Bodybuilding Tips For Making Gains Like A Pro
By: Zach Marcy
Background Of A Dedicated Man
"You have GOT to be on steroids." I hear this so often by people that watch me grow. It used to make me mad and get me sick to my stomach. Now, it's one of the best compliments I can be paid. Lazy people want an excuse to not bust their butt in the gym. Many people don't know how to dedicate their free time to make significant changes in their bodies. If you have been following me you would know I'm a natural athlete for 8 years now. I was a juicer (steroid user) for about a year back in 1995. I've traded the drugs for 4000 calories per day. True mass building gains aren't about how many steroids you can put in your body. It is about hard work, blood, sweat, dedication, persistence, motivation, nutrition, and precise planning.
Reread this sentence... even doing steroids I couldn't move my weight passed 185lbs. I couldn't get higher than that on juice because I wasn't eating right. I was using steroids as an easy way out. The drugs were an excuse to not really apply myself yet still get pretty good gains in the gym. It's funny when people don't really put forth the effort that it takes to make the HUGE changes they suddenly want to attribute good gym success to drugs. Knowing what I know now I realize just how big of a difference you can make in your physique that will give you drug like effects. Hands down you can pound on the mass like the guys using gear in your gym. Yet, you can do it without the side effects of bad acne, lack of sexual performance, loss of libido, loss of your hair, etc. It's about dedication, not miracle muscle in a bottle.
What The Truly Dedicated Do
So what does it mean to be dedicated? The dedicated drink whey protein at parties that others are pounding beer. That is if we are even at the party. We pass on late nights with friends to watch the game in order to get the 7-10 hours rest needed to make our muscles grow. During the holidays we pack our own foods to the get-togethers and are stared at when we eat the meal. We have such clearly defined goals that we WANT to punish ourselves in the gym and LOVE every bit of sweat and swelling that we create.
There is no magic pill or some special supplement that can make up for hard work and dedication. You may think you are working out hard and really dedicated. The truth is take your current gym intensity and double it while bringing yourself to the verge of overtraining. You need to do those reps to the point where your body is shuttering, your body part is quivering, sweat is pouring almost to the point of blood, the intensity is so strong that you will need to puke. Every exercise should be brought to this point. What happens when you get to that point? You do two more reps, you puke, and keep going. You think you've done it? You haven't even touched your limits. This is the definition of true intensity.
Daily you test your resolve, your dedication. Don't whine, there are no excuse or tricks to get you in the gym or to stay on your program. This isn't suffering it's love. Like love, you have your good days and bad days, but no matter what you keep loving. If you don't truly love what you are doing then you will half-way do this and wonder why nothing you do doesn't work. Plateaus are for people complacent and lazy. The truly dedicated don't have the word plateau in their dictionary. But intensity isn't the only key.
Checklist Of Items To Rate Your Current Program
I will say this, it will take serious dedication and time to get similar results to the roid monsters, but it is possible. Here is the break down of some things you can add to your routine that will help:
What Are The MOST IMPORTANT Tips For Making Gains Like A Pro?
After reading those tips I'm sure you can glean what the most important tips are for making those pro like changes in your body. Supplements are garbage without the right food intake and don't expect your body to change much without having a diet inline with your goals. Once I got my diet inline I managed to go from 159lbs at 14% body fat to 210lbs at 9.5% body fat. That is not ONLY a 50lb scale increase, but if you break the numbers down further you see gains like a person on steroids. That is losing about 3lbs in fat and a whopping gain of 54lbs of lean muscle mass in EXACTLY a two year period.
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