Key to the Ultimate Muscle Building – Fat Loss – Fitness – Success Mindset

A few years ago, I regularly had those brief but friendly verbal exchanges with a fellow gym member upon arriving at the facility each day for my muscle building workouts. You know the kind of interaction I’m referring to; just some small talk and friendly joking with someone you never get to know outside of that one specific setting. I recall having a conversation with him on one particular day that went something like this:

“Hey Scott… how’s the training going?” “It’s going great, Mike”, I answered. “But I’m feeling a bit tired today.” “Well… “, he said almost perfunctorily. ” At least you’re in here. You showed up for your workout and that’s better than a lot of people”

Interestingly, I cringed a bit at the sound of those words. ‘At least I’m in here?’ What if the muscles I had come to work that day were in dire need of one more day’s rest? What if working them prior to that rest would be the catalyst that sends them down a spiral of over-training and inadequate recuperation? If that were the case, then showing up would be about the most counterproductive thing (in regard to bodybuilding) I could do that day.

Although Mike’s point made sense within a specific circumstantial context, I detected traces of a mentality that’s all too common among us and all too subtly damaging to human potential. This mindset rears its ugly head in every life context. It resides within each of us in varying degrees, depending on the life setting and circumstances. I will refer to it here as simply – the Motive-Driven Mentality.

The motive-driven mentality sits in direct contrast to the Outcome-Driven Mentality. The outcome-driven mentality is concerned with objectively measurable outcomes that result from our actions. By contrast, the motive-driven mentality is displayed when we congratulate ourselves for our intentions rather than concerning ourselves with the effects of our actions. When we hurt another person’s feelings and the first thing out of our mouths is “I didn’t mean it”, we are (in that moment) saying: “judge me for my motives and forget about the actions”.

Unfortunately, the tendency to be driven by motives is especially prevalent in the contexts of bodybuilding, fat loss, and fitness. It’s displayed when gym members drift from one piece of workout equipment to another with no objective other than to “get a good workout”. With such an ambiguous short-term goal, it’s transparently revealed why the very same people will congratulate us for simply showing up at the gym. If we’re not driven by the consequences of our actions, we end up patting ourselves and others on the backs for activity – no matter how blind that activity might be.

The best mindset for success in life is to be as outcome oriented as possible. This is vitally important in all life contexts where more success is sought, regardless of how we define that success. When frustration sets in due to our current lack of understanding of what strategies will bring forth the outcomes we desire, we must rein ourselves in before that flustered state leads us to letting our intentions feed our egos. If that happens, we’ve been bitten by the motive-driven mentality.

Reining ourselves in is mostly a matter of how we set and pursue goals. Those goals need to be specific and accompanied by measurable steps that beat a path to their achievement. For example: When I enter the gym, I know precisely what my objective is and what I need to do in order to meet it. I know how that objective sits within the path to my long-term goal and I know upon leaving the gym whether I’ve met that objective. The rewards of this mindset, accompanied by an effective workout strategy, have far exceeded any fleeting pleasure I once derived from workout spontaneity. In other words, the results from an outcome-driven mentality in bodybuilding have made those of the motive-driven ones pale by comparison.

So much of success in life depends on our mental approach. Therefore, it’s important for us to honestly assess our mental strategies and discover how they affect our outer ones. Above all, when we detect that we’ve succumbed to a tendency to be self-congratulatory for our terrific motives rather than the consequences of our actions, it’s probably time to psycho-evaluate ourselves within the context in question. This can lead to an outcome oriented mentality, which provides a foundation for the ultimate success mindset.


