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Life Lessons Right Out Of The Gym

Whether you go to the gym to build muscle, lose weight, get a six pack, or simply because you enjoy it, there is more than just a physical return for your hard work. I believe that there is an equally valuable reward that comes from the gym. It offers much more than just the dream body you want. It offers a winner’s mentality and concepts applicable to everyday life. Check these out.

Consistency

Going to the gym once or twice a month isn’t going to bring you results. You have to be disciplined enough to get your ass up and to the gym several times a week. You have to work hard every time you go and walk out of the gym knowing you kicked ass.

Just like in life, if you want to learn something new or get better at something, you’re not going to see much improvement if you’re doing it every once in a while. You have to be committed and consistent with whatever your trying to accomplish.

The results you see are the reflection of the time and effort you put in. 

This doesn’t mean kill yourself by hitting the gym every day or practicing whatever it is for 10 hours, but it does mean committing a good amount of time to reach your goal.

Supplements

Take all the supplements you want but this isn’t how you will grow and get stronger. A lot of people have the misconception that if they spend $200, take 6 pills a day, and drink 2 different supplement powders they’re going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In life we can see a similar concept. If you want to become a pro at let’s say, playing the piano, you won’t accomplish this by subscribing to 5 piano magazines and buying 12 books. If you want to be fit and healthy you have to actually workout. If you want to be good at something you actually have to do it, not just read about it or watch people do it.

Same Workout, Same Results

If you do the same exercises everyday you’re not going to grow. The body is amazing at adapting to the same workouts. You have to switch it up.

In life, if you’re looking for results you can’t keep doing the same thing! Whenever you feel comfortable get into the habit of changing that right away. The reality is that we see the most growth when we feel challenged.

Obviously keep learning and getting better at whatever it is you’re doing, but find different ways. You can’t read the same book or watch the same tutorial 10 times and expect to get better.

Without challenge there is no growth.

Rest and Recover

Don’t expect crazy results if you’re not resting after killer workouts. You can’t destroy yourself at the gym every day and not rest! You have to eat and get enough sleep if you want your muscles to recover and get stronger.

In life it’s very similar, you can’t overload yourself with work and duties and not rest. This only comes with stress and feeling overwhelmed.

You have to rest in order to grow.

Give yourself time to let new information and skills be processed. Don’t just keep shoving things at your brain and expect it to learn it all.

Hard Work Equals Results

Those that work hard at the gym and actually put their phones down are usually the ones with real results. Stopping at 8 reps when you know you can get to 12 is just not cool.

If you want the results you gotta pay the price.

In life we can see the same thing. Successful people didn’t get there by just talking about their goals. They didn’t get there by “kinda trying.” They got there with hard work. Consistency and discipline are the traits successful people have mastered.

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The Art Of Planning And Why You Should Master It

To do anything correctly it’s well known we must have a plan. Google defines the word plan as “a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.” So if a plan helps us achieve things why don’t we make use of plans in our everyday lives? Why don’t we plan for a good day and achieve whatever it is we want? Rather than going through the day doing this and that, I challenge you to go through it knowing exactly what’s coming next.

Why Should I Master The Art Of Planning?

Planning your day out rather than accepting whatever comes your way makes for a much more simple and stress free one. If you set a schedule for the next day you’ll know almost exactly what’s coming and when it’s going to come.

We’ve all had those days running all over the place doing what seems like everything there is to do and it’s not very fun. Keeping track of all that has to be done in our heads only makes for bad headaches and an overwhelming feeling from all that has to be done.

Need some motivation? Write down your day’s plan and watch everything you’ve set out to do be accomplished. For example, let’s say tomorrow you wanna go to the gym, you have to do homework, and you gotta cook. Wouldn’t it be nice to literally see everything get done as you check them off?

Another great reason to start planning your days out comes from a study done by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthew’s who found that we are 42% more likely to do anything if we write it down.  So if we can save ourselves from stress, headaches, and accomplish more of what we set out to do by planning,  shouldn’t we all be doing this? I think so.

Also keep in mind you have the freedom to write down anything in your plan. If you wanna lose weight write down in your plan “don’t buy junk food tomorrow.” If you want to start saving money write down “deposit $100 tomorrow.” You see another beauty of writing down a plan is that when you read it the next day you’ll know it seemed like a good idea yesterday even if you don’t want to do it today.

Your plan doesn't have to be fancy. Make it simple and straight to the point.

Your plan doesn’t have to be fancy. Make it simple and straight to the point.

