“DIG! Bury Me! Underneath! Everything that I am!” – Mudvayne
“Heavy! I want it Heavy!” – Disturbed
“Yeah! You push it! Yeah! You push it!” – Static-X
We all love music. I find that some bands are better used as the soundtrack to my weight training than others. While my local pussyfoot gym spins tracks from the latest Britney Spears record, in my head I’m singing Mudvayne and Disturbed tracks over and over again, hell I even sing out loud sometimes (but not too loud). Yes, I do need an Ipod Nano, but I digress.
So what exactly is my point? My point is this: when you are in the gym you need to be in the zone. Too many folks saunter into the gym with Britney Spears’ intensity. They walk up to the dumbbells, sigh, lift off the same weight they used last week, and hit the same number of reps and sets as last weekÂ¦ and last monthÂ¦ and likely last year. These are the same folks that won’t squat because it hurts their back, they won’t run because it hurts their knees, they won’t use a barbell because it HURTS THEIR HANDS! These things can be fixed, worked through, or worked around, but instead it’s an excuse to sit around on machines doing the same endless reps, day after day.
Then later when I’m trying to finish up my super-set so that I can get in one more exercise before the gym closes, I have to listen to, “I like to exercise late because there isn’t really anyone here to watch me. Maybe if I was in a bit better shape I wouldn’t mind so much, you know?” NO! I don’t know, buddy! I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about! I like it when other people are working out around me. Guys like me start up unspoken competitions with other similar athletes. We watch intently to see if our rivals hit their deadlift max this week. We check out the shredded guy’s calves to see if ours are still bigger. But we don’t watch you.
In fact I don’t really care what you do because you add absolutely nothing to my training, but please move away from the decline bench so I can finish my last set of weighted decline sit ups!
If you want to make progress you need to DIG! You need to want it HEAVY! You need to PUSH IT!! Eat what you know you need to eat. Lift more weight every single workout no matter what. Get in that zone so you can block out the rest of your life, so that the only thing you see right now is that bar on the floor, and you know that today, right now, you’re about to lift 5 lbs more on this exercise than you’ve ever lifted before, and hell if you can get an extra rep you’ll do that too. Get IN that zone, because it’s time to DIG!