Embrace the Process

This is a Testosterone Nation Facebook post by Christian Thibaudeau that I felt was worth sharing. For the record I love to train, do you?

There are two kinds of people in the gym:

1. Those who are training to get results.

2. Those who are training because they love it.

Who builds the best body in the long run? Those who train because they love it! Don’t get me wrong, those who train merely to get results will sometimes get short-term results, usually the inevitable “newbie gains.” But they never achieve true, long-term success.

Why? Because once you’re past your beginner gains, progressing in physique and strength is hard. If you’re only in it only for the results, they’ll never come fast enough. So when you’re passed that beginner stage and you have to work much harder for your gains, you simply won’t make it far if you don’t love the process.

When it comes to long-term results, understand that:

1. Progression is never linear. I’ve had guys gain 5-6 pounds of muscle in 10 days then stabilize for six weeks. I’ve had others lose 4 pounds of fat per week for four weeks then only lose a pound per week for two months. I’ve had people increase their strength by 10% over a two-week period then struggle to gain 5 pounds more within the next six weeks. That’s how the body works! But when that happens, people freak out. They expect the quick gains to last forever. But the truth is that you cannot maintain that rate of gain all the time. On top of that, you never know when that will happen! The only thing you can control is to keep training hard.

2. Because of the non-linear aspect of progression, people who are in it only for the results open themselves up to “solutions” that are actually counterproductive:

A) They change their program too often, thinking that it’s the program that doesn’t work. Changing your program too often only gives you an illusion of progression because of quick neural adaptations; it doesn’t give you more actual muscle gain. And it could very well limit the amount of growth you’re getting in the long run.

B) They get discouraged and turn to anabolic steroids. When I see dozens of teens without much muscle turning to drugs (and often using higher doses than some pro-bodybuilders), it makes me sick. Not so much because of the steroids themselves, but because of the underlying attitude than lead to their usage.

These guys never learn to train and eat properly. They don’t know how to make gains themselves, so they become slaves to anabolic steroids.

C) They stop training altogether because they feel it’s not worth the effort.
The real secret to getting long term progress is: Fall in love with the process. Let training become one of your passions. That way you’ll approach every session like it’s a privilege to be there; you’ll be excited and motivated to train hard and, as such, you’ll get more results. It will also bulletproof you to any stagnation period that might come your way. You’ll be able to blast through that and resume your gains afterwards.

If you’re in it only for the results, you won’t get them! – Christian Thibaudeau


2 Responses

  • VG,

    I am afraid I’m with you on this one!

    The reason I work out?
    Because I love it and may be because there’s iron in my veins. I have trained for over 30 years on and off, although the lay offs have been few and short in duration.
    I look forward to training for the next 30 years and more! I’m also willing to share my knowledge with those who ask because it’s the passion for the sport and not the desire to try to be bigger than everyone else that really counts.

    Kind regards, Graham. 🙂

    • Wow 30 years, I have a long way to go to hit that achievement. Good for you for being so consistent with your training, it certainly shows you are doing it because you love it!

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