Did you achieve your physique and fitness goals in 2009? Or did time slip away, leaving you frustrated?
2010 will be another chance for you to fulfill your dreams. It will be the year that you pack on muscle, lose weight, get in shape and carve out the physique of your dreams. But to achieve these dreams, you must plan and prepare. Without concrete goals, you may find yourself spinning your wheels as months fly off the calendar.
Getting off to a good start in 2010 is essential. Muscle & Strength has put together this transformation guide to serve as a tool and a reference point. Use the links on this page to learn. Do your homework, decide upon your goals, and make a plan.
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Visualize the Perfect Body
Take a minute and close your eyes. Visualize the body and fitness lifestyle that you want.
Maybe you want to have massive muscles and strength to match? Maybe you just want to have the perfect beach body – ripped, with a great chest and arms? Or maybe you’ve lost control of your life, and simply want to lose weight?
Wouldn’t it be nice to stop obsessing about the perfect body, and to finally have it? Wouldn’t it feel amazing to know that the journey is over, and you can now move on to other goals in your life? If you’re like most of us, you have spent hours visualizing the perfect body, and may feel like it’s a foolish dream.
No dream is foolish! It’s time to formulate a plan. It’s time to set concrete, carved in stone goals. Visualize your perfect body, and perfect fitness lifestyle. Next, write down the details. Details are essential, and will help you to properly formulate goals.
Goals for 2010
Goals are important. But goals must be well thought out. It is not simply good enough to say, I want to look better. While that is an admirable goal, it is not an absolute. It is much easier to formulate a plan if your goal is: I want to lose 50 pounds in 2010.
Examples of Poor Goal Setting
- I want to be muscular.
- I want to be strong.
- I want to lose weight.
- I want to get in shape.
- I want to have all eyes on me when I walk into the room.
Examples of Good Goal Setting
- I want to gain 15 pounds of muscle in 2010!
- I want to improve my bench press by 100 pounds in 2010!
- I want to lose 50 pounds and fit into my old jeans in 2010!
- I want to be able to run 5 miles without stopping in 2010!
- I want to see my abs in 2010!
A good goal must be challenging. A good goal must also be reasonable and achievable. To achieve your goals, you must be convinced that if you plan correctly, and work hard, that this goal is possible in 2010! Take some time and determine specific goals for the new year. Once you have a good set of specific goals, it’s time to make a plan.
Make a Plan for 2010
Having specific goals is not enough. You must also develop a plan of attack. With a decent plan, your mind will begin to see that a long term goal is achievable. A good plan is like a road map. If you get off course, it points you in the right direction.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
This is especially important for bodybuilding & fitness.
Without a plan, bad days become bad weeks, and then bad months. You will have nothing to “stick to”. When you fall off course, you’ll have nothing concrete to aim for. When you have bad days, which is a better goal: “Tomorrow I must eat 2500 calories and do 20 minutes of cardio", or "tomorrow I must eat better and exercise?”
The answer is obvious.
This guide will provide you with the proper tools to formulate a plan. But planning out your goals is not easy. It takes time. Once you have a solid, well thought out plan, you will feel highly motivated and ready for hit the ground running.
Now that you have specific goals for 2010, it’s time to take a deeper look at these goals. The following is a list of possible goals. To begin formulating your plan for 2010, you must determine which of these specific goals you are striving for.
Fat Loss, and Diet and Nutrition Goals
- Substantial Weight Loss. You need to lose 50 or more pounds in 2010.
- Moderate Weight Loss. You need to lose 25 to 50 pounds in 2010.
- Mild Weight Lose. You need to lose less then 25 pounds in 2010.
- Cutting. You want to lose excess fat so that your existing musculature is more prominent. This goal also involves maintaining existing muscle.
- Get Ripped. You want to lose excess fat with the goal of revealing your abs and overall bodily musculature. This goal also involves maintaining existing muscle.
Weight Gain and Muscle Gain Goals
- Substantial Weight Gain. You are underweight, and want to gain 50 or more pounds in 2010. You want as much of this as possible to be muscle.
- Moderate Weight Gain. You are underweight, and want to gain 25 to 50 pounds in 2010. You want as much of this as possible to be muscle.
- Mild Weight Gain. You are underweight, and want to gain up to 25 pounds in 2010. You want as much of this as possible to be muscle.
