As you can see, I WAS NOT born with a body that would easily add muscle, or improve in other areas as well, like strength, speed and athleticism. Here are a few things that led to my eventual transformation…
For starters, if I hadn’t eventually met the right person who helped me build the system that lead to my transformation, I’d probably still be stuck failing, doing the same crap that I was doing for my first 7-years in the gym. I would have been stuck in the body that you see above.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.” ~ Einstein
Learn From Someone Who Has Accomplished What You Want to Accomplish
(Or at least someone who has helped someone accomplish what you want to accomplish)
You could read a book they’ve written, try their program, take their class or read their blog. But make sure they’re someone who not only “know’s” what to do, but has done it.
I’m not going to learn how to build muscle from someone who hasn’t done this before themselves. Much like I’m also not going to learn about business or writing from someone who hasn’t had success in either field. They say that “those who can’t do, teach” – which can be true in some instances. I’ve certainly come across this in my life, and didn’t give them the respect I should have given them simply because I didn’t see them as an authority on what they were teaching.
But it’s definitely not ALWAYS true. I’ve recently come across some great teachers and coaches who have had success in their field, and love helping others achieve the same success.
I myself have had success in training, and have helped others do the same. I love it. Much due to the fact that I know the frustration that comes from trying and trying but never succeeding when it came to building muscle and athleticism. I’ve made it my mission to help other’s not have to go through those same frustrations that I did.
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Learn as Much as You Can Learn
The point of personal training or even starting a program with the hopes of building a better body – whether your goals are health, performance, or aesthetically motivated – is to learn to equip yourself – for life – with the tools needed to maintain the results you create.
What I look for in a teacher – whether it has to do with training, building my business, or whatever I’m interested in learning – is someone who not only has more knowledge than me on the topic but has also has had more success. That’s the first thing I look for. The second is there ability to teach me in a manner that I can understand and implement right away.
I’ve had teacher’s in school, business, and with my training, who know what they’re talking about ‘in theory’, but have no clue how to teach it in a practical manner.
When I met the guy who helped me with my transformation, we came up with a system that was based on logical principles that made sense. The program’s I had been following earlier on in my life – for my first 7 years of lifting – and hadn’t worked, made sense for some people, but not me. They weren’t based on principles that worked for someone like myself who had a terrible time building lean muscle mass.
I wasn’t left with a whole lot of knowledge about training – something that I really worked implementing in my product, as well as with my personal and online training clients; and of course on this blog.
Things to Implement Today 1. Be held accountable. Make sure someone else knows your goals and your mission, and make sure they hold you accountable on a weekly – even daily – basis. This could be a friend, a trainer, a teacher, a parent or whoever you trust to keep on you. If you’re supposed to train 3 times this week, make sure they know this and check in with them at the end of the week. You’ll no longer just be disappointing yourself, but someone else as well. 2. Have short, process-focused goals and follow them up with rewards. Set strategic goals – not result-based goals. For example: I’m going to train 3x a week, be in bed by 10pm every night, and eat 6 clean meals a day over the next 2 months. After that, I’m going on a week long vacation that includes eating what I want and NO training. If I screw up, no vacation (again, be held accountable with this as well).
If you’re following a good system, then you’re probably going to get the results you want anyways. When you focus on the process, the results will follow. We too often focus on the end result and end up slacking on the steps that will get us there.
3. Take ACTION.
Stop floating around taking 2 steps forward followed by 2 steps backward. Invest in yourself and stick to it. Dedicate yourself to achieving what you’ve set out to achieve and don’t look back. You have to be willing to risk something. There has to be a fear there, a fire lit under your ass. If you don’t “sell-out” and commit fully to what you’re doing, you won’t achieve ALL that you can achieve.
When I first started the system that would become the PowerHowse Challenge – and lead to me gaining 32 pounds of lean muscle mass in 32 weeks – I didn’t know if it was going to work. Yes it made sense, but I still didn’t know for sure. But I committed myself to it 100% and got some pretty damn good results.
If I went into the program half-assed, my results would have been half-assed as well.
If you’re tired of “going in circles” with your training results and really want to take things to the next level, but can’t afford 1-on-1 personal training. Have a look at my online coaching program:
- You get complete access to myself.
- PLUS custom routines and nutrition plans that will help you get YOUR ideal body.