Ok so most of my associations with Arnold Schwarzenegger were um, corny at best.
Until I wanted to pack on muscle. Then I got it.
For all his machismo and arrogance, the guy was one of the best at putting on muscle. As an aspiring bodybuilder, I saw him in a whole new light.
Putting on muscle is hard. You gotta respect people who pour sweat and blood into something, and get great results.
Ladies, don’t be afraid of lean mass. This stuff looks good.
Here is an article on the T-Nation website about some lessons from Arnold’s training that are spot-on.
I was particularly interested in the ‘pump’. I love getting a good pump- and apparently that’s a very good thing for muscle growth. So basically training at high weight and low reps and high reps and low weights and then medium weights and reps all deliver benefits.
My favorite muscle group to work, grow, and yeah, pump? Dem glutes.
The other big take away from the Arnold article is the power of the mind. Do you ever find yourself just going through the motion? Just moving that weight around? Well to really activate that muscle, try visualizing it working, growing. Connect the movement to your goal in doing that movement- this will encourage to squeeze harder, as well as actually improve your minds connection to that muscle, allowing you to lift more.. More lifting means more gains, brah. Here’s an article from psychologytoday that goes into greater detail on how to practice that mind-body connection when lifting.
Who motivates you to get fit? Do you have a strength training hero?