PART NINE: Take Action! But Don’t Seek the “Perfect Routine.”
By Stuart McRobert
Reading time: ~ seven minutes.
To get the full benefit from this article, please read all nine parts in sequential order. The first is HERE.
Here’s the final part of this article:
By now, you’ve probably realized that there isn’t a Greatest Bodybuilding Routine for all trainees. And neither is there a “perfect routine.”
Instead, there’s a better situation: many routines will work for most trainees.
There are many routines that will work for you now, although some have the potential to be more effective than others.
As you customize your training to adapt to the changes in your body and your circumstances as you age, some of those routines will no longer work for you, but you’ll find others that will work for you.
There are, however, these two key caveats:
(a) Only if you implement “abbreviated training properly applied” will you eliminate the major threats to your bodybuilding and strength-training success, and have the framework of training and recuperation that will work for you from youth to old age.
(b) I can provide you with the guidance on training and recovery, but only you can provide the motivation, dedication and self-discipline required to implement the instruction.
Too much thinking and not enough doing
There’s a consistent theme among most people I’ve spoken with regarding their training—too much thinking and not enough doing.
You must be savvy about how to train and recuperate, but you can gain that know-how without becoming an encyclopedia on the subjects.
Thereafter, the big stumbling blocks with most trainees are too much deliberation on training, and too much theorizing.
With some trainees, there’s an endless, almost obsessive search for the “perfect routine.”
The search for such usually distracts from making the most of routines that are good enough. The search for the “perfect routine” also leads to chopping and changing of routines, and never sticking with one for long enough to make much of a difference.
While there isn’t a single all-time greatest bodybuilding routine, there is a wonderful format of training—“abbreviated training properly applied”—that’s the framework for the design of many great routines.
Those routines are more than good enough to do a terrific job.
But you must really apply them—workout after workout, week after week, month after month, and year after year.
When it comes down to what matters most—delivering the goods in the gym, one set at a time—most trainees aren’t doing it.
Effective training is hard training properly applied. But there’s no way to make hard training comfortable.
Stop delaying your best workouts. Stop thinking they will be easier to deliver at another time when you may have more ideal living and training conditions.
Other than in exceptional circumstances, you can get your act together now provided you have enough desire.
It’s easy to be enthusiastic about your training when you’re out of the gym.
And it’s easy to be enthusiastic about your workouts when you’re discussing training matters with others.
But when you get towards the end of a set, the determination to press on and withstand severe discomfort will disappear unless you have a ferocious desire to train hard.
Outside the gym, make good choices in all areas of your life. Every day.
Get each meal right.
Make decisions that reduce your stress level rather than increase it.
And sleep well.
Then let the months of training accumulate, and progress in muscle and might will happen.
Having control over the development, strength and conditioning of your body is a marvelous power. Are you making the most of it?
No matter how many mistakes you’ve made, or how much training time you may have wasted, or how much you may wish you could turn the clock back, what’s done is done.
Today is the start of the rest of your life.
You’ll never be as young as you are now.
And there’ll never be a better time than now to get your training and recovery in excellent order.
So take action, now!
Implement “abbreviated training properly applied.” It will help you tremendously.
I’ll help you. With my website and my Facebook page, I’ll keep you motivated and on the path of abbreviated training properly applied. I’ll provide a mixture of original content and excerpts from my existing material. The existing material means my books, the 89 issues of HARDGAINER magazine, and the articles I’ve written for US and European magazines.
But to really get in charge of your training, study one or more of my books, and some issues of HARDGAINER magazine.
READ – GRASP – APPLY – PERSIST – ACHIEVE!
And please always remember that the teachings I promote aren’t based on just my own journey. They are a fusion of the experiences and acquired wisdom of generations of drug-free bodybuilders and strength trainees.