What will it take to achieve your goals.
As most of you out there will already know, body building is not as simple as picking up weights, pumping out loads of sets and on goes the muscle. Unfortunately there is a bit more to it than that, and you need to be in it for the long haul, as body building is most definitely not an over night process. This is why a lot of people stop going to the gym after a few weeks or months because they expect instant results and are put off by the amount of work involved.

So, first things first, take a good look at yourself and be realistic when setting your goals. In other words "don't set yourself up to fail" by setting yourself unrealistic goals.
For example, there are a lot of people or companies out there that want your hard earned money, and will tell you anything and everything you want to here in order to get it. Making ridiculous claims like, "add 20 pound of lean muscle in just two weeks with our new mass gainer pills" and then they show you a picture, before and after to try and convince you that this person actually did add 20 pound of lean muscle in just two weeks.
Basically what I am saying is "react with scepticism". If it was that easy to add 20 pound of lean muscle in just two weeks, then everybody would be walking around like beefcakes, right.

Yes, reaching your goals takes time, a lot of effort and a well structured diet plan. Always remember, the more ambitious your goals are, the longer they will take to achieve.
To give yourself the best chance of reaching your goals, you will need a well thought through diet plan, designed specifically for what it is you would like to achieve. And a training program, also specifically designed for reaching your particular goals. Ideally you should be training at least 3 hours a week.

Rest and recovery is a fundamental part of anyone's training, and will have an effect on reaching your goals. Over training can be worse than not training enough when it comes to body building. Training for long period's of time is not the way forward. It is recommended that you train no longer than 50 minutes in any one training session, the reason being is that after the 50 minute threshold, the body's hormone levels dramatically decreases after around 45-50 minutes of strenuous exercise. However, training after this time period when your hormone levels have decreased is not a wast of time, each individual is different, so it is all about finding that happy medium to suit you. After all you know your own body better than anyone, so listen to it and give it what it needs. Respond to how your body reacts, if you are exhausted all the time then you are over training, and you need more rest.
Getting enough rest is important for your muscles to recover from training, you should be getting at least 2 full days of rest a week, in order for your body to recover sufficiently and be ready for action again.

Maintaining a positive attitude will also be an important factor in reaching your goals, as there will be times when you feel down or you think you are getting no where fast. Always keep in mind, you only get out what you have put in, and your persistence will pay off in the end. Just take it step by step.

Key Features To Reach Your Goals:

Be Patient
Don't Set Yourself Up To Fail
React With Scepticism
Acquire A Well Thought Through Diet Plan
Acquire A Well Thought Through Training Routine
Get Enough Rest
Keep A Positive Attitude

With progressive training, a well established diet plan containing adequate protein, and a positive mental attitude, you will reach your goals in the long run. Keep at it, it is worth all the hard work in the end.

Author's Bio: 

Shaun Bentham

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