Many of us have been plagued by various problems that make us inefficient at the gym and attaining the body we most desire.
Identify the syndrome that hinders your progress and launch spears at it until it has perished.
Because the gym is for people that not only work hard in sweat filled T-shirts, but they are also for those hungry to make PROGRESS no matter what it takes.
Stamp this into your brain right now…
The gym is not for today, not for tomorrow, not for next week, not for next year and certainly not just for the summer, the gym is for ETERNITY. You must make it a long-term habit in order to reach the low-hanging fruit.
Let’s Eradicate Your Syndromes
1) Victimizing Syndrome
In high school I was diagnosed with chronic inflammation throughout my back. This hindered my ability to play sports and do simple everyday duties. There were times where I was bed ridden because of the excruciating pain, and needed help getting up. Jabba the Hut could’ve gotten around faster then me, even though I never had his body composition, and never will for that matter.
You know what I didn’t do though? Wrap myself in the fetal position and say “why me?”
I ended up using my back pain as LEVERAGE and FUEL to help me get ahead. The gym was my first step into recovery because it was low impact, and I had the ability to control my movements carefully. I would walk with a limp to and from the gym everyday, but train as hard as my body would physically let me without adding additional injury. I did this day in, and day out for pure love of the IRON, and disregarded my limiting beliefs about what my body was capable of achieving.
Your mental strength the day before working out, on your way to the gym, stepping into the gym, and the rush when you hit your first set, should be focused and driven towards having an excellent workout.
That is ALL
Your duty is to train hard and reap the benefits, not woe in adversity and despair for the cards you’ve been dealt. You’ve made a decision to be at the gym, so do it with GUSTO and put a damn SMILE on, even if you’re hitting your most unmanageable rep in pain. Be happy you are there, dripping in sweat and pushing weights with your fellow gym goers.
2) Wallflower Syndrome
There are TOO MANY guys and girls that step into the gym and have NO idea what exercise to perform, what set/rep range to complete, what weight to lift, what proper form is, and so on. The funny thing is that many of these people have been long time gym goers; they just haven’t progressed in taking better ACTION at the gym. This is a case of paralysis by analysis.
The gym is somewhere you take action, and yes, observing to gain ideas is helpful, but when it’s time to lift your next set, or move to another exercise, you need to DO IT WITHOUT hesitant behavior.
Here is how you fix this…
If there is someone on a machine that you want to use, ask them kindly how much longer they have on it, or if you can work in together. If the person is going to be on for a while and you don’t want to work in, then go do another exercise. DON’T stand around and wait for them to finish, be proactive and substitute that exercise, or go do some damn leg raises while they finish up.
Your workout program should be adaptable to any situation. Structure should be broken every once in a while to see how the body reacts to change.
In the gym, when you are faced with an obstacle, go with your instincts. Find a different machine, vary your sets/rep ranges, take shorter breaks, and if you must, stay 15 minutes extra to get that extra exercise in.
Do things out of confinement, and your body will have no other choice but to follow your LEAD.
3) Smartphone Syndrome
My phone is for the convenience of ME FIRST, and for the convenience of OTHERS SECOND. This isn’t selfishness; this is awareness for my TIME.
The ONLY reason to bring your phone to the gym is to have music pumping while you push and pull iron. This isn’t a time to check your social networks, text message, make calls, look at photos, or any other task that disrupts your workout.
Whenever I see someone hunched over, or lying on a mat as if they’re at home on their comfy couch fiddling with their phone, my blood gets boiling. Not because I have something personal against them, but because they are wasting precious workout space. If I wanted to lie around and look at my phone, I’d buy a pass to a spa, not a gym.
Here is a simple solution to this problem…
At home, download a ONE to TWO hour mix, create a playlist or download a podcast. When you get to the gym, play the first track, tuck your phone away in your armband and don’t touch it until your workout is finished. Be committed to the mix, playlist or podcast you’ve chosen, stay focused and keep grinding. The moment shall come when you can finally choose next on the playlist or answer a call, but NOT until you finished your workout.