6 Ways To Improve Your Workout
The time we spend on runs or lifting heavy ass weight in the gym often becomes the main focus of our workout and also tends to receive most of the credit. While “putting the work in” is definitely a big part of our fitness journey, in this blog post we will address the preparation and lifestyle changes that play as big or bigger role in overall health and fitness. Working out for 1-2 hours a day will not yield the most gains if the other 22-23 hours are underemphasized.
When people think of getting in shape they think of working out or doing shit loads of cardio. The typical plan generally goes like this.
- Find a gym
- Buy supplements to get ripped
- Buy cool work out gear
- work out 3-4 times a week
Five hundred dollars later your well on your way to achieving that slim physique you always wanted. This is actually a hell of a lot better than playing Xbox and eating Cheetos but it’s really not the ideal path. We have all fallen victim to this in some way or another and the results are overwhelmingly one-sided. The money has been spent and you lose motivation a month later your paying for a gym membership that you don’t even use.
Lay The Foundation First
You don’t build a house starting with pretty doors windows and siding. The foundation goes in first. This is the same for your workouts. Lifting weights and running is like putting new siding on your home. We will break down the fundamentals of what you can do outside of the gym to improve your workouts and lay the groundwork for success that will produce fast and lasting results.
- DIET – We preach diet over and over and over again. This is because it works. Dieting is the building block of everything in the fitness world. You simply cannot out train a shitty diet. Can you cheat a little and enjoy life – YES. The simple truth to getting fit is a clean and healthy diet. The reason we have this listed at number one is that it is the single most important aspect of the game. Find a diet that you can actually do and stick to it while still enjoying your life.
- Quality Sleep – A good nights rest is an afterthought in most peoples fitness routine. We have all become consumed with how much we can or need to get done in the day, instead of focusing on reaping the benefits of getting quality sleep. Being well rested helps with performance in the gym as well as proper hormone production to ensure proper recovery.
- Hydration – In all honesty, there is no fast rule on how much water you should consume before working out because there are too many variables like age, gender, weight, height, intensity etc. Everyone knows how important it is to have sufficient hydration throughout the day. We recommend starting your day off with a tall glass of water and staying hydrated all day. Being well hydrated will help with proper muscle function, mental clarity and fight off fatigue and muscle cramps.
- Fueling For Goals – Back to diet! While maintaining a clean healthy diet is number one our number four is taking that one step further and fueling for your specific goals. A well-planned meal prep is key for success in both losing weight and building muscle. In order to slim the body fat down, you must live in a caloric deficit meaning that you are burning more calories than you are consuming – Weight loss is that simple – no bull. Now the opposite is true to build mass but here’s where things get tricky. Bulking up and building muscle does not give a license to gorge. The key to losing is to eat healthy in a 200-300 calorie deficit while building mass is the same but in a surplus.
- Pre-Workout Supplementation – Obviously we suggest taking our ZeusJuice Advanced Pre-workout Workout supplements 20-30 minutes before exercising. Our Pre-workout supplement is packed with ingredients designed to work in synergy to increase energy, mental focus, endurance, and amplify muscle pumps. By increasing your energy and endurance the motivation to push yourself will be stronger resulting in a much more beneficial workout.
- Plan Your Routine! – Have you ever heard the term failing to plan is planning to fail? this rings true in the gym. Do not go to the gym without a routine set up. Sticking to a well-planned exercise routine separated by muscle groups and cardio etc will provide the direction one needs to ensure a good workout. Personally, I am a fan of “Push Pull Legs” but there are unlimited free resources online to set up a fitness plan. Simply google “beginners weight lifting plan” or something to that effect and you will find many quality results.
There is more to working out than grabbing a dumbbell and lifting it. The more prepared you are to succeed the better your chances are. Put a plan in motion and then follow it and you shall reap amazing rewards.