domingo, marzo 26, 2023

Week Two of the Arnold Problem


After finishing Week 2 of the Arnold Problem, I couldn’t assist however consider the next quote I’d use throughout my public talking days: “In each type of adversity, there’s alternative. You simply have to seek out it.”

I got here up with that to assist share some positivity with these I used to be talking with, and it’s served as a means to assist me course of no matter I used to be coping with on the time.

That quote popped up in my head as soon as once more whereas I used to be taking over Arnold’s difficult routine. I knew moving into that this journey wouldn’t be simple. That’s why I took it to start with—I need to enhance, not simply bodily, but additionally mentally and spiritually as effectively. There have been a number of obstacles that I needed to face early on this week, and I discovered a number of classes alongside the way in which.

The primary lesson that I believed I knew—however actually discovered on a Tuesday morning— was that there have been no room for errors on this program. I had solely gotten 4 hours of sleep the earlier evening, and I believed an extended nap between the 2 periods would make up for it.

I couldn’t have been extra incorrect!

Roger Lockridge leaning on a bar at the smith machine
Roger Lockridge


My weights went down considerably on virtually each train, and I discovered myself taking extra time to get well between units. That was messing with my head, which affected the remainder of that coaching session general. After what I believed was a adequate nap, I used to be mentally pumping myself up for the second exercise. Spoiler: that didn’t go as deliberate, both. As soon as once more, I used to be beginning off weaker than previously, and I used to be getting pissed off.

The lack of sleep and numbers dropping turned my adversity, so it was time to seek out the chance. As cool as it could be to throw up large numbers, Arnold Schwarzenegger skilled for bodybuilding. The muscle groups don’t learn the numbers on the weights. He simply wished to coach the muscle groups to the very best of his means. That was what I wanted to do.

So, I pivoted. I centered extra on slowing the burden down, maximizing the strain, and flexing muscle groups in between units. What I discovered was the exercise went significantly better general due to that effort to problem the muscle groups in different methods. I discovered one thing that I may apply going ahead. I obtained higher, which was the general level of this to start with.


Lesson 2 was that each final element issues. You’ve learn concerning the significance of diet, supplementation, and restoration many occasions through the years on Muscle & Health. I’ve shared that data myself in lots of my articles through the years. The significance of all these variables will increase tenfold on a program like this. Each calorie, each minute of relaxation, and each apply I can implement to maximise my restoration issues. The time I take to warm-up issues as effectively.

That lesson hit house on my leg session of week two of the Arnold Problem. I had run errands with the household, and we obtained behind on the schedule. So, as soon as we pulled into the driveway, I opted to skip my scheduled meal, combined my BCAA’s and went straight to my barn to begin coaching so I may nonetheless end on time. I uncared for my regular routine of utilizing my percussive gun and stretching earlier than I began the exercise. That price me. My numbers went down considerably, and I used to be critically combating temptation to name it a night early. Nevertheless, I utilized the lesson I had beforehand discovered about making essentially the most out of what I’ve, and it nonetheless turned out to be a productive session.

So, my takeaway on that day was to not ignore something going ahead. If I’ve to take further time, I’ve to take it, however the work should nonetheless be executed correctly so I can get essentially the most out of this. I vowed to myself that from that time ahead, I used to be taking every meal and step on this course of as critically as I do the coaching itself.


This wasn’t completely a doom and gloom of the Arnold Problem, nevertheless. There have been actually upsides to this as effectively. After I noticed the primary article on Muscle & Health, it hit house that this was actual, and I used to be very proud to see that. It made my day much more that Arnold shared my posts about it on his social media. So, he is aware of, and what I believed was already maxed out motivation elevated lots.

On the finish of the day, motivation isn’t the last word issue that has carried me via up up to now. Motivation is fleeting. It actually takes critical dedication and self-discipline to grind via 24 hours of whole coaching per week alone. Luckily, my telephone has been an amazing assist via this. Placing on music, YouTube movies with Arnold sharing his knowledge to the world, and listening to podcasts with people like Tony Robbins, Ed Mylett, and Lewis Howes discuss success and development has been an enormous assist. I’d by no means put myself of the extent of these individuals, however I need to take what they share and use it to assist me elevate myself as excessive as I can.

I’ve additionally shared movies and posts with a number of individuals which can be on this journey, and the encouragement I’ve gotten again has been nice. Whether or not it was a “rattling, you’re robust” or a easy thumbs up, it each encourages me and holds me accountable.

Final however not least, the assist I’ve gotten on social media and the suggestions to those articles has been fantastic. My deepest thanks exit to all of you which can be using alongside on this. As corny as this can be, the ultimate two, three, or 4 reps of the twenty first or twenty second set I do are as a lot psychological as they’re bodily. Understanding somebody might learn these and use it as a means to enhance is one thing I take very critically. After I began out as a youngster, I walked virtually a mile and again to go to the fitness center every morning, no matter what the climate was like, and I’d think about myself sometime being ready to encourage others to be their finest. If that is that chance, I don’t need to waste it. That thought is nearly like a spotter on the finish of those supersets and trisets.

If you wish to see glimpses of what week two of the Arnold Problem and the way I’m doing all through this course of, you possibly can comply with me on Instagram @rocklockridge, the place I share updates, clips, and ideas all through this journey. You too can verify again to M&F for future articles on this collection. Don’t neglect to comply with them @muscleandfitness as effectively.


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