Everyone wants to be lean all the time, but very few succeed. The reasons for failure are several but it’s a mix between laziness, inconsistency, lack of insight and lack of true desire for it.
There is a huge difference between dreaming about something and actually doing it.
Getting shredded takes a lot of work, discipline and dedication, but since the getting shredded-project usually ends with a wedding, a show or a photo shoot, your pride is at stake and you need to follow through or everyone including yourself will call you a pussy.
If getting ready for a show took the soul out of you and turned you into a worn out dish cloth, then don’t even think about chronically maintaining peak condition. It’s a lot more demanding because you don’t have a deadline. Well, you do, the deadline is when you are no longer walking on earth!
Staying contest ready or super lean without turning to stupid performance enhancing drugs means:
you need to do cardio even though you cannot stand it
you need to stop feeling deprived because you “are not allowed” to eat this or that
you need to work on your mental toughness daily
you need to train more than you want some times to burn calories
you need to stay consistent with your food intake
you need to get enough rest in order to recover
you cannot afford getting duink because it sets you back too far
you cannot rely on caffeine because your body will get used to it and you need more and more, thus you will whip your adrenal glands to failure
you cannot rely on motivation to take you through workouts because you won’t always be motivated.
you will feel lethargic and tired occasionally because you are burning more calories than your body gets from food
You will feel awesome when you try on clothes in stores but you might drag the stairs at the shopping mall because your leg workouts are killing your energy.
your six pack won’t always feel like a treat to own daily
You will need to dig deeper for motivation and inspiration more often than others
Is it really worth it? yeah if you are that kind of person who loves and thrives off discipline and living on the edge energy wise. I do. It makes me creative. It makes me feel alive. It makes me alert, hungry for life. And that’s why I love it. I hope you do too. If not, don’t try this at home;-).