Workouts are the best part of the day —
and the better the workout, the better
the day. So let’s talk about to maximize your
workouts — and how to make each
workout as result-producing and
effective as possible.
Here are 10 tips to rev up your workouts:
1. Spend 10 minutes a day visualizing
your workouts in full, complete and
vivid detail — to the point where you
see and feel the sweat dripping down
your face as you squat, push and pull.
a. 15 or 20 minutes is better.
2. When you train, concentrate deeply
on each and every rep. “Become” the
a. In other words, shut out the rest of
the world. Go deep inside the rep.
3. After each set, review how you did
and focus on the next set – and how
to make it even better.
a. See Dinosaur Training and Dino-
saur Bodyweight Training for more
details on the all-important mental
aspects of strength training.
4. Wear your power color when you train.
Everyone has a power color (or colors).
You feel stronger when you wear your
a. For me, power colors are black, navy
blue and gray.
b. We also have colors that make us feel
weak. Don’t wear those! (For example, I
avoid green, brown and tan.)
5. Focus on adding weight to the bar –
BUT always maintain perfect form. If in
doubt, focus on form. Never add weight
at the expense of maintaining perfect
6. The best exercise for any given body-
part or muscle group is the one that
works well for you – that you can do
pain-free – and that you have the
equipment to do in complete safety.
7. Abbreviated training works better than
anything else for the vast majority of
trainees. It’s not how long or how
often you train, it’s what you do
when you train that matters.
7a. Many trainees — perhaps MOST —
and especially older trainees — do best
on ultra-abbreviated training. See Gray
Hair and Black Iron for details and
8. Study the Iron Game and focus on
the old-tme champions who did it
without drugs, supplements or
9. Don’t obsess about your training.
Just do it. The most important thing
is to train regularly and consistently.
It all adds up over time.
10. Have FUN when you train. Fun is
important. Your training days should
be the best days of the week — and
your workouts should be some of the
most enjoyable things you do.
a. Yes, hard work and challenging
workouts are fun!
b. Lots of fun.
c. And yes, it’s a shame that most
people don’t have a clue about
this . . .
d. . . . which is why it’s good to train
hard and heavy and old-school, and
set an example for others.
So there you have it — 10 tips to
rev up your workouts. I hope you
enjoyed them — and I hope you
As always, thanks for reading and
have a great day. If you train today,
make it a good one!
Yours in strength,