How to Get Strong: Strength Training Made Simple. Part 1: Cultivating the Mind
First of all, your mind and body must work in tandem with each other. Think in terms of Yin and Yang. There is no division, no separation between these two powers. They must be focused and harnessed as one sole being or entity. The unstoppable force must meet the immovable object.
If you thought I was going to give you some simple training program you are wrong. I am going to do much more than that, I am going to teach you how to fend for yourself in the world of complexity and structure, and make you think outside of the box. Before any training principle is adapted and followed, one must set their own goals and objectives, I am merely going to guide you on how to do so, but first a list of attributes you need to have or develop:
Civilize the Mind
Discipline and Focus
Without absolute resolve you will only sell yourself short. Training differs then working out, because training has purpose; and in order to reach those goals one must be willing to make sacrifices for the greater purpose. One must have an iron will and be driven with ambition and determination. Following a program is not enough to make gains or results. One must commit, one must be consistent, and sometimes one must break the rules and go on instinct.
You don’t have to be fully loyal to your program to be consistent; you need to be true to yourself. Success doesn’t lie solely on your current routine; it depends on your following your own set of laws, your own system of beliefs, and the reason behind the madness. The motivating factor that takes you from step a to step b, and keeps you going on your onward path through time and space, this journey we call life.
Intensity and Will Power
When I was a young boy I read about the Vikings, and how they had fierce warriors called Berserkers. These Berserkers would get themselves worked up in a frenzy right before battle. They would wear animal hides such as bear skin over their armor, screaming with bloodlust roars, crazed as wild animals, biting there shields clamoring their weapons, and savagely slaughtering all those who stood in their path, sometimes even fighting amongst themselves until their rage had died down.
This was the type of warrior, I mean lifter I was born to be. You could watch old strongman videos of Jon Pall Sigmarsson or Bill Kazmaier and see them in trance, focused right before a lift, and just as hands touched what was to be lifted you could see the anger in their eyes, the power in their voices as they screamed out.
There are many strong lifters alike who display similar tributes. The power and importance of intensity, speaks for itself, if your adrenaline isn’t pumping, you have not properly prepared or embraced yourself for your attempt of glory. These men had intestinal fortitude and WILL POWER! They willed themselves to do these feats against all odds, in time maybe you can too. Check out this tribute I made to view some of them:
Courage and Fearlessness
Stand in the face of fear, and you only have to face fear itself, so I practice the art of being fearless and courageous. One must be bold, brave and sometimes daring to tackle hard obstacles ahead. Doubt will get you nowhere in this life. Do or do not, there is no try. Only success and failure, but do not fear failure, for it will come either way sooner or later, it gets the best of us all. Instead embrace it when you do fail, know you have done everything you could to lift that weight and you have failed.
Do not be discouraged, feel relief that you have tested out your potential, and gave it your all, start planning for triumph your next encounter. If you can’t come to terms with your failures, you will never be able to surpass them. Don’t just get mad and angry, get smarter; learn from your failures and be more motivated than ever before to prevail your next bout.
One lost battle is nothing when compared to the war and your lifetime of achievements. Fall down 7 times get up 8, for as long as you’re still breathing and have fight left in you, you will succeed, sooner or later. Have courage to pursue your goals and have even more to accept your outcome, fearlessness does not mean stupidity, but it also doesn’t mean quitting either.
Gravity is you only enemy here, but some may say Time is an enemy too. And yet at the same time, Time is your ally, for if you know how to work with it, plan your rest, your meals, and your strategy for attacking weights and so forth, you can use it to benefit you. In order to be able to plan one’s program is to know one’s lifestyle and be realistic. Pair up with your goals with the sacrifices you are going to have to make to make those ambitions possible. Only through hard work and sacrifice can you claim your prize.
The reward differs per person however. For some compete for the affection of others, while there are those who compete for personal satisfaction, and others for gold, plus for a strange few glory. No matter the motive behind the cause, one must thing about the effects: the risks and realities. Some information can be learned by reading: articles, books, magazines, blogs, etc… while others will be learned with time and visceral experience, as well as the experience of others. As I promised, I would make it simple for you so here it is, a list of the most common and realistic possible goals for those who want to be strong, and the different disciplines and aspects of strength. During my next article I will list more examples and details to the list.
Make Savage the Body
- Building a foundation: the Posterior Chain & the Central Nervous System
- Technique, Form, (Accommodating) Leverage
- Static Strength and Isometric Stability
- Dynamic, Force, Acceleration and Power
- Injury Prevention, Restoration, Recovery
- Mobility, Flexibility, Cardio
- Sports Specific Training – Athleticism
- Different Disciplines: Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Strongman, Highland Games, Throwing, etc…