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Sunday, 24 June 2018

How To Use Time Between Workouts To Your Advantage

Along with the few something hours you spend in the gym every week, go those enormous number of other hours that you spend 'outside' the gym that are making or breaking your progress.

If you have come to realize your workouts have become a consistent grill-house with nothing more than missed lifts, you may like to read on.

Your mind is treating you like it's a wrecked up truck having traveled 2500 Kms across the country's highways when you come to train in the morning? The following tactics can help you destroy these woes.

They did for me.

1. Collect the desire to achieve the tough lift or Exercise Throughout The Day:

Why is that 20 rep set of squats with a crushing weight on shoulders so necessary to you? If you come to list down, the reasons may fill up pages. Take just a handful of them and keep reminding yourself why would that next lifting session be more important to you than anything else.

It might help to keep a notepad handy to pen down such motivational mind boosters. You can be creative, like:

I want to fit in those old Jeans

I want to appear more defined on the beach

I want every girl in the neighborhood to run after me
 etc...

If you need to go through such a struggle to put on your old jeans, make it a reason to crush your next workout.

You get the  drift. Be creative. Collect Ideas. All through the day. Especially when you are not training. Then use them as fuel to not let you drop the weight on the floor on the last but one rep in the next session

If you have trouble imagining reasons to train, read something from Charles Staley, Dan John, John Rusin or Pavel Tsatsouline as starters to help you get on the right track.

2. Practice All-Day Positivity like it's in Style:

Ever notice how the days you feel like shit in the gym have all something in common, Something catastrophic happened in your life the day before. That made you lose sleep. And a lot of negative stuff creeps in along with it too.

The last thing you could think of during a disturbed and distressed state like that would be 400 Pounds crushing your grip while you attempt to stand up with it.

Thankfully, there's an age-old, time tested and simple way to put an end to all of this.

Throughout your day, catch yourself drowning into a pool of negative thoughts. Then fill your mind with the opposite.

You know its' hard. But you got to pay the price of results. Somewhere. Even if it is outside the gym. In your thoughts. And more so, since these are exactly the sites where it makes the difference.

I've found that staying positive throughout the day, and even during the training session helps.

Taking that 20 rep squat example again, merely changing my mindset from


"...ugh... and I have to do those 20 humongous reps all the way again.... for why??"

to

"Okay. Lets see, what we got here. One rep. Twenty times. Something tells me I can do it."

made all the difference, fore me.

'Maybe' is a powerful word.

3. Use (correct) video aids to boost your motivation

The greatest thing about the internet is that it has made impossible levels of information available globally. This also means that a marine vet from a totally remote corner of the world, making a 3 minute motivational training montage on facebook makes his work available to someone in need of a mental push in an altogether different part of the globe.

While not all of them are legitimate though. Unless you are deriving inspiration from a sloppy video made by some internet-ass-hat, videos of correct exercise technique made with an eye to showcase exercise perfection stand up there on the number one position for mind-boosters.

Some personalities require getting psyched up in the pre-workout period. And for many, training without music is tougher than surviving a nuclear explosion.Find out what gives you the most 'psyching-up' stimulus to set the ball rolling for you while you train. Then use it.

Take me for instance. I keep feeling like questioning my decision to invest my time and resources into exercising every now and then. Then I just watch an Olympic lifting video by hook grip or a Jesse Graph video showing her ravaging the American Ninja Warrior Challenge. All of a sudden I feel motivated to hit the gym with unstoppable force.

If you haven't yet witnessed Jesse Graph Showcasing poetry in motion, you haven't seen anything.
It worked for me. It will undoubtedly help you.

4. Grind through the urge to sleep late

My mornings were sleepy.

My Nights were unbelievably awake.

I kept wondering for weeks what I was doing wrong.

Then one day, I tried this seemingly bizarre experiment of getting to bed one hour early. The exercise was a real drag and convincing myself to get up from the couch at 11 PM was mind numbing intense. But I did it.

Turns out it fixed the issue altogether. Mornings were never fresher. Workouts were never more focused.

If you still did not gather some hints, we are emphasizing the ever-potent importance of getting sleep here. This biological process seems to have become forgotten.

I'm not going to bore you with all the sleep improvement tactics again. The internet is flooded with them all. I only wish to reaffirm to you that if there is one thing you can do today to make you extremely satisfied in the gym and life, it has to be getting to bed earlier. Even if by a few minutes. Each one of those minutes, is going to pay YOU many times. Make that smart investment today.

5. Visualize the next training session repeatedly long before it happens.

Visual imagery helps. Period.

At times during the day, I keep reminiscing on thoughts of performing my next challenging lifts or exercises. I don't just visualize them, I visualize them with complete difficulty that they are going to pose to me. I include my crushing grip on the bar. I factor in the bar breaking my form. Even the sweat dripping over my nose. And the annoying individuals in the gym distracting me between my set of belt squats with the ".. yo, does that build your abs?" jibe.

You see when one has gone through this rigorous premonition repeatedly throughout the days leading to the next lifting session, nothing seems new.
Visualization, whether right before a set, or all throughout the day, is always powerfully beneficial.

What separates you from a remarkable performance is the fear of the unknown before you begin your set.

Visualization transforms the unknown into the familiar.

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