My Struggles With Training

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I love to train. I really do. I love how it makes me feel when I am doing it. I love the sore muscles afterwards. I love the extra energy it gives me. At the same time, I was just like every other "normal" person out there and completely fell off the training bandwagon. I trained every single day for 2 years straight. I saw some amazing results. I had things showing up on my … [Read more...]

How to Set Goals That Keep You Motivated

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Motivation is a problem for many people. I know it has been in the past for me. The key here is that my motivation problems are now a thing of the past. We often hear that we should set goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method to stay motivated. While I mostly agree with the S.M.A.R.T. approach, I believe that things should be handled one bite at a time. Keep It Small Most people go … [Read more...]

Getting It Done When You’re Ready to Quit

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Have you ever had one of those workouts where you had the entire thing planned and then, while doing the workout, you wanted to go home and just end the entire workout? I'm sure you have if you've been training for any length of time. The key to those situations is in how you deal with them as they come up. Baby Steps I tell my clients to handle these issues using baby steps. … [Read more...]

What’s Your Story?

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What is your story? What brings you to your interest in bodybuilding and getting into shape? Everyone has their own story, what is your's? My Story I was a nice 210 lbs when I had to go in for back surgery. I had a 12 week recuperation period after the surgery. I gained so much weight that I was embarrassed by how I looked. I had to lose weight. I went to work doing the best … [Read more...]

Beat Yourself to Compete

Compete against yourself

Bodybuilding is definitely a subjective sport. As I told you in my article "Why I Love This Subjective Sport" the judges make bodybuilding subjective, but the competitors make it a competition. With the right attitude they can compete against themselves and make the improvements needed to place higher in each competition.  How to Compete When you walk into the gym you have … [Read more...]

What Makes the Biggest Difference to Your Training?

Make a Difference

What makes the biggest difference in your training? What are the changes and adjustments you make that have the biggest effect? To me there are two very simple things I pay attention to and adjust if necessary that increase my odds of hitting my goals. As you read through my two difference makers I want you to be thinking about your own training and what your difference makers … [Read more...]

Why I Compete

Why I Compete

The "why" behind why I compete is a complex one with many different angles. Most of my reasons, however, have to do with achieving goals and continually improving my physique. I want to share with you 3 important reasons why I compete and maybe inspire you to do the same someday. It Helps to Have a Goal I am the type of person who will not stop until I achieve a goal. I pull … [Read more...]

How to Stay Motivated Long-Term

How to Stay Motivated Long-term

The question of how to stay motivated long-term is one I hear quite often. It is something that is 100% mental and while there are tips that can help you stay motivated, it is entirely up to you and how you execute mentally. I have recorded a video on the topic as well as attached some simple tips below. Bite-sized goals are key. We get motivated by achieving goals that are … [Read more...]

Mission Grand Prix Update

The Update

In 11 weeks from today, Mission Grand Prix will be over. I will have stood on stage and competed in my first bodybuilding competition. It is a day I am very much looking forward to. It means I will have accomplished one of my major goals in life. I recently looked at comparison photos from the start of this journey on August 8, 2011 as compared to just a few days ago and I was … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Staying Motivated

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As anyone knows, no matter how motivated you are when you first start a physique transformation, there comes a time when you will lose some of that motivation. The question is how to overcome that issue and continue on with your physique transformation? Here are 5 tips for staying motivated. Create one day goals. By setting shorter goals and then achieving them, you will … [Read more...]