Good afternoon everyone! I hope that everyone is having a great day so far. I’m guessing that most people saw the title and thought that they would come and find that magical, legendary, golden, workout plan right? Well I’m sorry to disappoint you all but that is not the case here. What I am about to say will apply to most people from the newbie lifter to the IFBB Professional.
So you’re ready to start working out and building some muscle but you don’t know where to start. Like most people, you hit the internet and start looking for the latest and greatest workout plan that man has ever created. During your search, you come across many appealing titles such as, Arms Like Arnold, Omega Chest Pump, Wheels Of Steel Leg Training, 30 Days To Perfect Abs, and all kinds of other workout plans. Your eyes get big when you start to imagine the possibilities. After what seems like an eternity, you finally choose The Ultimate Whole Body Transformation Workout designed by Joe Black. You can’t contain the excitement because you know that in 30 days, you will look a Greek god, or goddess if you’re female.
Fast forward 30 days and you’ve finished your workout plan. You take a look in the mirror and you see some changes but it wasn’t what you expected. Anxious for better results, you go back to the internet to look for a different workout plan. After another 2 hours or so, you find one that you think will give you better results and you give it a try. Thirty days later, you look in the mirror again with the same disappointment. Desperately searching for that perfect plan, you continue that same 30 day cycle of starting and stopping and after a year, your gains are minimal.
At this point you get frustrated and right when you’re about to give up, you run into a guy named Devrin D. Batiste Sr. You see him over by the dumbbells with his headphones on, sweat dripping all over the place, and a face full of intensity. You think to yourself, that’s the man I need to talk to. Ignoring the angry scowl on his face, you tap him on his shoulder and ask him if you can ask him a question? That scowl quickly turns into confusion since you are already asking him a question. He then smiles, turns off his headphones, and says sure go ahead. You ask him about working out and what workout plan he uses. Mr. Batiste proceeds to explain to the young man that in order for any workout plan to be effective, you must first have patience. Just like Rome was not built in a day, your muscular physique won’t be either. Devrin tells you to take your time and not to rush the process and to also remember that this is more like a journey. On that journey, you will learn a lot about yourself and that you will be able to use those lessons to your advantage.
Devrin also tells you something that catches your attention. He says that while he has a workout plan, he only uses it as a guide. These days, Devrin is a little more in tune with his body than you are, so he knows how to listen to it. He knows what his body will or will not respond to and he structures his training sets and reps around that. He explains to you that it is something that you develop over the years and not something that can be taught. Before your conversation is over, he gives you another tidbit of information to always keep in mind. He writes something on a piece of paper and hands it to you. You look at the words, NO GRIND NO SHINE, and ask him what does it mean. You can see the passion in his eyes and hear it in his voice as he explains that NO GRIND NO SHINE means that you must be willing to go through whatever it is that you must go through to get to wherever you’re trying to get. Every day won’t be easy and there will be some days where you just want to quit. Those are the days that will define you. Those are the days that will either lead you to the greatness that you are destined for, or to the mediocrity that so many settle for. His last words to you are to never forget to keep GOD first in all that you do and the praise goes to Him and not you.
Now young grasshopper, what will it be?
Devrin D. Batiste Sr.