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Actually Reach a Goal...


Ok, long time lurker… yada yada yada…

I’ve been lifting, learning for about 2 years. Worst me was 230 all fat on 6’1".

I’ve been down to 190, but that was when all I did was run and not lift.

I have nothing huge to brag, but I’m currently at about 225x5 Sq, 275x5 D, and 185x5 B.

I have set the goal of a sub 8 minute mile on the track, and a couple strict pull ups

I currently can do the mile in about 10 and pulls are about 8 with 90 lbs assistance.

Any advice in actually getting to one of the goals I set for myself?

Thanks

Attached is from today

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
Any advice in actually getting to one of the goals I set for myself?

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Yes. Start doing everything that you have learned in your 2 years, TODAY.

If you put in the work, the results will come but if you continue what you have been doing, then you will continue to look as you do.

No excuses. Do it right from today. Do I have to insult your intelligence by saying things like protein with every meal, workout 3-4 times a week for at least 40mins, lift weights at an intensity that you are afraid your eye will pop out?

You know all this by now. So do it!

I think right now you should focus on getting a decent base of strength and mucle, but when thats done all you realy have to do is drop some fat you should have the strength by then to do the pullups and the running is just one way to lose the weight.

lift heavy and get more protein with less carbs. when you are stronger and have more muscle start running

And thats all there is to it.


n3wb

A goal of “a couple of strict pull ups”? Be careful, you don’t want to overextend yourself. Overtraining is a bitch and you are obviously right on the verge.

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
I’ve been lifting, learning for about 2 years.

Attached is from today[/quote]

Not to be rude, but exactly how have you put what this site offers into a program?

I think your goals are not really good long term goals.

You need to do some work 2BIG. Good luck.

[quote]Rockscar wrote:

You need to do some work 2BIG. Good luck.
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Correction, he needs to do some HARD work.

Things that don’t fall into this category include:

Driving to the gym, going in the gym, sitting on the equipment…then leaving.

Setting goals that most kids in junior high could accomplish, some without even training for it.

Posting your picture on an internet forum as if this will somehow overcome the lack of commitment and planning on your part.

“Any advice?”

"Yes, get of your ass and train hard. There seem to be a whole lot of you who “read this forum” for years but barely even lift. What the hell do people like that get out of coming here? Do you think the rest of us are all that relaxed about our effort?

these goals are in no way long term, I want to do an 8 minute mile and 2 pullups by june 10.

I have learned alot from this site, but before that, I learned the M&F way to train.

I know hard training is a must, I know protein is a must…

I am not too experienced, and as I have seen many others do, I want to set myself accountable. I have used excuses for too long and so I want to kick myself in the ass… this is but one way a thought of going about it.

Currently, I’m doing CT’s renaissance program…

y’all think WS4SB would be better for strength, or continue full body to lose weight…

I’m sorry if I sound redundant, and ignorant…

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
I am not too experienced, and as I have seen many others do, I want to set myself accountable. I have used excuses for too long and so I want to kick myself in the ass… this is but one way a thought of going about it.[/quote]

Yeah, this is one way of motivating yourself. Although, YOU’RE going to have to be the one who keeps motivating yourself. A lot of posters come on here, start threads like you did, then are never to be heard from again.

My suggestion: don’t be another one of those guys. Come back on June 10th and tell us you ran you’re 8 minute mile and did 2 strict pullups. Hell, come back and tell us you did 5!

Good luck.

Well, it’ll be a little bit more like June 20, cuz the tenth is my wedding day…

but I’m coming back

Why are you still replying?

Just fucking do it!

It won’t happen by itself. The only person that can make it happen it you. By doing 5 reps more than you think you can. Every workout.

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:

Currently, I’m doing CT’s renaissance program…

y’all think WS4SB would be better for strength, or continue full body to lose weight…

I’m sorry if I sound redundant, and ignorant…[/quote]

Just pick a program, any program, and stick to it. Any of them will help you improve if you work hard and eat well. Here’s a quick idea for a diet from Chad Waterbury’s last article:

The other day I was asked by a friend for nutritional advice to boost fat burning. Since I was exhausted from chasing around California babes on my unicycle, my benevolence was running at about 10% capacity. Nevertheless, I wanted to help him out. Here’s what I told him:

“Eat six meals per day that consist of 4-6 ounces of protein with one green vegetable. Consume one-half serving of Surge before and after your workouts. Take two tablespoons of Carlson’s liquid fish oil and four Flameout capsules, spread throughout the day.”

That’s it. No calories to count, no macronutrient ratios to fulfill, and no false promises. Does it work? He lost eight pounds of fat in four weeks."

