Getting Raw with WWE

Some of my best memories with my dad before he passed away were our adventures going to WWE matches when I was in grade school. My father passed away when I was finishing up highschool. I didn’t watch wrestling much after that until I had sons of my own and took them to see a WWE PPV where The Rock fought Jon Cena. They both cried when Cena lost, but I introduced them to the awesomeness of The Rock. Yesterday was a truly special day as I was able to take my sons to see WWE live here in Tulsa as a guest of WWE star Apollo Crews.

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(Those are real Wrestlemania 7 shirts I bought as a kid during that event dated 1991. If you watch the DVD of WM 7’s main event (Hulk vs Sgt. Slaughter) you can see me standing there in the front with a huge red Hulkamania banner my mom helped me make.)

Earlier that day Apollo, who was still traveling, inquired about a gym for some of the WWE guys to their workouts. So of course I went in for a Saturday workout and not only pumped my Chest/Delts/Abs/Hiit, but had the opportunity to meet many of the WWE athletes. Being a wrestling fan for most of my life this was just plain awesome to me. My wrestling friends call this “marking out”. All of the guys were extremely friendly, huge, and didn’t mess around with their gym work. Some of them had fairly big bruises and cuts on their face (and people say it’s fake). Here are some of the guys I was able to meet with yesterday:

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(Elias and Jason Jordan)

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(one of my favs Finn Balor)

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(Luke Gallows wasn’t happy about taking a photo lol)

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(The first WWE match my sons ever saw was Sheamus kicking Daniel Bryan and winning the title in 10 secs at a WM on PPV.)

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(Maybe Dean Ambrose and I can re-start The Shield)?

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(One of my favorites Roman Reigns, The Rock’s cousin).

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(One of the most entertaining of the evening, R-Truth).

I hope the memories made last night stay with my sons as long as that time with my dad has with me. Thank you Apollo for making it such a special day all around.

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(My friend Apollo Crews)

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(We were THIS close. Best seats we’ve ever had)

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-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
WWE Fan for Life

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My Olympia Vlog

My Olympia Vlog freshly edited and posted featuring interviews with Kai Greene, Ryan Terry, Roelly Winklaar, Martyn Ford, my dad, and others. Join me at the Olympia expo, famous gyms while I work out, and watch me take over the new competition Super League. Special thanks to my son Kaden for editing and putting this video together. I couldn’t do all this without him. And I am going to blame all the misspelling in subtitles on him 😉 -Wittig, ISSA CPT

Featured in Kris Gethin’s Man Of Iron

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit Kris Gethin in his home town of Boise, ID and joining him for a leg beat down. Check out my full blog on that experience HERE. That leg work out was also being filmed by Bodybuilding.com for Kris Gethin’s ‘Man of Iron’ video series. I am featured for short bit here in Week 20. Watch for me at the 4:00 mark.

Thank you Kris Gethin for the opportunity!

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete

My Las Vegas Olympia 2017 Experience

(Warning: This is long because it was a massively awesome weekend. Feel free to just view the photos and captions 😉 View the Vlog HERE.

I was very excited to make it back to the Olympia in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. Last year I went to meet up with Kris Gethin and his Kaged Muscle Supplements crew to announce being one of their official athletes. It’s a year later and I am still rocking away with Kaged. This year I returned to the Olympia not only as an athlete myself, but to represent one of the companies I work for namely Gripped Fitness Audio. I didn’t go to work a booth, but just to build relationships new and old. Shaking someones hand and seeing their smile goes a long ways. Everything you all see me do is much more than “business” to me, it’s all about people, relationships, and working together.

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Preparation for this trip was real. Typically on a short Vegas trip people just think fun, relaxing, and great food. Not the case for me except a little of my kind of fun. I am 8 weeks out from the natural IPE World Championships. That means my workouts and nutrition had to stay on point. Not only did I bring carefully packed food and supplements with me in my Six Pack ‘Beast’ duffle I also had food shipped to meet me in Vegas at my dads house. Oh yeah, luckily enough my dad Savino lives in Vegas so I just crashed at his place. Upon arrival my first order of business was drink a protein shake and Kaged Muscle Pre-Kaged and get my butt to the gym. I researched a place called ‘The Lift Factory” that looked awesome and it did not let me down. They had these amazing murals of bodybuilding kings on the wall like Phil, Cutler, Kai, and more. The atmosphere added to my intensity as I crushed Back and Triceps. As I was working out bodybuilding great Dennis Wolf was also there for a photoshoot. It was great to meet him following both our lifts. He was very friendly and sounded a lot like Arnold.

