A friend at the gym today asked me, "how do you train so hard without a coach? Don't all you pros have coaches?"
I told him John Meadows was my coach but he meant in the gym pushing you me thru sets. I proceeded to tell him that most pro bodybuilders don't have in the gym coaches, in fact most of us train alone.
How do we stay motivated? I can't speak for everyone but I'll tell you my mindset. I don't believe I was born with the most amazing genetics, good maybe, but def not mind blowing.
When I'm training I'm aware of that and have been since I started. I was always sure that unless I gave it everything I have I could never stand with some of these guys that are genetic marvels.
When I leave the gym I have to know that I left nothing to chance, nothing on the table. I have to know that if I lose it's not because I was lazy. Guilt is a driving force as is fear. I would never forgive myself if I came into a show and got smoked because I was half assin it.
We all know the feeling of a killer workout. To me that is a benchmark. If I leave the gym and I haven't reached that benchmark, I don't feel spent, don't feel pumped, don't feel proud of my work ethic, I know I dogged it.
My biggest fear is dogging it. Now I'm not gonna lie to you guys, I've dogged it, in my offseasons ive been known to miss a meal, binge eat, etc. I will always remember these things, they stick with me. I will possibly always wonder how good I could have been if I was as diligent as Evan Centopani or Dorian Yates.
Instead of looking back though, I look forward and choose to make the most out of the career I have built for myself. I LOVE THIS SHIT.
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