Moving on, I decided to write about how I train, not just basic programs, but the whole mentality of my training, explaining when, where, and why I do my thing. Get ready to take a ride with the Big Train McLane.
The gym I go to is more like a health club than a power gym. It has a room with a ton of machines and treadmills, and a smaller room with free-weights and a few essential machines. You can imagine that I spend most of my time in the weight room. I usually spend a good 90-to-120 minutes training.
I train long and hard, and it really improves my strength and muscle size. I have a training partner named Mike Toto, who is probably one of the biggest teenagers I know. He trains longer than I do, so you try telling him that high volume is bad. He is probably stronger than most of the adults on this site.
If I am not at my "Health club," I am working out at home, or at school. At home, I have my comfy little weight bench in the basement, or, I have my weight bench that I bought for a dollar, sitting right in my room. I usually go to the basement to lift. I put on the radio, listen to music on the TV, or put in a CD. I will get to the music section a little later.
Lifting in the basement gives me a lot more pump than the gym does, I don't know why. I don't usually see all the results of a gym, though, because I have a limited space and limited tools to work with. It is still a necessity for me when I don't have a chance to get to the club.
At school is probably the only place I work out during football season. It has just enough machines to suit your needs, and it is virtually empty, except for the coach, my other training partner, and me. His brother plays in the NFL. Did I mention we go at 6 a.m? Those workouts only last about an hour.
I have to cram a lot of lifting in a short time for that. I usually wake up at 5 a.m. to get ready for school, eat, pick up my training buddy, and run over to the school for a workout. I do that for a good two months during football season. During basketball season it is off and on with the club and the school, and the same with baseball season.
Music does not play that big of a part in my workout. It certainly is more enjoyable if I have music in the background, but I could really care less. When I go to the gym, the room with all the machines in it has some pretty up-beat music, but the weight room's music really sucks. I mean, I don't know how people can workout to this stuff. But, I just concentrate on something besides the music. When I am at home, I can put on the radio, listen to my television's music, or put in a CD.
If I want a workout CD, my friend will make one for me. He's pretty awesome with computers, so he could probably insert my head into a bodybuilder's body to make me look bigger. Not that I would, it's just that I have this friend who might.
If I am doing cardio in the machine room on the treadmills, music is a must. If I am running, or riding a bike, I would be so bored if there was no music playing. A lot of the music they play is chick music, but I learn to live with it. I can't imagine running for miles without any scenery or music playing, unless of course, when ESPN is playing on the TV in front of me.
My attitude toward working out is simple. Every time I go in the gym, I try to handle more weights (or do more reps with the same weight) than the last time I went in. I try to get bigger and stronger by working out. I don't walk in the weight room, stare at the squat rack, and see my enemy as the bar. I don't feel I have to conquer my enemy by doing a set of squats.
I really don't think anybody thinks like that, because that's just stupid. I don't look at a set of bench presses as a "Mountain" to cross. It's a bar with some weights on it. If I can't move the bar with a lot of weights on it, then I'm a wuss, plain and simple. It's not that I'm not "conquering my foe," it's just that I'm really weak, and I need to get stronger.
I don't accept the fact that I am weaker than most people are. I used to accept that. I came to realize that accepting that even though you aren't the biggest, but you know a lot means nothing. I try and work out to get bigger and stronger than other people. Tiger woods didn't say, "Oh, I'm not the best golfer, but it doesn't really matter because I know a lot about golf." He went out and practiced hard so that he could become the best golfer there is.
The same goes with any top athlete in sports. And you might say, "well, the coaches of the players aren't the best at the sport." In fact, most of the professional coaches in any sports league have played professional sports in the past. To make the pros in any sport is difficult, so you have to be pretty good. That's my attitude toward it.
I usually bulk most of the year. I am not really planning to be in a contest anytime soon. I'm not interested in it that much. When I rarely diet, I take hydroxycut, an appetite suppressant with a warning label a mile long. Luckily for me, I don't react to it. When I am bulking, I use whey protein, maybe creatine, glutamine (also when losing weight), and a weight gainer.
I just usually eat a ton of calories, no weird tricks. I am currently trying cell-tech, just to see if all that hype made about it actually has some truth to it. If not, then I just won't use it anymore. That is basically all of the way I train, in a simple note. I hope you might have learned something, or at least this article interested you.
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