How To Smash Through Your Mental & Physical Strength Barriers: The Proven Way

Whether we’re talking about physical appliable pure body strength or even the mental kind, the way to attain it remains the same and ALWAYS work. If you don’t see improvements after staying true to “the way” it just means that you’re doing something wrong or you’re not trying hard enough, period.

What’s “the way” though?

Well, now I don’t want to sound like a Mandalorian but let me show you, my personal way to attain colossal strength BWAHAHA

Let’s stop with the jokes and begin with…

Gauging Your Current Limits

Having a set goal, a milestone to which you can refer to when talking about strength, can greatly aid into making the process smoother. That’s why you need to know to what extent you can push your own body & mind without causing any (permanent) damage.

In this way you’ll be able to give it your all, KNOWING that you’re not resting on laurels- and as a byproduct keeping everything challenging almost to the point of exhaustion, both psychological and physical.

Example time.

Physical realm: One of the things you could do here to test your limits is to challenge your body until you’re basically on the brink of collapse. This will trigger a response which consists in muscle growth, but this is not a secret, bodybuilders have been known to do this since the age of time. An example is to be training to failure for hypertrophy.

So no matter where you are in your fitness journey, you’ll SEE progress (i.e. take squats until complete failure)

But this was an example, because by doing this you can’t actually gauge your limits completely, and it’s not an optimal (but still incredibly viable) way to build every aspect of physical strength either. This will need to include a critical thinking factor to understand where you’re at right now.

Let me show you how.

You can’t do even a single pullup? -> Strengthen your back and upper body by doing less demanding exercises WHILE STILL CHALLENGING YOURSELF TO THE UTMOST.

Can’t do even a single pushup? -> Do as many knee pushups as you can, and work your way towards the full version.

Your diet sucks? -> Change it by slowly implementing more healthy foods in your diet if you can’t “handle” all at once.

Can you see the pattern here?

What all these things have in common is one key thing:

They’re problems that can be solved.

And as such, like I’ve shown you, there’s always something you CAN do so you can advance to the next step.

The subtle Art of Fragmentation

So once you’ve recognized where you’re at with your physical strength you will need to formulate a plan, a series of steps you can take to ADAPT to your current limits, in a way that you will eventually be able to reach your next “sets of limits”.

What l want you to apply to this process is the subtle art of “fragmentation” where you basically break down what is needed from you in order to grow stronger into manageable chunks and tasks.

What, do you really think that you will grow stronger overnight because you’re training “just” your upper body? Think again, it is not JUST the upper body that is being trained (arms, shoulders, chest) these are just the major muscles.

Have you forgotten about the smaller, auxiliary muscles that help you through the motions? I figured so, they get stronger as well but you just don’t see it. You take them for granted but they’re actually being developed as well, and without them you wouldn’t be able to perform your exercises to the best.

See? another pattern here.

What I’m saying is that you cannot leave anything to chance, when there are so many details for you to take into consideration. Because it’s not just “YOU” that is getting stronger, it’s ALL OF YOU.

That’s why a scattered approach will not work. Focus on a few things at a time instead:

  • Number of reps you can manage.
  • Correct form.
  • Range of motion.
  • Heavy loads.
  • Flexiblity.
  • Explosiveness.
  • Stamina.

These are just some examples you can tap into to take ideas and inspiration, but you get what I’m saying.

Strength IS NOT LINEAR, there are multiple facets of it, that needs to be trained and analyzed to your specific needs and current limitations. Be smart about it.

Emotional\Psychological Realm: 

Everything I’ve talked about of physical strength can of course be applied to this side of the spectrum as well.

The same repetitive, detail-oriented component works just as fine when you’re talking about mental toughness, as long as you apply it.

Afraid or anxious about (big) social interactions? -> Talk to 1 person a day (outside of your comfort zone) that is SURE to make you anxious, I don’t know, a hot girl for example.

You let your rage take over you easily? -> Be in a position in which you can “taste” small bits of rage without actually getting out of control, almost like poison immunity in which a person is constantly exposed to small amount of toxins so that his body will gradually develop the antibodies needed to contrast the toxin.

The goal here is NOT poisoning yourself during the process though, that’s harmful.

Instead, is to be able to practice in a SAFE environment to the cusp of said limit. You’ll be incredibly uncomfortable, and you’ll take hard blows, but they’ll be lightly softened so you can be ready for the real thing.

And your body and mind will slowly adapt, since humans are ADAPTING MACHINES.

Breaking Your Limits

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This should be the last item on your list, since it’s one of the things you’ll face ONLY in “the end” process, close to mastery of strength.

Unlike some people that depict this in a romantic way: *Put inspirational quote about limits & motivation here* , learning to actually break your limits is real nasty work and it’s usually not what you think it is…but this is a topic for another time.

