0As you continue to train, you will have setbacks and delays and at some point your training will get off track and you may wonder if you are ever going to develop the power and development you desire. At moments like that, you will be tempted to think its okay to be mediocre, but don’t give in and don’t settle for modest results. Determine now and forever that you will achieve the goals you have set for yourself. Nail yourself to your goals, and always think of the thousands before you who have achieved strength, power, size, and muscular development from weight training. IF THEY CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU!
0We need to return to the “you can do it” philosophy that inspired thousands of others to break the bonds of physical weakness, underdevelopment, poor health, or disease. Listen to coaches and writers who teach “YOU CAN” instead of “DON’T EVEN TRY!” We need a training philosophy based on the premise that everyone can get great results from weight training. We need to throw away the magazines and books that promote negativity. We need to program our hearts and our minds for success. We need to dare to succeed.
0If you don’t have an intense desire and training is not an absolute obsession with you, don’t start out to win these top titles and accolades. You may have the best genetics a man could possibly hope for, but you can still fail to reach those titles and records if you do not have a veritable consuming desire to reach those goals. You need desire and passion so you can keep on training hard year after year in spite of disappointments and failures along the way, with nothing slowing you down until you reach ultimate success. If you want to break records and win titles, you need to train hard enough and long enough, and you need to stick with it for the long haul.
0Too many men become discouraged and quit when they don’t succeed in attaining perfection with their first effort. Some men even start out expecting to win a Mr. America title or a world lifting title in two or three years, but it just isn’t done that way. To become a champion or to win something in the iron game, you need to pay your dues in the gym for years and years and you need to devote buckets of sweat in the process. Many men have tried time after time for years and years to win such titles. The ones who win are those who don’t give up, those who keep coming back year after year and those who keep on working and working until they finally make it. Failures include those who quit early and those who turn to steroids when times get tough.
0View no weight as impossible to lift. Set no artificial limits. Use cheating exercises, heavy partials, and low rep work to gradually accustom your mind to the idea that NO POUNDAGE is beyond your ability. If you learn to view a particular weight as light, your body will develop the strength and power so that the weight really does become light for you. This is the reason why cheating movements and power rack training are so successful for so many trainees.
0Nothing I have ever done in my life has paid me such big dividends as the hours I have enjoyably spent training. Care of the body is perhaps the happiest and most fulfilling hobby any man could have. I feel just as good today as when I first started lifting in our university gym ten years ago.
0Persistence is critical for a lifter at any stage. I believe this is especially true for a drug-free, advanced lifter. If you hit a plateau and you’ve been stuck in it for a couple of years, if you’re not persistent like most of the guys right now, what you would do instead is take the easy way out and inject yourself with steroids! Sure you’ll get bigger and stronger, for now. That is until you die of a heart attack when you reach the ripe old age of 30. To be persistent, you should not give up just because progress is slow or seemingly non-existent. Steroids are not the answer to this, only hard work and dedication. Strength training doesn’t come overnight, so you need to be relentless even when the gains come hard and slow.
0Life is too short to screw around when you train. Make it count when you wrap your hands around the barbell. Don’t be one of many who just visit the gym and has no meaningful result to show off for the time spent. Concentration is one of the “secrets” of drug-free lifting success.
0I have trained in gyms where guys who lifted very heavy weights wanted everyone’s attention. However, you don’t need to be the big man in the gym! Sure you will draw attention from the others in the gym as the weight becomes heavier in the squat and deadlift bars, but don’t bask in it. You do nothing but make a jerk out of yourself when you do that. Keep in mind that no matter how strong you become, there is always someone who can outlift you. If you are concerned about who is watching you lift, you are not concentrating properly.
Majority of “gym rats” and gym bunnies go through the motions merely for external motivation. That is, their only desire to train stems from the gym bunnies giving them lusty glances, their “personal trainer” telling them how awesome they’re looking, and trying to impress a few ladies at “the clubs” on Friday nights with their sculpted arms and fake tans. Hardcore lifters, however, are a separate breed. In order for them to continue to train year in and year out, they must utilize internal motivation. In other words, not to lift weights merely for the pleasure of others, but to do so because of the benefits it gives them in terms of increased strength, improved health, mental and physical toughness, and an overall sense of accomplishment.
0You only earn respect by doing, not talking. A lot of people talk about the human physiological response to strength training; however, they know nothing about real world strength training because they don’t do it. Respect is earned by doing, but it’s not just how much you lift that earns respect. It’s about effort. It’s hard not to like a guy who works his ass off. It’s hard not to respect a coach who works your ass off. Even a beginner who is not strong will be respected and like if he works hard.
0The reps to be performed by individual trainees and whether or not it will be effective to them will depend a lot on their psychological or mental makeup. High strung people tend to do better and benefit more from single rep training, while laid-back persons seem to respond better to medium or high reps.
0Mirrors are one of them, and today you won’t see a commercial gym that doesn’t have mirrors in it. That’s one of the really pressing problems of the iron game: everything is now so commercialized! From the supplements, equipment, trainers, even the training programs, there’s so much BS around that if you’re a newbie you’ll be lucky if you don’t get lost or confused. In no particular order, some of the worst things that put the iron game in a negative light are steroids, chrome machines, creatine, pec implants, body suits, body building, spandex, slow motion reps, “certified” personal trainers, and arm chair theorizers and world famous weight training authorities who don’t lift weights.
0What this statement means is strength doesn’t have anything to do how big or ripped your muscles are. Strength is all about being able to use all your muscles or most of your muscles in a given instant. To be considered strong you must be able to display overall body strength through coordination of the various muscle groups in compound movements. The mind and how much your brain is connected to your muscles have a lot to do with this coordination and overall strength.
0If you train by yourself, staying motivated is very important in achieving your lifting potential. Strength doesn’t come overnight, and it takes years and years of training to reach your strength potential. With this in mind, a lifter needs to set his goals mentally to lock in on and create the motivation for the long haul. These goals should be broken down into long term (5-10 years), intermediate (1-5 years), and short term (3months-1 year). The key to being successful with this type of plan is structuring your weekly training to allow consistent work every week without physically or mentally overtraining.
0Contrary to popular belief, weight training is more mental than physical, so to be successful in the iron game you need to train the mind as well. This is where mental toughness and testicular fortitude comes in. This means you need to stick to your guns when everything seems to be going against you. You need to keep on training even when it seems that further progress is impossible. And you need to force yourself, step by step, resolutely, relentlessly, and without compromise and hesitation towards your goal. Everything else follows with the correct mindset.
0The one attribute universally possessed by every man who ever achieved success in the iron game is persistence. Stick to your training, never give up, never get discouraged, and keep on going no matter how difficult the struggle or how far the distance to your goal. Don’t rely on anything else but hard work once the initial gains come to a standstill and in time you’ll reap the rewards.
0Persistence is the ability to stay focused on your goal, the courage to believe that you can and will achieve the task you have set for yourself, and the intelligence to ignore those who doubt you and tell you it can’t be done because they couldn’t do it and therefore don’t want you to do it. Strength training doesn’t come overnight, so you need to be relentless even when the gains come hard and slow.
0The pre-set visualization, focus, channeling, etc are all part of the mental aspects of heavy training. Psyching up helps in channeling the power of the mind to drive the body far, far beyond its limits. Careful attention to these factors can double or triple your overall rate of progress, as well as lead to far higher levels of strength, power, and muscular development than you would otherwise achieve.
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