Jujimufu fat loss tricks

January 12, 2015 Training

So you’re eating healthy, wholesome foods and lifting weights at least 3 times per week. Great! Do you want to lose a little more fat? Try these tricks,

Training tricks for fat loss

Fasted steady-state cardio

There is a lot of smack talk about cardio, especially steady state cardio, especially fasted steady-state cardio! Don’t listen to this smack talk. The truth is, in conjunction with an average weight training program and half decent eating habits, cardio works like a real charm for extra fat loss. Besides, it’s very healthy! Jack Lalanne knew that himself. Check him out here in his mid 90s!

Jack Lalanne 90s

“Though he was known for his weight training, after he pumped his iron, LaLanne would go for a 30-minute run, followed by a 30-minute swim…”

The leanest I have ever been in my life was when I did fasted steady-state cardio in the mornings during the summer of 2005. Here’s what I did: I’d wake up, take the ECA stack (see below), 5 grams of BCAA, 5 grams of Tyrosine, and a 30 cc scoop of Whey isolate mixed in 1/2 a liter of water. Then I’d do my cardio in the form of rollerblading for approximately 45 minutes. Is this fasted? It’s fasted enough in my opinion to be considered fasted!

Jujimufu rollerblading, Jujimufu cardio, Jujimufu young

A youthful version of me rollerblading! Happiness!

I’d push sort of hard… Afterward I’d eat a moderate sized breakfast, eat another moderate sized meal an hour afterwards, and then go trick or lift heavy weights in the afternoon. I got really lean doing this.

Jujimufu speedo, Jujimufu torch

Me at 18 years old back in 2005. 185 lbs (84kg). Shredded!

Did fasted cardio kill my strength? No, I was deadlifting 475 lbs at 185 lb bodyweight like this. Did it kill my tricking? No. Take a look at my video, Thousand, from that same year. No problems. Fasted cardio did not kill my zap, it just helped me look like a Greek god and made me feel fantastic! I miss it actually, but with my early work schedule now, waking up to do fasted cardio would undoubtedly interfere with my sleep. If you’re in the same boat as me, you’ll just have to settle for non-fasted cardio sometime later in the day.

400 meter sprint intervals

The 400 meter sprint, in my opinion, is the king of fat burning efforts. Few things are as brutal as running as fast as you can around a track for 400 meters. With the 400 meter sprint, you’re only halfway when you feel like dropping dead. It’s like your insides are on fire, your bladder becomes weak and you feel like you are going to pee yourself. That’s what happens when you put everything you’ve got into a 400 meter sprint. I was doing this in 2010 and it leaned me out rapidly within a month’s time. How to do it? 4 x 400 meter sprints with up to 6 minutes rest between sprints twice per week in addition to your strength training and/or tricking. This would be an alternative to the daily fasted cardio route, don’t do both. Pick one or the other. And if for whatever reason sprinting like this on a track in shoes is hard on your joints, try doing it barefoot around a field instead if possible.

HIIT barefoot, HIIT sprinting 400s

Choose: a track or a sports field. NOW SPRINT!

Diet and supplement tricks for fat loss

ECA stack

jujimufu_eca_stack

The ECA stack: 25 mg ephedrine tablet, 200 mg caffeine tablet, 325 mg aspirin tablet

The Ephedrine Caffeine Aspirin stack (ECA stack) has been a staple for me since I first used it. In the US, you can get all three ingredients from Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or a CVS pharmacy. Supplement manufacturers are prohibited from putting ephedrine into fat loss or pre-workout energy products, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s still available and sold for Asthma indications in many countries. Here are two purchasing options:

ephedrine_fatloss_bronkaid

Bronkaid Ephedrine in the form of Ephedrine Sulfate

ephedrine_fatloss_primatene

Primatene Ephedrine in the form of Ephedrine HCL

It doesn’t matter whether you get Ephedrine Sulfate or Ephedrine HCL, they work the same. I prefer Bronkaid because it is cheaper. Here’s how you get ephedrine at a US pharmacy: they keep it behind the counter, so ask for “Bronkaid” or “Primatene” from the pharmacy staff. Then you’ll need to provide Driver’s License ID to purchase it. They will submit your information to your State, just to make sure you aren’t buying tons of it from different places (because if you have enough of it you can make meth). They don’t care what you’re taking it for, as long as you’re not making meth with it. That’s all.

Take the stack once per day, preferably before training, and preferably within 4 hours of waking. It is an absolutely killer fat burning combination, greatly increases strength and energy before training, and annihilates your appetite. I’ve been using the ECA stack non-stop since about 2005 myself. You don’t need to cycle it if you do two things:

  1. Don’t go above 25 mg ephedrine per day.
  2. Don’t use it on days you don’t train.

If you want to be aggressive with fat burning, then there is another way to use it in which you will have to cycle it.

  • Week 1 ECA stack am, ECA stack noon.
  • Week 2 ECA stack am, ECA stack noon.
  • Week 3 ECA stack am, ECA stack noon.
  • Week 4 No ephedrine, Caffeine, or Aspirin at all + Benadryl 25 mg per night.
    • (Note: Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCL) up-regulates the cellular receptors that ephedrine down-regulates, restoring sensitivity.)

For this cycle, use it on non-training days too. Repeat the cycle as long as you want. How would this fit in with training? The optimal use for a twice daily cycle of ECA like this, in my opinion, is to do fasted cardio early in the morning with your first ECA dose, and then use it again 5+ hours later before weight training or tricking. I personally do not like to use stimulants past 2 pm because they will disrupt my sleep. You may opt to take half doses of the ephedrine and caffeine for your second dose if this is the case for you too: 12 mg ephedrine, 100 mg caffeine. Just split the tablets with a pill splitter (also available at your pharmacy). How about crashing? I’ve never crashed on ephedrine. You might. Try it and see. But for me, ephedrine is about as clean as it gets in my opinion. I love ephedrine, it’s a really great drug.

Steamed cabbage

Cabbage?! Seriously? Yes. Seriously. Haha. I’ve gone from drugs to cabbage! Haha! Hey, I’ve been obsessed with nutrition, dieting and health for 15 years now, and one of the things I’ve discovered like many others, is that eating lots of vegetables takes up volume in the stomach, which quells hunger. You feel full but are eating less calories. This is helpful for fat loss, and no vegetable does this better than cabbage. Cabbage is also a nutritional powerhouse (whfoods.com profile for cabbage here). Also, cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage, in general, contain compounds that optimize estrogen metabolism. If your body is metabolizing estrogen and estrogenic metabolites efficiently, this is good, because excessive estrogen is correlated with fat and water retention. So long story short, that’s why when you are trying to lose fat you MUST buy a stove top steamer!

Jujimufu diet, Jujimufu cabbage

Buy a stove top steamer like this, not a stand alone device. Trust me…

Start displacing your starchy carb portions (rice, potato, pasta, oats, cereal) with steamed vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Start with cabbage, begin eating piles of steamed cabbage with your meals. Add some salt, pepper, or spice on top and eat it as a side to a lean meat. I wrote about cabbage here in my Tricking Supplements IV: Foods with Super Supplement Effects.

Eating raw cabbage

Green cabbage

I recommend green cabbage because, in my opinion, it’s more palatable than purple cabbage. Purple cabbage can be grainy and for some like myself, has a foul sweet aftertaste. One last note: cabbage can give you awful flatulence, so if you want to mitigate the amount of gas that comes out of your butt hole, take a couple Beano tablets, or something equivalent to it, right before you start eating any meal containing lots of cabbage.

Lifestyle tricks for fat loss

Do things that involve moving your body… lol

If your ass is glued to a certain seat for just about every hour of the day you aren’t training, that isn’t good for fat loss. Clean your bedroom. Walk around your block listening to music. Go into the kitchen and stand up for an hour while cooking some meals in advance. Go run errands. Go for a walk with a friend. Just get up and do things. Wrestle with your dog!

Jujimufu dog, Jujimufu basset hound, Jujimufu bojo, Jujimufu pet

“Bojo, come’on! Let’s wrestle! Don’t be a coward!”

As a last resort, try Pee Squat Drink if you are forced to sit a lot during the day.

Pee squat drink

The Pee Squat Drink program.

Play video games

Got your attention? This is actually one of the best ways of dieting down. It works like this: while you are playing video games, you aren’t thinking about food and you aren’t tempted by food. Play single player games that are offline, that are progressive (meaning you can progress and pick up where you left off last time).  These are engaging enough to distract you without disrupting your life. Do not play online games, online games will disrupt your life.

Cyber Core Turbo Grafix 16

Think like an insect!

A healthier alternative would be reading some good books.

