Five Keys to help you train for RESULTS
If you are training by yourself in a gym, it can sometimes be hard to get motivated and ready to lift, run, or even just turn up. As you read this, you probably have experienced this before. Heck I have, and I am a Fitness Professional.
So how does one get around this tricky little bump in the road?
Well there are several ways to do this, and I am going to share with you my top five keys to success that I use in the gym that helps me get ready to train hard and achieve results. Because lets face it, there is no point going into a training session half arsed.
So here are the Chiefs sure fire ways to get ready to lift, train and go 110% EVERYTIME you are in the gym.
Cliché as it may sound. But it is the direction you need to have before you step foot into the gym. And I am not just talking about the BIG goal you might have e.g loose 20 kgs. But more importantly the smaller goals such as, for every training session I am going to lift that 40kg dumbbell for 12 reps today!
Setting little benchmark goals for each training session gets you pumped up and ready to tackle every session. It is even better if you have a PT. Because he or she will already have that goal sorted for you, and it is their job to make sure you get there.
2. Fueled Up
There’s no point going into the training session on an empty tank. Go in fueled up ready to pick up the weights, tear the treadmill up, or destroy those power bags. So by having a meal eg banana on toast and staying well HYDRATED, you will get your results FASTER than before as you’ll have the energy that’s needed to lift, run and push yourself harder!
3. Get your sounds ON
Nothing beats getting amped up before a workout. But also during a workout. Get a playlist together that is going to get you pumped up and ready to go. And change it regularly. It helps to keep your music fresh. My own personal playlist includes artists such as Skrillex, Korn, Eminem, Jedi Mind Tricks and Nero. It also makes your training session move alot faster and distracts you from time keeping.
4. Record what you are doing so you don’t do the same thing twice
Don’t get stuck in the same routine everytime. Get out and try new things, or change the way you do your workouts. An example might be that you always do heavy chin ups first and then bench press. Why not do bench press first and then chin ups. Keeping your workouts fresh and different helps with keeping you motivated to come back and be creative with your workouts.
5. Push the limits
Don’t get comfy in your routine and just do 10 reps and then finish. If you can do 10 reps, go heavier and aim for the same rep count. Or if you can do 12km/h on the treadmill, increase the incline or the speed. If you continue to do the same thing you will continue to get average results. Push yourself to the limits everytime to achieve great results.
In closing I want to share with you my hot tip that I use daily to help me get through the “sticking points/plateau phases”. And that is referring to motivational sayings/quotes.
Most of you know that I do competitive canoe racing, running events and have dabbled in bodybuilding. Now I don’t always get everything right, but I give it a bloody good go. On my canoe I have two sayings stuck on the canoe that helps me stay focused. One is “Never Ever Ever Quit” and the other is “No one remembers second place”.
When Im in the gym, I always use “I finish when I am done, not when I am tired”
Feel free to use my top five keys to success and come up with your own to achieve the training session and results you so desire
Have fun, Train Hard and NEVER EVER EVER QUIT