Scott Abbett is the author of HardBody Success: 28 Principles to Create Your Ultimate Body and Shape Your Mind for Incredible Success. To see his personal transformation, visit

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Muscle Building at 50

I admire people who manage to stay fit even when they are over 50. We all know that looking good entails a lot of effort but have you ever wondered how other people do it? muscle building at 50 is not that difficult like how other people would put it, it’s not impossible to have a great body at this age. You just have to be smart in choosing what kind of workout routine works best for you and your body type. Contrary to what fad workouts dictate, high repetitions will not give you the results that you want. Spending more time in the gym doing pointless repetitions will not do you any good. Another thing is you shouldn’t aim for the number of sets you do every session. The key is intensity! Insufficient effort is always equal to poor results. The only way to gain muscles is to put stress in your body that it’s not used to. Muscle growth is stimulated while training heavy but training with heavy weights alone may actually slow down if not slow down your progress. fitness experts say that repeated intense workout combined with lighter weights will help you tone your muscles and increase their mass. Don’t rush in intensifying your workout, always start small and then increase gradually until you feel some pressure.

One important thing to remember is that you have to keep your heart rate up. sweating while lifting some weights means that blood is flowing. The oxygen delivered by the blood flow actually increases muscle mass and keeps you from dehydration. Always drink water before working out and drink more after you get done.

According to many trainers the “Super Slow” Method will help in achieving faster results. How so? By slowing down the rate of weight lifting, you reduce the natural momentum which then makes the muscle work harder. When we force our muscles to work harder, you gain faster in terms of muscle mass. This method also keeps your heart rate up during your workout which gives you cardio benefits. Some people saw some noticeable results even just working out twice every week. Pay close attention to routines that wrestle the biceps and triceps (extensions and curls). You can also do chest presses to give your chest muscles a workout. For your lower body, you can do leg extensions and curls.

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Some Muscle Building Myths Debunked

All kind of common myths circulate about how to build muscle. Most people will tell you that you need to do 12 reps, that is 12 repetitions, of a weight exercise if you want to build muscle. This is a fiction. It is not the number of repetitions that build the muscle but the time that the muscle spends under tension.

The trick is to do the exercise more slowly rather than do more of them. A few repetitions performed slowly will have more effect than repeating the exercise more often more quickly.

Using slightly heavier weights and performing fewer reps will have the best effect on building muscle mass.

It is important to increase the weights slowly. You should begin with weights that well within your ability to lift them. Gradually progress at each session to heavier weights. Stop if you feel any pain and go back to the previous weight.

Always make sure that you warm up before beginning your weight training. This will avoid muscle strains. After the session make sure that you stretch the muscles to ensure that they do not become tight and stiff.

Another common myth is that reps should be done in three sets. There is no magic involved here. The idea of breaking your reps into sets is just a way of introducing a period of rest into the weight training. This is important if you want to avoid muscle strain.

You will often hear that you should do three to four exercises for each muscle group. Generally speaking this will not be enough to build muscle effectively. You need to work the muscles more than that.

The injunction not to let your knees go beyond your toes has probably baffled you unless you have a good trainer to explain it. This is in fact perfectly true. Studies have shown that you are more likely to suffer injury when doing squats if your knees go beyond your toes.

Researchers at Memphis University found that knee stress was much higher when the knees went beyond the toes. But they also found that hip stress was greater if the knees were not allowed to move forward.

The best solution seems to be to focus on the position of your upper body when doing squats and lunges. If the upper body is kept upright then the stress on both knees and hips is reduced.

Some of the best guidance for preventing joint strain can be found in yoga manuals. A few classes with a good yoga teacher may be a good way of developing the correct posture for weight training.

Another common myth that you will hear in the gym is lift weights draw abs. The idea is that the abdominal muscles support the spine so by pulling them in you will protect the spine from injury.

But the muscle you draw in is the transverse abdominis is not the most important one in protecting the spine. All the abdominal muscles work together to protect the spine. So by deliberately working one muscle you may prevent the others from doing their part.

Again posture is your best guide. Keeping the spine straight when you perform an exercise will ensure that all the abdominal muscles come into action.

The single most common myth is that if you work out every day you will build more muscle. This is not true. Muscle builds because cells are damaged in the process of exercise. When the body repairs that damage it makes the muscle stronger. You need to allow your muscles a day to rest so that your body can do the essential work of repair.

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