As the competitive year comes to an end, we are ushered upon a new competitive year in 2002. Some of us are still fighting our battles in the gym with every intention of obliterating all who oppose us while others are just kicking back and relaxing a bit because the year is coming to a close. Now what's wrong with the latter? Everything! Just because you are successful one year doesn't entitle you to success the following year.
The difference between these two scenarios is attitude. Attitude plays a major role in our everyday lives, whether you choose to accept it or not. In psychology, these two types of people are termed Type A and Type B.
Type A is an intrinsically motivated individual with the desire to be successful at what he/she chooses to endeavor. Type B is more of a laid back individual with an attitude which radiates: I can always do it tomorrow or I'll just take it easy.
Albeit the measure of success is not apparent by the type of personality one possesses, it does play a pivotal role in maximizing one's potential for success. Remember, this relates to all aspects of life but for the sake of boredom, I am going to relate attitude to success in the gym which in turn reflects upon your results.
So ask yourself this question and remember to be honest: What type of mentality do you have going into an intense work out? Are you looking forward to the self-inflicted pain using poundages which are heavy for you or do you go scurrying toward the cardio machine and dinky weights for the next 2 hours? If you answered yes to the first condition, then you could have a Type A personality when it comes to weight training or you could be borderline insane.
If you answered yes to the second condition, then you may want to re-evaluate why you're in the gym in the first place. After all, isn't it true that most of us want results when we religiously attend a fitness center? Well, if you aren't after results, then perhaps you should stop hogging all of the equipment and stay at home eating Doritos all day.
A lot of people ask me, "doesn't it hurt you to train so hard?" My answer is obvious, "Hell yeah it hurts!" People are unable to see it from my rationale. The idea behind this type of short and intense training that I endure can be easily summed up using this analogy: would you rather spend 8 hours studying for a test and make only a B when you know you could spend 2 hours studying for a test and make an A?
You're probably thinking how ridiculous that sounds but believe it or not, a lot of individuals I have encountered still can not get the answer correct.
Regardless of whether you answer the question correctly or not, you are still seeking results. So long as we agree on that, then everything else should fall into place provided that you are willing to bust your ass for a given period of time. I will provide those of you who are in dire need of motivation some tips to get your body in a workout groove so you too can garner the much sought after results.
Outline A Nutritional Program And Stick With It:
There are many nutritional programs out there ranging from high carb to low carb to high protein to low protein, etc. Determine what you want to do with your body and find a program which suits your personal needs.
Train At The Same Time Every Day:
Based on personal experience, I would recommend training at the same time every day. Once you get in a rhythm, your body almost expects a workout at a given time. Give it a go and see if you don't like it better.
Train With Consistency:
This one is a no-brainer yet people still can't figure it out. It is beyond me how people cannot understand such a simple concept. Set aside times and days to train and follow through with the plan. Simple as that.
Train With Your Brain:
Here's one that seems to elude most of the college lifters I encounter on a daily basis. Joe Somebody goes into the gym and tries to squat with poundages which are foreign to him only because the guy next to him is doing that weight. Now it makes no sense for this guy to ego lift, yet he still does it.
Rather, Joe Somebody should train according to his workout and not adjust it because he feels like showing off to the scantily clad women in the gym only to make a fool of himself. DO NOT EGO LIFT! If you've been guilty of ego-lifting, raise your hand.
I know I have but fortunately for me, I decided to take technique over poundages early in my lifting days. This has paid exceptional dividends because how you look is largely determined by how you train.
Train With Good Form:
I've trained a lot of people in the past and I've had the opportunity to watch others train as well only to be disappointed by how pathetic training form really is. Most of the gym-goers at the University of Georgia train with subpar training form. Once again, I credit this lack of form to the male's superego.
With women, it is slightly different. The women who train with bad form only do so because they do not know otherwise. Men, however, have no excuse. They've seen an exercise done 1,000 times and just by viewing, they should be able to catch on to something which seems so simple, yet elusive.
If you have doubt with your training technique, then watch a lifter with an above average physique and check is his/her training form. Notice the body mechanics and the fluidity with which the weights move and you will know that he/she has mastered proper form.
Supplement If Appropriate:
If you have the finances, then I would suggest getting on a supplemental program. It will make your journey that much easier. If you don't know what supplements to take, then find someone who does and ask. Do not be afraid to suck up your pride and ask. I didn't get to where I am today by only reading and self-experimentation.
Rather, I've had several individuals who have helped me along the way and I am grateful for their intervention. Without them, I don't think I would have been as successful as I have been.
Keep The Partying To A Bare Minimum:
If you really are serious about your physique and making improvements this year, I'll have you know that partying and drinking will prove only detrimental to your progress. Partying will keep you up till the late hours of the night and will greatly increase your chances of consuming alcohol among other things.
I shouldn't have to explain why alcohol is bad but let me say that alcohol contains 7 calories per gram and these are nothing but empty calories. If you think about it, that's a lot of excess calories and these extra calories can wreak havoc on your nutrition program.
Find A Consistent Partner:
Having someone to train with will dull the boredom that comes from doing something as monotonous as weight training or cardiovascular exercise. A partner can make the 60-to-90 minutes in the gym seem to last mere minutes and at the same time, he/she can motivate you to perform at an even higher level than you thought possible.
I've tried training with and without a partner and I must admit, having a partner is so much easier and much more fun. It's your choice. If you can get one, get one. If not, get a walkman.
ENJOY THE PROCESS!
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