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Animal Flex - "This is a game for warriors. The iron sport is grueling, painful and arduous. Whether it’s in the gym or with your diet, being an Animal is about consistency and giving everything you got 24/7, 365 days a year… Approaching the business of bodybuilding like it’s your job—and it ain’t a cushy white collar gig with a corner office. It’s back-breaking labor, day in and day out. You move the heavy weight in the gym and eat the right calories to pack on muscle because you know it’s what’s required. It’s not just what you want to do--it’s what you gotta do.
The bottom line is desire and the need to push the limits—to be bigger and stronger, to go heavier and longer than Mother Nature ever intended. But good intentions and enthusiasm can lead you astray. When you’re pounding the weights like this, you subject your body to a tremendous amount of punishment--punishment that can lead to wear and tear and injury. All this will impede your progress. Further, it is sometimes possible to put on muscle faster than the supporting connective tissue and joints can handle. Truth is, in the unbridled quest to pack on mass, novices and experienced veterans alike often focus on muscle, overlooking the structures that hold it all together.
Look at it this way, when you’re building a house, a big one, you need to make sure that what it sits on is rock solid, because that massive structure puts tremendous pressure on the underlying foundation. So as much time should go into building that foundation as building that house. Now think of your body’s foundation is your joints, ligaments, tendons, and all the connective tissue--the framework that supports your growing muscle. The harder you train, the more stress you put on your structure. Each workout not only taxes muscle but sinew and can, over time, weaken this vital connective tissue. Remember, when a foundation crumbles, the house is quick to follow, no matter how massive it might be.