Using visualization to maximize your workouts
By Michael Kahunka
How to use the power of thought to experience killer muscle building workouts in the gym!!
- The Magic Muscle Building Formula.
- The most powerful muscle building tool known.
- Workout Words to maximize your health and fitness
- The fierce muscle building machine.
The Magic Muscle Building Formula
There is no secret to how muscle is built.
To build a muscle you have to push it a little bit more than it has been pushed before which will cause tiny microscopic tears in the muscle tissue.
At this point your body will go to work repairing the damaged tissue and your part is to simply provide the muscle with the proper nutrients and adequate rest the body needs to do its job.
Several days later if the PUSH / NUTRIENTS / REST formula is followed, you will emerge with a slightly bigger and stronger muscle.
Every month the news stands are loaded with health and fitness magazines that claim to have the latest and greatest programs for building muscle and getting ripped but it all boils down to effective implementation of:
- Pushing the muscle harder than it is accustomed to working
- Consuming the proper nutrients
- Getting adequate rest and recuperation
Repeat this formula over and over until you have built the muscle you want.
If you are not building muscle then you are not effectively implementing one or more components of the Magic Muscle Building Formula.
From spending overf two decades in the gym, I can say that most people fail to push their muscles hard enough to initiate the growth process.
Time and time again I see it.
Guys at the chatting with their friends, talking on the phone and then casually going through the motions of lifting the weight so they can justify the trip to the gym.
And then they wonder why they don’t build muscle.
If you continue to do the same exercises with the same intensity, your body is going to continue to look the same as it does now.
To get a killer muscle building workout you need three ingredients;
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool you could use that could easily create the three ingredients you need for your killer workout?
You are in luck my friend because there is such a tool and you can use it to optimize your health and fitness and transform your body into a muscle god if you choose to.
The all-powerful tool is THOUGHT.
In fact thought is the most powerful creation tool in the entire universe!
Look around your room right now and think about it.
Everything you see around you did not exist until someone THOUGHT about the possibility of CREATING it.
- The computer
- The desk
- The keyboard
- The chair
Try to look around the room and find anything that was not created from thought.
Think about all of the thought that went into building the processor that is powering your computer right now.
EVERY ripped fitness model you see in the magazines has put an enormous amount of thought into their body because there is no way around this.
Thought is an absolute prerequisite in the creation of anything.
It is the perfect tool for creating the body you desire!!
Thoughts have varying degrees of power.
One of the 50,000 or so random thoughts that float through your consciousness everyday may have very low energy and very little collective power.
A repetitive thought combined with emotion ( energy in motion ) is like like a seed that has the potential to grow into a physical equivalent of the thought.
A repetitive thought combined with emotion, faith and persistence contains the creative force of the universe.
So what does this have to do with creating your body?
Like the tip of an iceberg you body is a tiny little part of something much larger and unseen.
Your body is the physical manifestation of the “real” you.
So who are “you” then?
You are the Observer of the experience that you create. This Observer could also be called Spirit, Soul or as I like to think of it, the Thinker of the thought.
In really simple terms think of the mind as a funnel that condenses the omnipotent life force energy flowing through it into matter.
Thoughts are like a program inside the funnel that play a role in determining the “shape” of that which is manifested, like the body.
While you are not your thoughts, your life on this collection of quantum fields we call earth is for the most part a summation of all of your thoughts since you arrived here in your physical form.
The condition of your body today is largely a result of all of your thoughts in the past about your body.
If you want a lean muscled body six months from now and you do not have one today, you have got to change your thinking or you will end up with the same body six months from now that you have today.
If you continue to think like you’ve always thought you will continue to get what you’ve always got.
- If you want to look like a body builder, THINK like a body builder.
- If you want to look like a health and fitness model, THINK like a fitness model.
OK let’s get down to business.
The following formula is a simple way to fire up the power of your mind to help improve the effectiveness of your workouts and while this article uses building muscle as an example, the technique can be applied to any life endeavor.
This also assumes you are experienced with weight lifting and you should take caution not to hurt yourself.
Step ONE – Visualization
The first thought tool we are going to use for our killer mind-blowing muscle building workout is visualization and this part of your workout starts BEFORE you start your physical workout.
Visualization is one of if not the most important steps for manifesting your desires, in this case a more muscular body.
