The Key Ingredients

Ok, Primal Camp.

I felt compelled to write this post after people watching in my local gym today and seeing several people completely half assing it.

There was a guy using his phone in between sets.  Another guy was doing squats with a range of motion of about 4 inches.  One guy I swear must have been resting 10 minutes in between sets.

All big no-no’s, but the problem is, they just don’t know any better.  They haven’t figured out the key ingredients to getting results in the gym and will stay the same until they do.

So what are the key ingredients exactly?  Two simple things.  Work and commitment.

I remember back in high school, I honestly had neither.  And it showed.  I was scrawny, weak, un-motivated, and wasting my potential.  It wasn’t until college that I actually turned the corner, not only in my education but also in the strength game.  I learned the ingredients and boom!  My life hasn’t been the same since.

getting results


Truly making a change in your body whatever your goals are, getting bigger and stronger, or leaner and better conditioned, takes brutally hard work.  Anything less will get you nowhere in a hurry.

I’ve seen people go to the gym for years and still look the same, or have the same strength level.  How in the hell do they do that?  That blows my mind!  Doesn’t that trigger something inside of them that makes them think, “What the f*ck am I doing?”

You have to put in the work.  Can’t do any more reps?  Add another set.  The weights are too heavy?  Add 5 pounds.  You are too tired?  Drink some coffee.  Sick?  Bring a bucket.  Hate doing squats?  There is no hope for you.


Maybe you think you are ready.  Maybe you are still “contemplating” making the leap and totally engaging yourself in a life changing process.  Maybe you don’t know what the hell you want.

But let me tell you, that until you know what you want and understand what it takes to get there, and are ready to dive head first and commit yourself 100% to making that change for the better, you will fail.

And oh, by the way, being committed in the gym for an hour a day is the easy part.  What about the other 23 hours a day?

Are you sticking to your diet?  Are you sleeping 8 hours a night?  Are you resting on your off time?  Are you drinking enough water?  Are you laying off the booze?

You can’t bust your ass doing high-intensity cardio all week and then sabotage yourself by eating chicken wings and drinking beer during the football game on Sunday.

You can’t lift heavy weights day in and day out to gain mass but not eat at least 1.5 of protein and carbs per pound of bodyweight and expect to succeed.

Now we all slip up every once in a while.  Hell, I ate a whole pepperoni pizza the other night and a pack of Reeses Christmas trees all in one sitting.  And damn, it was good too!

But if you are trying to make a transformation, those days better be few and far between.

Live It

Transforming your body and skyrocketing your strength is not a part time job my friends.  It is a lifestyle.

You must live it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   Strength and fitness is not something you can half ass.

Sure, by half assing it, you may lose a pound here or there, or maybe you add a few pounds to your bench press.  But that is a pretty average accomplishment, don’t ya think?

What happened to separating yourself from the pack?  What happened to really challenging yourself and achieving something truly remarkable?

Everyone can achieve greatness, I 100% believe that.  Just use the key ingredients and you will be well on your way.

Make the commitment.  Do the work.  No excuses.


— Tank

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