Bodybuilding workouts, like any goal-oriented programs, can only be achieved effectively by using the right tools and techniques, and executing the necessary actions (and by ‘right’ I mean whatever brings the desired results without harming anyone).
A prevalent problem however, is that often when we aim to achieve goals, we only address the external aspect. The external aspect includes the right tools, resources, support, exercises, equipment, technique, systems, etc.
What we usually forget is that every endeavour worth pursuing will require also engaging a different aspect of our being: the internal aspect.
The inner game of bodybuilding includes everything else that is inside you: your mindset, attitude, the insights you gain and how you use them, the stories you tell yourself, the questions you ask, the beliefs and thoughts you hold onto, your self-talk, etc.
This may sound a bit boo-boo to some, but the truth is that you can’t truly succeed in anything and reap massive rewards if you don’t engage yourself in ALL levels – mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally.
Learn how to utilize both the inner and outer aspect of your bodybuilding workout in order for you to be truly effective and see great results.
So when choosing Bodybuilding workout programs, you must chose that which utilizes both your inner aspect and provide you with the right external tools that have been proven to work.
One Bodybuilding workout program I’ve found that addresses both the inner and outer aspects of Bodybuilding is Vince DelMonte’s “No-nonsense Muscle Building for Skinny Guys”, which is why I regard it as the best guide for anyone interested in building muscle mass the natural and holistic way.
In “No-nonsense Muscle Building for Skinny Guys”, Vince del Monte discusses highly effective ways for you to understand the internal game of bodybuilding. If you apply these principles along with the correct exercises, diet and proper technique, you’ll be well on your way to successful muscle building. We’ve wrote out the principles here for you:
1. Write Your Goals Down
When you write goals, you need to focus on the OUTCOME and hold it firmly in your mind. You must envision yourself as having already attained this outcome to make it real in your mind.
The outcome must be clear, so try to vividly portray every fine detail (how does it feel/smell/taste/look/sound like?)
It’s also important to put a DEADLINE.
Here’s an example of a clear, specific goal with a deadline: “Put on 30 lbs of solid, rock-hard muscles and lower my body fat to 10% by 21st August 2009.”
2. ‘Hardgainer’ – Dump the title!
In “No-nonsense Muscle Building for Skinny Guys”, Vince del Monte states:
“As soon as you start labelling yourself as a ‘hard gainer’ don’t be surprised when your results come to a screeching halt. This single phrase has more power to sabotage your potential for a muscular physique before you even begin training. Keep calling yourself a ‘hard gainer’ and don’t be surprised if you continue to waste your time, effort, and money.”
I can attest to how this concept liberated me from the limiting belief I’d held on to for years. The moment I stopped labelling myself as someone who was naturally skinny or as someone who struggled to put weight on, was the moment I started changing my experience as well. It really is true that we often fulfil what we believe, so doesn’t it make sense to just let go of the label and start believing it is possible for you to get as big as you want?
3. Break Old Habits by Building New Habits
You can’t really transform yourself without conscious and consistent effort, and the best way to change is through your habitual actions.
Be honest now and identify the things that aren’t going to help you build muscles and lose fat. Decide to stop them now, and replace them with new, empowering habits instead.
For example, instead of eating fried meats for breakfast, swap it for a fresh smoothie instead or a bowl of fruits. Instead of heading straight to the couch and watching TV after work, head straight to the gym. Instead of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol every weekend, try to spend more time with your family or being active outdoors.
4. Find a mentor
Vince del Monte advocates having a wise mentor to guide you step-by-step of the way, and I agree. The difference that makes the difference is having a formal system that includes a higher level of commitment and accountability on your part. You’ll be required by your mentor to fulfil tasks, change habits, meet deadlines and perform at a higher level.
Turn to someone who has already walked the path. The quickest way to achieve success is to find someone who has gone before you and done what you want to do and model them.
Seriously consider hiring a fitness coach or a personal trainer. If that is out of your budget, you can always find someone in your gym who seems to know what they are doing (As Jesus said, “by their fruits shall ye know them” lol), so if you ask them chances are they’ll be happy to help you.
Alternatively you can have Vince del Monte himself mentor you through his complete (and proven) muscle building system. To read my review of No Nonsense Muscle Building, click here: