The Bodybuilding Mindset – Possibly More Important Than The Exercise Itself

The mind is a powerful thing. You’ve probably heard this before. But do you really know how powerful it truly is? What if I told you that once you unlocked the true power of your mind, the muscle would come easy? Your strength and power would increase much more steadily. What had previously seemed impossible is suddenly much more feasible. There are numerous sources online for information regarding how amazing the power of the mind truly is so I won’t go into too much detail regarding that here. However, what I will explain is the steps you will want to take to see your results amped up to the next level. You’ll want to embrace the bodybuilding mindset for optimal results.

Plan Your Day/Week

I’m sure this is nothing new to you but you will want to plan your workouts ahead of time. It’s best not to just wing it after you’ve stepped into the gym. You want to go in with a game plan. You want to know exactly what exercises you will be performing that day, how many sets for each lift, how many repetitions you will be shooting for. For example, your chest day routine may look something like this:

  1. Flat Barbell Bench Press – after 2 warm up sets – 3 sets of 8 reps
  2. Incline Dumbbell Press – 3 sets of 8 reps
  3. Flat Dumbbell Flies – 4 sets of 10 reps
  4. Dumbbell Pullovers – 4 sets of 10 reps

Know this before even getting into your car that day. It’s all about the plan. Be prepared and know you will dominate.

Envision Your Workout in Your Mind

Taking this a step further – now that you know what exercises you will be performing, and for how many sets and reps, envision yourself actually doing it. See yourself in your mind laying down on the flat bench, wrapping your fingers around the cold steel bar, hoisting it up from it’s resting position, and powerfully repping it out. Eight strong, complete repetitions. Do this before every set of every exercise. And when I say do it, I mean really do it. Don’t half ass it. See it happening and believe it will happen. Then go knock those reps out.

See Yourself Growing

You see all those mirrors surrounding you in the gym? What do you think they are there for? Aside, from watching yourself perform the exercise, they are there so you can check yourself out. Seriously. Don’t think you’re a weirdo for doing it. We all do it and it is an extremely important part of your workout. Just like envisioning yourself performing each set and rep, you want to see your muscles growing bigger in the mirror. Hit that front double bicep pose and see those arms bigger than they are now. Imagine those biceps peaking higher, those triceps looking more full. Arnold Schwarzenegger, arguably the greatest bodybuilder of all time, was very much into this particular step. He would see it, then he would go and achieve it. He envisioned those huge pecs from a very early age. He saw those sleeve-splitting arms long before he actually possessed them. Create an image of yourself in your mind — the way you ultimately would like to look — and constantly see yourself that way every time you flex in the mirror.

Keep it Positive

Look, I get it. There are going to be days, maybe even weeks when you are just not feeling it. Maybe you’ve hit a plateau and just can’t seem to break out of it. We’ve all been there before. But I’m telling you, if you stick to the game plan and keep envisioning making those gains, pushing those heavier weights, it will happen. The key is to keep the positive thoughts flowing. Without getting to philosophical here, it’s The Law of Attraction – if you can see it, you can achieve it. But the key words here are see it. What you put out into the universe will ultimately come to be. Truly see yourself being a bigger, stronger, better you and it will happen.

Track Your Progress

Pictures. Journals. Body measurements (Arms, waist, etc.). What ever works best for you. I am a big fan of pictures because visuals are always easier to comprehend and I think make more of an impact. Take pictures of yourself along the different steps of your journey. Maybe every month. Even if you don’t think anything significant has happened or changed after those first three months of getting serious, take a look at those pictures and see what they tell you. The truth may shock you. And feel free to share your progress below. We are all in this together and we’d all love to share in your success. Let’s create this bodybuilding mindset together, one step at a time.

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