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You Are Not A Bodybuilder (So Don't Train Like One)

You Are Not A Bodybuilder (So Don't Train Like One)

Bodybuilding magazines may inspire you to hit the gym and push as much weight as possible. But, trying to imitate your favorite bodybuilder is possibly one of the biggest mistakes you can make. It will not work for you unless you are a pro bodybuilder yourself or simply have the genes that will allow you to pump up easier than those who are not genetically predestined for that.

How a positive mindset will help you achieve your dream body

We often find ourselves doubting just how much we can achieve with our bodies. PumpUp’s newest official blog contributor @bsiddiq talks about the importance of Spreading Positivity in his first article about fitness and nutrition as seen through a scientific lens. Learn how research shows that a positive mindset coupled with the Schwarzeneggerian principle of “Visualization” can help you reach those once conceived “impossible” goals! 

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SCIENCE SAYS A POSITIVE MINDSET LEADS TO A BETTER BODY

The human mind is a very powerful tool. With a proper mindset and style of thinking, a person may be dumbfounded by what they can actually achieve. There is a natural human tendency to doubt that one can change, or ever look the way that they wish to look. There are many times (myself included) when we see this “negative” mindset get the best of us.  We find ourselves questioning our goals and motives with thoughts such as “I can’t ever look like that, I’ve never looked like how I want to, so why should I start/keep trying?”

I’m here to tell you that this type of thinking is half the problem itself. Stop doubting yourself. Research done in the European Journal of Social Psychology speaks about the benefits of positive self-perceptions, explaining that it can lead to “positive self-regard, the ability to care for and about other people, the capacity for creative and productive work, and the ability to effectively manage stress”. 

We see this trend in research backed by countless reputable sources such as the doctor peer reviewed Mayo Clinic, which as well states that a positive mindset has been shown to lead to “better physical well-being”. So if you keep telling yourself and believing that you cannot achieve your goals (fitness, workplace, & classroom), then there is no doubt that you are setting yourself to lose before you even try!

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HOW TO PRACTICALLY APPLY THE POSITIVE MINDSET TO YOUR FITNESS THROUGH VISUALIZATION

So at this point you’re probably saying “Okay Bill, I am ready to embrace a positive mindset, but where and how can I apply it specifically?” I am here to tell you that your newly-positive mindset can be coupled with the Schwarzeneggerian principle of “Visualization”. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger has promoted the technique of visualization several times. As he states in his book, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, “What you think is what you get”. But don’t just take Arnold’s word for it, research done in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine showed that mental imagery (such as visualization) was able to promote levels of motivation, action planning, and physical activity in patients who frequently practiced it.

Now with all of this scientific research to back our findings, I want you to take that “yes I can” attitude and find a REALISTIC picture of a physique/goal that you wish your body to look like. Take this image and say “I can look like this if I want to” and then VISUALIZE yourself with that body-type. When you’re in the gym, just imagine yourself with “those biceps”, or imagine yourself with “that amazing butt”, just VISUALIZE A GOAL. Do not go in the gym with a “eh I’ll take whatever I can get” attitude, but find a physique that you want and work towards it! I can PERSONALLY attest to you that these two scientifically backed methods work, because I myself have found a deep well of success because of them. 

Here’s my first “Visualization” picture from this time last year:

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Here’s a picture of me right now, as featured on bodybuilding.com

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The sky is the limit folks, and if you set your mind to it and visualize your success you will see some form of gains in return. Remember say that “I can achieve what I want to” then go out and VISUALIZE your goals, and SEE what you are striving for! Good luck with your goals and if you ever have any inquiries or more questions about the methods/principles listed here feel free to contact me at my KiK at BaylorFitness, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @bsiddiq to see more helpful hints and motivation. Happy Pumping #PumpUpFam!

 

REFERENCES

Bayer, U. C., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2005). Mindset effects on information search in self-evaluation. European Journal of Social Psychology35(3), 313–327. doi:10.1002/ejsp.247

Chan, C., & Cameron, L. (2012). Promoting physical activity with goal-oriented mental imagery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine35(3), 347–363. doi:10.1007/s10865-011-9360-6

Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

Schwarzenneger, A. (n.d.). The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding,.

