way to attack your goals is to detail your direct path in order to get
there before you haphazardly attempt them. If you want to go at it with
the high possibility of failure, then you may begin now or continue
what you are doing already. Have you ever heard of the saying, "fail to
plan, plan to fail"? If you want to attempt your
bodybuilding goals with the least possibility of failure, then I suggest you read the following editorial first.
Gary Strydom has for years practiced the importance of mental preparation. He goes as far as training in
Gold's Gym in Venice
at 10.30 in the evening knowing that the facility will be quiet at this
time, allowing very little distraction to break his concentration when
obliterating his muscles. He has a picture in his mind of what he wants
to achieve and look like, and he will do everything necessary to keep
that picture in his mind during his entire workout. 6 Times
Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates
did something very similar. He remembered the exact sets and reps he
did on every exercise to write into his training log book when he
returned home over an hour following his workout because his entire day
revolved around the certain body part he was training. "I knew what
exercises I was going to do and in what order before I even got to the
gym because I had already done it several times that day in my mental
preparation. The image was so vivid, I could even picture what I was
wearing," said Yates.
First of all, with your
genetic disposition in mind, picture a perfect physical mental image of
yourself, and then write down in detail how the image looks. Don't
write anything too far fetched, - be objective. Write down how you
would like to have your abs look like, - are they deep, muscular,
toned, complete with obliques and intercostals? How do the biceps look?
Would they be peaked and sharp or longer but thick and bulky? Your
genetic heritage and mental image should predetermine how these will
appear with the help of an impeccable nutrition and training regime in
place. Another good idea is to look through your copies of bodybuilding
magazines and locate an athlete whose physique you admire and feel that
you would like to physically mimic. Cut that picture out and place it
somewhere where you are reminded of your goal on a frequent basis.
Before you leave your home or workplace for the gym, try to focus on
the body part you are about to train. Picture how you are going to
attack your workout and whether it may be a heavy day or a higher
repetition day. Prioritize your weak points at the beginning of your
workout and predetermine what exercises you will do on that day. If you
feel that you are lacking motivation, enhance the feeling of
embarrassment and failure on a bodybuilding stage in front family and
friends, all because you didn't give your all on that day. This will
help you dig down deep and prevent this occurrence ever happening by
having a harder workout. Take some time to sit in your car before you
walk into the gym and enhance the feeling of adrenaline that comes with
victory, clear your mind and focus on the job in hand.
Endorphins are "feel good" drugs
that are naturally produced within your body, and these little magical
friends can work wonders towards your physical capability if you can
tap into them. Mixing the potion of
endorphins and adrenaline is the real key to breaking past barriers and reaching personal bests in and out of the gym. Power lifters use this combination to break records all of the time.
Different people have motivational factors and it is up to you to find
which unlocks the key to your enhanced feeling of euphoria. Some people
look at bodybuilding magazines, pictures and/or posters upon the gym
wall for their source of inspiration, whilst others use high energy
music to get the adrenaline surge needed to push out that extra rep.
Sometimes mental imaginary of the muscle's anatomy can get you to where
you want to go. Whatever it may be that works for you, tap into it and
maintain that focus for your time in the gym.
One of the main things that you need to do when you are working out is
to focus on the muscle you are working. Use the mirror, not to look at
you hair or blemishes, but to see the muscle working, filling with
blood and molding to the shape you have longed for.
Champion bodybuilder and former Master Olympian
Robby Robinson constantly
focuses on how he wants to look onstage when he is training. You can
hear him say "side chest, most muscular" when he is completing a set of
flyes, and "rear double bicep, lat spread" when hitting selective back
exercises. This may sound extreme and odd to people within the
vicinity, but the proof is, it works for him. Find what works for you.
Most gyms are busy so you need to take extra care not to get distracted
by people walking by when you are training. IFBB Pro, Ernie Taylor
occasionally used to drape a towel over his head so no distractions
would come into his vision, besides I think it would scare other
members away from approaching him. Place headphones on your ears, even
if you aren't listening to music to avoid people talking to you and
interrupting your concentration and focus.
Remember, many people are the masters of nutrition, training or both,
but a lot of people choose to ignore the power of what can be
accomplished when more attention is paid to the power of the mind. High
class business men, inventors and success stories use this much
forgotten power. If you want to your physique to look like it resides
on a professional, I suggest you use this abundance of power too.