There is this common misconception amongst folks that think that bodybuilding is a part-time gig. Not sure where this came from. Do you think that Phil “The Gift” Heath got to where he is because he has a “gift?” Some people actually do. There is more to bodybuilding than genetics. I am tired of hearing that either you have good genetics or you do not. There is no in-between. How silly does that sound?
If you want anything in life, you need to work for it… and work hard for it. If you want to succeed in bodybuilding, it takes much more than a part-time effort. It takes an immense amount of work to achieve your goals. And by the way, you will never reach your goals. You will never be big enough nor will you ever be 100% satisfied with your muscular balance. Welcome to the world where you always want to be bigger and better. I would not change it for the world.
To gain lean muscles mass, it requires hard work and a truly intense effort. After all, you are breaking down your muscles for them to repair themselves bigger and stronger. Your muscles are amazing. They learn better and your work out harder. They will fight you at every turn. If you do not ramp up the intensity, your muscles will not feel the need to grow. This is a vicious cycle that never ends. Once again, I would not change it for the world.
When you work out, you need to challenge yourself. You need to be at your best every time and then challenge yourself to push beyond your best effort. The intensity needed, both physically and mentally, is astounding. Of course, you get what you put in, so working this hard is only for the ones who truly want it. Do you truly want it? Are you willing to push your limits with every set? Every rep? Most are not.
Push Yourself to Succeed
Everyone is different, so what motivates them varies, but the one constant is that you need to motivate yourself. Do not rely on others to motivate you. If you need someone to motivate you, then you are fighting a losing battle. Support from others is amazing, but ultimately, you need to do it for yourself.
Here are a few things that you can do every workout to push the boundaries of what you thought you could handle.
- Use better form with each set.
- Increase the weight with each set, or at least with every workout.
- Always push until your can no longer lift the weight. You always have something left.
- Utilize rest-pause training when you need to. Wait a few seconds and push out a few more reps. You will surprise yourself.
- Finish the last set of an exercise with a drop set every once in a while.
- Supersets are a nice change of pace to really shock the muscles.
What About Nutrition?
I am not going to dwell on this for too long. It is not that your diet is not important. It is more important that your workouts actually, but this is a conversation for another day.
The most important part about nutrition is to log everything though. You will be surprised how much you may be under-eating or overeating when you actually see it in writing.
Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.