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(Note: The picture on the left is from 2008 and the picture on the right is from 2015)
In order to be successful in the iron game and build a great physique there are some rules that lifters must follow.
The folks who follow these rules will ultimately build their best physique, increase their athletic performance, forge mental toughness, and unleash their inner greatness.
The folks who do not follow these rules will always be spinning their wheels when it comes to real results. How many years do you want to go to the gym just to look the exact same or worse during each passing year? Who wants to spend time training just to look like they do not even workout?
The goal in fitness is to make progress. Everybody does not want to be an elite athlete or bodybuilder and that is perfectly acceptable. But at some point you have to take some pride in your health, physique, and performance.
People are living in pain every day. The two main forms of pain I have observed in my 11 years as a fitness professional are:
1) A complete lack of self-confidence and feelings of disappointment based on what a person observes when they look in the mirror or in photos and see their physical body.
2) Various health ailments that cause physical pain due to a lack of consistent training, good nutrition, and quality sleep.
The cure to these preventable mental and physical ailments is living the Fit Life. There is no feeling in the world than being in fantastic shape.
How much progress you make is ultimately up to you. Here are my 14 principles for building a great physique:
This is the key because if you do not have consistency with your training, nutrition, and recovery, you will never progress in your quest to improve your performance and physique.
It is impossible to get to a goal without a high level of dedication. You have to stay focused on developing your body and improving your performance.
It is important to understand that goals are not reached overnight. The human body requires time to adapt and make changes.
Getting to the next level is not a smooth journey and at times it will require extraordinary willpower. Successes and failures will occur, but do not let your wins go to your head and your losses go to your heart.
Walking into a mission with no plan will result in a total disaster. Map out your journey and follow it.
In order to get to a goal, you have to want it bad. Your desire to get into top, physical condition has to burn wildly.
Have you ever met someone who never touched the iron go from an out of shape journeyman to a fit superstar in mere months? Results require patience as the iron game is a marathon.
Believe in yourself and do not let negative influences get your spirit down.
Circumstances will reveal your heart. Having the heart of a champion will make any obstacle seem obtainable.
3 sets of 10 reps all year in every exercise will not create a phenomenal physique. Make minor changes every few weeks with your movements/sets/reps/rest to keep your training from getting stagnant.
Being out of shape for long time does not mean you should expect to be in top, physical condition in short time. The best supplement that will give you the greatest results over time is called CQE aka “a consistent, quality effort.”
- Hard Work
Hard work cannot be replaced. In other words, without putting in that work, you can never challenge your body to reach its full potential.
Read and explore the world of not only strength training but also nutrition and recovery. The iron game is so much deeper than just “working out.”
Approach your nutrition and training schedule with great discipline. Do not let the temptation to consistently eat bad or skip training days ruin your progress.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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