It’s still the most iconic face in Bodybuilding. The Arnold look announces to the lesser mortals who are privileged enough to share the gym with you, “This is my house so stand side!”
Richard Simmons (that guy) was the original camp workout guy back in the 80’s. With his over the top style he certainly did his bit to popularize gym culture.
Don’t be that guy who spends all day on the bench and wimps out on squats - the top heavy look just doesn’t cut it!
Good advice - meal prepping on Sunday will help the rest of your week to go sooo much more smoothly!
The reason he’s all swole up is that he’s doing squats. If you want to get swole, you’d better be doing the same thing!
Don’t mess with my protein! If you want to pack on mass, you need to be getting in 20-30 grams of protein every three waking hours, every single day!
A cheat meal should be part of your nutritional strategy, especially if you’re on a low carb diet. It will restore your muscle glycogen levels AND give you a mental boost. Just remember, it is a cheat meal, not a cheat day!
If you want to have a great workout, you need to prepare for a great workout. That means taking a quality pre-workout within twenty minutes of hitting the gym floor. And, if you are going directly to the gym from work, that means planning to take your pre-workout mix with you in the morning - be prepared!
Can you say ‘Girly-Man’? With all the feminizing of society that we see going on, we need Arnie’s politically incorrect inspiration more than ever.
Ok, so you are totally zoned in on getting a great workout - and you are only minutes out of bed. But come on man, you can still do some basic grooming. Just put your head under the shower and get that hair sorted out - it ain’t that hard!
Do you REALLY want to be that stereotypical gym jerk? Of course not - so get your ego in check and get over yourself. If you’ve got the body, people will see it without you having to flex every 5 seconds. Just get on with your workout, already!
The truth is you SHOULD train with someone who is that little bit stronger than you are. It will keep you pushing to improve. Of course it will also be a humbling experience, but, you’re not going to the gym to get your ego massaged - are you?
Listen - guys who stare at their phone for five minutes between after every set look RIDICULOUS. And if you actually do take a selfie, you move it up a notch from ridiculous to PATHETIC. Bottom Line: make the gym floor a no go phone zone - you DO NOT need it!
Setting goals is great - and getting through the gym door is the biggest challenge. Once you’re there, get zoned in on your purpose. If its annihilating chest, then annihilate chest. Nothing else should matter - especially not sleeping! Make sure that your are getting 6-8 hours of solid slumber and you’ll be good to go.
What’s the key to success? Heavy weight? Protein? Steroids? Nope - it’s consistency. That means never skipping a scheduled workout, unless you are sick. Do the little things that you need to do every day, and the big things will take care of themselves!
Ronnie Coleman is a bodybuilding legend. The man was a strength and muscle building freak, but he also wrecked his body. Remember that you want to live a long, healthy life into your 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Go hard and go heavy, but balance that with lighter training to give your joints the respect they deserve.
Squats will only pay off if you do them. It has been proven time and again that the squat is the single best exercise you can do to put muscle mass onto every part of your body - not just your quads. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that it can be a brutally hard exercise - but you’re not going to let that stop you - are you?
There is nothing that compares to the feeling when you walk out of the gym after owning your workout. Use that feeling as your motivation to perform at your best. You can also imagine how bad you would feel about yourself after your workout if you fail to give 100 percent on every set to push you to do your best.
Distracting your mind is the key to successful long term steady state cardio. Put your headphones into your MP3 player and listen to something good. It could be music, or it could be your favorite bodybuilding podcast. Use it and the time will fly by.
Yes, you should take a good pre workout. But, you don’t want to get so wired that you feel like punching the wall. Choose you stimulants wisely. Keep it under 350 grams of caffeine.
No - don’t look away! Take ownership of the fact that you have taken ownership of your body. Be proud, look then straight in the eye - and smile!
Don’t fool yourself. Associate with people who are a little bit stronger, a little bit bigger and little bit more ripped - and you will constantly be pushing yourself to be better. That is what you want, right?
Wanna’ get big - then you have simply got to lift heavy. And then next time, you have got to lift heavier. That means putting your whole mind, body and soul into every single rep - and that means that you’ll be making this face quite often, so get used to it!
Are you one of those delusional bulkers who pride themselves when the scale goes up, but ignores the fact that what they are piling onto their body is actually flubber? If you can’t tell the difference, just remember - you can’t flex fat!
Forget about political correctness - accepting that you’re fat is the first step to doing something about it. If you continue to exist in a state of self denial, you will NEVER change. So, do an honest self evaluation - and then make a plan!
Most gyms don’t have a no phone on the gym floor rule - but they should! When you go to the gym, you are there to train - plain and simple. Leave that phone in your gym bag. Taking it on the gym floor not only looks dumb, but it distracts others - and they don’t deserve that!
Being hardcore doesn’t mean being stupid. Rest is when your body grows, which makes it all the more important that you do it regularly. So best smart, and get in your R and R.
Working out is between you and the weights. If you are going to the gym to impress other people by posting it on Facebook or Instagram, then you seriously need to get a life.
The take home message - you will stick to your schedule regardless of what is going on. Whether it’s Superbowl Sunday, Thanksgiving or Christmas, your workout comes first. Let all of those other girlie men take the holidays off - it just means that the gym will be less crowded for the hardcore guys - like you!
The two great icons of Hollywood muscle share a hospital room after (non-workout related) surgery. These two guys revolutionized the world of muscle, sending millions of guys into the gym. They were, and are, an inspiration to us all!