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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 search 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 up Arnold’s difficult routine. I knew entering into that this journey wouldn’t be straightforward. That’s why I took it to start with—I wish to enhance, not simply bodily, but in addition mentally and spiritually as properly. 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 really 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 classes would make up for it.

I couldn’t have been extra flawed!

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


My weights went down considerably on nearly 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 total. After what I believed was a enough 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 prior to now, and I used to be getting pissed off.

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

So, I pivoted. I centered extra on slowing the load down, maximizing the strain, and flexing muscle tissues in between units. What I discovered was the exercise went significantly better total due to that effort to problem the muscle tissues in different methods. I discovered one thing that I might 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 over time on Muscle & Health. I’ve shared that info myself in a lot of my articles over time. The significance of all these variables will increase tenfold on a program like this. Each calorie, each minute of relaxation, and each observe I can implement to maximise my restoration issues. The time I take to warm-up issues as properly.

That lesson hit residence 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, blended my BCAA’s and went straight to my barn to begin coaching so I might nonetheless end on time. I uncared for my regular routine of utilizing my percussive gun and stretching earlier than I began the exercise. That value me. My numbers went down considerably, and I used to be significantly combating temptation to name it a night early. Nonetheless, I utilized the lesson I had beforehand discovered about making probably 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 additional time, I’ve to take it, however the work should nonetheless be finished correctly so I can get probably 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 significantly as I do the coaching itself.


This wasn’t fully a doom and gloom of the Arnold Problem, nevertheless. There have been definitely upsides to this as properly. Once I noticed the primary article on Muscle & Health, it hit residence 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 quite a bit.

On the finish of the day, motivation isn’t the final word issue that has carried me via up so far. Motivation is fleeting. It actually takes severe dedication and self-discipline to grind via 24 hours of whole coaching per week alone. Fortuitously, my cellphone has been an excellent 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 progress has been a giant assist. I’d by no means put myself of the extent of these individuals, however I wish 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 just a few individuals which might be on this journey, and the encouragement I’ve gotten again has been nice. Whether or not it was a “rattling, you’re sturdy” 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 great. My deepest thanks exit to all of you which might 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. Figuring out somebody might learn these and use it as a means to enhance is one thing I take very significantly. Once I began out as an adolescent, I walked nearly a mile and again to go to the gymnasium every morning, no matter what the climate was like, and I’d think about myself sometime being able to encourage others to be their finest. If that is that chance, I don’t wish to waste it. That thought is sort of 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 may observe me on Instagram @rocklockridge, the place I share updates, clips, and ideas all through this journey. You can even test again to M&F for future articles on this sequence. Don’t overlook to observe them @muscleandfitness as properly.



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