The JOURNEY of Developing a LEAN Body!!!

Posted: November 2, 2009 in Fat loss and lean bodies, Lean body lifestyle
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En Route to Developing A LEAN Body!!!  It’s a long and winding road and it’s not going to be an easy or smooth journey! Here’s a few steps to follow that will make your journey a bit more direct and smooth!

STEP 1: Decide where you want to end up… do you want to end up with an ATHLETICALLY LEAN physique?

STEP 2: Define where you are starting out… where you are at right now physically?

STEP 3: Map out (PLAN IN DETAIL) your journey. Plan out exactly what you need to do physically, emotionally, and nutritionally.

STEP 4: Decide on a realistic timeline to get you from your starting point to where you ultimately want to end up.

How LONG Is It Going To Take To Develop A LEAN Body???

Everybody wants to know how long it’s going to take to develop a better body, a leaner body or an athletic body. We live in an… ‘I WANT IT NOW’ society. A lot of people seem to think they can BYPASS the hard work and dedication and just get results. Hmmm… SORRY, but it doesn’t work that way!!!

Let’s ask a few questions first before telling you how long it’s going to take. First I’d like to ask, what’s the rush? Why are you in such a hurry to get there? And when you get there, what then? These are all very important questions that YOU need to ask yourself!

So how long is it going to take? Well that depends on where you are starting out from. In order to better understand how long it’s going to take… Let’s go on a  journey to Los Angeles!

Two people are going to start a journey from their homes and drive to Los Angeles for the first time. LA is the final destination for both people. They will start out their individual journeys to LA via car on the same day at the same time. Both persons are only allowed drive for the same maximum number of hours per day and at the same average speed.

Now both individuals could have taking a plane and it would be much faster, likewise you could look at having surgeries and operations, but that could end up a DISASTER! So let’s forget about that, it’s not an option and besides we want you to be successful and gain confidence from knowing that YOU achieved what you want via discipline and hard work.

Their driving (progressing forward, clocking up the miles) is similar to you striving for that final destination of a lean athletic body. Along the way these two drivers will encounter distractions, things to tempt them to get off course, just as you will in your journey. Maybe they will run into some road works or a detour, maybe even a road accident that brings traffic to a complete stop… something they didn’t expect or plan for that will slow down their progress, but they will have to deal with it, just as you will have to deal with any unexpected events that pop up along the way.

These unexpected events may get you slightly off track, just don’t let yourself be totally derailed. You must keep on course and keep striving forward towards your final destination.

So who is going to reach the final destination of LA first? Care to guess an answer???

The answer is rather simple. You see we left out one piece of vital information. We never told you where each person was starting out from. This is the KEY piece of information that’s needed. Whoever lives the closest to LA will get there the quickest because his starting point is that much closer to his final destination. The person driving to LA from New York won’t get there as fast as the person who’s driving to LA from Las Vegas. The person driving from New York will get there eventually, but it’s going to take longer to reach that final destination because his or her starting point is that much further away than the person who’s starting out the from Las Vegas.

So you see it is very important that you set realistic timelines, and the timeline will be based upon YOU and where YOU are at currently (where you are starting out). We understand that you want the results now and you will experience results fast, but you may not achieve the end result as fast as you would like. So just BE PATIENT and BE PERSISTENT. Most importantly, be in it for THE LONG HAUL and learn to ENJOY THE PROCESS!

Are you bringing anyone else with you on this journey??? Sometimes drivers will have passengers, people travelling along with them who want to reach the same final destination. Now passengers can be great at times. They can keep you company, keep you focused and keep you on track. However, choose the wrong passenger and your journey can quickly become a nightmare. Maybe they are not as committed or focused as you are about reaching that final destination and reaching it as quickly as you can. Maybe your passenger is more concerned with stopping off at Dairy Queen along the way for an Oreo Cookie Blizzard. This isn’t going to help you very much now is it?

Social support as we have already mentioned is great. Now social support can come in various forms, however when it comes to a training partner or people who you spend a lot of your time with, you need to make sure they are aware of your goals and what you are aiming to achieve. So choose carefully those you surround yourself with and if you invite anyone on this journey with you, just make sure they are supportive in the right way and that they assist your progress as opposed to resisting it. Put YOU first! This is not selfish in any way. Remember IT’S YOUR JOURNEY, not anybody else’s.

Backtracking DOESN’T HELP!!! Earlier on this year I was flying from London, England to Toronto, Canada to do my first physique contest. We were over 2 and a half hours in the flight when the captain informed us we had to turn around and fly back to London as their was a minor (lol) issue with the aircraft.