“If you want to reach your goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” – Zig Ziglar
“The use of mental imagery is one of the strongest and most effective strategies for making something happen for you.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life.” – Shakti Gawain
“Perhaps the most effective method of bringing the subconscious into practical action is through the process of making mental pictures – using the imagination.” – Claude Bristol
“There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.” – William James, 1842-1910, Psychologist and Author
Start collecting pictures of physiques similar to what you want your body to look like.
Just before your workout look at the picture of the body and more specifically the body part you intend to workout.
Lately I’ve been working on growing my shoulders so I have a pictures of a guy with shoulders just like the ones I want mine to grow into so I look at the pictures and visualize mine looking that way.
Spend about 5 minutes visualizing the body part(s) you are about to workout.
Can you close your eyes and see in vivid detail the body part you are about to workout? Imagine what you look like having already accomplished that which you intend to do.
Let’s keep going.
Step TWO – Focus
Be assured that when bodybuilders train they are on a mission to thoroughly and completely stress the muscles they are working enough to cause breakdown and then growth of the muscle fibers.
If you want to grow serious muscle this has got to be your mission in the gym as well.
Random thoughts although weak are still enough to break your focus and affect your workout.
If you’ve ever been in the middle of a set and all of the sudden some random off-the-wall thought creeps into your head and you immediately loose concentration and practically drop the weights, then you know what I’m talking about.
Your objective is to focus on pushing yourself just a little bit further (without hurting yourself) than ever before because this is how muscle fibers breakdown at which point re-growth occurs.
Remember if you simply lift the same weight as you did last workout, your muscles are going to remain the same size.
Close your eyes and visualize the picture from step one. Feel your muscles expanding to the size of the guys (or gals) muscles in your picture.
Imagine that the body in the picture is your body. Because it is your body you are able to lift more weight than usual.
Visualizing this desired end result is a very powerful tool.
Step THREE – Intensity
You’re at the gym, you’re focused on your workout and you have a clear vision of what your body is going to look like in your head.
Now it’s time to supercharge your workout.
How do we do this?
With words of course!!
Think of words as symbols we use to describe things to ourselves and others.
For the purposes of this article think about how certain words and word combinations create specific feelings within you.
Words have a powerful drug-like effect on your body and if used properly can be a powerful tool in developing the body of your dreams.
We associate emotions and feeling with words. For example if someone approaches you and says “You are very beautiful,” that combination of words will probably cause good feelings to come over you because you probably associate the word “beautiful” as something that is desirable.
If someone says “I love you” the feeling you will experience is much different than if they say “I hate you.”
The last step in creating our killer mind-blowing muscle building workout is for you to choose some INTENSE and POWERFUL words or combination of words you can say to yourself while you are working out.
For example here are mine.
INTENSE / POWERFUL – I always try to describe my workouts as intense and powerful and workout accordingly.
PUMPS – This is a word I use to envision my muscles, usually my legs when doing squats or running on the beach, as powerful non-tiring mechanical pumps.
MACHINE – I use “I’m and machine” fairly often in my workouts because to me a machine does not get tired it just keeps going, feeling no pain.
I’m having a FIERCE workout – A phrase I use to describe my workout.
KEEP GOING – This is a phrase I use quite often to keep me moving with intensity and power to the next exercise.
Find words that represent intensity and power within you and start using these words to describe your workouts.
This could also be the name of someone you look up to and envision as as INTENSE and POWERFUL person.
1) Your workout should start before you hit the gym. Find a picture of a body just like the one you desire and visualize it for several minutes before you hit the gym. Make sure the picture is clear enough in your head so you can see it is vivid detail when you are working out.
2) Focus on your workout, don’t go to the gym to look pretty and socialize for an hour. All your thoughts should be on your muscles and how your body is growing into the same as the one in your visualizations. Feel your muscle expand and grow, see them growing in your mind. Remember that the body is the physical extension on your non-physical mind.
EXPECT that because you push a little harder than ever before your body will grow quickly and look similar to the body in your picture.
3) Create a powerful and intense workout by using words that create those feelings within you.
Putting it together…
You drive to the gym creating the experience you are about to have with with powerful and intense words and phrases.
You can vividly see the body you are working to create.
At the gym you are on a mission. You power through your sets with intensity pushing farther than ever before keeping focused on your expanding muscles. Muscles that are growing rapidly to form the body you hold in your vision.
You constantly repeat your workout words for continued power and intensity.
When you can’t do one more rep…
…visualize your new body and ask yourself how bad you want it and then do TWO more reps!!
May you reach your health and fitness goals and may all your workouts be mind-blowing and muscle building,