Rules to lift by

 There are 3 rules I have for myself and with whomever I train with. I am sure there are plenty of other good ones and I am probably not the first to have thought of these, but I have made these my own.

Rule 1. Challenge yourself

This means I don’t compete with my partner or anyone else other than myself. I don’t care how much you lift, or how much the person across the gym lifts. I just want to lift enough to challenge myself and a little more.
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What to look for in a trainer and how to find one.

There are a lot of trainers out there, most of them with the greatest of intentions.  I have had the opportunity and mostly pleasure of working with several trainers in the salinas area. These trainers have been at Golds, ultimate fitness, and T-Muscle Gym.  I found each one to have helped, but they also had their respective pro’s and con’s.  Having done this a couple of times, I decided to come up with a list of what I look for in a trainer and how I go about selecting one, in hopes that it can help somebody.
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Lift with Purpose.

Why do you lift?

leg-press-on-leg-dayOne day at the gym, I was in the middle of my leg day, working on the leg press machine.  I had noticed someone watching me since I started on squats and into the 4th set of my leg press routine.  He walked up to me and complimented me on my intensity and then asked me what event I was preparing for.  I told him I was not competing and he looked confused and asked me “So… why are you lifting so hard?”
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