Whether you are an elite athlete or just a beginner this article can and more than likely help you. I remember going into the high school weight room to job shadow the athletic trainer but little did I know that there would be so many guys in there that looked up to me. I had no idea and saw that there was little guidance from any kind of coaches in this weight room in aspect to weight training. I saw people lifting incorrectly and dangerously with weights scattered about everywhere. I cringed when guys would throw their dumbbells and weights on the floor with no respect to the iron. I didn’t see it as my place, however, to say anything; so I didn’t. Not until one of the guys came up to me and asked me if I would train him. I told him that I would help him but that I couldn’t train him, not here, but that instead of job shadowing I would come in to help and teach whoever that coming Friday and to let everyone know so that I could reach as many people as I could at once.
Friday comes around and I have my six rules written in permanent marker on my hand as to not forget them. I walk in and there’s music blaring. I can barely here myself think. I’m nervous but excited to help these guys; this is what I love, my passion, and I want nothing more than to educate these young bloods with my six and a half years of training experience. I didn’t want to disrespect any of the coaches or school staff so I told them that whoever wanted to hear what I had to say come into the locker room and I’ll do my best. I sat down on the sink and waited a couple of minutes to see who showed up. At first only four or five were there, but after ten minutes there were about twenty guys, mostly young bloods, but there were a couple juniors and seniors with some more experience under their belt that wanted to listen to what I had to say. So I told them exactly what I am about to tell you, my six rules to both live by, but more importantly, to train by.
Do It For You
First of all, you have to understand that what you are doing is for you. Literally no one gives a shit what you are doing in the weight room. You’re doing it for yourself, no one else. You can compare yourself to as many other people as you want but it will do you no good and you will not truly grow until the only person you compare yourself to and want to be better than is yourself. No one cares that you can squat four-hundred pounds or deadlift three times your body weight. The lifting community is tiny, in comparison, to the outside world. The only people that understand are the ones that are in there, and not even all of them get it. They don’t get that this is solely for you. They don’t get why you want to be bigger, faster, stronger. They don’t get your limitless craving for size. They don’t get why you would go into the gym and bust your ass for two, three, sometimes four hours when you could be doing something else. It’s not for them to get. It’s for you and you must be doing it for you. Get that in your head now. No one cares or understands; no one that isn’t on the same page as you. And some won’t ever get it.
The Weight Room Is Your Home
Second of all, your gym, your weight room, is your home. This place is where you truly come alive. Back to rule one, no one else will understand how or why. And again it does not matter. This is where you thrive. It’s where you live. You eat, sleep, and breathe thinking about this place. It’s your mecca, your church of cold, hard iron. It is your home. And you need to treat it as such and with respect. You take care of your home and your home will take care of you. You wouldn’t leave all your shit out at your own house and not take care of it, why in the world wouldn’t you take care of the one place you really live and come alive in? You need to respect the weights, they are your babies, always there for you. They alone are helping you chisel the masterpiece that you envision yourself to one day look like. Take care of them and put them away nicely. There’s no reason to be slamming your 65lb dumbells on the floor after every set. Believe it or not, no, it doesn’t make you seem any tougher.
Form Over Everything
Third, it’s all about form man, form over everything. Quality over quantity. Practice safe sets. If you don’t know how to do something ask someone or google a tutorial. It’s much better to learn how to properly execute the movement than it is to just move the weight however possible. In all movements for every exercise your lower back should always be in and never rounded. Rounding your back while working out is extremely dangerous and a very easy way to become injured, especially when performing compound movements. It is also a good idea to always keep your head up while working out, it shouldn’t be turned to the side looking at someone else because you shouldn’t be comparing yourself to anyone else. You keep your head up and you keep yourself focused on the feeling of the muscle working. And like I said earlier, this is not only for training. Out there in life it’s not always easy, but you gotta keep your head up. No matter what, that head of yours stays up, both in the gym and in life.
Supplements Are Supplements
Fourth, supplements are not required. Obviously they help a lot but they are not required. They are there to supplement your diet, that’s why they are called supplements. Protein, creatine, and amino acids, in particular glutamine and leucine, are the most important supplements in my eyes. Other than that nothing is really that essential. You don’t need pre-workout, fat burners, or mass gainer. Your mindset to absolutely dominate should be your pre-workout and your limitless craving for strength, cuts, and size should be your fat burner and mass gainer. Eat more or eat less instead of buying a supplement.
Work Your Butt Off
The fifth, and most important rule, is to work your butt off. Day in, day out, hours on end, when no one is watching, all the time, you must be working as hard as you can. There is no talent in this lifestyle. There is skill and knowledge that comes from years and years of experience but no talent. It’s not a God given gift that you work hard. Working hard is something you do, not something you have. Meaning everyone can do it. And it is what separates the good from the great. It is what separates us from them. The average. If you want half the results then put in half the work. When it comes down to it, the person that works the hardest is the champion, not the most talented. If you’re not going to work your butt off and understand that doing this is no easy task then you might as well give up now. There is no miracle supplement or meal plan or workout routine that will make you better in half the time. You put in the time and work your butt off and the results will come.
Share The Knowledge
The last and sixth rule is this: share the knowledge. Share this article. Share this information. I’ve shared it with you, now you share it with someone. Share your knowledge with young bloods, teach them. Without more educated and knowledgeable people sharing knowledge then the world would stop growing. The newbies won’t know what they’re doing. You can’t know what you don’t know and you can’t know what is wrong if you aren’t taught what is right. If you aren’t properly taught how to train then how will you ever know that you are not training correctly? Or that you are performing an exercise incorrectly? Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge you have, the more power you have. Educate yourself on things, do research, learn about all kinds of things, and share the wealth of limitless information that is in this world. Now get in there and get grinding.