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2011/03/27 00:29:53 (permalink)
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The mind in bodybuilding

Hi everbody, I want to discuss the mind in bodybuilding.
 
The mind in Bodybuilding is very important. You have to push yourself harder and harder for every workout to still making progress. It's like Arnold in " Pumping Iron" saying that, those reps which counts is the 10th, 11th, 12th not the eight first. What he means is that, the average people in the gym do their eight reps (for example) and then they have finished the set, while the " champ" goes beyond that eight reps and continues, even though the muscle is tearing and buring, four reps more.
 
Now to my question! When you standing infront the mirror in the gym and doing barbell curls, What keeps you going? What keeps you to do one rep more, even though your body screaming for help?
 
 

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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/03/27 16:18:17 (permalink)
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Interesting topic and I don't want to distract from  the subject but just as a related question...
 
If you can squeeze out that 9th, 10th and 11th one giving it all you possibly can wouldn't you technically have been better off putting the same huge amount of effort into doing 8 reps with a heavier weight? Just a thought - I don't know the answer.
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/03/27 18:11:52 (permalink)
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what skippy said is right on the money.
if you can perform more than your target number,
you aren`t useing enough weight.
 
if your target is eight reps, and you can squeeze out ten, then it is time to add weight to the bar.
 
this is the basis of all weight training progression.
very simple.
 
 
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/03/27 18:38:30 (permalink)
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I would agree, when am aiming for say 3x8  i pick a weight that usely gos like this, 1st set 8 reps 2nd set 7 reps an the 3rd 6-7 when i hit 3x8 next workout 2.5kgs go on the bar an i start again. but my anwer is anger drives me i just treat the weight like i want to kill it
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/03/28 22:19:24 (permalink)
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being totally honest... probably a feeling of inadequacy in terms of how i look... i started out at 12st thinking 13 st ill look better than average.. same at 14... 15 ... now im just under 16st and still feel tiny and weak.
 
i dont think ill ever be happy with myself looks wise and hope im not as that day i may not push as hard as ill have nothing to strive for.
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/04/01 01:10:00 (permalink)
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Alright, intresting feedback guys, thanks!
 
A friend of mine, has as a routine that putting a picture of Jessica Alba on the wall in the corner every time he is curling biceps. Stirring at her keeps him thru these painful reps. Just an other example of a motivation booster.
 
What about routines before the sets to get your adrenalin rush/focus ? Do you hitting yourself or screaming or an short countdown before you hitting the weights? visualize?  
 
 
 
post edited by Bryggo - 2011/04/01 01:18:34

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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/04/01 11:00:36 (permalink)
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visualize, shout to temporarily raise my test levels ( seriously the science is there) listening to music, slayer, hatebreed, motorhead,alice in chains etc.
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/04/01 12:11:32 (permalink)
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i think about my ex girlfriend, just picture her face and i can put out another 3 reps lol
 

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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/04/01 14:09:40 (permalink)
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motavation wise, short term i use a few techniques with heavy lifts. we are at uni at the moment and had a phyc module, we learned a few ways and i tried them out the ones that work for me are
 
eg bench press
 
1- lie on the bench and make the press withough any bar, just make the movement with my arms and visualise where i will be moving the bar.
 
2- keep repeating, ''its fvck all, pi$$ easy '' lol
 
3- imaging me pushing myself into the bench rather than the bar away from me.
 
 
sounds nuts but works for me lol... i have found getting angry and shouting to be massivly counter productive for me.. once i get wound up all the lifts start going to hell
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Re:The mind in bodybuilding 2011/04/01 21:16:07 (permalink)☄ Helpful
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a good topic.
 
i listen to music, mainly epic music like "two steps from hell" them tracks make you feel as if your training to save the world. try it.

visualise is a big thing for me as well. i normally close my eyes for about a minute and visualise all sorts of things. then open them, clap my hands one time and start the set.

a good quote a like when doing shoulder presses or anything for that matter  "Just picture how you want to look...then up with it"
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