Welcome to my arm workouts for beginners! This is the first part of my 3 part series of the ultimate arm workouts.
Each blog post I will share with you some tips on what you need to be doing in your quest for better arms.
As well as the tips and tricks there is also a free arm session you can download. This first post shares a fantastic arm session that can be done once a week in addition to your current training to push your arm development to the next level.
I love going to the gym. Im sure you do too. I love the ritual of getting my bag ready, ensuring I have everything I need; weightlifting belt, drinks, hand and knee wraps, towel. You get the idea. You might take more or less than I do, but its part of the routine that gets me in the zone for training. Theres one thing I never take though, and you shouldnt take either. It can never do you any good and will cause more problems that it will ever solve. Ego.
Whatever your reason for going to the gym is, whether youre looking to lose weight, gain muscle or a bit of both. No matter how big your gym bag is, theres no room for ego in your plans.
You might think its a fairly innocent personality trait and it couldnt affect you, but youd be wrong. Ego is a progress killer. We all like to look good, thats why we go to the gym in the first place, but the only person you need to compete against is the you from the session before.
Comparing yourself to the other people in the gym is a massive obstacle. When you take ego along as your gym buddy, its not going to help you. Its not going to spot you, its only going to spot comparison and theres no place for it. Your focus needs to be on you and what youre trying to achieve; nothing and no-one else matters. Dont be distracted or try to defend your own image or persona. Your time should only be spent on your own goals. It will do you no good at all to let ego in.
In many ways its natural to observe others in the gym. I do it myself. I find its a great way of picking up new techniques and it motivates me to see others who are as passionate about health and fitness as I am. If youre single, then there are no shortage of good-looking men and women who you can impress, but theres a difference between bravado and ego.
Ego will be what makes you think you can lift more than you can, or will attempt to do so with a technique that is poorly executed.
Ego is going to get you injured sooner or later.
Ego is the bug in your ear telling you not to push yourself for fear of looking foolish or weak.
Ego is going to keep you in a rut and not push you on to strive for gains you would otherwise achieve.
In extreme cases, ego can even stop you lifting at all. In my career, Ive seen ego stop people in their tracks and not lift anything, worried that theyll be judged by others in the gym or by the guy on the next bench lifting more. Its nonsense.
Dont worry about other people. Ego is going to cost you far more than its going to give you. Ultimately, no-one really cares about how much you can lift, so theres no need to worry about them. Save all your focus on what youre doing and leave ego at home.