#Repost @bretcontreras1 (@get_repost)
"In my 20 years of helping people achieve their fitness goals, there's one thing that I wish I could impress upon everyone:
Quit trying to be hardcore.
Hardcore gets you injured, causes you to fizzle out, and prevents you from adhering to the plan long-term. So many of us lifters wear our brutal workouts, bland meals, and mundane lifestyles like badges of honor. Yes, if you want to achieve your physique goals, you will have to suffer a little bit - get to the gym consistently, abstain from overindulging, prioritize your sleep, and turn away from opportunities to have fun at times.
However, suffering and results are not linearly related. Puking after your workout, training to failure 52 weeks out of the year, choking down dry, unseasoned chicken, and lugging around Tupperware containers throughout life will not get you greater physique improvements. Not to mention the counterproductive component, this mentality is not sustainable and can quickly lead to burnout.
If you put your energies and thoughts into training, eating, and living in a manner that's more moderate and enjoyable, your life will be better, and you won't have the ups and downs that are all too common in these "hardcore" individuals.
The more extreme the methods, the harder the rebound tends to be. This goes not just for bodyweight and body fat but also mental stability and physical health.
There are so many paths that will elicit positive adaptations. Your plan may or may not involve heavy squats, high intensity interval training, or eating egg white and broccoli omelettes for breakfast. If you like these things, then by all means, please continue. But you can be just as healthy and fit without doing any of those things.
Pay attention to what you do and don't like and what does and does not feel good for you, and factor these elements into your program." #gluteguy