Filmmaking Fitness #1: Maxims From AJAC

By August 15, 2018 September 30th, 2018 No Comments

Filmmaking is an active job. You need to be able to carry heavy equipment, move quickly with it and be on your feet for long periods of time. Thus, being physically fit gives you significant advantages for the long hours spent producing.

In this series, I will be sharing my thoughts and insights on my journey towards an aesthetic physique.

A week and a half ago, I had a training session with Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes @AJA_Cortes and I spent a little over 2 hours in the gym going through a holistic palate of many exercises for the entire body.

Here are some maxims I learned from our time together:

  • If you are a recreational lifter who is training for hypertrophy, start with the smaller isolation movements first.
  • Deadlifts are incredibly draining and should only be done heavy at most once a week.
  • Most people have weak hamstrings and should incorporate the TRX Hamstring curl into their training.
  • The Leg Extension should be done for incredibly high reps (20-50) at very low weight. High weight leg extensions can blow out kneecaps.
  • Seated rows can be done 3x per week. Keep the weight under 100lbs and go for 12-15 reps.
  • Too many people who are carbon copy drop shippers have email lists and are way too focused on “personal brands”.
  • Hammer curls are *usually* the best type of curl for total arm growth.
  • Elevated push-ups with your feet on a bench and your hands on the tops of dumbbells give a deeper chest press than flat on the ground push-ups.
  • Bench Pressing for tall guys: Stop at with your elbows 90 degrees. Going past that increases the likely hood of tearing a pec, which cannot be healed back to 100%.

Training with Cortes was a fantastic experience and he has a (literal) body of knowledge to prove his teachings. Experience > Credentials.

This week I am starting a 3 day split of Back, Chest and Legs, with shoulders lightly hit every time. I am going to run this for 8 weeks and hopefully break this plateau I’ve been at for the past 6 months.

To Life,




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