Join The Conversation On Leg Day

Today is the day I am going for 265 lbs (120 kg) on squat!  That would be my new personal record and I’d be happy with that weight.  When I started working out, I could barely squat 95 lbs!

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Deadlifts were low too.  When I started working out, I believe my deadlift max was 135 lbs with bad form.  My bench press was the highest(still with bad form) and was around 155 lbs.  I’m glad to say that those days are over.

I went from gym newbie to average gym goer in six months.  That seems pretty average, and I’m happy with that because now I am training to be above average!  Realistically, I think that’s what we all shoot for once we get used to lifting weights.

So today I wanted to ask you a few questions:

  1. How long have you been lifting weights?  If you don’t lift weights, what do you do to avoid being sedentary?
  2. Do you enjoy your weight lifting or other activity?
  3. Do you put a lot of emphasis on working legs(mostly directed toward weight lifters but sprinters and other sports also)?
  4. Are you happy with your progress?
  5. What leg workouts do you do the most?
  6. Any recommendations(broad question)?

How To Work Legs Like An Instagram Star

“Dude, how much do you bench?” This is by far the most overrated question that anyone who works out has heard.

For some reason, a majority of people only think about upper body workouts like the bench press and bicep curls. While there is nothing really wrong with this, it does give us evidence as to why so many gym goers are top heavy.

So what happens when a man decides to ditch his bro bible and live in reality where training legs is of equal importance? Cory Gregory happens! 

Cory Gregory, for those of you who don’t know, started the popular squat every day challenge and has had tremendous success! He is an example of how hard work pays off. For today’s post, we won’t talk about any of that.

We’ll talk about something more amusing, and that’s when your top heavy bros still won’t train legs. So here is what you can do to not train legs, but still look like you do on Instagram:

 

Take a selfie!

 
First, you have to take a selfie! You can’t actually be looking at yourself in the mirror; that would be creepy. This is how you let people know you’re doing squats, but as soon as you take the photo you can re-rack the bar.

Here’s an additional tip:  Don’t let people know that the bar is empty. Keep the photo up close and let people imagine that you’re squatting 405 while holding your phone. Better yet, just lie and say you are!

 

Take a picture of the heavy weight you’re doing


Or better yet, take a picture of the heavy weight you can’t really do! Put it on Instagram with a caption like “I love leg day xoxo” or “Leg day 😍” and people will know you’re serious. 

well, they’ll BELIEVE you’re serious.

So keep calm and train legs, or just lie and say you did. Either way, this was completely for humor and I hope you enjoyed today’s post. 

Be Smart And Work Hard

The sky is the limit!

The sky is the limit!

Today was a typical day where I struggle with writer’s block and don’t really know what to write to you.   It’s been a long day(LEG DAY) and I had a lot of work.

But now work is over and it’s time to continue pursuing my dreams!

Lately this has become like a part time job for me and I honestly have to say….

I love it!  I have been putting in at least 20 hours a week trying to make this site better and deliver better content and I want to say a few things:

  1. Thank you so much! I don’t know how many times I’ve said this already, and I can’t say this is going to be the last time…..but it’s definitely worth saying.  There are so many posts I have made where I’ve received such positive feedback from you that I just have to keep trying harder.
  2. It is so great to be passionate about something.  I don’t think I can stress enough that finding what you are passionate about is one of the single greatest things you can do for yourself.  There needs to be something in your life that you love doing and that you want to pursue.  There needs to be something that gives you hope and makes you want to get out of bed in the morning; something that makes you feel like you have a purpose.
  3. Things have been taking off pretty fast and all I can do is strive to make the best content possible and continue to deliver interesting articles.  I want to be worthy of the increased traffic and love I have been given.

