We all have our reasons for training. The health benefits. How lifting weights effectively helps us look better, gives us more confidence, and more energy to live a more effective and happier life. The benefits are endless. But what about training simply for the joy of training?
There’s no arguing the fact that people who love what they do perform better at it than those who don’t love it but do it anyways. The enjoyment of the task results in harder, more passionate practice. It results in MORE practice because it doesn’t seem like practice, where the person who doesn’t love what they do has to force themselves to do it.
The same goes for weight training and working out. Those of us that do it out of necessity, or because we feel like we have to, won’t get near the results as someone who genuinely loves working out. Someone who loves the pain that occurs in the last few reps before failure will get in much better shape than someone who avoids it and hates it.
It’s not rocket science. But how do we love something like weight training?
The Great Escape
Throughout my life I’ve always had an escape – you probably have too. A place where we go to get away from the hustle and bustle. A place of calm, serenity, and sometimes physical pain where our mind can release itself of the clutter that builds up daily.
When I played basketball in high school, that was my escape. I’d take my ball and dribble for hours. Running the streets, just me, my ball, and the repetitive sound of the rubber wrapped in leather sphere hitting the pavement over and over again. I’d dribble until my finger tips would bleed. I’d shoot until my elbow gave way.
In the past week I’ve mentioned the system that helped me build 32 pounds in 32 weeks a few times, but I have yet to get into detail about what it really is. So here we go…
Just over a year ago I began writing a book. I had no title, but I had a purpose.
My blog is focused on helping guys build their ideal body – which often means more muscle, less fat, and improved athleticism. Three times a week I cover each of these topics as well as a host of other lifestyle topics ranging from being the best person we can be, to reaching our ultimate goals.
But I wanted to take it one step further and get into real detail about the methods that took me from a skinny, unconfident-in-how-I-looked guy, to building 32 pounds of lean muscle in 32 weeks with a performance-first training system. Methods that haven’t just benefitted myself, but others as well.
I just finished a great shoulders and traps workout.
It’s been a while since the last time I implemented any olympic lifts into my workouts. They used to be a big part of my training, especially when I was fighting. They’re great for power, quickness, and are some of the best exercises for your traps and shoulders. Read the rest of this entry »