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Do You Know What You Want From Your Weight Lifting Routine?

by Shawn LeBrun
Personal trainer



This article was taken from my body building course "Simple Steps To Get Huge And Shredded"


Do you know what you want to achieve from your weight lifting routine?

If you don't, how do you know if what you're doing is working? So it's important to pinpoint exactly what you want. I mean exactly because you’ll only get what you ask for.

It’s very difficult to accomplish something in your weight lifting routine if you have no idea what it is you're after. I knew that in order to win my first bodybuilding show, I would have to be around 5% body fat and I would have to really show my strengths and hide my weaknesses.

I methodically began to identify every single thing that I wanted to do for this show. It all began with a thought and soon moved on to exact steps how I was going to enter and place in my first bodybuilding show.



I identified which weight lifting routine I would do and when I would do it. I identified the calorie totals I would need and the list of foods I would have to buy. I clearly identified every single area I would have to focus and concentrate on in order to succeed.

You see, until you identify something, it doesn’t exist. Your mind must first be aware of an idea and then the more you think about it, the more you start to put it into your subconscious.

That’s where the magic takes place. The more you identify what you want from your weight lifting routine and think about how you’re going to achieve it, the closer and faster you'll magically move towards its fulfillment.

It really is quite unexplainable how you tend to gravitate towards those things that you seek out. So after accepting complete and total responsibility for where you are right now, you must decide EXACTLY what it is you want.

You cannot ask for and receive that which you do not acknowledge because if you cannot identify it, it don’t exist.

Do me a favor for a moment.

Stop to think about what it is you want to achieve from your weight lifting routine, and better yet, why you even want to achieve it. Dare to dream a little. Think about what it would be like to have an ideal body.

Allow yourself no boundaries and start dreaming about what you want to achieve. Ask yourself “I want to weigh________ pounds. I want to lose _______ inches or pounds. I want to wear a size________. I want to have biceps that are ______ inches around.

I want to be able to run a mile in ______. I want to have enough energy to ______. I do not like the way I feel when _____. I want strength enough to ______.

Do not hold back, dream whatever it is you want to achieve. Have you thought about it? Good.



Now write it down. You must, must, must write down what you want to accomplish in your weight lifting routine. When you write your dreams down, they start to take on the form of goals. Dreams do not bring success, goals bring success. Dreams do not come true, accomplishing goals come true. Dreams have no deadline and no consequences, they’re just wishes.

When you write your wishes down, set a deadline, and dish out consequences, those dreams become goals. They become crystalized and attainable.

Some of us look at successful people and assume that their dreams just all of a sudden “came true”, like there was no work involved.

What they fail to see is that these people simply accomplished more of their goals they had than other people may have. These people knew exactly what it was they wanted and they had specific, quantifiable goals they were going to go after.

Luck is quite predictable in that the harder you work at something, the luckier you get at it. The same is true in gaining muscle or losing fat in your weight lifting routine.

You may see a thin woman or a muscular man and think to yourself how lucky that person is. Truth is, they probably just worked much harder at that body than others.

It is true, there are some people that do not have to work very hard at weight loss or staying thin, but believe me, they are not the majority.

So, it’s important to realize that our actions are preceded by thoughts. You will only do something after you have thought of it and identified it first.

So before starting out on your fitness journey, think about what you would like to accomplish. Now, when you clarify and decide upon a target, the likelihood of hitting that target is now raised exponentially.

To get from point A to point B, you have to know where point B is.

When starting off with your weight lifting routine, you have to know what you want out of it. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to look, feel, act, be, etc..

One of the problems I believe people have is, they rarely ask themselves what they want out of life. They just seem to operate on autopilot.

Wake up, go to work, come home, and watch some TV, only to do it all over again the next day. They live for the weekend; they live for 48 hours out of 168 hours.

You need to uncover the “why” behind what you want from your weight lifting routine. What specifically do you want to change in your life, and why. Finding your driving force to keep you heading to your goal is an absolutely necessary step in any weight training program.

Once you begin to think about all of the positives that will come out of your efforts, it really does get you motivated to begin the journey.

It would be foolish to put blinders on, not uncovering the reasons why you are having trouble keeping the weight off.

You must have strong enough reasons to continue that will be pleasurable enough to keep you motivated with your exercise, cardio, or nutrition habits that keep you thin.

What are some of your motivating reasons for you to reach and keep reaching your goals?

Do you want to fit into that new bathing suit to impress your spouse?

Do you want to attract the person of your dreams?

Do you want to enter your first bodybuilding or fitness show?

Or do you just want to feel better and have more energy? So identify what it is you want to achieve in your weight lifting routine and be as specific as possible. The magic will soon come after that!


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