If you bench near your bodyweight 5 times but you can’t do pull-ups then your shoulders are in grave danger.

Doing Kipping Pull-ups might help you get the confidence you need to do actual pull-ups.

Whatever program you’re doing now you might want to exchange for a basic full-body 3-day a week program.

If you want to run faster in the mile you need to start running farther than one mile to train. Improving in running requires a good deal of mental discipline. You’ll need to stay focused and not start loafing or walking while you run. So try to find a place you like to run. I like trail running because watching out for rocks and streams is a little more entertaining than running on the street.

And it’s been proven in some clinical experiment I don’t feel like citing that people who set higher goals are more likely to achieve their goals.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
<<< Driving to the gym, going in the gym, sitting on the equipment…then leaving. >>>[/quote]

LOL!

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
<<< I am not too experienced, and as I have seen many others do, I want to set myself accountable. >>>[/quote]

I don’t know if I’m ready to discount this entirely (ok, I probably am), but I don’t really get this idea though I see a bunch of guys doing it.

It honestly seems like a timid attempt at scrounging together motivation which can only meaningfully come from within. I’m not trying to be discouraging, but the drive to succeed in this game cannot be obtained through psychological gimmicks.

[quote]Tiribulus wrote:
2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
<<< I am not too experienced, and as I have seen many others do, I want to set myself accountable. >>>

I don’t know if I’m ready to discount this entirely (ok, I probably am), but I don’t really get this idea though I see a bunch of guys doing it.

It honestly seems like a timid attempt at scrounging together motivation which can only meaningfully come from within. I’m not trying to be discouraging, but the drive to succeed in this game cannot be obtained through psychological gimmicks.[/quote]

We’ve been telling them that, but no less, some hoard of skinny newbies will log on and claim we are being mean by asking why someone who clearly hasn’t been training hard at all would post a picture on this site when they haven’t accomplished anything at all. No one can GIVE you motivation. It comes from inside the individual. if you don’t have the drive to reach a goal, posting your picture here will NOT give it to you. It will not help you. All it does it make my eyes hurt and that sucks.

[quote]Professor X wrote:
<<< We’ve been telling them that, but no less, some hoard of skinny newbies will log on and claim we are being mean by asking why someone who clearly hasn’t been training hard at all would post a picture on this site when they haven’t accomplished anything at all. No one can GIVE you motivation. It comes from inside the individual. if you don’t have the drive to reach a goal, posting your picture here will NOT give it to you. It will not help you. All it does it make my eyes hurt and that sucks.[/quote]

LOL!

The one modern era before pic I have, which was taken last April after 5 or six weeks of training already wouldn’t help much. I almost lost 5 pounds of muscle just looking at it yesterday.

I was laughing when I saw people comment on how these “psychological tricks” are not supposed to help. In fact, they are the exact opposite.
Don’t get me wrong…the true motivation does come from within, but notice that he wants to make himself “accountable” and that is a big key in any kind of goal.

Some of the smartest bodybuilders and pros help develop the right mindset and train the mind before the actual physical training. So, just to clear up, this type of accountability is very helpful but you must make sure to do it. And, as others have said, put your knowledge to use. Applied knowledge is powerful beyond reason. Two years of learning, hopefully you know the right ways to train and the way to get fastest results. AND, maybe you should state more goals (or harder ones to achieve, even in short term) that way you can really keep yourself motivated. Think of the big picture as well-really helps you out in that last rep of your set.

[quote]mintyfresh353 wrote:
So, just to clear up, this type of accountability is very helpful.[/quote]

Bullshit. The only person you are accountable to is yourself. If you are training for someone else or because other people saw pictures of you in your worst condition, I doubt you will be at this for long.

Accountability itself is needed…to yourself. Accountability in regards to the thoughts of everyone else is ridiculous.

[quote]2BIG2HANDLE wrote:
Currently, I’m doing CT’s renaissance program…

y’all think WS4SB would be better for strength, or continue full body to lose weight…
[/quote]

Stick to that program!!! As far as you’re concerned, no other training program exists. Stop reading about them. Any program that you stick to will give you better results than hopping around. The problem doesn’t rest in your program , your supplements or anything else. It’s on you.

Wow. I thought I had made myself clear that he is being accountable to HIMself by creating this topic and just sharing his goals and progress, regardless of what others think. He was just seeking advice at the same time. So, I agree with what you’re saying that YOU are accountable for YOURself and if it is for others, then yea, you won’t last long. Either I guess I wasn’t very clear or you just misunderstood what I said.