Four Easy Steps

1. Grab a piece of paper and a pen.

2. Think of what you need, have, or want to do.

3. Write it down.

4. Look at it tomorrow and feel in control of your day.

So there you have it. That’s the art of planning. It’s not hard, it doesn’t take up a lot time, and it’s free. Trust me when I say it makes life easier! I do this daily and I can honestly say it’s made life better. I don’t have to worry about forgetting things, I know what I have to do, and I know when I’m going to do them. It’s made everything simpler and I think everyone could benefit from this. So try it out and see for yourself.

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-P.S. if you keep up with my blog (which makes you awesome) you might have noticed I didn’t post anything last week and that was because I started school on Monday. I’m currently in the process of figuring out how I’ll fit the blog into my new school schedule so I don’t know how often I’ll be publishing posts! For now it’ll be pretty random but I will keep posting at least once a week. Again thanks for reading!
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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

We all go to the gym for our own reasons, whether you want to gain weight (muscle weight,  I would hope) or you’re trying to lose a couple pounds, we’re all primarily focused on getting fit and looking good. In order for us to achieve this it’s well known that we must work hard, eat good, and rest.

While you may be doing all these things you may be asking yourself where these results are. You’re dedicated, you’ve got good workouts, you’re eating good yet you still don’t see what you want.

I’ve put together 3 reasons why you might not be seeing results and what you can do about it starting today.

1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of  this by sleeping and let the body recover.

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of this by sleeping and let the body recover.

Regardless of the exercise you’re doing you are tearing muscle fibers. This tearing of the muscle fibers is what allows us to grow bigger and stronger muscles. While you may have figured out how to successfully tear these fibers and feel sore the next day you must also realize sleep is essential for growth to occur.

While you sleep your body is in regeneration mode. It uses the precious hours of rest to rebuild all the muscle fibers you tore during your workout so they can grow stronger and bigger. If you don’t give your body the time it needs to fix itself you won’t be giving yourself the results you’re working hard for either.

It is recommend that we sleep 8-10 hours for optimal muscle growth (in other words, results) to occur. So if you want to grow, if you want those results, make sure you don’t forget sleep. Train hard but don’t be an ass to your body either by depriving it of sleep.

2. You Aren’t Focusing

Don't underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

(MMC) Mind-Muscle Connection. You may think working out is all physical, I mean you are trying to get physically fit here but it really isn’t all physical. The ability to move your muscles and contract them is entirely dependent of this Mind-Muscle Connection. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to flex, without this you can’t move.

When you’re lifting weights you shouldn’t be worried about anything else other than this connection. Don’t think about how much you’re lifting, don’t think about who’s looking or what you’re doing later, just focus on the muscle you’re trying to work on.

The more you can improve this communication between your brain and muscles the better you get at engaging all the fibers in the muscle you are working. So really the more muscle fibers ripped the more ripped you get as well.

3. You’re Not Switching It Up

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting time. There isn’t much else to say about this one because it’s simple and it makes perfect sense. If you’re doing the same workout for more than 3 months you’re no longer giving your body the challenge it needs to feel in order to get stronger.

Find new workouts, challenge your body, and stick to it. You don’t get smarter learning the same thing over and over again so don’t expect your muscles to get stronger doing the same thing every week.

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3 Reasons Why You Stopped Hitting The Gym

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You got the gym membership, you got the new shoes, made the awesome playlist, you went for a week or two, and that was it. I see a lot of people have epiphany’s all of sudden wanting to get in shape but they don’t follow through. So why is there all this gym hype but no muscle being built and no calories being burnt? I believe the reasons people stop hitting the gym are because they either get discouraged by everyone that’s already in shape, they don’t see progress fast enough, or they simply just lack motivation. If you’re one the many who started working out only to quit a couple days later, let’s find out why and start getting in shape for real this time.

You get ready for the gym, you walk in ready to kick ass, and all of a sudden you feel unmotivated and kinda discouraged by everyone in there. It happened to me when I started and I think it’s a very common gym problem.

For me it’s always been about gaining weight, losing the spaghetti arms, and being able to fill in shirts. While today I’m proud to say I’ve gotten bigger and filling in clothes better I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to start hitting the gym. I remember struggling when it came to curling 15 pound dumbbells or not being able to bench press a fourth of what all these huge dudes were lifting,and just wanting to quit. It’s a shitty feeling realizing how much weaker we are than these people but we can never forget that the dude benching three plates and the chick with the perfectly toned legs started out just like you and didn’t get there by quitting. I started to realize that these people should be used as inspiration and not discouragement. You can’t get all negative and upset with yourself because you need to realize everyone was a beginner at one point; no one is a pro from day one. Also realize that pushing yourself to your limits is the same thing as the ripped dude or girl hitting their limits. No guy gets swole in one day and no girl get’s the perfect body in one day either, remember that.

