5 Steps To Reduce Rage

It’s not rocket science to know that building muscle aids in boosting testosterone. One of the characteristics of high-T males that is most commonly documented is their drive toward dominance and reactive aggression.

Some people are prone to rage more than others, but anger is a feeling that many of us could use a bit of help in handling. The choices we make when angry can often come back to haunt us, but the cycle is hard to break. Anger has power – but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with that power, from letting it control you, to wielding it in a way that spurs you on to something positive.

Here are 5 ways to tame your inner raging bull:


1. Do the Opposite – Remember that Seinfeld episode when George turned his life around by doing the opposite of what he thought he should do? Well, think of this as the Seinfeld approach to anger management. Do the opposite of what you feel like doing when you’re mad. Instead of lashing out, develop empathy. The next time you feel like swearing at the guy who cut you off, just remind yourself that few people are jerks on purpose. You’ve probably been guilty of doing the same thing a time or two.


2. Blow Off Steam Wisely – After you’ve acknowledged your physiological response to anger, trying to tell yourself to stay calm is one of the worst things you can do (second only to being told to calm down). As a human being, you’re programmed to act out when you feel threatened and angry. You need to release the rage in a healthy way so do what you already love: push-ups, bicep curls, squats…hit the gym and take it out on the weights.


3. Choose Your Words Carefully – When anger’s talking, steer clear of using the words “never” and “always.” Such as “You’re always telling me what to do!” or “You never let me hang out with the guys!” Not only are you stating inaccurate accusations, you’re alienating people who might otherwise work to find a solution. Once you’ve cooled off (refer to #2), try expressing how you feel in a direct, non-confrontational way.


4. Rest Your Body and Mind – Sleep helps you function at your mental and physical best. In fact, good sleep improves your mood, your immune system and even your metabolism. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more stress hormones. A lack of sleep significantly ups your chances of blowing up at someone.

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5. Drink Responsibly – When you’re thinking, “Damn. I need a drink,” think again. The trouble with alcohol is that it doesn’t relieve high anxiety or anger issues and could actually make them worse. In some people, drinking when super tense can underscore the dark side of whatever stressed them out and push them over the edge. If you’re stressed to the max and know alcohol can bite you back, grab your iPod and cool off (refer to #2).

In a nonstop world of challenges pushing you from annoyed to enraged, remember the toll anger takes on your health. If left unchecked, anger clamps down on your blood vessels and can even promote impotence. Not good. Plus, strong negative emotions mess with your blood pressure and hormone function and provoke inflammation. To make the change for a better mood, figure out what makes you happy and start doing it as often as possible.

Tristan "Lucky"Written by: Tristan “Lucky”

Working Out Can Be A Pain

Lifting heavy weights can wear down our joints over time and sometimes lead to injury that keeps us out of the gym from weeks to months. Personally, my knees take a beating from squats and my shoulders, elbows, hands and ankles will have ongoing phases of painful joints and inflammation.

Portrait of a muscle fitness man reaching for his knee in pain

You can always use wraps, apply some topical cream and do hot/cold therapy to help ease the pain, but I like to beat the game and I’m sure you do too. Instead of waiting for the pain to arrive and reach for an anti-inflammatory (like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen), the best thing you can do for joint pain is to PREVENT it from happening. There are a few natural ways you can lubricate your joints effectively allowing you to maximize your results in the gym. Time off can steal your gains that you’ve worked so hard for and nobody wants that.

Numerous research has indicated that glucosamine and chondroitin help with joint pain and improve function. Both of these substances are components of cartilage, which helps cushion the bones and protect the joints.

Supplement FactsGlucosamine is an amino sugar and part of the structure of chitin which actually compose the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other anthropods. Glucosamine is commonly sold in a variety of forms including: glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetylglucosamine.

Chondrotin sulfate is a sulfated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) composed of a chain of alternating sugars. Chondrotin chains can contain over 100 individual sugars and is proven to be an important structural component of cartilage, proving resistance to compression.

My supplement of choice is Synotrex which combines both glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. Synotrex even goes a step further by adding Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which is used for chronic pain and joint inflammation.

Synotrex provides a dual effect to provide joint pain relief since it (1) promotes the growth of new cartilage, (2) while helping to keep the cartilage from deteriorating further.

synotrex (1)Synotrex was my answer to preventing joint pain and inflammation. Even if you’re already suffering from joint pain, Synotrex guarantees you will experience pain relief within 30 days and offers a 90-day money-back guarantee, which I think is excellent.  Most companies only offer 30-day guarantees, if any at all.

No, I’m not being paid by the company to write this. I’m letting you know about a product I’ve personally taken for over a year with my daily supplement routine. No gimmicks, just facts.

Tristan "Lucky"

Written by: Tristan “Lucky”