5 Easy Ways You Can Maximize Progress At The Gym
It’s a no brainer - we all wanna be fit!
Some of us just wanna be fit for general health and well being.
But for the most, we know having a chiseled physique with all cuts and bulging muscles showing gets the ladies swooning like crazy.
But fitness isn’t all roses and unicorns. It’s kickass hard work and sacrifice to the most part.
And for those who have walked the path know this - in the end, it’s worth it!
Coz being fit doesn’t just make you look good and helps you attract girls, it makes you feel hell lotta good from inside!
On that note let’s look into the 5 things you can learn from the fitness pros that will not only help you make progress at the gym, but teach you a lesson or two in upping your dating game as well.
Getting in shape isn’t an overnight process!
It’s not like you’ll get the body of your dreams by going to the gym for a day.
It’s a journey!
A journey where you gotta be consistent and show up everyday, for months without fail.
And you gotta push your limits before you can see a single trace of muscle gain. And then work even harder to keep them.
I know that doesn’t sound one bit pleasant! But it’s the truth.
Just like getting better at dating, working on a new fitter you requires constant effort where you’ll have a never ending battle with laziness and procrastination.
I’ve been there and trust me, the pain of dragging your ass everyday to the gym is real.
But always say this to yourself when you feel like you’re walking down the slack road too much:
‘I know it feels hard right now, but I’m doing this for the healthier, fitter and sexier me that is waiting just a few months down the lane!’
Diet = Impeccable
Ever heard the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Fitness is the one place where it holds 101% true.
The fundamental is simple - You need to be 10x more cautious about what you’re putting into your body.
Feed your body the right kinds of food, it flourishes and helps you perform better.
On the other hand, if you feed it junk ass shit, the downhill spiral begins for you.
You start feeling lethargic, you start getting more prone to getting sick coz your immunity levels go for a toss and more importantly - you start looking like shit as well.
If you gotta make progress at the gym, you need to feed your body the right diet consisting you a perfect balance of macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients and the essential vitamins and minerals.
In a 24 hour long day, you spend (at the most) 1-2 hours working out at the gym. The other 22 odd hours are spent preparing our body for the next day’s workout.
Naturally, you gotta fuel your body with the right kind of foods so you can lift more and function better at the gym.
And that includes 70% of your diet circling around foods that are rich in protein (protein shakes, chicken, steak, eggs, fish etc), 20% should be marked around fruits and leafy green veggies so that you get all those essential vitamins and minerals.
And the last 10% should be used to satisfy your carb and fat cravings like desserts and fried stuff so that you don’t get burned out in the long run by eating healthy all the time LOL.
So the next time you see your favorite actors or models flaunting those washboard abs, think of the sacrifices they made in the kitchen.
All in all, here’s the lesson. DIET IS THE FREAKIN KEY!
Exercising the SMART way!
There’s a difference between working hard and working smart!
Just like daygame, where your hours in the field don’t count, but your approaches and the lessons that you’ve learnt do.
Similarly here, contrary to what many ‘gym bros’ will tell you, you don’t have eat-sleep-shit in the gym in order to get the physique of your dreams.
All you have to do is gradually keep pushing hard in every workout and creating that progressive overload (push your targeted muscle groups to their limit, so that they emerge stronger and bigger than before).
So ideally you shouldn’t be working out more than 1.5 hours, 5 days a week.
Any more than that will do more harm than good by breaking down your muscle tissues to extremes…. And that’ll make them harder to recover.
Fitness thumb rule 101 : Training and growing gradually is the way to go!
Don’t underestimate the power of 'Rest'
If you think eating right and killing it in the gym is enough, you’re mistaken big time!
You’ve got to understand that if you’re going to the gym, you’re putting your body under way more stress than it’s used to handle.
Your muscles are breaking down at the speed of a MiG21 and they need time to recover.
Plus you’re taking in the right kind of diet to fuel your workout goals that needs to be digested well so it can be absorbed by your body.
So guess when does all this jazz happen? In your sleep, duh!
At an average, if you’re serious about your fitness goals, make sure you include at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep in your regime each day…
… even if that means keeping your midnight texting sessions at bay.
Like I stated earlier, a balanced diet with all the right amount of calories and nutrients works as a pillar to secure the results you want.
But thanks to the scientific advancements in the field of fitness, today we have a variety of food supplements to get past the nutritional limitations we have in our diet.
Yes, it’s 21st century. The era of post workout protein shakes.
So if you consider using supplements along with a solid diet, they can help you take your physique to the next level.
For example, a whey protein supplement is a must use in your stack. You can use it right after your workout because it digests quickly and starts your recovery process quickly.
Not only that, many supplements (such as fish oil and multivitamins) are great for general health and wellbeing too.
In my opinion, every fitness enthusiast should invest in a good supplement stack to reach his goals considering the fact that most our diet today consists of chemically processed food)
So these were my two cents on being fitter so you can be more date worthy more dates. Work hard, lift heavy, keep progressing!