Monday, November 23, 2009

the mind, the matter.

It’s funny the way my mind plays tricks on me when I’m training.

Dizziness, heavy breathing, restricted breaths due to the lack of oxygen, shaky hands, sweaty palms, seeing double.

“Mel, I’m sorry but it’s not safe to do anymore. It’s time to quit”.

It’s time to quit? Bullshit.

It’s time to FINISH what I started.

As a beginner though, you don’t KNOW any better. I know I didn’t.

You head to the gym, unaware and uninformed of what’s to come.

Your body doesn’t know what the hell’s going on when you’re pumping out reps on the bench press.

It’s been on vacation for the past 20 years, don’t think it didn’t notice when you blindfolded it, chucked it in the car and decide to take it for a wild night out on the town.

As a beginner, you don’t know that your body is capable of going a LOT further than you feel it can, and the reason why you want to stop has to do with the interleukin-6 (receptors in the brain).

When you reach that point of pain, you stop.

You do not pass go. You do not collect $100.

Why? As a safety measure – the brain tells your body “hey, listen up . . I’m warning you here . . You’re going to hurt yourself soon. STOP NOW”.

Our brain has that pain turned on FULL BLAST before our tank is running on empty.

It tries to screw with us.

But as you develop further in your training, gain knowledge, as you become more aware of your body, you feel how far you can push your body, and you slowly, slowly push those limits each time you enter the gym.

Thus, grabbing the 20 plates instead of the 15’s, or the 5’s instead of the 2.5’s.

It’s truly amazing how much you grow and develop from your training, constantly witnessing how your body reacts to different movements, different variations, different machines, different functions.

The body is truly a God-like sculpture, so treat it like one.

BEGINNERS – here’s some tips to get you started . . .

· Guys (and girls who want to build), get someone with an abundance of good knowledge and references to show you the best exercises for gaining maximum amount of muscle. (if these don’t include compound movements, STEP AWAY FROM THE VEHICLE)
· Extreme results come from extreme dedication.
· Do you research. Then back it up with more research. Then back THAT up with more of your own research to prove the proven point.
· Keep a food diary. An HONEST food diary. Write down EVERYTHING you eat. You not being honest is only cheating yourself and cheating your results. If you want it bad enough, you’ll do it.
· CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY. It takes time to get to where you want to go. It didn’t take you a week to get to where you are now, why would you think it would be any easier?
· Don’t blame genetics for looking the way you do. Genetics didn’t force you to scoff down the large fries and a coke now did they?
· Men, you have LEGS! Doesn’t matter how lavish that upper body appears to be, two words . . “SQUAT RACK”. And no I don’t mean for curling!
· There’s no reason why you women can’t train as hard as men. Show them what you’re made of!
· Women, STEP AWAY FROM THE TREADMILL and do some weights! Keep that metabolism revved up for the next 24-48 hours!

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