Some of the best athletes in the world are people who came from the gutter. Like it or not, right now there is some guy training in his garage that is 10 times more yoked than you, and he only has a few dumbbells and a squat rack. Maybe he doesn't even have weights, it may just be some heavy log he lifts, or cinder blocks on a bar.
Right now as I type this, there is someone in some shit-ass 3rd world country running barefoot, and guess what? He'd fuck up the Boston marathon without any fancy sneakers.
Right now there is a guy training on a Huffy bike that would stomp most people riding Cannondale bicycles.
There are people in this world with a desire for something so big that nothing will stop them, not a God Damn thing! There are bodybuilders out there with no protein powder, no vitamins, and no mattress to sleep on, and they are better than us.
Sometimes I miss my old gym up north. It was nothing elaborate, but it was the only thing I knew. I never traveled anywhere or went to another gym. I didn't know gyms had tanning beds or protein shakes, or even had sales people. The first time I stepped foot into a Gold's gym I was blown away. Hot girls everywhere, music, supplements, and 10 different machines for your back or chest.
Now I wish it was like my old gym again. The social aspect is what kills me, people just can't leave me the fuck alone. They want to ask me about my job, or talk about some bullshit current event. Then I deal with another 10 of them that all want to talk about the same shit.
The issue isn't them, they are normal people. The problem is my mindset is still that of someone in a hardcore gym with limited equipment. All of the bullshit is ignored. I'm in there for one fucking reason, to get big and ripped. You ever notice that the most serious looking guys in the gym also have the best physiques?
The gym can be distracting sometimes. It's easy to get into this funk where you don't know what workout you want to do because you don't know where to start. You try to map out some routine in your head, and if your gym is anything like mine then sometimes you end up walking 1/2 mile between weights and machines. And in that walk you get stopped by some stupid asshole who wants to talk about depressing shit or what's wrong with his life. Before you know it, a simple workout that should have taken 35 minutes has had you in the gym for an hour and twenty minutes.
This is why I love early morning workouts… whole different crowd! Most people in the gym at 5:30 am are serious, they don't have time for bullshit. The crowd from 4 pm – 8 pm is horrible, I try avoiding that time frame at all costs.
Something I like to do from time to time is simplify things. KISS, you know what that means? KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID! Try to make up a workout with very limited amounts of weights. Pick a barbell and a couple dumbbells and stay with those your entire workout. Go to a power rack, and think of a workout you could do right there and be done.
Chest and Back – OK, here is some help… chest and back. Options are pull-ups, deadlifts, half deads, bent over rows, T-bar rows, 1 arm T-bar rows, underhand rows, pullovers with barbell, rack presses, push-ups, incline bench, flat bench. I could work my entire chest and back right there at the rack and be done in 35-45 minutes. High intensity, busting ass, doing all of the moves that none of the other pussies in the gym want to do! Hardcore frame of mind friends.
Legs – at the rack, let's see what we have here; squats, lunges, step ups, sissy squats, stiff legged deadlifts, Jefferson squats, enough to choose from that I don't need to go anyplace else in the gym! I hit it and I'm done!
Arms – barbell curls, tricep extensions with a barbell, seated tricep extension, close grip presses, close grip push-ups, behind the back wrist curls, seated wrist curls, maybe bring over a couple dumbbells and do 1 arm tricep extensions, concentration curls, alternate DB curls, hammer curls, hammer concentration curls.
Delts – shoulder presses, front raises with barbell, behind the head presses.
This is just one example of what you could do with nothing but a power rack and MAYBE a couple dumbbells. Don't even go back to the DB rack for different dumbbells, get whatever you're going to get out of that one set of 30's or 35's or whatever.
This will clear your mind and help you focus in on what you're really trying to do, keep things intense!
“Hardcore” is simply a state of mind, it's not the gym. My advice is to get into this state of mind, because there are people with far less than you that are doing a hell of a lot fucking better with getting a body.