By now you have probably heard of the book Man 2.0 Engineering The Alpha. One of the authors of the book is John Romaniello, one of the best and most popular fitness bloggers out there. I have been following him for a while and I immediately ordered this book after hearing about it.
What Is It About?
Man 2.0 Engineering The Alpha is advertised as a fitness and lifestyle book but the lifestyle part is a bit of a stretch. It emphasizes changing your life by using diet and fitness which I actually like. Speaking for myself I had my shit together back when I was fat but my life improved even more when I started taking my health seriously. When you improve and control every aspect of your life it really does change your overall mood in ways you can’t really imagine. With all that said this book isn’t really going to offer much along the lines of positive thinking or any other advice for improving your life.
The book starts out defining the traditional alpha male and addresses the negative aspects of the traditional alpha male. After they define the traits of the new alpha male and go on to list their rules for an alpha male. This is probably my favorite part of the book and something every person can benefit from reading. The book is all about creating the best version of yourself and I personally plan on adding some of these rules to my own life and there are a few traits that I plan on trying to develop.
Optimizing Your Hormones
The focus of the book is optimizing your hormones through a combination of diet and exercise. Most people that try to create their own diet and workout programs have absolutely no damn clue what they’re doing even though they think they do. For most guys they start eating nothing but salads and sandwiches ignoring their fat and carbohydrate intake. They end up feeling like shit thinking they’re in “starvation mode” when really they have just caused even more damage to their hormones than their previous crappy diet was causing. Your average man in his 20s and 30s has the hormonal make up of a guy 15 – 20 years older due to lack of physical activity and poor diet.
What really sets this book apart from the rest of the fitness books out there is it addresses hormonal balance along with a detailed diet and exercise program. Most books out there will either give you a detailed exercise program with basic diet advice or vice versa, but not Man 2.0! Also when I say detailed man do I mean detailed! They give you all the scientific research to support their claims. Later in the book they give you all the formulas to figure out your protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake along with food lists and sample meal plans. After you get the diet handled they give you the workout program with pictures of the exercises. This book really is the complete package!
Who Is It For?
This book is great for any guy who is looking to improve his body and change how he feels on a daily basis. I remember many days sitting at work not only being unhappy with my body but also just feeling tired all the time. This book will help you transform your body and mood along with giving you detailed knowledge of how your body functions. If you’re already working out, eating healthy, and still wish you felt or looked a little better this book is also for you. I really feel this is the most complete fitness book I have ever seen and I have recommended it to a few of my guy friends.
I’ve made a lot of progress towards my fitness goals. Below you can check out one of the pictures I submitted for the 10th Adonis Index Transformation Contest. I hope you are all moving closer to accomplishing your goals also!
In my last post I covered the guys in the seduction community that I think others should follow. Today I want to follow up with why I think most of the “gurus” out there suck. Yeah it is a negative statement but I don’t really know of any other way to say it.
A popular theme in the seduction community is demonstrating value. Now first off this is necessary because you have to demonstrate that you’re a worthwhile guy. It is how you create attraction and is a skill all of us guys need to develop.
My issue with most of these gurus is that when they’re picking up women themselves they rely on demonstrating potential value and not developing their lives so that they have actual value. They talk about all the shit they’re going to do with their lives but never follow through on any of it. Another tactic is they use the same made up stories on women that they teach to their students. It is one thing to teach a story to a guy who has never talked to women before but eventually you need to learn how to tell stories from your life in an interesting manner.
Many of the gurus out there use shit like magic and psychological tricks to pick up women. Yeah that might work at last call on the drunk girl at the bar but that isn’t game. Go on a date with a lawyer who went to Stanford and you’ll just get a weird look if you perform a magic trick. If you want to practice magic then dress up like a clown and start working birthday parties.
Emphasis On Quantity
When teaching someone how to meet women most dating coaches preach quantity, talk to as many women as you can. Why you ask? Well they need the practice. Now after you have been doing this a while you should be at a level where it shouldn’t take hitting on 20 women in a night to get a phone number. In my opinion you should be able to hook 75% of the sets you approach.
Most of these gurus that guys are learning from do not have lives that you would envy. Yeah they can get laid but they can’t keep a woman around if they wanted to. They can’t afford to pay their bills, have drug addictions, are mentally unstable, or in some cases all three. They don’t focus on lifestyle development at all. So not only is their game poor but they are awful people. Hell one of my friends paid for a 1 on 1 from a well known coach and the guy ended up jumping him in their hotel room while he was high on acid!
Overall it doesn’t take a lot to impress someone who is awful with women which is why these guys can get away with all this shit. This is I emphasize things like lifestyle development and becoming the type of guy women dream of dating, not the guy they regret sleeping with!
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be traveling a lot so I’ll try to schedule my posts before I leave. With that said I probably won’t be able to take any requests for posts until mid June. If you have any questions feel free to email me and I will reply though.
