7 Things that’ll get you the body you want

Chad Howse Mirror

Take a look at yourself in the mirror.

1. Stop making excuses.

Continually making excuses for yourself is the number one thing that’ll stop anyone from getting the body they want. I’ve become self aware enough to catch myself making these excuses and stop myself from letting them take control of my mind or my attitude and it’s done amazing things for both my business and my fitness level, and happiness level for that matter. But it takes work. It takes a lot to realize that you’re just making an excuse, then getting off your butt and getting out there and working hard.

Excuses are completely useless. If you want something bad enough you’ll find a way to make it happen. Excuses ruin lives, they stop you from reaching your goals and achieving your dreams.

Stop making excuses for yourself! You can find a way to fit your workouts into your day, to make your meals the night before. It’s not a matter of if you can, it’s a matter of if you will. Trust me, you can get the body you want. You’ll know if you’ve given it your best shot or if you’ve allowed yourself to get sucked in to the excuses that stop us from being truly successful.

2. Don’t feel sorry for yourself.

The world is a tough place. Most people don’t care if you have a bad body image, or if you’re sad about something or questioning if you’re in the right career path. I’ve been there. I’ve second guessed what I’m doing plenty of times and the thing I’ve realized every time is that the world doesn’t stop to see if you’re okay.

It’s one of the hardest things in the world to do, but next time you’re feeling down, take action! Make something happen, force yourself to get up and get at it. Whether its work or workouts, it’ll make you feel better knowing you’ve accomplished something rather than just sitting on your ass all day.

I know this is tough, but consciously give it a shot.

3. Enjoy pain.

Developing the body you’ve always wanted will be painful when you’re in the gym. The harder you work, the better results you’ll get. I’ll show you how to get in and out as fast as possible so you can get on with your busy life, but the workouts still have to be just that, work.

Lift until you fail. Lift until you can’t lift anymore. Forget about reps. Have a goal of what reps you’d like to do so you can choose the appropriate weight, but don’t be scared to go past that number.

The most gains I’ve ever made is when I was working the hardest, go figure?

Get in and get out is my motto. Work as hard as you possibly can, then recover for your next session.

4. Don’t worry about the other guy.

Everyone has their own problems. Sure there are genetics involved in some things, but there’s no reason why you can’t have the body you’ve always wanted. You can change your body if you put the work in.

I’m not naturally 180 lbs. It took a lot of hard work to get here. I know that someone who has a good body has most likely done the hard work and dedicated themselves to getting there. If not, well good for them, they’re a freak. But there are far more people like the rest of us who aren’t born with the genetics to eat crap and wake up with a six-pack.

Worrying about the other person just puts doubt in your mind and allows you to make excuses. You’re trying to change your body and get the body you’ve always wanted. So work as hard as you can and enjoy the results you’ve earned.

5. Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed.

If you surround yourself with people who want you to succeed then I’m willing to bet you’re going to get there. It starts and ends with you, but surrounding yourself in a positive atmosphere can do wonders.

If you want to make it big on Wall Street, then surround yourself with people making it big on Wall Street, simple.

6. Follow a program from start to finish, and track your results.

You should have every workout written down before you get to the gym. You should also be adding weight from time to time as well. Don’t get stuck in a rut of doing the same thing week after week. Any program you follow should change at least every 4 weeks, although I prefer every 3.

Don’t let yourself to get caught into plateauing. Keep pushing yourself and don’t look back. Every week or two try to add weight. You want to progressively overload your muscles. Keep pushing your body is the main thing behind everything, never let yourself fall into a routine of doing the exact same weight, same workout. You want to add weight and change your workouts periodically.

7. Allow yourself time to recover.

Many of you may think that the more you workout, the more muscle you’ll build. Well, that’s not true. Your body needs time to recover. This happens during rest. In the gym you’re breaking down muscle, while you’re resting and recovering you’re repairing the muscle tissue that you broke down during exercise.

Give yourself enough time to recover and let your muscles grow.