- Pack on Muscle. You want to add as much muscle as possible in 2010.
- Tone Up. In 2010, you want to add 5 to 10 pounds of muscle to help you look more healthy and “toned.” Your goal isn’t to look like a bodybuilder.
Fitness and Conditioning Goals
- Get In Good Shape. You want 20 minutes of cardio or a 2 mile run to feel relatively easy in 2010.
- Get In Great Shape. You want 30 to 60 minutes of cardio, or a 5 to 10 mile run to feel easy in 2010.
- Sport Specific Conditioning. You want to be in amazing shape for a specific sport or athletic endeavor in 2010.
- Bodyweight Conditioning. You want to be “bodyweight” strong, able to do push ups, pull ups, and any number of other bodyweight exercises with ease in 2010.
General Health and Lifestyle Goals
- Quit Smoking. You want to dump the “coffin nails” so you feel better and maximize your fitness efforts in 2010.
- Curb Drinking. You want to curtail partying so you feel – and sleep – better, maximizing your fitness goals in 2010.
- Eat Better. You want to dump the junk food and improve your overall general health and longevity in 2010.
- Get More Sleep. You want to get more sleep so you feel better, and have more energy during the day in 2010.
- Reduce Your Stress. You want to relax and remove stress from your life so you feel better in 2010.
Strength Gain Goals
- Substantial Strength Gain. You want to improve a lift (squat, bench press, deadlift, etc.) by 100 pounds or more in 2010.
- Moderate Strength Gain. You want to improve a lift (squat, bench press, deadlift, etc.) by 50-100 pounds in 2010.
- Mild Strength Gain. You want to improve a lift (squat, bench press, deadlift, etc.) by 10-50 pounds in 2010.
These goals are merely a sample. Many other health and fitness related goals exist. Perhaps you want to become a vegetarian in 2010? Or you want to compete in a bodybuilding competition in 2010? If a specific goal is not listed in this transformation guide, take time and explore Muscle and Strength for information that might be of help. Also, it is a good idea to join the forum and ask for advice on achieving specific goals.
Transform Your Body: Lose Fat in 2010
Almost everyone you know wants to lose fat. It is estimated that Americans alone spend $35 billion a year of weight loss products. But while many try to lose fat, most people fail.
2010 will be the year of success. You will lose fat, achieve your goals, and transform your body. We've got all the information, tools and products you need to reach your fat loss goals in 2010.
Remember, the key to successful fat loss is planning, knowledge and consistency. Use the information here on M&S to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to succeed, then execute your plan and stick to it. This is how you will reach your goals.
Information About How To Lose Fat
I know you're keen to get started, but first you need to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to train, eat, and supplement effectively. Grab a cup of coffee (low fat milk!) and check out these resources on Muscle & Strength:
- The Hormone That Keeps Us Fat
- The Zig Zag Diet Approach
- Losing Fat And Cutting Without Losing Muscle
- Weight Loss Myths
- What Is The Glycemic Index?
- Are Carbohydrates Really Our Enemy?
- What's All The Fuss About Protein?
- The Importance Of Frequent Meals
- Tips For Burning The Fat
The Tools & Recipes You Need To For Support
Getting in the gym and going at it is great, but you'll need some additional tools and information to help keep you on track, measure your progress and mix things up a bit. We have everything you need to succeed right here. Follow the links below.
- Find A Gym! - Muscle & Strength GymFinder tool
- Fat Loss Supplement Guide
- How To Calculate Your Bodyfat Percentage
- Fat Loss and Toning Workouts
- Diet and Nutrition Articles
- BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) Calorie Calculator
- Huge Recipes Database
- Supplements For Fat Loss And Cutting
Now It's Time To Choose A Fat Loss Workout Routine
OK, now you're armed with the information, tools and recipes you need to reach your fat loss goals in 2010. Now it's time to choose a workout routine that's right for you. We've added 5 suggestions here for you and a link to all the fat loss workouts here at M&S.
- 2 Day Intense Fat Loss & Muscle Tone Workout
- 3 Day Whole Body Toning Workout
- Doug's Mega Cutting Routine
- 6 Day Weight Cardio Cutting Workout
- The Super Toning Training Routine
- More Fat Loss And Toning Workouts...
