What you can learn from nerds playing video games when it comes to building muscle 


Not talking reps or sets in this one but hang in their 


The usual muscle building strategy, you set a new goal, you dive head first into that new goal


Buying the latest gym gear, supplements diving into a 6 day a week program


The effort is great but never lasts, you go from nothing to training like a pro body builder, the inevitable happens, results are slow, motivation waivers then you stop


What we can learn from nerdy video games…


You wouldn't start a game then go to level 50 in the first week fighting the big boss, first of all you don't know how to play the game, your “character” hasn't got the skills to fight the boss and you have not earned being there, this is the equivalent of training like Arnie in week one


The first few levels of a game is always some dull activities like collecting coins or making things that will help you in later levels, think of this as creating your good habits turning up to the gym 3x per week and tracking your food


The middle levels are always harder maybe you fight some sub level boss you get to explore more area of the game because you have collected coin


This is like going to the gym consistently for a few years tracked your food now little tweaks come in, progressively overloading the weight on the bar and now you're levelling up managing your sleep and stress better so you can build more muscle 


The later levels are when you have to worry about meal timing, micro-nutrients etc. but thats when your ready to step on a body building stage, play to your level


When you start playing a video game you know you have to earn your way to the final level doing little tasks along the way to get you there


As the levels get harder you level up your “character” to cope with the new challenges 


The same goes for muscle building when you start lifting you probably just need to go to the gym 2-3 times per week, a few years later you may need to go 3-5 times per week track your weights, food and manage your sleep


You just have to level up, you don't just start lifting like Arnie on day 1 because you watched Pumping Iron that one time 


Muscle building takes time, gradually level up the effort you put in and learn a few things from those guys and girls playing video games 


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