Certain weight lifters who have been training for muscle gains find that bodybuilding workout sessions can become mentally difficult to sustain, especially during high volume periods, and this emotional battle causes some to forego the weight lifting process before substantial results are achieved. Yet, there is a proven method that increases motivation, and can even inspire a bodybuilder to put forth far more effort than otherwise seems possible.
A wide range of individuals use music in their spare time to lift emotions when feeling less than stellar, and this is one of the most effective bodybuilding workout aids for enhancing focus. It would on the surface seem that any background noise will distract a bodybuilder from his weight training workout obligations, but this is not so, as the mind, when focusing on a weight lifting set absent music, is more likely to begin repelling from the stress that is about to occur, while music can provide a pleasant distraction from this reality, one that amazingly can cause a bodybuilder to lift more weight and perform a set with far more intensity than otherwise would be possible.
During moments when I have chosen music that I either have not heard for an extended period, or when hearing a newly discovered song that I find appealing, I've been able to approach the weights with a level of focus and effort that has never been possible for me using any other technique. But such an mental boost obviously requires selecting a particular type of music, and this will differ depending on our own individual preferences. If you are not currently a music listener, load software such as Itunes and sample some free radio stations that play various types of music (80s, 90s, current, rock, pop, etc), and see if you can find music that seemingly causes your an emotional high, and when you begin to feel an adrenalin surge through a specific song, you know that this is ideal for a weight lifting workout session, and should become a part of your arsenal.
Besides music, I have started to experiment with watching TV programming during my workouts, as I've found that a bodybuilding routine which otherwise may seem redundant can become substantially entertaining with the proper television programming. I suggest recording shows you find enjoyable on video tape or DVR, and play them back during your bodybuilding workout session (training at home provides me with the luxury of doing so regularly), as this technique can also distract you from bodybuilding workout stress, and put you in a frame of mind where enduring a 60-90 minute bodybuilding session becomes far more realistic.
I've never experienced the same motivational surge with TV as I have when listening to music, so the correct songs have a greater positive impact on a weight training workout session, but television, for me, provides another form of entertainment that can cause a bodybuilding workout to seem far more tolerable than simply focusing on the sounds of weight crashing together for a full hour. With TV, I particularly enjoy that time between sets is mentally occupied, as opposed to focused on the intensity necessary for the remaining weight training workout. There are even times when I have performed a hybrid, alternating between TV and music during the same workout, playing songs as I execute a weight lifting set, while watching TV during periods between workout sets, and this concept has also worked very well in diminishing negative mental components that accompany weight lifting workout sessions.
Even though many bodybuilders have already discovered the power of music to fuel weight lifting workouts, many do not spend sufficient time diversifying their music choices, as inevitably, regardless of how much inspiration a certain musical choice may offer, after a few plays, the positive impact will decline, and those who load their music player with the exact same group of songs will soon no longer feel inspired. Therefore, seeking out a wide range of music is helpful, as cycling through a variety of songs will allow what now may seem unstimulating a chance to refresh itself, and upon returning to your weight lifting workouts in several weeks, that identical song will boost workout intensity once again. You should select enough music to cycle between songs over a several month period, as this keeps the choices entertaining, and will enhance the positive distraction in your weight lifting workouts that will keep you motivated and fueled for success.
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