Can you relate to any of the below statements?
1: You can’t wait to leave the gym. You are bored. Someone who’s bored working out won’t last too long.
2: You feel exercises in places you shouldn’t feel them. Joint pain signals an impending injury and only the dumbest keep going.
3: You feel lousy afterwards. Once you hit the locker room if you are feeling muscle cramps, get cold sweats, rapid heartburn – it means you’ve pushed yourself too hard – or you may be ill and should not have gone to the gym in the first place.
4: You are weaker than you were at your last workout. You should make progress in every workout. If you start to go backwards, your body is telling you it’s time to try something different.
It is important to stand back and take note if you’ve experienced any of the above. This is crucial to your overall health, but also if you want to make the gains you’ve been wanting, in the long term. Never ignore any of the signs….but deal with them, as you would with a household bill that’s been overdue for months!
Boredom is one that comes up often and if you feel you are dragging yourself everyday to the gym, maybe you need to change the routine or how you train, to make it more enjoyable. We don’t always go to the same restaurant every time or eat the same food off the menu, so why should the gym be any different? In fact by changing your exercises every so often is a good thing and actually helps muscle growth.
Most people who juggle the gym with their busy lifestyle tend to go at lunchtimes or after work – why not go before work in the mornings?
Never try to do a full gym session off the back of a late night out or hangover….bad idea all round!
You have your weekly training programme for each of your muscle groups…..why not make a list of all the exercises that is possible for each muscle group with both machines and free weights (including the bench) – and pick and choose which one’s to do on set weeks? Speak to an Advisor or Personal Trainer to put a plan like this together, so you are still meeting your aims and objectives. The variety will make your sessions a lot more interesting.
Take your own MP3 or iPOD to the gym and listen to the music you like…this can add motivation to your workouts.
Avoid using cardio machines…….why not do your cardio outside…nothing better than running, jogging or walking in open air! Go one further and use one day of the weekend to go into the countryside and take up walking / basic hiking?
Remember, if you are a beginner, never assume you can hit the same levels many professionals are used to. They have been training for years!!!! This is where injuries and the effects to health occur, which will halt your personal progress even more. We are all different! Our bodies are great at telling us how we feel. If you are getting sore, or don’t feel well – it’s telling you to take it easier. You should always consult a doctor before taking up any exercises – any responsible gym or personal trainer should be asking you about your medical history before joining. Be honest with them, at all times!
If you’re not making the gains after all that hard work – don’t panic – it means you need to adjust your current training plan. I will cover these in the next article: “Keys To A Successful Workout.”
Keep the faith!