The other day, I had a BBQ with a good friend. We started to talk about workouts and why he doesn’t get the results he should have, and that he really wants. He was little bit upset. He said, “I train 4 days a week, sometimes even 5, and I should get better results than this!”
I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen, and my calculator, and I got to work right there at the BBQ. Let me explain something very important, and something a lot of people don’t realize.
First, you need to take a look to your intensity. Intensity is very important to the quality and effectiveness of your workout. When you go into the gym, you should be on a mission. You should know already which body part you are going to work on, and which exercises you will perform. Stay no more than 45 minutes in the weight room. That’s it. No more than that. If you feel after 45 minutes you could train for longer, you have the answer to your question; your intensity is not at the maximum!
After I finished explaining this to my friend, I took my paper, my pen, and my calculator and started to write some numbers:
·There’s 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. That makes 168 hours in a week (24 X 7 = 168 hours). Everybody gets the same 168 hours each week.
·If you sleep in average 8 hours per night (this is generous, most people only sleep 6 or 7 hours). That brings your numbers of hours awake to 112 per week (168 hours in a week – 56 hours of sleeping).
·Let’s say you train 5 days a week for a total of 5 hours during those 112 hours. How many hours are left for you? 107 hours!! Now, I understand you need to work, play, and see your family during this time, but stay with me, this is not my point here. You have 107 hours to make your 5 hours of training a SUCCESS or a FAILURE. This is where your nutrition comes in!
If you don’t pay attention to your nutrition it will take much longer to get results. Your nutrition plan is simple, and looks like this: 3 meals a day and 3 snacks in between. Do not skip your breakfast. Eat your first meal within 1 hour of getting up, and then the key is to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism active and keep your energy up.
With today’s lifestyle and work patterns we don’t have always time for proper, healthy snacks. The LEAN BODY® on the Go, protein powder Pro V-60 or the protein bars, there’s no more excuses to not get a good, healthy snack in.
It’s easy to make your hours in the gym work better for you. To get the most from them it’s very important not to forget your post workout shake. My favorite after my workouts is mix of my Strawberry protein powder with some orange juice and some GlutaLean. I feel energized and the simple sugars help my recovery and replenish my glycogen levels right after my workout.
My last word is pay more attention to what you are doing outside of the gym and you will get great results much faster. You work hard and you deserve it. Now go grab a tasty, healthy snack!
Keep Moving, Stay Fit!
Martin Bolduc is a certified Personal Trainer (ACE and BCRPA) a natural bodybuilder and the author of the Ultimate Guide to Express Fat Loss. www.ExpressFatLoss.com . Get Your Special Report on Express Fat Loss