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Secrets To Natural Bodybuilding
I'm talking with my 16 year old son the other day, and
that age-old question pops into my head
what do you want to be when you 'grow up'?"
could see the light go on in his head. Going into his
junior year in high school, he'd obviously been thinking
long and hard about what he wants to do with the rest
of his life. He nearly spit all over himself as he blurted
want to own my own business!"
I thought, realizing that this was going to be another
one of those teenage mental chess games. I naturally followed
just what KIND of business do you want to own?"
dunno, maybe something in the music industry
was his reply.
that almost seemed logical to me. I mean, he's a very
smart boy, (I'm sorry
"young man"), but
I didn't really have any expectations of him entering
a courtroom wearing 4 earrings in his ears, you know?
on with the "chess game". It was MY turn
to move. To speed things up, the conversation went something
"What college courses are you going to need for this
"College? I don't really know yet."
"What kind of equipment will you need for your business?"
hadn't really thought about it."
"Do you know of anyone in this business who can give
you some leads or advice?"
(ears perking up, victory is sight): "YEAH
brother's friend has an uncle who once did security for
wasn't sure if '50 Cent' was a singer or if it was how
much this "uncle" was paid for his security
"And why exactly do you want to own your own business?"
"So I can have a big house and a 'tight' car with
a 'thumpin' stereo system."
who am I to judge another person's goals. And in case
you haven't been paying attention
are what we're talking about!
see, as incomplete as my son's plan may seem, it's EXACTLY
how I see most of the bodybuilders in today's gyms approach
forget that if you want SPECIFIC results, you need
a SPECIFIC plan. Yet how many of you TRULY
have a complete road map to reaching your overall fitness
out these 5 BODYBUILDING SECRETS of proper goal setting
and see how you stack up
Long Term Goal
do you hope to accomplish over the long haul? (And by
"long haul", I mean 1-3 years.) This is your
long term "destination" that will help you determine
the intermediate steps you'll need to pull off.
Make your goal REALISTIC! A body like Arnold's
didn't happen in 1-3 years! For an average bodybuilder
following an average workout program, you're probably
looking at 1-2 pounds of muscle gain a month. (By the
way, if you're looking for ABOVE average gains,
check out the Optimum Anabolics program at
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Short Term Goals
your paper, write down where you'll need to be at 30,
60, and 90 day intervals in order to reach your ultimate
goal in Step 1.
example, if you want to increase your one-rep max on the
bench press by 60 lbs over the next year, all you need
to do is add 5 pounds per MONTH to reach your end
goal. That sounds realistic doesn't it?
you to stay committed to your goals, you need to keep
in mind what your ultimate payoff will be. It should be
SPECIFIC and don't worry about any textbook answers
should ALSO be PERSONAL.
example, maybe if you're looking to lose bodyfat, ,maybe
the benefits are "seeing your abs once again, looking
better in your clothes, better health, lower risk of heart
attack, going shirtless on the beach this summer, etc.!"
absolutely MUST reward yourself along the way for
accomplishing your short term goals and ultimately your
long term goal. The trick here is to ONLY reward
yourself if you actually MEET your goals. No cheating
or it won't be the motivator it's meant to be.
an example I set for my own goals
I meet each 30 day goal I set for myself, I buy myself
a new CD for my workout (I even promised my son I'd give
'50 Cent' a try if I met my goals half way through the
year!) Then, if I've meet my 1 year goal, I plan on buying
a brand new MP3 player as a reward
if I meet my goal!
it's time to put your plan into effect. Find a fitness
program that's designed to help you accomplish your goals
Optimum Anabolics perhaps?) and plan out EACH DAY
of your workout.
with it, stay COMMITTED, REWARD yourself
along the way, and you'll have that UNFAIR ADVANTAGE
over all the other guys wandering aimlessly through their
workouts at the gym!
Anderson (better known in the bodybuilding community
as the "Muscle Nerd") is the creator of
Optimum Anabolics, the ground-breaking new bodybuilding
program that has taken the entire industry by storm!
more information on Jeff's controversial new mass-building
principles, go to