Oftentimes when we start any endeavor, it is really fun at first (well, unless someone makes you do it). You are all over the place with all kinds of ideas. You can’t wait to improve what you are doing. You are obsessed. But time goes, you are getting better, more mature and seasoned, and once interesting affair becomes dull and monotonous.
This is true for a lot of things including strength training and nutrition. You are not progressing that fast in strength with time. Constant hunger and cravings can break even the strongest dieter. Discipline, hard work, and consistency – these things will make difference once the journey gets into the intermediate-advanced stage. The main issue here is to know how to stay motivated to continue this endless battle? Here are several ways to do so. Continue reading
We live in a truly amazing time. You might have noticed it. If not, then take a look around. Consider for a moment the fact that you are reading now thoughts of a guy living in a completely different country that is probably far away. Could this be possible 20 years ago? Not a chance.
This theme bothers my mind a lot and I would love to share my insights. I know that it is probably not what you expected as it is not clearly connected to strength training. Nevertheless, isn’t everything tied in one way or another?
What Is So Amazing?
Despite all the hysteria about oversimplification, informational noise, and robots taking over human’s future, I think exactly the opposite is true. Right now is the age of inexhaustible knowledge, opportunities you never thought of, and freedom you crave so much.
It all could not happen without the internet. A lot of people swear at it. They say that it eats our brains, makes us more stupid, takes away our lives. And they are true to some extent. However, it is a close-minded approach. I believe that the web made much more good impact on our civilization than adverse.
Let me give you several examples. Continue reading
Not much time ago I wrote a post called “Your Worst Enemy”. You can find it here. So this article is sequel. Or better to say work on mistakes. I was talking with one of my clients recently and he pointed out that it would be cool if I write more articles on psychological aspects of training and dieting. So aforementioned article came up to my mind right away. But after chatting for a little bit longer I realized the biggest flaw of that post. I touched the problem and defined it well but forgot the most obvious thing: ways to solve it. And today my goal is to fix my mistake and concentrate on possible solutions. Time to defeat your worst enemy.
So Who’s Your Worst Enemy Again?
You. Your worst enemy is nobody else but you. You may disagree. You may deny. You may get angry and pissed off. But this won’t change the fact that your worst enemy is you. Not me, not that guy in the gym, not lunar phase, not government, not genetics, not anything else. It’s all you. I can go on and on but you can check out the previous article for that. Why you? Well, if you think long enough on subject you will inevitably find out that your poor strength/performance/look/insert your weak area is the consequence of your bad decisions. They are poor habits, poor diet choices, lack of sleep etc.
So what’s now? Let’s try to solve the problem. First of all we’ll need to explore why do we make bad decisions? Continue reading
So you’ve been training for a decent amount of time. You’ve made some gains. In strength, in muscle, in fat loss. However, after few weeks you stopped progressing. No amount of bench pressing, curls and crunches can make you move forward again. You blame everyone for your fail. Bad genetics, crappy gym environment, wrong lunar phase, politics etc. But reality is quite opposite. You just suck. And suck hard. And your program sucks. And, of course, your diet sucks too. As well as your overall approach to everything in life.
As you all can read I decided to devote today’s post to excuses. It’s like a plague. Like a disease. It seems like more and more people today get infected. You can see and hear it everywhere. “I’m too old”, “I’m too tall”, “I’m too skinny”, “I’m too fat”, “I have wide bones”, “I have long limbs”, “I have bad genetics”, “It’s wrong lunar phase”, “I don’t have time for training”, “I can’t afford good diet“, “I can’t sleep 8 hours per day”, well, enough. You got my point. Sometimes it seems that people spend more time on creating excuses than on actually doing something. I’d like to repeat myself one more time.
Stop Making Excuses
Again, stop making excuses once and for all. If you want your life to change then do something, give it pretty good reason to change. Continue reading