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Setbacks, or new opportunities?; Excuses.

Friday, January 13, 2006 by  
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My pecs are on fire this morning! As you may recall, I reduced the weight I normally use by about 20% for Wednesday’s chest workout. To make the workout more challenging, I did slow reps, with a full 2-second pause and contract between the eccentric and concentric phases of the lift. I really didn’t expect to feel much DOMS, but I’d say this is as sore as my pecs have ever been. While my back is recovering I’d begrudgingly planned to use lighter weight anyway, but now I’m extremely interested to see how much I grow using this altered training style. There are almost three weeks left in my bulk, so that’s enough time to gauge my progress using the lighter weights.

Maybe this injury happened for a reason; maybe changing my training style will help increase hytrophy. The lesson here, I think, is that situations that seem negative on the surface can often be spun into something positive: keep an open mind, stay positive, keep your plans fluid and treat obstacles as learning opportunities. Over the past three years I’ve encountered a number of difficult obstacles, any of which could have used as an excuse to quit. Over time, we all go though tough spots. I think life’s challenges and setbacks are nature’s way of separating those who are successful from those who are not. All the excuses in the world won’t matter one bit this summer. Will you be on the beach, proudly displaying your hard-earned body, or will you be wallowing in your hotel room, watching TV and feeling sorry for yourself because life is so unfair?

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