There is much to be learned from bodybuilding and working out when it comes to life. If you're like most people, you have goals, and like most people, you will encounter obstacles and limits while pursing those goals. To continue to progress toward them, you need to break through your limitations.
These things you can learn from your workout apply to achieving all the goals in every area of your life: career goals, relationships, finances, and anything else you wish to succeed at. Here are 10 workout room wisdom tips that work as well in the gym as they do outside of it in the real world when it comes to progress and success.
1. Consistency- One workout is not going to change anything in the long run. If you really want to succeed at reaching your goals, you need to establish consistency. As in life, the simplest way to confirm that your consistency is established is by making a schedule. Use your calendar, and if you don't have one go buy one and mark down which workouts you are doing on each day of the week each week for 3 months.
Some days will be cardio training, other days will be your muscle splits, and add stretching or a class to do. Keep a daily agenda in your wallet or notepad and make sure it includes the workout you are doing that day. Do not go to bed each day until you cross it off of your list. If you miss a day's workout, make it up the very next day, and you might have to combine it with that day's workout as discipline for the miss. Either way, this keeps you accountable and establishes consistency. You can use this approach with any goal in life.
2. Increase Resistance- As your body adapts and you get stronger, you will hit plateaus. This is the single biggest reason why most people never reach their fitness goals. They stop challenging themselves. Consequently, the body adapts and progress ceases. The results are limited. You must add more weight, and challenge yourself if you want to get stronger and increase muscle.
3. Try Something New- Another way to overcome limitations as the body adapts to your workouts is to try a different approach- a new exercise, more reps, more sets, a new style of training, etc..Just like in life, you will always be limited in your progress if you keep doing the same thing over and over. You have to have the courage to try something new, even if it is uncomfortable. This is the only way to grow, expand, and breakthrough limits.
4. One More Rep-When you are doing a set, you may get to a point where you say, "That's enough", but you might really be able to get one, two or three more reps, even if they're forced and require assistance from a spotter . This is probably the most accurate analogy for breaking through a limit you have on any goal and the key to generating results.
These extra reps that most people won't get are the real key to changing your muscles and increasing your strength. When you work to the point of failure and get that extra rep most people wouldn't get, you are operating with the mindset and performance method of a champion. When you feel like quitting, try one more rep- it could be the difference with any task or goal you are working on in life.
5. Try Again- If at first you don't succeed, try again. Some people get down on themselves and become convinced they can't do it, they're not strong enough, or it's impossible. If you can't do a certain weight you want to try or you can't seem to master a particular exercise or new technique, try again. As the old saying goes, "Practice makes perfect." Whether you try three minutes later or wait a week to try again, you may just get it. Sometimes you simply just have to increase your focus and concentration and you will find you really can do it. Keep trying.
6. Energy Produces Results- The more energy you workout with, the more results you will get. This is "intensity". The more alert you are and concentrated on the task at hand, the more active you are during your workouts, the more energy you will produce to aid in getting the best possible results you can get. You need to workout at a high intensity to get the best results, and this is all about energy. The same goes with many goals outside the gym. Whatever you do, bring a lot of energy to it and you will perform at higher levels.
7. Believe in Yourself- Some people never reach the goals they want in the gym simply because they don't really believe they can do it. Maybe they haven't tried and followed the first six tips thus far because if they did, they would start believing when they saw the results they started to get. If you really want to reach your goals, you have got to find a way to really believe that you can. This usually works in everything you do, even outside the gym, and can help you break through limitations.
8. Don't Stop- Too many people stop. They give up. Well, what's likely to happen if you give up? You'll stop making progress and getting the results you wanted. You can't stop and must not quit with any goal you set. In the gym and in life, you have to keep going no matter what if you're really going to actualize your goals, even if you're tired, even if you don't feel like it, even if you got into a fight with your partner, had a bad day at work, feel sore, or have a minor injury. You can't make excuses and must keep moving forward.
9. Give 100%- When you give 100% in the gym, you force the body to work at an intensity of overload. You stimulate your metabolic rate and muscle fibers you never used before to work harder than they ever have, and consequently, this forces your body to change, and change rapidly. This type of intensity can produce similar results for any project or goal you are working on in your life. You will get twice the results you would get by only giving half your effort, if not more.
10. Never Give Up- Maybe you won't lose all that weight or body fat today or by next week, and maybe you won't increase that strength to where you need to get it in one month, and maybe you won't add that poundage of muscle you want in a couple months, but it doesn't mean you should give up. It is better to arrive at that goal, even if it takes twice the amount of time you were aiming for than not achieving it at all.. This is about perseverance and is a good lesson in the gym that can carry over into breaking through any limitation in any area of or goal you have in your life.
If you follow these ten tips, you will reap the rewards not only in the gym but in your life with anything you choose to pursue. Your hard work will be rewarded and you will reap the rewards of success.