I had a recent philosophical debate with a friend about whether or not life is fair. I told him I thought it wasn’t and that anybody that believes that the world is a fair place is a real sucker. My friend was surprised as he considered me to be one of the most optimistic people he knows. What overrides my optimism is the fact that I am a realist. I’ve seen so much awful shit over the years that has happened to decent people that I not only think life isn’t fair, but downright cruel. Continue reading You Need Mental Toughness Because Life Isn’t Fair
All these machines look good, but they do little to build muscles and burn fat.
(In part 1 of this series, I went over how important it is to get a better body in this mental toughness program. For many of us, getting a more attractive body is one of the biggest obstacles in our personnel lives that we had to overcome. So training for the aesthetics is a huge component for this mental toughness system. During this process, you just have to remind your over and over this simple mantra – Strengthen the mind and a rock hard body will follow.)
In the previous post on “Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training,” I wanted you know all the understand the major principals on how you will improve your body composition with this program. It important that you understand the reasoning and concepts with what you doing while you are participating in this mental toughness program. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)
“Mental Toughness Guy” has made the big time! Two of my posts have been picked here in Ben Bruno’s “Good Reads for the Week.” If you are not familiar with Ben’s weekly column, its a list of great reading materials on fitness. Continue reading Good Reads for The Week of 6/21/13
Aggressiveness does not mean being a bully.
(This is part three in the series. The first two articles were about you need to go into the WODs with an aggressive state of mind. One of the ways to do this is to ask yourself empowering questions like “Why do I need mental toughness in my life?” What will happen to me if continue to live a life of weakness?” The stronger your needs and purpose for toughness development, the more likely you will be able to handle the mental and physical punishment from the WODs.)
I got a lot of emails last week on my two part series on the first mental strategy – preparing yourself to be aggressive in the WODs. It seems that the majority of you had the same type of questions. More or less, most of you wondered if being aggressive in the WOD will turn you into a bully in the gym or will you get burnt over in too early in the WOD if you are overly aggressive. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #1 for the Workouts – “Prepare Yourself to be Aggressive” (Part 3)
(In part 1 of this series, I discussed about how important preparation is prior to your mental toughness workouts. You need to get into an aggressive state of mind for this training or you won’t be able to endure the upcoming suffering).
If you go into the WODs with a mild sense of purpose, you will more likely get eaten up by it. If you don’t have a strong need to be mentally tougher in your life, you won’t have the dedication or determination to take the psychological abuse from the training. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #1 for the Workouts – “Prepare Yourself to be Aggressive” (Part 2)
I want to thank you all for the wonderful support and emails I have been getting from you all. Writing this blog has brought me great in joy in knowing that I can help many of you overcome your personal obstacles while getting you in the best physical shape ever. Keep up the hard work and please don’t hesitant with the questions! Helping you all brings purpose and meaning to my life.
It seems that all of you get the basic principle of how to achieve mental toughness. You put yourself through some gnarly physical training and become mentally stronger because of it. That’s pretty much it. What seems to be confusing with most of you is how this training is going to get you a more beautiful body. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)
In this previous article, I wrote about the 4 mental strategies that you will need to help you overcome the challenging workouts in this mental toughness system. Also, in this post, I wrote about how you must use the same 4 mental strategies to deal with your personal obstacles. My goal is to teach you to be mentally tough in the gym and in your personal life. You are training your mind not to discriminate and to treat all your adversities the same. So it doesn’t matter if you are facing a tough WOD, dealing with being laid-off from your job or told some devastating health news from your doctor, your goal remains the same – to wipe out the obstacle that stands in the way of your well-being.
If you want to become mentally tough, you must learn to use this 4 psychological strategies often in your life. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #1 for the Workouts – “Prepare Yourself to be Aggressive” (Part 1)
Barbell complexes and jump roping is a vicious combination.
(In part 1 of this article, I introduced the third workout protocol that will be used in this mental toughness system – the barbell complex movements. Barbell complexes are a series of movements that you do without stopping. For you men and women out there that still love to do body part training, this system is right up your alley)
Since this mental toughness program is predicated on full-body workouts, barbell complex movements are fantastic for building over all muscle development because of this increased “time under tension” concept. This is especially important for those of you who are still somewhat obsessed with packing on muscle. Continue reading Workout Protocol #3 For Mental Toughness Development – The Barbell Complex Movements (part 2)
In this article I wrote for Mark’s Daily Apple, I wrote about the four mental strategies that you will need to help you get through the brutal workouts in this mental toughness program. It more like an introduction to the four mental strategies as I will go into greater depth explaining them to you all on this site. However, due to a limited word count on the article, Mark’s Daily Apple was only able to published the first part of the article. The second half of the piece was on using the same 4 mental strategies to help you get over adversity in your personal life as well. Reading only the first half is incomplete and not enough if your goal is to be able to persevere in all areas of your life and not just in the gym.
When you read both sections you will get a better understanding behind the principals to get you to be mentally tougher in the gym and when you walk out of the gym. In other words, you want to be unstoppable regardless of where you are. Continue reading How to Become Mentally Tougher in Your Personal Life (part 1)
This is a great complex barbell series, minus the curls.
When making the leap from bodybuilding to full-body athletic workouts, both men and women have difficulties of letting go of their individual body part training. The girls usually think full-body training usually ignore their butts, while the guys tend to think that full-body training doesn’t hit the arms enough. If this sounds like you, the third workout protocol in this mental toughness system will help you make the transition as it is the most bodybuilding friendly. Barbell complex movements are universally liked by both women and men because they feel that are still shaping and building muscles with this workout protocol. Continue reading Workout Protocol #3 For Mental Toughness Development – The Barbell Complex Movements (part 1)