There are millions of people in this world who make a resolution to get fit each passing year. But most of them lack the basic knowledge that’s needed to succeed in getting and staying fit.
A lot of them come to the gym, try to lift like a professional bodybuilder and end up tearing a muscle or two that cuts short their journey to glory.
Bodybuilding or fitness for that matter won’t happen overnight. It’s a time consuming process that requires incessant effort, a passion to go into the gym each day and punish yourself and the will to eat what’s required no matter what you feel like.
If you are thinking about getting fit or starting any type of fitness activity, some of these tips will help you immensely.
Stick to the basics
When you begin training, keep Pareto’s Principle in mind: 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of the causes. In other words, out of your entire exercise program, only 20 percent of the movements will produce results. Unless you’re in a very early stage of your training journey, the other 80 percent won’t likely help much.
Among all the fancy-looking machines and swanky new trainers that you see in that gym, the barebones, good old, tried and tested dumbbell and barbell are your best friends. Stick to compound movements like the squat, the bench press and the overhead press. These are movements that target one or two muscle groups at best and will trigger a much better hormonal cycle in the body, than movements like the bicep curl, which you will feel tempted to do.
Learn about nutrition
Your muscles will be made in the kitchen, not in the gym. It’s imperative that you learn about nutrition as much as you can. Learn how to fuel your workouts, learn what limits your progress and learn what amplifies it. Learn to look at every meal as a blend of three important macronutrients. Educate yourself about what works best for you.
Fitness is a habit
There are so many fitness programs focused on short-term results these days that one often forgets that it’s not about the next 12-weeks. It’s about the next 12 years. Look at fitness as a healthy habit that you need to inculcate. One that will reap rich dividends in the years to come.
Have a sustainable plan
Have a plan that’s tailored around your expertise level and your goals. Hitting the gym without a custom plan is one of the main reasons for burn out and people quitting earlier than they should. Have a plan and stick to it, no matter what. If you lack motivation, find a fitness coach who can motivate you to stay on track.
Its more brain than brawn
You might go to the gym and lift your ass off every day of the week. But until you are mentally prepared for the challenges that go with the lifting, especially in the diet, you might not be able to sustain it. Always remember, you give up in the mind. Your body only follows suit.