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(The Lift Factory)

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(Dennis Wolf)

After swinging by my dads house, unloading, and cleaning up a bit it was time to hit the Olympia Expo. I knew what to expect having been last year, but this place was madness. Image every fitness brand and enthusiast from all over the world in once space. One could easily get lost and consume a whole day at the expo. Good thing I had an agenda and specific people to meet. The great thing about working with a company liked Gripped Fitness Audio is that I wasn’t aimlessly walking around ‘hoping’ to meet people. I was here to meet with Athletes we already know and have been building friendships. Immediately upon walking in the building I met with legend Flex Wheeler who was looking amazing. He loves the new Gripped V.3’s and I am honored to have him on our team. Flex was super nice. You all have to remember I am getting older here (41 now) so this is a guy I was reading about in magazines as a teenager/college. Flex is legend and here I am shaking his hand and casually chatting. Many more people to meet! I had to stop by and say hi to our friend Justin Kamb who does a lot of work with Jim Stoppani. His work ethic, personal transformation, and ‘balance’ is inspiring. I had to meet my good friend Jonni Shreve IFBB pro from Canada. He and I are on several athlete teams together and he helped advise me on getting in prime condition for the show two weeks before earning my IPE pro card. Both Justin and Jonni are apart of #TeamGripped. As I was walking around taking in the expo I surprisingly got noticed by a guy who recognized me as a IPE Pro. It was truly humbling. Richard Nguyen just won his IPE pro card and I welcome him to the family. Looking forward to sharing the stage with you next year. Lastly, but definitely not least I was delighted to meet the power duo Hidetada Yamagishi and Iris Kyle. I like to call Iris 10x as she a 10x Ms Olympia champion and currently holds the record for that title. These two are some of the nicest people I’ve met. Always so friendly. Glad to have them apart of #TeamGripped. By now my feet were killing me, but I had one more stop to make- Super League at City Athletic Club. A pleasant surprise was running into fellow Kaged Muscle Athlete and all around bad ass Nick Santonastasso. His is a strong story of determination and inspiration. In less than a week Nick will be competing in his first Men’s Physique show. Nick is a overcomer. Be like Nick! He later met and got a photo with The Rock. Stud. Stop with the excuses and do that “thing” you want and/or need to be doing.

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(Flex Wheeler)

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(Justin Kamb)

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(Fellow IPE Pro Richard Nguyen)

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(Iris Kyle and Hidetada Yamagishi)

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(Nick Santonastasso)

Now let me tell you about Super League. It’s a different type of competition. It’s not a fitness competition or a traditional powerlifting competition. They have teams who lift a lot of weight, many times, for the entire body. It looked absolutely brutal. It took place at Vegas’ 5 star gym City Athletic Club home of the infamous J-bells (those sick round DB’s). I came here not to watch the competition, though I definitely checked it out, but to meet with a very special person. While waiting on that meeting I had to check out the Super League area and all it’s toys. This is part of the “my kind of fun” I mentioned early on. Most of the equipment was especially fabricated for this gym including the J-weights. After the dust settled at Super League I, Michael Wittig, was the only one left standing…because it was getting late and everybody else went home. Then it was time for my meeting with the one and only Kai Greene. I look forward to doing some big work with him and his team this year. Kai was very soft spoken, but every word he said was thoughtful and inspiring. What touched me the most about Kai was seeing him truly care about people and invest his time into their lives.

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(J-Bells, City Athletic)

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(Super League last man standing)

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(Kai Greene)

That was just Day 1. It was late by the time I literally crawled into bed and then 4 hours later it was time for another BIG day in Vegas.

