9 Mental Muscle Pointers

by admin on May 30, 2012

Answering one from the mail bag today….

Question. I have heard and read that having the right mental attitude is as important as pumping the heavy iron for muscle gains and strength.  At least this seems to be what currently being said today.  Do you place much value on having the right mental attitude”

e-mail from:  Diamond Dave

Doberman Dan’s Answer: All of the champion bodybuilders will to a man tell you that having the right mental attitude is perhaps the most important factor in achieving success in the achievement of massive muscles and strength and everything else is secondary to it.  In my own case for example I could never had performed 10 reps with 500 pounds in the Conventional deadlift or 20 reps in the Barbell back squat with 405 pounds (all at a bodyweight of under 212 pounds, no wraps, suits or lifting straps and no specific warm-up for the exercises what-so-ever).

One champion bodybuilder from the past the late 1968 IFBB Mr. World Chuck H. Sipes, taught me the key elements to achieving a proper mental attitude.  Here is what he told me.

“The most important thing to remember in training for strength is that deep concentration is necessary to get the best results. As you progress the poundage’s that you will be handling and lifting will require much of your physical energy and just as much effort from your mental attitude.

Training methods are thought out in such away that they focus entirely on getting results. So when you train you want to apply every bit of concentration you can gather to the application of the energy and effort needed for the movements of the exercises. You want to feel every muscle fiber; tendon, and ligament swell and flex through every inch of the movement.

The use of concentration when exercising sounds simple enough. It would seem that paying attention to what you are doing is all that it involves; you’re wrong!! You have to link your mind to the weight as well as your muscles. Every physical movement must be thoroughly guided by your thoughts. As the strength builds up in your body you have to feel it. In other words, there must be a deep sense of involvement between the physical and mental parts of your body. “If you think big, so you shall be.”

When you have a training session you don’t want to be interrupted. Your concentration must be kept or you will lose everything you’ve built up to. I feel that deep concentration will enable you to do much more than you could if you just went about your training with other things on you mind.  Teach yourself to concentrate.

Pick up the weight and put everything else out of your mind. Try it the next time you workout and I’ll bet that you will be able to go through your exercises much easier and faster, and no doubt will also be able to increase the poundage’s you use.

Here are some pointers that will aid you in your efforts to maintain good concentration during your training sessions:

1. Plan your workout so that you won’t be interrupted.
2. Don’t make excuses to miss any workout session.
3. Set yourself a goal for each session.
4. Keep your mental attitude focused on your training.
5. Don’t let your thoughts wander off on other things.
6. Make every movement mentally besides physically.
7. Rest completely between sets (but limit the time).
8. Pick a training partner who thinks as you do.
9. Always be pleasant to others, just make it clear that you are there to train and nothing must interfere.

When you are through let your mind relax. Talk of other things and put all thoughts of training aside until your next workout. Much of your effort has been channeled through your body mentally and there is a need here for rest, just as there is for your body. You can lose interest in any activity if it is over done. It’s time now to enjoy other things that may be of interest to you. Your life will become fuller with this attitude, and you will be able to approach your training sessions with more enthusiasm each time.”

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