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PS - I was told that many people missed these awesome new card game workouts the other day...I just put this page together and it's super-cool workouts to do at home with a deck of cards:

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


5 New Crazy Card Game Workouts for Home

I just put together some super-cool workouts that you can do at home (or the gym if you want), and all you need is a deck of cards!

This is a really FUN way to get in great workouts and you can do them either by yourself or with a partner, spouse, or friend. I also describe how the progression works on these workouts so you can keep getting in better shape as you improve on these.

I really think you'll LOVE these workouts... and you can challenge your partner to do these with you and keep each other accountable for progression. Check it out:

5 Crazy Card Game Workouts for Home (fun stuff!)

Have fun with these! and pass this page on to your friends to give them a new workout idea.

To spice things up, how about putting out a challenge to your spouse or partner to do these with you...this makes it sort of a competition and keeps you both motivated and working hard.

Also, I just recently found some awesome new bodyweight workouts...super, super unique stuff! It's called the Bodyweight Blueprint, and it's one of the most unique and comprehensive bodyweight workout programs I've come across...

If you want some great new bodyweight workouts to do at home, in hotels, or anywhere, these will give you a rock-hard body for sure... check it out here!

I'll be back soon with more Lean-Body Secrets.

PS - the shocking article from last week about cell phone dangers to your "crotch" has been updated. As ridiculous as this might sound, this article needs to be taken seriously. Please make sure to read it as we've updated it with a few more references of studies, etc:

Warning: Is Your Cell Phone Carried in Your Pocket Harming Your "Crotch"?

Talk soon,

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


The Top 10 "mad scientist" exercises for abs, butt, chest, arms

I've got a great new report for you today (at no cost) from my friend, the "mad scientist", Nick Nillson.

This report shows 10 killer exercises that you've most likely never even heard of. Seriously, you might have seen 1 or 2 of these exercises before, but most of them are crazy unique...

Wait til you see Mad Scientist exercise #1... it's BRUTAL on your abs! love it.

There's a unique exercise in here for almost every body part too... glutes, chest, triceps, biceps, etc, etc.... really cool stuff.

Go here to get your free Top 10 "Mad Scientist" Exercises

I think you'll love this report!

I'll be back soon with more Lean-Body Secrets

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How GLUT-4 shuttles calories into muscle instead of fat cells (powerful pre-meal fat loss trick)

Have you ever heard of a substance in your body called "GLUT-4" and how it can help preferentially shift calories into muscle cells instead of fat cells?

Well, read on, as I have some interesting science to share with you that I read about recently...

What if we could do a certain type of exercise for only about 1 minute immediately before a meal and this could help stimulate GLUT-4 to shift calories into muscle cells instead of being stored in fat cells?  Sounds good to me!

So what's the trick, and how does it work?

Well, this is yet another trick I learned from reading Tim Ferriss' fascinating book, The 4-Hour Body, which contains over 100 of these types of cool tests and studies that Tim researched.

GLUT-4 is glucose transporter type 4.

According to research that Tim has done, doing about 60-90 seconds of muscular contractions a few minutes before a meal and, ideally, about 90 minutes after a meal, helps to bring GLUT-4 to the surface of muscle cells, opening more gates for the calories to flow into.

As Tim continues, "The more muscular gates we have open before insulin triggers the same GLUT-4 on the surface of fat cells, the more we can put calories in muscle instead of fat".

I won't go into all the scientific details, but Tim actually cites several studies in his book that back up his theory that doing these muscular contractions a few minutes before a meal and 90 minutes after a meal help to shuttle calories into muscle cells instead of fat cells.

What Tim himself uses is a combination of bodyweight squats (which he calls "air squats", for contractions throughout the leg muscles), band pull-aparts (contraction in upper back muscles), and wall tricep extensions (pushups would work just as well too).

He chose these specific exercises because they would satisfy the muscular contraction needs in large areas of the body for the pre-meal and post meal contractions, but they wouldn't cause a lot of muscular damage that would interfere with his regular gym workouts and recovery.

Interesting stuff!

And I've certainly been trying to do about 1-2 minutes of exercise now before all of my dinners at home.  I've also been incorporating 2-arm kettlebell swings in my living room for about 60 seconds straight prior to eating a meal, and sometimes incorporate some pushups and band pull-aparts too.

