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Do I need to do any isolation movements or will compound movements get the job done? How important is periodization? Should I use wrist straps and knee wraps? What about a belt? Should I max out on the bench and squat to see how strong I am? Will creatine and andro help me reach my potential? Should I train in the morning or in the evening? Do I need a training partner?
Athletes, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, strength coaches, personal trainers, and any one else interested in training and conditioning search for these answers on a daily basis - in hopes of finding the perfect strength training routine.
Most of these people are under the assumption that if they find the answers to these questions that they (or those that they train) will start attaining maximum results.
Unfortunately these questions miss the big picture.
How Hard Do You Train?
The real question that needs to be asked is, "how hard do you train?" Regardless of your methods or modalities, maximum results are a product of maximum effort (which in this case effort is a synonym for intensity). Without maximum effort and intensity the rest is rather meaningless. The more effort you put into each rep, set, and workout - the better your results. It's that simple.
However, there is a catch. Putting forth true effort each and every time you train is easier said than done. It takes determination, perseverance, and a will to succeed. It takes discipline, focus and extreme concentration.
It takes the ability to fight through the "discomfort" that accompanies intense training as well as the power to push yourself to your limits.
For these reasons, and these reasons alone, most people fall short of tapping into their true physical potential and never attain the results they desire. It takes a special person to leave their comfort zone every time they train!
Next time you work out, when you finish, take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if you trained as hard as you could have. Ask yourself if you put forth the kind of effort necessary to change your body.
Ask yourself if you did everything in your power to reach your goals and improve yourself.
Only YOU know the real answers.