Written by Steve Davis
Suppose we ran an experiment. We take two bodybuilders of similar age, height and weight, and have them do the same amount of exercise each day for three months. The only difference is that one of the bodybuilders was highly motivated. In each training session, our motivated trainee used heavier and heavier weights, forced out last repetitions and prepared mentally before the actual training started to make each workout more intense than the last one. Our motivated trainee learned to concentrate fully on the muscles worked, making each rep count. The other trainee never missed a workout, but to put it in the vernacular, his heart was not into what he was doing. He would talk to others in the gym between sets, lose concentration in the middle a set and start thinking, "how much more before I can relax in the sauna?" The results: the motivated athlete, of course, has to make better gains. Bodybuilding is like a bank, you get out what you put in with interest. Half hearted attempts net mediocre results in bodybuilding. I've seen so many students use the same weight, the same sets and reps for years and not change their physiques at all. The reason is lack of positive self-motivation. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
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