Staying Motivated

Create New Goals

If you’re a bodybuilder and tired of the voluminous training programs, just do something different. Perhaps you can swap out the volume for daily squatting like many of the Olympic lifters do? If you aren’t into that, just cut your training back to three or four days per week for a while.

Regardless of the goal you choose – make sure it’s realistic for the time frame and that you have a plan of action. Know exactly where you’re going and what you’ll do to get there.

Get Out of Your Own Way

Hire a coach – yes, let go of your old habits and put trust in another fitness professional to guide you on a personalized training plan. It might not be easy at first, but having another set of eyes can go a long way in your development. We tend to be biased when it comes to building our own training programs – we often find it easier to make things less strenuous on ourselves and operate in our comfort zone.

Having a coach who can be objective about your current fitness levels and goals will prove very beneficial to you as they lack the bias you possess. In short, they’ll make you do what’s truly best for you, not what you think is best.

I’ve found my strength improves when following a well-designed plan from another fitness pro because they usually have me doing something else than what I’d normally choose for myself. It’s also worth mentioning doing such a thing removes the added stress we often inflict upon ourselves when worrying about our programming, and subsequently making unnecessary changes every few weeks or so.

Get Competitive

Maybe you’ve got your training in order, but you need an extra element to get you fired up again. If this is the case, get competitive. If you’re a fan of powerlifting, join a club. Train with the other athletes and plan for your first lifting meet.

If you happen to enjoy Olympic lifting, find a good coach to help you prepare for a contest and don’t back out! Work your tail off and see where you’re at once competition time arrives. Maybe you enjoy more endurance-related activities. If so, check out those events as well. Most cities will have sponsored endurance events (5k’s triathlons, marathons, etc.).

It doesn’t matter what it is you choose to participate in, as long as it’s something you enjoy doing and gives purpose to your training.

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Advantage of Being Single and Training

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If you find yourself suddenly single, take the time that you would normally spend with a lover and use it to make yourself even more attractive. Take a college course, read that long novel you’ve been staring at in the bookstore window, do some yoga, go on a diet — anything to make yourself a better person. Not only will you be better of for it, but you may find that this increase in your charisma will attract potential future partners. Working out, increasing your brain power, etc. will only make you more attractive to potential mates. Of course, this means that eventually you’ll give up these new pursuits — but the improvement you gain while single can’t be taken away.

Being single is the perfect time to work on the most important person in your life: YOU!
So start a training program and stick to it, by being single you have no excuses. You have the freedom to train when you want, how you want, where you want, when you want and how long you want. With all this said you will achieve greater results at your training sessions, whether it would be at the gym, or going for a run.

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Natural Muscle Is The Way To Go

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There are various kinds of natural body building muscle regime which will benefit in the long run in many ways. The most important benefit of these regimes is that the muscles of the body are built through the natural process. So there is no fear of side effects and other kinds of health problems. And the muscles of the body also remain firmer and healthier for a longer time as compared to taking steroids. Hence it is best to chose the natural way of building muscles instead of opting for chemicals and drugs which cause the body more harm than good.

A healthy diet and the natural growth of muscles also help the body to develop naturally and hence enhance the immune system of the body to combat various kinds of diseases. It is the most preferred and safest way of building muscles.

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Positive Mind Frame Leads To Positive Results

Lance Armstrong quotes

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

“Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place.”

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao was asked if he thought he was the best lightweight in the world at the postfight press conference.

“I don’t compare myself to other fighters,” Pacquiao replied. “I just try to make people happy.”

Muhammed Ali
“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

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5 ways to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts

1. The first thing you have to do is to take a positive outlook at life, and to devote more time for yourself. It is only if you are refreshed and constructive will you be able to overcome bleak times in life. Learn to find time for friends and family and to enjoy the company of others. Start volunteering as this is a great means of making positive use of your excess time.

2. The second tip is to educate yourself by reading newspapers and watching news so that you learn about today’s world. Though you may find lots of negative news like robberies, rape, fraud, cheats and murders in the newspapers, it is by informing yourself about all this negativity that you start fearing less.

3. If you think you can help someone overcome a negative solution by turning it into a constructive one, do so. By helping others, you help yourself. And these people you help will trust you and be there to help you if you fall into a negative situation in the future.

4. Take stock of your financial situation. If in a financial mess, build a plan to come out of it by taking your income, assets and expenditure into consideration. Remember that though the economy may be in recession, there are many other people around the world who live and suffer in worse conditions. This thought itself is enough to help you develop a positive outlook to your negative situation.

5. Surround yourself more with people who have a positive outlook to life than those with negative outlooks. Negativity is contagious; however if you have more of positive friends around you, they will be able to help you overcome the negative vibes created by negative friends.

Keep these tips in mind, and life turns out to be more positive than negative. By changing yourself, you learn to accept negativity in stride and not to let it overcome you. And most important, the future starts looking bright with positive opportunities for you to grab and make the most of them.

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A FRESH NEW START

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* Re-focus and commit yourself again. Often we think that, because we already were on a program, we can just pick it back up, no problem. But in reality, we need to condition ourselves for a new habit (although it should be easier this time since we’ve done it before), so we need to start (almost) at the beginning. That mean starting with making a commitment. Write down your goal and tell people about it, put it on your blog, post it up at your home and workplace. If you can’t take this step, it’s likely that you will falter.

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“A successful person is a dreamer whom someone believed in.”

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When dealing with people who put you down, remember:

1. Don’t retaliate with your own put downs.

2. The comments will tell you a lot about the person who’s making the comments. It’s their anger and frustration and they should deal with it, not you.

3. Can you discover a gift within the comments? You might learn something valuable about yourself that needs to be healed or you might learn how you really feel about yourself.

4. Are you reading something into the comments that aren’t really there because you’re expecting them or because you have certain beliefs?

5. Be aware of the subtle messages (like advertising) that you hear every day which try to destroy your sense of value and self worth.

Put downs are never pleasant to deal with but if you can use them to your advantage, then that’s the best solution of all.

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My Attitude Toward Training At The Gym

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Annoying people at the gym, some people are so friggin’ annoying! My workout time is my time, and my time alone. I don’t want to talk to anyone and I don’t like being interrupted while I’m killing my body.

For most people going to the gym isn’t about getting results, it’s about socializing. Plus, I have always felt like a caged animal at a zoo during my workouts with people rudely gawking at me while I’m getting after it. Sure, my workouts utilize a host of unique and advanced exercises and they are often disturbingly intense, but it’s just a pain in the arse to have people looking at you like you are crazy. To me it’s crazy that I get better results in brief 20-minute sessions than the typical gym rat who wastes 2 hours a day getting nothing accomplished.

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