The Secret to Supplementation: It’s Not About The Supplements
It’s not about the supplements. It’s not about the pills or powders.
No, it isn’t about any of those things.
What is it?
It’s about what I call The Secret to Supplementation: It’s Not About The Supplements!
What does that mean exactly?
Well, it means that if you want to get better at anything, you have to do something else other than just doing the thing itself. You need to change your mindset. And that’s where I come in…
I’m going to tell you how I came up with my own unique approach to getting better at everything. My approach is based on science and experience.
I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise for over 20 years now. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best athletes in the world, including Olympic medalists, professional bodybuilders, world record holders in various sports (including track & field), and even a few celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
And what have they all told me?
They’re telling me that their greatest strength comes from being able to adapt and improve themselves. These are the principles I teach:
Do What You Can Do: This is a concept that’s easy to understand, but hard to put into practice.
What does it mean?
It means that everyone has different goals and expectations from the activities in which they participate. In other words, not everyone can be elite at everything. However, everyone can become elite at the things that they’re willing to work for.
How do you know what you’re willing to work for?
You do what you can do and stop doing anything else.
You don’t need to be a competitive bodybuilder to get jacked and ripped. You don’t need to run a 4 minute mile to have a bulletproof cardiovascular system.
You don’t need to bench press 300 pounds to be able to pick up a small child without hurting your back. You just need to find the things in which you’re willing to work for and do the necessary training for those things!
What’s the Point? Why are you working out in the first place?
Are you trying to:
Put on muscle?
Improve your sports performance?
Improve your energy levels?
Whatever your goals are, direct ALL of your focus toward accomplishing these goals. This means having a “North Star” that you’re constantly moving toward. Without a specific goal, you’re like a ship at sea without a compass. You don’t know which way to go, so you go in circles. Having a goal and doing everything you can to achieve that goal is what will give you the ability to improve yourself.
This is why I always tell people to ignore the majority of what they hear about fitness and nutrition. Most of what you hear is just fluff.
The real experts know that the people who are actually getting results are the people who know exactly what they want and do whatever it takes to get there.
In addition, you’re going to get bored if you have the same routine all the time. Once you master something, you’ll need to move on to another challenge.
This is a natural part of human growth and development.
You’re Always Growing and Developing: The human body was designed to be in a constant state of change. If you think about it, this is one of the reasons why people have a hard time keeping weight off.
They lose weight, but eventually reach a “steady state.” At this point, they stop doing whatever it is that they were doing to achieve their goal (i.e. weight loss).
Let me tell you a little secret: You don’t ever stop growing and developing. I’ve worked with people who have been training for over 40 years.
The older they’ve gotten, the better they’ve gotten. As long as you have your health, there’s no such thing as “too old” or “past your prime.”
The Next Level: Far too many people are willing to live with mediocrity. By doing the minimum, they hope to achieve just average results.
However, you’re not average. You’re better than that. Never be satisfied with less than extraordinary.
Hard Work: There’s a reason why most people don’t look like superheroes and supermodels. It’s because they’re not willing to do what it takes to achieve that kind of physique.
There’s no such thing as an overnight success. You get to your goal by setting a clear goal and working hard every day to achieve it.
Commitment: If you’re serious about making progress, then you need to have a plan and stick with it. This isn’t a onetime thing.
Not planning to succeed is planning to fail. Pick something and stick with it for at least 90 days. If you still don’t see the results that you want, then pick something else and stick with it until you do.
Self-Control: There will be times when you’ll want to quit in the middle of a tough workout. There will be times when you’ll want to eat something you know you’re not supposed to eat (even if it is “healthy”).
If you want to achieve your goals, then you’re going to have to exercise self-control. Ask yourself if you want instant gratification or if you want to eventually see your body transform.
Stop Making Excuses: There’s always a reason to NOT do something. The biggest joke I hear all the time is, “I don’t have time to work out.”
I’ve heard some tall tales in my day, but that one takes the cake. Everyone has time to do the necessities in life. It’s called priorities. If you want to be healthy and fit, then you need to rearrange your priorities.
While the above seems like a lot of information to take in all at once, you’ll find that it becomes second nature after a while. My goal is to get you to the point where working out and eating right is as automatic as possible.
This will free up your mind so you can concentrate on other things in life.
