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Chris Shugart
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Join date: Oct 2002
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March 13, 2008

The Grind

The Grind is a term I came up with while coaching our Physique Clinic participants and V-Dieters. Basically, the Grind is that time in your physique transformation where you just put your head down and grind it out.

It's often the time between the initial fast "newbie" results and the final results. Changes are occurring in your body, but you may not see them from week to week.

Mentally, the Grind is also where some of that new program and new diet enthusiasm wears off and it all becomes routine, even boring. There's nothing left to do or say really; you just work the plan, day to day to day.

But toward the end of the Grind, what'll happen is that you'll glance back at your "befores" and realize you've made some major changes. Other people will begin to notice. And that positive feedback will reignite the enthusiasm. And that will cause you to kick the training up a notch, leading to more results.

I think the Grind applies to life in general too, not just to losing fat and gaining muscle. There are simply times when we have to put aside all distractions (even the good ones), put our heads down, grit our teeth, and grind it out. At the end of the Grind lies an achievement, something great, or some reward or pay-off. But the Grind always comes first.

Thing is, most people won't make this sacrifice; they won't even begin the Grind, much less finish it. And that's why most people don't succeed. The Grind is often what separates the great from the average.

It's as simple as that sometimes.

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reactiontm
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Join date: Dec 2010
Posts: 236

Any tips for getting through the grind?

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Chris Shugart
Director of Content

Join date: Oct 2002
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reactiontm wrote:
Any tips for getting through the grind?



Here's a few articles that have some ideas:

The 4 Stages of Mental Mastery:
http://www.t-nation.com/...tal_mastery&cr=

Seven Keys to a Successful Body Transformation:
http://www.t-nation.com/...tal_mastery&cr=

20 Minutes to a Hard Body:
http://www.t-nation.com/..._to_a_hard_body


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Cronk
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Join date: Jun 2008
Posts: 40

Do yourself a favor and read this (very short and very good) book. http://www.amazon.com/...k/dp/1591841666

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