Motivation

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Posted 20 April 2014 by Tera Busker

6 Steps To Get


Hooked On Fitness

Get Hooked on Fitness

One of the hardest things about exercising is sticking with it. And, let’s face it, a walk here, a bike ride there and an aerobics class every now and again isn’t the stuff good, strong bodies are made of. But, if you can keep up your motivation for a couple of weeks, it will become a habit – and you’ll truly see and feel results.

Here are six simple steps to make fitness as natural as breathing:

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1. Timing is everything.

Timing is everything. Workout at a time that fits your schedule. If you plan to hit the gym after work, but often stay late at the office or have social engagements, it’s going to be hard to make your workout a regular part of your week. For most people, mornings are the most realistic time. If you can get up an hour earlier for one week, you might find that exercise wakes you up and energizes you for the rest of the day.

2. Seek convenience

Seek convenience. Inconvenience is the #1 reason for not working out! Find a gym that is close to your home or office, exercise outdoors during lunch or workout at home. You can build a home gym in your basement or spare room – it will save you the travelling time! For as little as $100 you can invest in a mat, bands, ball and free weights all of which are excellent tools to get you started on a strength training program. For cardio you can take advantage of the great outdoors and get out for a walk, run or bike ride.

3. Make it a “given".

Make it a “given". Schedule a time to workout. Write it in your day planner and treat it like you would any other important meeting. It’s best to pick a time that works for you every day so that when, for example, 6:00 pm rolls around you know it’s time to get ready for your workout. Make sure your friends and family know that other engagements will have to wait until after your exercise time – this is YOUR time to do something for YOUR health. The more you and everyone else in your life become accustomed to scheduling around your workout, the less likely you’ll be to blow it off for other activities.

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4. Think ahead.

Think ahead. Half the battle is being organized. It doesn’t take much. While you’re packing your lunch or laying out your clothes for work the next day, be sure to pick out clean exercise clothes, pack your gym bag and fill up your water bottle so you can get up and go in a hurry. If you are working out at home, make sure your exercise area is neat and clutter-free before and after each session so you won’t get distracted by cleaning the next time you exercise.

5. Talk it up.

Talk it up. Decide that you’re going to be that person in the office or around the neighborhood who is awe-inspiring for motivation. When co-workers start noticing your transformation, tell them that you now exercise four to five times a week. Make it a character trait, a fact of life — not just something you’ve been dabbling in lately. Hearing yourself describe your life in this way makes it real — and will inspire you to keep it up.

6. Become an addict.

Become an addict. The truth is, the “feel-good chemicals” released during high intensity workouts can leave you craving exercise. If you can reach the point where you yearn for that fitness “high” the way someone might desire coffee, motivation will no longer be an issue. When you are exercising don’t forget to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods that will refuel your body for the next workout. You don’t want to sabotage all of your hard work!

Written By Tera Busker

Posted 13 September 2013 by Renat

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Posted 01 September 2013 by CutAndJacked.com

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“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

“There’s no substitute for hard work and getting out there and busting your butt at whatever it is. Nothing comes easy. You can overcome so much just through hard, focused work.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“If something stands between you and your success – move it. Never be denied.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“Growing up, I had nothing. We were pretty much broke. Someone told me, ‘Once you’ve been really hungry, you’ll never be full.’ I’ll always be hungry in some way and motivated to get what I want.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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“Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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Posted 21 July 2013 by Brandan Fokken

How To Deal With Negativity


During Your Quest For Success

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Are you active in the fitness industry? Compete? Workout enthusiast? Have a weight loss success story? Do you share healthy recipes online? Do you skip the bar on the weekends to hit the gym and live the fit life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s safe to say you probably have a hater or even haters. Even if you haven’t experienced anything negative yet, more often than not you will. 

“What’s this?!? Haters?” you say… Yes, one of the drawbacks of success in any field will always be people trying to bring you down. They will talk bad about you, belittle you to others, and even make up lies about you.

haters_q1.pngI am asked quite often how people should handle haters. How I do, and what advice I can give to them to continue on their own personal journeys and not be brought down by the negativity of others.

