Mental Aspect of Training


    The mental stance you must take is an open-minded one. I say that because I can’t believe how many times I thought I had it all figured out, only to find I was missing out on so much understanding. For example, I was introduced to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s high-volume approach early on, and I was convinced that high-volume training was the only way to go. Ten years down the road, I discovered the Arthur Jones High-Intensity method, and I realized that I was missing out on the highest intensity levels with all my volume training. High-Intensity training became my way for another ten years.

After ten years, I discovered neurological training and realized what a pivotal component to training and performance simply coordination was. If you are highly coordinated and neurologically efficient, high-intensity training is the way to go; however, you’re going to need volume if you are not. Both methods are valuable but for different reasons, and you don’t want to miss out on either one. 

I obsessed for years with the most scientifically perfect workout ever, only to realize that it killed the joy of training, which is why I got into it in the first place. Art is imperfect and should reflect who you are as a person. It’s how you wipe away the dust and buildup of everyday life. I had to find a fun way to train, so I competed in Strongman for two years not because it was scientifically the perfect way to train but because it was fun, new, and mentally stimulating. Mental interest may be the very most significant factor of all. How driven are you? 

Justin Harris sold me on the scientific method of carbohydrate cycling. You can consume calories more than any other diet and not gain fat with carbohydrate cycling, it’s true, but for me eating a ton of rice after every workout was a chore and, again, no fun. The diet wasn’t for me because of the mental element. I thought fasting would burn muscle faster until someone told me otherwise. One of the most powerful, most muscular human beings I know, named Bill Widler, told me intermittent fasting was the method he used to get lean and muscular. So, I decided to give it a try and had sustained energy throughout the day, felt great, and maintained my muscle mass. 

Don’t think you know it all or have it all figured out. There’s always more to learn and understand!

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