Don’t be too tense. Your muscles are about to get a workout, but if you’re not relaxed and free, all that tenseness is going to translate to some real muscle strain. Always do warm-up exercises.
- Visualise Your Lifts
You’ll be surprised at how much simple visualisation can make an impact on your workout. When you are preparing to lift your weights, imagine what you are going to look like doing it. Think about the way you space your feet, where you brace your muscles. Take a look at some of the articles at Predator Nutrition for more training tips like this.
- Get a Mouth Guard
This is important. Weightlifters can make a grave error when they step up to the bar if they’re not kitted out with a mouth guard. Gnashing your jaw on max lifts isn’t going to do your teeth any favours, but with a mouth guard you can contract the muscles in your jaw and give your upper body some extra stiffness.
- A Wise Choice of Supplements: For the edge endurance training, pre-workout drinks are beneficial. Predator Nutrition has your supplement needs covered to make that workout go much further.
It’s important to recharge your batteries and get a good night’s sleep before attacking a workout. Don’t skip on sleep because you’ll just end up damaging yourself in the long term.
- Work together
Having a work-out buddy is one of the best ways to encourage yourself to keep going. While on your own, you might be tempted to quit after a few lifts or reps, but having a friend with you egging you on will set you up for a great workout.
- Don’t get Distracted
Making the decision to get fit is the first step, but there are so many reasons why people fall at the first hurdle. Accepting your friends’ invitation to go to the pub rather than go to the gym will soon see you forsaking the gym entirely for drink, or sitting in front of the TV. Nip it in the bud, set your goals and stick to them.
- Use a Training Diary
Write down all your exercises, exactly how long you spent on them and make sure you note how many more reps you did compared to last time. It’s a good idea to note down your calorie intake and make an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned each day. Looking back at your awesome week of workouts not only gives you a well-earned sense of pride, but also helps you set new goals for yourself.
Bodybuilder Layne Norton has a belief that, even if you don’t think you’re suited to the work out scene, nobody should be able to ‘outwork’ you. You read an in depth interview with Layne here.
- Don’t be the Top Dog: If you’re the biggest guy in your gym, you need to find a new one. Hanging out in a gym where most of the occupants are just keeping themselves trim won’t give you the drive to be a body builder.
About the Author: I am a gym junkie but always find myself looking for new ways to stay active. You can usually find me hanging with my 2 kids at the soccer field, ice rink, dance studio or swimming pool. Other than that, I am usually at my computer, watching ellen, or making some fab dish for my hubby.