The Psychology Of Fitness

Mindsets, Body Types and Everything In Between

My Favorite Stuff of February

I haven’t wrote a new post in nearly two weeks, because, well, I’ve been busy and truth be told, lazy when it comes to writing.  Although I’ve been slacking with my writing, I haven’t been lazy in the gym.  This year, I’ve already put on 10 pounds of muscle and have another 10 to go to get to my goal weight before I lean down. 

With that said, there’s been some amazing articles/posts on motivation, what you really need to succeed in any gym, and plain getting stuff done. 

1 – This first article is about “the modern gym” and how to take control over your health at any age.  With an opening line like this, how can you go wrong? 

I hate the gym. At least, I hate “the gym” as imagined by the modern American health club: the mindless repetitions on the weight machines, halfhearted crunches, daytime TV during the treadmill.  Such a sad, unimaginative excuse for a life, when I could be out rock-climbing, surfing, or, hell, even just scrubbing the bathroom floor. But I love working out the way I’ve come to understand it, and two big discoveries made all the difference.

Read Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie.  Even if you only look at the “pre-hab” exercises in the article, you will be miles ahead of most people in the gym. 

2 – You know, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people use the “I don’t have enough time” excuse for not working out.  I hate it even more when I use it because I know it’s complete and utter BS.  Here’s an article by someone else that hates it. 

With an example like this, what excuse do you have? 

When I was in St-Louis I trained several CEOs of big companies that worked at least 60 hours a week, if not more. Well, they still trained 5 times a week. They just made the effort of waking up earlier so that they could train before their work day. Heck, *I* HAD TO ARRIVE AT THE GYM (private center) AT 4:30am to unlock it so that my first client could train at 5!

Read One Thing That Pisses Me Off. 

3 – Are you someone that’s trying to lose fat and make a significant body transformation?  If so, you’ve probably made some excuses on your journey of transformation.  Here’s a blog post that says, maybe, just maybe you should get rid of those excuses.   This guy works close to 90 hours per week, trains multiple times per day, has a 2-year old, a new born and still sticks to his diet.  Here’s my favorite line of all the things I’ve read this year: 

 And these are just the more sane excuses I have heard, none can trump the baffling bullshit that emanates from those who claim they “just can’t diet”.  These people need to be educated, but are too often unwilling to listen to any advice that may take them even one inch outside of their flaccid comfort zone.  They need to learn to appreciate that no one ever ate anything by accident. 

“Flaccid comfort zone” is such a great phrase!  I love it.  
Read, Doing What’s Necessary:  What’s Your Weight Loss Excuse?

4 – For those on the opposite end of the spectrum, trying to gain muscle, are you also trying to keep your abs in tip-top shape the whole time?  Are you?  This article, although probably not the most scientifically based article on nutrition, hits home with the false assumptions I hear from every guy that tries to gain weight, but “can’t,”  including myself.  There’s so many lines from this article that I like that picking one is hard, but this one is probably my favorite: 

…nobody ever refers to Dorian Yates or Ronnie Coleman as lean – they’re always huge, or jacked. Even referring to those guys as “freaking big” is really an understatement, but it would be used as a description long before “lean” ever occurred to anybody standing nearby. 
Are you content to merely stay “lean?” Or, do you want to actually accomplish your goal, the one you set for yourself when you started, before all the silly websites distracted you?

Read A Cold Slap in the Newbie Face. 

5 – I remember reading in one of Martin Seligman’s books that grit or perseverance is the main determinant of whether one succeeds or fails in any endeavor.  Also, it’s been said the only difference between those that succeed or fail is that they are willing to do what other’s do not want to do.  It’s not that they want to do it, but that they live up to their high standards and others make excuses.  This article on T-Nation by Matt “Kroc” lists the 5 Tools of Mental Strength, aka Balls.  This example is just crazy, but I like crazy: 

As the story goes, Ted dropped out of dental school – much to the dismay of his orthodontist father – because he felt it was getting in the way of him becoming the first man to bench over 700 lbs. 

While few may have agreed with him then, Ted himself knew what his priorities were and what sacrifices he had to make to achieve his goals. After dropping out of school, Ted moved into a small, dark, damp basement with a single room and a pull chain toilet so that he could focus completely on breaking the record. 

Now some of you may be thinking that’s insane, but if you were to ask Ted today, I’m certain he doesn’t regret the sacrifices he made that allowed him to make history. 

Read The Five Tools of Mental Strength, aka Balls and move closer to your goals, no matter what they may be. 

6 – And last, but not least, an article in the latest issue of Scientific American Mind described how many causes of “psychological issues” such as depression, anxiety, low motivation, etc, have the potential to stem from physical causes. 

The physical causes can range from simple dehydration to being sick, to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  I think everyone that is concerned with their health and have a lack of motivation with getting to the gym should read this article.  I don’t know if it’s worth the $5.99 to purchase the article, when you can buy a year’s subscription for under $20, but definitely go to your local Barnes and Noble and read the article.

By next Friday (3/4/11), I should put up a post on The Top 6 Workouts to Do if You Have 25 minutes or Less and the next installment on the Best Fat Loss Methods:  Supplements.   

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