posted by Stephen Cyr
What Gets Me Going?
Inspiration. It's that little voice inside our heads that constructs the
vision or the ideal we are striving for. It's like a stomach, and when
properly fed and fueled it can help us push beyond what we believed
ourselves to be capable of.
People always throw out diet and gym work as
being the two major components of bodybuilding. With silly quotes like “it
90% diet bro,” or “bodybuilding breaks down 75% diet 25% effort.” (I'm sure
everyone that subscribes to these numerical divisions has strong scientific
support to back it up.)
But it's not the work nor the diet that gets you in
the gym. There is no chicken or the egg debate in bodybuilding. Before the
journey can begin there must first be inspiration.
Inspiration is not
stagnant or singular; it evolves as we do: a subconscious coach that speaks
to our inner most desires. Whether the inspiration drives your love for
fitness, bodybuilding, strongman – or doing taxes. Inspiration is an intangible well
of resources that is rarely tapped in order to ascend whichever of life’s
ladders you choose to climb.
So my point in all this is that while inspiration is unique to each of us,
there might be a chance that by sharing what inspires us, may inspire the
others on this team. So I am gonna go through what my favorite lead up to a
workout is, and what gets me in the mood to train hard.
First off, I don’t like to eat within an hour of going to the gym. Getting a
solid meal in before that hour period is usually the best. Something with
both carbs and protein and low in fat. Once that hour hits my internal
starts automatically telling me to start getting in the mood.
That mood starts with the
clothes, putting on however many layers of gym rat clothes I own.
Then the next thing is (if I have the time) to throw on some YouTube
videos of bodybuilding, or famous speeches, or any sort of motivational thing.
I let that play while I pack up my bag with my post workout protein, and
whatever things I need for the gym.
As I watch the video and pack my stuff,
I can feel my body waking up. I start to imagine the feeling of the
gym; the enjoyment I am going to receive from the workout and the steps I
will be taking on the timeline that I have laid before myself. As these
external areas of interest move into focus, thoughts about the next
contest, my current training plan, my current diet (or lack there of) all come into view.
Yet along with all that I
never lose track of recalling the base enjoyment I've always received from
lifting. It is so strong sometimes I have to remind myself that I need a
plan going in and that I can’t simply run in and throw some weight around
without any sort of direction.
I train to maintain a balance between my
frenzy and my plan. This doesn’t always work out perfectly; sometimes I
don’t have time to do half or any of these things.
So what are some of the
things that get you pumped for the gym? Is it the clothes you wear, the
music you listen to (my favorite is Black Sabbath), the videos you watch
or something you think about?
Lets share what inspires us and see if we can
inspire one another.