As the years pass and new generations emerge, the evidence of a culture based upon instant gratification grows. Everyone wants everything quickly. If you couple that with a group of people who were given participation trophies their whole life, they'll begin to expect great things, not earn them. Gone are the days of grinding in the trenches, where folks said "I'm not where I want to be today, but I'm one step closer to getting there in the future." G-Six elaborates on this subject in his latest article, "Patience: A Lost Skill." Be sure to check it out.
John, I am writing this to guide you in a very uncertain time in your life. As the decade older version of you, I have gained knowledge that will really help you move forward in exactly what you want to do. You just graduated with your bachelor’s. Well done! At the end of this degree you finally gained some confidence in your academic ability. Your collegiate powerlifting journey was a great feat as well and, now that it’s coming to an end, bodybuilding has piqued your interest. I know you have lots of questions about what to do for a career—should you continue your education and how can you become a bodybuilder? I am going to guide you through this.
Most of us were contemplating our strategies for 2020 not too long ago. Whether you were thinking about your next competition or how you were going to add ten pounds of muscle or finally get your ass in shape or improve your squat, you had plans this year. I don’t think that any of our plans included being quarantined on account of a highly contagious and potentially lethal virus sweeping the globe. But, hey, shit happens. And shit has most certainly happened. Aside from the immediate health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus, many of us have to deal with new difficult circumstances such as businesses shutting down, massive layoffs, food and product scarcity, and social distancing. So what does all of this mean for the average bodybuilder/powerlifter/fitness enthusiast like you and me? It means that we’ve all had to make some adjustments in the name of keeping things moving.
Making a new year's resolution is a good way to set up a new goal and begin achieving it, but how many of us actually succeed? Chris Tuttle explains in his latest article why most of our resolutions will fail, but he also tells us how to avoid these common mistakes. Read on to start your year right.
Hand two motivated individuals the same hammer and neither will create the same thing. But how do you find that motivation to build? Whether we understand it or not, are aware of it or not, discontent often lies at the heart of change. For me, feelings of inadequacy coupled with an irrepressible need for self-improvement got me motivated pretty early in life. A bench and barbell set that could serve as a heavy-duty clothing rack and dust collection unit for one guy, allowed me to transform myself both physically and mentally. This is for the one who helped me get started. Thanks, Dad.
We are in a constant physical, mental, and spiritual evolution. Whether it's how we approach training, the thought process behind getting ready for a show, or the overall outlook on life, we're always changing, fine tuning, and improving. Derek Lunsford, who has quickly shot from amateur to the upper 1% of the pro ranks, dives deep on how his training has morphed over the past few years.
Successful people not only have physical talent but the mental fortitude to believe, execute, and endure. The missing link between being good and being great is a champion mindset. Derek Lunsford, the 212 Mr Olympia runner up, is known for living each day with passion and forward focus. Read more about it in his latest article “Life Motivation” and get an inside look into the mind of one of bodybuilding’s elite.
Passion is a general love for what you do. It’s what wakes you up in the morning and what you think about as you fall asleep. Far too many people live their lives for the dollar bill or what is convenient, rather than their true passion. Read more as Derek Lunsford dives into the topic in his latest article “Find Your Passion.”
Bodybuilding is, and always will be, a learning process. No one is perfect, even the top pros or the industry’s best coaches. Every athlete, at some point or another, has said “Shit, I shouldn’t have done that.” John Jewett’s latest article highlights what he has learned over the last season, how he responded, and what he plans on doing in the future to avoid issues.
Don’t end up in a life you don’t want to live. We only get one life and to spend it doing something you don’t love is a shame. Find your passion and chase it down with every last part of you. You won’t regret trying, but you will regret not trying.