Supplements For Fat Loss
While supplements are not essential for fat loss they can help you reach you goals faster and give you the edge you need to curb appetite and power through a workout. Below is a list of fat loss supplements that can assist you in reaching your goals in 2010.
Thermogenic fat burners are the most popular type of fat burner on the market. They work by raising your core body temperature and metabolism, thus making your body burn more calories all day - even when you're resting! These products also contain herbal stimulants, which help you power through that tough cardio and mobilize fat cells for use as energy. These are a good choice for anyone looking to lose weight, especially if you lack the energy you need to train effectively. View all thermogenic fat burners.
Stimulant free fat burners are themogenics like the once mentioned above, just without any stimulants. These are ideal for people who are sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants, or people who train late in the evening and do not want to take a stimulant product close to bed time. View all stimulant free fat burners.
Appetite supressants, as the name suggests, are designed to help curb your appetite. Appetite is a huge problem for most people trying to lose weight, and these products can help beat the urges you have to eat. Appetite suppressants can also be used in conjunction with thermogenic products for enhanced results. Just make sure that your appetite suppressant does not contain stimulants. View all appetite suppressants.
Energy boosters are for people who have trouble getting through a tough workout. If you feel like you're struggling after only a short time and need an extra boost, an energy booster could be the way to go. View all energy boosters.
Protein powders & MRPs are an essential staple for any weight loss plan. It's absolutely critical that you get enough protein when you're trying to burn fat, if you don't, your body will rob protein from your muscles and you will lose muscle mass and not fat! You want to keep your muscle, and to do that you need protein. Protein also helps speed up your metabolism which is an obvious benefit. Finally, you can use protein supplements and meal replacements between meals to help curb appetite. Most protein shakes only have 12o calories, which is much less than having a typical snack between meals. View all protein powders and meal replacements.
Putting It All Together
You have the information, tools and products you need to succeed. Now it's up to you to put a plan together and stick to it. Whenever you lose motivation, come back to this page a remember your plan. Consistency is the key, 2010 is your year!
Transform Your Body: Gain Weight And Build Muscle In 2010
It's time to tone up, bulk up and pack on muscle mass! Don't waste time in 2010. Far too many trainees spin their wheels, and never get on the right track. If you want to gain weight and/or muscle, Muscle & Strength has the resources you need to succeed!
2010 will be the year of success. You will gain muscle, tone up, achieve your goals, and transform your body.
Information & Articles On Weight Gain & Muscle Building
There's no point busting your a$$ in the gym for months and getting no results! The first step to building rock hard muscle and increasing your body weight is not on the bench press, it's right here on M&S. Knowledge. That's right, you need to arm yourself with knowledge if you want to succeed. M&S is here to teach you how to build quality muscle using the right right training, diet and supplements. Check out these popular articles and guides on Muscle & Strength.
- Ego, Form and Building Muscle
- Building Muscle: Why Less is More
- Common Weight Gain Myths
- Over-Training 101: What You Need To Know
- Muscle Building Supplement Guide
- Muscle Building Workouts
- Workout and Exercise Articles
- Ideal Body Measurements Calculator
- Muscle Building Diet Plans
Information On Building A Diet Plan
Most people believe it's training that builds your muscle size, but what you consume is just (if not more) important. What you consume through diet and supplements provides your body with the tools it needs to grow lean muscle tissue. Without the right nutrition, will will not reach your goals! It's that simple. Check out these resources to help you to build yourself a good diet:
- Muscle Building Meals on a Diet
- Bulking For Natural Bodybuilders
- 3 Healthy Bulking Foods for Hardgainers
- The 10 Commandments of Muscle Building Nutrition
- Planning Your Muscle Building Diet
- The Importance of Frequent Meals
- How to Create a Bodybuilding Diet
- Creatine Supplement Guide
- Protein Supplements Guide
- Looking to Be a Beast? Part 1: Goal and Nutrition Planning
For more information on building a diet plan check out the diet and nutrition articles section.
One of the most important tools you need to build your diet plan is the BMR calculator. This calculator s used to work out the calories you need to maintain your bodyweight. You can then take this figure, add around 500 calories per day, and this is the amount of calories you need to consume every day in order to build muscle and gain weight. This is very important! You should work out how many calories you need before you start building your diet plan.
