Lift Learn Grow Newsletter #3

In this week’s newsletter: the best chest exercises, time & experience & more
Hey <<First Name>>,

How has your week been? I’m back again this week with more great things to share with you, but first, let’s talk about time and experience.

More importantly how time and experience play a role in your fitness journey.

Let’s kick this off with a question…

“How many times have you seen someone on social media, a blog or on TV and thought I’m never going to look like that?” or a subtle variation of that, “why don’t I look like that yet?”

To answer that let’s assume you’re eating well and training smart, this means hitting your calories and macro goals and training consistently whilst applying progressive overload.

If you’re doing that, then why don’t you look like that person you see?

The answer in 99% of cases where diet and training are in order is simply time & experience. This means;
  • You’re making the right kind of progress, but it will take more time that you want it to/anticipated it would/are willing to commit
  • And/or you’re making solid progress towards your goal but lack the experience to know when to tweak or change things and when to leave them alone which prevents you from fully realising your fitness goals
How do you overcome this?

The first part is simple, double or triple the amount of time you think you need.

The second is a little more involved. To get the experience, you need to learn, and to learn you need to spend time. This means until you have spent enough time to know from experience what to do, or not to do, you need to continue learning.

If you don’t know the answer, go and seek it out; read blogs, watch videos, buy courses and/or hire a coach. Ultimately, once the details (training and diet) are taken care of the rest comes down to time and experience.

Stay the course and your results will come.

Here’s what I want to share with you this week:

#1: This week’s blog post covering the best chest exercises to build muscle. This article includes the muscle of the chest, the functions of those muscles, the best exercises, 3 chest workouts and more. Check it out here.

#2: This protein powder company* who I use for all my protein needs. I have no connection with them other than liking their products and thinking you might too.
They ship across Europe (sorry if you’re outside of Europe) and often have great sales on.

*This is not an affiliate link. I have no connection with this company other than being a repeat customer. There is no pressure or need to buy anything.

Personal tip: if you are looking to get some protein powder I often order chocolate smooth casein protein and mix it with milk. Doing this creates a high protein chocolate mousse which I eat for dessert most nights.

#3: This video on overcoming your excuses by Matt D’Avella a minimalist Youtuber.

#4: This book I recently finished reading called ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield.
A reminder that we all have excuses that prevent us from reaching our goals and the first step to overcoming them is to recognise them for what they are.
#5: This quote by Og Mandino which brings us full circle back to the idea of time and experience being keys to long-term success;
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
If nothing else take it as a reminder to stay focused and keep pushing towards your goals. In the end those who succeed are the ones who work at something consistently over time.
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Speak soon,

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