Bodybuilding Ammunition For ‘UBER’ Productive Workouts (Part 1)
Over the past few weeks you would have learned quite a few ways in which you can prepare your muscles for a real shock to increase strength, and eventually muscle mass. But what would be the use of doing all of that if you don’t know how to get the most out of your efforts. That is why I am introducing bodybuilding ammunition for ‘UBER’ productive workouts. Now I know you all want to see more ways in which you can build your muscles and tweak your exercises. Don’t worry, more goodies are coming (Sorry, quality cannot be produced overnight I am afraid!). But it’s also important that I get the message out about the importance of having some structure in your workouts and talk about some of non- muscle building activities.
If I go back in time to an older post… in fact, two older posts (here and here). I started off by stating the importance of having a goal. I know that your goal will be to build muscle and increase strength. While doing this you will want to have some things in place to ensure that you can continue to reach that goal in the most effective ways possible. These are some ways to help you ensure that you keep up the level of intensity and motivation that you started with in the beginning.
Listen To The Right Music
Now, my love of Rock music has be re-instated with the introduction of music games such as Guitar hero and Rockband. In fact, playing those games is a unique workout within itself (check this post if you missed it). But out of all of the music genres I can think of, Rock is the only genre of music that can get me amped up and keep me amped up during my workouts. Everyone has there favorites, from AC/ DC to Aerosmith. But ever since I played Rockband, it is this band that has been keeping me amped up in recent times.
Anarchy Club – Get Clean
And it is their Rockband 2 intro song which I have placed in my list of ‘One of the greatest rock songs ever’. If that solo doesn’t amp you up and inspire you from a musical point of view, I don’t know what will. I don’t know what it is about this music that enables me to push that last rep without the help of a spotter, but whatever it is, it’s working. If it works for me, then I know it can work for you. The bottom line is this. Pack your ipod with you for EVERY workout and load it up with your personal selection. Your workout is personal, your music is probably personal too, and there will be songs that would have gotten you through a rough patch at some point in your life. Load your ipod with those tracks. Besides, this will keep you focused on your workout and your workout only. No one elses… and you will want to keep it that way.
Find What Inspires You
Now, if I was your everyday joe, I would tell you to go and buy a muscle magazine and get some inspiration from the guys that are ‘doing it’. But like I have said before, don’t follower the leader. Especially from those in muscle magazines. Now I know there are some good ones out there with some good info, that I can agree to. What I’m talking about here is the common everyday muscle head stuff. Don’t follow that. You will need your own ‘map’ (which I will show you how to build in the next few posts). But if you aren’t following anyone else for inspiration (Alright… it’s OK to follow me :)) guess who you will turn to for inspiration?
Here’s what you do
- Find a digital camera that records (or just use a camcorder if you have one)
- Take pictures and record videos of when you are performing at your BEST
- Dedicate a USB stick just for that bodybuilding footage
Now when you have those empty days, this will be the footage that you turn to, to remind yourself of the times when you were suceeding. This is a key way to ensure that you are always suceeding. Because lets face it, success is never final! Especially long term success, and that is the very thing I have been trying to conquer here on this site. That is… Ways to maintain a great body through the inevitable ups and downs that we face in this thing that we call LIFE!
Bottom line: YOU WILL INSPIRE YOU!
Be A ‘Visualizing’ Bodybuilder
What I mean here, is that you shouldn’t just turn up to the gym for a random workout. Know what you are going to do before you get to the gym. Have a plan, and of course, it’s ok to change it on the fly.
- Again, understand what your goal is for that day
- Play it out in your mind
- Act on doing it for real
This really does have a great impact on giving you a sense of achievement and the more you feel like that everyday the better. Getting the body that you desire requires baby steps. Baby steps can take forever. Patience will often get the better of you. But by doing the above, playing the patience game will become a breeze.
I didn’t want to slip this here, but I’m going to do it anyway.
This is Kratos of the hugely popular PS3 game ‘God of war’ with the 3rd install launching next month. If you want to visualize intensity before a workout, there is no better example this! Yea, it maybe fictional, but with the way the gaming industry is beating Hollywoods butt, that fictional perception is becoming ever so ‘real’ for 2010 and beyond.
I’m going to end part one here for now.
P.S Let me know which you prefer.
1. Long informative posts
2. Post with part series (You luurve anticipation)
See you in the comments.