Have you heard? There’s a hot new supplement that’s been shown to:
The best part? It costs about as much as a pack of gum. Before you run to the local supplement shack to get your own bottle, I should tell you that this supplement hasn’t been FDA approved –and never will be. That’s because this amazing supplement is nothing more than a pen and a pad. That’s right, for many elite bodybuilders, they’d trade their massive containers of creatine before they’d give up their paper and pen. Here’s why:
Set Goals, Achieve Goals
In the realm of bodybuilding, the saying: “He who fails to plan, plans to fail” is spot on. If you waltz into the gym without a plan, you’re setting yourself up for a subpar session. Rather than plan your workout around which machines are available, a pad helps you craft a workout congruent with your goals. Also, when you make your workout plan in advance, you’re more mentally focused to take on your workout.
Using a pad to record your progress is one of the best ways to make sure you’re achieving progressive overload –the necessary stimulus of a more challenging workout. If you walk up to the bench straining to remember what you did last time (“was it 9 reps of 165lbs or 16 reps of 90lbs”), you’re going to stagnate your workout progress. Instead of spending your breaks between sets checking yourself out in the mirror, take 15 seconds and jot down what you just did. This way, you’ll be sure that you’re lifting more every single time –a surefire way to pack on muscle.
When you see your progress on paper, it gives you an incredible motivational boost. The numbers don’t lie: as you look at where you are and where you’ve come, you’ll have hard evidence that you’re progressing –a proven way to stay motivated. To get a nice visual representation on your achievement, you can even plot your progress in Microsoft Excel and make nice chart. Imagine how pumped you’ll be for your next workout as you look at your improvement on a line graph that looks like the 1998 Nasdaq!