The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. – Morihei Ueshiba
I’ve been actively lifting weights since my strongman uncle made me watch Pumping Iron sometime during high school. If you have an hour and a half, here is the full documentary on youtube. I like to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. I don’t have any aspirations to become a professional at anything, but training is a part of my daily life that benefits all other aspects.
Training Breeds Success
You can find stories about successful individuals like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Terry Crews, who were able to take advantage of opportunities just because they kept their body in shape. Your training will prepare you for the challenges that you’ll face in life. It breeds success.
It’s why you see so more ex-athletes transition into success in the real world like the Wall Street Lacrosse Mafia.
How Bad Do You Want It?
To achieve anything noteworthy, it’s going to take hard work. Right now you should decide how bad do you want it? As creatures of habit we like what’s comfortable and our safe routines. Breaking from these will not be easy.
Cheating and lying to yourself is easy. Oh, I worked out really hard yesterday; so I can just skip today and eat a big mac. This situation can be extrapolated into any scenario in your life where you rationalize that the hardwork you put in the day before justifies taking the next day off.
So how bad do you want to succeed? Here’s some motivation.Don’t take breaks. You are a machine. Turn the music up (check out my edm blog [WRR](http://whiteraverrafting.com)). Go Go Go Go.
Avoiding Wishful Thinking
Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality or reality.
I’ll look like this if I just do a few crunches and walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. That won’t help you. The acai berry diet won’t help you. The paleo diet might kill you. Fast food will put you on a lipitor subscription for the rest of your life.
From Sebastian Marshall;
Want a huge life gain right now? Sit and think about your last few weeks. I bet there’s something you keep repeating that’s not producing the desired result. How you could tweak it to do better? Really think on this, do it, it can be huge for killing frustrating off and producing more results.
For me it’s cardio. I hate doing cardio. I start running and then five minutes later, I’m tired and thinking that this sucks and is a waste of my time. But I’m not going to achieve my goals without doing it so, I’ve created new routines
- What is something you keep doing or not doing that is holding you back?
- Think about it
- Write it down and just stop doing it.
Set Your Goal
You probably fall into one of these categories.
- You want to add more muscle.
- You want to lose some weight and tone up.
- Ground zero with no idea where to begin.
Let’s also make this clear, lifting weights will not make you look like the hulk. Lifting weights will tone your body more effectively than running on a treadmill or any type of cardio. So I recommend no matter what level of fitness you’re on to do a combination of these three.
Start with Tony Defranco’s Westside for Skinny Bastards program that can be found here. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s for everyone. If you have trouble identifying the exercises, just look them up on youtube.
Other popular training programs include:
- Rippetoe Starting Strength
- Lee Hayward 12 Week Program
- Iron Man Bulk + Powerlifting
- 3 Day Beginner Workout
- 5×5 Workout Routine
Follow it exactly. Don’t cheat. Perform the reps with perfect form.
A necessary evil and something that I avoid at all costs. I prefer high intensity interval training where instead of doing 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical, I can get a harder workout in less time using HIIT. You can tailor a plan that works for you using these tools at BodyBuilding.com.
Here is a great article on Olympic Cardio that combines weight lifting and cardio into a new type of circuit training. Recommended if you don’t like to run.
Diet and Fat Loss
You may want to consult a nutritionist for this, but there are thousands of different diets available online or at your local Barnes & Noble. I don’t believe in diets because food is too good and life is too short not to enjoy food. That said, you should know what’s good to eat and what isn’t. If you’re eating too much minimize your portions.
This guide provided by Sleazy at BodyBuilding.net is probably the best – read here.
Like many other things in life, losing weight is easier said than done. In this case, much easier. While people can read books and books on how to do it, the constant dedication it takes seems to be too high a price for many. This would indicate that the problem is not a lack of information, but a lack of motivation – which, coupled with the easy access to calorie dense foods and the sedentary lifestyle of modern humans, can make losing weight seem to be a next to impossible task.
Looking for a small win you can start today?
Stop drinking sugary drinks
Sugar is literally killing you (Huffington Post).
Finding a Gym
Depending on your budget you can elect for a fitness club (usually with pool, raquet ball, sauna, other amenities), weightlifting gym (minimum on frills, necessary equipment, usually in a warehouse), or 24 hour gym (planet fitness, snap fitness, cheap but lack of free weights). If you have a bit of extra money $150+ and have already donated some to me, you might want to try a crossfit gym.
In ranking from cheapest to most expensive it looks like; 24 hour, weightlifting, fitness club and crossfit. Some places will have free memberships or trial periods which can be a great way to see if you want to take your training there. You can also hawk daily deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial that will usually have discount gym memberships posted each month.
We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist –-Vince McConnell
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