Progress & Goals
LEAN BODY MASS
My Workout Philosophy View My Full Workout Philosophy
Scattered thoughts on my workout mentality
I started training for sports and lifting Heavy, low reps, with a deload every three weeks or so. Ive stopped plaing sport and I'm more focused on building a physique that looks amazing but also works functionally well for me. I typically do 8 to 12 reps for 4-6 sets on my opening compound move (i.e bench or incline if its chest day, Front squat for leg day etc)., if i cant hit 8, i drop the weight for the next set and get my reps. On the last set (favourite set) if I don't hit 8 I usually grab a slightly lower weight, and do an immediate dropset aiming to at very least match the reps on the 'failed' set. I hate downtime and that open space in between sets so I either minimise my rest time to about 45 seconds, or I throw in another supporting move in between sets (ex light 1 leg RDL's between Front squats sets).
I love unilateral lifts, started realising especially my legs, respond to Bulgarian Split squats, and lunges, so i'll be milking those till I've got beast thighs.
I also know that as much as you want every workout to be incredible, not every day you go in will be recordbreaking. It's easier for me to deal with this now because I'm not as focused on numbers and PR's as I was when i played football (I still track them though). There are some shit days in the gym to be absolutely candid. You just push through because you know it will be worth it.
Finally, I block out everything when i go to the gym, it's my haven in a way. I leave my phone in my locker, tend to go by myself, and I dont respond to anything outside my Ipod and perhaps a spotter for the little time that I'm there.
My Nutrition Philosophy View My Full Nutrition Philosophy
eating like a big student
Nutrition is my vice, still working on this. If i have any excuse its that Im a student.....otherwise some days are good, some days are bad. Ive been lucky to have a relatively quick metabolism so I can get away with some of the stuff I eat, mind you im not at fast food joints everyday, I tend to bring food from home everywhere, i just tend to not hit my protein and macro goals. Im west African so our diet is really carb-heavy.
Fish and chicken are my favourite sources of protein. Making real efforts to eat better. Cutting down partying and binge drinking, a lot less drinking over all now, which is weird because of my age group, but its worth it.
My Supplement Philosophy View My Full Supplement Philosophy
My Motivation Philosophy View My Full Motivation Philosophy
My Motivation Program
At 17: I actually really enjoy seeing other people putting in work too. People watch youtube videos and stuff before working out, i just watch others, especially mid workout, ill have my music in my ears but my eyes open to everybody working out. If i see someone struggling to put out those last few reps and they get them, it sort of sets me off to go.
If theres nobody else doing serious weight I just play some sick music lol.
And somebody said something to me in the weight room once; i was having a good workout and he said "you`re only 17 now, imagine if you keep working hard, imagine what you`ll be like at 25, you`ll be a beast". So I kind of want to live up to that and be a beast by 25.
At 19:I've stopped playing sports now and so working out is where I put my focus. It drives in everything I do at this point, i try to hit the rest of life with the same determination to be excellent. I'm not anywhere close to where I want to be, and when I see other people who've reached their goals (or who've beat me to my goals) it lights a fire under my ass to plan my days, meals, workouts etc to get to where I want to get. I'm slowly getting better at this, and God willing by 25 (21 even) I'll be a monster in the gym. Faith, Music and the Gym have been my constant's so far, they've seen me through what I would call tought times up til this point. I know life doesn't get easier, so I'm praying they'll continue to see me through whatever comes up.
20: I'm learning new things every day, how to lift, live, eat and be better. The motivation is knowing that I'm building something up for myself that I didn't come in to this world with. So while others sit and wonder how to become something great, I'm on my way to it already. Started seeing legitimate results, looking like a man now, and people asking me questions on how to get fit, how to eat, supplement etc, and suddenly I have a reputation as the Healthy guy which is encouraging. Just knowing that I'll be better tomorrow than I was today is a good feeling.