ready to do battle you will raise the intensity by default.3) NEVER BUILD WALLS AROUND YOUR PROGRESS. What the hell am I talking about? I use The Cube Method and I believe in it wholeheartedly, but if I found a new way of doing things that proved to be better for me, why the hell would I keep training with The Cube? If you only ate cold mashed potatoes with your dinner every night you might think they are good, but if somebody gave you piping-hot mashed potatoes or introduced you to a microwave, my assumption is that you would most likely treat yourself to hot mashed potatoes from now on. Training is the same. I will never understand this blue-blood, dyed-in-the-wool stance for any training idea. I trained the Westside Method for close to ten years and had great results, but I believe that the numbers I’ve put on the platform would indicate that -for me- The Cube works better. For me. You need to find this shit out for yourself, too. I believe in science, and Louie Simmons has loads of it to back up his methods. I respect the hell out of the thirty-plus years he’s given to the sport, but the only man who truly holds the key to my total is me. You can use The Cube, 5/3/1, Westside, Juggernaut, Lift-Run-Bang, Starting Strength, Sheiko, Smolov, or any other program, but if it’s not working, you need to be willing to adapt.
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365 STRONG: OWN THE DAY20As you gain training experience, you’ll learn what works. You might even take parts of one, pieces of another, and create a hybrid. Just find what works best for you. If you don’t use my method, that doesn’t mean you don’t like me, it just means you made a decision to chase your progress in a different way. Just be sure to give any program ample time to work, and don’t be a program-jumper. You should dedicate at least six months to a program before you change.4) LOSE HOPE, GAIN STRENGTH. I probably have more goals than any human alive today. Don’t believe me? I literally set the goal of “wake up tomorrow,” and more importantly to “wake up tomorrow better than today.” I have goals for everything I do. I believe that as each day passes I should be better than before. Set training goals for yourself. Make them daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, 5-year, 10-year, etc. Have a clear map in your mind, and I guarantee you that your body will follow. This is the best advice I ever received about goal setting: A professor of mine told me the best way to achieve anything is to lose hope. Hope is the expectation that God/Muhammad/The Universe will somehow magically intervene and fix your issues. He went on to explain that when you stop expecting things to happen, you start making things happen. I hear guys say all the time “I want to squat such-and-such,” but when asked how they plan to do it, they lack an answer. I will tell you right now that I have a goal of benching 600 lbs. in a raw competition.