Using Your Intuitive Power to Succeed (in and out of the gym)

by Belinda on July 24, 2011

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Have you ever called a friend and they said they were just thinking about you?

Or you just knew something was very wrong with someone even though they seemed normal?

What about when you walk into a room and sense something is not right.

These are all examples of your intuition trying to give you important information.

Now before you switch off and think this is all just hocus pocus I ask you for a moment to withhold judgment and keep reading.

Intuition is recognized as a natural mental faculty, a key element in the creative process, a means of discovery, problem solving, and decision-making. It is an innate capacity that we all have and an important tool when applied to everyday life.

Think about it. Our mind is an information filtering system making sure we are conscious of the most important messages relevant to us at any moment. We are bombarded with zillions of information bytes every micro second from our external and internal environment and it’s impossible to consciously comprehend everything. So our brain filters out a ton of stuff based on where our attention is being focused. This means we miss things and that’s where our intuition comes into play. Subconsciously our mind is busy assimilating this extra data.

When all the dots are connected and an important insight is revealed we become conscious of it through our intuition.

We just “know”. We can’t explain how we know, we just do. But that doesn’t take away from the powerful validity of that information and why we must listen to it.

The most important breakthroughs in my life occurred by listening to my intuition. Sometimes it was a green light, to keep going in a certain direction, sometimes it was a strong warning that despite outward appearances to the contrary, danger lay ahead. How your intuition speaks to you is different for everyone, but once you start listening, you will notice it more and more, gently trying to guide you towards success and keeping you from harms way.

But intuition just isn’t for warnings, guidance and decision-making. It can also help you in the gym and with your nutrition by giving you new insights and taking your body beyond what you imagine is possible.

For example, we all have lagging body parts and areas that need extra attention. But that’s the challenge, they need to be trained differently to get results, but how?

Listen to your intuition, you may be surprised.

I discovered many new training techniques just by listening to my body and following my instincts in the gym. Don’t be afraid to try new things or even make up your own exercises. Nobody said it had to be “by the book”. Just because one style of training works wonders for your legs doesn’t mean you will also get the same results using that approach for your chest or arms. Start to think outside the square!

Using this technique here is a little example of something I put together for one of my clients who lost 40 pounds and got his first six pack:

Injuries are a perfect example of how intuition can help. Have you ever have gone to do a set and stopped for some reason. Maybe there was a distraction, an equipment issue – something was telling you to take care. I know this has happened to me and I ignored it leading to an avoidable strain or injury.

Intuition can help with diet and nutrition. Are there some foods that despite being healthy, seem to upset your metabolism? Listen to it. Learn to eat the foods that you know are not only healthy for you but “feel” right.

Lastly, have the courage use your intuition to guide you towards achieving your goals and dreams.

I remember the night before I left Australia to travel half way across the world to Costa Rica. After 2 years of dreaming and planning it was all about to happen. My backpack and surfboard were packed. I would be travelling alone overseas for the first time in my life and I did not speak Spanish. I was terrified. Actually I was petrified. I sat frozen sitting on my bed for hours wondering if I had the guts to go through with it.

But despite my fears, my intuition said “go”. And I listened.

And if I didn’t I would have stayed in my quiet comfortable little life back in Adelaide Australia and wouldn’t be here talking with you today……

Believe in yourself, listen to your intuition and start changing your life exponentially for the better today.

Belinda

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kell November 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

i have recently started a program that involves weights and cardio… i enjoy both though had asked my on line trainer.. if the upper body mainly arm exercises would make my bicepts bigger…(something kept telling me to stop the arm exercises) i have large arms (muscles) from a lot of years doing a physical job…. i asked the question will these exercises make them bigger or just more toned.. i didnt get a straight forward answer and my intuition keeps telling me to not work those muscles…. maybe you can advise me….. do large weights and small reps build muscle.. and does light weight and lots reps tone muscle.. any advice would be wonderful.. thanks… your inspiring!!!!!!!!!!

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Belinda November 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hi Kell! Great question, thank you :)

I have a lot of female clients who do not want to bulk up their muscles, especially in the upper body – BUT they badly need toning, sculpting and re-shaping. AND, I find a lot of women do NOT like training upper body. I tend to do is focus using various techniques to tone and shape the upper body without doing the traditional moves – as you mention, biceps curls, heavy weight, low reps. Especially for the smaller muscles this is a sure fire way to build up size! Your intuition is 100% spot on!

What I find works well are core bodyweight exercises that build great abs and also require you to support your bodyweight with your arms – this tends to work beautifully to sculpt the upper body without building size.

If you are training the upper body with a good all round routine, you should only need a small amount of bicep work and normally this is the lowest priority for me when putting together training programs for women – with other areas needing much stronger focus, such as abs and lower body.

I hope that helps and please keep visiting my blog, I am glad you are inspired! Belinda xo

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Steve July 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

Awesome post Belinda! It’s so refreshing to hear advice that isn’t tied up with science, facts and figures or just telling us what we are doing won’t work! Thanks

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Belinda July 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

Thanks heaps Steve, very appreciated. I find a lot my success comes from just taking a very down to earth common sense approach to things. The thing about common sense is….it’s not very common lol!! Seriously, keeping things simple goes a long way! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Bel

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Mandy VFT July 26, 2011 at 7:15 am

Great post, Bel! :-) Love it!

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Belinda July 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

Mandles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My special aussie mate…..long time no speak 😉 Thank you for everything, Bella (W)

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Kat Eden July 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I’ve never really thought about using intiution in the gym, although I guess I probably do without really considering it. I’m definitely with you on the concept in general though; especially when it comes to directions to take in my business. I find that following the path I ‘should’ travel I often end up overwhelmed, stressed and not successful according to my definition anyway! I guess the same could apply in the gym; maybe we should (:)) all stop doing what we ‘should’ be doing and start tuning inwards a little more!

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Belinda July 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hey Kat, awesome interview we did last night – I can’t wait for it to go up on your blog. You are such an inspiration to many including myself. Keep up the great work inspiring us girls to be “incredible”…Bel
http://www.womanincredible.com/

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