Can you even believe that the year is almost over already? It’s mind blowing how fast the weeks, months and years are going past now… I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun. Also there’s some mathematics involved, if you think about it 1 year out of 36 is a lot less than 1 year out of 18… so the older you get, the faster time goes by. No time to waste then, is there? Gotta get stuck into it!
Anyway this has been a great year. Next year is going to be even better but I’ll save that for my next update.
Body building is a slow process that requires a lot of patience. Even just at my level, not trying to build an enormous competitive body builder’s physique but just trying to be lean, toned and proportionate is a long process. When you consider training goals you’re really thinking in terms of what you might be able to achieve over the course of a year or two, not just a few weeks or months. It’s a lifelong journey with no fixed destination. Very zen, isn’t it?
So this year my goals were mostly to address some imbalances in proportion of some particular muscle groups and I think I have been quite successful. Obviously this year I’ve really not had much else to worry about so the vast majority of my time is spent thinking about training and training related matters… I’m continuing to learn and because of this my results keep improving. In fact I would say I have had better results from training this year than ever before.
Two main areas I can remember wanting to improve upon this time last year are trapezius and rear deltoid muscles. The rear delts have improved a lot but still need to catch up further to match my oversized front deltiods, they’re off to a good start though! Traps have come along nicely and I’m quite pleased with those now as far as being in proportion to my overall body size.
Forearms is another one I’ve gotten nice results with, and most importantly I haven’t had any re-occurrence of that injury from a couple of years ago.
Also you’ll be aware that during the spring I worked very hard on getting leaner than I’ve ever been in my adult life, without sacrificing any strength or muscle mass. This was another great success I was very pleased with!
For next year, I’ll be looking to add a lot of mass during the autumn and especially the winter, and then trim up once again in the spring in time for summer. You can see that I’m really thinking a year at a time in terms of my training plans… in fact if you are serious about training for your ideal physique, you could even consider one year a short term plan.
Main area that I will be out to improve upon will be my quadriceps which I am embarrassed to admit have not really responded to anything I have done with them up until recently. My current program seems to be getting results though (at last!) so I will stick to it. In fact one change I intend to make to my overall training strategy is to stick with each program for a minimum of 10 – 12 weeks, rather 6 weeks as I have been doing for the past few years.
I will expand upon this in a later update, right now I have to go and train!