Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Not 1 Thing, It's Everything

Training is a combination of many factors that include exercise selection, rest, nutrition and mindset.  Knowing where your head is at is one of the most overlooked aspects related to reaching goals in the gym.

Exercise selection, rest, and nutrition information can literally be found anywhere.  Picking exercises is not as important as finding some type of program you will stick with.  I talk about that here.  Stick to the basics and be consistent.  Don't change everything as soon as you hit a bump in the road.  Gains will come.  The subject of rest is a little tougher to tackle.  With the pursuit of everyone trying to become an elite athlete, rest has gotten a raw deal.  To begin there should be a programmed Deload every 3-4 weeks depending on how many days you train.  Set a base (Week 1), increase the weight and break record (Week 2), and finally go for broke (Week 3).  The Deload is very important and a good rule of thumb is to cut working volume in half.  Rest as serious as you train and recovery shouldn't be an issue.  

Nutrition is one of the most misunderstood aspects related to physical goals.  There's low carb, low fat, Atkins, Zone, Paleo, Eat Everything In Sight no wonder everyone eats like crap.  Do research and don't always listen to the guy that got ripped from eating nothing but tuna and water.  A modified Paleo with the occasional carb or dairy is what I usually follow.  Although I have messed around with meal timing don't worry about that until you are eating consistently clean.  

The final piece to the overall approach to strength training is mindset.  I'm sorry but if you think you can just buy some guys Ebook or get a membership to some gym and everything will take car of itself you are in for some trouble.  There will be bumps in the road, setbacks, and challenges.  Making sure everything is right between your ears will help prevent frustration.  It's simple no one can make things happen for you.  Work to find that place deep inside where everything is blocked out and total focus is the only option.
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