I was wanting to make a post to update all of you, my subscribers, if anyone still checks in on my blog once in a while. I wanted to be spontaneous and original, and I wanted to express myself as genuinely as possible.
I feel that this is a successful attempt at that. The title for this post, Dropping Excuses and Succeeding, happened to be a blog that I almost wrote WAYYY back in April. That’s right around the time that I quit blogging because I was working so much. I worked so many hours that, while I had a chance to write, I really just didn’t want to do that.
I put myself first the past 9 months. This website was a duty to me, a hobby, and a job. When I got a new job in March, my priorities changed. I had to pay off debts, work really hard, and figure out what to do with myself!
However, the Christian Boyles that went to work at this job was not, by any means, the Christian Boyles that worked at his previous job. Over the past few months, I’ve been told numerous times by people with much higher positions than myself that I’m very analytical. This has been a good thing for me, and their statement was a reminder of all the days I sat by myself thinking and when I wrote posts for Maxed Out Muscles.
More than anything, this website has been a place of growth for me. Having time with myself and sharing my thoughts with others, while learning better attitudes and attributes have brought me to the conclusion that I needed this site.
Since the last time I wrote I’ve went from being an inspector(temp-employee at that) to a team leader, and as of this week I have been promoted to the title of production supervisor. That brings me to the moral of the story, the whole point in writing this post, and the reason I’m here today:
It makes sense that I was moved to begin writing a post in April titled “Dropping Excuses and Succeeding” because that’s exactly what I did, and what I will continue to do in my life. It’s what I, the writer, would urge you, the reader, to do with your own life. It’s not impossible, and the success may not even be difficult, but you’re the first person you have to win over.
You’re the first person you have to win over. You’re the first person you have to convince that you’re good enough. You’ve got to take pride in yourself, affirm yourself daily as someone who will succeed, and go out and show the world what you are worth!
Along the way, people will notice and you will gain mentors. At that point, it’s important to remember that you can’t always be a talker because it’s time to listen. You listen to your mentors, push hard, and hold your head high. You can achieve anything.
I’m so glad I was making this post 7 months ago, and I’m elated that I can finish it from a place of experience. I’m finally not telling you these things out of simple faith, which is important, but from actually walking the walk and going through it!
This is a great post! I’ve noticed that the road to success is full of bumps and twists(and I’m just getting started), and perseverance is possibly the greatest common denominator among everyone who has succeeded in living their dreams.
Originally posted 2015-11-09 18:48:26.
In today’s world, information is at our fingertips. While this is a blessing, it can also be a lead to a lot of misinformation. Here are ten fitness myths that you might still believe!
- Myth #1: Squatting Is Bad For Your Knees!
Don’t shy away from doing barbell squats next time you go to the gym! While many people have said in the past that squats are bad for your knees, that is 100% false. Doing squats will actually build strong muscles to support your joints rather than causing injury.
- Myth #2: Up The Crunches If You Want A Killer Six Pack!
Actually, crunches won’t do you any good in attaining that chiseled look you are going for! While you may build up ab muscle, those abs will never show unless you have a lower body fat percentage. Having abs is, in fact, almost entirely a matter of low body fat. This is followed by genetics, but don’t use genetics as an excuse not to try.
- Myth #3: Stretch Before Your Workout
While stretching after your workout is a great idea to avoid injury and soreness, stretching before your workout could actually cause injury! That isn’t a guarantee but some studies have shown that doing stretches before you work out actually destabilizes your muscles. Try doing a warm-up before your workout to get the blood flowing and you will be much better off.
- Myth #4: You Can Spot Reduce Fat
I’ve gotten into (polite)arguments about this all the time, and it is the question I get asked most through my email: “Can you spot reduce fat?” The answer is no! You may store fat more in some areas due to genetics, but that doesn’t mean crunches can burn off the extra stomach fat. Try a good resistance training routine, some good cardio, and a great diet to drop your body fat percentage, feel great, and look better!
- Myth #5: Test Boosters!
Raise your hand if you are guilty of buying test boosters! **I guiltily had to raise my hand since I was naive starting out** There is actually no evidence to support the possibility that natural test boosters actually work! The only thing I am certain of with test boosters is that they are a waste of money. Know that you aren’t buying actual prohormones or steroids so they won’t work to raise you testosterone level over natural limits, and if your testosterone is so low you think you absolutely need the help….then you could probably just get a prescription for real testosterone therapy.
- Myth #6: Lifting Weights Will Make You Look Like A BodyBuilder
A lot of women don’t want to look weights because they are afraid of looking “bulky”. Trust me, due to genetics and hormones you won’t get that bulky look. You’ll look fine unless you start taking steroids and other than that, you’ll be able to control how far you take it in the weight room! So keep calm, and keep lifting!
- Myth #7: Sweating Means You Burned More Calories
Sorry to rain on that sweaty parade of yours…
While sweating can sometimes be a great indicator of a hard day’s work in the gym, it can also mean that it was just really hot. Sweating is your body’s physiological response to being overheated. Nevertheless, keep working hard in the gym and keep sweating and you will burn more calories through perseverance.
- Myth #8: Running is Bad For Your Knees
I did a little bit of research on this and found that running actually isn’t that hard on your knees! The knees of older runners compared to other people of the same age were of no worse condition. I would like to add that you should probably still wear a nice running shoe and throw in some squats!
- Myth #9: Muscle Weighs More Than Fat
This is just funny! I read this on someone’s blog post one day and had a real laugh, because I’ve even said this before(and I bet some of you have too): “Muscle weighs more than fat?” How though? How much does a pound of muscle weigh? A pound. How much does a pound of fat weigh? A pound.
Muscle is leaner than fat! But it certainly doesn’t weigh more!
- Myth #10: Cardio Will Give You A 48 Hour AfterBurn
The statement itself is true, but you don’t benefit nearly as much from this afterburn as you think. Some experts say that you will only burn 20 extra calories a day! Weight training will give a slightly higher afterburn but it still isn’t anything significant. Therefore, if you really want to lose weight you’ll probably just have to do more cardio or add intensity! If you still don’t lose weight, then try dropping your calories.
..and there you have it! Ten fitness myths that you may have still believed! I hope you benefited from reading this post!
Train hard and train smart! Make sure you have some maxed out muscles!
Originally posted 2015-11-08 22:43:16.