Friday, February 10, 2017

Pain is necessary for growth!

Pain is temporary and so are you! Some little motivation to get your Friday started ! I often like to talk about training and the most common mistakes I see people making. No matter what your fitness level, there is always something you can learn and grow from in the fitness industry.
For many of us, it's trial and error. I know that most people look online, find a program they sort of understand then try to replicate it. That is a decent option if you know what your goals are, however many people don't even know their goals! Lose weight, gain muscle decrease body fat are the top three. But what if that random program you found isn't going to get you to any of those results? Would you still do it? Sometimes following a trend is not the right move to make.
For example, CrossFit is super popular. It works for many people and I wanted to try it. Although I love certain aspect of it, that style of training did not get me to the results I personally wanted. I am an aesthetics athlete and I love lifting heavy for what I do however, I like the simplicity of bodybuilding vs. CrossFit. Teaching my body to move with momentum was like watching a giraffe walk for the first time. It works for some, just not me.
So here is the trick, we all have certain things that bring us closer or farther from our goals. It is up to us to figure out what we really want. I want to educate all of you on the importance of training and how you can reach your results without falling into a fitness fad!
First, know your goal. Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to lose body fat? Do you want to do endurance training? Do you want to lift for aesthetics? All of these questions you should have some type of answer for. Fat loss, strength training, and endurance all have a place in training and they will cross-over, you still need to have a good idea of which one will take the forefront of your training. For example, if you want to lose weight/ body fat, your training should focus on circuit training, intervals and weight training. If you want to get strong, focus on more strength based training with minimal cardio. Knowing what you want is half the battle.
Next, are you lifting heavy? I don't care if you are doing 5-8 reps, 8-12 reps or even 15-20 reps, the last few should be challenging and difficult to complete. “Hard” means you worked each bout to the limit.If you could have performed all 12 reps easy, what exactly did you accomplish?Performing multiple sets at a low intensity level is not time efficient.
This leads to training intensity. Are you training hard? Being 100% focused and present in your training is important. If you want to build muscle you need to create change. What creates change? Pushing to failure and breaking down muscle. It won't be comfortable by any means but guess what, the pain will subside. Keep focused and intentionally in training.
Last but not least, rest and recovery. Do as i say not as I do! Yes I am at fault of this one. You need to work hard, but you also need to rest properly. We live in a society where we think more is better. If i lift more, I will get bigger. If I run more I will get faster. the list goes on but that is not always the case. Train hard, but rest hard. It’s better to be over- rather than under-recovered.
Let me know if you want more topics like this!

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