The well established conformists path is the easy one, it has been traveled many times and its rewards are mediocre at best.
The path of the freethinker, the adventurer, the one that dares to go against all the odds, however, has not yet been mapped out and as such must be created out of pure first hand experience, which is often times expressed unjustly as failure.
Do not be deterred but press on! Your ‘failures’ are making you stronger, wiser and enriching you with experience that few humans will ever know, and it is through these experiences that you will ultimately reach your goal.
One of my favorite excuses from the Mediocre Army when defending their shitty numbers when compared to strong lifters is, “If I didn’t have a job and lifting was my job, I’d be that strong too!” No you wouldn’t. You’d be playing Xbox all day, engrossed in reality TV, and sleeping until noon. You’re weak because you’re weak.
Good bodybuilders have the same mind that a sculptor has. If you analyse it, look in the mirror and you say, okay, I need a bit more deltoids, so that the proportion’s right, you exercise and put those deltoids on, whereas an artist would just slap on some clay on each side. – Arnold Schwarzenegger
The picture below is great example of Physical Culture, and how physical exercise can keep the body strong, mobile and robust throughout our entire lives!
The Father of Modern Bodybuilding, Eugen Sandow, stated himself:
“My muscles have kept me young. This goes for both my body and my face. They question is often asked, why does one man look older than another of exactly the same age? I will answer this in the Irish way by asking another question, why does a healthy child look younger than a man of middle age? The answer to both is simply that in one case, the muscles of the face are kept in more constant movement than the other by the more frequent expression of varying thoughts, feelings, or emotions.”
This is my barbell. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My barbell is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My barbell, without me, is useless. Without my barbell, I am useless. I must lift my barbell true.
“It is my firm conviction that every young man who has not yet begun life hopelessly handicapped by an inheritance of organic disease, may build up a constitution and health which will enable him to live his life as gladly as does a child; to perform, without undue pain, the part in life Nature has destined for him; and to leave to his offspring, in later years, such a heritage of health as will make them bless his memory. Of course it will be thought by the foolish that all this talk of mine is a bit of special pleading for the system of Physical Culture with which my name is associated. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.” – Eugen Sandow, 1902
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This exercise has been around for years and was used by the old school bodybuilders such as Arnie with Vince Gironda really appreciating its effectiveness, as he used it extensively in all his ab region work. The exercise helps those with a distending gut [loose belly hangover from an underdeveloped transversus abdominus] and creates a sexy nice curve in the midsection.
I see it all the time: skinny guys carrying around tupperware filled with rice and chicken--and sometimes, with rice only--and other times, just vegetables, in an attempt to bulk up and gain some muscle. Despite hitting the gym regularly and sticking to their strict diet, they can't seem to gain weight. Here are my top 5 bulking foods that will pack on muscle fast!
Looking for a habit that will help you reach a ripe old age with little effort? Make sure you get a short siesta every afternoon. According to researchers at the University of Athens, an afternoon nap is the secret to the fabulously high age reached by the oldest inhabitants of the island of Ikaria.
Increasing physical frailty as you age is commonly accepted as “a fact of life.” Until recently, most studies showed that after the age of 40, people typically lose eight percent or more of their muscle mass with each passing decade. But newer research suggests that this is not a foregone conclusion.
If you do weight training and cardio, you probably do your cardio after the weight training. This order of doing things is beneficial, as this way round the cardio training won't sap your energy for pumping iron. But according to a human study done by sports scientists at the University of Tsukuba, and published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, this order is also good for your cardio training as you burn more fat during the cardio part of your training.