the screen and the endless conduits of my miraculous computer hovers
a good-size audience composed of some very cool people. According
to a recent survey tossed out by Laree, about a thousand of you
are 20 years of age or younger. You look through eyes that have
seen much, but not for very long, and I'm a wee bit jealous. Most
of you I suspect are fascinated by the current crop of muscle builders,
as one is with -- say -- the Himalayas, space walks, cyclones and
sacks of money. You look but not for very long; they're huge, extraordinary,
out of control and unbelievable.
sense and sensibility call you (us) back to the real world. What
can we do to develop our muscular system, strength and health that
is sane, practical and maybe slightly outrageous? More accurately,
what can we do to lose the fat, get big (huge) and defined (ripped)
without compromising goodness? We all secretly want to be a little
out of the ordinary.
I devote an inordinate amount of time, space and words on the subjects
of fat loss, trimming down and leaning up. The excessive human condition
calls for a loud and continual voice on these topics if it is to
be heard above the monotonous noise of daily life. And in the newsletters
I tend to provide material that tips in its substance toward the
more mature crowd (over 20), mature not necessarily a complimentary
and enviable term.
let's talk about getting huge and getting ripped, the red-hot subject
matter of my earlier years.
week's selected topics are my favorites and remain the targets of
my training today. Don't tune out if ripped and huge are not exactly
your current training goals; perhaps there is something to be learned
by tagging along. I personally hope to uncover a novel thing or
two as I offer the material not yet considered, compiled or written.
first thing that comes to my unprimed mind is that in seeking muscle
size and definition at once, you are, in your assessment of yourself,
either too fat or too thin; gain a pound and you are bigger yet
smoother, lose a pound and you are leaner yet too small. Oh, the
frustration that comes with aiming at different targets simultaneously;
frustration followed by confusion, disappointment, discouragement
observation here: These apparent negative reactions and experiences
will accompany you in reaching difficult heights; they will become
regular companions and from them you will learn. Failure is cruel,
miscalculations costly and mistakes are troublesome, but they purchase
precious ground and teach hard lessons. The only experience you
cannot permit is the last one, the final one... defeat. Defeat is
for the enemy only.
are a few exceptions where one can develop substantial muscle size
exclusive of undesired bodyfat in a relatively short period of time.
If the subject is underweight and untrained, he can expect outstanding
progress in the early stages of smart weight training and right
eating. The body is flourishing and reaching its natural state of
fitness and exceeding it sufficiently in proportion to the healthful
training regimen applied. The windfall of super progress slows down
as an average lean-muscle-to-bodyfat set point is reached. From
there the hard training pushes the man or woman to commendable levels
of musculature, but on a slower timetable. This is where character
plays a greater role than genetics. He who perseveres wins.
other time we see muscles grow while bodyfat remains at a minimum
is when observing the genetically advantaged, hormone-rich naturals.
Here, too, our character is paramount. Be nice. Don't glare or hiss
or weep. Jealousy, bitterness and anger are reactions of fools.
It's not their fault and they too must train hard to move forward
when muscular saturation is established.
course one could take pharmaceuticals to achieve muscle size and
hardness without the time, trouble and inconvenience of lifting
weights and eating right. But that's sort of like shooting oneself
on the head with a pistol so one can sleep at night. I don't recommend
where are we? What do we do? Getting huge and getting ripped, or
some version of the two that suits you, is going to be accomplished
by an agreeable compromise only. Struggling for broad shoulders
and a thick back while focused on "six-pack abs" and striations
across the chest is illogical (dumb, really) and counter-productive.
You need to understand and accept, also, that the realistic and
admirable goals you have set are achievable primarily with fortitude
and persistence and enthusiasm.
know you want what you want soon. Me too, I must confess... now
is just fine, thanks. Do not let time become your enemy, young men
and women on the early of 20: It can't be pushed or pulled, leveraged
or persuaded, ignored or bullied. Why bother? Let the seconds tick.
Train hard and enjoy it. Eat right and find delight in its goodness.
Be consistent with both and you're going at full speed. Be grateful
for the wholesome and rhythmic forward motion, slow as it might
appear from your close viewpoint. Keep your eyes on the wise and
grow steadily every day. Remember: no secrets, no short cuts, no
doubts... only hard work (don't you love it), growing discipline
is a skintight armor that enables, protects and fortifies and is
more comfortable than a pair of sneakers once they're broken in.
Working out is not a regrettable means to an end; it is the end,
and the beginning and everything that is in between. Trust it and
trust yourself; it's a good thing that you're doing. Tell a friend.
sidetracked. The compromise I suggested several paragraphs ago is
simple enough: You must make a deliberate choice between big muscle
and cut muscle, now -- your training over the next months and probably
longer depend upon your decision. Huge or ripped, which will it
be? Go for both, but first things first.
me help you make the choice... next week.
your formations; take them high and fast... heads up, always.
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