Today is a retest day for me. I am retesting all of my core exercises that I had originally tested four months ago. This will allow me to see if the program I wrote up is worth keeping, or needs to be tossed in the trash along with the time I would of wasted doing it. All in all, trying different protocols is with my own training is what helps me continually get better at my craft. It is this event that has inspired the idea for my first ever blog post!!!
Regardless of what your goal is for exercise. Whether you are a body builder, power lifter, athlete, or a fitness enthusiast, how do you know if you are getting anything out of your training program.
Here are a few helpful tips that will help you get a hell of a lot more out of your training program and witness results that you have yet to imagine.
- GOAL SETTING
Goals are the most important aspect of being successful, not just in the gym, but in life. With out goals, there is no purpose… and there is nothing to strive for. That leaves us to be left with mediocricy. You have no idea how many people tell me “I just want to tone up, lose weight, get bigger” when I ask them what their goals are. You are most likely in this boat as well. These are not goals, these are generalized wants.
What is the difference?
To say I want to tone up, lose weight or just get bigger you are not telling anybody anything. If you were 200lbs and over a years time you lost 3 lbs and are now 197. Did you reach your goal? Are you happy? You lost weight didn’t you? So why are you not happy with the weight loss.
Or on the other hand you wanted to increase your deadlift. Over a 6 month period your deadlift went up 10 lbs. Will you then be happy?
Of course neither of these situations is what anybody wants. To have a unspecific goal, you are leading yourself up for failure. And that equals lost motivation, frustration, self-anguish and eventually no more gym.
Specific goals is what makes the difference.
I am a male, 5′ 10″, 200 lbs with 34% body fat and have a long term goal of being around 160lbs with a body fat f 15%. Now we are getting somewhere. Now we can break down how we are going to reach that goal into much smaller goals. This will keep you on track. You will know every month if you are on pace with your goals. It is not only important to know if you are on track, but reaching your goals in itself is rewarding and makes you feel much better about yourself. Its win-win. This keeps you from endlessly running on a treadmill, like a hamster in a wheel, and it keeps you from countlessly wasting time lifting weights with no change in performance or body aesthetics. This is a fail proof method to know if what you are currently doing works, or simply, if it does not.
In order to get the most out of your own training program you must understand two things.
- It is a lifestyle change, and
- You must be prepared to work…… HARD.
If you want to be fit, it must be part of your lifestyle. I am not saying you can never have another cupcake, or another beer every again. But you must find the time, and commitment into your health. If you can do this, you will absolutely be successful in the gym, or better yet in any other aspect of your life.
Also if you want to get real results, you must understand it is going to be tough. You will need to sweat, get stronger and have to push yourself to limits you thought you would never reach. You have no idea how many times I have a client tell me “I can’t lift that weight” or “This circuit will be too hard for me.” But then I give them that look, and they go at the set or the circuit and grind through it.
Once you realize you can do anything, you can do anything. There is no reason why every woman out there shouldn’t be able to do body weight pushups or pullups. There is no reason why every guy out there can’t deadlift 1.5-2x there own body weight. There is no reason why you can’t go out and run that marathon. Only you can stop you, and that’s it. Put the effort in and reap the rewards.
Was this post helpful, enlightening, the purest, greatest thing you ever read? How do you get anything out of your workouts? Let me know, leave a comment below!