To be completely honest I am hated on EVERY DAY. I’ve accepted this and refuse to let it get to me. In the beginning this wasn’t always the case, and I initially had a hard time understanding why people could bash on me for doing good things in my life. My industry friends and clients all have come to sound like a broken record, all telling horror stories of friends, family, and even people they’ve never met launching attacks on them and their lifestyles. This is a topic I’ve grown to know well. Although I only put positive things out there to the world, apparently I am cocky, arrogant, conceited, unhealthy, too big, too small, blah blah blah.

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Why they do it:

In life 50% of people will be happy for you the other 50 won’t, that's how it goes with just about anything. I’m being modest in my estimates. That’s Just how it is.

People fear what they don't understand, and for most of the general public they don't haters_q2.pngunderstand the fitness industry, dieting, healthy living, etc. Fear leads to anger and anger to hate...Thank Yoda for that one, but it’s true. When the hate doesn't work they will make up lies to try to hurt you and bring you down. DONT LET THEM.

Jealousy is another reason for people’s actions. Why? Because they don't have the motivation, will power, or even knowledge to do what you do, or they are just lazy and feel bad about whom they are so they try to diminish your light. You are the mirror image of what they wish to be.

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Things to think about:

This is your journey and you decided to take this path. It’s your path and yours alone, so embrace it and don't let haters in on it, they don't belong there.
For people who post a lot of online positivity. No matter how nice your pictures are or how real your quotes are, there are some people who will never hit the “like” button just because it’s you.

Have you ever met a hater doing better than you? Me neither…
For the most part these people don’t know you. Not who you really are inside anyways. They haters_q3.pngknow what their biases perceptions tell them, but they don’t know how this life style makes you feel, the confidence you have gained because of it, the benefit it has on your life and others around you.

Understand why you do what you do and your purpose. If you truly know it’s good, good for you, doesn’t hurt anyone, and helps inspire and motivate others, then allow it to continue under your terms. You define you. If you have good intentions and want to truly better yourself and or help others, then do it.

Do these "haters" pay your bills? Will you still be friends in 5 years? Do they decide if you will or will not be happy in life? In most all cases you can say no to all of the above. If they don't have a direct effect on your life...why care? And if they do have a direct effect on you and your life, they obviously don't have your best intentions in mind.

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Handle your business:

Don’t let them get to you. It’s that simple. Respect yourself and your decisions and don’t let their opinions and hate into your life.

Surround yourself with likeminded positive people. They say the 5 people you surround yourself with most will dictate where you go with your life. If you surround yourself with people constantly trying to bring you down, just exactly how successful do you think you will be? Build a support system of positivity and people that will encourage you every step of the way.

Keep a level head. Don’t give them a reason to attack you. Meaning, be conscious of what you put out there. Remember, when you put something online it is for all to see. If you can’t handle the criticism, then find different methods to get your message out there.
If you are under attack, it’s ok to stand up for yourself and your ideals. Don’t feel bad for this. However, I would recommend that you don’t waste your time with people you don’t know/online. They want a reaction out of you, and when you give in, the attacks will get worse.

Don’t respond. If you don’t respond they will eventually move on.
Love yourself, yes love yourself…It’s that simple. You know who you are, you know your strengths and your weaknesses. Once you accept your flaws and love yourself for all that you are, you take away their power.

“Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the F you were gonna do anyway” –Robert Downey Jr

Really what it amounts to is this. These haters only bother you because you allow them to. You have a choice every day, and every time it happens to allow the negativity into your life or not. You can’t control what other say or do, only how you handle yourself and how you respond to the given situations . If you want to better yourself, be a beacon of hope to some, motivate, educate, inspire, etc...That's your choice...Just as it’s others choice to do the opposite. If you're not hurting anyone, then don’t let someone else dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes. Do what makes you happy. Life is too short to be anything less.

Written by Brandan Fokken

Posted 30 June 2013 by CutAndJacked.com

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You Need For That Extra Boost

Excuses are for those who need them

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Stronger than excuses

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It never gets easier you just get stronger

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Your actions determine your worth

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Part 2

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Posted 07 June 2013 by Renat

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Motivation - Challenge!

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Posted 11 June 2013 by Melih F. Cologlu

Top 5 Ultimate Ways To Stay


Motivated By Melih F. Cologlu

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Top 5 ultimate ways to stay motivated
by Melih F. Cologlu

Lets face it, if you have no spark and no motivation, you can have all the knowledge and strength but it will not get you too far!! Some of us are very self motivated, while some of us find it hard each and everyday and have to dig really deep to find motivation. For all those who find it really hard to stay motivated, you are in for a treat!! Lets get that spark and fuel your daily training and diet with the following ways to skyrocket your motivation levels.

