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My First Video Post!

My friend introduced me to the SICKEST gym I’ve ever been to. Here are the highlights from my BACK/BIS workout.

1) Deadlift

2) Weighted pull-ups

3) Isolated barbell curls to dumbbell hammer curls (elevator on the last set)

4) Seated cable pull

5) Pushing weight a la NFL linebackers (don’t know the actual name)


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Crunches Are for Women

A visible 6-pack is less of an indicator of going hard at the gym, but instead going hard on your diet. This, of course, is bad news for most of us. Wouldn’t it be great to eat McDonald’s and ice cream and drink beer every day, and just offset these with tremendous workouts?

Unfortuntaely, it doesn’t work like this. One must be disciplined not only in how you lift, but also in how you eat. Recently I’ve gone off my diet mainly because I’ve started working full time and my shared apartment is so digusting as to be a health hazard if ever I were to cook here gain. Fortunately I am moving out of here sometime in February or March, and will dedicate myself to cooking daily afterward.

Until that time, it’s going to be more about maintenance.


1. Superset — Woodchoppers into Weighted Planks (1 minute): Started out with a BITCH of a workout. First set warm-up like always. If you don’t know what woodchuckers are, please refer to the video below. Fantastic abdominal workout, especially for the obliques.

After a woodchuck set (no weight, 10kg, 15kg,  15kg, 17.5kg), I went right into minute-long planks (no weight, 10kg afterward). In conjunction these two workouts are lethal, and will help to build an exceptional core.

2. Superset — Hanging leg circles to weighted leg lifts to leg raises: Here the key is LOWER ABS. And no rest to boost the intensity. For the leg lifts, sit on a bench and put a dumbbell between your feet, then lean back (making sure to hold onto the bench for support–otherwise you’ll hurt your back because of the dumbbell weight), and lift your legs up. 10 reps with heavy weight. Drop the dumbbell then go immediately into leg lifts on the same bench, also 10 reps. After 4 sets your abs should be sufficiently tired.

3. Superset — Free-for-all: From here on out it was mostly a free-for-all, not by choice but because people kept stealing my machines! Below is the list of how I finished my workout:

-Ab roller

-25kg oblique crunch on that lower back apparatus (anybody know what that’s called?)

-Ab roller

-Superset — Russian twist with 10kg to Standing oblique crunch with 25 kg (2 sets)

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“Let the GAINZ begin!”


The two words I hate more than any others when said paired together: “You’re lucky.”

I hear it all the time at the gym. Fellow Taiwanese gym-goers, small and skinny by nature, approach the 77kg me and say, “I wish I’d been born with that body.”

If only they knew. If only they could see the whole picture.

I used to be just like them. One time when I took my shirt off at basketball practice, a fellow teammate said I looked like I’d just survived the Holocaust. My whole life, all I knew was that emaciated frame as seen below.


Then in 2012 I moved to Taiwan. I picked up my first weight right after New Year’s, if only by default, as I’d learned early on in Taiwan that playing basketball with Asians (authentic) wasn’t viable if one wanted to keep his sanity.

At first the weights and I didn’t mesh. There was no seamlessness about my trying to slap 5kg onto the bench and press it up 10 times, 3 sets. Not with my 65kg frame. Who would’ve approached me in JAN 2012 and said those horrible words in conjunction, “You’re lucky”?

But I kept showing up. Four to five times a week. Four months in, I could already see some gainz. I was lifting more. I’d upped my weight a bit. My form was no longer atrocious.

I kept showing up some more. Four to five times a week. A year in, now I was seeing Gainz, capital “G.” From a 30kg-bench I’d spiraled up to 75kg. My weight had finally scraped the 70kg mark. I’d purchased my first tub of protein. I was starting to show hints of looking like a real gym-goer.

And still I kept showing up even more. Four to six times a week. A year and nine months in, now I was seeing GAINZ, all caps. From a 75kg-bench I’d willed my way to a 100kg press. I’d long ago confronted and extinguished my fear of squatting—and with good form to boot! My new favorite workout was the deadlift, an excercise I’d refused to touch my entire first year in the gym. I’d surpassed my 77kg goal, plateaued to a meaty 80kg, and dieted back down to a healthier, better-looking 77kg. I’d kept on with the protein, and also added creatine to the mix. Here’s when all the “You’re lucky’s” started pouring in.

They’d thought it was easy. They still do.


This blog is for the GAINERZ. Not those that want to dream it up a pipe or say, “I want that” to a TV screen. There’s no other way around it, especially if you have Asian genetics: you’ve got to work hard, you’ve got to work smart.

Recently I’ve been getting approached by more and more Taiwanese guys that want me to give them tips, or even train them on my free time. I’d love to be a part-time trainer, if only for the fulfillment it’d bring me to help those that want to help themselves–those that look at big-time GAINERZ and refuse to acknowledge, not even for a second, the existence of those two terrible words: “You’re lucky.”

Fuck luck.

You accept right now you’re at the root of it all. Then we can start.

Or in other words, let the GAINZ begin!


This man knows.

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