Jujimufu reading, Jujimufu books

Here I’m reading Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil (2005). Really great book! Really terrible chair!

But I’m not judging. Video games, books, whatever. Basically any project where you are building something or progressing through something is an advantageous distraction from the hungers associated with fat loss dieting. And in my opinion, if you aren’t experiencing some hunger on a daily basis while you are dieting down, you aren’t aggressive enough with your fat loss efforts.

75 comments

  1. Caleb says:

    Thanks for this Juji! I’m doing my best to cut body fat while maintaining muscle before Spring. I actually already take montelukast sodium for my asthma, which is in singulair. Do you think the Bronkaid or Primatene will interfere with this?

    • Jon Call says:

      I’ve never heard of motelukast sodium. The only way you’ll be able to see if it’ll interfere is to google it. 😉

  2. Caleb says:

    Also, Aspirin has been known to trigger asthma effects haha. Anything I could take like aspirin that won’t upset my asthma? I’ll have to give this a go either way and maybe it’ll just work out.

    • Jon Call says:

      I’ve read a lot of conflicting things about Aspirin’s use in the ECA stack. It’s not essential in my opinion. If you’re really set on using it, the only alternative I can think of would be a lower dose Aspirin. I’ve seen a lot of people recommend 81mg baby aspirin for the ECA stack. I prefer the large dose because I want to put potholes in my stomach lining.

  3. Valvolt Nova says:

    Nice one, Juji!
    I have one question for you. I’ve read somewhere that doing cardio after strength training reduces strength gains. What do you think about this, if you’ve ever tried it?
    Thanks.

    P.S. And guys… don’t forget about cinnamon! XD

    • Jon Call says:

      Sounds like bullshit. But I wouldn’t recommend doing cardio after strength training. Part of the “magic” of cardio for health and fat loss, for us strength training guys, is that it is a second opportunity for blood flow, nutrient delivery and partitioning during the day. If you’re trying to cram everything altogether you’re doing it wrong. If you’re going to do cardio: 1 hour strength training by itself sometime during the day, then cardio sometime other than that.

  4. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Sa-weet! I was just thinking about this the other day. I’m gaining some decent weight with eating and lifting. Was thinking of how to keep off that little pouch I get around the waist line. All though I’ve been eating pretty damn clean the last month, so it’s down more than usual. These tricks will help me rid of that bitch for good. VIDEO GAMES!!!! I fully agree this that statement. My son and I spent a full day on saturday playing the old TMNT arcade game & Super Mario Bros 3.. which made me limit my meals to the standard 5-6 I have a day anyways. Great read as always!

    • Jon Call says:

      That’s what sons are for! haha! Also you’re already really lean looking you really have some more to cut down?

  5. Caleb says:

    Haha awesome! Looks like I’ll be doing some research and testing then. Thanks man!

  6. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Sons rule!! Thanks, I appreciate that! Well.. I go through phases.. summer i’m lean. No pouch. Went wild in October when we found out we were having a second baby.. gained some crap weight.. pouch started to show. Started dieting again because I felt like poop (sorry wife). Gaining sweet muscle.. pouch went down.. slightly still visible.. not really worried about it though ’til spring/summer. I just wanna get as big as possible at the moment.

    • Jon Call says:

      Not worrying about it ’til spring/summer is the right way to go. That’s what I’m doing. I’m probably 10-12% right now bodyfat… This blog post is too early for the year actually, but I was inspired to write so I did haha! Later in spring/summer I’ll start applying these methods myself again. 🙂

      off topic, but for some reason I think I’d have an easier time raising a girl than a boy. dunno why my intuition tells me this… you have a girl on the way so soon you’ll find out the differences.

  7. Traindom says:

    I recently tried Lyle McDonald’s rapid fat loss diet. It was a heavy-deficit diet. I lost like sixish pounds of fat in two cycles, about twenty-four days. I thought it was pretty effective. I think I went from 17% to 13% bodyfat, by guesstimating. Definitely from upper teens to like midteens.

    What is interesting is that there was a new study he found that had some men on a large deficit via eating little and a lot of cardio. The results were a kilogram of muscle loss but nearly three kilograms of fat loss in four days. He adapted a diet based on the study. I would tell you more about what he did but I don’t wanna cheat him out of getting compensated for his work, you know? He made a little guide using info from his original fat loss diet book that’s like five bucks.

