First and foremost, I wish to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has graced me with patience, dedication, wisdom, my Catholic faith, good health and most importantly, the gift of life. In addition, my loving parents (Greg and Lisa), sister (Marianne), brother (Greg Jr), and late grandmother (Carmen), along with caring and supportive friends (Kris, Brian B., Bryan P., Larry, Fetch, Kumo, Derrick, etc) who provided the earthly foundation and positive environment that helped smooth an otherwise difficult path.
If I had to choose one particular trait that has, on its own merit, helped me in not only enhancing my physical appearance, but in achieving many worthwhile goals, it is undoubtedly patience. In fact, although every individual has the capability of producing impressive muscle mass gains, regardless of how seemingly genetically cursed they may be, only a small fraction exhibit the patience necessary to experiment with various diet or exercise theories and techniques. Finding effective principles through lengthy, arduous trial and error (in my case, many years) is a test of enduring will that most are not motivated to tolerate, but thankfully I never wavered from my initial goal (steroid free muscle mass gains) regardless of the numerous obstacles and temptations, so I again thank God for gracing me with the persistence to overcome negative elements that could easily have led me to steroids (a potentially deadly path that far too many unfortunately embrace).
It is a commonly held belief that prayers, regardless of how frivolous or complex, are answered using God's eternally wise timetable (of which we on earth cannot fully comprehend), and many times His reply does not surface for weeks, months or sometimes years, not because He is too busy or decides to play with our emotions (only we humans exhibit such self centered behavior), but rather since the answer necessitates a delay for our benefit (again, we cannot understand why, but God sees and knows all, therefore responds always with what is truly best for us). Of course, this type of attitude requires both faith and patience on our part when asking God for answers to dilemmas we experience in life, and the Bible clearly tells us that we must always pray with persistence and patience for this very reason, yet these two virtues not only apply to our faith walk with God, but also benefit all other areas of life, including a seemingly insignificant goal such as building muscle mass naturally.
I firmly believe that a combination of faith in Jesus, persistent effort, and a patient demeanor provide the foundation for achieving many worthwhile goals in life, as these virtues have greatly improved my mental focus towards such accomplishments. I now hope to share my vast muscle building knowledge with those who are inspired and have the dedication to dramatically transform their own lives; remember, I provide you with the exact exercise and diet techniques to gain muscle mass naturally, which, when combined with your unyielding dedication and consistent effort, produces amazing results, but recognize the emphasis on unyielding dedication and consistent effort, as such ideals are not purchased, sold, or bartered, therefore I can only provide the detailed blueprint of what you must DO, and you then become the ultimate executor!
Although some categorize a physical improvement goal such as building muscle mass as superficial, the process of engaging in a consistent weight training plan and consuming a structured bodybuilding diet to produce new muscle mass introduces patience, dedication, organization, and self control, traits that are frequently absent in the lives of many, and which contribute to the achievement of other, more vital aspirations (fighting addictions, controlling impulses, living by a sound, productive moral code, etc). Is consistently engaging in a weight training workout routine or regularly consuming a muscle building diet vital to overall success in life? Of course not, as physical appearance is the least important factor in examining what we can offer the world, yet can achieving significant gains in muscle mass through proper weight training and diet techniques enhance character and develop a new, positive attitude in other worthwhile areas? Certainly! Many will find that the road they travel to build muscle mass enhances focus and effort in achieving other newly established goals, as the character traits required for success in physical fitness and other unrelated areas of life are identical.
I have thankfully been offering MuscleNOW since January of 1997, which means that for over 16 years people around the world have successfully achieved dramatic gains in muscle mass using my bodybuilding diet and weight training methods, and more importantly, every single man and woman who turns away from bodybuilding supplements and focuses on achieving their own natural muscle building genetic potential through proper weight training and diet techniques is one less individual who is wasting time, money, and risking health on pills or powders; this is one of the most powerful messages that I wish to continue spreading through my MuscleNOW bodybuilding plan. You have likely heard the proverb highlighting how giving a man fish only amounts in a perishable quantity, while teaching a man to fish provides lifelong nourishment; knowledge, combined with dedication and persistence will lead to continual success in any endeavor, and I hope to provide the necessary tools to those who, for whatever reason, choose to naturally build muscle mass, and have yet to find a viable solution.
Has my dedication towards weight training and a structured muscle building plan helped to circumvent negative, destructive thoughts and feelings? Yes, and this may in fact prove to be the most important, life enhancing impact of strict, unwavering focus towards achieving a specific physical fitness goal. Living by the teachings of the Catholic faith is at times challenging, especially in a hedonistic world which attempts to define vice as virtue, and Jesus warns that the world will present such obstacles, yet these temptations that we all must deal with present a true opportunity to show our allegiance to and solidarity with God. In my experience, the key to maintaining such ideals is daily prayer, combined with clear, firm goals and aspirations, aided by the strong work ethic that produces discipline and persistence.
Most of my high school and college years were spent testing various weight training theories and muscle building methods, which left little time to stray into destructive areas, while those without clearly defined goals in life many times instead find themselves experimenting with poor decision making (drugs, dangerous sexual behavior, vandalism, violence, alcoholism, etc). Although I prescribe to strong religious beliefs, even those who have no such framework benefit from focused, structured effort, for similar reasons. How many solid foundations -- physical, spiritual, financial, or otherwise -- are built on hedonistic tendencies (quick indulgence designed to hide a lack of focus and purpose)? Is it a wonder that those referred to in school by their peers as "nerds" accomplish phenomenal success through simply avoiding commonly practiced mentally and physically destructive behaviors (vices), while the beer drinking time wasters achieve virtually nothing? The correlation is in time spent; concentrate your efforts on a specific worthwhile task, using the proper methods, and you'll produce desired results.
