Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired a lot of people, but just remember: Use common sense.
Check things out at your level. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own life.
When you read stories about people who were small and sickly as children but, through some exercise routine, built themselves up to have fabulous strength, health and energy, just remember that they probably had a good genetic foundation to begin with and that not everyone can duplicate their success. In fact, most people cannot duplicate their success.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t strive to do your best. You might actually exceed what they did.
But be sensible about it. Enter your level and figure out what is best for you. When you do what is right for you, you can greatly improve the quality of your life.
An unrealistic training routine
Author Ed Bernd Jr. once purchased a set of weights from a man who no longer used them The man threw in a year’s worth of Muscular Development magazines. He had not renewed his subscription.
Tucked into one of the magazines was his training record.
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The lines were neatly drawn, the days of the week marked and the dates penciled in. He also recorded his weight and measurements; he weighed about 120 pounds, a clue that he might have been an ectomorph and a hard gainer.
The first couple of weeks he made good progress. He was lifting heavier weights, and this effort showed in the increasing measurements of his biceps and other parts of his body. He continued to gain nicely the third and fourth weeks.
By the fifh and sixth weeks, he hit a plateau. He was not able to increase the amount of weight or the number of repetitions he was doing. His muscles were no longer getting bigger.
His training record showed that he began to work even harder.
He started lifting four times a week instead of three.
Then he began to lose ground.
His repetitions went down.
His biceps lost some of its size.
That’s where his training record ended. The neat squares representing the days of the week were blank.
And two years later, he admitted total defeat by running a classified ad in the local newspaper and selling the weights.