If you are on this site, chances are you have accepted yourself as being too skinny and you want to do something about it. Your goal may be to have a fitness cover model physique or to look like a gladiator, but as long as you have a skinny frame, that look will never come.
The good thing is you have made the right step towards making a positive change. But holding onto that motivation is important. It is the key driving factor that will spur you towards achieving your bodybuilding goals.
There are some things that you should keep in mind when it comes to bodybuilding.
You need to follow a strategic plan.
Don’t be one of those people who just ‘wings it’ and hopes for the best. You need to follow a bodybuilding strategy if you want to give yourself the best chance of getting the physique that you want.
This means having the right workout plan, the right workout schedule, measuring your progress, the right consumption and macros plan, and even being part of a team or community that will help you achieve your bodybuilding goals.
There will be some quick wins, but it is a long-term game.
It would be ideal to get the results overnight or even in a matter of weeks. But the reality is bodybuilding takes time. You need to build muscle every month. At best, you will be able to build 1-2kg of new muscle every month. So if you plan to put on 20kg, it will take you around 2 years of solid bodybuilding training to get the physique that you are after.
That being said, you can work towards some short term goals as well. This might see you gain 5kg of muscle within 6 months, but also keep your body fat percentage quite low. This should allow you to achieve an athletic look, which you can sport over the spring and summer months.
You will need to be disciplined.
Your motivation needs to be so strong that you will be able to do your designated workouts, despite your work schedule. It’s challenging when you know that you have to work on reports until midnight and then you know you will be working again in a few hours time.
This is where you need to have the discipline and the motivation to prioritise your workouts by slotting in a time and a place in the day for you to do these workouts.
Additionally, it’s common for people in the office to bring things like sweets, chocolates and unhealthy food or drinks into the office to share with colleagues. Even though it is a nice gesture, it can disrupt your diet plan and affect your short, mid and long-term bodybuilding goals.
You need to get enough rest.
Many office workers are guilty of working overtime and even working so hard that they sacrifice their training and resting requirements. Your body won’t be able to recover from your training and build new muscle tissue if your body doesn’t have enough rest to recover from your training sessions.
Set yourself a deadline.
One of the best things you can do is give yourself a deadline for when you need to accomplish your bodybuilding goals. For example, you might signup to a bodybuilding competition and get ready in time for the show. Or you might reward yourself with a professional photoshoot in 6 months. Whatever it is, pen a date, stick with it and achieve your goals by that date.
Put your motivation goals in a place where you can see it everyday.
Write your motivation goals on a piece of paper and put it on a board where you can see it everyday.
Visualise the successful outcome of your motivation goals.
It’s tough to keep focused at times. That’s why it is important for you to visualise the successful outcome of your bodybuilding workout. Picture yourself with the physique that you always wanted. And ensure that every action that you take works towards it.