Whether you believe that God judges or we simply vanish into dust, a life of dedication can never harm, only help! I offer the specific blueprint towards building muscle mass naturally by way of my MuscleNOW program, and, with persistence, motivation and a patient attitude as driving forces, you will succeed at achieving your muscle building goals, naturally!
If you decide to follow the rules I outline in MuscleNOW, your body has no choice but to build muscle mass, yet take note that YOU must put forth the effort; even praying for miraculous, effort free progress is, at best, an exciting dream (don't pray when you aren't willing to make a sacrifice; instead, try praying for strength to endure a new, productive set of lifestyle choices).
Let me share with you an email I received from a United States Air Force Major who uses MuscleNOW; after some time away from my system, he wrote an email to me saying the following:
Amazingly, as I've started to grow out of my youth I've come to truly appreciate the underlying philosophies that resonate in your program. Whether you meant it or not, it truly is a program built around teaching sound principals that allow for success in life. Hard work, discipline, perseverance, and a long term vision are but a few. All to often in our "must have it all and must have it now" society we fail to realize and teach our youth the value in these simple principals. The best things in life, the truly intrinsic rewards, come from our blood, sweat, and tears. A sound body makes for a sound mind -- your safe, natural, and disciplined approach to reaching our fitness goals can be applied in our life endeavors. Kudos.
On a personal note I wanted to extend my gratitude. Annually, about 1% of Air Force combat pilots are selected to attend the highly prestigious Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA. Over three years ago I applied for acceptance to this school. Your program helped give me the confidence to apply, compete, and eventually be selected for this honor. I had spent almost 2 years on your program prior to this application process and found myself more focused, disciplined, fit, and ready to throw my name in the hat for such a challenge. Of course God had blessed me with a decent amount of natural talent as well. But again, I thank you. Next on the agenda is the astronaut program; maybe after several months of your program I'll be ready for that challenge;) Anyway, gotta run, God Bless.
God Bless this courageous man for serving as part of our United States Air Force, and clearly he is practicing virtue in his own life; in fact, he references concepts I wrote about earlier, and because he has implemented positive values as the foundation by which all of his decisions are based, he is achieving success in many worthwhile areas that have no connection with building muscle mass. James is not the only individual who has emailed me with a heart felt story of thanks relating to MuscleNOW, as you can find others in the testimonial section, but one additional example follows below:
Hi Francesco, I just wanted to thank you...
About three and a half years ago, I had nothing going for me, I failed out of a nationally ranked and renowned college, loved drinking, and ate whatever and whenever I wanted, and took up smoking to relieve stress...I was 5'6", and a very sloppy 210 lbs...unhappy and depressed from my current situation, I knew I needed something to help boost my self esteem and my life, because if not, I was going to hit rock bottom, and it wouldn't have been pretty...it was then that I accidentally stumbled your MuscleNow website, and immediately ordered...it provided the backbone, information, and motivation I needed to lose just about 50 lbs of unwanted fat in about 7 months...I started looking better, feeling amazing, and surprisingly the way people treated me even changed drastically (its sad that people base so much on looks, but its true)...I went from a sloppy 210, to a decently toned 162...
Now, I have incorporated your basic bodybuilding principles to my life, and I am actually on my way up...I'm working toward my bachelors degree in communications, and I am a certified personal trainer at a local health center (a very respected one in the area at that) and love what I do...After I lost that weight, I went from a slim and slender 162 lbs. to a presently solid 225 lbs (still at 5'6")...and this was done naturally, which is the best part...I've been putting on weight so fast that people accuse me of being a "user" all the time...
I just wanted to let you know that you have changed my life, and im very grateful that there are people out there like you.
Christopher Lopez is yet another example of a man who decided to make serious changes in his life, and implemented my recommendations to not only greatly improve his body, but also enhance other, unrelated areas of life. Because Christopher made the decision to embrace dedication and discipline, along with effective diet and exercise principles, he literally transformed his entire life with MuscleNOW as the catalyst, and you can follow in Christopher's footsteps if you make the decision to harness the muscle building knowledge I offer, implement my MuscleNOW bodybuilding system as part of your life, and put forth the necessary weight training and diet effort to achieve dramatic improvements in muscle mass.
I have also received emails that I am unfortunately unable to share with the public, but which truly make my MuscleNOW project worthwhile to me in more ways than I ever expected (this is God's grace at work, and not anything I can congratulate myself for) I feel that Major Stahl and Christopher Lopez are two perfect examples of how MuscleNOW can not only improve the body, but also greatly enhance success in unrelated areas (a fact that other users of my system have conveyed to me), so MuscleNOW is truly a life changing component that I feel everybody (this includes you!) can benefit from, assuming you are ready to put forth the necessary effort to closely follow my MuscleNOW recommendations.
Nothing worthwhile is achieved through sloth (laziness), which is why I emphasize virtues such as patience, persistence, and dedication, mentally preparing you for the task at hand. I provide merely the road map, and it's your obligation to initiate, continue, and complete the journey. Destiny is yours; seize the moment, and God Bless!