What you need to know today about this, in a way you can exploit it to your advantage, is that you can use the “limit” excuse, to keep probing and extending your overall emotional\physical strength container. And that is because in this journey you’ll be nowhere near to even be touching your limits.

So you can use this, again, as an excuse to keep that challenge (whether emotional or physical) that I was talking about, always grueling.

You see, limits are 99% of the time self-imposed. So you’re not really “breaking your limits” how it is commonly intended, you’re merely removing shackles you had on.

Breaking limits involves EVOLUTION, not casting away weights that you no longer need, which is just liberation. They’re 2 different paths you’ll eventually take.

There is just SO much to talk about strength, plateaus and how to overcome them, but I hope that with this article you’ve got that faint hint I was trying to subconsciously send to you.

 

If you’d like me to expand more on something specific you’ve seen here or on something similar, or this has helped you in any way, drop me a comment and share this post with your friends.

 

Photo by Shazia Mirza on Unsplash

 

The Importance Of Discipline + A Little Update

*little update*
Hello there!

I hope you are doing well, i’m just writing this post as some kind of catch-up caused by some troublesome and hectic weeks. I’ve been busy cooking some exciting stuff (for me, at least!) and doing my usual work\homework…yup, because you never stop learning! these business ventures i’m getting into are scarce with results and incredibly slow…but hey, like in fitness or in whatever area that takes time to let you see some results you just have to keep at it.

The world hasn’t been build by doing nothing, now, has it? ;D

BUT ENOUGH WITH ME, LET’S GET TO THE FUN PART!
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Discipline.

Thing’s simple: You either want to have it or not. It is not up to debate that having it while struggling to reach your goals will radically improve your chances of succeeding. YET a lot of people seem to discount it, and seeing the ones who do engage in having this quality as “up-tight” and “no fun”. That’s because they don’t know what they’re talking about, and they’re usually the same kind of people that have a job they hate and family\relationship problems who’d rather spend their weekends getting wasted with their buddies instead of putting in some meaningful work in to CHANGE their colorless lives.

Don’t get me wrong, i’m all in for some beer once in a while – but the thing i can’t condone is… making it a ritual, a recurrent thing.

Like, really? Don’t you have anything better to do instead of destroying your livers and gossip about others (or even among themselves!) about how Christine cheated on Larry? damn you’re boring.

I understand.
I really do.
“But then i’d become a freak without social life!”
Nope. I didn’t say you needed to become an a-hole – what i mean is :

BE IRREMOVABLE WHEN IT COMES TO THE THINGS YOU’RE WORKING ON AND CARE ABOUT.

That’ll be the exact point where your life will take a turn, and you will see results without a doubt. Why?
Because you was laser-focused all this time and didn’t budge or stray off your path.

If you want me to go deeper on this topic and explain to you how to effectively apply discipline to your everyday tasks in a way that YOU TOO can reach your goals, leave a comment below.

And as always,

Take care.

-V

STOP PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK WITH YOUR AGE.

Many thinks that with age comes stillness, stalemates, difficulties and another myriad of things which will prevent them to attain success, but this is not how this works! So don’t discount yourself as “done”, and keep on reading.

First off: If you have the mindset which is described above, you’re WRONG, and that’s because age it is not a determining factor when it comes to success- you’re simply putting shackles on yourself without even trying and doing the work needed to succeed. It simply means that you are content to keep things this way, after all, success it’s not for everybody. DON’T USE AGE AS AN EXCUSE.

Take famous AND successful people as an example, a lot of them didn’t succeed in their efforts early in life, the other way around instead!

  • Samuel Jackson
Jackson was 46 before he found success (and in recovery from addiction to cocaine and heroin)
  • Ray Kroc
Founder of McDonald’s – had passed his 50’s before buying his first McDonald’s and creating a worldwide phenomenon
  • Charles Darwin
He was 50 years old before he published “On the Origin of the Species” in 1859

And these Men are just a FEW examples.

But did you know that instead, succeeding when you’re young has actually quite a few drawbacks?
Such as:

  • You could get TOO comfortable with what you have achieved and as result you’d end up not innovating.
  • You don’t have enough experience – and might misuse\misinterpreted whatever tools or situation you have at that precise moment and as a consequence bring your demise.
  • You could get blinded by success -and let your ego poison your mind, a very common error among young people.

Of course, these situations are a bit generic and could be applied to older people as well, but they do occur more early in life. And as such, a well trained eye that has recognized how to pick up opportunities could come in handy.

In the end, success is what you make of it, if you’ve always taken next to no action when it comes to your desires and ambitions it’s clear as a thousand suns exploding in front of your nose that you WON’T cut it IF you stay put.

But HOW can poor you do it :((?

STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND TAKE THE PLUNGE.
I think this quote sums it all up.

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. “

-William A. Ward

Take care,

-V