Saturday morning (Day 2) came quick and I got myself back to City Athletic for a 7am seminar being put on by Kris Gethin and his friends Jag Chima and Chris Cavallini. These guys spoke some great truths that not only spoke to me, but all in attendance. They didn’t get paid to show up and hold this seminar, but it was done out of their passion to feed people with positivity. This is one of the reasons I am proud to be a Kaged Muscle Athlete. The highlight of all this for me was meeting and talking with a handful of individuals who correspond with me on social media. It was great meeting you all. Since I was already at a 5-star gym I walked my tired A upstairs and hit a chest, delt, and hiit workout. This was done on 4 hrs of sleep. Special thanks to Chris Cavallini, the owner of Nutrition Solutions, for showing me a few hiit ideas which I indeed rocked. Once I was finished with my workout Super League was gearing up to start for the day. Before leaving I ran into Gripped Fitness Athlete Martyn Ford. This guy is not only massive, but massively hard working and friendly. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him in a few capacities and he is always top. Then I was very excited to meet Mike O’Hearn. I have followed and looked up to him for a long time. He was Titan in both American Gladiator runs and also one of the most photographed fitness models of our time. King of covers. An Uber ride later and it was back to the Olympia expo madness. This time around I was able to meet Jim Stoppani, Jason Poston, and….wait for it….Franco Columbu. I started getting into weight lifting as a teenager with Arnold’s Encyclopedia and the film “Pumping Iron”. Franco had an amazing physique and was one of Arnold’s best friends. Flex Magazine wrote a short little blurb about me in their June ‘92 issue (when I was 16) with Arnold and Franco on the cover. By this time my body and mind were shutting down. It was time to get back to my dad’s house to eat, shower, and rest. I was able to spend some quality time with my dad and catch up on rest.

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(Kris Gethin seminar at City Athletic. I am in the back far right)

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(Mike O’Hearn)

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(Martyn Ford)

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(Jim Stoppani)

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(Jason Poston)

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(Franco Columbu)

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(Dad and I)

This morning and my final day in Vegas was go time. The main reason I came was to manage a photo shoot with Gripped Fitness Audio athletes to showcase the new V.3 model wireless headphones. You can check them out at GrippedFitnessAudio.com and use my code Wittig10 to save 10% 😉 So it was back to City Athletic (Yes, this is a popular place) to meet up with photographer Mike Reid (from Boise, ID) at 7:30am. Between 8:30am and 12noon we shot some amazing photos with David Henry, Hidetada, Roelly and Quincy Winklaar, Ryan Terry and of course I had a few taken myself. I can’t wait to see the final shots from today. What I saw off the camera looked amazing. Before we packed up I ran into Sergi Constance who was super nice and hit a few poses with me. This was a pose down that I lost ha. I want to thank the good people at Gripped Fitness Audio for sponsoring me to attend the Olympia this year and represent them. I want to thank all the amazing athletes, friends, and individuals I met in this whirlwind of 3 days. As I sit here on my final flight home I can’t wait to see my families faces in the morning. I have missed them all.

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(Roelly Winklaar)

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(Sergi Constance)

Well, that was my Vegas trip. Sorry this is so long. Watch for my Vlog of all this coming soon. Back to the gring. I am just under 8 weeks out from the IPE World Championships. Follow my daily prep on Snapchat and IG Story (WittigWorks both).

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle Athlete
Gripped Fitness Audio Athlete
All socials: WittigWorks

Featured in September Magazines

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I am very honored to be recognized by ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) in the September issues of Muscle & Fitness, Flex Magazine, and TRAIN magazines. Olympia month no less. Personal training has been very rewarding for me and I owe it all to my first certification with ISSA and Elite Training Tulsa. If you are interested in becoming a personal trainer I highly recommend checking out ISSAonline.com.
-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle & RyderWear Athlete
All socials: Wittig Works (100K+)

The 5 Things That Transformed Me

21199610_10213826825564727_2502790566755516671_o.jpgThere are 5 things I do that has drastically transformed my health, physique, and life. They seem obvious, but with consistency you’ve all seen my body transform through the years. These are the 5 key elements. I hope you can apply them to your lives. I am always natural (not even doctor prescribed testosterone) and my personal best at 41 yrs.

1. Drink water. Cut the pop and energy drinks. Upon waking I always jug a glass of water. I then add Kaged Muscle Supplements Hydracharge to 20oz of water 3x a day. Nutrients, tasty, and no artificial colors/flavors. Makes drinking 1+ gallon of water daily much easier. Get 15% off Kagedmuscle.com with my code Wittig15.

