With most of the things in life, success in the gym comes down to mastering the basics. Here are six tips for exercising, basics of weightlifting, and essentials of training that nobody likes to hear but everyone should follow. Follow these tips wholeheartedly to reap major benefits. One should focus on simple concepts rather than wasting time on debating the endless stream of supplements, new workout programs, and diet plans and you can see the results therein.
Most people work out with a short term goal in mind like losing 40 pounds in the 12 weeks. But the goal is not this; it is like looking at health in a different way and to regain good health for rest of your life. The goal should be to work out on a regular basis and not to bench press 300 pounds. The goal should not be to sacrifice everything to get results at the earliest, whereas the goal should be faster next year as compared with today and even faster from two years from now than you will be next year. Commit to the long term process instead of short term goals, the results will surely be seen. Living a healthy life is not a big deal as one can go gym every week and this a normal thing to do with no sacrifices and obligations.
Most people don’t have a proper schedule; they never train consistently as they keep on thinking when they are going to train next. They keep on wondering about certain things like will there be enough spare time for workout, will I’ll have enough willpower to work out when I’ll come home after work, will I’ll be motivated to wake up early and run and so on. In simple words people only train when they feel motivated or inspired. Here’s a better idea to go with: don’t treat exercise as a punishment or something to do as compulsion, just do it when it’s convenient and start setting a schedule for yourself to follow.
Good results come from focus and hard work and not great variety. Many people do not have any specific goal and waste time in gym shifting from one machine to another. Always remember that an exercise that makes you move more will deliver bigger benefits. The exercises that force your body to move the most and the quickest give incredible results. This is why the clean and jerk and the snatch are the most important part of weightlifting. Here’s a short list of the best exercises. As per my opinion, at least one of the first five exercises should be included in every workout.
Clean and Jerk
The biggest mistakes that most of the people do is jumping in and max out with a weight without building a foundation or strength and that is not advised. If you ask people about their workout, one can hear that it was intense or it’s going to be so sore tomorrow or it finished my workout by doing a set to failure etc. It’s great to push yourself but you need to start slow.
People wonder that why aren’t they losing weight even though they are going gym every week and doing the same amount of exercises. People step onto same treadmill, run two miles like they always do and wonder why they aren’t getting stronger. The reason is simple if you want to see results you have to do something different like add 5 pounds each week and add an extra set that week and do the same exercise, but rest for 15 seconds less between sets. If you want to see progress each week, then you have to progress each week. These are all ways of changing the stimulus and forcing your body to slowly and methodically get better.
If you are not measuring what you are doing then how can you guarantee whether you’re actually getting stronger or not? Tracking your progress is simple just get a small notebook and write down your workouts. Simply write down the exercise you are doing. When you finish a set; record it in your notebook while you’re waiting to do the next one. If you don’t know how many sets and reps you did with a particular weight two weeks ago, how will you keep a track of your progress? Thus it is advised to maintain a record of your workout as what is measured is what is managed and it brings all the points together.