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What Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Can Teach Us About Building Muscle

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What Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Can Teach Us About Building Muscle

by Dejan Antic | Follow Dejan on Twitter

I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As a kid, I’d wake up early every morning to catch an episode of TMNT before going to school.

I loved everything about them.

Their chiseled physiques, athletic stunts, fighting skills … everything.

So it comes as no surprise that I wanted to be big and strong, just like one of them. Unfortunately for me though, I just didn’t have the know-how on how to do it.

But after watching the new TMNT movie, I think that I finally have it figured out.

Now I know what it takes, to become big and strong, just like a Ninja Turtle.

All you need to do, is follow the 5 key muscle-building lessons I learned from the movie.

Want to know what the lessons are?

Read on to find out.

The Turtles Are Back … Bigger, Faster, Stronger

I saw the movie a few days ago and I must say I like it.

The Turtles look badass, the action scenes are off the chain and Michelangelo is just freaking hilarious.

The only thing I missed though is that the creators of the movie, didn’t spend more time letting the audience get to know the Turtle—one’s a nerd, one’s a skateboarder, one’s the leader, and one’s grumpy. That’s it.

But who knows …

Maybe they’ll spend more time developing the characters in the sequel. We’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

I give the movie 8/10 pizzas! Definitely go see the movie, I’m sure you’re going to dig it.

But the biggest reason why I like the movie, is because within the flick, there are many hidden lessons for building muscle mass. And I thought that it’d be awesome idea for me to do a write-up, to share with you what I’ve learned.

So, without further ado …

Here’s what Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can teach us about building muscle.

It’s Pizza Time!

If you know the Turtles, you know they love pizza.

Their shredded and muscle-bound bodies need all those pizza calories to fuel their crime-fighting stunts. If they were to eat just vegetables and chicken breasts, Shredder would kick their ass in every fight.

And while the Turtles can get away with eating pizzas the whole day, normal guys, like you and I, need to keep it clean when trying to gain muscle mass without the extra fat.

So, unless you have a canister of mutagenic ooze, I suggest that you stick to healthier  calorie dense foods like:

  • white rice
  • almonds
  • coconut oil
  • fatty cuts of meat
  • whole milk

If you want to get big then you need to train hard and eat big like Michelangelo.

Pick your special weapon

Every ninja turtle has its weapon of choice:

  • Leonardo wields 2 katanas
  • Donatello swings a bo staff
  • Raphael fights with a pair of sais
  • And Michelangelo owns enemies with a pair of nunchucks

Each turtle chose the weapon they liked the most and they stuck with it.

And just like the Turtles chose their special weapon, you too should choose your special lift.

A lift that you like doing, you’re naturally good at and which most importantly, delivers results.

Test yourself in one of the lifts below and see which exercise feels right for you:

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Dips

Once you know which lift you like the most, train it as much as possible and make the other 2 lifts your “secondary weapons”.

I’m sure that if we could catch a glimpse of the turtle’s sewer gym, we would see them squat, deadlift and dip with a ton of weights.

Consistency is key

If they’re not fighting crime, the Ninja Turtles are in their sewer home working out.

That’s why they’re so big, strong and athletic.

And here’s the thing about their physiques…

They’ve been working out and practicing their crime-fighting skills since the day they were born.

It takes years and years of continued training to become a kick-ass superhero.

You can’t expect to be strong as Raphael if you’re lifting weights once in a while.

Consistency is key.

Face your own Shredder

Everyone has their own Shredder in their lives.

Limiting beliefs.

Limiting beliefs are irrational fears that have no base in reality. They serve as obstacles to attracting what you want. E.g. you want to become bigger and stronger, but something inside of you says that you don’t have the right genetics to make it happen. This results in you giving up trying to achieve your goal.

A few more examples of limiting beliefs, that may be sabotaging your life:

  • I’m embarrassed to go to the gym, because everybody will see that I’m a begineer
  • I’m too thin to work out, I’ll never get stronger
  • I’m too old for this working out thing

It’s OK to have limiting beliefs, it’s in our nature to have them. But what’s not OK, is to let those limiting beliefs run your life. Be aware of your limiting beliefs, but don’t let those thoughts stop you from achieving your goals.

Just look at the Ninja Turtles.

Even though Robo-Shredder was stronger than them, they still had the guts to face him off.

Whatever your limiting belief is, you need to face it head on.

Find your Splinter

Splinter, the Ninja Turtle’s sensei, played a key role in their upbringing.

He taught them how to fight, wield their special weapons, and most importantly, he taught them discipline and self-control.

When you’re first starting out with something, it’s a good idea to hire a “teacher” show you the ropes. This will help you reach your goals faster since you won’t have to waste a ton of time and energy figuring out what works best for you.

So, having a sensei is smart for 3 reasons:

  • A sensei will help you cut the learning curve
  • A sensei will keep you accountable
  • A sensei will help you ward off distractions that may take you off course

If you want to build the body of your dreams and you’re looking for a sensei, look no further. I’m offering a free coaching session to kick-start your fitness progress. Click here to find out about the free coaching session.

But with that said though, every warrior should strive to become his own sensei in the long-run.

After spending a couple of years dieting and training, you’ll just know what works best for you.

Just listen to your body and let it guide you.

Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!

Now that you know what it takes to get big and strong like a Ninja Turtle, it’s time for you to hit the gym.

And In case you have any questions, just ask them in the comments section below.

Btw … have you seen the movie? If you did, let me know how you liked it.

Who is your favorite Turtle? Mine has always been and always will be Donatello :) #geekpower


PS: If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide for building the body of your dreams, I recommend you to check out The Ultimate Muscle Building Blueprint. Everything you need to know, to go from flab to fit in 6 months or less.

Image Credit: Don

TMNT Movie FB fan page (check it for more TMNT material)

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Yup, I’d even venture to say that pizza once every week or two weeks (if it doesn’t break the bank) is fine; that is, so long as you don’t have much processed ingredients like ham/pepperoni, and can get a whole wheat crust. Lol, the vegetable and chicken breast suggestion is never enough… maybe for the already big freakish people on those bodybuilding boards ;). For me, I welcome dark meat chicken (thighs, legs) as well- less expensive, more tasty!



Man, that sounds delicious! :) Me hungry for some pizza now hehe


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