Do you want incredible results in the gym? Then listen up.
Ultimate Performance is world-famous for delivering exceptional body transformation results for thousands of clients, so we know a thing or two about how it’s done.
Don’t be fooled, it’s not easy – you’re going to have to put some blood, sweat and tears into it.
But at the same time, getting in the greatest shape of your life isn’t complicated either – you’d be amazed at what you can achieve in 12 weeks with some hard work, consistency and intelligent training and nutrition planning.
That’s why we’ve put together five solid-gold tips that will instantly improve the results you see in the mirror from your gym workouts.
1. Be Clear On What You Are Trying To Achieve
If you don’t know where you are going then how are you going to get there?
Going to the gym to ‘keep in shape’ is too vague and a non-specific goal. If you are unhappy at how your man boobs are, then make the goal ‘I want to get rid of my man boobs in 12 weeks’.
Figure out exactly what you want then work your butt off to improve your gym results. You will feel a fantastic sense of achievement once you reach this as opposed to ‘punching the clock’ to go to the gym.
2. Keep a Log Book and Beat it Regularly
This is one I have to stress to my clients regularly if you want to improve your gym results.
The body is a lazy machine and unless you push it to improve it has no reason to get better.
Exercise is a form of stress which the body is forced to adapt to. If you are lifting the same weight every week and not getting stronger then you are not making progress. Get in there and break your records.
Again, referring back to the first tip, achieving these small weekly goals provides a huge sense of achievement and will keep you motivated towards your goals.
3. Understand That What You Do Outside of the Gym is as Important as Inside
If your lifestyle involves long hours or lots of late nights socially, then your results in the gym are likely to be compromised.
You improve your gym results, the body adapts and gets better when you are at rest, not when you are at the gym.
Without providing the body with sufficient recovery through sleep and adequate nutrition, you are shooting yourself in the foot.
This same rule applies to if you are trying to train too frequently or under-eating to support your training in fear of fat gain.
4. Don’t Let Your Training Routine Get Too ‘Routine’
If you have been doing the same programme for more than a couple of months, it’s likely your body has adapted to it and thus stagnated your gym results. The body is very smart when it comes to adapting to stress and will attempt to handle things better each time you repeat the same movements.
There are many ways of changing your routine, including changing exercises, sets/reps, tempo, training frequency but this goes beyond the scope of this article and is deserving of its own one.
5. Less Excuses and More Persistent Effort, aka ‘Grit Your Teeth’
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
I see it far too often and have admittedly been guilty of it myself at times. If you want to improve your gym results you have to force your body to adapt and this will involve a certain amount of pain and discomfort. If you cannot motivate yourself to go through this barrier regularly then your results will be limited.
Complaining that it hurts is not going to help you, instead focus your energies inwards, be ‘in the moment’ and concentrate on getting out those extra repetitions or lifting that extra kilo you need to in order to progress.
Depending on your personality some people prefer to be quiet and focus harder inwards whereas others will shout and bellow as they struggle through the final repetitions. Use what works best for you.