Alex Skinner – @AlexSkinner5
What I Learned Wednesdays
We get it, we’ve all been there. You’ve just benched 2 plates for the first time and 6 months later you’re still only hitting it for 1 rep. But how could this be? You’ve put in the work 5-6 days a week and the results just aren’t coming your way. Now we must understand that the ‘beginner gainz’ might be starting to slow down and a number of factors must come into play if you want to continue to become a stronger human being. These stages of leveling up are commonly overlooked and it is the flat out truth as to why people plateau in strength. By reevaluating these 3 steps I believe it will help you get the ball rolling again and get your gain train back on the tracks.
PSA- going into the gym and doing the same shit week in and week out will not get you the results you’re looking for.
The body is a very smart machine, so treat it that way. The same old 3×10 nonsense becomes second nature after you’ve been doing it for months on end. You MUST switch things up. Continually shock the muscles and you will grow. Now if you are really serious about taking your programing to the next level, stop kidding yourself and head over to indiefitness.net and invest in a $8.99 subscription based website with hundreds and hundreds of programs, written by Zach Homol, designed to make you the strongest and healthiest version of yourself. Now don’t be fooled, anyone can write a program and sell it. But what separates Zach’s programing from the rest is his extensive knowledge base, studies proving their effectiveness and, most of all, the thousands of man hours logged testing each and every program.
The next thing you should evaluate is your form. In reality you should be doing this for every rep on every lift. But, I realize it is easy to get away from. Especially if you aren’t surrounded with solid training partners who don’t know right from wrong. So stop neglecting it. You can ALWAYS improve and there should be no excuse as to why you can’t take initiative and learn on your own. On indiefitness.net there are hundreds and hundreds of hours of seminars and instructional videos breaking down every step to every lift. Also, if you are like most people, it is crucial that you are stretching daily and staying mobile enough to get yourself INTO the correct positions to be the most optimal lifter because if you can’t even get into position to perform the lift, you’re selling yourself short. Don’t use mobility as an excuse. Don’t use poor form as an excuse. Evaluate the problem, create a plan of action and attack that plan day in and day out and you WILL see results.
- Raise your expectations
The last thing I want you to do to break past your plateaus is to raise your expectations. That goes for everything in life. Stop settling and selling yourself so short. If you’ve ever trained with Zach Homol or at Iron Valley Barbell, you’ll know what I’m talking about. An average mindset just won’t cut it, because thinking average is only going to get you average results. You must want more from yourself.
Raise your expectations and attack everything you do in life with a burning desire to be the best version of yourself and you will get just that.
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