We all know that working out, getting fit and shredding fat takes time – and patience.
There’s a lot of work involved, and we totally get that. But, when you haven’t got the right strategy in place, it makes it 10x harder to hit your goals.
So, today, we wanted to bring 8 mistakes out in the open, so you can keep your plan on track and get ready for a shredded body this summer.
Guessing your starting point/progress
If you’re just getting started, it’s time to be brutally honest about your starting point. Get the facts (as daunting as they may feel) so you can arm yourself with the numbers to progress from. Start with your body fat percentage.
Then, work out your nutritional needs and start putting together a workout plan that suits your goals – as well as your schedule. If you don’t know where you began, how will you know how much progress you’re making?
Not planning ahead
Your physique reflects your routine and daily habits. So you better get them on track.
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If you’re feeling motivated first thing, get things done in the morning. Getting into shape and smashing your goals takes motivation, so if you often feel drained and demotivated by the evening, don’t schedule your workouts for after work. You simply won’t do it!
You need good food + great workouts for the perfect balance.
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You’re not training consistently
We see lots of gym sessions being finished with a half hearted ab workout. Now, if this was so easy, there would be way more people strutting around with rock hard six packs. Most men absolutely love arm day and likely have more than one a week; sadly we often find that they don’t enjoy training their legs as much.
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Simply put, fat doesn’t retract. So smashing an ab workout before heading home is no use as it won’t burn the fat on the top. Not only that, but our bodies require balance; you wouldn’t only workout one arm and not the other would you? In the same way that you’d train both sides of your body when working out, you need to train your lower body just as much as your upper body.
If you need more temptation then know that building muscle on your legs can also help boost the muscle in your upper body.
Your training needs motivation
If you’re struggling for motivation then a great trick is to think about the one person you would love to work out with. It could be Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman or Hollywood’s ‘The Rock’. Believe me, it works.
You’ll be surprised how hardcore you workout once you think about them working out with you, spotting for you and counting reps, you pushing them to their breaking point and them breaking you.
You’re not getting enough sleep
For one reason or another, we are sleeping less than we used to. When we don’t get enough sleep we have disturbed ghrelin and leptin levels; these are the two major hormones to influence energy and appetite.
So when we’re not sleeping well, our bodies struggle to metabolize efficiently. This makes it easier for our bodies to increase insulin resistance and store fat, increasing our risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
You struggle to stick to a program
Patience and consistency are key to seeing results. But when you’re going hard with a particular program and not seeing changes, it’s easy to want to try something new. Start by asking yourself why it’s not delivering. Are you repeating the same weight with every workout? Are you resting for too long and scrolling on your phone?
The little details make a huge difference to your workout, therefore your results. While it’s important to remain consistent with your workout, to some extent, after say, a year into lifting, you should look to switch up your workouts every 4 to 6 weeks.
You’re recycling an old workout from previous goals
A workout that may have worked previously doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right the second time around. Evaluate your goals and get ready to take a new approach accordingly.
You’re eating the wrong amount
It’s easy to connect shredding fat with eating less. Which can often lead to eating the wrong types of foods, too. If you eat very little and you’re pushing yourself hard in the gym, it’s no surprise you’re not seeing results. Your body needs the fuel!
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If you’re working out and eating a minimal amount, this doesn’t mean you need to eat less, especially if you’re looking to build muscle. Instead, focus on eating the right foods, hitting those all-important macros and creating a calorie deficit at the right time – below maintenance levels – to burn fat and keep your hard-earned muscle.
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