This slowed down our progress and made the journey longer. Many people slow down their own physique progress and make the process harder and longer by backtracking… Taken long breaks from training, etc. I’m even guilty of this one, and then some reasons for backtracking are unintentional… such as injuries!!! Just avoid and ‘avoidable’ backtracking issues and keep pushing forwards!

LA again anyone??? Maybe you’re someone who has taking a journey to LA before. So no doubt you know what it’s like to get there. What roads to use, what distractions, etc there are along the way. Maybe the last time you travelled there you remember some wrong turns you took. 

If you’re someone who has trained before and achieved great results, but for whatever reason(s) you let yourself slip, do not worry. You have a bit of an advantage. If you’re body has been there before you can achieve results faster than if you where starting out from scratch, this is provided your nutrition and mindset is in order of course.

UNTRAINED VERSUS DETRAINED! An individual, like myself, who has a trained background can make progress much faster after a lay off, than the average person. I often have lay offs just like I do now because of an old back injury that flair’s up from time to time! It severely hampers my progress, but once I can get back into solid hard-core training my body responds well because it’s been to that place where I am wanting it to go again!

An UNTRAINED individual is someone who has no training experience whatsoever or their training experience is from years ago, so they are like a TRAINING VIRGIN once

DO NOT be fooled by the majority of before and after photos! Since we have just touched upon progress and people often used before and after photos to promote their products and supplements, we want to point out to you that you should not let yourself be fooled by supplement companies and how they use before and after photographs to sell shit.

Supplement companies will often use DETRAINED athletes and body builders, pay them NICE AMOUNTS OF MONEY to train (knowing they will get results fast) and then try and portray to everybody that anyone can achieve these same level of results if they use their supplement. Refer to the “Supplement Shockers” report included with the ‘Athletic Body System’ for more information about supplement company marketing tactics. Don’t be fooled by all the hype and nonsense.

Have you been to LA before??? Maybe you are someone who has taken a journey to LA before… so no doubt you know what it’s like to get there. What roads to use, what roadblocks you may run into and what roads to take so you avoid the heaviest traffic! Maybe the last time you travelled there you took some wrong turns and this time around you plan to avoid making those same mistakes!

If you’re someone who has trained before and achieved great results… but for whatever reason(s) you let yourself slip and regress, don’t worry. You have a bit of an ADVANTAGE! If you’re body has been there before, you can achieve results faster than if you were starting out from scratch, this is provided your nutrition and mindset are in order of course!

MAP or GPS Navigation System, Which Is BETTER???


Think of your mind as a blank GPS before you set out on your journey… imagine if you were to set out on a journey with no navigation system, no map, NOT EVEN A COMPASS . . where would you end up? probably in Mexico! You would possibly follow the weather or some climate change. But in essence it would be a wander, A STROLL. . strolling is not the route to anywhere!

Now think if you have a specific route outlined and downloaded into your GPS… that is the only route on there, so its very hard to go wrong eh? Every turn is mapped out for you. Your fuel requirements, your engine is automatically serviced . . there is no chance of a breakdown!

The ‘Athletic Body System’ is essentially your programmed ROUTE to success! There are different ways to go to LA, side roads, highway etc. These are like your pathways (Training pathways are discussed in chapter 2). If you are ‘CLOSE’ to your ideal physique then maybe you will take the highway or your journey started in Vegas! You weren’t far away and therefore you will reach your destination much sooner. 

You Arrive in Los Angeles, WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT???

So you’ve ARRIVED in LA. You have finally reached your desired destination. The journey along the way was fun, but frustrating at times. Maybe you ran into some troubles and obstacles. Maybe there were times when it seemed like you would never get there, but you were able to overcome all obstacles and setbacks you encountered and you kept focused. You kept pressing onwards towards your final destination. BUT… now that you are there… what are you going to do now??? Well here are your options…

  1. Stay and enjoy LA whilst you are there. Take it all in and enjoy the environment.
  2. Leave LA, but don’t go too far away, so you can return there FASTER the next time you want to go back.
  3. Leave LA and head back home for good, never to return. BAD option!!! lol

If you decide to totally leave LA, at least you know what it’s like and what’s required of you to get there again if you ever decide to go back. You’ll understand what to do and what’s required of you to get there.

However, when you get to LA we suggest you stick with options one and two, ENJOY what LA (the lean body) has to offer and STAY PUT. There’s no need to leave because it’s a much better ENVIRONMENT. If you do leave, you need to make sure you don’t get too far away (don’t go back to your old habits) and make regular short stay return visits (keep up the training, even if you reduce the amount of training) to LA.

So what are you waiting for? Start your journey to developing that ATHLETICALLY LEAN physique, and start your journey today!!!









Ian Graham, ABS Co-Author and BEST Body Award Winner
Sculpt Your WHOLE Life, Not Just Your BODY



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