I feel like it’s time to hit you with the cold hard facts. It’s not easy training like a fitness competitor. There is no magic pills, no magic supplements, electric belts or anything else that is going to get you there except hard work. Even those big guys you see in the gym and you think to yourself “steroids!”. Well, maybe… But they also put in the work, hard work. To get that fitness competitor look you need to master a few things first.
You have to have a clear set of goals you want to achieve. At this stage i’m going to assume your long term goals are to take the stage, or just have the physique of a fitness competitor. It’s important to have short term goals as well. Goals like improving the quality of your lifts each time, or lifting heavier each workout. Whatever your goals are make sure they are clear and attainable.
Probably the most important of is being consistent. You have you hit that gym every day, even when you don’t feel like it. If you have had a bad day at work, the kids driving you nuts or even if your husband is making you think you have an extra child – you have to be consistent. Not just in the gym either, you have to be consistent in the kitchen, with your meals. Training like a fitness competitor requires you to be on point -10o% of the time.
Don’t go into the gym and pick up that 5lb or 10lb dumbbell and curl them 30 times. Pick up weights that challenge you, weights that will take you to and beyond your limits. Progression is important here. you want to progress every workout, maybe ever other workout. When a weight becomes too easy, move on to the next weight. If you find one weight is too easy and the next weight up s too heavy then increase your reps or slow your reps down. It’s not only how heavy the weight is that will help with progression, but time under tension as well. So life, lift as heavy as you can while maintaining form and safety.
ONE LAST THING
One last thing before I wrap up this post. If you do miss the gym one day, or your meals don’t exactly go as planned… Don’t worry yourself about it, don’t stress it. Tomorrow is a new day to pick yourself up and move forward. Falling off track s bound to happen and if you stress abut it will affect how quickly you get back on track and reach your goals.