Choosing Your Muscle Building Workout Routine
There are literally thousands of routines floating around out there on the web and in muscle magazines. So which one is right for you? We're got a huge workout routines database here on Muscle & Strength. Our workouts are categorized by goal so you can easily select a workout that will fit your schedule and needs. Here's 5 of the most popular workouts people use here on M&S:
- Doug's 4 Day Split Workout
- 3 Day Workout for Beginners
- Dumbbell & Barbell Home Based Workout
- Intermediate 4 Day Split Workout
- Dave's Upper/Lower Body Split Routine
To view all the workouts check out our workout routines database. Remember, to build and maintain solid muscle mass you need to be consistant with your training. This means getting up and heading to the gym even when you're feeling tired and flat. If you can be consistant, you will build msucle and keep it! Make 2010 your year!
Editor's note: Also see our Exercise Videos section for instructions on how to complete over 600 exercises using the correct technique for the best results possible.
Supplements For Muscle Mass & Weight Gain
There is a huge array of products out there that can help you build muscle mass fast. Supplements can be used in conjunction with a solid diet and training program to reach your goaster faster. Here's a list of the supplements we recommend you take a look at for muscle building:
Protein is absolutely essential to building lean muscle. Without it, you will not grow! Protein powders give your body protein, fast! They contain the optimal amounts of amino acids and fast digesting protein you need to grow. The best time to take protein is straight after you train, when your body needs to most! View all protein powders or read more about protein in the M&S Protein Supplement Guide.
Creatine is the most popular and most scientifically-backed muscle building supplement available. It will help you gain weight fast, increase your strength in the gym, and most importantly, build lean muscle mass. Creatine is one of the most effective products you'll ever use, and is classed as an "essential" muscle building product. View all creatine supplements or read the in-depth M&S Creatine Supplement Guide.
Pre-workout supplements make this list because people are using them to bust through instense workouts and make great gains. Pre-workout products help you by giving you energy, increasing blood flow, buffering lactic acid, and increasing the absorption of other nutrients like creatine and protein. View all pre-workout products.
If you're not getting the calories you need to gain weight, it will not happen, no matter how good you workout routine is. Weight gainers are there to increase your daily calorie and protein intake. The range from 600 to 1200+ calories, can can be taken beteeen meals to increase your overall daily protein and calories. View all weight gainers.
Carbs play a very important role in muscle building. They add extra essential calories to your daily diet, spike insulin post-workout (this helps shuttle nutrients faster to muscle cells), and replace lost muscle glycogen which is depleted during training. View all carbohydrate supplements.
Multivitamins are the backbone to any nutritional plan. People who train hard have a higher requirement for most vitamins and minerals because when you train you lose essential vitamins and minerals. For this reason, a regular supermarket multi simply won't cut it. You need a multivitamin designed for athletes. View all Multivitamins.
Testosterone Suppport (over 30's)
Like protein, testosterone is also essential for muscle growth. While most young males have plenty of testosterone needed for growth, males over 30 experience loss of testosterone as they get older and may benefit from a testosterone support product. These products are designed to support your test levels for optimal muscle growth. View all testosterone supplements.
Putting It All Together
Now it's up to you to take what you have learned here and apply it to reach you goals. Write down your plan, choose a workout routine, plan your diet, choose your supplements, then execute! From here on it's up to you to stick to it. Consistancy is the key, you can have the best plan in the world but it's useless if you don't stick it out! Make 2010 the year that you pack on some serious muscle and build the body of your dreams, a head turning physique! Stay focused!
Transform Your Body: Get In Shape In 2010
Does 2010 means more then just fat loss and toning up to you? You want to not only look good, but feel good. You want to be in the best shape of your life! Have no fear - Muscle and Strength has plenty of resources for you.
2010 will be the year of success. You will be in the best shape of your life, and achieve all your fitness goals.
Get In Shape Features
Popular Conditioning Articles
- Circuit Training Overview
- Understanding Muscular Fitness
- Water and Your Body
- Nutrition for Optimal Recovery
- Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Transform Your Body: Improve Your Health And Life In 2010
Being healthy and fit is about more then just exercise and diet. A holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle removes bad habits, and approaches all aspects of health with a focus on longevity.
