About Me and How I Can Help You

Katherine Cowgill by Teren Oddo Oct. 2015

I’m Jay Ferruggia, and I’ve been helping guys become the strongest version of themselves since 1994.

You may have seen my work in Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, Huffington Post, LiveStrong, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Shape, Entrepreneur, Details or on ESPN or CBS.

You know how group training is the big thing these days? I was doing that in the mid ’90s.

The hardcore, underground warehouse gyms that are so popular nowadays? I had one of those back in ’96.

Training like an athlete? Flipping tires, dragging sleds, pressing logs, using rings? Been doing that for 20+ years with my clients. Long before it was popular or on TV commercials.

What you may not know is that I have struggled with all of the issues I discuss on this site.

Over the course of my life, I’ve been physically and mentally weak, skinny, fat, sad, depressed, insecure, painfully shy, socially awkward, crippled with anxiety and indecision, struggled with addiction, and have gone broke on more than one occasion.

Overcoming those obstacles took many years and a lot of hard work.

I read and listened to over 500 books.

I attended countless conferences and workshops.

I hired coaches and mentors.

I cut out the negative deadbeats in my life.

I slowly eliminated one bad habit at a time and replaced it with a new one.

What I learned after all that is that Thoreau, Da Vinci, and Bruce Lee were right.

Simplicity is the key to health, wealth and happiness.

Learning to apply the 80/20 rule to everything and forgetting the rest.

Because the reality is that most things don’t matter. It’s just noise and meaningless nonsense that distracts us from living the lives we want.

Life is simple really, but we insist on making it complicated.
– Confucius

On this site, I share tips on:

  • Getting in great shape, in just 3-4 hours a week.
  • Simple eating to stay strong and lean.
  • Eliminating physical and mental clutter.
  • Building meaningful relationships.
  • Improving self-confidence and communication skills
  • Overcoming information overload and decision fatigue.
  • How to have more freedom and fulfillment, and less stress and anxiety.

Katherine Cowgill by Teren Oddo Oct. 2015

I’ve been able to help over 300,000 regular readers make amazing physical and mental transformations.  And I can help you do the same.

The good news is it won’t take you anywhere near as long as it took me. You can learn from my mistakes and experiences.

There’s no reason to settle for mediocrity, to fall in line with the status quo, to conform. There’s no reason why you can’t be fit, free and financially secure.

I was born with zero gifts or talents.

If I can do it anyone can.

Stuff I Love

  • Simplicity
  • Strength training
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Old school hip hop (pre ’96)
  • Pearl Jam
  • Stand up comedy and improv (I’m a student at the world famous, Second City)
  • The Jerky Boys
  • NY Giants & Yankees (to quote Jay-Z, “You should know I bleed blue.”)
  • The words “fuck,” “sick” and “bro.” As in “Fuck, that’s sick, bro.” What can I say? I’m from Jersey.

Remember, you only get one life.

So stop acting otherwise and make it count.

I want to help you create a life with more health, wealth and happiness… and less stress, stuff, and regrets.

Below you’ll find posts and podcasts that will help you do just that. Prepare to unleash your strongest self.

Must-Read Fitness Posts

How to Build Muscle- The Renegade Guide to Getting Bigger & Stronger
The Top 10 Weight Training Exercises For Building Muscle & Strength
Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Pull Ups
Top 20 Bodyweight Exercises For Building Muscle & Strength
Eliminate The Useless Crap
12 Reasons You’re Not Losing Fat
The Ultimate Muscle Building Diet
Muscle Building Workouts You Can do at Home
Hill Sprints for Fat Loss
10 Steps for High Performance Hormone Optimization

Must-Read Motivation Posts

39 Ways to NOT be Like Everyone Else
F*ck What They Want
Life Wasted
The Main Ingredient
You’ve Only Got Six Months to Live
No Excuses, No Limits
10 Renegade Rules for Being a Badass
67 Tips on Happiness, Fulfillment & Life
My Personal Journey to Hell & Back
Why Haters Make it So Much Easier for You to Succeed

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Must-Listen Podcasts

Top 10 Muscle Building Myths
The #1 Skill of Happy, Successful People
Structure = Freedom, Rules for Life
How to Dominate Your Morning
Mind, Money, Mastery with Luka Hocevar
Gettin Diesel With Smitty
Why You Shouldn’t Go to College, Own a House, or Buy Stocks
12 Rules to Live by with Craig Ballantyne
Tim Ferris on Accelerated Learning and Becoming Superhuman
Why Sleep Matters, with Dan Pardi

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Thanks for reading.

Jay Ferruggia

PS. I know my last name is hard for a lot of people to spell and pronounce, so for the record, it’s fer-oo-jee-a. I’m half Italian, half Scottish, all Jersey (but since relocated to Santa Monica, CA since 2011).

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