Try out this little pre-meal trick yourself on a DAILY basis, and watch yourself get leaner by the day!  It works!

Are you interested in more methods of aggressive fat loss?  If so, check this out:

>> The #1 daily ritual to RELEASE stored up toxins and MELT belly fat (drops fat fast)

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Talk to you soon,

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


How BAT helps reduce your abdominal fat

You're going to LOVE this! We're talking hundreds of experiments on weird food and nutrient combos, unheard-of supplements and herbs, odd workout styles, and more...all with proof and real-world experiments on how to use simple little tweaks to powerfully change your body!

What am I talking about? well, I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy 2 weeks ago of best-selling author, Tim Ferriss' new book "The 4-Hour Body", and I've been pouring through this thing for the last week or two... it's freakin amazing! The book actually just launched today on amazon.

I'd have to say that this is easily one of the best fitness and nutrition books I've ever read...probably in the top 2.

I was at an event in Austin Texas last summer and was hanging out with Tim, and he was telling me about all of the crazy experiments he details in this new book... at the time, he was thinking of calling it "Becoming SuperHuman", and immediately I was intrigued.

By the way, the subtitle for this book is: "An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming SuperHuman".

This is a perfect gift for Christmas for anybody interested in health, fitness, food, or performance in the bedroom... yes, there's some CRAZY stuff in this book. Grab a few copies today and you won't be disappointed. This book is extremely entertaining too.

What's insane about this book is that Tim actually made himself a human guinea pig for a lot of the experiments that he writes about in the book. He had over 1000 blood tests taken on himself, and 10 years worth of experiments to study the effects of different foods, workout styles, sleeping methods, etc, etc.

Not only that, but Tim worked closely with and compiled secrets from hundreds of elite athletes, Olympic training coaches, dozens of MD's, bodybuilders, triathletes, and more to extract some of the best tricks and tips for "becoming superhuman" and getting your best body fast.

Check out some of the crazy stuff he details in this book (for both men and women)

*Unusual tricks to prevent fat gain while bingeing (such as on X-mas, holidays, weekends)
*1 NIGHTLY tip to increase fat loss by 300%
*Tim's unusual 21-day beef and almond experiment (very interesting)
*How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks (if you're into that kind of thing)
*How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without drugs, and in only four hours of total gym time (he has proof of how he did this without gaining body fat)
*How to reverse "permanent" injuries
*Specific food and nutrient combos to triple your testosterone
*How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months
*And for the ladies, the #1 MOST important exercise to get a perfect butt (most people DON'T do this one)

Tim also talks about a specific food plan that he calls the "Slow Carb Diet" which is the first eating plan that actually stripped so much fat off of his abdominals, that he could actually see veins on his abdomen. Pretty cool stuff.

That's what this book is all about... all together, it's over 500 pages, and seems intimidating at first glance... but it's actually formatted so that you can simply pick and choose little bite-sized chapters and experiments at a time.

Personally, I'm a really slow reader, but I've been FLYING through this book!

If you want to see a super-cool 45-second video trailer about what this book is all about, go to this amazon page and look on the left side below the book image... you'll see the 45-second video clip on there... really cool stuff!

Regarding the subject line of today's email and "BAT"... here's one trick that Tim talks about in the book...

As you may have heard about before, there's a difference between types of fat inside your body - white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT)...

BAT has gotten a lot of press for it's ability to trigger increased calorie expenditure in your body. As Tim says in the book, "BAT helps dissipate excess calories as heat. These excess calories would otherwise be stored in the aforementioned WAT and end up in your beer gut or muffin top".

So how do we stimulate BAT to get rid of more body fat? Well, that is what Tim sought to experiment with, and in one of the chapters in The 4-Hour Body, he details several experiments he did... One of those experiments was not something you will want to repeat, and it involved painful 20-minute full body ice baths.

However, Tim discovered an experiment that worked almost equally well, and it was much easier... it involved simply using an ice pack on his neck and upper trapezius area for 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

The reason this worked for BAT stimulation was that BAT is apparently more concentrated in your upper chest and neck areas. This experiment that Tim did on himself led to significant body fat reduction.

This is just 1 example of the 100's of experiments that Tim details in this new book. It's some seriously entertaining reading, and gives you tons of ideas on little things you can test to get a better body, get stronger, get leaner, or perform better.

Really cool stuff.

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Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer