How many of you fall back into old bad habits after reaching a
certain goal youíve accomplished? Do you diet hard to get in shape for a holiday or for a contest then blow all your hard work after the event by pigging out? I can admit that I am guilty of becoming lazy after Iíve achieved something I once saw as a dream and just let myself slip back to closer to where I started. So how do you keep focus after achieving a certain goal? How can
you achieve more than what you are of naturally capable of, then keep going further into new, uncharted territory? If you feel any of these questions apply to you, then this article is for you.
In professional sports, you see it all the time, a certain team or
individual wins a world championship one year and ends up not making the
the last 16 the following year. Sure there are some exceptions to why this has happened but the main reason is because the team is satisfied with their achievements and feel they donít have to work as hard anymore. This is a mistake that many teams make much to the distress of their fans, management and board of directors. They could have been one of the great sporting dynasties you read about in books but they end up in a rebuilding mode instead. It is the same way in bodybuilding, you cannot just become satisfied with your current physique or you are destined for failure.
Look at the reigning Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. Have you ever
wondered why he can win so many Mr. O`s in a row? Itís because he sets
higher standards for himself every year and will never be satisfied with
himself, this is the true mark of a champion. Any person or team can win a first place trophy, the opponents may have an off day or they may get lucky and the run of play may favour them, something as simple as an important player in the rival team getting hurt may contribute to a lucky victory but the true winners are the ones who can do it over and over on a continuing basis, with the ability to play till the final whistle and overturn the odds even when stacked against them.
Have you ever felt that youíve reached a plateau in your fitness goals
and start to believe that it doesnít matter how much you try or how long you
keep at your plan that you canít get any better? This is another one of those
little tricks your mind will play on you but the truth is that you are
actually improving but you just donít realize it. You must have the
discipline to keep setting higher standards after youíve accomplished a
certain feat. You see it all the time, a person sets a goal to lose twenty
pounds, loses it, starts eating bad foods again, and gains it all back. What
this person shouldíve done was write down a higher more achievable goal such
as gain two pounds of muscle with as little fat gain as possible. The person
would then believe this goal is obtainable because they just lost twenty
pounds already, what can possibly hold them back now?
Most of us have had times where we start getting bored with our
routine day after day, eating the same meals every three hours, spending our evenings in the gym and boring ourselves to death as we do cardio work.
Bodybuilding is a sport that can put a drain on a person both physically and mentally but you have to keep on trying to find ways to overcome the boredom and the mental barriers when they arise, because they will arise at some point for every serious trainer.
Train at a different gym once or twice a week, new faces and equipment is often a good start to keeping the fire in your belly, try different recipes or cover your food in herbs and spices to alter the taste of the same old same old, just changing the tastes you have each day can be enough to ease the monotony.
Keep the fundamentals the same but alter it a bit and find a way that suits you. For over a year my training partner and I included a lot of pure strength movements, deadlifts, weighted dips and chins, heavy bench and shoulder presses and the daddy of them all the squat. We pushed ourselves each workout to see how strong we could get while also doing some work with a lighter weight and repping out, over the time we followed that plan we thickened up loads, our strength increased and our muscle density leaped forward in ways we could only have dreamed of and because each workout was a competition to beat the last one it took well over a year for any boredom to set in.
It may not be the way you may go but it will hopefully give you an idea of how to change your training to suit you and keep you motivated.