    I swear I’m not a spam bot, I just wanted to share his stuff (old and new) in case you want to experiment with it. I plan on doing a four day modified diet of the study this Friday through Monday and see the results myself! I can share the results if you’re interested. I got fat during my winter break; I can’t button the pants I am wearing at the moment without a lot of pressure, so I need to lose the blub before I kill someone with a flying button, lol.

    Oh and here’s the name of the study if you’re interested: A Time-Efficient Reduction of Fat Mass in 4 days with Exercise and Caloric Restriction by JA Calbet and colleagues

  8. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Hahah I don’t blame ya! Looking forward to the summer leanz! Yeah according to one of those hand held omron fat loss monitors.. i’m at 16% bodyfat.. oh well. Could be worse. Spring it will be on for fat loss.

    That’s cool! Raising a boy was “easy,” for me. I say easy in parenthesis because we have the same interests and i’m pretty sure my brain stopped developing around his age 😀 But he has his moments. Mr. attitude (that’s his mom’s side of the family hehe)! I don’t know what i’m in for with a girl. I feel it’s going to be the complete opposite of raising a boy. I’ll find out soon enough!

  9. seb says:

    In Germany only stuff with psydoephidrine is available over the counter…. but with 60mg each pill.
    what’s the difference between psydoephidrine and ephidrine concerning fat loss?

    • Jon Call says:

      Sorry Seb, Pseudoephedrine will not work the same way. Synephrine may work but in my experience it can be quite uncomfortable on the cardiovascular system and doesn’t help with energy or strength, though it may help burn fat..? You can google to research it a bit. It’s also known as Bitter Orange extract.

  10. actually now that I think of it, I was definitely way more shredded when I was a bit more psycho with my training and I would go for a morning jog in the middle of the AZ WINTER… IN THE RAIN… BARE FOOT… IT WAS COLD AS FUCK…BUT I FELT AMAZING. I think I could definitely enjoy a good morning barefoot run again soon. I will have to build it slowly though, bring the dogs too so they don’t get so upset when I leave…”THANK GOD HE’S LEAVING, WE CAN SLEEP NOW”

    • Jon Call says:

      I just find the arguments against cardio kind of lacking. So what if it doesn’t compare to strength training for body composition or health, why should I not do some in addition? Is it “unhealthy” ??? No. Is it just worthless altogether? How is another opportunity for blood flow during the day worthless? What’s the alternative? Sitting on the couch? Does it hinder strength gains? Sure if you’re over-killing it all the time. But who is over-killing it? Most of us aren’t… I’ve never done so much cardio it effected my strength training or mobility.

      But as insane as it may sound, even if you hypothetically WERE hindering your strength gain potential, how “much” would you actually be hindering it? 30%? No lol. Probably more like 1-3%… At the expense of what? Possibly looking like shredded wheat while you keep it up? The risk:reward ratio is pretty favorable in my opinion.

      Anyway yeah, I just find the whole argument against cardio training more of an appeasement to people who want to save time or be lazy.

  11. yeah Juji,

    I think the stereotype though is the thought that people go to one extreme or the other. With my job I am moving around constantly for about 2-4 hours a day demonstrating and coaching so that helps me a lot, but I think I definitely want to throw that morning run in again, it wakes me up, I love greeting the morning with a barefoot run, and it helps my ankles from all the harder impacts I take. Also great to stretch right after it. I use to teach some triathletes parkour, their strength was seriously lacking in many areas, but they could run, swim, and bike for days… just couldn’t do anything else. Jumping and Landing sucked, climbing sucked, agility sucked…they got better but man talk about a hard case. It’s not like your suggesting us to run a 5k your just telling us what you have experienced and I think considering my own experience it is sound advice.

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  13. One thing I forgot about this equation. You definitely need to do it first thing in the morning a good hour or two before your main workout. For me I get pretty slugish if I run for 15+mins right before I have to work on focusing on a technically difficult workout. For example Acro Strength for me requires a lot more attention then the gross motor pattern of running, if i am in running mode I need a bit of time for my mind to reset back into strength mode. So I don’t think it makes you strength suffer I just think it puts you in a repetitive mode that can make it hard for you to fire fast for strength. Now you can make a hybrid workout that has all kinds of fun shit in it that works a bunch of capacities and such but again going crazy like that right before a technically difficult workout is usually a bad idea when you need to focus. Just my experience. For me I need a good hour or two between my cardio session and technical session…now if I am doing a super light cardio just to elevate heart rate and get warmed up that’s different, I am not going to run for more then 5-7 mins and it will be light and combining other pre workout preparation. The web of getting shredded is tangled.

