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Why are some workouts better than others?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
14
2007

When I woke up yesterday morning I was feeling especially positive and energetic, so I had a feeling my performance in the gym was going to be above average. Sure enough, my back workout was incredible! It was one of those workouts in which the weights felt light and my recovery between sets seemed to take half as long as normal. Everything just sort of clicked into place. If you’ve been training for any length of time, you know exactly what I’m talking about: there’s good workouts, there’s great workouts, and then there’s… this!

Whenever I have an incredible workout I always try to analyze why. It’s tough to pin down the specifics, though, and I think that’s because there are a large number of factors that all need to be in sync.

Here are some of the things that may have had something to do with my performance: I had a great night’s sleep Sunday night. My diet has “perfect”, and I’m eating plenty of healthy, all-natural foods. I was off from work yesterday, which definitely boosted my mood. Yesterday morning I saw several posts on the forum that I found very inspirational. I also read some motivational bodybuilding articles over the weekend, and that sort of “primed the pump” because I was looking forward to Monday’s workout all weekend long. Finally, I think my overall good mood, being off from work and the motivational material/posts all helped to provide me with an extremely positive mental attitude heading into the gym.

There’s that old cliché again: “Positive mental attitude”. Yeah, I know, but it’s so true. Sometimes when I’m pissed off about something it helps me tear into the weights and have a great workout, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a workout on the same level of yesterday’s workout when I was not in a positive state of mind. That’s something to think about…

Train hard – I’ll see you tomorrow!

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