When you look around and see casuals training at the gym, the word "fear" isn't even in their repertoire of emotions. They're there to have a good lift, exercise, and feel good. What if you're training to become the real deal and you’re under hundreds or even thousands of pounds of weight that could kill you? Your mind changes and your attitude adjusts. Rob Hall covers this different mentality in his latest article.
Bad things happen in life. Oftentimes, it's not fair, justified, or forewarned. There is no explanation and your life could seem entirely dark during the aftermath. At this point you, as a human being, have two choices: curl up in a ball and live in the darkness, or you can keep a positive mindset and move your way through the tumultuous waters that you find yourself in. Rob Kearney, after suffering a catastrophic injury to his tricep, tells us how he's been keeping his spirits up during his recovery process.
2020 is a tough year for everyone, especially competitive athletes. With shows and competitions getting canceled and postponed left and right, the uncertainty or lack of a final destination in your training can lead to a loosening of the competitive mindset. Some people can only stay motivated when there is a goal on the map. How do you keep your head in the game with no meets in sight?
While maintaining good mental health has always been important for our overall wellbeing, it's more relevant now than ever due to current events derailing many of our normal routines. There are many strategies that we can employ to help ourselves keep our heads "screwed on straight." Evan Centopani, one of Animal's most grounded and logical athletes, highlights some ways we can make sure our brains and thought processes are operating optimally.
Now, the sky’s the limit. My goal is to win the 212 Olympia. This is not a dream, but a reality I can make true. I have the entire year focused for the 2020 Olympia. I will change my physique into what will be an Olympian champion—my vision is set.
There's nothing more taxing than competition prep. Sure, other sports have some extremely grueling seasons, but those athletes also get some substantial downtime in the off-season. Bodybuilding is different. This is a 24/7 gig. We monitor everything we eat and train multiple times a day while juggling a job because most of us don't make enough money doing it. What gets us through? The mind. John Jewett explains where your mind should be before, during, and after a competition in his latest article.