One of the toughest parts of getting yourself into the mindset of fitness training for that desired body isn’t always setting the alarm early for the gym, it’s knowing what to do when you get there. Whether you’re working for a lean look or looking to ‘get big quick’ or even if you have a long-term goal to achieve such as marathons, then there is one key factor, something that will help you achieve what you want to achieve without the need to drink raw eggs before setting off on a 4am hike in the middle of January… It’s simple, you have got to be willing to put the effort in.
Everywhere you look, there is somebody wanting to sell you something different about how you can get a beach bod in three easy steps. And we’ve had a good go at trying to achieve this a fair few times ourselves. Over the next couple of months, we’ll bring you features that look at various fitness training regimes that we’ve tried and had varying results from, however, these will again be personal views – remember to make your training something personal, otherwise you’ll be working towards other people’s results instead of your own. This is not a misconception in training per-say but it is something that people often fall down on, not setting personalised goals that they are capable of achieving.
A major misconception in any type of fitness training is that you are going to get results immediately. Speaking from experience as well as bringing together information from seasoned professionals and experts there is no quick fix. We know that any weight loss programme should be safe and shouldn’t be rushed as this could result in major health risks. When looking to build muscle mass and change your functional capability, this is an even slower process. True body strengthening takes at least 4-6 weeks to even begin showing signs of progress. So regardless of your long term goals, allow time for it to be achieved. Looking at more specific slants on fitness training there are misconceptions that are relevant to everyone. For people looking to drop body fat quickly, don’t be tricked into thinking you’re going to be able to do it with training alone. You’re going to need to help yourself in the kitchen (not at the buffet) and you’re going to need good people around you. We are machines that know what fuel burns best; to make your engine run efficiently you need to put the best fuel in! Combining a good diet with a specific fat loss training programme is one step, add in supportive people and you’re winning!
When you’re looking to increase strength and muscle mass then it would be best to think about one of the most commonly used phrases and really mine into what it actually represents. ‘No Pain No Gain’, something that has been said for decades and has a much less truth about it than expected! To a certain degree, pushing through pain has been proven to show positive results. However overtraining is a common cause of injury and more importantly (even without injury) it can impede your progress. If you start a normal week at 100% ability and you train to 60% ability you might recover 20% of this overnight through recovery time. The next day you train at 80% and finish the day at 40%, this is an exaggeration clearly otherwise everyday trainers wouldn’t be walking let alone training, but it is happening to a degree. Much more effective training plans are based on proper rest periods timed into it.
We look forward to hearing what you think and we’ll be back soon with some more features including popular training regimes, timing eating with training and how you should be training.