Staying on Track as you Grow

  • rugbyjockca

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    Mar 02, 2014 11:15 AM GMT
    I wanted to know what guys do to stay on track as they grow. I've been lifting for a couple of years now and have had the highs where I feel better than I ever have in my life and the crushing lows where I feel like I'm some genetic mutant who will never lose fat or put on muscle so what's the point.

    The only way I know to get through the lows is to just get my ass to the gym and remind myself that the big picture is built slowly, day by day. How do you get through the lows and keep perspective?
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    Mar 02, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
    I believe most people who have reached the heights of muscularity have had their lows. There's no perfect trajectory. I've been lifting for 6 years but only 4 of those years were productive.

    It's hard to say you're not gaining muscle or putting on fat. What are you using to measure this? The mirror? Maybe all of this comes down to you not knowing what's happening.

    For most of the past years I could not rely on the mirror to see results. I'm too tall, I was too thin and lean mass is denser than fat. 10lbs on me is nothing.

    I had a spreadsheet of my results measuring body fat and weight, week by week. Progress was slow, but certain and it helped see that I was growing, even when the mirror said otherwise.

  • rugbyjockca

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    Mar 02, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    I use a few different measurements. The scale, measuring tape, a tanita bf% thing at my gym, how my clothes fit, what weights I lift, how many notches I use on my belts and weight belt. When I feel good, I can recognise these signs of progress and it's easy for me not to get caught up in one or two stats lagging behind or giving weird numbers. But when I'm down, I can show progress in every single way and still beat myself up over it. Brains are weird.
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    Mar 02, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    How your clothes fit is the scale i use most of the time. When your advanced you wont see much movement of the scale week to week, or even month to months unless your on a large calorie deficit or surplus, when it comes to "actual muscle" It takes a long long time to build up so. And very one has those day where they feel like shit, its just the condition of a bodybuild, just be very patient and stay consistent and you'll improve.
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    Mar 02, 2014 4:15 PM GMT
    You allow yourself cheat days on occasion as a reward. That helps keep your motivation.
  • starboard5

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    Mar 02, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    Also, I don't know if this applies to you, but don't waste time comparing yourself to other guys. Everyone's genetics/body type is different.

    You have to shoot for what's YOUR best. The irony is, you can never really know what that is. But that's a good thing. It helps you understand that it's all a process, ongoing and life long, and there is no perfect end point. The mental part of the equation is equally important as the physical. Keep it up!
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    Mar 02, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    What I do when I get on a low which happened to me about a year ago when I was restricting my diet so much that I was running low on energy to workout. I took some time off to get some much needed rest and carefully looked at my diet and while discussing my challenges with some friends and persons who have knowledge of working out I made some changes to it and since then I have continue to grow my body the way I wanted it to grow.
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    Mar 03, 2014 8:41 AM GMT
    rugbyjockca saidI wanted to know what guys do to stay on track as they grow. I've been lifting for a couple of years now and have had the highs where I feel better than I ever have in my life and the crushing lows where I feel like I'm some genetic mutant who will never lose fat or put on muscle so what's the point.

    The only way I know to get through the lows is to just get my ass to the gym and remind myself that the big picture is built slowly, day by day. How do you get through the lows and keep perspective?


    Feelings aren't facts. They don't have to dictate how you perform or live your life. It'd be nice if everything were sunshine and rainbows in life but unfortunately it isn't so. The time you spend in the gym is a time where you can examine many facets of yourself, some of which only come out when under stress or at a low point. It is also the perfect place to work on those issues and overcome them. The bottom line is acknowledge your feelings, and if they encourage you to act and do things that will turn you into the man you want to be follow them. If they don't acknowledge them and rise above them. That's what makes a champion, that's what makes a warrior, and that's what makes a man. It is when you are at your lowest that it counts. When you are at that last set, when you feel you can't go anymore or on the days it feels like there is no point that champions or average joes are made. I have been at some of the lowest points someone can reach doing physical activity, where I felt utterly hopeless, tired beyond what most people will ever experience, wanting to quit and go home, and by the the grace of god I had a good friend who helped me to stick it through and the moment I decided to for sure everything changed instantly! And after that the hardest experience of my life wasn't even hard and I went from feeling hopeless to feeling on top of the world. Rise above them my friend, everyone experiences those feelings. The problems with humans is that we think are emotional highs and lows are unique when really everyone has them., it's what you do with those feelings that will make you like the majority of average people, or a cut above the rest. And at the end of the day it's not about what your body looks like, but knowing that you gave your best and every ngle muscle fiber is built off your blood, sweat, and tears. Rise up!
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    Mar 03, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    39 years of lifting experience.

    Listen to your my mind and body.

    Weight lifting is intensive. More is NOT better.

    Calories are a must.

    Time off is a must.

    Train smart, with a plan for success, that involves real science and not "bro science" or some nut case doctor.
  • mybud

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    Mar 03, 2014 8:09 PM GMT
    I can only speak for myself. The two areas I always have to focus on are my eating, and inner motivation. I've learned to keep my diet on track, I have to plan out my meals weekly. I cook and pre-package my meals. I find I'm less likely to cheat, when I have easy access to healthy options. Motivation...I'm single so I have these inner battles with myself asking questions like no other guys are noticing my progress.I stop this mindset by reminding myself I'm doing all this for "ME". I've learned that my lifting and exercise is my "me time". I cherish it..relish it...look forward to it.Changing your mindset and staying positive are the keys to success. Hope this helps ya bro.