Often times, when I am trying to gain a deeper understanding of a concept or idea, I like to start by looking at the definition its root word(s).

mo·tive

1. a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious.

1. producing physical or mechanical motion.

It is truly amazing to see how many of the answers exist in the language we use everyday. Before Googling “motive”, I was thinking about how to explain motivation as a form of faith…as believing in something that cannot be seen, but holds the true value of dedicating yourself to a practice (exercising, meditating, budgeting etc.). Luckily, the above definition explains it to us with one word: reason.

Most of the time, we are most motivated when we first make a strong conviction or powerful decision about where we are going to go or who we are going to become. Why is this motivated feeling so real and present early on, but seems to fade and lose its luster days or weeks down the road? It’s because the initial REASON that the conviction was made is still very fresh in our minds and so the inspired feeling is right there by our side.

Inevitably, the surge of motivation is reduced to a slow drip and that is usually the time that we skip a gym day; put off meditating; take an early cheat day on our diet, etc. Fortunately, we can derive a few helpful strategies to help keep us going in times of motivational downturn from the very definitions of the word “motive” (Hint: the first two tricks point to “motive” as a noun, and the second two to “motive” as an adjective).

1. Set Up Reminders!!!

Find ways to refresh your memory of why you are embarking on your journey. You can be practical and stick up some Post-Its with words and phrases that express the “meaning behind your mission”. You could leverage technology by finding your favorite motivators on Instagram or Twitter and flood your feed with their musings. You can even go full-on New Agey and create your very own VISION BOARD!

2. Get REALLY excited about SMALL payoffs

While the grand vision of you delivering yourself as your own personal champion to a raucous crowd of spectators may be the initial earthquake that sets off the tsunami of inspiration, the reality is that most of your victories are going to be personal, tiny and unsexy. So it behooves us to learn to cherish the value of small steps in the right direction. Sometimes being able to look in the mirror and say “I’ve been doing things differently for the past six months” IS the trophy!

3. Dedicate yourself to a SMALL, humble practice

I can relate to how you probably first felt when you decided to make that big change. You’re going to set the world on fire; kill three birds with one stone; swing for the fences. The truth is that those momumental efforts, while grandiose in theory, are completely unsustainable in practice. By committing to something that is easy to maintain and well within your capabilities, you will build momentum, confidence and a platform from which to ramp up your efforts.

4. Create a Support System

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could put the whole globe on your shoulders and make the world turn? So you could try to make that happen OR you can make it easier to go for the long haul by getting the people, places and things around you that can bear some of the load. A machine under too great a stress for too long is bound to break down. By distributing the load over a greater surface, you can keep coasting when things are even keeled and leverage your supporters to gear up when the challenge is tough.

The first two tips keep your REASON constantly in your line of sight, while the second two keep you in MOTION. You see, the way to keep your motivation is simply not to rely on it! Instead, believe truly and deeply in your REASONS and pace yourself to be able to stay in MOTION. Well, those are my insights on this topic. What has your experience been with motivation? What techniques do you use to keep inching towards the goal?

In spirit and sport,

Mitchel

Monday (Chest/Back/Legs, Heavy)

Circuit 1

• Flat Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Bent Over Barbell Row: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Barbell Back Squat: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 2

• Incline Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Lat Pull Down: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Deadlift: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 3

• Standing Barbell Shoulder Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Single Arm Dumbbell Row: 6 repetitions (each arm) at six repetition max weight
• Barbell Lunge: 6 repetitions (each leg) at six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

STRETCH

REHYDRATE

Wednesday (Chest/Back, Moderate)
Circuit 1

• Flat Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Bent Over Barbell Row: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Perform both exercises in a row over the course of two minutes
• Do the super set five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 2

• Incline Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Lat Pull Down: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Perform both exercises in a row over the course of two minutes
• Do the super set five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 3

• Standing Barbell Shoulder Press: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Single Arm Dumbbell Row: 6 repetitions (each arm) at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Perform both exercises in a row over the course of two minutes
• Do the super set five times through without resting

STRETCH

REHYDRATE

Friday (Chest/Back, Heavy, Legs, Moderate)

Circuit 1

• Flat Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Bent Over Barbell Row: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Barbell Back Squat: 6 repetitions at 60 % of six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 2

• Incline Barbell Bench Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Lat Pull Down: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Deadlift: 6 repetitions at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

WATER BREAK

Circuit 3

• Standing Barbell Shoulder Press: 6 repetitions at six repetition max weight
• Single Arm Dumbbell Row: 6 repetitions (each arm) at six repetition max weight
• Barbell Lunge: 6 repetitions (each leg) at 60% of six repetition max weight
• Perform all exercises in a row over the course of three minutes
• Do the circuit five times through without resting

STRETCH

REHYDRATE

This program goal is Increased Strength, but can easily be modified for a different goal. For Muscle Growth, adjust the goal repetitions to be 8-12, the loads to be 8-12 repetition max weight (respectively) and perform all exercises in a row over the course of 90 seconds. For Maximum Strength, adjust the goal repetitions to be 1-5, the loads to be 1-5 repetition max weight (respectively) and perform all exercises in a row over the course of 4-5 minutes.

Until next time, may your journey be rich in spirit and sport!
Mitchel

March 15, 2014

Lat Pulldown Trivia/Survey:
1. Behind the neck or in front?
2. Closed grip or false grip?
3. Wide or narrow?
4. Exaggerated back extension or keep it neutral?
#fit #fitness #trainer #nyc #muscle #ripped #nutrition

October 29, 2013

When you think of a composition, you see the organization and orchestration of several moving parts. Playing apart with disjointed timing, the elements are disharmonious and disruptive to the listener’s ears. Your consciousness listens to your mind and the elements swirling around in it. It can entirely makeover the way you experience day-to-day life if you arrange the elements to craft an elegant composition.

Compile, Compress, Complete

• Compile a list of the thoughts and ideas that swirl around in your head.
• Compress the story of the thought/idea down to its most current state.
• Complete one micro task towards advancing a good thought or idea

Not aggressive, but directed and motivated, your energy will flow in a positive direction. Each adjustment you make to your composition brings you closer to becoming a true work of art!