The beginners guide to getting results in the gym
Everyone who makes a habit of going to the gym will recognize the guy (or girl) that comes in bounces from one machine to the next, maybe knocking out a few reps at each before moving on to the next. Or maybe it’s the guy who comes in just to lift the heaviest dumb bell because he wants to impress the guy next to him. What do they have in common?
No Plan- and they will probably quit in the near future.
I don’t know about you, but I am in the gym to get results over time by repeating small actions consistently. I am not there trying to impress anyone by lifting 100 pound dumbbells, and I am not there to drift around like a ship without sails.
If you are intimidated by the gym, and don’t know where to start, but want to improve your health and physical appearance by going to the gym consistently here are some tips that will help you get organized, get results, and most importantly keep you from being the person that quits.
Start somewhere, even if it’s not the gym
This was my first promise to myself, a commitment to do any physical activity that could be timed, and measured to track progress. I hate running, so I started riding a bike at least 3 miles a day, 7 days a week. The results were incredible. Make a commitment to yourself- right now- to get off the couch and get 30 minutes of timed and measured physical activity per day.
Get your nutrition in order
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” was once said by Albert Einstein. I like that quote a lot, so I am going to explain this nutrition thing to you so simply that you will think it’s too easy. The food you consume should come from the produce section, deli, or fresh meat section with a few exceptions here and there. Drink water exclusively, there should be no soda, sugar loaded juices, or alcohol going in your body. Seek out new knowledge on nutrition daily, and you will find those exceptions that I mentioned.
Get a basic plan to build your body
After I had achieved such great results with the bike, I knew I needed a basic for getting in the gym. I didn’t try to re-invent the wheel, and I looked to one of the greatest body building experts of all time for advice- Arnold Schwarzenegger- I used the Arnold bluprint as a guide when I started getting serious about getting in the gym, getting a plan, and accomplishing results. The important thing about the blueprint is that no specific weight requirements are given, when you feel it is getting to easy, use more weight. Concentrate on form. Textbook form will get results, as well as help avoid injuries.
This is the step where almost everyone will fall off, you see it every New Year. Everyone wants to get healthy, they want to get a better body, but everyone doesn’t want to put in the work. You will put in the work, you will be consistent. If you fall off today, make sure to get back on tomorrow.
Throw your scale away. This is not about numbers, it’s about a lifestyle. If you are performing the right actions consistently- the numbers will come. They will not come fast; just keep knocking it out every day until the people around you start talking about your results. Get it out of your head that you’re going to see dramatic results in 30 days. Performing the right consistent actions every day is the result you need to focus on.
Thanks for taking the time to read, I welcome your feedback and questions. If you feel you have received any kind of value from this article, please share on your social networks, and subscribe to The Round Life Blog to stay up to date on the latest articles that will help improve your Health, Wealth, Love, and happiness today,