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If You See It, You Can
You’re plopped down in
a lounge chair, basking under the hot, tropical sun. A Pina Colada
rests comfortably in your hand, a tray of fresh fruit sits to your
side. And the women. Oh, the women.
Two of them are rubbing your shoulders, each one working out the
knots in your delts and traps. Another is feeding you the fresh
fruit while yet another is busy fanning you with a soothing
Then, your visit to paradise comes to an abrupt halt. As
you’re snapped out of your dreamy vacation in the Bahamas,
you’re now faced with a cruel reality. It’s time to get
back to work. That lounge chair you were sunk into is actually an
office chair and the women surrounding you are angry bosses and
nagging secretaries, burying you with more and more work as the day
While the return trip to reality may be a painful one,
visualization in the fitness and bodybuilding world can be an
invaluable asset to achieving your goals. Without a vision of what
you particularly want to accomplish, your fitness voyage will be
lacking direction and purpose.
You must first map out your mission and your plan. Paint a picture
in your mind of how you wish to look. Guys, you may want the
sensational look of a hulking Schwarzenegger or a bulging Haney. Or
perhaps you prefer the more moderate look of a Stallone or a Van
Damme. Ladies, you may be looking for the rock-solid Cory Everson
look or perhaps the sleek, shapely exterior of Demi Moore.
Nonetheless, there are several steps through visualization to mold
your body into the shape of your choice.
First, get a picture or a photograph - probably out of a magazine
– of somebody that you want to look like, somebody who has
the physique you desire. Keep it in your locker or on your dresser,
somewhere that you’ll be on a daily basis. This will remind
you of what all those painstaking visits to the gym are all about.
Keep the image fresh in your mind throughout the day. Visualize the
goal and take the necessary means to become it.
Secondly, train your mind and your muscles in becoming one. When
you’re performing an exercise, you want to do more than just
merely cover the range of motion. While paying the most strict
attention to form, you want to visualize in your mind what
you’re muscles are actually doing. If your goal is to develop
a bulging, imposing chest, you’ll want to imagine your
pectoral muscles spurting to new growth while you’re cranking
out those strenuous bench presses.
If you want chiseled, defined biceps, imagine the shredding process
in your mind as you grind out those excruciating curls on the cable
machine. If you want a trim waistline and a hardened six pack of
abdominal muscles, you want to visualize your midsection becoming
trimmer and sharper while you churn out the intense sets of
You want your mind to form a direct line of communication with your
muscles. In other words, your mind is the boss here and all your
various muscles are the workers that it dictates to.
And like that daydream you spend in the tropical sun, your mind
will need to discipline your muscles for any overindulging
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