Something I get asked frequently is what PUAs I follow and what material I recommend. First when it comes to the seduction industry as a whole I don’t follow very many “gurus”. Actually I don’t follow anyone but if I were starting out these would be the guys I would follow. Reason being most “gurus” aren’t very good with women and/or their lives are also complete shit. I’m talking about guys who only get laid because they hit on 50 women a night and can barely pay their bills. Hell some of them can’t pay their bills at all. So I just want to throw up some links to guys that I like.
Don’t become obsessed with reading a bunch of material. I have only read two books the rest was learned by trial and error along with feedback from my mentors. Next if you think magic is a great way to pick up women go somewhere else.
Now Sasha is all about meeting women during the day so if you’re about going out to the bars or clubs to meet women he isn’t the guy to follow. This guy knows his shit and is very good at day game. I didn’t get to spend too much time with him when he was in Denver but he seemed like a cool guy and my friend who I trust had a lot of good things to say about him.
Whenever I’m asked what book I recommend guys read I always say Magic Bullets by these guys. A great book that helps guys develop their own style and one of the two books that I read. I also have two buddies who are great with women who have learned from these guys personally. Hell a lot of the companies out there are run by guys who used to work for and learned from these guys.
I have listened to podcasts that feature this guy and he definitely knows his stuff. His bad boy formula is really well put together and doesn’t turn guys into assholes. I also like the fact that he is more a lifestyle coach than just teaching guys how to get laid.
I have breezed through his book Double Your Dating and I was impressed by what I read. He also writes for AskMen a lot. I have friends who have read his book and I trust their opinions. The thing I like most about him is he comes across as a successful guy instead of a creeper. That is actually very hard to find in this industry.
He is on the board of directors for American Apparel and his books are about lifestyle development along with how to seduce people to get your way in the business world. His books have been adopted by the seduction community even though he isn’t involved in it at all. I have read The Art of Seduction and The 48 Laws of Power. I don’t consider them to be books on dating but they’re great for anyone looking to improve their life or improve their standing in the business world.
So there you have it these are the guys I follow and consider to be good sources of information. You might wonder why I don’t have any Mystery Method or RSD guys on here. Well it is simple they’re freaks who aren’t really very good with women and the methods they teach have huge holes. Remember you want to be someone that women want to keep dating not some freak that they regret sleeping with and the guys I listed above are great sources of information.
Now this is going to be a pretty basic but not only is this going to be about stuff I think rocks but also people that I think rock. This post will cover everything from fitness to lifestyle to technology. I have many different interests and I just want to share with you the stuff that I like. Feel free to share stuff you guys enjoy in the comments section.
Most people don’t realize that the movie Fight Club is based on a book by this guy. Another great book of his that turned into a movie is Choke. My favorite book of his has to be Pygmy! He writes about crazy topics and Chuck himself definitely marches to the beat of a different drummer. Great author and someone I would love to meet.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
A great book by one of the greatest writers of all time. It is the story of how he hitchhiked across the United States. It was published in 1957 so it is old. One of the things I know I love about it is reading about his time in Denver. I haven’t seen the movie but I heard it was crap even though it has a great cast.
Samsung Products running a Google OS
I own a Samsung Galaxy S3, Nexus 10 tablet, and a Chromebook. I love them all! I back up all my music, documents, pictures, and everything else all in the cloud with Google. I create all my blog posts and even presentations for work with Google. This actually leads to my next topic.
Cloud/Web Based Television
I haven’t had cable for a few years. I use Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus all right through my blu ray player. My friend lets me use his HBOGO and Xfinity account also. I am 100% web based for my television and I love it. I watch things when I have the time and it costs me about $250 a year. My internet provider probably hates me.
I go see a Chiropractor every four weeks to keep spine and body healthy. You would be surprised how much things move and how great you can feel by having everything put back into place.
Deep Tissue Massages
I have started getting deep tissue massages to help my muscles recover because I beat them up so much in the gym. It hurts light hell especially because left leg is messed up from a slight shift in my pelvis. Overall though I feel great afterwards but it sucks while I’m getting worked on!
I have always been a fan or theirs but I have been rocking out to their music a lot more lately. Rest in peace to the great Adam Yauch a member who recently passed away. One of the greatest musical groups of all time.
Now that I’m in shape I love wearing them. I only own two pairs of boxers now the rest are boxer briefs.
I love her! I have also been listening to her music a lot more too. I would do dirty, dirty, dirty things to her!
I have been eating this by the jar lately. It has protein, fiber, healthy fats, and it taste amazing!
So these are some of the things and people that I think Rock! I’m constantly discovering new things that I love but also rediscovering things that I have always loved.
