There is no perfect training program. In fact, very intelligent, very successful coaches often disagree with one another. That means you’re going to have to learn a lot, think for yourself, and experiment. Don’t like that? Take up jogging.
The effectiveness of any training program is directly related to the effort you put into it. If a program “doesn’t work” it’s probably because you’re half-assing it. Effort trumps everything.
Just start working out. Stop using “research” as a procrastination method. Yes, read articles and learn as much as you can, but most of what you learn will come from dedicated hard workout time.
Working out to look great may be shallow, but so is wearing makeup, taking selfies, and grooming of any sort. Pick your shallow.
When the average person thinks “I need to lose weight” they assume they need to start running. A better answer? Start lifting.
Beware of gimmicks. Training that drastically changes your body won’t include many “functional” exercises with balance balls or wobble boards. You’re not in rehab. You’re building muscle and strength.
Bodybuilding is functional. Its most obvious function is to make you look better. This is true for females just as much as it is for males. Big muscles aren’t weak muscles. And building them is not for the weak minded.
Training may not always be fun, but it will always be rewarding. Lifelong rewards beat temporary fun.
The cardio paradox: The more efficient you become, the less fat you burn with the same amount of work. Efficiency is great if you’re racing, not if you’re trying to lose body fat.
Better to be “bulky” with muscle mass than to lose muscle mass, lower your metabolism, become weak, and then get bulky with body fat.
The more muscular “bulk” you have the easier it’ll be to trim the fat.
Working muscle is metabolically expensive. If you have fat to lose and no muscle underneath, it’ll take a lot more effort.
Women who look great in yoga pants do more lifting than yoga.
The best ab exercise is three sets of stop eating so damn much. That said, if you want obvious abs, you’ll need to hypertrophy them with weighted exercises.
Hypertrophy (definition) promotes fat loss. By building more muscle tissue your body will produce more of the hormones that burn fat. Which means muscles become more visible as they grow and the fat on top shrinks simultaneously.
People get great results and build impressive bodies with many differen
t training philosophies. But they all have one thing in common: they bust ass. Working hard works. Period. Don’t forget that part.
Think like a machine, not an emotional wreck who needs permission and approval and happy feelings at all times in order to be consistent.
Work hard, stay strong!