Temptation, distraction, and laziness are always trying to suck you in, but bodybuilders must not succumb. Every bodybuilder has his or her eye on the prize, but you can’t keep your focus if your goals are too high above the bar or set too far down the road. Keep the goals realistic (don’t confuse realistic with easily attainable) and in short, calculated increments. For example, if you’re benching 225 now, don’t arbitrarily set your goal on benching 315 by the end of the year. That is a good goal to have, but it’s set too far away and may be unrealistic.
Unrealistic goals can cause frustration, hinder your motivation, and take your head out of the game. What is better is to plan on adding 5-10lbs to your bench each month. That way you can more easily track your progress and know that by the end of the year you will be benching between 285-345lbs. Even if you’re at the lighter end, that’s still quite an achievement.
This is the best way to do it because days add up to weeks, weeks add up to months, and months add up to years. Just think, if you keep on this track, you could be benching up to 465lbs by the year after! Whatever your goals may be, take them day by day, and concentrate on achieving small goals on a daily basis. As days go by, those small goals will add up.
Before you know it, you’ll be moving mountains!
About Team 360’s Ted Kelliher
Ted Kelliher is a former MA native who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Since his teenage years he became passionately involved in music and bodybuilding. Both of which were positive influences on his move to LA in his mid 20’s. To fit his busy life style, he can only afford to work out 3 days a week during the off season, much less than any competitive body builder would recommend, but he makes it work to his advantage. When it is time to dial in his physique for competition, he does what he can with the little time he has by squeezing in 5 gym sessions a week at most if he is lucky. Constantly tweaking his diet and exercise program to make ends meet, Kelliher does his best to stay on top.