1/ Surround yourself with like-minded people:

It is crucial that you are around people who are wanting to achieve a healthy lifestyle and are positive minded. You don't want to be in a daily environment where you are among people motivated melih q1.pngwho will have a negative effect on you in terms of your goals and desired accomplishments. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you no matter how big or small your goals are and respect your diet choices even if it may seem a bit extreme to them. Try to find a gym where you belong. For example if you are a competing athlete, it is motivating to be in a gym where other competitors train, this will push you harder and remind you that you are not the only one putting in that kind of work in order to achieve your goals!!!

2/ Read and follow inspirational articles and pictures:

If you are reading this article, you are already in the right place. Cutandjacked.com has been an amazing source of training info and inspiration for any athlete or individual that is leading a healthy lifestyle. It is a family of people who are like-minded and support each other through comments and recommendations. Whether you are a competitor, a fitness model or an individual who is trying to learn more, keep checking cutandjacked.com for frequent updates. Magazines are also a great way to stay focused and get inspired. Such constant visual reminders of your goal physique is only going to keep you focused and allow you to achieve and strive for better.

3/ Change up your training routine to keep
it exciting and effective

This is one of my top recommendations. Hitting a plateau is a very common downfall for any athlete. You get stuck in the same workout, you get comfortable and you stop progressing. The human body is so amazing at adapting to surroundings. An example of this is like getting callused hands when you train, your body creates this rough surface to fight back...it adapts. While in this case it is a good thing, unfortunately in bodybuilding the last thing you want is to adapt, the constant change in workout is the answer to progress. Once your body gets used to a training program, it expects it and it will fight to adapt as quick as it can. The goal should be the change in lifting techniques and trick the body on a frequent basis to keep progress at the highest level. Here is a training system that will shock your body back into progress and add some flavor into your training:

Ascending drop sets (5-10-15)

This is one of my favorite plateau breaking methods that is a creative drop set. There are many different range of repetitions this can be performed with, but (5-10-15) is easy to remember and is very effective. Ascending drop sets consist of decreasing the weight drastically so that you can perform more reps with each substantial weight reduction.

For example: barbell incline bench press - * attention: the resistance below is just an example, work at your own pace!

5 reps with (235lbs) - No rest - 10 reps with (185 lbs) - No rest - 15 reps with (135 lbs) = 1 ascending drop set

Reps: 5 reps (no rest) 10reps (no rest) 15reps = 30 reps
Sets: 2 ascending drop sets per exercise
Rest: 90 seconds to 2 minutes between each ascending drop set

Exercise 1: Barbell incline bench press
Exercise 2: Dumbbell flat bench fly
Exercise 3: Cable crossovers

Advanced: Complete 2 ascending drop sets per exercise
Beginner: Complete 1 ascending drop set per exercise

Note: You can use this for your current workout split for any muscle group

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4/ Treat yourself to a badass workout outfit:

You have your own style and your own ways to express yourself. It will only help to train with badass outfits to have badass training sessions. This can mean different things to different people, to some, it means hardcore where it is about training at high levels of intensity with old looking ripped up clothing and to some it means new and shiny apparel that makes them feel good to train in. No matter what it is that makes you feel your best in the gym to allow for the insane lifting sessions, then grab it and kick ass in the gym!

5/ Inspire to get inspired, motivate others and
increase self-motivation:

You may not know this but I can guarantee you that someone out there is inspired and motivated by you. You may not think so and you may have bigger and better goals and dreams for yourself, but someone out there may not be where you are at yet and you may be an example and a goal for them. Knowing this should be motivation enough, others looking up to you and watching you work hard and be inspired by you is a very powerful motivator for yourself as well.

Have an insane and safe month of training!!!!!

Written by Melih F. Cologlu
Team grenade sponsored athlete
Eastern usa mens' physique champion

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Photography credits: Diana Hayes photography, Luis Rafael

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"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."  
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no matter what happens." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer"
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach."
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"It's simple, if it jiggles, it's fat." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent."
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"The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that."
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"What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn't think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know."
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"Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way - I hope it never will."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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"Start wide, expand further, and never look back."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"I'll be back." 

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