Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How to Get What You Really Want

I've always liked this Chris Guillebeau's articles and I have his book. Today Chris gives 4 steps to getting what you really want in life (no magic bullets of course, just true action steps) Scroll down on this link to find the 4 steps to getting what you really want in life.

=> http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/how-to-get-what-you-really-want/

In summary, they are:

1. First, decide what you really want.

2. Never make decisions based on the perceived limitations in front of you.

3. Take small, immediate steps toward getting what you want.

4. Review the steps on a regular basis.

And I'll add one: Just ask.

You'll be amazed at what you can get if you ask for it.

By following those 5 steps, I was able to start writing for Men's Health at age 25 - way back in 2000.

And today, my tips are all over the internet, like here:

=> http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/18-genius-ways-improve-your-workout/slide/5

The two tips I contributed were:

1) Press Pause for Better Results

Bonus upgrade: If you want to add even more time under tension, add a 1- to 2-second hold at the bottom of moves like squats, pushups, and lunges, suggests Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, owner of TurbulenceTraining.com. "Or hold the top of a pullup for 2 seconds," he says. "That can make a huge difference in response from exercises you are doing regularly."

2) Swap Cardio and Strength Training

Ballantyne suggests a different workout flip: If you usually do cardio first, do your strength work first and save your cardio for last. Or, "If you're doing weights, try using body-weight exercises instead, or vice versa," he says. Swap dumbbell chest presses for pushups, or dumbbell rows for pullups. "Doing lunges? Switch to Bulgarian split squats." 

Because most people don't have a bar for pullups...here are several back exercises using dumbbells only. If you don't have dumbbells, a bar, or cables, or a resistance band, you really can't train your upper back

=> Back Exercises

Get what you want,


PS - This includes getting what you want in your transformation...

And remember..."The process is often just as important as the physical progress. A body transformation cannot happen without a mental transformation as well."


Anonymous said...

Hey, Craig!

First, thanks for everything: the great programs, the continuous motivation, all of it!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what to do when you're feeling sluggish or tired at the beginning of your workout. Seems like it's hit me like a ton of bricks this winter.

Thanks again!


Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

I just train through it. Keep going.

Barbell Weights said...

I really like your "press pause" advise. It is one of the best things one can do when doing bodyweight exercises.

Elena said...

thank you for the back exercises, I really need, I have scoliosis.