Tips and Tricks to Get Fit
Many people dream of having physiques like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, and Kai Greene. These successful bodybuilders, along with many others, all possess three major similarities: diet, exercise, and rest. I have been working out for years trying to reach the scale of these bodybuilders, incorporating many of their routines into my daily life.
If you’re aiming for a lean, ripped physique, dieting is the hardest but most important variable. No matter how much you work out, if you do not have a consistent diet, you will never see results. From personal experience, maintaining a strict diet for a long period of time is nearly impossible, that’s why I recommend a cheat day 1-2 times a month. As many say, abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. One of my favorite methods to cut weight is intermittent fasting, while my preferred method to bulk up is a caloric surplus. If you are looking for healthy food ideas, look here.
Nevertheless, a diet without a consistent workout routine will lead to failure. To ensure you don’t become fatigued too quickly, I would recommend beginners to workout 2-3 times per week, and if you’re intermediate to advanced, 4-6 times per week. There are various ways to train for different goals and body types. If you are looking to gain strength, you should train one to two muscle groups per gym session, while focusing on low, heavy reps. On the other hand, for the people looking to get shredded as quick as possible, you should focus more on hypertrophy training, in which you will be centering your training around mid to higher rep ranges and concentrating on contracting your muscles. Although these are the most common training methods, there are multiple other programs out there which work just as well or better depending on the physique you are seeking to achieve. You can view my favorite type of training, Push-Pull-Legs, here.
One of the key elements of improving your body outside of the gym is rest. If your body does not have the proper amount of rest, you will not be able to perform. I usually try to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night to ensure my body has plenty of time to recover. While in the gym, you should always give your major muscle groups 2-3 days of rest and your minor muscles 1-2 days. Rest in between sets varies depending on your type of training, but I would suggest 1-2 minutes of rest when training for hypertrophy, and 3-5 minutes for strength training. If you would like more information on rest click here.
While you need to maintain your diet, training, and rest to be successful in developing your body, dedication is the ultimate factor that will keep you on track. I have studied many bodybuilders and their journey’s to success, and hope that my knowledge will help you reach the body you’ve always wanted.