Have you ticked these off your April 2017 checklist?
1. Read Faiz Ariffin’s cover story.
2. Try out his unique workout programme.
Because all good things come in threes, we’re back with a more solid advice from the man of the hour on how you can live your best life possible. Watch the Q&A video above, then check out Faiz’s tips below:
Make What You Want No. 1
“Prioritise what you actually want to do in your life. You only have 24 hours in a day, so you might not be able to achieve everything you want. Make an agenda for your day by jotting down what you need to do either the night before or in the morning. This way, you can hit the ground running when you get up. It’s important that you schedule in what you want to do. Make sure that, from your timeline in a week, you meet targets for the bigger picture of what you want to achieve in life.”
Communicate Your Goals
“In the beginning, my parents didn’t like the idea of me being a bodybuilder. They were concerned because bodybuilding has a bad reputation in Malaysia – the sport’s been linked to enhancement drugs, and there’s a perception that bodybuilders have rage issues. So I made a pact with my mom. I said, ‘I promise you, I won’t do all that. I’ll do it as naturally as possible, and push my limits to what I can do humanly. I’ve got the right genes [for this sport], and I’ll put in the necessary will power and consistency to meet my goals.’ This vow keeps me grounded – and makes me work harder!”
The biggest mistake i see when people training biceps is their lack of focus. The key, I think, is the mind-muscle connection. If you don't achieve it, the workout suffers and you're essentially going through the motions. Staying focused means keeping distractions away. Aside from that, I often see people using bad form and poor technique. You must master those two things before lifting heavy weights. #faizzariffintips
Check all the Boxes
“When you’re an athlete, you have to pay your dues. You have to keep up with your daily training, and keep your diet on point. Make sure that you’re getting enough rest too. On top of that, you have to balance your work schedule with family time. The real challenge is to keep everything going. You’ve got to keep yourself motivated on a daily basis to meet your goals – and avoid getting burnt out. The idea is to wake up every morning, knowing that you enjoy what you do.”
Stay True to Your Goals
“I got serious about bodybuilding when I was in university. I remember bringing my Tupperware of chicken breast and brown rice to school. It was all boiled, and my friends were like, ‘Ewww…what’s that man? Are you on a diet?’ I just said ‘Yeah’, and kept quiet cause people would look at me weird. Sometimes, you just have to keep your head down, focus on yourself, and keep doing what you do. It’ll pay off in time – it did for me.”