If you have not already, check out the first part of this post HERE.
6. Be all business in the gym – Once I start my workout, it is time to get my hands dirty. The phone goes bye-bye, the headphones are on and all distractions are gone. I take my 20-30 minutes to warm-up/work on mobility/focus the mind and once I start, I keep going until I am done. I don’t care what’s on TV, I don’t care about putting on a show and I don’t care about what the rest of the world is eating on facebook or which celebrity just became pregnant; I care about putting everything into each workout that I can. Do you free your distractions before exercising?
7. Supplement everything in the gym with your life out of the gym – I get my meal in before I exercise, I eat immediately after, 1 hour after and for every 3 hours until bedtime. If I am prepping for a bodybuilding show, every calorie is planned. Some people may think this is extreme but I have been doing it now for so long, it’s like second nature. I also try to get my sleep in and can make light of little things during the day so they do not become stress. What do you do to manage outside factors like nutrition, sleep and stress?
8. Be able to cheat– Unless it’s during those crazy 10-14 weeks of contest prep, which has been 4x in the past 4 years, I can let loose. If I go out, I’ll order what I want. If I’m at the bar, I can have a few drinks and not even put a single thought into it. This is because, in general, I am living a healthy active life. Unless I am in strict competition, I don’t monitor every single thing that I am doing. Otherwise, what is the point of living? We need some balance. Just keep in mind however, there is a difference between being able to cheat and going out of your way to stuff a ridiculous amount of food into your mouth every week under the guise of a “cheat day”. One is healthy and one is not. What do you do in moderation to enjoy yourself?
9. Stop caring about what everyone else is doing – It never ceases to amaze me, how many people talk to me about my marathon training or bodybuilding training and then immediately come back with “Well I’m no bodybuilder like you, but my workouts are….blah blah blah” or “well I’m not running a whole marathon like you or anything but I’m training for a 5k….”. The pre-qualifying statement before telling me about a workout informs me that I am being compared to, which is wrong for so many reasons. Worry about yourself and make sure that you are getting stronger, faster or leaner each month. Not stronger, faster or leaner compared to me or compared to your neighbor….just stronger, faster or leaner, PERIOD. When I shoot around with a basketball, I’m not going to look at Michael Jordan and say “Well Mike, I don’t have 6 championship rings, but my jump shot is getting there”. Do you find your self confidence go down, because you unrealistically compare yourself to people that are masters in the area that you are comparing?
10. Ignore all the noise – There is plenty of noise in the fitness world. New gadgets, dvds and programs are coming out all the time but at the end of the day, they all say the same thing: if you move around more and eat healthy, you will lose weight. When I exercise, I realize that my program is working for me. I don’t need to incorporate changes like a 21 day cleanse or take some new class that promises me results. If you are making forward progress with your exercise (stronger, leaner, faster), then you do not need to make changes; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I always get asked “Aaron have you tried this exercise?” or “Aaron, have you thought of changing your workout to 9 sets of this and 5 sets of this instead?”. My response is usually “No, because what I’m currently doing is not broke, so it does not need to be fixed”. If what you are doing IS broke, is it because of diet or exercise? And is it really broke or are you just being impatient? Or are you just bored because A.D.D is kicking in?
What workout principles do you live by?