HOW TO EXERCISE & TRAIN SMART
Ever Wonder Why So Many People Go to the Gym, Day In & Day Out, & Never Achieve Their Body Beautiful?
After a 5 minute warm up on the cardio equipment of your choosing, do your strength training first and finish with your cardio session. (Elliptical trainer is a popular cardio choice as shown to the right.) This will augment the fat burning process during your cardio and allows your best glycogen to be utilized for the strength training.
They are what I've coined the "gym drones." They've left out the essential part of a fitness plan. They've never learned how to exercise and train smart.
They come in every day at the gym, put in their time, and leave. They do the same thing over and over and over, day, after day, after day. Funny thing though, their appearance never changes. You have to wonder what keeps them coming back.
First of all, let me say that I am glad they are making an attempt. It is far better than those who don't even try.
But, what would you say if I told you that with just a few changes those same people could completely transform their largely ineffective workouts into awesome, results-producing exercise sessions that would essentially ignite an entire makeover for their bodies?
They've already done the hard part, which is to say they've decided to get up and move to improve their health through exercise. They are so close.
They can actually save time and get faster results by doing things safely and correctly as opposed to just "putting in time" and hoping they are achieving "something."
Not only would they look better, but they'd feel better and have more energy and reap so many more of the benefits that they are cheating themselves out of with poorly structured routines, poorly performed exercises, and unsafe form and improper technique.
It's a very frustrating thing to witness. However, my frustration is not the point here. Let's take a looksee at the typical scenario. Close your eyes and go with me on a mind trip for a bit. Picture this, Sicily, 1958...sorry, I couldn't resist.
But, seriously, picture this:
Person decides to take up exercise in hopes of oh, I don't know, let's take weight loss for example. So, let's give the person a gender. Howzabout a lady? And let's say she's never stepped foot in a gym in her life.
Now, she walks into the gym feeling very self-conscious and embarrassed, but, kudos to her, she perseveres and talks to the people in the office. She takes the gym walk-through and somewhere between very excited and scared to death, she decides to give it a go. So, she reluctantly, yet full of hope, signs on the dotted line.
She goes home excited about her new gym membership and vows to begin the next day. The next day she goes to the gym and walks in and suddenly it hits her, she doesn't have a clue what she should do first. Now that she thinks about it, second, third, and anything from there on out are pretty much a guessing game too.
She looks at all the pretty equipment
and decides to just do a little of everything. She moves quickly through the exercises, unsure if she is doing it right or not.
Feeling stupid, she decides to try the elliptical trainer. About 45 seconds later she nearly falls off of it, out of breath and near hyperventilation. "How is it everybody else makes it look so easy?" she wonders.
About twenty minutes have passed and she decides she's had enough. She exits stage left and at this point one of a couple of things usually happens:
A) She manages to force herself back a couple more times over the next few weeks until eventually she tries to get out of her membership a few months later. Or...
2) She keeps coming back, repeating the original workout over and over and over. She does manage to feel some health improvements in the first few weeks, but those improvements cease after a while and she never really sees much of a change in appearance.
These scenarios break my heart. It does not have to be this way, people! They are producing subpar results! If you KNEW you could spend the same amount of time in the gym, but elicit hugely superior results, wouldn't you want to do it?
With just a little know-how and a few well-implemented tips and secrets, this very lady from Sicily (kidding again) could have been a happy camper at the gym instead of one of the statistics who rue the day they ever joined a gym or became one of the gym drones.
Here are three great tips to get you started:
Do all your strength training exercises very slowly and never let momentum or gravity control the weights. You should control the weights.
Never train the same muscle group 2 days in a row. This means if you do every machine, training the total body in the same workout, do not come back and do the same thing the very next day. You may come back and do cardio only the next day, but you should give your muscles a chance to recuperate and grow before training them again. This is important!
Believe it or not, by simply instituting these 3 basic changes, you have unwittingly chosen what's behind door number C.
Yahoo!! Show 'em what's behind the winning curtain, Johnny!
C) That's the scenario where you actually begin to turn back the hands of time and look, feel, and think like you've discovered the proverbial FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. For all intents and purposes, that is what a well thought out and consistently implemented fitness plan is.
Unabashed plug for new eBook
I am in the process of releasing my very first eBook about this very subject: Best Workout Tips for How to Exercise & Train Smart. It should be available for purchase in the next couple of weeks.
It will be stocked full of tips and secrets to help you learn how to exercise and train smart so that you can achieve your body beautiful. Finally, the perfect gym member's companion has been written that answers the question, "So I Joined A Gym...Now What?"
I will let you know as soon as it is available so that you can take full advantage of the veritable plethora of info it contains so that you won't have to be like the poor lady in the story above.
You can achieve your fitness goals with a little help from friends like me. Hey, who loves ya, baby? You got that right, I do.
I am extremely excited about my new book because through it I can reach many people and show them that if they learn how to exercise and train smart, they CAN and WILL reach their goals in less time and love their workouts instead of dread them. This is my mission. :)
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