How to build muscle and strength – developing the determination

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Building muscle and strength is a big topic for many gym goers, young or old. There are many ways to look at training for muscle and strength, there are many strategies when it comes to developing muscle and strength. Today we are going to look at how to build muscle and strength, and how do you develop the determination?

Is there only one set pattern of training? Is there only one right way to train? There are many weight training programs a person can follow, is only one of these ways the right way to train? Or are there many ways to train for muscle and strength that are effective?

There have been many debates over the years as to what is the best way to accomplish developing strength and size, but is it such a complex subject, or do people have a tendency to make things more difficult than they have to be? It isn’t so difficult, the biggest thing is developing the determination.

When you take a step back and look at what your goals are, where you have started from and how far you have come, or maybe you are just getting started in the game of weight-training and you are first getting your head wrapped around the concept of what it takes to build the lean muscles that you have always wanted and the strength equivalent to that of five normal men.

Is the game of weight-training, as complex as what some people make it seem like, or is it as straight-forward as it truly is. Just follow along with me and maybe we can come to some resolve with making your goals a reality.

Get with the program

I have seen countless times when someone would be reading the paper or talking on their cell phone while using a weight machine. Others might be texting on their phone between sets losing pretty much any kind of concentration that might benefit their workout.

These activities could be done while doing some low-intensity cardio, it’s not going to be of much benefit for anyone to have such little focus when weight-training. In order to be serious about your training and receive some serious results, first of all you will need to take the time that you spend in the gym with all seriousness.

Just as serious as your mate expects you to be when they’re telling you about how rotten their day was at the office, you know, if you don’t look like you are taking them with all seriousness, they may be likely to clobber you over the head.

You should look at your weight-training with just as serious of a tone. If you haven’t been seeing the results that you had hoped for, you can’t go blaming it on Joe who lives down the street, you need to take responsibility for your own actions.

So how do you train for strength and size? You have to take your training seriously, train hard, and you have to lift heavy. Training heavy not only involves using a weight that you push to failure with a rep range of 8-12 reps, but it also involves using exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time.

Especially exercises like the bench press, squats, dead lifts and barbell rows. There are other exercises like the clean and press and snatch that are your basic power moves and are typically done with fewer repetitions like 1-6 reps.

If you want to get some serious results from your training, it is a must that you include at least a majority of these exercises because they involve more than one muscle group at a time and will enable you to lift more weight and put more stress on the working muscles.

Devise yourself a serious program

You can only take your training as seriously as you will allow yourself. Do you take yourself seriously? Do you take your dreams seriously? Then why shouldn’t you take your weight-training seriously?

If it requires weight-training to see your dreams through, then that means you should be going balls to the wall in the gym and get that extra rep out that you fell short of with your last workout.

It is those that go the extra mile in the gym that make the killing results, if you are slacking in the gym and not giving it your best, then you are not going to see the results that you have always dreamed about.

I know that there can be many distractions these days. back in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s day, or Lee Haney’s day, could you see those guys slacking in the gym because they were too busy texting all their buddies?

Quite the contrary, they were training like mad men with only one thought in mind, and that was to be the best, and they did just that. They were paving the way for future bodybuilders.

Never back down from a good challenge

A good challenge is what we should be ready for every time we enter the gym. If your heart and head are not into the game, it will be difficult to give our mind and muscles the challenge that we need to in order to achieve maximum results.

Imagine if you will, training with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, Bill Pearl and Lou Ferrigno. If you had the opportunity to enter the gym and train with those good old boy’s, wouldn’t you be inspired to give it your all? Or would you be sitting on the sidelines texting on your cell phone?

The next time that you go in the gym and want to get a hard-hitting, pulse pounding workout in, but you feel that you are driven to spend more time texting people or Googling things, just imagine if Arnold Schwarzenegger was there giving you a motivational speech, what kind of workout do you think you would put in then?

Program your mind for success

When is the last time that someone gave you a speech about programming your mind for success? Well if someone hasn’t done that in some time, or if at all, I highly doubt that Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bill Pearl would come along and give you that motivational speech during your workout, but granted there are plenty of other enthusiastic people at the gym where you train that will give you the motivation that you need to push yourself to the limit and get the best workout in that you possibly can.

Even if you don’t look up someone at the gym to give you the motivation that you need, there is a huge plethora of knowledge and inspiration that you can find on YouTube with all the great training and fitness videos on there will keep you busy for a lifetime giving you the motivation you need and deserve to keep you going strong with your training and motivation.

Besides getting motivation from coaches or people that you train with at the gym, and a great source of motivational tools such as YouTube, another very important aspect of your training that will give you the motivation you need to succeed are setting goals.

Goals are a very important training tool for anyone to succeed that is pushing themselves to either lose weight or gain muscle. The likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger always set goals, can you imagine a prize-winning physique like his could be developed through blindly training away each day with no goals to guide him? Or the massive thighs of the very impressive Tom Platz could be developed without structuring an amazing thigh training routine or not having any goals to guide him?

In order to succeed or be successful in any undertaking, not just weight loss or weight training, but absolutely any undertaking in your life, how do you expect to achieve those amazing results that you are dreaming of if you don’t have any guidance or vision of where you want to be, or how are you plan on achieving those results.Muscular man performing dumbell curls.

Moving forward

Before you go to the gym for your next training session, make sure that you have your goals in place and exactly how you plan on achieving those goals. Make sure that you have those goals written down on paper so that you can always look back at them every day as a personal reminder of who you are and what you want to be as well as what you want to achieve for yourself.

So you want to build huge muscles and develop impressive strength, if that’s what your goal is, like many other trainers at the gym, make sure that you have a solid routine structured mostly around combination moves such as the bench press, squats, dead lifts and barbell rows as stated earlier, and you need to be dedicated to your training days, your structured routine that you devised for yourself, as well as your dreams and wishes.

Success does not happen overnight and neither will your goals. Tom Platz’s thighs we’re not developed overnight and neither was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success. Everything takes time and a commitment in order to see your dreams come to life. Rome was not built in a day, neither will be those huge arms that you want to be sticking out of your t-shirt sleeves and impress everybody that see’s you on the beach.

Now get off your cell phone and get off of the couch and head to your local gym and get busy building that body that you have always dreamed of. Lou Ferrigno probably spent more time pumping iron than he had spent having his green makeup put on. Don’t allow all of this wonderful technology the world has to offer these days to stand in the way of your dreams and achieving your goals.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t be afraid to leave a comment in the box below. If you do, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.


2 thoughts on “How to build muscle and strength – developing the determination”

    • Something that always helped with developing the motivation was first and foremost setting an achievable goal. For example if you want to put an inch on your arms, it will take some time, an inch on your arms in a year is achievable, but if you are new to working out you will see more rapid gains at first, a goal like this is a long term goal.

      It is important to also set short term goals, these will make the long term goals more doable. A short term goal could be to keep a 5 or 6 day training schedule per week, but if you are new to training, you will want to start out with a three day training schedule and work your way up.

      I would also keep a training log to keep track of my progress, that way when I would see progress, that would give me the motivation to keep going.
      Another thing that might help is having someone to train with. I found that I always got my best workouts in when I would train with someone, that always worked as a great motivator.

      Keep dreams of where you want to be and set a time that you want to achieve it, if you don’t achieve it the first time around, keep moving forward and never let your dreams die out.
      I wish you success.


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