If you want to reach your absolute peak physical condition, you need to enter beast mode.
Beast mode is when you live like a caged animal, waiting to get into the gym so you can blow off some steam.
Beast mode is when you have high levels of testosterone, and you need that gym fix like a junkie clucks for a hit. Your mood depends on it.
Beast mode is when you’re swollen, strong and confident, and everyone around you notices.
Beast mode is the only way to live. If you aren’t living it, learn how below, and make it a way of existence as soon as possible.
The 8 principles of Beast Mode:
1) Way of life – For those of us who live in beast mode, fitness and working out is a way of life.
It’s not a program. It’s not something you do until you achieve a certain results and then stop.
It’s who you are and what you do as a way of being. It’s in your blood. You can’t NOT do it. It’s a principle.
2) Don’t skip – How you do anything is how you do everything. If you skip days at the gym, you’ll skip days running your business and building the kind of life you want.
In order to succeed in the gym you need to be consistent in 3 areas: working out, eating clean and recovering properly.
Don’t skip any of these. They’re like three sides of an iron triangle.
3) Rest and recover – Elaborating on what is written above, a lot of guys underestimate the need to rest and recover between workouts.
Research suggests that a muscle you have worked hard will take 48 hours to recover, as long as you rest up and take in the right amount of protein. If you use steroids or testosterone, you can cut this down to 24 hours (be very careful about going down this route, and do not take the decision lightly. Almost every medical professional in the world advises strongly against it).
Rest up. You’ll be surprised to see that you don’t lose strength for taking an extra day to recover that muscle group, you’re more than likely to come back stronger. I workout each major body part only once a week and I gain strength consistently.
4) Eat for function – Proper nutrition is essential to fitness. I’ve written an article on good, balanced nutrition here.
Food does two main things for your muscles: it gives you fuel to burn and building blocks to recover. It also provides your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to carry out that daily maintenance work to keep you ticking.
Get your diet right and everything will change – your health, your shape, your energy levels and your state of mind.
You wouldn’t put junk oil in your sports car. Don’t put it in your body either!
5) Get the pump – If you go to your local gym you’ll probably observe a strange phenomena… a bunch of people working out without breaking a sweat.
This is 100% pointless! If you aren’t pumped and feeling the burn by the end of the workout you might as well be at home with your feet up.
Muscle grows after it has been torn down. You have to work harder than you did previously in order to force your body to rebuild a bigger, stronger muscle to deal with the increased weight load.
This goes for all exercise – running, rowing, boxing and weights. Increase the demand on your body after each recovery period, and you’re on your way to achieving your growth goals.
Go hard or go home.
6) Use setbacks as motivation – So your ex girlfriend banged some guy from the office while you were working hard to put a down payment on a house? USE the PAIN to motivate yourself into the stratosphere!
Someone used to bully you and make you feel like sh*t? VISUALIZE that and let yourself get mad. Work twice as hard so that next time you see him you can put him through the dry wall!
You got fired? Close your eyes and think about how mad you are. Those unjust bastards hung you out to dry! But don’t worry, while they’re all sat in front of their monitors feeding themselves doughnuts and edging closer to a heart attack, you’re in the gym building the foundations of an ultra successful life, a will of steel and the confidence that is needed to succeed. When they’re in the nursing home, you’ll be running marathons and benching 300lbs.
Use your pain to motivate you. Enough said.
7) Visualise – Visualisation is a powerful tool. See what you want to be. Close your eyes and imagine yourself with 6 pack abs, broad shoulders and 19 inch biceps.
How would that change your life?
Guys would respect you and move out of your way, ladies would get turned on in your presence and you would discover a concept Arnold called “the respect of size”.
Visualise that. It’s yours if you want it.
8) Shut the f*ck up – Stop being a little crybaby bitch and get yourself into the gym.
Too tried? Shut the f*ck up!
Haven’t eaten yet? Shut the f*ck up!
You’ll double up tomorrow? Shut the f*ck up!
Just shut up and go. Nobody wants to hear a bunch of lame ass excuses. By the time you’ve finished talking yourself into it, you could already be there and working out. Just tie up your laces, get on the road, and go.
Enjoy beast mode. I know I do!
Desire. Decide. Persist.