“Saw A Vein On My Bicep Today At The Gym So I Guess You Could Say Things Are Getting Serious”. This meme went viral a couple weeks ago and I think it’s hilarious and holds some truth. When you start training hard and training consistently, your body will give you signs that you are doing it correctly. Whether it be you are dropping unwanted pounds, losing inches, gaining muscle, or gaining veins; your body will tell you. When I help people and instruct people I tell them to look at themselves. Yes I can give you an outside perspective but ultimately you are the one that can look in the mirror and see exactly what I see. Train hard, watch your body transform.

Saw A Vein On My Bicep Today At The Gym So I Guess You Could Say Things Are Getting Serious

Saw A Vein On My Bicep Today At The Gym So I Guess You Could Say Things Are Getting Serious

Go Hard Or Go Home. Words to live by. You have to put things into perspective. If you are going to invest time into training and going to the gym; why would you not put everything you have into it? Go into the gym with the mindset that you are going to go hard and destroy everything in your workout. Granted, some workout is better than no workout, but I can’t understand why you would go and half ass it to begin with. Go Hard Or Go Home.

Go Hard Or Go Home

Go Hard Or Go Home

I don’t often base preaching on winning or losing but I think it is a valid point to suggest.  The majority of people, whether they say they care or not, really get hurt when they lose at something.  I like this saying because you could take it a couple ways; Think Training’s Hard? Try Losing.  I like to take it in the perspective that I am losing in regards to myself.  I am failing at my goals, I am not making my weights, I am not being dedicated to myself.  This translate often into whether you win or lose in the competition as well.

In coaching gymnastics, I deal with a ton of children and the fact that there is only one winner in a competition.  It is very difficult to get a child to understand that the competition is not the victory but nailing all their routines and breaking their own barriers is the ultimate goal.  Keeping the focus of advancing one self mentally and physically is the ultimate reward.  The medal on your neck is the confirmation that you have done everything yoy have done has paid off.

 

Think Trainings Hard Try Losing

Think Trainings Hard Try Losing

While competing in Olympic Weightlifting we use to follow the Russian squat program.  This was a great and challenging program that I recommend to a lot of people really trying to improve their squat max.  The Russian squat program is a 3 day a week program with a day in between eat squat day.  So don’t do all 3 squat days in a row; allow for your legs to rest.

In doing this program we would notice a good 5% increase in max.  The program is calculated as percentages of your max then generally 6 sets at that percentage.  It’s a 6 week program and really does give great results.  I find the hardest day is Week 3 Day 2 because its 80% of your max for 6 sets of 6.  After that workout you can’t walk but feel like you can take on the world.

Now keep in mind this program is geared more towards people in the Olympic Weightlifting realm because it takes up so many days it can be hard to fit it into a bodybuilding routine.  However, if you are off season and bulking, it’s hard to argue with the results.

Check out this site for a calculator to easily get your Russian squat program percentages and numbers each week. Be sure to use a realistic max so as to be able to hit all the workouts as prescribed to get the max benefit.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/RussianSquatProgramGenerator.htm

 

 

The Wolf Climbing The Hill Is The Hungry One.

I love this quote. It’s great for every aspect of your life not just weightlifting. Once you get complacent where you are at, there will be someone gunning for you. Whether it be in your job or with your weightlifting endeavors. Always be the hungry one, climbing the hill, trying to destroy anything in your path.

The Wolf Climbing The Hill Is The Hungry One

The Wolf Climbing The Hill Is The Hungry One

“Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody want to lift no heavy ass weights.” Ronnie Coleman, Mr. Olympia 1998-2005

We all have those friends that are on tons of supplements and hitting the gym and bragging that they are going to be huge but they never squat or dead heavy weight. They are the pretty boys that are in it for the abs and arms. Lets face it, that’s not a bodybuilder. If you are not willing to do the core lifts and put some weight on that bar, you will never achieve true bodybuilder status.

Nobody Want To Lift No Heavy Ass Weights

Nobody Want To Lift No Heavy Ass Weights

Excuses are the easiest thing in the world to come up with and convince yourself that they are true. It takes self control and self discipline to train your mind that these excuses are just excuses. Just remember, if these are guys’ are still hitting the gym, you have no excuse not to be.

Whats Your Excuse

Whats Your Excuse

“The Greatest Victory Of All Is To Inspire” – Jeffrey Suijkerbuijk

I love this quote. I find myself training for two reasons; to better myself and to inspire others. You obviously reap the personal benefits or working out in both the physical aspects as well as the mental aspect. However, whether you know it or not, you may be impacting and motivating someone you don’t even know. I coach gymnastics and numerous times I have had gymnast come up to me and make a comment about motivating them to train harder or get stronger. Don’t ever think that you can’t have an impact on someone. Do it for yourself, do it to inspire others to do the same.

The Greatest Victory Of All Is To Inspire

The Greatest Victory Of All Is To Inspire