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Gilgamesh Grinding Against The Grain: Back to Strength Training Basics

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Chapter 1: Back to basics and the bottom line

After working a year in the corporate realm and figuring out ways to put my business degree to work, I decided to apply it to my training. A big part of the corporate realm is cutting the bulk and getting to the bottom line.

“So what makes a good training routine” you might ask? Well before you can just pick a routine from the many thousands out there, you must follow step one.

Step 1  – Ask the Right Questions

  • What are my goals?
  • How will I reach them?
  • Who has achieved the success I am aiming for?
  • When will I find the time to fit this program in my lifestyle?
  • Where do I see myself in 3weeks, 6 months, 1 year… from now?

A training routine doesn’t have to have fancy percentages, bands, chains, different bars, boards, boxes or a large variety of movements to be successful. All that you need for a successful training plan is:

Step 2 – The 5 Answers

  1. Aim
  2. Approach
  3. Attitude
  4. Adapt
  5. Achieve

No matter what goals you have in mind, without the 5 A’s you will fall short of executing your vision.

If you have no aim, then what are you training for?

If you have the wrong approach then how will you come to get bigger, faster, stronger, and leaner?

If you have the wrong attitude then how will you stay motivated to follow through on your training?

If you cannot adapt then how do you expect to survive and succeed?

If you do not have the 4 important qualities listed above then what can you achieve outside of failure?

This brings me to step 3, only YOU can prevent performance failures.

Step 3 – Remember the 5 Rules

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Righteousness
  • Research
  • Realistic

When choosing a training plan you have to remember these 5 important rules.

  1. Respect those who made the training routine and the hard work that went in to it. The last time I checked you were asking others for their advice or else you would have made your own training routine.
  2. Take responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame your spotter, your loved ones, your peers, your job, your car, your training routine, the author, the weather or anyone or thing else but yourself.
  3. Always be righteous but never self-righteous. If a training program is not working for you maybe it’s because you haven’t stood true to your goals; which brings me to the next rule:
  4. Do your research before embarking on a 12 week training program. Chances are if you are not seeing results you are doing it wrong. Don’t choose a plan meant for putting on size when your goal is strength; or follow one built for building speed when you really just want to burn fat.
  5. Last but not least be realistic about your goals. Use your own progress as a guideline. If you have been training for the last 5 years and had not had one single personal record where you increased your best by 50lbs in one sitting; then definitely don’t count on it following a stranger’s advice.

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