In this issue Im going to finally reveal the secret to
bodybuilding success! You've been so patient, dear
subscriber, but you've suspected all these months that
there were secrets to losing fat and gaining muscle
that I was keeping from you.
Well to be quite honest there are several secrets to
bodybuilding success. This week I'm going to reveal the
one that I feel is most important. But first, let me tell you
about something I observed this week.
I was doing calf raises on the Smith machine the other day.
I was using about 405 pounds for sets of 10 to 12 reps. It
does look kinda heavy to have four 45s per side but I need
to lift heavy weights to make those suckers grow!
(Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder with big strong
muscles but they dont want to lift heavy weights! Go figure!)
Now I have to admit that I do have pretty big calves for a
guy with such a small frame. But it wasnt always this way. I
have busted my butt for years to finally build a set of calves
I'm proud of.
Let me digress a minute...
Want to know what really motivated me to build big legs?
When I was a sophomore in high school I got the part of
Kurt in The Sound of Music. I was sooooo embarrassed to
have to wear those stupid liederhosen (German leather
shorts with suspenders) because my legs were so
skinny! I decided right then and then that I would do
whatever it took to build a set of legs I can be proud of.
I have to say that they are definitely my best body part now.
OK, OK! Laugh it up pecker-head! Yeah, I was in a
musical. Actually a bunch of them. I was in band, too. Don't
be so smug and act like you never did any stupid stuff in
So were back at the gym now, OK?
This guy comes up to me and says, Hey could you spare a
couple inches on those calves? I could use em. I just cant
get mine to grow. I laughed and told him he should try
heavy standing calf raises on the Smith machine with his
toes on a 9 block (like I was doing at the time). He rattled
off all the exercises he has tried and complained that they
still werent growing.
OK, I'd normally buy that excuse but if you could have
seen my pathetic puny calves when I was Kurt in The
Sound of Music (will you stop laughing already!) you'd
never guess Id be able to build a set of defined 16 calves
on a small bone frame.
Knowing where I came from and my lack of genetic
potential, its really hard for me to buy into some of other
peoples excuses. But I've noticed a few things about
this guy. He comes into the gym 2 to 3 times a week
somewhat consistently for a while and then doesn't
show up for 2 to 3 weeks. He has no consistency in his
training schedule. And I'd have to assume that his lack
of discipline also spills over into his eating habits, too.
(hes got a gut). Consistency in your training habits and
eating habits is one of the biggest secrets of
Consistency will overcome a lot of obstacles in your
journey to build a better-looking and healthier body.
Do you want to know what it really takes to remain
Man, I'm almost afraid to use this word because it
scares so many people or theyve attached some kind
of negative connotation to it...
Thats it, plain and simple!
To be quite honest, I'd much rather eat pizza and drink
beer than choke down another dry, skinless chicken
breast along with a salad.
But I know that my results in the future are based on the
things I do today.
Now here's some good news about being disciplined in
your training and eating habits.
When you've been consistent with your training and
eating, a little cheating wont really hurt you one bit.
I'm a lot leaner now than I was back in the winter. I've
been consistently eating clean for months now. It's
summer and I dont want to be embarrassed to take my
shirt off at the beach!
So when I have a cheat meal (pizza and beer...yeah!!!)
it doesn't hurt me at all.
In fact, when I have a cheat day it doesn't hurt me at all.
Because come tomorrow I'm right back at it with my
regular nutrition plan.
Being disciplined allows you to enjoy some undisciplined
times without the guilt.
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