    • Jon Call says:

      Spot on 100%… Everything you just said!!! +1

      The order supported by sports authors of arrangement is technical >> speed >> speed-strength >> strength >> strength-endurance >> endurance… Sticking cardio right before technical work is recipe for disaster, or merely mediocrity. This is why I did fasted cardio 4 hours or so before my afternoon strength/tricking, and why I didn’t push it “that” hard. 😉 And why I would always trick before lifting for example. etc.

      Good post Francesco!

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  15. Josiah says:

    Have you ever tried sprinting at full speed into a trick? Is this a stupid idea?

  16. Josiah says:

    You want me to die??? (since it’s stupid, it may be be very dangerous).

  17. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Rando question.. do you chew gum? or use mints or anything? I’m usually a gum chewer.. but i’ve been hesitant because of the sugar content. Or is the sugar content so insignificant (fuck yeah Nevermore reference) that it doesn’t matter? OR do you carry your toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere with you? OR do you rock that stank breath????! You might’ve answered this in one of your articles and I might’ve missed it. Thanks buddy.

    • Jon Call says:

      I ROCK THAT COFFEE STANK BREATH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

      I brush my teeth once per day, at night. The past two years my dentist loves me, says my teeth look perfect. I once did an experiment when I didn’t brush for 18 days: (see bottom of this page: http://www.trickstutorials.com/content/toes.php) Don’t do that… Pre-gingivitis or whatever the fuck that became was not amusing.

      And chewing gum is pretty addictive actually. I’ve gone through phases of chewing and not chewing the past couple years. During the “chewing gum” phases I definitely felt the need to chew. In my opinion it doesn’t matter though as far as results of any kind. If you like it, do it. If you don’t, don’t. So it’s insignificant… am I?

  18. STEVE YEAH! says:

    SMART!!!!

    I also brush my teeth once a day at night! Because.. the color of sundown.. of crimson… sky.. The beauty that breaks down
    …and gives the day unto the niiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHT. Every time I go see my dentist, he’s always like “Your wife is going to be mad, there’s nothing wrong with your teeth.” Because she is obsessed with brushing her teeth and does it like a million bajillion times a day.

    Oh man.. that looks not fun at all. I’ll make sure I stick to once a day hahah.

    I also go through phases. sometimes i’ll chew gum. Sometimes I don’t. I’m also at the age where I really don’t a fuck. Just wanted to see where you stood on this sitch.

  19. Robin says:

    Do you recommend doing the 400m sprints fasted and in the morning as well, just like cardio Training?

  20. STEVE YEAH! says:

    My dude. Here’s a question for ya. I’m just getting over a sickness. Achy, sore, burning behind eyes, head ache, etc.. What do you suggest to do or take whenever you’re sick? Anything different besides tons of sleep, staying hydrated, and vitamin c like they usually suggest? Any Juji remedies?

    • Jon Call says:

      Sleep and hydration are key. What few people realize is how important protein is during sickness. People usually use like… what… 7-up and ginger ale, crackers and toast when they have stomach upset or flu? That shit isn’t going to help. Drink protein shakes. When I get sick I don’t weight train because I don’t want to, but I try to keep moving so I go for walks outside and some light stretches. Garlic is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial. Not just good for prevention but fighting. Garlic, lemon, ginger, thick ass green tea, protein shakes, light movement, laughter, lots of sleep and water.

      I rarely get sick. When I do it’s usually diarrhea from food poisoning…. or stomach upset from food poisoning. Or my appendix exploded and I feel sick.

  21. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Yuck. I can’t stand crackers, ginger ale, etc when i’m sick or in general. But i do continue lifting and eating my normal stuff. I’m stubborn as hell. Shouldn’t be lifting but i’m an asshole like that. I never thought the protein as actually helping though. That’s cool. Oooo and that last line of suggestions in the first paragraph is very helpful too.

    I know i haven’t been sick in forever either. I was just gloating to my wife and son about it since they both were sick recently. Well, it bit me in the ass and I got whatever they had lol.

    lol! Damn appendix!!

