You can earn back that money you blew in Vegas or on that bad stock investments into a certain vibrating dumbbell.
You can find another job or start a new business if you lose yours.
You can even regain your hairline if it is fading badly. (maybe not)
What you cannot do however is get TIME back.
TIME is the most valuable thing in the world. I mean when we think back on our lives don’t we wish we didn’t waste time on trivial things or situations? Once it is gone, it is gone forever!
This message is inspired by masses of people I see in the gym or on the track who are wasting valuable time. It has gotten to a point where it is painful and sad to watch.
Wasting time on ellipticals and treadmills.
Wasting time with lame machine workouts.
Wasting time with an ill-advised diet.
Wasting time with a bad, uneducated trainer.
When you waste time, you waste effort. When you waste effort, you build frustration. And frustrated people are not happy. (No scientific study needed to confirm that)
When I typically enter the gym to train, I typically see blasphemy.
The goal of strength training is progression. Getting stronger and faster. Getting leaner and looking better. Whether it is 1 extra rep or 5 extra pounds on the bar, the goal is always trying to do slightly better than you did last time.
The slight improvements add up over time. That is how progression is done!
When you do the SAME exact thing EVERY single workout, your progress stops cold like winter in the Northeast.
If I bench press 135lbs for 3×10 every time I train my chest, how much meat will I really add to those pecs?
If I squat 135lb for 3×10 every time should I truly expect my legs to grow or get stronger?
And the real question is over a year how much time will I end up wasting? You can avoid wasting time by doing the simple things below:
1: Train 3-5 days week -You will NOT reach your goal with an inconsistent frequency.
2: Train with a progressive plan -The parameters (sets/reps/weight/rest) should be improving and changing to ensure progression. The same scheme every week with no change in the parameters will equal you going nowhere fast.
3: Use compound movements as the BASE of your scheme– Full Squats, Deadlifts, Chin/Pull Ups, Presses, Rows, Power Cleans, Lunges, Dips, and Hip Thrusts. These movements will train your entire body. Do not try to sell me that you are going to gain serious strength and muscle on the pec dec.
4. Use real conditioning- Conditioning is extremely hard and its makes you reconsider why you are there. But the health and physique benefits are endless. Sprints, Bodyweight Conditioning, and Loaded Conditioning will suffice.
5. Eat for results- Listen, building muscle or gaining/losing weight is a numbers game. If you want a fantastic body composition, you have control of your macros.
This does not mean you need to eat like a bodybuilder in the final phase competition prep and monitor every single macro to the T. But you do need to know what goes into your body and how to plan proper meals.
Also, anyone who tells you “a calorie is a calorie” is full of malarkey. I think there may be just a slight difference between 2500 calories of high sugar/high fat/low protein vs high protein/moderate carbs/moderate fat.
If the macro numbers do not add up, you cannot expect to get the body you want. Remember junk food equals a junk body.
If you are not consistently doing the above things, then you are wasting time and effort in building your best physique and maximizing your athleticism.
Lame tactics will NEVER allow you to realize the potential of your physique. Just showing up and hopping on a treadmill to “train” is not good enough. Use your time wisely!
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