Everyone wants results, but no one wants to put in the time.
Here’s how I look at time in the gym:
The sooner you accept that no gain is fast, all gains are hard, and nothing is easy, the better. Getting strong takes some time, getting big takes more time, and you will never be done making gains until you choose to, or give up. In the beginning I wanted gains fast, in size and in the weight I was lifting, but over time I found a great respect for the fact that no gain is fast, and no gain is easy, and when I found that respect, I was humbled. I went back into the gym with a newfound appreciation of what I was doing, and a better outlook.
I see a lot of people in the gym that just loiter, they look like they are taping an episode of the view when they should be pushing themselves. They take 5 minutes between sets, and decide to leave when they aren’t ‘feeling it’ anymore. We’ve all been there, it’s hard to lift heavy stuff sometimes, but if you treat the say 45 minutes you have in the gym like it was the last time you would ever be alive every time you’re there, you will get work done every time. Before heavy sets I get myself psyched by doing just that, thinking that if this was my last, would I be proud to walk away from it?
A friend once told me ‘if you dont see jesus when you’re squatting, it’s not heavy enough.’ Well, I say hello to jesus on a daily basis now, and despite having my body tell me ‘no more, please god no more’ I push through, knowing I will not be magically bigger tomorrow, but hell, I finished what I started.
The message I’m making today is that lifting for me has always been half patience, and half perseverance. You have to want to keep working, regardless of how you feel. You also have to be willing to wait, and keep putting yourself through hell to see yourself make gains. Without that kind of outlook you end up with the rest of the hooligans taping an episode of the view while you drink your water.