Ever right down the dates for certain activities in your fitness adventure? It isn’t a bad idea. You could set a time of week to do high weight, low rep and other times for low weight, high rep. You could set a day each month for maxing out on all of your exercises.
I set specific dates for my goals. Every 5th of the month is picture day to see my results and the 6th is weigh-in/body fat % day.
The goals should help you stay focused, consistent, and punctual. If you like this blog, do me a small favor and subscribe for free updates.
People always say you are what you eat, but perhaps that isn’t true. I am under the suspicion that you can eat whatever you want in an exercise program as long as you keep it in moderation.
If you count your calories and you’re getting a healthy amount of proteins, carbs, and fats then you have no need to sweat the fact that you got them from Taco Bell or a steak with vegetables. A calorie is a calorie, a carb is a carb, and just eat! Enjoy yourself whether your goal is to lose weight or gain it!
I just want to let you know it will help you tremendously if you track your results when you lift weights. This will keep you from aimlessly stacking weight on the bar because you don’t remember how much you did before. It will set a personal goal for you as you want to do more, somehow, than you did previously.
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Today, I went to the gym with the goal in mind of crushing back and biceps. I got there and I talked to my friend who is insanely strong and going to do some bodybuilding competitions early next year.
It’s natural to feel somewhat weak when you’re working out in front of someone who is a lot further along in their physical development than yourself, but I felt a different kind of ‘nudge’. The kind of nudge that was telling me I have been doing something wrong. Although my gains in the gym have been fine, I still lacked in some areas much more than others. My biceps have been my weakest point. I noticed that my forearms were small. I also realized I have been doing the same weight on most of my workouts for a month.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again before I get too far ahead of myself: THE NUMBER ONE THING IS CONSISTENCY. It’s keeping at it through thick and thin that is most important. However, once in a while you should examine yourself and make sure that you are having some improvement. I did that and I realized I’ve had none in a month.
So I did some thinking and I truly believe it’s a result of too much stress. I’ve been stressed by work and hanging out with friends and having just turned 21 and there always seems to be something going on. Also, I have to think about college. So you’d think that just having stuff on my mind shouldn’t bother me, but it’s more than that.
When you’re always on the run, sometimes you forget to focus on your direction; sometimes you need to slow it down. My life has been so fast paced lately that I have eaten less and haven’t worked out as hard as I believe I should have. These kinds of things are fine if your goal is to maintain the muscle mass you have, and if you’re a beginner you’ll get stronger anyways…however, after a while working out you need to focus on your lifestyle and shut out the noise from the outside world. Focus on your goals, what kind of training and diet you need, and place it first. Finally, and possibly most importantly, get plenty of rest as your body needs to heal.
Going through these plans I know I will continue to grow, and if you do the same it is my belief you will too. Done.