2. Move your body. Do something! You don’t have to workout like I do daily. Something is always better than nothing. Check out my 10 Min home workout series going up weekly on my Youtube.com/WittigWorks. Subscribe. Follow my personal beat downs daily on Snap Chat & IG Story (WittigWorks both).

3. Don’t smoke or drink in excess. Save that money for healthy foods 🙂

4. Reducing going out to eat. I try to only eat out 1x a week with the family. I always make sure to eat lighter (low fat/carbs) before and the morning after going out to eat.

5. Eat fresh foods. I try to avoid most things in wrappers and boxes. The bulk of my foods are lean meats, fruits, veggies, potatoes, rice, eggs, Greek yogurt, nuts, and oats. For my contest prep my lean meats and mixed veggies are by Meal Prep Tulsa. Super tasty, healthy and makes eating clean too easy. Get 10% off Meals with my code Wittig10.

-Wittig, ISSA CPT
IPE Natural Pro
Kaged Muscle & RyderWear Athlete
All socials: Wittig Works

Custom programs, nutrition plans, and e-book trainers: WittigWorks.com. Always natural and my best at 41.

Wide Back Two-Step Attack

I am genetically a tall, thin guy. Instead of comparing myself to others I’ve been targeting my weak areas and improving them through strategic hard work. Back width (along with my calves) have always been one of those areas in need of improvement. Something I’ve done for a good while now is work Back twice a week.  There was a period I worked it three times. Recently I had the idea of splitting up my Pull movements (chins, pull ups, etc) and Rows. I’ve done this type of training for about a month now and really enjoyed the intensity and soreness the next day. Here is a example of this last weeks two Back workouts. Follow my daily workouts with video of all on my Snapchat and Instagram Story (WittigWorks both).

Monday: Pull Day

1. Weighted Wide Pull Ups: 6-8 reps plus double drops.
Note: If you cannot do weighted Pulls use the Pull Down Machine. I did these with a dip belt and a chain around my neck dropping each upon failure. Total rep ranges in the 10-12.

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*All this to failure, drop the chains to failure, drop the ball to failure.

2. Superset: Do these 2 exercises bad to back with no rest for 1 set. Do 3 sets total.
2A. Wide Behind Head Pulldowns: 3 sets of 10, 8, 6-8
2B. Close Grip Pulldowns: 3 sets of 10, 8, 6-8

3. Superset: Do these 2 exercises bad to back with no rest for 1 set. Do 3 sets total.
3A. Cable Straight Bar Pullovers: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps.
3B. Straight Arm Pulldowns: 3 sets of 10-12 reps.

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4. Mid Range Wide Pull Ups: 3 sets to failure (~10-12 for me).
Note: Mid-range partial reps. Burn them out.

 

Thursday: Row Day

1. Hammer Strength Row Machine DTP: 6 sets of 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5, then using my 20 rep weight one final set of 5 reps, rest 5 secs, 10 reps, rest 10 secs all the way back up to 50 reps. Use pause rest as necessary.

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2. Meadows Rows: 5 sets of 10-12 reps.

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3. Superset: Do these 2 exercises back to back with no rest for 1 set. Do 3 sets total.
3A. Gironda Rows (rope attachment): 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps.
3B. Seated Wide Row: 3 sets of 15, 12, 10 reps.

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4. Side Lying Raises (rear delts): 3 sets of 12 reps each side.

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5. Hyper Extension Bent Raises: 3 sets of 12 reps.
Note: Perform a normal Hyperextension with light Db’s and perform a bent lateral raise at the top.

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My workouts are intense and long. They demand results. I push myself to the absolute limit every time I workout. I have to do this being a natural pro competitor competing against those half my age. In addition to proper nutrition and intense workouts I am always fueled by Kaged Muscle Supplements. I take their Pre-Kaged 30 minutes before each workout, sip in In-Kaged during my workout, and take Re-Kaged fast digesting whey for maximum recovery immediately after each workout. I am consistent on all fronts and I see consistent results. Get 15% off Kagedmuscle.com with my code “Wittig15”.

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