People tend to get that sudden urge, a strong impatient desire to tone and build up their body over a night, probably because summer is close and they want to look their best this season. You can’t deny the fact that even when you look at other fit people you wish you could have that rock hard body in an instant, so you immediately bolster your confidence and rush to the gym to do almost anything to reach that muscular poise.
Now, bear with me, there is no need to rush, especially if it’s your first time going to the gym, because nothing can be accomplished at the blink of an eye. Reaching certain fitness goals takes time, patience, organization, endurance and hygiene, so here are some tips on proper exercising and behavior that will help you sculpt your body in an orderly and healthy fashion.
Less Ego, More Focus
This usually speaks to the male population, since it’s somehow much more important to them to prove to someone else that they can lift or push more than any other person in the room, rather than to mind their own business.
Vanity and a constant desire to impress will get you nowhere, because such improper training can put you in a dangerous position, resulting in injury. Then you won’t be able to do what you’ve set out to do in the first place until you’ve mended your injuries.
Trust me, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so ego lifting is definitely a wrong and reckless approach to exercising. Once again, just mind your own business; you have enough as it is on your own plate anyway.
Everyday people come and go through the gym, making it a perfect place for bacteria to spread due to sharing the facility and all the sweating. I know it can be tiring to pay attention to wiping down every machine and bench you’ve used, but you’d be doing yourself and others a favor. This way you can stop the spread of germs and avoid becoming sick. It’s simply common sense.
I bet you wouldn’t like to find a bench dripping with sweat from a previous user, so try to leave things as you would like to find them. Also, wash your hands after using the bathroom and going back to your workout session. A clean gym is a healthy gym, so it’s up to every individual to help keep it this way.
Using improper form will likely lead to either injury, or poor results. You’ve probably seen people do, for instance, partial, or semi pull-ups, stopping at a 90 degree angle with their arms and then going back up – over and over again.
You may be putting a little strain on your body this way, but it’s completely ineffective, unless you go all the way back down. That’s why it’s always recommendable that you ask, or hire a personal trainer who will at least show you how certain exercises benefit your physique, how to balance cardio with weight lifting and how to do everything properly to begin with. Also, more is not necessarily better!
People tend to force the matter by adding reps, sets, weight and doing everything as quickly as possible, believing that they will hasten the process of bodybuilding. This approach is wrong on so many levels, mainly because quantity will never be as effective as quality. So remember – quality form for quality results!
A rich, healthy diet goes hand in hand with training. You can have the most perfect workout plan ever, the best form with optimal intensity, but, still, it would all be in vain without a sound nutrition. It all depends of your body type and effects you wish to accomplish, so either do some research on your own, or consult a nutritionist, or your personal trainer to help you set up a diet regime that will help benefit your workout program to maximum results.
It’s always better to have a plan, so write everything down in a journal, keep a detailed log and keep track of your progress. This way you will surely know how far you’ve come and how much will it take to push the boundaries even more.