When on beast mode, you think about nothing else; you’re fully there in that moment; you’re not just a man on a mission, because YOU ARE THE MISSION and nothing else exists except the mission for that short period of time.
How to go beast mode
First, in order to have the required level of energy to sustain an intense workout session, proper pre-workout nutrition is required. A decent homemade size of meal containing enough saturated fat, high glycemic carbs and meat protein one hour before the workout is the perfect way to start off.
A couple of fatty chicken legs with skin and some white rice would certainly do the job.
Also, a nice and big caffeine drink such as a large iced coffee about 15 minutes before workout is a must.
You might also want to drink about 1 litre of orange juice during the workout, which will provide proper hydration and continual flow of ready-to-burn fast acting carbs.
You must definitively get excited about that workout session! Make it a special moment that you can’t wait for to begin. Proceed to special rituals to build up excitement; you might want to eat your favourite food, listen to a special set of songs, do some sort of prayer or visualisation, put on a distinctive warrior apparel or anything crazy that will wake your inner beast up for the promise of increased exhilaration.
You cannot be bored if you want to go beast mode! You need to create a challenge by changing a small parameter in your routine. You don’t want to make a drastic change, because you need to stay in control but something like changing the tempo, the sequence or other slighter changes to your weight lifting routine might equally do the job; just enough to spice things up a little!
As soon as your workout session has started, it is of grave importance to preserve a heightened momentum and focus. You cannot wait until someone else decides to share a piece of equipment with you. That’s why it is better to do your training alone or at home and not during rush hour. Training partners can be useful for specific exercises, but they are often unreliable and most of them come late, speak too much or are just too slow or moody on that day. Let’s not confuse beast mode with babysitting mode!
Also, a gym with a large crowd can make you lose your focus. It’s not the time for hot chicks, dumb-ass and social rituals.
Once your training session has started, you must be 100% focused on your training and your training alone.
I use the timer feature on my watch already pre-set for a specific time. For example. I set my watch for 90 second and once I am done with a set, I just hit the start button all over again and then focus on my breathing for maximum oxygenation so that I can get fired up for the next sets without having to keep time in mind. At that moment, in this trance-like state, time doesn’t even exist; my watch will “beep me” for the next set! That is all there is to it.
Drop any measurements
Don’t count your repetition, don’t take notes, don’t bring your chart, and don’t watch the clock. Those will only distract and make you remember where your limits are. Plus, they would definitively kill the mood. Beast mode is pretty much the opposite of accountant mode, because for that one, you will have to follow your instincts and go with the flow!
Be like water …Empty your mind, be formless. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. -Bruce Lee
Overload your senses
Overload your sense with everything that happens in the present moment. Focus on your breath to provide proper oxygenation; focus on your muscles getting pumped, on doing the specific exercises that will activate the targeted muscle groups perfectly. Feel the exhaustion of muscle fibers and welcome the pain as a reward for a job well done. You might want to listen to some music with a headphone to cut off external noises to further enclose your focus and give yourself fully over to the work you’re doing.
When you go beast mode, you lose track of time; distractions, the people around you become secondary. You’re totally consumed by hypnotic trance, connected to something greater than yourself that helps you dig deeper and deeper into your primal power. There is no such thing as limits, doubts or fear; the only thing that exists at that moment is a magnified view of the task at hand and everything closely related to it. You execute what you have to do with the excitement of challenge and give your best by living that moment to the fullest.
Going beast mode might not be suited for every training session, but it’s certainly awesome to let the beast free once in a while.