When it comes to fitness, workouts are crucial, nutrition is essential, and a positive mindset is vital. There is something else that you need to consider when you develop your plan: preparation. I don’t just mean designing your workout before you train or fixing your meals that you eat. I mean preparing for any and all situations so that you minimize any chances of you falling off track and giving in to temptations. If you aren’t ready on those days that your plan falls off track then you’ll be on the fast track to failure instead of success. Here are some strategies that can play a big factor in your future physique success.
Be Flexible With Your Workouts
I know it can be great if you have your workout that you printed off and can follow it right down to the final reps in the gym. The thing is though, there are others in the gym too and they have their own plan. So if you need to start with squats but there are a couple of guys in the squat rack, be flexible and start with something else like dumbbell squats or the leg press. It might not be exactly as your plan is written but the effort you give to what you can do is going to serve you better than waiting in line for something that may take ten or even fifteen minutes to become available.
Yes, gyms are awesome! There are very few things as satisfying as being in a gym among like-minded people, clanging and banging with the iron, and walking back to the locker room after a very successful workout. Unfortunately there are days where meetings run long, accidents happen on the road causing delays, or power outages lead to your gym closing. Make sure you prepare a place in your home where you can have some form of workout on those days you didn’t make it to the gym like you hope to. There are plenty of items you can get like bands, mats, rollers, adjustable dumbbells and others that can help you have great workouts. It is possible to get a great home workout with minimal, if any, equipment. The only thing holding you back from it is your willingness to adapt. If you need some ideas on what to do within the confines of your home, there are hundreds of workouts available online that can be searched for.
Pack Extra Meals/Supplements
Just like those reasons I mentioned earlier can keep you from making it to the gym or allowing you to complete your full workout, it can ruin a whole day’s worth of effort if you have to pull over at a fast food drive-thru to get something to eat. Even though some places have a few “healthy” options, nothing will be better than the meals you prepared yourself at home that contain the exact amount and type of nutrients your diet calls for. So don’t just pack a couple of meals to help you get through your day. Pack one or even two more than you need so you have a backup option in case your day doesn’t go as planned. This same strategy applies to your supplements. Make sure you have your Lean Body products on standby in case you need them on the road or in the office.
Remember, not every day is perfect, and even the best of us have an off one from time to time, the important thing to do though is to make sure you take the available steps to minimize the impact of these setbacks and delays on your long term goal. By preparing and being adaptable, you will be much more likely to stay on track and reach your fitness goals!
About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.
Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.