Reaching that goal can often be a difficult process. Any number of things can pop up, take our attention away from what we’re after and lead us off the path we were so ready to go down just a short time ago. It happens to all of us, but my solution is simple. In fact, it’s so simple you may scoff, but time and time again it’s made a big difference in my goal-setting - and goal-reaching - process.
I am always looking for ways to challenge myself, improve my workout and perfect my physique. This desire to constantly improve is what raises questions in my mind like, “What happens when I curl the 45lb bench bar for 100 reps in a row?” One day, I decided to answer that question, and the answer was an insane pump like I’ve never felt before.
If you follow me on social media, you find out real quick that I am a full-fledged squat maniac. I squat every single day now and wholeheartedly believe in the benefits, whether it’s simply completing the challenge of it or the noteworthy strength gains I’ve made while getting leaner. But there’s always a way to up the ante, and I’ve tried to find a way to do that— even while maintaining my squat everyday mantra. How have I done it? Pause squats.
This workout is guaranteed to whip your ass, especially when you realize just how heavy 95 pounds suddenly feels on squats. The payoff, though, is worth it - so good luck.
Let’s be honest, walking on a treadmill for an hour is about as exciting as a marathon debate on C-Span 2. That’s why when I post my fat burning workouts, I make sure to keep it fresh so it doesn’t get stale. You’ll never see, “Walk on a slight incline for an hour,” as my fat-burning workout of the day. I’m mixing methods, keeping it fresh and, most of all, keeping it intense.
To be honest, I pride myself on being half nuts in the gym. My mindset constantly revolves around testing my limits, whether it’s getting ready to lift on the powerlifting platform or just getting as ripped as possible onstage. I’m not here to just hang out or adhere to the norm. There’s nothing that causes me to lose interest quicker than sticking with the status quo and going through the motions.
Whenever I need to get a particular lift going in the right direction, I almost always go back and look for some old-school advice. I enjoyed the mindset of that era where the emphasis was on small variations and tremendous work ethic. I love getting in the trenches, grinding out reps and pushing my body to the extreme, so that’s where I was at when I inspected where my bench press was.
The deadlift is one of the most taxing exercises you can do in the gym, but it’s a great way to measure strength. The bigger the number, the bigger you will likely be— and there’s no denying the fact it’s cool to talk about a big deadlift number.
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