 60 minutes at a time) and “Anabolic Energizer” exercise that I’ll teach you later.  In fact, if you are feeling really stressed out – these Anabolic Energizer exercises will reduce your stress levels and rebalance your nervous system getting you to release more Testosterone, etc.!

Sleep – Get to bed as many hours before midnight  that you can.  I once learned that every hour of sleep had before 12am is worth 3 hours of post midnight sleep!

Think Right – The power of your thoughts shape your life.  You literally are what you think.  Regular mind exercises like meditation help you to “see through the clouds” of your life.  Also there are many mind power techniques that you can use to keep your mind focused on the things that you want, and off of the things that you don’t want.

Using daily affirmations is a powerful tool… its like purposely planting flowers in the garden of your mind.  And remember, if you don’t plant flowers your garden will fill up with weeds by default!

To ignore lifestyle and balance in order to excel in Superficial Strength & Muscle Building often leads to a diminishing return on our investment.  Leaving us sick, sad, tired, and unfulfilled.  Leading a balanced life is much more then allocating a certain amount of time to scratch all of the important things off of your to-do list… it also means letting go of our external lives (including the building of outer-strength) for a few moments to allow our internal strength (nervous and hormonal systems) to catch up and support our efforts instead of working against us.

Train hard, but remember.

Learn how you can get a bonus copy of my Anabolic Energizers video course at the link below:


e mail me at elliotthelp@gmail.com if you have any questions…. thanks!

QUESTION! — Some of your responses to my post last week about my Sick, Sad Addiction were incredible and I was SUPER impressed.  One of the things I noticed is that many of you partake of ancient forms of exercise that are meant to revitalize and energize the nerves and hormones.  They included Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gung and Meditation.

Please, I would like to learn more about how you are using these types of exercise modalities to Build “Stronger Hearts” (a term used to described “internal strength” as one of the 6 Principles)? — Thanks!

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  1. “E”:

    I’m glad to see the light bulb come on … not too long ago you didn’t have the same perspective on the value of “Proper” nutrition and rest. You’ve come a long way baby!

    Now you see that the ‘meat’ machine can only be properly built, repaired and kept operating optimumly, by keeping it’s wiring from short circuiting!

    Yep — it’s all about the mind/body connection. Knowing that is one thing; learning how to achieve the connection can take you on journeys down a number of roads and practicing it can (and should be) a lifelong endeavor.

    Now it’s time to decide on what system works best for you, grasshopper!

    Power to the people brother!

  2. Hey bro, there’s a book I’d like to recommend,”Chi Kung: The way of power “by MasterLam Kam Chuen. It discusses the importance of standing meditation, a lot of pictures, I think you’d enjoy it. Love u bro

  3. E,

    Good stuff man. I do notice a huge difference in my balance or imbalance if my sleep if off and I find that I am not eating right or enough. You don’t really think about it until someone or something brings it to your attention. Like the article. I appreciate your willingness to share. May I add that I try to do daily, is reading the Bible and prayer for me works really well. Keeps my spritual life balanced.

    Good stuff man. Keep it coming. I really enjoy reading your stuff. I’m probably going to share this with my football team.

  4. Hey Elliot

    I’ve read that people say to go to bed before midnight as much as possible but what if you wake up late. For example if I sleep from 2:00am to 10:30am, that’s still over 8 hours sleep, would’t it depend on how you structure your sleeping pattern?

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    Ben, it has less to do with how many hours you sleep and more to do with WHEN you sleep. This is due to that natural eb and flow of hormone production based on the position of the earth in relation to the sun. I’ll be talking more about his later. Thanks!

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    Thanks Ellis! — I’m going to link up with you soon about creating a project to help more people with this kind of exercise. I’ll call you in a few days!

  7. This was a great post… I’ve heard Wendler talk about parasympathetic work before, and how important it is to do it. After 3-4 days of heavy training, he would go into the gym and just foam roll and do some mobility work and not even touch a weight.

