On any given day, the time you get to spend in the gym training towards the goals you have set for yourself, is most likely a highlight within your day. Training is at the very essence of who we are and because of this, we spend countless hours toiling away with the weights building upon the genetic foundation we have all been uniquely given. Aside from our genetics, the other unique factor that we all possess is how we train and the approach we use to catapult our physiques into that next level. Sure, you can go into a gym and go through the motions and maybe get some decent gains. But if progress in its truest form is what you’re really after, then to get actual quantifiable results, you’ll need to take an aggressive approach with your training and here is where you start.
At the very core of what we do as bodybuilders and weight lifters is an uneasy feeling that perhaps what we have been doing all along isn’t enough. Maybe all those workouts were a waste of time and possibly the reason we’re not where we want to be within our physique development just yet. If either of these thoughts have ever crept into your mind then you have to re-examine your reasoning for going to the gym in the first place. Are you there for the social aspect, for a good workout, to feel better about doing something positive for your health or are you there to do work and make muscle? If you fall in line with the latter, then start acting like it! There will be a time when you won’t be able to train the way it takes to make serious gains but until that time arrives, what are you doing if you’re not going all out with a reckless abandonment trying to squeeze every single ounce of energy from within to grow? You have to be aggressive in your pursuit, sometimes mean and all the time fuelled by positive rage to successfully attain what it is you are in search of.
Form and Function
Now that you have established the clear and hopefully only reason you’re in the gym, it’s time to use it wisely. Sometimes your level of intensity will lead you off the right track just a bit but just enough to cause you grief. What I mean by this is while you are viciously attacking the weights with an aggression level second to none, you can sometimes forget about your form and function of the movements you are using. When you have a certain rep count in mind while using a certain amount of weight, sometimes all that matters is you reach that number no matter how you get there. While there can be some benefit to this, you still have to be cognizant of the fact that the exercise you are using has a specific function for your muscle growing efforts and the form you use within it still has to be productive and safe. So don’t blackout and forget all that you know about proper training just to capitalize on your aggression and instead control it and be aware of every single movement you make.
You may not be aware of the damage you are creating within your muscle tissue while aggression levels are high and adrenaline is still pumping but you will be in the aftermath of these types of workouts. You are most likely going to be sore; really sore and need more time to recover and recuperate prior to engaging in exercising that muscle group once again. You may also find that this heightened level of training aggression has left you more tired than normal; if so get more sleep. You may also find that you are hungrier more often and have an increased appetite. If that’s the case then eat more. There is also the chance that you need more rest days throughout the week to fully recover; take them. Knowing exactly what will happen as a by-product of training at this new level and with a whole new aggressive approach will be hard to tell but it won’t take long before you start finding out what you need in the aftermath of your workouts.
How you muster up your aggression for this new approach is going to be different for all of us. It will come from intrinsic motivating factors, extrinsic motivating factors, emotions, deep thoughts, troubled pasts, exciting future events and so on. In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you go about deriving it from within; all that matters is that you can conjure up the right amount of aggression at will to apply it to the task at hand. If you can do that, you will be well on your way to accruing actual results that you can both measure and see.
Author: Dana Bushell
Gym Star Team Member