Achieving the Physique of an Athlete

Getting the look of your dreams may be hard but it is in no way impossible. The key of course, lies in your will and determination to make these dreams come true. However, although it can indeed be a determining factor, willpower alone is not enough. You also need to

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possess a lot of knowledge on how to achieve your plans. By upholding just these few simple rules you yourself can obtain a physique you always wanted to have but never before believed possible.

Proper motivation

Changing your lifestyle is hard. Especially when you are supposed to leave behind a life of delicious food and idleness and embark on a never-ending voyage consisting of exercise and moderation. This is why you need to have a clear goal in front of you. By making this happen, you will know exactly why you do the things you do and this will help you endure. Endurance and patience are two key features that are necessary for any athletic success.

Breaking the bad habits

 The greatest misfortune here lies in the fact that all the things that are stopping your progress are so much fun. There is nothing more relaxing than lying around in sweat-pants entire day, watching TV and eating pizza. In the long-term, however, the results of this kind of lifestyle can be devastating for your organism. Because of what they do to your body many of these habits may be called an afflictions, but luckily for you most of these afflictions are curable.

Nourishing beneficial behavior

Since you can obviously get rid of your bad habits with little or no trouble, it would be only natural that you should acquire some new ones. Try to encourage any form of physical exercise, and start going to the gym. In order not to start skipping as soon as the going gets tough, try to trick yourself by going there with your friend or friends. Skipping a gym day is no big deal, but letting your friends down is something that is never easy.

Changing your eating habits

It is imperative that you fundamentally change your eating habits. Your breakfast should be the strongest meal of the day, while your dinner should only be a light snack. It is also imperative that you have your breakfast as soon as you get up, since this way you will awaken your metabolism from the earliest morning. Furthermore eating after 8pm should be strongly discouraged.

Proper supplementation

 You don’t see a professional hunter go hunting with nothing but a bow and arrow because using a rifle is an unfair advantage. The truth is, humanity has advanced in every aspect fitness included. Proper supplementation can help keep you motivated at all times. Some supplements are best when consumed before while some others like Legion Recharge can help you after the training has already ended. Seeing the results of your work sooner will also help keep your motivation on a satisfactory level.

 Changing your lifestyle is hard. Especially when you are supposed to leave behind a life of delicious food and idleness and embark on a never-ending voyage consisting of exercise and moderation. This is why you need to have a clear goal in front of you. By making this happen, you will know exactly why you do the things you do and this will help you endure. Endurance and patience are two key features that are necessary for any athletic success.

Doing exercises properly

This is perhaps the single most important piece of advice there is out there. When they first start working out, some people (especially men) are obsessed with the weights that they lift. In order to lift more and in this way progress, they risk not doing exercises properly. This way, they not only slow down their progress but also increase the risk of an injury. Getting injured while training is something that should be avoided at all costs.

Being realistic

 The fastest way to get discouraged is to start believing that you are in fact making no progress whatsoever. The greatest risk of this happening is if you are not being realistic. It is true that proportionally, you progress the most in the first few months of training but expecting some radical changes two weeks into training will bring you nothing but disappointment. We said it earlier and we will repeat it again, two most important things are endurance and patience. Without patience, there is not much that can be achieved.

By following just these few simple rules, there is no telling what can be achieved. Replace some of your old, bad habits with some new ones, start exercising regularly and you will already be well on your way towards the inevitable progress. If you find any aspect of this regime too hard to bear, try to find the way to cheat around it. Where there is a will, there is always a way.

About the Author

VsafL3XZ_400x400Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life. Follow him on Twitter.

How to Customize a Workout Program Based on Your Body Type

617cdbf429754b9120d16617eb4436bcBy understanding your body type, you can customize a workout program to be more effective than an “out of the box” workout program. Customizing a workout program based on your body type is surprisingly easy. Before you start developing a workout program you have to identify your body type (also called somatotype). There are three basics somatotypes; mesomorph, ectomorph, and endomorph. A mesomorphic body is ideal. They are the individuals who are athletic with a strong frame that can easily gain muscle while remaining quite lean. Ectomorphs are those with thin delicate frames that have a hard time gaining weight, have a fast metabolism and very lean muscle definition. Lastly, endomorphs are the heavier individuals that have a round shape who find it difficult to burn fat but can gain muscle mass easily.

Mesomorphs

If you are a mesomorph, lucky you! Since you can gain muscle mass fast your program has to include cardiovascular exercise to keep your body lean. Twenty five to thirty minutes of cardio 3 times a week is recommended. As for training, stay within 8-12 reps for each set with a 1 minute rest in between. Make sure to include a variety of exercises to continue to challenge your body, maintain muscle and improve strength as well as endurance.

Ectomorphs

Ectomorphs have to customize their fitness program to work against their natural thinness. To do so select short and intense exercises that target major muscle groups like the biceps, triceps, abdominals and hamstrings. This type of workout will help with muscle development. When doing any sort of weight or resistance training, train heavier and keep your repetitions within the 5-10 range. As for cardio, keep it to a minimum since burning fat is not needed. As for rest periods, 2 minute rests between sets are suggested. Since you will be doing more intense exercise you need additional time to recover.

Endomorphs

Endomorphs on the other hand have to embrace cardio in order to burn fat and maintain a good body fat percentage. Do cardio as much as you can and be sure to change it up. Try swimming, running, HIIT, cycling and any other form of cardiovascular exercise that interests you. Aside from that you do need weight and resistance training. It is highly recommended that you do compound lifts and stick with 8-15 repetitions per set with 30 second of rest. Challenging major muscle groups will speed up your metabolism to help keep the excess body fat off.

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight fitness cards and the all new HIIT the Game.