2010 will be the year of success. You will quit smoking, get more sleep, and achieve your goals.
Health and Longevity Features
- Sleep Enhancing Supplements
- Forum - How Much Sleep Do We Need?
- Forum - Question on Smoking and Weight Training
- Creatine and Alcohol: Do They Mix?
- Forum - Effects of Alcohol on Diet and Training
Popular Articles on Healthy Eating
- Are Carbohydrates Really Our Enemy?
- Nutrition for Beginners, Part 1
- The Truth About Counting Food Calories
- What is the Glycemic Index?
- Weight Loss Myths
Transform Your Body: Improve Your Strength In 2010
You're tired of being weak. 2010 will be a year of change; a year where your bench press, squat and deadlift numbers jump through the roof. You will get strong, and you'll no longer feel embarrassed about being one of the weaker lifters at the gym. By 2011, other gym rats will be asking you for your secrets.
2010 will be the year of success. You will gain strength, and achieve your goals.
Strength Building Features
- Strength Building Workouts
- Bench Press One Rep Max Calculator
- Bench Press Max Chart
- Creatine Supplement Guide
- Competition Classic Lifting Belt
Popular Strength Building Articles
- Increasing Your Bench Press - Top 10 Tips
- Building Strength and Mass With Negatives
- Strength Training Among Older Adults
- Extreme Powerbuilding The Hepburn Method
- More Strength Training Articles
Strength Building Workout Routines
- 100% Powerlifting Workout
- Doug's 4 Day Split Maximum Strength Workout
- Compound Exercises Only Workout
- Eknight's Modified Westside Barbell Strength Workout
- More Strength Building Workout Routines
The Importance Of Keeping A Training Log
You've spent time visualizing, planning and researching your goals. Now it's time to change your life, and put your plan into action. One of the best ways to keep yourself on track and motivated is to keep a training log. A training log documents workout specifics. You'll want to log which specific exercises you performed, along with how many reps and sets.
For cardio, notate how long you exercised, and what the intensity was. Most pieces of cardio equipment - treadmills, stairmasters, etc. - provide you with very specific workout information. If you do now know how to determine the duration and intensity of your cardio, ask a trainer at the gym.
You'll also want to periodically log your body stats: weight, bodyfat percentage, and body measurements (arms, chest, thighs, etc.). Logging this information will allow you to not only track your progress, but also to make necessary adjustments should your progress be slower then expected.
Another very important aspect in reaching your goals is food intake. At minimum, take time to log your daily calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat. Notate when you ate, how many calories you ate, and how much protein. At the end of the week, tally up your average caloric intake. This number can then be adjusted up or down, depending on your goals.
Lastly, you'll want to log your supplements. Often times, an individual will start 3 to 5 new supplements at the same time, and the distinction between what's working and what isn't becomes blurred. Try to add only one major supplement, such as creatine or nitric oxide, at a time. Log this supplement for 2 to 4 weeks, and detail your bodyweight composition and training. Far too often a trainee guesses if a supplement is working.
The Muscle & Strength Forum is a great place to log your training, diet and supplements. When you log your progress in a community setting, you receive the added benefit of feedback. If something goes wrong, you can ask questions, and receive great advice.
The best laid plans can easily became regrets it you don't take the time and track your progress. Seeing how far you've come is a great motivator. Start a log today!
What To Do If Your Stray From Your Goals
What happens if you stray from your goals? What happens if you get off to a fast start, but life happens, and you fall back into your old diet and lifestyle habits? Don't wait until January 1st, 2011 to get started again. Read through this article, define your goals, develop a training and diet plan, and get after it!
Most people you know make resolutions to change. And most people fail. Why does this happen? Generally, people fail to achieve their goals because they chase after a "pie in the sky" dream without planning exactly how to achieve this goal. If you become one of these individuals, don't lose hope! Perhaps you developed a plan of attack that was too aggressive. Perhaps you set goals that weren't reasonable. Perhaps you tried to diet using a fad approach instead of a lifestyle approach.
You want to change! If you didn't, you wouldn't be reading this transformation guide. If you've lost hope or motivation, or don't know where to began, ask for help. There are plenty of individuals waiting to help you in the Muscle and Strength community.
Don't wait for tomorrow to come. Take control of your destiny today. Make today the day that started it all!