Step #2: Set Your Goals
One of the most important aspects of fitness is goal setting. In fact, goal setting is probably the cornerstone of everything that I do in life.
If you don’t have a goal, then you’re just wandering around aimlessly with no real purpose.
If you don’t believe me, just go ask a teenager what they want to be when they grow up. Chances are they’ll be able to tell you in great detail about their hopes and dreams.
As we get older, however, we tend to lose that vision. We need to get it back if we ever want to be truly happy.
When I’m talking about setting goals, I’m talking about short-term and long-term goals. Let’s start with the short-term, because it will make understanding the long-term goal much easier.
Your short-term goals are going to revolve around getting you to your long-term goal. For example, if your long-term goal is to become a professional bodybuilder, then your short-term goals may be to gain 12 pounds of quality weight in the next three months.
Again, you can break this down into weekly goals (1 pound per week), daily goals (0.5 pounds per day) or even into hourly goals (0.03 pounds per hour).
Yes, gaining weight is that precise. As you get leaner and leaner, you’ll find that gaining weight gets easier and easier.
Now for most of you, your long-term goal will probably be to get “in shape,” or lose some weight. While I’d say this is a much more common goal, it’s not necessarily a lot of fun.
Most people will start off strong with this type of goal, but eventually fall prey to instant gratification and lack of willpower.
If you go down this path, I can tell you right now you’re going to fail. If you truly want to succeed, your long-term goal needs to be just as precise as the gaining weight example above.
Let’s say your goal is to lose 50 pounds in two years. This still isn’t precise enough!
How about losing one pound per week in the first year and two pounds per week in the second year?
You may be wondering why you need to make your goal so exact. The answer is this: Consistency is king when it comes to fitness and weight loss!
For example, say your workout goal is to do Abs in 7 and Increase Weighted Push-ups in 2 months. Now this may seem like a silly example, but it’s exactly what I did when I first set my goals to get in the best shape of my life.
You see, I used to hate Abs. Not really the exercise, but the word itself.
It just sounds stupid. But, somewhere along the way I heard that guys in great shape loved doing abs and even had “six-packs.” So, I started doing a few sets of abs in all my workouts.
A few months later, I loved doing abs! It was around this time that I decided to buy a stripper pole for my apartment and taught myself how to spin the pole!
Eventually, I lost so much fat and gained so much muscle that I went from around 15 percent body fat to single digits. I’m writing this at 6% body fat right now!
How’d I do it?
First, I made a goal to get in the best shape of my life. I was about 20 pounds overweight and unhappy with my appearance. I started by joining a gym and paying a trainer on a monthly basis. I knew that if I didn’t take this step, nothing would change. So after a few months of training, he had me fill out a form detailing my goals, which at that time were to “get in the best shape of my life.”
Now, this goal isn’t perfect. I still didn’t have specific short-term goals to achieve along the way, but it was a start.
Let’s move on to the next step.
Step #3: Write Down Your Goals
After you’ve set your goals, write them down! Seriously, take out a piece of paper and write down exactly what you want to do.
It seems simple, but so many people never do this step.
It’s really a no-brainer. If you’re serious about changing your life, you need to write down your goals.
Put them somewhere you’ll see them every day if possible.
You may also want to write down the steps you need to take to achieve these goals. For example, if one of your goals is to “bid on project ideas and win 25% of the time,” you may need to take a certain class or read a book first.
Now that you have your goals written down, you need to make them happen. Let’s talk about how to do that…
Step #4: Take The First Step!
Ah, this is the fun part. You’re ready to get started making your goals happen.
Let’s say one of your goals is to “Join a gym and start going 3 times a week.”
Well, what are you waiting for?
! Go sign up right now! Seriously, don’t hesitate and don’t wait. Go do it!
Take your goals and turn them into reality. Sure, you may not be able to achieve them all at first, but the main thing is that you’re taking action!
It’s also important that you reward yourself when you complete a goal. This is your reward for completing that goal.
This prevents your brain from thinking too much and just DOING.
After all, you can always adjust your goals later, but you have to take the first step towards them first.
Step #5: Check Your Progress
Now that you’ve taken the first step in achieving your goals, it’s time to check your progress. I’m a big fan of goal-setting and achieving, but I’m also a fan of not wasting my time.
If I don’t see progress, then I need to change something… and so should you.
I start by asking myself these three questions:
I training effectively?
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