How Ron nestled himself at the heart of the PumpUp community - Spotlight Series

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As a performer and fight choreographer known among PumpUp members for his incredible physique and his motivational posts, Ron danced his way into the PumpUp community’s heart and shines bright like a diamond in the spotlight. Ron’s advice is wise, his training schedule is magnificent, and his presence in the PumpUp community is unmistakeable.

At the beginning of his journey, Ron kept himself busy with plenty of cardio due to the nature of his occupation but he hadn’t begun to truly focus on building muscle prior to joining PumpUp. “I hit the weights maybe once a week and ate indiscriminately,” Ron admitted. “I certainly knew nothing about nutrition, or eating to achieve certain goals. Though I got plenty of exercise as a dancer/theatre performer, I really wasn’t making any lean muscle gains!”

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After becoming a member of the PumpUp family 8 months ago, Ron made dramatic changes to his lifestyle and it absolutely reflects in his incredible progress. He frequents the gym at least 4 to 5 times a week for 2 hours at a time. “My splits focus on free weights and I’m training for strength and size so I mix hypertrophy (4 sets for 8-12 reps) with basic strength (5x5 or 5 sets for 5 reps). I also hit a lot of calisthenics, bar brothers or street workout style exercises,” he explained. “I monitor my calories (3200 a day) and eat 70% clean. With nutrition it’s all about balance!”

Certain obstacles have marked notches in Ron’s pathway toward a more healthy and active lifestyle. “I’ve found that life always intervenes during your fitness journey,” he admitted. “Heartbreak, death in the family, illness or injury: I’ve had all of these things happen this year. It’s tough to stay motivated—and to be honest, there were times when I wasn’t motivated at all. I had to take a few days to regroup, but the gym was a place of stability for me.”

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Ron aspires to inspire others on PumpUp for change. “I’m currently studying a diploma of fitness and using PumpUp has been really great for me to share my own personal fitness experiences and the knowledge that I’ve gained,” he elaborated. “The community is top notch—basically one big family!” It seems surreal for him to have garnered such a critical mass of followers who are motivated by his posts, but Ron affirmed that he hopes that he can do his best to help them in any way. “I’m really just a regular guy who likes the gym,” shrugged Ron. “It’s crazy to see how many people are following me (and I thank them immensely) and I hope that I can inspire them.”

His affirmation for those looking to lead a more active lifestyle is sage and succinct. “The best way to get started is to get started,” he counseled. “If you’ve made the start you’re already halfway there! Make activity and exercise a routine or habit and motivation becomes unnecessary. You don’t question whether or not you brush your teeth in the morning, so why question exercise?”

Ultimately, Ron aims to be the best version of himself that he can be, in and out of the gym. “I’m most motivated by myself—it may sound weird but I’m motivated to be better, bigger, stronger, and more awesome than who I was yesterday,” he professed. “There are people that I admire but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I wanted to be the best at whatever I do. I think that drive is natural and even healthy. Just don’t let it turn negative. I’m always hungry for progress.”

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Ron’s Meals
“Without a doubt, [I can’t resist] buffalo wings. No matter what diet plan I’m on, if there is a chance of wings, I’m down like a clown. I’m actually not a great cook though! That’s why there are so many selfies on my profile. None of my meal preps look amazing. Nutritionally, they are great. Aesthetically—how great can brown rice and tuna look? (I do love brown rice and tuna).”

Motivational Mantra

“I don’t really get motivated by sayings, sure some of them are 100% true but I think I can find them a bit cliche. I’ve always found a connection with Dylan Thomas’s poem, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’. It’s got a fierce, desperate quality that fires me to no end.” 

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Ron’s favourite exercise

“In terms of weights, I love my compound exercises (squats, deadlifts and bench press). I [also] love working on bars because you can be flashy!”

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Fun fact about Ron

“Two things: I used to be in the Australian army (the infantry). I’ve also nearly traveled around the whole world through various theatre opportunities.

Find Ron on the app @rseet and check out his Instagram @ron_seeto!