Posts Tagged ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
- Napoleon Hill
We have all heard the following expressions, “Play until the final whistle blows”, “As long as there is time on the clock, we haven’t lost”, “Play all 27 outs”, “Play all 60 minutes”, “It’s not over until it’s over”, etc. Most people misconstrue these statements as relating to time, they do not. All relate to the fact that no matter how badly you are losing, you only lose once you have accepted the loss in your mind. If you never quit, then you never lose. Once you quit, it is over, all the talent and ability in the world is not enough to overcome that. Quitting is a choice that you make in your MIND. Achievement is no different. It is in your mind that you achieve your goals before you achieve them in reality. Everyone who has ever won any major Championship has pictured themselves winning it before it actually occurred. That all sounds nice, but what does it have to do with you? What does it have to do with you getting into great shape, getting more muscle, getting stronger? EVERYTHING!!! Read the rest of this entry »
When I first started working right after college, I got a job on Wall Street. The massive buildings, the hustle and bustle, I really thought that I had made it. What I made in money was far surpassed by what I gained in knowledge of human behavior. Within the first few weeks of working 7 days and 100 or more hours each week, my mentor grabbed me and pulled me into a conference room. I had not slept more than 4 hours over the course of the past 10 days and I was exhausted. Fortunately, he was here to offer me some words of wisdom and I will never forget what he told me as long as I live… “Do you want to know how to make it here?”, he said. “Of course!”, I responded happily. He said, “Work hard, keep your head down and keep your mouth shut and hopefully, you will make it through the downturns.” This was the verbal equivalent of kicking me in the groin and asking me “what’s wrong?” as I roll back and forth on the ground. While Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi were busy rolling over in their graves at the complete and total lack of motivation those words provided, I sat there staring into my cup of coffee completely mystified. I worked my ass off in school to try to get the toughest job I could get so I could be successful and this is what I got? Lesson #1: Success is a journey NOT a destination. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone’s definition of the perfect body is different. Some say the perfect body is Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, some say Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime and others may choose an athlete such as Terrell Owens. Regardless of what YOUR idea of a “PERFECT” body is, one thing is certain…if you want that body, you need to know how to achieve it. I know that sounds simple, but walk into any gym and you will see a whole host of idiotic programs that people do. I covered this topic in a more generic fashion in my earlier post (Achieve the Body you Desire) where I focused on Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle, but here I am going to drill down to more specific goals.
The most common mistake which I see is people who do Bodybuilding routines though their goal is fat loss. Not only that, but they will do Bodybuilding routines with a set / rep scheme that is more indicative of a Strength routine. At the gym, I often see skinny guys trying to lift as much weight as they possibly can while doing a single joint exercise such as bicep curls or triceps kickbacks. My goal is Hypertrophy so, these same skinny morons will look over me and the weight that I am lifting and they will smile thinking, “Ha, I am stronger than that guy; look at that weight he is using!!!” While there is merit to lifting heavy weights in order to gain muscle, that only follows if you are ensuring progressive resistance, increasing the weight each workout and doing enough repetitions to induce sufficient stress to the muscle that it responds to the stress by repairing and growing in order to handle greater stress. So, what is the SECRET to getting the PERFECT body??? First you must define your goal (i.e. what is “perfect” to you) and then, you must map out a plan to achieve that goal. I am going to assume that the vast majority of people reading this have one of three goals: 1) Gain Muscle 2) Get Stronger 3) Lose Fat.
The variables that we are going to work with are reps, weight and rest. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s face it guys, chicks dig the long ball. The funny thing is that there seems to be little correlation between being big and strong and hitting the long ball. I have seen many a mighty man swing as hard as he can only to duff the ball just past the ladies’ tee or hit a duck hook that ends up 2 fairways over. The proof that you don’t need to be a big & strong guy to crush your tee shot can be seen in the stats of the top 5 drivers on the PGA tour (list includes a couple other big names):
|Driving Distance Leaders on the PGA Tour (in yards)|
|1||J.B. Holmes||5 ft 11 in||190 lbs||311.7|
|2||Bubba Watson||6 ft 3 in||180 lbs||310.7|
|3||Dustin Johnson||6 ft 4 in||190 lbs||310.0|
|4||Chris Baryla||6 ft 0 in||180 lbs||309.0|
|5||Angel Cabrera||6 ft 0 in||210 lbs||303.1|
|14||Phil Mickelson||6 ft 3 in||200 lbs||296.9|
|67||Tiger Woods||6 ft 1 in||185 lbs||289.6|
|Note: Y-T-D statistics through Shell Houston Open Apr 03, 2011
Looking at the top 5: Average Height = 6 ft 1 in, Average Weight = 190 lbs, Average Drive = 308.9 yds. I think that it is safe to say that none of the above have ever been mistaken for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno or Mr. Olympia AND I doubt anyone has ever asked any of them how much they can bench, squat or deadlift. The point I am making here is that these are not the biggest and strongest guys so, you wouldn’t suspect that they can crush a 300 yard drive. So, what’s their secret?
Whereas most other sports require you to move back and forth or side to side, golf requires that you twist. Hence, most sports operate Read the rest of this entry »