Are You In The Middle?
I can't tell you how many times I have been approached by guys who say to me, "I want to be a pro bodybuilder and nothing is gonna stand in my way." Or it might be, "I know I can do it, I'm only 18-years old and have been training for 5 months. I know I have the potential because Joe Shit the ragman in the gym said so."
Now don't get me wrong. I appreciate their enthusiasm and the fact that these guys have big goals in mind. But listen, you also have to keep it real. I want to be great at everything I do, but I can't. And like everybody else, I want to be great fast. But what I know is that I have to put the blood, sweat, guts and years of training to get there. Things don't happen overnight.
Think about this: football players who become pros start by playing peewee in grammar school. Then they move up to high school and finally they play four years of college ball with the hopes of getting drafted-and only if they are top-rated in the state and then tops in college. In bodybuilding, we don't have that kind of system. We have local shows, then regionals, and then the nationals.
Like pro ball players, not many bodybuilders will ever earn an IFBB card and have the chance to step up on the pro stage. It doesn't mean you should ever quit trying or at least being the best bodybuilder that you can be. OK, enough of that shit. Now let's get down to talking about training ideas. I say "ideas" cuz nothing I'm about to say is set in stone. You have your own mind and beliefs.
What I Have Learned ...
I have been involved in this game for a long time. I'm also lucky in that I've been pretty successful at it. One of the most important things that I learned is that flexibility is key when it comes to training. Nothing is perfect when it comes to working out. What do I mean by that? You need to roll with the punches. You need to keep things fresh. Still confused? Let me put it another way. I go to the gym five days a week and almost each workout is different.
Now some dudes may disagree with me and say that you should do the same thing, the same workout each and every time. Well to those guys I respectfully say bullshit. I will give you this example as it applies to weight training. Let's say you are a runner and train on the same terrain every day-3 miles around a flat, even track. You will find that the longer you do this, the faster you will become and the easier it will be to complete the distance.
Take that same runner and now put him on different terrain, let's say with some small hills. All of a sudden he finds himself breathing harder and struggling to finish cuz it's a shock to his body. His body is used to doing the 3 miles flat not without any inclines. Get my point? The same thing applies to weight training. So I say change the workout each and every time.
You may have favorite movements that you feel more than others and that's great. So keep using them but change the supporting moves. Or maybe change the order of those exercises. Some days you want to go a little lighter and other days go a little heavier. Some days, you'll do more sets and reps, and some days do more weight and fewer sets. This is your world and this is your game. You get to make the rules. Find out which moves are your favorites and work best for you and capitalize on them.
When I go to the gym, I know what body part I am training that day and I may know one move that I definitely want to do, but that's it. In the gym, when I get crazy and the sweat and stink starts, that's when the workout takes shape. The moves are different but the intensity is always balls to the wall, always to the point of near throwing up and that's just the way it is. That's the only way I know how to push. Ball out. No fucking around. It's been that way from day one.
So when you're looking to get out of the middle, to get out from among the pack, mix things up and change things around. This principle should be at the foundation of your training program. When combined with a balls out attitude and intensity, you'll make some real progress. So stick with it and work towards making your dreams come true. Until then, stay huge and stay healthy.