Progress & Goals
LEAN BODY MASS
My Workout Philosophy View My Full Workout Program
3 Keys: Intensity, Consistency, & Recovery
Intensity is everything when it comes to building muslce. If you're not giving it your all and going to failure in at least the majority of your workouts, you are wasting time. You are idle. You're not moving anywhere. To me, intensity is digging deep into your soul and pulling out the motivation to do work, hard work. I also feel the mind-muscle connection and form plays a HUGE part in building muscle. You have to vary your tempos to induce muscular trauma and everyone should know by now that the eccentric portion of a rep is the part that creates soreness. And of course the mind-muscle connection is what allows normal human beings to transcend to a different level in their physique. Do bench-press and you get a big chest. FALSE. You have to think about it and focus on your chest or else, you're shoulders will take the brunt of the load, or your triceps will be doing to much work.
Consistency is what brings results. You can't expect to get these fantastic results over a short period of time. Sure, track your progress with photos and utilize the mirror and scale, but in the short run, huge muscle gains just won't happen. Give yourself time to execute your workout program and consistently eat healthy, and over time, your physique will develop into something better than you may have thought possible. Give yourself 3 strong months, and then get back at it again. But don't workout everyday. That brings me to my next point.
Recovery is an overlooked aspect of health and fitness. You must give your muscles adequate time to recover or else you will be doing more negative than positive. Depending on the volume of your workouts and the intensity, don't workout a muscle more than 3 times per week, and if you're sore, maybe lay off that muscle group. Eat big to get big. Getting muscles doesn't just come from what you do in the gym, you have to live it everyday. Eat right before and after your workout and TIME your foods. Don't starve yourself and expect to bulk and get lean at the same time, that's just not nature's way.
My Nutrition Program View My Full Nutrition Program
It's pretty simple and easy.
Fill up a gallon of water and drink it throughout the day. It's easier than having to constantly refill.
Take in 1 or 2 protein shakes a day, especially if you workout twice a day.
Almonds are a man's best friend for snacks, they're filling and incredibly healthy.
Eat a banana in the morning, and 1 for lunch and/or dinner.
My Supplement Program View My Full Supplement Program
Supplements do as they are called. It isn't the supplement that sculpts a person, it is the intense hours spent exercising.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey- Replenish and rebuild following workouts
Optimum Nutrition AmiN.O. Energy- Kickstart my day and provide extra energy during workouts
MHP Up Your Mass- A simple mass gainer for the serious hardgainer
I cycle supplements often. When i say that i mean i take them for an extended period until i run out. Once i run out, i go for a couple months usually without taking them, just trying to eat as healthy and natural as possible.
My Motivation Program View My Full Motivation Program
"Workin' all winter Shining all summer"--Take it to the Head, By DJ Khaled
When i workout, i put everything on the line. I see myself in the mirror, and i envision who i want to see. I intend to spur growth everytime i step into the gym but i don't do it just for me. I am looked up to at the gym in my school. I'm always one of the stronger guys in the gym pound for pound, and i know people look up to me. I do this to inspire my peers and show them that a stellar physique is possible. I may not be there yet, but i plan on reaching the stars.
If you workout, gain knowledge and plan. I've always said knowledge is power, and i truly believe it gives me an edge over others. Without ambition, motivation, & persistence, improving your physique will be much more difficult.
Find people you look up to and admire. Bodybuilders, physique athletes, tennis, football, baseball players. Heck, even golfers. Those people you admire will help you push yourself in the gym and in the kitchen as well.
Find reasons other than just self-centered reasons to exercise and build up your body, and the gains will come much quicker.