Take control of your success by following these 6 simple steps to a bigger, better, stronger you. Reaching your fitness goals requires – planning, structure, commitment, motivation, and action. There aren’t any quick fixes, however following these steps will guide you to success.
Goal-setting is critical to achieving any feat. Start by asking yourself – what is the end objective? Keep in mind that every goal set needs to S.M.A.R.T:
- Specific: Make your goal as specific as possible, leaving little to no room for uncertainty about whether you’ve succeeded in the end.
- Measurable: Every goal should be measurable. Whether it be the amount of reps per set, weight lost or gained during a period; ensure that there is always a measurable element to your goals.
- Attainable: Whilst every goal should be challenging, and push you to your limits; it should also be practical and realistic.
- Relevant: Ensure that short-term goals are relevant to what you’re aiming to accomplish in the long run.
- Time-based: Start today, not tomorrow. Give up complacency and procrastination; hold yourself accountable by setting deadlines to your goals.
Motivation gets you started, and keeps you going. Think of it as fueling your goals; keeping the burning desire to set new limits, giving you the extra urge to better yourself. In today’s age, you don’t have to look far for motivation. Watch a motivational video on YouTube, scroll through your social media, or simply ask Google to top you up on motivation.
Work according to a plan:
Set out a nutritional and training plan that work hand-in-hand; and are aligned with your goals. Reaching your fitness goals requires consistency and commitment, therefore it is imperative to follow a set program. The more precise your plan, the less room for error. Work out your daily macronutrient demands in terms of what is necessary to achieve your specific goals in order to allow your body to reach optimal performance levels. Research various training methods to enhance your physique, add rep ranges and amounts of sets to your workout plans, and continuously monitor your progress. Every extra bit of detail will go a long way in terms of keeping yourself accountable for the achievement of your goals.
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One more rep:
It is important to remember that work ethic is what separates most professional athletes from the rest of the pack. The saying, “Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard” rings true; especially when it comes to fitness. Yes, there’s no doubt that genetics play a large role in athletic performance and ability; however the greatest athletes all shared a superior level of work ethic. How hard you train, the sacrifices you make, and the commitment you show will ultimately lead to your success.
Be kind to yourself:
Keep the term, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ in mind. Don’t expect to see results overnight, keep working consistently and you will get there. A positive mindset is likely to trigger a favourable response from your body. Identify your weaknesses and see them as opportunities to better yourself.
Recovery is key:
Place emphasis on allowing your body enough time to recover between sessions. Ensure that you have filled all nutritional gaps to aid recovery rates. Supplementing with whey protein and L-glutamine have been scientifically backed to promote muscular recovery. A double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study published in the International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism found that participants who consumed L-glutamine supplements recovered faster and scored lower muscular soreness levels.
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