Monthly Archives: October 2011

Musclemania Blog Post

Hey everyone, I updated my blog on, but people were telling me they were having problems accessing it.  So I figured I copy and post it here, in case you were interested.  Here it is in full:

Musclemania Blog Post 10.28.11

Its been awhile since we last had a chance to hang out and catch up, so hey, aloha, what’s up?  Hope all is well with you.  We’ve had a lot going on since the summertime, here is the Sportscenter-style recap:

1. Kalai and I officially entered the Model Division of the Fitness America Weekend. 

I had planned on competing in the Musclemania Division, but we’ve been getting a ton of work as fitness models.  The funny thing is I never got any damn work until my wife came around —  so its probably more about her talent than anything.  I just get to tag along, carry her bags, and sneak into a few photos :).  Regardless, I figured I see what the model show is all about.  Besides, I get bored easily.  That’s why I have the whole bodybuilding, pro wrestling, capoeira, rock band history thing going on.  I like to try new things, and the model show will definitely be new for me.  But I’ll be prepared.  I’ve hired Derek Zoolander as my coach, and he’s been showing me both the Blue Steel and Blue Magnum poses.

2.  We had the tremendous opportunity to partner with a start-up company out here in Silicon Valley called GainFitness

(GainFitness photoshoot w/ Nate and wife Kalai Diamond)

Dude, these guys are going to change the fitness industry.  They want to become sort of the I-tunes of fitness, and they definitely have the technical skills, network, and business savvy to pull it off.  Essentially, they have/are creating computer algorithms, mobile apps, and downloadable workouts to provide personal training-style guidance, program design, and workout progressions at a much more affordable price.  This is going to make DVD’s that don’t customize the workouts to the individual obsolete.  The cool thing is they tapped us as their lead models/talent for their platform and product launch.  I’m glad we got in with them now before they blow up in the industry and become big time!

3. My first book was published, The Samurai Diet:  The Science & Strategy of Winning the Fat Loss War. 

(The Samurai Diet book cover)

I started writing a regular column for a fitness/strength training magazine about a year ago.  It gained popularity, the articles got a ton of hits, and then people started asking me if I was ever going to write a book.  The thing is, I had been working on a book for years.  The audience demand (previously I thought if I wrote a book, my wife, my five brothers/one sister, and I would be the only ones reading it) was just the pressure I needed to finally “get ‘er done”.  Here’s the link to its Amazon page if you want to check it out: The Samurai Diet.

Alas, you grow tired of my blabbing, belly-aching, and the guillotine choke I’ve had on your time.  I’ll post up again before the show with an update of our current condition.

Thanks a ton for the support over the years.  Take care!

Get The Samurai Diet on your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch!

When The Samurai Diet came out on I wanted to check it out on my iPhone. I had heard there was a Kindle for iPhone app, but hadn’t installed or used it before. If you are in the same boat, here are the steps to get the book on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. I’m posting these instructions from memory, so I hope they are right  ;-) Read the rest of this entry

The Book is Done – Finally!

Well, I’ve been talking about it for awhile.  You’ve been patiently awaiting its arrival.  Or were you just being polite, in all actuality thinking to yourself, “This joker is full of crap, he’s a talker not a doer, he isn’t putting out a book.”  Ha, that’s what I was starting to think too.

The thing is, I’ve actually been working on versions of this book for a couple of years.  Its only become public knowledge over the last year since I started writing a regular column for T-Nation and lost my “Social Media Virginity” (and yes it was awkward and uncomfortable and I wasn’t that good, but I’m gaining some confidence.  I’ll probably never be Don Juan, but at least I’m getting some action).

Anyway, the Samurai Diet is finally complete, and available for your viewing.  I have a lot of people to thank, and really, I am so very lucky to be surrounded by such great and supportive people in my life.  But this ain’t the Oscars Jack, so no laundry list of Thank You’s here, the “Get Off the Stage” light is blinking.  Here’s the link to the book page, I hope you enjoy it:

The Samurai Diet Book Page

Warrior Guideposts


1. Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today.  This is never-ending. — Hagakure.

2. Something that is not done at that time and at that place will remain unfinished for a lifetime.  At a time when it is difficult to complete matters with the strength of a single man, one will bring it to a conclusion with the strength of two. — Hagakure.

3. It is clear that achieving incredible results requires incredible discipline — knowledge that can be applied in any endeavor. — Samurai Srategies

4. First, you must choose a goal before you can achieve it, and second, the more difficult and dangerous your goals is, the more effort you must put into achieving it. Ambitious goals will help you focus your energies, abilities, and actions to maximum effect. — Samurai Strategies

5. It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain.  The masters are men.  You are also a man.  If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon. — Hagakure. Read the rest of this entry

Get Started

It is not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed in what you have learned — the best techniques are the simple ones executed right. — Bruce Lee.

If we had 10 minutes, and I knew I would never see you again the rest of my life, here is what I would tell you about the fat loss and physique enhancement process: Read the rest of this entry