Today we have a guest article by Vaclav Gregor:
Most people consume fitness media just out of boredom. Well, if this is the case you might wanna stop reading, because this article is going to be full of questions that will make you think about your fitness approach, this article is not just for entertaining purposes, it’s written to help you take the right kind of action and get you results!
You will benefit from this advice only if you are serious, if you want to transform your body and life and you understand that even though you will get the roadmap, you are still the one who have to do the work.
Before we go any further let me tell you something about myself.
…Five years ago I was skinny as hell.
I didn’t like that I was socially invisible, unhappy with my look and I felt weak.
I’ve decided to do something about it.
One day I just decided to go to the gym (BIG step out of my comfort zone).
I started working out and loved it.
The issues was that I wasn’t getting almost ANY results, at all!
I mean, I worked on myself at the gym every week and I still looked the SAME AFTER 3 YEARS of training!
Here is what I was doing so far:
- Eating a lot
- Following fitness magazines and authority bodybuilding sites
- Eating tons of protein
- Spending hundreds of bucks on supplements every month
Let me remind you that those things DID NOT work.
Then I decided to stop for a moment and do things differently. I basically took a 180 spin to this approach.
And the results?
Take a look at my progress pictures (the last one is from my latest fitness photoshoot in April):
And now I’m willing to share what that new approach was that finally worked for me. I’m still following it and even after my big transformation I’m still benefiting from it even after two years, the results are consistent and truly amazing.
…And if I can do it, you can do it too, so let’s dive in.
Warning: It’s Not What You Would Expect to Work
Today we are going to start with the mindsets you need to have even before you begin your fitness journey.
After that we will follow up with some awesome techniques.
Step #1 Where?
What’s your goal, what do you want to achieve? Where do you want to get?
Do you want to get in killer shape and still keep your social life? Do you want to become a fitness model? How far do you want to take it?
…And do you even know where you are? What’s your starting position?
Are you overweight? Skinny? Or with average physique that has never seen the weight room? Or do you already have 5 years or strength training experience?
I believe that knowing where you are and where you are going is totally necessary before you start doing anything. Why? Well, if you don’t know where you are going, you can’t really get anywhere and second, if you don’t know where you are starting, how will you determine which advice is applicable to you? Beginner, Advanced, semi-advanced, professional program??
You gotta be crystal clear about your goals, and your starting position.
Step #2 Why?
Why are you training? What’s the purpose behind your goals? Why do you want to achieve your goals? What’s the purpose of all of that?
Is it performance based? Do you want to get better in jumps or running for the upcoming sports competition?
Or are you training for physique? Do you want to look better than anyone else and feel good about yourself?
Which one is it?
Both require completely different approach and since most people are unsure about their goals they fail to achieve both of them.
If your goal is physique, then building a dominant, masculine V-taper body shape needs to be your goal.
If on the other hand you are a professional cyclist then your training needs to be focused on helping you with strength endurance and aerobic levels among a few other.
Also, knowing your reasons behind your actions will help you when you most need it. When guys don’t know why they train and why they want a better looking body (assuming your goal is better looking physique), just one small obstacle in your way is enough to stop you from progressing and achieving your goals.
If your goal is to build a better looking body because you want to enjoy the benefits, be more energetic, be happy with your look, have more confidence and self-esteem, more attention from opposite sex then you have way better chances at succeeding than some guy who goes to the gym because it would be kind of nice to be ripped for summer.
Step #3 How?
How are you going to get to where you are headed?
Do you have a plan?
Here are three aspects a good fitness plan has:
- Workout routine
- Diet plan
- Lifestyle constrains solution
The how is what keeps most people from succeeding.
Even if you know what you want to achieve and why, you are not going to get there without a solid plan.
Nowadays everything seems too difficult, complicated, and expensive.
Well, it’s not, that’s only an illusion. You don’t need expensive supplements or dangerous drugs to get in shape. You don’t need expensive equipment and you definitely don’t need to acquire the bodybuilding lifestyle.
I’m not saying it’s necessarily easy to get in shape, because if it was everyone would look great, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cheap and simple.
What you need is a simple set of tools to get to where you want in:
- 3 months
- 1 year
- 3-5 years
- 10 years
Keep it simply and you will get results if you put in the work.
Get a workout routine designed by a professional, plan your diet and most importantly make everything around your lifestyle. If you forget to include your lifestyle constrains you will fail (Btw did you know that this is why most fitness programs don’t work?).
There are only a few people that make a living from being shredded and if you are not one of them, you have a regular job or go to school and family and friends then you need to structure your fitness around your life.
Remember fitness is here to improve your life, not to make it worse.
We’ll talk more about the steps and techniques in an article next week, so stay tuned.
By Vaclav Gregor, Muscle Pyramid
About Vaclav Gregor
Vaclav Gregor is a former hard-gainer, fitness writer, online coach and founder of the Muscle Pyramid. Currently Greg is a chief writer and editor at Muscle Pyramid and he is a senior member of Adonis Lifestyle team.
His focus is on helping young, busy men achieve their physique goals and improve their social life. He is a believer in doing things differently.
Being connected to few of the best scientists and “behind scene guys” he knows the truth about bodybuilding, steroids and the supplements. You can sign up for his free series on how to start building a better body with your training and diet plan here.