Category: Mind Set

Introducing Optimal Body Podcast!

Sam Biesack from Optimal Living and I have created Optimal Body Podcast! It is a podcast that has the same goals as this site: to get you closer to your fitness goals by providing you with accurate, research-based information that can help take your fitness to the next level!   Come check out the first…



How a Burst of Motivation Can Stop You From Reaching Your Goals

Many of us have goals that we want to achieve (and if you don’t, well, you should).  Goals help us achieve important things that are worthwhile in life. Goals allow us to get more satisfaction out of are day and go to bed feeling like we’ve accomplished something. Goals foster an increased quality of life…



How to Use Reason, Rather Than Emotion, to Determine Behavior

Almost inarguably, the biggest challenge that the general population faces in terms to getting a body they are proud of is a lack of motivation to do anything at all. There are a lot of people out there who have began their journey of developing a better body and are working very hard at that…



“Battling Objectivity, Rationality, and Even Our Own Psychology”

One of the main reasons that I created this site was to make fitness simple for people. It seems that everywhere you look, there is some new magic diet or way to work out that is better than EVERYTHING else. The fitness industry is plagued with dogmatic ideas and stubborn people, not to mention supplement companies constantly…



The Power of Focus

In my experience, it seems that the people in the gym who have a very structured routine for what they are going to lift each time they go, along with walking into the gym with a complete plan of what they are going to do that day, tend to get better results ultimately. I do…



Feel Your Emotions and Act Anyway

Image provided by Dana Lookadoo After spending some time thinking, I’ve come to the conclusion that the culture that we are brought up in is pretty crazy. It just doesn’t make sense. We live in a culture where, against all logical reason, we think that our emotions telling us not to do something is a good…



How to Get Motivated to Work Out

Image provided by Pink Sherbet Photography For some people, going to the gym is a constant struggle. It’s a test of willpower: Either you force yourself to go to the gym, or you give into the temptation to sit on the couch and watch t.v. Normally, it’s pretty hard for these people to go work out….



Are You Focusing On the Right Parts of Your Workout Program?

Image by AndYaDontStop   There is a kind of well known principle called the Pareto principle that puts forward that in many cases, roughly 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. This was first hypothesized when an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto, who observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of…



A Cure For a Loss of Motivation

Image by R’eyes Are there some days that you step into the gym, look at yourself in the mirror, and just don’t feel like working out? Do you sometimes feel that it’s useless, you doubt that you will ever get the body that you want, or that you are just wasting your time? There are a…



The Importance of Your Mind in Getting the Right Body

What is more important:  Going through the right rep ranges, eating right, and performing the sets with good form or having the right mindset? I am going to argue that having the right mindset wins every time. Why? Because with the right mindset, all of the other stuff will naturally occur anyway given time. It’s…