BOOM! The first day you leave the gym drenched in sweat and can barely walk. The second day you do the same and you feel on top the world but a couple days later you’re walking out earlier and not feeling that same pump. Without motivation getting in shape is very hard to accomplish.

We all naturally start something with the end in sight, and in order to successfully get where we want be physically it is absolutely necessary that we do this. Everyday when you get to the gym you have to know exactly what you want to get from it. It’s entirely up to you how intense it will be and how well you use your time there. Either you walk on the treadmill while texting your buddies or you push yourself to your limits and get it done. What always works for me is envisioning everything that I’m going to do when  I’m at the gym throughout the whole day. I prepare myself mentally everyday before I hit the gym, I know what I’m going to do. When I’m getting near my last minutes of cardio or have 3 reps left I remind myself how bad I want these results, and how this is only getting me closer to them. Whether it’s looking at pictures of fitness models, watching YouTube videos, or keeping a chart of the progress your’re making, it is imperative that you find a source of motivation. Those weights aren’t going to lift themselves.

“Bro, I’ve been hitting the gym for a whole month and I don’t see results, wtf.” You know you’ve heard this or said it before, and I don’t blame you. We start working out because we’re not happy with how we look and we want change NOW. You jog 6 miles a day or lift weights for 2 hours everyday for a whole month and you see no results. It’s understandable that this could be annoying and make us want to quit but if you get past this stage I doubt you’ll ever stop working out. Once I started seeing results I gained a huge a boost of confidence and motivation. I felt like if I didn’t go the gym all the hard work I put in to get here would be wasted. When it comes to fitness you need to realize that results won’t come fast, but if you keep working hard they will without a doubt come. I can’t tell you how long it will take to see them, but always keep in mind “anything easy to accomplish is probably not worth much.”

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After Reading This You Will Want To Do It

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust do it. Unless you’re living under a box you have probably seen or heard this recently. If you haven’t… stop living under a box. This is Nike’s big message to people buying their products. It’s only three words but I think that it’s meaning is very powerful and could make us better, disciplined, and harder working people.We all have two choices available to us at all times. The choices are simple, either take a step forward or remain where you’re at.

I don’t ever want to stay put in life. Life is just too beautiful and too short to stand still and let it fly by. Taking steps forward is how we grow, how we accomplish goals, and how we take control of our lives; so life doesn’t take control of us. In order for us to move forward we must first think about what is we want or want to accomplish and then we act on it. By this I mean just getting out there and doing it. The problem is a lot of us get stuck on the second step, which happens to be the most important step.

If you want to do something, seriously, just fucking do it. No one is stopping you! Just think about for a second. I like to amaze myself everyday and think about this life that we are living; it’s awesome. We could have been born ants or freakin’ cucumbers for all we know and we happened to experience life as humans. Life is too precious to not do exactly what it is we want to,  and to live it the way we want to. So get off your ass and do whatever it is you wanna do.

Whether it’s becoming a millionaire, famous, mastering the piano, traveling the world, or even starting a new hobby; you deserve it and you know you can accomplish it. It’s just all about wanting it badly enough and taking action. We have all these ideas and goals we want to accomplish but we don’t make moves, we don’t take steps forward. I feel like the reasons we don’t is because we get caught up thinking about how to do it, when we’ll be “ready”, or expecting life to hand it to us because it just knows we want it that bad, like it’s destiny you’ll be a millionaire. But no, it won’t work that way, and you know this.

Stop telling yourself, you’re not ready, you don’t know how to do it, it’s too hard, you can’t accomplish it by yourself, etc. We have to take this opportunity to make life exactly as we want it because its just so incredible. All it takes is doing it. If you want it that bad, you’ll do whatever it takes to save the money for it, you’ll learn everything you can about it, you will master the subject, you’ll put everything aside to accomplish this specific goal. Really think about, you can do it. A great example of just taking action and doing what you want is me starting this blog. For about about month or so I wanted to start a blog. First, I started by googling things like “how to blog”, “what to blog about” and “how to get people to read your blog.” Yeah, these are reasonable questions to ask but after a couple days of “research” I realized I lost my motivation and didn’t take the last step; taking action. See, the problem is I thought about it too much and in away discouraged myself away from starting a blog. A couple weeks later I felt that same feeling, I wanted to start blogging. The difference this time around is I knew I had to just do it. How is it possible for me to learn and answer these questions I had without even starting a blog? I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing but each day I’m getting better and better at it. The key is to just feel that impluse to do something and start right away. Don’t over think it.

Now it’s not gonna happen in an hour, a week, a month, or a year from now but you should know anything worthwhile isn’t easy to accomplish. One of my favorite quotes as of right now is, “a year from now you will have wished you started today”. All it takes is making that first move forward and really doing it. Stop thinking about doing it, and just do it.

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