Random Fitness

Random Fitness

Finding the time

The hard part of weight training, is trying to find the time to do it. If you’re a full-time student or working a 9 to 5, or a combination of the both, sometimes finding time is nearly impossible. But, if you’ve ever dedicated yourself to any type of sport, or challenge, you do know that nearly nothing is impossible. Yes, you may not have the time to go to the gym 5 times a week, but maybe you do? Or, maybe you’re too tired after a long day, to think about going to a gym, or you work the night shift, whatever it may be, there is always a solution! The solution to this problem is firstly, writing down exactly what it is that you do from the time you get up, to the time you go to bed. If you understand your schedule, you can find areas in it where you can include just 30 minutes of weight training. One doesn’t require that much in the gym, to see improvements. If you realize that right after work, you have a window where you can use to go to the gym, do it. Take a pre-workout supplement if you think you’re too exhausted and this will help immensely. Afraid you will miss dinner if you do this? Bring with you, your protein supplement in a shaker or your weight gainer, and when you’re done with training, mix it in water and consume! Or, prepare a sandwich or snack that’s specifically[…]

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Staying Motivated

How do you stay motivated? The gains are coming along slowly, but surely. Nevertheless, time and time again, you’re in and out of the gym, packing your meals for the day, counting your calories and watching what you eat. Yet, the gains aren’t coming as fast as you want them to, so you get unmotivated. It’s been 3 months and this is a long road. You just started weight training, it was exciting the first couple of times but as soon as the 3 month hits, you’re expecting or hoping for the body of a 1 year trainer but it isn’t happening. It’s very easy to lose motivation. I have been there before. A lot of people who are more fit than I am, physically, have lost motivation. You’d be surprised at people who have 6 packs, and are considered lean in the fitness community and anyone on the street, for that matter, are sometimes no longer motivated. The mere fact that you’ve wasted 3 months of your life, to only have a body of someone who’s been lifting 3 months, is frustrating as ridiculous as it may sound. Everyone wants that fabulous body over night, not recognizing, that that person with the fabulous body, didn’t get there overnight. I have spent nearly a whole year, of being consistent with my training. Whether it would have been to lose weight, maintain or to gain. I have focused all my energy, in keeping on track because I know that in the[…]

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Overtraining

I am sure you’ve heard the term overtraining, a couple of times in your life. It’s a term used very often by fitness gurus, to make sure that people understand that training too much and too often, can sometimes be detrimental to your gains and even your health. Overtraining occurs, when you’ve been working out more than you should be. Because you’re not giving your body enough time to rest and recover, this will prevent any new mass from developing. In fact, overtraining can lead to a loss of appetite, loss of overall motivation and constant fatigue. Here are some guidelines to look out for, if you suspect you’re overtraining. Your muscles are still sore, when your next workout session comes around You are having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep at night You’re feeling anxious or depress You have no energy at the beginning or even during your training You are not seeing any type of muscle gains, whatsoever You feel lazy and a lack of motivation The best way to overcome overtraining, if you feel you’ve encountered this wall, is by taking some time off. I will suggest maybe 5 to 7 days off, to help your body recover fully. Ease yourself back into your training, and make sure to follow your routine. Don’t believe you’re superman, who doesn’t require any type of rest, for their body to recover. You want gains, so you have to make sure you’re getting your 6 to 8 hours of[…]

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Nifty Calculator

Remember I was focusing on macro-nutrients, a couple of days ago. Well, I found a nifty little calculator on freedieting.com that we use the calories maintenance calculator from, calculating the macro-nutrients and breaking it down for you. It seems to follow a 1.5 grams per body weight for the proteins but it’s just a little interesting program to help you familarize yourself with macros and what their necessities are in breakdown. Will be adding it to the Useful Links box at the bottom of this website. So if you forget to bookmark it in your browser, just come right back on my site and head over to the Useful Links box. Nutrient Calculator!

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Reps, Sets etc.

Reps and sets, two basic terminologies that bodybuilders, weight trainers, powerlifters, etc, have to be familiar with. Not only for gym protocol, just in case someone asks how many sets you have left, you can actually respond, but because it’s the basics of weight training. Without knowing what they mean, you wouldn’t be able to utilize workout plans or programs, efficiently. So let’s get right to it. Sets are the particular number amount, of an isolated exercise. For example; if someone said they are going to do 3 sets of biceps barbell curls, this means they are going to do 3 separate individual executions of that exercise. So basically 1 set, rest, 1 set, rest and 1 set and rest. This equals 3 sets of that particular exercise. Now that we got the higher aspect of weight training workout understood, we’ll go onto reps. Reps are included in sets and are the movements involved in sets. So yet again, with the biceps barbell curls, the reps would be how many of that motion, up and down, is involved in that 1 set of that exercise. Generally, it’s displayed as for example; 3 x 10. 3 is the sets and 10 is the reps. The positive motion is the contraction of the muscle, so the top motion. The negative motion, is the extension of the arm, so the down motion. Each, complete negative and positive motion equals a full rep. So a quick run through; sets are the number of a[…]

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