Don’t just do what you need to do. Do what you NEED to do.

On the way to the gym today, I was thinking about how people will do things a lot of the time based off of what they think they “need”. They will do this amount of reps, they will get this much protein, and they will do this long of a workout, only training a muscle this many times in a week. And that’s good. Maybe they could get decent results or at least some. The thing is though, doing what you need to (which might be at a minimum) will only get you so far. If you want better results, you might NEED to do more. Maybe you should train a muscle more in a particular workout or more often throughout the week. It might be good to up your Protein intake, especially if you have a physically demanding job or something else that works your muscles. You might be holding back on your true potential, because even though you might be getting enough to get somewhere, it’s not enough to go farther or where you REALLY WANT to be.

Now, don’t get me wrong. More is not better period, because it’s not always better. But if you want certain results, what you put in to get those results has to equate to that. You can’t drive 60 miles with your car in an hour without driving 60 miles per hour, just for the sake of an analogy – all other logic aside. You could eventually get to where you want to be, but it’ll either take longer or maybe you won’t get there at all if your tank becomes empty too fast – like a crappy diet. Take in what you need. You see, you accomplish far less in a workout with less energy – for one, and your muscles can’t build up as much with less Protein. Do plenty of work in your workouts as well, because you need something to convince your body it needs to build itself up more. But don’t only do plenty. Train smart, so you can accomplish even more and have less that is done in vain. Speaking of that, maybe you are doing enough work, just too much of the wrong thing, causing you to need to do even more of that thing to compensate. Do something that works better, something that you know works good and you can feel it where you should. Whether it’s with working out or your diet though, make sure both are of good quality.

I am reminded of a time when I was at Walmart, and a guy working there noticed my physique. Then he was talking about how skinny he was, and was saying he had “tried everything” but just couldn’t get anywhere. I thought maybe it was his diet – not eating enough, or maybe it’s also the way he is training – not training the right way. So, on the way home I thought, “Has he really tried everything?” Unless he has a genetic condition that most people don’t have, if he has “tried everything” but not gotten results, maybe he hasn’t tried everything after all. Later on, I made that text into a picture and posted on my page.  This guy at Walmart may have just been lacking somewhere, not getting enough of something.

If you aren’t where you want to be, reassess what you’ve been doing. Try to makes some changes, because you might be lacking somewhere and not even realize it. I can relate. Keep trying. Then, if you still can’t figure it out, find a good fitness trainer or don’t give up and study until you do figure it out. You may end up surprised at what you can still accomplish.

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