5 Reasons Your Workout Sucks (and how to turn it around).
Just because you are a gym rat doesn’t mean you’re not training like a newbie. We often see the more a person works out the more rigid their workouts become as they fall victim to complacency and stalled out gains. Results are not based off of the hours you stack under the bench press machine; lasting results are more about training smart with the proper tools and mindset to achieve your lofty fitness goals.
1. Switch up your workout routine.
Don’t be a slave to your workout routine. Switching up how you're hitting each muscle group is key if you plan on ever growing out of your size medium tank. Your muscles and mind easily get bored by doing the same routine, sets and reps which leads to muscle plateau and stagnant gains. It is vital to your overall long-term goals to consistently switch up how you are hitting your muscles. If you think doing curls 3x a week is doing you any favors; you're wrong. Eventually, your body gets use to the repetitive strain and gains will slow to a crawl. Don’t be lazy about your workout plan. Find different exercises to attack the muscle groups you are focused on. Catch your muscles off guard and watch how your gains will soar.
2. Know why the hell you’re in the gym in the first place.
It’s human nature to be driven by motivation; so, know yours. 75% of hitting your goals is mental. You need to have a tangible outcome you are striving for. Whether it is to have a 6 pack by summertime or increasing your bench-press by 25 lbs. Knowing what you are trying to achieve will put you in the proper mindset to tackle your goals. It will keep you constantly striving for outcomes and help you push further each time you hit the gym. If you hit the gym with no solid goals of being there your output will reflect it.
3. Turn off the TV and get some damn sleep.
Don’t let your latest Netflix binge compromise your sexy. You need a solid 7 hours of sleep, minimum, for your body and mind to recuperate; so your workouts don’t go in vain and your muscles experience optimal recovery and growth. Try to avoid nightly stimulation like watching action packed movies that will keep you up. Reading is a better catalyst for sleep. Start with a page and let it speak for itself. With the proper amount of rest and recovery, you will notice a remarkable difference in the amount of energy you have the next day to crush it all over again. A tired mind will lead to a tired body and less productive workouts.
4. Hydration. Hydration. Hydration.
Bobby Boucher was right, you need your H20. You already know how important proper hydration can be to your exercise program. Staying hydrated throughout the day, during your workout and while recovering will aid your body in regulating temperature and is essential in lubricating your joints so you can push harder and longer. If your body is not well hydrated, you will inevitably feel more tired and will run the risk of injury due to cramps and dizziness.
5. Give your body what it needs to succeed.
Just like a bountiful crop your body needs proper nutrients and supplements to achieve peak output. Adding the proper pre-workout to your fitness routine can be the topmost factor in hitting your fitness goals and seeing max results. Not all pre-workouts are made equal. After years of testing, we have found those that are rich in Beta Alanine, Creatine Monohydrate, L-Arginine AKG 2:1, L-Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous and TeaCrine Pure have proven the be the most effective in setting your body up to take a physical pounding while effectively recovering and stacking muscle.