    • Jon Call says:

      “From a medical history standpoint, the antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are perhaps its most legendary feature. This allium vegetable and its constituents have been studied not only for their benefits in controlling infection by bacteria and viruses, but also infection from other microbes including yeasts/fungi and worms. (One particular disulfide in garlic, called ajoene, has been successfully used to help prevent infections with the yeast Candida albicans.) Very recent research has shown the ability of crushed fresh garlic to help prevent infection by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in burn patients. Also of special interest has been the ability of garlic to help in the treatment of bacterial infections that are difficult to treat due to the presence of bacteria that have become resistant to prescription antibiotics. However, most of the research on garlic as an antibiotic has involved fresh garlic extracts or powdered garlic products rather than fresh garlic in whole food form.”

      Read Garlic’s profile on whfoods.com, it’s really no joke haha, http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60

  22. Valvolt Nova says:

    Wario approves 🙂

  23. Kyle R. says:

    You’re the first I’ve seen to recommend dosing EC with the E @ less then 75 mg every day (3x daily) which I’ve been doing for 12 weeks on 12 weeks off my whole life really.

  24. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Caffeine withdrawll!

    Have you gone through this??? I think I experienced my first the other day. So I drink a cup off coffee every morning. Monday-Friday. Just a small cup with two teaspoons. I’ve been doing this for a couple weeks now and no coffee on the weekend. Then on saturday, I get this headache.. i’m like wtf??? I take tylenol.. an hour later the headache is still there. Then I start looking up stuff and then I read about caffeine and how if you have caffeine withdrawl and drink a cup of coffee, it’ll go away in like 30 min.. I was like no wayyyy.. i barely drink coffee.. Would you believe that sum bitch was right?! Drank a cup of coffee and in no time I was my self again. Crazy.

    • Jon Call says:

      Caffeine withdrawal is very real, and seems to have become more annoying as I’ve gotten older. When I was younger I used to cycle off caffeine for a week straight every 3-5 weeks without much of a problem. The usefulness of this is short lived in my opinion, so I never cycle off caffeine anymore, I use it everyday. Somedays more somedays less depending on whether the idea pops into my head or not.

      • Jon Call says:

        I wonder if I’ve written about my 4 month caffeine abstinence I did back in 2010 somewhere on this site?… hmmm…

  25. armando says:

    caffeine withdrawal syptoms suck, i experienced the same thing past november, but i was taking around 2-3 cups of cofee daily for 3-4 months, the first day i went without cofee i had the worst headache i can remember with a little anxiety, irritability and sweating.
    since then i haven’t stopped drinking cofee, and the days i want to moderate my consuption i just drink 1 small cup to avoid the withdrawal symptoms.
    if you want to stop drinking coffee (or taking caffeine) after taking it daily for some period of time you can try to come off it slowly, or if you want to leave it cold turkey be prepared to suffer for a day or two.

  26. Valvolt Nova says:

    Not sure if it can help, but I’m gonna try supplementing with Vitamin C, which is supposed to help metabolize caffeine.
    Well, I intend to take stimulants in the afternoon because 1) I train in the evening and 2) I train after working with a computer, so I feel sleepy after work. And I’ve read that 2g of Vitamin C after workout help clear both caffeine and cortisol.
    If I’m gonna have problems with my sleeping patterns, I’ll quit this. But regardless, I’d like to give it a shot. 🙂

    • Jon Call says:

      I heard about the Vitamin C helping with cortisol management too, but never heard of its affects on caffeine metabolism/withdraw symptoms. Do you know where you heard this from?

  27. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Thanks for your input, everybody!

    Juji! if you find that article before i do, lemme know please. I’d like to check it out 😀

  28. Valvolt Nova says:

    Can’t believe this! Is there something in this world that I’ve heard about and you haven’t? Incredible! XD XD
    By the way Juji, I’ve read this information on poliquingroup.com. Not sure if Poliquin himself stated this, though.
    Just try to search “caffeine Vitamin C” or even “caffeine withdrawal and Vitamin C”…
    Of course, we’re talking about a SUPRAPHYSIOLOGICAL (XD) dose of Vitamin C.
    2 grams, i.e. about 3340% RDA

  29. Valvolt Nova says:

    It was the next thing I was gonna ask you… about caffeine abstinence.
    But it seems you’ve already answered. So you’re not cycling caffeine off anymore? And how did your 4 month caffeine abstinence go? I’d like to know because I really fear caffeine adaptation. Thanks. 🙂

  30. Josh says:

    My worst experience with caffeine withdrawal was when, for work, I went up North for a camp job to demo a bridge. Having previously been working 6-7 days a week in town, coffee every morning, afternoon, and an hour before shutdown was the norm. Well, turns out, there’s no coffee shop way out in the bush, seven hours from civilization. (what a surprise.) So, it didn’t take long to become an angry little man, living in camp and refusing to drink their poor excuse for coffee. Worst ten days of my life. Upside was taking out my frustration on an old bridge with a 35 ton excavator. Caffeine withdrawal is real, and is a bitch.

