Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died
You enjoy working hard, you have that mindset that you need to work harder to make gains. You need to push the body to it’s limits, day in and day out. Your personal trainer is telling you otherwise but you don’t listen. You have read the weekly articles about how to gain 10lbs of muscle and none of them talk about working yourself into the ground. But you can’t help it. If you don’t you feel like you have not done enough.
It’s a case of your mind defeating you. You know that you need to be training differently to gain muscle but you can’t help but push yourself because it feels good and if you don’t you have to deal with that feeling of guilt because you haven’t done enough. The mind is a powerful thing and ultimately it will defeat you, if you let it.
It’s funny though because you continue to train this way for months or even years and nothing has really changed with respect to your body. You are your enemy, sabotaging your path to growth. What do you do? What can be done?
You need to reflect on why you do these things. Is it to keep busy? Is it guilt? Ultimately it’s the mind that is driving you to do these things. I think it’s time for you to reflect on why you can’t do only one workout a day, or not do legs one day after the next. Adding muscle and strength is very scientific; low reps, proper eating, rest. If this is your goal, you will never reach it until you change.
Do what you need to do to change. Meditate to quiet the mind and to focus the mind. Try to understand why you behave this way and what you can do to change it. Substitute something else for that workout you want to do where really you should be resting. Carve out 4 weeks and try you best to stick to the proper program to make your gains. Stay on that schedule no matter what. Maybe then at the end of the four weeks when you see the results you have just made you will be more aptly to stick to your program. One way to change behavior is to replace it with other behavior. Just make sure that it’s a positive behavior you are replacing it with.
A long way around
I guess the point of this post is you need to understand the road blocks you put in place that compromise your training and your results. Also that the mind and behavior are really in control. Take the time to step back and reflect and determine what your goal is. If it’s an important goal than you need to modify your behavior. If it isn’t than don’t worry about it. But until you change nothing else will change. As the saying goes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
Yours in health,