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    In the Gym With Phil Heath and Mike O’Hearn

    Phil and Mike have been bodybuilders for a long time. Phil’s a 7-time Mr. Olympia winner and Mike is the only American Gladiator to be on the original show and the revival nearly 20 years apart. That kind of longevity comes from being smart about developing strength and athleticism.

     

    We captured footage of these two powerhouses training arms and dropping wisdom bombs. It’s worth a watch!

     

    The Titan Breakfast Burrito

     

    Recipe: Brisket Baked Sweet Potato

    The 4th of July around these parts means brisket. Combine Texas’s favorite cut of meat with a baked sweet potato and you’ve got a dangerously delicious and easy meal. Make it even easier by having us ship the brisket and seasoning directly to your door.

    The Recipe

    Prep time: 45 minutes (mostly baking the sweet potato)

     

    Ingredients

    • Large sweet potato
    • 1 lb brisket
    • ¼ cup ICON Tennessee Whiskey Flavor
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes (fresh if possible)
    • 1 cup water
    • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (more to taste)
    • ¼ cup green onions (more to taste)

    Instructions

    1. Wash and dry all fresh produce.
    2. Drizzle olive oil on sweet potato, wrap tightly in aluminum foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until tender.
    3. In a large saucepan combine brisket, water, tomatoes, and ICON Tennessee Whiskey Flavor. Mix until thoroughly combined. Cook on high until simmering, then drop to medium low heat for 15 minutes.
    4. When the sweet potato is done baking, remove from foil and place on serving plate. Cut one deep slice lengthwise and slightly squeeze ends to create a hollow “canoe.”
    5. Fill sweet potato canoe with brisket mixture. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions.

     

    Click here to buy 1lb of brisket

    Click here to buy Tennessee Whiskey Seasoning

    4 Steps To Achieve Big Goals! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    4 Steps To Achieve Big Goals! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    Before you get to work, let's get your mind right. If you're not mentally strong you'll never be able to achieve your potential. Everything GREAT that you've achieved in life so far began with a single thought, a realization. The following framework will bring you clarity, allowing you to do the work and build the life that you were destined to create!

     

    Your Why

    Before you consider what you're capable of achieving, take a moment and consider why you should. Write a list of the people, things, and experiences in your life that mean the most. Here's one of mine:

    • I love my family and will provide for them at any cost. In order to do so, I must take care of my mind, body, and spirit at the highest level.

    If you were to achieve your highest calling, how would that impact the areas that you care most about? What kind of difference would you be able to make? 

    If your visions are based purely on some short-term desire that's disconnected from the people, things, and experiences that you care about - you will fall short. Our selfish desires change on a week-to-week basis. The vision has to be connected to something much larger than ourselves.

     

    Your Vision

    What is a goal, and what is a vision? Why do you need both?

    A goal and a vision are two different things. Imagine yourself happy and healthy with a 6-pack on the beach, enjoying life. That's a vision. Maybe not your vision... but what is your vision? Take a moment and put yourself there.

     

    Your Goals

    Now that you have a vision, what are your goals?

    A goal is not "I want a six-pack". That's a vision. A goal should be a measurable amount of work over a certain period of time that's in-line with your vision. So, good news... you want to lose weight so that you can be healthy, live a long life, and set a good example for everyone around you? Your goal should include following a diet plan and being active, daily. Here's an example:

    • I will follow the Superset city workout plan (4 week program)

    • I will drink 1 gallon of water per day (for the next 30 days)

    • I will consume 150+ grams of protein per day, and remove all processed food and sugar from my diet (for 30 days)

    Notice how each goal is an ACTION that is based on my VISION. Each day that you do the ACTION, you achieve your goal. Each day that you achieve your goal, you're closer to the vision.

    It's a huge relief when you embrace this, because it's no longer a mystery. You don't have to think about it! Determine the vision, set up the goals, and do the work. Success is just around the corner.

     

    Your Work

    Now, you're ready to do the work. The plan is in place, but NOTHING will happen if you don't commit to the work. This is where routines come into play. Figure out how to fit your goals into your day with the least amount of friction possible. This is the main reason I get up and workout first thing every morning. My family is asleep, my phone is silent, and there's no distractions. 

    With each passing day your confidence will build, and the work will become more and more enjoyable as the light of that vision becomes brighter and brighter. 

    It's time, let's get to work.


     

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    A Day of Eating 6 Weeks Out From The Olympia! With Derek Lunsford

    Derek Lunsford is an IFBB pro and Team ICON athlete. Derek's preparation for the 2020 Olympia consisted of of a strict diet and workout routine, which adjusted as the competition got closer. At the time of this video he is 6 weeks out from 2020 Olympia and consuming a total of 2,292 lean calories per day.

    Watch the video to see a full day of eating with Derek Lunsford.

    In the video Derek eats 6 meals, each meal is listed below. Use ICON Custom meals to make your very own custom portioned meals, like Derek.

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     Meal One

    Meal 2

    Meal 3

    Meal 4

    Meal 5

    Meal 6
    1. 8oz  Cod, 6oz green beans

    2. 8oz  shrimp, 1/2 cup white rice, one can of green beans

    3. Pre-workout meal - 50g Protein shake and cream of rice (50g of carbs)

    4. Post-workout meal - 50g Protein shake and cream of rice (50g of carbs)

    5. 8oz shrimp, 1/2 cup white rice, one can of green beans

    6. 8oz chicken, 6oz green beans

     


     

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    IG @dereklunsford_

    YouTube: Derek Lunsford

    Website: https://www.dereklunsford.com/

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    Get Shredded On a Busy Schedule With NBC's Titan Games Bartley Weaver: A Full Day of Eating

    Get Shredded On a Busy Schedule With NBC's Titan Games Bartley Weaver: A Full Day of Eating

    Bartley Weaver is in the house! In this video you'll see what Bartley eats in a full day. This is the diet that Bartley follows to shred body fat and stay lean for competitions and photo-shoots.

    Bartley uses ICON Meals Custom Meals to maintain his diet while adhering to a BUSY schedule. Bartley is the CEO of Titan Fuel Supplements, an NBC Titan Games Competitor, Kentucky State Trooper, Professional Eater, and the list goes on...

    Use ICON Custom Meals and choose exactly what you need. We'll do the work, you just eat the food.


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    Bartley Weaver on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dreamweaveriv/