    • Jon Call says:

      This is what caffeine pills are for lol! Keep some stashed away in your belongings in these situations… If that’s not good, then cream and sugar it is! Masks the taste of awful work coffee! I use cream and sugar about 50% of the time I have a cup. It’s like, what, 2 grams of fat and 2 grams of carbs? I can burn that off walking down the hallway for god’s sake.

  31. Jules says:

    I’ve got a question about abs. 😀 I started weightlifting about 3 years ago. At the time I was quite scrawny, always had a muscular build and pretty much no fat. Over my training I started to eat a lot more to put on size for more strength in some of my lifts. I put on about 25lbs in the last 2 years. I started reading your articles and decided to take on some simple bodybuilding, especially to cure my small arm disease. I use it in supplement to my regular training. The biggest issue I’ve had tho is my “power belly”. haha. I used to always have natural abs growing up, but, since i’ve put on weight they have practically disappeared. I can still flex them out, but they don’t show otherwise. I plan to try cutting for this spring/summer. Do you constantly work abs? Or will cutting help them to pop out naturally like they used to?

  32. Michael says:

    Juji, this bronkaid says do not take unless i have asthma, i dont have asthma. Is this stuff going to kill me or do they just put that to keep people from using it for other reasons?

    • Jon Call says:

      Ephedrine can only be sold as an indication for asthma. To sell it for other indications is now prohibited since 2005. To take it for other indications does not matter, every drug ever produced almost always has what is called an “off-label use” …

      Are you on any prescription medications? If so, google it and see if it will have a contra-indicated interaction with ephedrine.

  33. Sigmund says:

    Hi Juji!

    I’m considering doing the sprints to get rid of the spare tire around my mid-section, but it’s still all cold/snowy/icy up here in Chicagoland and my gym doesn’t have a track. Would you say that going all-out on a stationary bike or an elliptical for the same distance/duration be similar or as beneficial? I’d rather not sprint on a treadmill since it’ll be bad news if I trip or lose my footing.

    Also, any recommendations/input on time of day, before or after a lifting/trick session, how long after a meal/how much to eat afterwards, or any other supplementary information toward adding sprints to a routine?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Jon Call says:

      Going all out on a stationary bike or elliptical would be beneficial but, in my opinion, it definitely wouldn’t be the same. If you had to choose a machine, choose the stepmill. It still wouldn’t be the same but the stepmill is the king of fat burning cardio machines. Swimming sprints would be a good substitute if you can find an indoor pool. The advantage of swimming is if it’s a long track pool and you get tired and want to stop in the middle, you can’t, you have to keep swimming. I like that. 🙂

      The closest thing you can do with weights similar to a balls to the wall 400 meter sprint, in my opinion, might be something like 20 rep squat sets with a tempo and weight you could do 25-30 times? For 2-3 sets with 5+ minutes rest.

      If you’re doing this for fat burning I’d do it always after strength/tricking because if you did it before it would affect the technicals. If you HAD to do it before because of schedule limitations it be best to put as much time in between activities as you could. Meal timing and food amount is a preference and comfort issue, I don’t recommend doing fasted HIIT cardio like this unless you’ve already been doing something like Intermittent Fasting.

  34. Paul Clark says:

    Hi Juji, whats ur view on carb cycling to get lean? For example a 1 day high carb followed by a 2 day or 3 day low carb. Have u experimented a lot with this? What were the results? And do u think carb cycling diets affect ur recovery, or will u be ok as long as u keep protein high on low carb days?

  35. Paul Clark says:

    Oh yes and do u think carb cycling would heavily affect ur performance as a tricker?

  36. Sigmund says:

    Thanks for the detailed response!

  37. Paul Clark says:

    Hi Juji, thanks for the reply. Why do u think carb cycling would be good for trickers tho?

    • Jon Call says:

      Because powerlifting and bodybuilding and other athletic type trainings are more consistently metabolic and have often predictable tissue turnover. It’s either “I need food!” or “I need tons of food!” depending on your session. For those I’m not as big a fan of carb cycling… With tricking you can go a whole session tweaking around with some technical trick and not really get the feeling of having had a “workout” … And then the session after that you’re all out just trying to hit all your best stuff and exhaust yourself completely, and create a much larger tissue turnover. Tricking has big ups and downs like that, so cycling carbs with it to cater to how much you’re actually doing works better for it than the former types of training.

  38. Paul Clark says:

    Ok cool, thanks for the insight. Im just finding it tough to get rid of some excess body fat, I’ve tried both steady state and interval type cardio in the past but the best results Ive always had has been when I’ve restricted my caloric intake, especially carbs. Was worried it would effect my tricking performance. As I’ve hit my mid 30’s Its getting harder and harder to get rid of that belly fat! Thanks again for the info. This site is just amazing and one of its kind for us who are trying to be buff and trick. Theres so little info any where else on the web. We have to train in quite a specialised way to reach our goals and you are the Guru for this particular esoteric sport-lifestyle.

    • Jon Call says:

      Yes balancing tricking with bodybuilding can be quite maddening but very rewarding when you achieve a nice balance. The bodybuilders envy you for your ability to move like a super hero, and the tricksters envy you for having a muscular swagger that commands respect and attracts people. In a way, I guess it’s like what crossfit was meant to be but fails to be.

  39. Paul Clark says:

    Crossfit….LOL

  40. Paul Clark says:

    Crossfit and Intermittent fasting. The two most epic fails of recent history. I wonder if there is anyone out there who tried doing them both at the same time and if they managed to live for longer than a month. And what would happen if u did them in skinny jeans? The universe would implode.

    • Jon Call says:

      Probably. I think “Paleo” is much, much, much more prevalent in the Crossfit community than IF though, but IF may be catching up in popularity therein.

  41. Michael says:

    I’ve had great results with IF, crossfit is terrible stuff though. If I want to lose weight I do IF, if I want to gain weight I don’t. I got super lean and super strong doing 2X a day three days a week lifting on a IF protocol.

  42. Matt Storey says:

    Really great article, next pay day I’ll go out and get a bunch of cabbage, I already have a turbo grafix with two copies of cyber core along with other old games for that system 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only person who’s played it.

  43. STEVE YEAH! says:

    Are one of those primatene tablets 25mg? I think I’m blind and don’t see it on mine.

    Also is Bayer (nsaid) at 325mg okay for aspirin?

    Thanks as always!

    • STEVE YEAH! says:

      Oh wait.. I think it says 12.5mg per pill. So I should be taking two then?

      Regardless.. taking both of those with my coffee this morning made me feel great!

  44. Matt says:

    JUJI!

    I’m curious about something. In your recovery for tricksters article you said the following:

    # Do active recovery everyday! Warm up like you’re going to trick, but don’t! This is also an insanely effective strategy for increasing your training volume, because if you make it a goal to warm up for at least 30 minutes everyday, you’ll end up feeling better than you thought some days and will be fitting in bonus tricking sessions. Overtime this will give you big results (I’ve also found this to have an especially good impact on reducing body fat. Do this instead of cardio if you do cardio.)

    So, for fasted cardio in the morning, instead of doing traditional cardio, would doing 45 minutes of tricking/capoeira warm up be as effective as jogging for 45 minutes? What if some of that is like foam rolling and dynamic stretching stuff? Is it just about keeping your heart rate up? So I can do all of that as long as I keep my heart rate at a certain level? I appreciate the advice man!

  45. Valvolt Nova says:

    One thing I’d like to add to this article is: for fat loss, absolutely control your stress levels. Even with some meditation, controlled breathing or just mindful thinking or whatever else works.
    Maybe because I just love eating, but I noticed that when I’m stressed out I can’t control my cravings.

  46. Kris says:

    I’m definitely interested in the ECA stack, but I’m curious what your thoughts are on the Guaifenesin ingredient in Bronkaid. I know you mentioned some issues with your sinuses in another article (along with your recommendation to see an ENT doctor) – was this in any way associated with prolonged usage of an expectorant, or due to other things? Does Guaifenesis impact the effectiveness of Ephedrine? Does it impact the effectiveness of any other aspects of training/supplementation/ENT?

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  48. Zaba says:

    Thank Juji. With your plan i can reach my dreams 😉 with low bodyfat and have better results ^^

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