“2 Scoops of protein and a shot of HARD WORK”

By: Kyle Arsenault CSCS

“2 scoops of protein and a shot of hard work!”

This is how my brother, Corporal Shane Arsenault of the United States Marine Corp, answered the question, “What kind of supplement are you on man?” My brother has taken it upon himself to change his training habits for the better, with the help of a pretty smart Performance Coach…cough cough. Because he has been experiencing far superior results compared to his counterparts, they question what he has been taking on the side. They want to know what magic pill, supplement or hocus pocus he has to be doing in order to achieve the performance and aesthetic level that he has recently worked his way into. But as my brother’s response reflects, the magic pill is good ol’ hard work.

To try and discover the quick and easy, do nothing and achieve everything “magic pill” is all too often at the top of the list when people are searching for solutions to their problems. And not only when it comes to training, but life in general. We have become a society dominated by the concept that we should do just enough to get by. And this is unfortunate because anyone who has had success in life will tell you that they had to work for everything they have achieved…and they had to work hard. They had to be dedicated to the smallest of details in order to maintain forward progress. They had to ignore others when they told them they were “crazy,” or “you don’t have to work so hard.” They had to envision their goal and do whatever it took to accomplish it. And this is the way it should be.

And getting back to the training, if anyone ever offers you the end all “8 Week Program,” or the supplement that will take your results to the next level, please walk away. Leave them be and let them try to preach that garbage to someone else. If you want to reach your fitness goals, be ready to dedicate yourself to a few months of hard work, which will eventually turn into a new way of life. You will have to work hard and smart when it comes to training, make sure your nutrition is sound and understand that what you do outside of training is just as, if not more, crucial to your success than the training itself. And best of all, there are many quality professionals, programs and other resources out there that can help you.

The only road worth traveling

So just like my brother did, seek out a quality program and put forth the effort that it takes to finally achieve your goals. I know it is cliché, but there really is no better time than now. Tomorrow turns into next week, next week to next month and pretty soon tomorrow never comes. Health and performance deteriorate and quality of life diminishes…and no body wants that! Stay dedicated and drink your “2 scoops of protein” after training and you will soon discover that this thing called HARD WORK is the “magic pill” you have so desperately been looking for.

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