If you want to maximise how effectve you are both inside and outside the gym then you need to learn how to flip priorities, says Ben Pakulski
Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida.
1 Learn to be lazy
Managing priorities is definitely a skill I’ve had to learn. Prior to being a pro bodybuilder I barely slept. My friends would always say to me ‘it’s okay to sit down once in a while’. When I became a competitive bodybuilder I had to learn to be lazy so I could recover properly.
2 Prioritise to win
Shifting your priorities is best learned from experience but I can tell you this: if you try to do everything then you get mediocre at everything and that sucks. It has happened to me recently when preparing for a show. I tried to do way too much and your body breaks down.
3 Work a shift system
If you try to do too much your productivity sucks. So now I balance training and business. After the contest season is over I switch into business mode and I take control of that area of life. I do one workout a day as opposed to two or three and then I’ll shift back when show prep starts again.