Bodybuilding and Weight Training are Long-term Goals

By: Jon Cardozo

I recently read some important tips on setting goals properly, and I wanted to share some of these because I think they are quite relevant to your weight training efforts. In addition to the usual tips about writing your goal down on paper and dividing your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals, there was one critical concept that has had a profound influence on me. This concept was a simple one that most of us have heard many times in our lives, but it is often these simple truths that are the most profoundly life changing 'at least they can be if we truly take them to heart. The concept was the importance of long-term goals, and the reason this has stuck in my mind so much is my tendency to abandon a new project after my initial enthusiasm has faded. What does have to do with weight training and bodybuilding?

In previous articles I mentioned the importance of following the fundamentals for weight gain and strength training instead of looking for a wonder supplement. I wanted to emphasize that achieving huge muscle gains is about following the proper diet (increasing calories and protein) and gradually lifting heavier weights. Your success or failure in muscle building will not be determined by supplements. You may be wondering, then, why so many choose to follow the latest supplement fad.

Why do bodybuilding supplements sell so well? They do well simply because so many bodybuilders are looking for the magic pill that will instantly deliver incredible results. Unfortunately, so many people in our society have become accustomed to looking for shortcuts and short term gratification. It's particularly sad when you consider that learning how to gain weight naturally is not as difficult as it may seem. The real magic pill is combining the right knowledge (weight gain diet plus proper workout routines) with determination. The beginner must understand that weight gain, like most worthwhile goals, requires diligence over the long term.

This brings us back to a critical concept of bodybuilding which tells us that supplements should not be the basis for a muscle building program. A few supplements can be useful for the advanced trainer who is trying to maximize his gains and has already developed a solid weightlifting and diet program. Most supplements, however, are either useless or are simply not necessary. The critical components of any muscle building program will always be increasing calories and gradually lifting heavier weights. Looking for shortcuts when you have not even mastered the basics will simply lead to disappointment and a lot of wasted money.

Though it may be easier to search for a magical supplement that will solve all of your problems, in the long term you will not achieve the goals you set for yourself without more effort and determination. This lesson applies not only to bodybuilding and strength training; Rather, this lesson can improve your life by helping you reach any goal you wish. If you've done the research and gained the necessary knowledge, and if you set your goal properly (more on this later), then you can be certain that you're on your way to accomplishing your objective. Do not be discouraged if your initial results are disappointing - focus on the cumulative effects of your daily actions and what this will bring you in the months to come.

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