When you workout do you ever think, am I doing this right?
Is this the best way for me to get results?
You aren’t alone.
In fact if you visit any commercial gym in America you will see two things.
1.) Many of the women are on cardio machines watching Ellen or talking with their friend.
A lot of them have heard many times that if they lift weights, they will get bulky and look like a man.
Btw, that won’t happen but I’ll touch on that in a future newsletter.
2.) Most of the guys are lifting weights doing endless amounts of bench press, bicep curls, and some form of crunches.
Many of them copy what’s in muscle magazines and think they will look just like them.
They are also mistaken because their bodies naturally can’t handle the load that a steroid induced behemoth can.
On top of this the other people who go to the gym who need direction just copy one of these two versions thinking they will get results.
In reality most of these people aren’t getting results at all.
So what does a successful training program look like?
1.) It must be customized to your fitness level
Don’t compare yourself to someone else.
You are unique and God made you with a specific purpose and abilities. EMBRACE THAT!!!
At my gym, all of my clients go through a customized movement screen so we can figure out the correct exercises that will best get them results and be pain free.
2.) Keep it simple
You don’t have to do 10-12 exercises to get results.
We think so many times that if we do more that’s better.
That’s actually not true and more many times can hinder your results.
My clients do 4-6 training exercises per training session on average.
This hits every muscle group, maximizes you burning fat, and allows you to not over train potentially causing an injury.
3.) Fits your schedule
Many people think that they have to be at the gym for 60-90 minutes 5x/week.
If you have a demanding job and busy home life, it’s hard for you to to stick to a plan like that.
In fact, I’ve found that if you strength train for 30 minutes 2-4x/week, you can actually get the same or better results.
This allows you to have more consistency and stick with your training program over the long haul.
It also results in you training with purpose and maximize your time at the gym.
4.) Making your life better
Your training program should focus on helping you get in better shape.
It also should improve your quality of life.
Those daily tasks like yard work and chores should become easier for you.
Your daily energy levels should be elevated so you aren’t feeling that 2-3pm slump.
Getting consistent sleep is a huge plus from having a successful training program.
When you train for life it keeps you engaged, consistent, and gives you great results over the long haul!