So without further ado, I want to share with you a list of personal self-help tips I wrote for myself on the notepad app of my iPhone.  I did these because it’s important that we all have our own set of values and goals.  I wanted to make myself follow a set plan and have a certain way of doing things to ensure I am being smart about my decisions; also, to ensure that I will work harder and harder to be successful.  Here they are:

  1. Write in a journal – Whether you like writing or not, it’s a great idea to keep a pen and paper lying around the house.  You can also use your phone’s notepad app, as I said earlier.  The main reason this is so important is because if you are writing things out you will think about them more and I guarantee it will help you place things in perspective.  Ever think about going to someone else for advice on some of your important issues?  Well, that’s helpful!  But using a journal can also be effective.  When you write those thoughts down and read them back to yourself, it’s a lot easier to self-help.  Give it a try and let me know how that goes.  I can tell you from personal experience that it works for me.
  2. Have an idealistic version of yourself – You realize you can’t be perfect?  Right, no one is perfect, but maybe there’s a better version of yourself that is a lot more preferable to you.  Strive to be that person!  Don’t give up on being the best version of you.  Work hard every day and find what your faults are, be very honest with yourself, and find ways to improve upon what you are doing wrong.  You can always make simple changes and make yourself happier, smarter, and better off;  to get started, try making SMART goals.  As you make progress on smaller goals, you’ll notice that over time you succeed at much larger goals.  Eventually, this all adds up and you may see that you changed drastically into that more positive, idealistic version you want to have of yourself.
  3. Let go of the negative people who will not help you become a better person – Ever hear someone say you are a product of your environment?  It’s mostly true.  If you constantly hang out with people who want to have bad habits, chances are that you will have bad habits.  It may be a challenge, but if you really want to be a better person then you may have to let go of people who are keeping you from your goals.  Also, I’d like to say that if you decide to let go and move on with your life that you may be surprised at all the new people you will meet who want to help you become a better version of you.
  4. Find financial stability – This is a personal challenge for me!  All of the things on this list were a challenge for me at some point, but this one takes the cake.  …literally!  I spend so much of my money on eating out and supplements that it becomes hard sometimes to save up money.  I realize that if I saved a lot more of my money that I would get out from under a lot of my debts and that would free up a lot of time for me.  I would have more time to focus on developing my website and paying for advertising!  I could spend money on something more fun than eating out also.  That is just something I am starting to get a better grip of and I’d like to share with you that it may be a big one for you also.  It may be something to take into consideration.
  5. Cut out negative feelings – So I already mentioned cutting out bad influences and taking control of your finances…So what else could possibly be so NEGATIVE!?!?  I am saying you should let go of the negative things that have happened to you in the past.  Ultimately, you have no control over what someone else did to you or what has happened to you.  You do have control over what you make of the rest of your life, however.  Take control, let go of the past, and work hard for a brighter future.  Trust me that those negative feelings will just hold you back!  Again, let go and work hard for a brighter future.
  6. Find a mentor – this one was extremely important to me.  I wanted someone who was more experienced with lifting weights and nutrition to give me advice.  I wanted to learn business from a businessman.  I want to learn from the master.  And who doesn’t?  If there is something you are passionate about, try to get involved with it as much as possible.  I did that and it’s honestly quite funny how easy it was to find someone to mentor me.  I have learned a lot from several people, in fact.  If you want to know more about finding mentors, email me at maxedoutmuscles@gmail.com or comment below!
  7. Have a busy spot – This is one that I just started to realize the other day.  I have noticed that when I work on my website in a professional setting I am at the least 100% more effective than when I work at home on my phone or laptop.  For me, my busy spot is at my second job where I’m allowed to use their desktop.  If you can find a place where you can really focus and you feel more productive, I guarantee it will help you in the long run.
  8. Fake it until you make it – Don’t allow yourself to speak negatively about your business ideas or your hopes and dreams.  Always speak positive and announce the fact that you will succeed.  This is really a simple one, but there is a lot of negative energy in the world and if you are earnest and consistent you will stand out like a sore thumb.

So those are the tips that I have personally been using as I am always thinking of ways to better myself and my content.  I hope you enjoyed the post and

I hope you can apply these tips to your life.