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Training the mind for success; February “100 Challenge” open for entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by  
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Yesterday was the final leg workout of my 17 week bulk, and I am very satisfied with how it went. For some reason I was feeling a bit lethargic in the hours leading up to the workout, so I had to force myself to get in the gym. I got plenty of sleep the night before, so I don’t know why I was feeling tired. Well, actually that’s not true. I think 17 weeks of high intensity workouts are catching up to me.

Anyway, I cranked up the music and got my blood flowing with several high rep warm-up sets of squats. After feeling so tired all day, I was a little surprised by how strong I felt on the final squat warm-up set. I decided to add 10 pounds to last week’s squat working weight. The next three heavy sets snapped me back to life in a hurry. When I finished the last set I felt incredibly good, and I wound up having an amazing workout.

Over the years I can’t even count the number of times I didn’t feel like working out, but wound up having an incredible training session after forcing myself to get in the gym. I can’t stress the following statement enough: your ability to master the mental aspect of this “game” is ultimately going to determine your success or failure. Working out when you feel like training is easy – anyone can do that. None of us are machines, but if you want to reach your goal then you’ve got to have the mental discipline to execute your plan as if you were a machine. Lack of self-discipline is what quickly thins the herd of well-intentioned resolutioners. Each of us is presented with choices that affect our health all day, every day: eat this or that, workout or watch TV, go to sleep or stay up and have a beer, and so on… It helps me to stop thinking of all those things as choices; staying true to my plan is something that I simply must do, no matter how I’m feeling. It’s very satisfying to do the right thing. Over time you’ll start to crave the incredible feeling of satisfaction that comes with being disciplined about your health and fitness. The trick to getting to that place is fighting through the early stages in which you are unlearning bad habits and programming your mind for success.

I’ve opened the February 2009 “100 Challenge” for entry. Details are immediately below…

Registration for the February 2009 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EST) on February 1, 2009 if you plan to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS! To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be activated, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the February 2009 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part!

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