Open Your Mind for Open-ended Gains
We all have our own ways of doing things. Whether it be how we like to start our day or how we go about scheduling all of the tasks we need to accomplish in twenty-four hours, there is always a method to our madness. Sometimes within the madness of completing regular chores, daily rituals, business transactions and any other obligation you can think of, we get stuck doing things the same way time after time. Why does this happen? Well, because what we do has always worked for us but what if someone told you there was a better or more efficient way to complete your objectives? Would you listen or would you dismiss it? Do you already think you know everything there is to know or are you open to learning something new that may end up being very valuable to you? In bodybuilding, this happens quite often and those of us who have been at it for a long time sometimes get stuck doing the same things over and over again and for good reason; it has in large part worked. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything else to learn. So stop thinking you know everything and start observing, listening and asking questions about methods you're not familiar with to see if they are worthwhile using for yourself. Here's where to start.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
The first step in this process is putting your Super Freak bodybuilding shoes to work by taking that huge stride up and out of your comfort zone. This is no easy task, especially if you've been wallowing there for quite some time now. However, the fact of the matter is that you can't grow and become better than what you currently are if you're not willing to venture outside of what you already know. This means as a bodybuilder trying new exercises both of the free weight and machine versions, setting up different exercise sequencing patterns, training at different times of the day, working out with different people and just trying everything and anything that is different from your norm. My bet is that you'll feel weird at first and maybe not everything you do try is a good fit for you, but something will be gained and at least you tried and now know what will work and what won't work the next time you step outside your comfort zone.
Realize that Everything Has Potential
One of the biggest mistakes in my own bodybuilding and weight training experience was the dismissive attitude I carried around with me with regards to some of the exercises I would see people at my gym doing. If I didn't see an exercise in the pages of a Flex Magazine or a Muscular Development, then in my mind it was worthless to do. If the bodybuilders who I looked up to and tried to learn from weren't doing it, then neither would I. Boy, was that a big mistake. Finally, after years of training like this and delegating everything else I saw in the gym as useless, I realized that everything and anything has potential if used correctly, at the right time and with the appropriate amount of intensity applied. You don't always have to stick to the big compound movements in the gym all the time (although I feel that those exercises should be heavily used to build your foundation first) and sometimes an exercise you felt was more suited for something other than bodybuilding, could be a nice addition to your routine. You will never know until you try something so broaden your perspective on what you consider to be bodybuilding friendly movements and start collecting new exercises and methods to further your gains.
Listen, not everybody is open to change and very few of us would ever admit that perhaps our outlook on training could use some fine-tuning. But the fact of the matter is that the more we know, the better prepared we are and the better we can get at building our physique. All it takes is an open mind for open-ended gains to occur; that and a great pair of Heyday Footwear bodybuilding shoes like the Super Freak mentioned earlier on. So don't feel like you have to fit a certain mold as a bodybuilder and only partake in the madness of what bodybuilders typically do. The more options you have the better and that comes from being open to the many possibilities that exist when it comes to training.
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.