How many times have you stepped into the gym, absolutely confident, raring to go, lusting after the iron, impatient to lift the most you can? How many times have your problems disappeared when you get that weight up, how many times have you felt absolutely majestic after watching the veins in your body pop out when you give it everything you’ve got?
For most of you, it cannot be very common. This is because most of the commercial gyms in India are targeted at casual trainees with no dedication to training, and no care for nutrition. They come in, they work out as if they are paying their dues, and spent most of their time in the gym doing the same thing they did the last time. You, being the lifter who actually came in hoping to break personal records, end up suffering. Because the majority of gym culture actually encourages this behavior, there is no escape. But there is a solution.
Visualise yourself as the person you want to be after years of training
If you are looking for serious muscle, you need to feel like you can fight a war when you enter the gym. You need to focus, block all the mediocrity around you, and get your training instincts up. All you must see is the weight, and see yourself work it out.
Listen to music that truly inspires you
Here, music can come to your aid. Listen to music that inspires you; not what you listen to for fun. Listen to the sort of music that makes you want to give it everything when you train. You shouldn’t be coming to the gym to socialize, or make friends. That may come as a byproduct, but don’t let it get in the way of your training.
Socialise in the gym to learn the tricks of the trade
The only way you should be socializing is learning. See the biggest, strongest person in the gym? Ask them their methods. Try to convince them to train with you. Learn from them – don’t ape them about everything, but selectively gain knowledge from them that helps. Try to find out about how certain muscles work, and what works for you. Do not be part of the bicep culture everyone seems to be part of, and try to develop true strength. Back it up with proper nutrition and you have the perfect recipe for some serious muscle.
Let training be an escape sometimes
Many men and women who have achieved greatness in strength sports such as powerlifting, Olympic lifting and of course, bodybuilding, have described training in the gym to be an emotional support as well. When other things in life aren’t going too well, keep training as a constant. It’s a great way to vent and reap the rewards as well.
Keep yourself focused, but be reasonable about it
However, focus doesn’t mean you become a menace in the gym. Wait your turn, don’t steal someone else’s weights and re-rack the weights once you’ve used them. Being a serious lifter and being an annoying presence are two very different things.
As Arnold Schwarzenegger once famously said, “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
Repeat this in your mind, and train hard, eat big, stay strong!