I find myself guilty of this from time to time, as we all do. We go through moments of inspiration where we feel fulfillment and excitement and we feel as if we have a grasp on what exactly we must do in order to achieve our goals. Then unfortunately, at some point we might fall adrift with our plans or we may become lazy. How do we ensure we achieve our goals, mainly our physique goals? There’s no other way to go about it but to be dedicated 100% to your craft. Some like to say that your body is 70% your diet and 30% your training, or some other combination of sorts, but the truth is that it’s 100% dedication and hard work in all aspects necessary to achieve what you want.
When I first began working out, I was hellbent on gaining mass. I did not let anything get in the way of my goal. Being the obsessive critter that I am, I went and learned. I obsessed. I studied what it took to become bigger. I read the works of many professionals and their various scholarly publications. I watched Pumping Iron, just like you. I got inspired by videos of Kai preaching to us. I watched all those Zyzz videos just like you. The key takeaway from all the learning that I did was that if you want to be extraordinary, you have to put in tons more effort than those who are ordinary.
When I’m home from college in my family’s town, I train at the same gym I’ve always trained at during the summers. The same people still visit the place, and many of them haven’t made much progress at all. However, many of these people (we’re all quite guilty of this) like to post Facebook statuses about the gym, tweets about lifting, and pictures of our ‘progress’ in all our vanity. Perhaps we don’t look how we intended to look. Some of us have trained for years, and we don’t look as amazing as we have envisioned. Why is this? A lack of 100% dedication.
Simply put, it’s a given that you must train hard and intense in the gym. As fitness enthusiasts and gym-goers, if you do not train with passion, rage, and heart, you might as well not be in the gym at all. It doesn’t matter what’s going on right now, you can’t let that sacred gym time be compromised. You could have had a bad day, but you can’t let compromise the quality of your workout. A year from now, we all want to look back and be able to be proud of the results we’ve made. We want to be able to attribute our progress to our dedication both in training and in our dieting.
I mentioned how obsessive I get about things. When it came to bodybuilding nutrition, I couldn’t stop learning and reading more and more scholarly works and just seeing what other people around the internet were saying. I was intrigued at the different methods of dieting, as well as the effects that people claim to be seeing eating certain kinds of foods. At the end of the day, what I can say is that even if you train like a complete beast in the gym, your physique will not be up to your own standards and won’t reflect that effort unless you put the same effort into your nutrition.
You have to understand proper nutrition. You have to be willing to put in the time to learn how to organize and plan your meals. Many of us prepare meals ahead of time and pack them. That’s a great technique that’s widely practiced since it’s so practical and easy to manage with busy schedules. Other people cook multiple times a day for each meal, and there’s nothing wrong with that either. However, the important thing here is simply to understand the importance of proper nutrition.
It takes good quality foods to build a quality body. Sure, you can do IIFM (if it fits your macros) and eat all sorts of food when out too as long as you fit a certain budget of each macro-nutrient (protein, carbohydrate, fats), but in the long run this is a lot more expensive than simply purchasing your own quality ingredients and making your own meals. I often post pictures on my Instagram of food I eat when I’m out, but the reality of it is that I actually rarely eat out and I much prefer cooking my own healthy meals. Personally, my body doesn’t react well to oily foods. It makes my skin bad and leaves me feeling sluggish.
Ultimately, it all comes down to ourselves. The beauty of bodybuilding is that it’s an art in which you yourself have complete control over. You can provide yourself the resources to succeed, these resources being knowledge and motivation. When you understand that we can only achieve our desires by fully committing yourself 100% to the goal, then you’re just that much closer to reaching it. We know exactly where we want to be a year from now, we all have a mental image of the progress we’d hope to achieve in that span of time. The finish line is in sight, but are you going to crawl towards it, just going through the motions in the gym and then having poor nutrition? Or are you going to attack furiously from the get-go with proper nutrition, intense training, and a killer instinct ready to stop for nobody, blazing at mach speed?