    I guess recovery might seem like time wasted, but this serves as a great reminder that it most certainly is not.

    On another note… I can certainly back you up on sleeping before midnight. I always feel much more rested when I go to bed at 10pm then when I go to bed at 1am.

  8. I am currently in my first (of four!) years of certification in the Feldenkrais Method, which is the most powerful way of activating the parasympathetic nervous system that I’ve yet discovered; like tai chi, it’s a way of meditating while moving which also improves your coordination and general movement quality. Now that I’m approaching 40 I’m turning more and more to this kind of thing to balance all the hard-charging I’ve done to date. Very impressive stuff.

  9. Hi Elliot,
    Again, great stuff! I do visual meditation, with some relaxing music. For example, picture yourself on a beach, the water is just laping up on your toes, feel the warmth of the sun, breath deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth, and just let all the bad chi go, relax. It helps alot.
    I can’t wait to see what else you have on the subject. Anything you can do to ‘release stress’ is a great help.

  10. Hi Elliott

    I can recommend an excellant course in Qi Gong (Chi Kung) that last for 22 weeks and benefits for a lifetime. I am not sure I can advertise so.meone else’s course, but if you are interested I can send you the details. And it’s at an excellant price.

    All the best,

  11. This is just what I needed for today. I’m started my own personal training business and there is a lot of shit that still needs to be done. I was feeling blue but not after reading this. I feel a lot better. Thanks big guy!

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    My wife is reading a novel and in it one of the charahcters, a small girl who rises at 4am to pray said, “Prayer is more important than sleep.” – thought you’d like that!

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  17. great advice and it all definitely works. i’ve had to make TONS of changes to my lifestyle to help control my ulcerative colitis and while i’ve lost about 30 pounds in the last year as a result, when i’m not sick i feel great and energized; more than i’ve felt in years.

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  19. Hi Elliott.
    thanks for eat another good blog post.
    – What do you mean by “eating right for your metabolic type” and how to found out?
    i been having a lot of digistive disorders gas and bloating, and i eat really healthy 6 times a day now wich is a lot better then back in the days with junk food junk food.
    Since i´m only 2 years in the “fitness game” i have to ask you one more question do you have some excamples of workout programs somewhere? (im not a athlete but i would like to be strong and bigger and healthy and all that)

    peace from denmark, europe !

  20. Despite I do regular excercises it includes weight training ,my muscle are no at all developing , your sugetion are highly solicited .

  21. I hope more people read this. i agree with all of this to many people eat bad food and go to bed way to late and stop seeing gains

  22. I suffer from narcolepsy. How does my sleeping (at completely random times) affect my hormone levels? I am usually awake between 11 AM and 2 PM. I am also usually asleep between 6 PM and 9 PM. Other than those times, who knows? I probably sleep about 8 hours (in total) but as I said, not at any set times. Since I run my own business, I can work when I like – ie. When I am awake!

  23. Thanks Elliot for everything. I bought your LHM Reloaded and the Strongman training, and by far best programs ever, favorite one is Strongman training because I live in the backwoods of Tennessee so I have access to everything lol. Excellent information that your giving us now and I understand more about the mind and body. But not to sound disgusting maybe this will get my digestive system on track! But keep this coming, this stuff is awesome, thanks again!

  24. I have the Anabolic Energizers videos that you generously give to me. There’s a lot of good stuff. I almost finished reading unleash your primal edge and this is really good. I also like the exercises that are pretty relaxing and we are feeling good after them.

    There is just one thing I want to know. I remember that you mentionned ”standing meditation” in one of your videos on youtube. I would like to know more about it. I searched on the internet about it and I tried it. I feel just fine after this. I would like to know if you could elaborate more about it in your program Anabolic Energizers. If not, could you provide me some good references about it.

    Thank you so much Elliott,
    Keep it strong, healthy and awesome!


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