Walk into a workout with the mentality that you’re waging war against your body fat. You’re breaking your body down, beating it to a pulp, to build it up, strengthen it, forge it into the shredded, iron body of your future.
To fight fat is to beat it to a pulp. It isn’t a venture or goal for the feint of heart. It’s a mission for the fighter, the warrior in all of us.
Age isn’t an issue, nor is physical condition, but mental toughness is. You have to be mentally tough to work hard in the gym. You have to be mentally tough to get in great shape, just like you have to be mentally tough to step into the ring, and fight.
When I first walked into a boxing gym and started training, I knew it would be tough physically, but I didn’t understand the mental wars I’d engage in during the training. When I brought these mental battles to my workouts post-boxing, I transformed my body into what it is today; my personal ideal.
You don’t have to be a fighter to take the heart of a fighter into every workout.
Intensity is what will help you get shredded. Great programs are in front of you, they’re on this site. The right way to eat is here. You don’t lack information, what you lack is that fighter’s mentality that fat is your enemy, when you train and workout, you’re beating it up, and destroying it.
How to Train Like a Fighter
When I ran a boot camp – filled with primarily women – I used to put them through the timed drills that we used in boxing. The biggest complaint from them was that there was no rep count, they didn’t know when to stop, instead having to wait for the buzzer to finish.
That’s the beauty of a timed set; it becomes a test of mental toughness as much it is a means to get in better shape. Will you quit before the bell rings, or will you push forward?
Taking these mental battles into a workout can help us create a fat burning furnace. Here’s how it’s done…
1. Make each set a fight.
Go in to each set as if it’s a singular fight, standing alone, with nothing before it, and nothing to come after. Wage war against that set. Perform as many reps as you can, as best you can.
Those last few reps before true failure is where the magic happens. It’s where more lactic acid is brought to the muscle, which raises growth hormone, which in turn helps us burn a lot more fat.
Those last few, painful reps is where more muscle damage happens, which helps create more microscopic tears in the muscle, that we then repair and recover from, building more lean, metabolism-boosting muscle mass.
Pain isn’t fun. Most people quit when pain comes. But those who push through that pain create real results. They also develop mental toughness that will serve them well in other areas of life.
Make each set a fight, welcome the pain, then push through it to your ideal body.
2. Don’t be held down by a rep count.
Each set has a rep count; that is, a goal number of reps that you’re aiming for. Treat these as suggestions and guidelines that help you choose the correct weight, but not as firm numbers that you can’t venture past.
A rep count for a set is a suggestion. If you can perform a few more reps, then perform more reps, and choose a heavier weight for your next set so you fit in that “suggested” rep count. But don’t treat the rep count as the ‘be all end all’.
Pain and intensity will do you more good, than quitting prematurely.
The reps provided in a set should give you a good idea as to what weight you should choose. Once the weight is chosen, perform as many reps as humanly possible.
This is how you fight fat. Stopping short, following the rules to a tee, that is how you hold on to it.
3. Leave nothing in the tank.
Treat each set as its own individual match, leaving nothing in the tank for the next. Then treat that next set, again, as it’s own fight, and so on.
Each workout is a test, both a physical one, and a mental one.
Every time you’re in the gym, try and improve.
Lift more weight than the workout before, for more reps. Run longer, sprint faster.
But also break down those mental barriers. Quit less, and slay the dragon.
Walk out of the gym with nothing in the tank. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s; hard work will get you results. The right program is a must, but combine any program with hard work and you automatically make it a better one.
Most ‘fat loss guru’s’, or ‘fitness guru’s’ fear speaking about hard work. It isn’t sexy. It doesn’t sell. But it is a reality – we need it, we all need to work hard if we’re going to forge the body we want. Heck, we need to work hard if we’re going to build the life we want as well.
Train Like a Fighter to Fight Off Fat
In training for a fight, I learned that each workout was its own individual battle, both on the planes of the physical, but also the mental.
With each workout I had to push myself harder physically, but also quell the voice that told me to quit. The more I pushed down that voice, the harder I worked, and the better condition I got in. Pushing through pain got me my ideal body, just as much as the right workout did: truth.