The other day I was reading this article about pictures used for online dating and how it relates to messages received by that user. I was not only surprised by the results but found it really interesting. Then I thought maybe I should give online dating a try. After all I have my friend’s advice to follow along with the article that inspired this thought. So I’m going to create a profile on Plenty of Fish and see what happens.
It is going to take a little while to put the profile together properly because first I have changed physically a lot over the last 14 months which means that physically I look much different and dress differently because of that. Also I need to take more recent pictures of myself so my profile won’t be complete until later this month. I plan on taking some pictures around St. Patrick’s Day and also during my trip to San Francisco. I have some other pictures I can use for the time being but I need more recent pictures to use besides the ones of myself dressed like a zombie.
Writing up my profile will actually be fairly easy. I plan on following my friend’s article to write my profile along with checking out his actual profile to use as an example. I imagine his is written a lot like how I want to write mine.
Next thing I’ll do is I’ll write some posts about my dates here on the blog for your viewing pleasure. After all I know I can generally get myself into some pretty interesting situations on my own so I’m interested to see what kind of stories I have from online dating. I actually think this is going to be really fun! It will result in some extra sex which is always a good thing. Who knows maybe I’ll catch feelings and a girlfriend or maybe I’ll hook up with another furry!
Meeting Women In Person
This will not be a substitute for meeting women in person. Lately I haven’t been doing that much gaming because it has been cold which causes me to become a hermit. The women I have met lately have been at coffee shops. I personally love meeting women during the day at places like coffee shops and random special events instead of a bar or club. I do see that as the plus about online dating is it could give me a chance to meet more women like the ones I meet during the day.
Well I’m looking forward to this experiment and when the profile is done I’ll give you guys a link to it so you can check it out for yourselves. Let the games being and stay tuned for some interesting stories!
One of my readers mentioned that he felt I am a “natural” and not a “pick-up artist” because how he understands it a pick up artist uses lines, stories, peacocking, and other tricks to get laid. A common misconception is that naturals don’t also do these things. So today I’m just going to cover why this isn’t true.
Now first an opener is anything used to start a conversation. So first if I walk up to a woman say “Hi” then introduce myself guess what that is an opener. Now first off guys will say well naturals aren’t taught openers. Yes for the most part that statement is correct but if you’re teaching someone how to talk to women and he has never tried to generate a conversation with a stranger out of thin air he needs to be taught how to open and given lines to use.
Before I even knew what the seduction community was I used to walk to women then offer to buy them a drink. That was my opener. When I set out to learn how to pick-up women I was taught some openers to use. Having lines that you can use over and over again allows you to focus on developing your nonverbal communication skills which is the most important part of opening anyways.
A natural has nonverbal communication down pat and has figured out dating on his own so therefore he doesn’t need to be taught how to open but make no mistake about it they start a conversation with the same few openers the majority of the time. That opener can be really basic but it is still an opener.
The next thing a guy learns in the seduction community is canned stories that are interesting and funny to tell so they can keep the conversation going. I generally take this a step further by helping guys learn how to tell their own stories in an interesting way so they have stories from their life that they can tell that will help them build attraction. The majority of the time though guys are taught stories. Why? Once again it helps them focus on other things so they can learn how to keep a conversation going.
One of my friends who has always been good with women and is absolutely a natural used to tell the same stories over and over to women he would sleep with. Were these his own stories? Yes they were but he knew what stories women responded to. I do the same thing now.I know my story about skydiving over the ocean while I was in Hawaii is a story that women find interesting so I tell it. I know talking about the two trips I have planned this year is something women will find interesting. While a natural might tell his stories guess what those are still stories that he is using to pick up women that he knows are very successful at helping him get laid.
Most guys when they think of “peacocking” they think of guys wearing rings on every finger, feather boas, and big top hats. There are different levels of peacocking. All it is is wearing something that people will find interesting, attractive, and possibly comment on. This can be a cool shirt, watch, or whatever else you can think of. I wear Casio G Shock watches in various colors all the time which is peacocking and women comment on them all the time. I also wear a lot of funny or interesting graphic tees that people comment on. Guess what also peacocking. So do naturals peacock? Yes, yes they do.
Approaching Lots of Women
The next thing guys in the seduction community are known for and taught is to approach a lot of women. Why? Well because the more shots you take the better your chances of making it. Guess what naturals hit on a lot of women! I would spend more time explaining this but it doesn’t really need any explaining. The guys who get laid a lot are guys who hit on women all the time.
So to summarize a guy who is taught how to game women is similar to the guy you have known your whole life who gets laid a lot without being taught a thing. To be honest a lot of the techniques guys are taught are stolen from naturals and women. So do PUAs become naturals? Yes because eventually you get to a level where you’re not using stories and techniques others have taught you. You eventually start telling your own stories because you live an awesome life! Hopefully this helps clear up any confusion or maybe I just really fucked up your view of the world. Either way just know there are guys out there getting laid a lot.