As a bodybuilder, you are constantly trying to define yourself. Continually
improving on previous definitions of yourself or re-defining areas of a
particular interest. Having a complete definition is our goal. We live
for it. We strive to have it. That one extra striation or separation.
When we succeed at achieving that definition, we are overwhelmed with
a profound sense of accomplishment. Shortly after the experience, we
move on to the next defining moment. As we move to define ourselves, we
find that there are so many definitions that apply to our "state of mind"
at any given moment.
Definition: Same 'ol, same 'ol
We have all experienced the unfortunate feeling of "going through the
Sometimes we don't even realize it until several training sessions later.
We just walk into the gym with a workout plan in mind, execute that plan,
and leave. Problem is that we don't ever re-work that plan or change it.
We are in that comfort zone and refuse to give it up. Our minds are
and it becomes easy since there is no effort needed to do the exact same
thing day in and day out. Finally one day for whatever reason, we decide that
we want to "re-define" our workout and, Presto!, a new world is discovered.
Truthfully, it has always been there and we just couldn't see it. Although
this is okay at times, it can be the beginning of the end if it continues for
too long. That "rut" that we will all encounter, sooner or later, is an
that must be identified and taken care of. Don't let that same 'ol, same 'ol
prevent you from reaching new and greater heights!
Definition: Time Traveler
You hit the gym and immediately you begin to feel the pressure that only
can apply. You have 45 minutes to finish your routine. The worst part is
you just don't feel like training at all today! Time has you in its reigns
you feel it tugging at you. What can you do? More than you think. Time
be your enemy. It should be your friend. You can control time better than
control you. Time controls most of us due to our lack of preparation. With
established workout plan, you can begin to control time. When you hit the
should know exactly what exercises you plan to do and what body parts you
Next, you MUST focus on training and training only. Don't allow your
intensity to be
de-railed by those who insist in socializing more than training. Socialize
if you have
time afterwards. Training intensity is a must and a limited amount of time
valuable for ensuring that intensity. So you see, time is your friend. That
as long as you let it.
Definition: Basic Training
From that first exercise until the last, you feel like you can lift just
You feel that burn and, for some reason, that lactic acid burn is better than
Okay, maybe not that good. You are in that "zone" and you hope it lasts
moments are a sign that what your doing is RIGHT! This should be your
most of the time. If not, you need to re-evaluate your diet, recovery
period, and training
program. I can not stress enough how important your diet is to your ability
meaningful gains. The correct diet, including drinking plenty of water, can
accomplishments unrealized. There are so many from which to choose and a
one-size-fits-all diet does not exist. Recovery time is required to ensure
proper amount of intensity can be given each time you train. For instance,
one body part per week for most bodybuilders is enough. The reason why is
each body part is trained with maximum intensity. The training intensity is
that a week recovery is needed. Also, some primary body parts being trained
some other secondary body parts which makes it more important to rest (i.e.
chest will invoke the anterior deltoid). Remember, never train a muscle that
sore from a previous workout.
Rest is another important aspect to recovery.
yeah, that's obvious right? Well, most people still ignore the obvious!
to inadequate rest can reduce training intensity significantly. Finally, to
be all you
can be, you must make a training program work for you. What does that mean?
designing a training program that interests you, challenges you, takes you to
The program should be based on your goals and priorities and be realistic.
a program that intends to increase a body parts strength by 50 lbs. in 6
weeks may not be
very realistic for most. Remember, designing a training program should also
YOUR goals and not the goals of someone else.
If you have trained long enough, you probably could have or can define
more ways than the ones mentioned above. That's what makes us who we are!
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"As long as you live, keep learning how to live."
"If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be where you are now." - Unknown
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