Armed Chair Bodybuilders?
By Jim Shiblom
Recently I browsed through some old bodybuilding magazines
and found an article back in 1968 entitled “Armed Chair Bodybuilder”. It
seems that nothing has changed in all these years. In the gym I still see
trainers who never train or push for progress. The other day a young trainer
came into the gym, did two exercises, did the treadmill for 5 minutes,
and then left the gym. This trainer walked around the gym and talked for
15 minutes on subjects that ranged from boxing to martial arts. He lacked
the desire to really hit the weights hard. This young trainer usually comes
to the gym four times a week. So what is his problem? He is a dreamer.
I have seen it so many times over the years. Years ago I knew someone who
lived only one mile from the best gym around. He found every reason to
miss a workout. The gym was too crowded, it was not his day, his energy
level was low or he had a lousy day at work. You can dream all you want
about getting big and strong, but unless you have it within you, you will
fail or never make it. I would advise trainers to carefully get ready for
a hard workout at the gym. Before you drive to the gym, put yourself in
a state of mind, where you visualize what you will be doing. Once you hit
the gym, forget everything else until your workout is over. Stay focused
because you can be at a gym for years making no progress, then suddenly
you wake up and realize your good years for growing are gone.