You may be wondering if I screwed up the title to this blog post and was supposed to say “take the path of least resistance.” Well I didn’t, and please keep reading and I will tell you why.
Do you consider yourself mentally and physically tough? Do you challenge yourself in and outside the gym? if not then you have no chance of gaining muscle, getting lean, being mentally tough, and getting what you want out of life.
So what does “taking the path of most resistance mean?
Well in the gym it means doing the hard exercises. The exercises that take you on “the path of most resistance.” The big compound movements like squats, dead-lifts, benching, standing shoulder presses, pull-ups, dips, lifting odd objects, hill sprints etc… What I like to call “More bang for your buck” exercises. These “hard” exercises are what is going to allow you to make rapid gains and will also develop mental toughness.
Not only should you use this philosophy in the gym but also in everyday life. Challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do.
1) Play a sport you have never tried before
2) Go tandem skydiving. (I’ve done and it is awesome!) or bungee jumping, especially of you are afraid of heights
3) Talk to that girl or guy who you have wanting to talk to but have been afraid of doing
And in the gym like I mentioned earlier…
4) Do pull-ups instead of pull-downs
5) Do sprints instead if slow cardio
6) Do free weight barbell squats instead of Leg press or any leg exercise in a machine, especially the Smith Machine
7) Do dips instead of triceps pushdowns
I think you get the picture. The harder the exercise is to do, the better it is going to be for you. Unless of course some type of injury prevents you from doing it. Even then find the more difficult but safe alternative instead of taking the easy way out.
A good way to remember this is to stick with the exercises where you move your body through space not the weight through a space. This will engage more muscle fiber and in turn increase muscle size and strength.
Give this a shot and let me know how things turn out.
Think, Look and Be Strong!