Without Adventure There is No Life;
Without God There is No Adventure

Hello, I'm Curt Stowell. I grew up in the 70s when life was all about sex, drugs, rock-n-roll. 

Most have heard of and maybe even seen movies about the cocaine of the 70s. It was a wild time and I, like many others, got caught up in it. 

At the age of 21 I found myself in Shelton Prison in Washington State and at the age of 30 I walked out of McNeil Island a free man, basically.  That’s a long story. 

Pumping Iron in Prison - How to Gain Muscle Mass

I started pumping iron at the age of 23.  Lifting weights in the joint is not quite the same as it is in a gym, it’s brutal and hard core and without supplements.  I weighed 168 lbs. and couldn’t bench press 80 pounds. But at the age of 25 I weighed 217 lbs. and my max bench was 300 pounds.

So I’ll say that in my 20's to 30's I was a bodybuilder (not a professional one, you can tell by the picture that I still have a neck).

Home Gym vs. Free Weights

In my 40's I took a break from pumping iron and was a user (not necessarily a fan) of the Total Gym. It’s not a bad product, but you can’t really build muscle, you can only tone what you have and since muscle doesn’t die (thank God for that, literally) it worked for me, temporarily. It’s very helpful being strong, especially as you age.

If you choose to buy one I would go with the XLS, it's a lot cheaper than the others and hey, they all do the same thing, which is “not much.”

The best way to build lean muscle is to use free weights so I tossed the Total Gym and now in my 50's (1/21/62) I dig up rocks to stay fit, big rocks like those in the pictures below.  The one to the far right is my latest.

Bodybuilding Supplements

There are many different types of bodybuilding supplements and in most cases they work.  Yet, how well they work is debatable and then there are many that are flat out bogus.

I’m not a scientist or physicist or anything of the sort but anyone can learn anything thanks to the Internet.  So I researched everything in regard to bodybuilding, weight loss, weight gain, brain and body connection, and everything in between.

Once I was satisfied with my findings I wrote out my recipe and went to Dibar Labs in Houston, Texas, and had my own supplement manufactured, The Muscle Maker, and it works great for me. 

Not all supplements do the same for everyone, but I believe my formula will work for everyone, but it probably won’t work the same for everyone.  Did I use the word “everyone” to many times? An English professor would probably have a coronary.

I'm an affiliate with Amazon, meaning if you purchase from this site I will get a small commission. So why am I promoting this one rather than the Total Gym GTS which sells for $3,795 at Total Gym or $2,900 at Amazon which would pay me more than four times that of the XLS?

Because I'm not a Used Car Salesman trying to sell you something you don't need. Actually, I'm not promoting the Total Gym but if you don't have time to pump iron and you want to stay in shape than the Total Gym is the next best thing in regard to finances and quality.  And hey, if you're going to buy it anyway I might as well make a buck if I can.

If interested you can purchase those directly below at Amazon.

Supplements are powerful, but how they affect a person depends on their body and also on “the mix”. I honestly believe my formula will work for both men and women, but more for men.

What works best for me are dumbbells, my Swedish ball, and yard work, like digging up big rocks with a digging bar and using leverage.  And of course The Muscle Maker adds a great deal.